It’s a busy week at Birch Ridge with the “Hook a Kid on Golf” program in full swing. Seeing so many kids at the course brings back memories of years gone by.
It wasn’t so long ago that I was an exuberant 7-year-old tagging along with my dad on his way to the golf course each summer morning. I couldn’t wait to hit that little white ball, or was it orange back then? I was instantly enchanted by the game. Love at first sight. I’m so thankful for being introduced to golf at such an early age. The game has truly blessed me.
My experiences on the course have taught me so much about life, and I have had an opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. My failures in golf have humbled me. To play well requires patience and understanding. It teaches integrity and honesty. You’ll never play a round where you don’t experience adversity on the golf course, and you’re judged on how you handle those difficult moments, not the numbers on your scorecard.
Above all else the game demands that you win with class and lose with grace. I know I speak for everyone involved, having an opportunity to share our love of golf with these kids is something we really enjoy. It’s our sincere hope that they have a great experience. A special thank you to Bob Sizemore and Jane Stein for their contributions, along with Tom Walsh and Bill Engberg. Without their efforts none of this would be possible. Pat and Myrna Cowan need to be mentioned as well for making the golf course available during the week.
Week five is in the books for the wily wizards of Birch Ridge. Chuck “Easy” Rider cruised to a 31, taking low net honors. Ed Robinson won the closest to at the sixth and Tim “Doc” Bowser miraculously won closest to at the eighth despite needing binoculars to attempt his putt 53 feet, 6 inches, away from the pin. Ray Hamby made the long putt on No. 9, but I’m not sure how much praise to send his way. Ray was the only senior to one-putt the ninth all day. Come on seniors. You’re better than that!
Tuesday Morning Ladies League
Due to extreme weather only five women showed up Tuesday morning for the ladies league. Dee Richards won the closest to the pin on No. 6. Leona Jackson had the fewest putts and Carol Hussey was low net with a 32.
Tuesday Couples Night
Ten pairs of lovebirds arrived at Birch Ridge Tuesday night for another riveting round of wackiness. This week’s format had the couples playing a regular four-team scramble with a twist. Each golfer had to hit to use two of their drives for the team over the course of the nine-hole round. The scores were closer than usual this week, with a number of teams clustered near the top.
The Dream Team, also known as Steve and Sally Tachick, combined with Mark and Connie Orth for a net 19.375 for a first-place finish. There is no truth to the rumor that sand was spilling from their pant pockets as they left the course. Second place went to Vic and Carol Hussey, along with Rich and Sandy Poe with a net 19.875. Myrna Cowan provided the post-round goodies. Speaking of Cowans, I saw Jessica at the course today, and I can only hope her halibut enchiladas are on the menu next week. They are ridiculously good (seriously incredible) and I miss them very much. I miss you, too, Jessica!
Birch Ridge Golf Committee’s Officially Unofficial Golf Rankings
Luke Donald did nothing to fall from the top spot of the celebrity panel’s rankings with his performance last weekend at the Memorial. Was Steve Stricker’s victory enough to move into the top 10? Will Tiger Woods ever find his game or knee? Will the top 10 be entirely European by season’s end? Questions abound as we head toward the U.S. Open:
1. Luke Donald; 2. Lee Westwood; 3. Rory McIlroy; 4. Phil Mickelson; 5. Graeme McDowell; 6. Bubba Watson; 7. Steve Stricker; 8. K.J. Choi; 9. Jason Day; 10. Matt Kuchar.
Rules of Golf Trivia
If you’re curious about the answer to last week’s question, K.J Choi had 10 seconds upon arriving to his ball to determine if the ball was at rest.
Q. Who coined the term “caddy” in golf? This one is really interesting. Check back next week for the answer.