Alright! Golf season again!
My favorite time of the year!
We set off for Florida on A
PLANE! Yes, that's right, a plane!
This is the first time for
that in my career at MVNU so I was very
We set off at 3:45 a.m. to
Columbus International Airport and as soon
as we got there, Nick Stover and I promptly
got lost. We went to the wrong concourse,
got turned away and directed ourselves in
the proper direction and set off towards the
We arrived in Florida around
10 a.m. and quickly found out through the
magic of our smartphones that the hotel we
would reside in was actually two, yes two,
hours away from the airport. We were in
quite the conundrum at this point because we
had to ride in a cramped van with loads of
luggage and full bladders. Oh well, we had
to suck it up.
We did and finally made it
to the hotel and got dressed and ready to
head to Daytona Beach Golf Club which did
not go well...
The starter seemed to have a
bone to pick with us and gave us constant
grief thinking we were going to go off in a
9-some. Needless to say, we did not return
to this course. Come to find out, a portion
of the staff has the reputation of treating
golfers less than...well, good. We tried not
to let this affect us and went back to the
hotel for some rest as the day had been long
and most of us had not slept in at least a
The next day we ended up at
my favorite course of the trip, Riviera. I
loved the atmosphere of this golf course, it
reminded me a lot of home. The staff was
super friendly, the golf course was great
and so were the turkey sandwiches. We played
here the next two days and moved onto...
I think, Indigo something or
I didn't have a good feeling
about this course, this round or the day as
I stepped on the first tee. So needless to
say, my mind was clouded and I didn't play
well at all.
Also, there was some drama.
The starter yelled at us for
wanting to go to the putting green and I saw
a side of Coach O that I've never seen but
loved. He came to our defense immediately
and told the starter "Hey, you're not going
to talk to my guys like that!". A few other
words were said and the situation was
resolved. It's great to know that we have a
Coach that will go to bat for us and defend
us. I've always known Coach to be a loyal
guy, this proved it. I look up to Coach a
lot. He's a great guy.
We made our final stop for
the next three days at Pelican Bay. This
place was awesome. Two courses on site and a
great practice facility. Stellar. The staff
was amazing, friendly people, great
personalities and hard workers. You see
things a lot differently about how to run a
golf course. These people were great at what
they do. The golf course was fun,
challenging and well maintained.
I don't write a lot about
how we played or our rounds in these blogs
because to the average reader, that's
probably very boring. I know I wouldn't want
to read a blog that went "Well, I hooked my
drive on the first tee, then hit it on the
green...". That would be miserable for me!
After a fun week in Florida
we headed back to the great state of Ohio
with the threat of snow at our impending
tournament at Muskingum the next day.
It wasn't snowing, but, boy,
it was FREEZING. We went from 90 degree heat
to 30 degree freezing. It was very
encouraging to have a FROST DELAY only hours
after we returned from Florida. I could
still feel my sunburn pulsating and now I
had to contend with frost, layers and no
But, the day went about as
well as it could for me. I hit the ball
great, just didn't get any putts to fall and
ended up with a 75. Not bad, that put me in
good position to try and make a run at a top
ten the next day.
I scored better the second
day but the entire round left a sour taste
in my mouth. I hit the ball so well, all
day. My proximity to the hole was great on
greens in regulation, my wedges were spot
on. What else do you want!?! Well, putts
made. I didn't make any. I hit great putts
all day, burning the edge, lipping out,
putts that I felt should have fell and on
any other given day would have. I ended up
with 72 but bogeyed the last two.
Unacceptable. I finished 12th, it looks like
a good finish but if you're ever satisified
(and I'm not) you'll stop progressing!
So that's a wrap on our
first tournament and spring break trip!
We head to Kentucky bright
and early to play Crooked Creek for the next
three days. This course is something else,
it should be fun....
Until next time Cougar