Golf III (Part 2)

August 23

Golf is a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic. ~ Earl Wilson

Here’s how I led off Part 1: Meanwhile, back at the Resorters. We are now into day 6, the penultimate day leading to the championship matches the following day . . .

So, now after a brief interruption to cover the Theatre L’Homme Dieu Soiree, we’re back to continue the activities of Day 6 . . .

August 6

[I left the women for a bit to check on another Alexandria wunderkind. I had yet to see Braeden Sladek play, though he has been playing at the national level since he was 11 or 12. He will be entering his junior year of high school (so, has classmates among the state champion girls team). I’m back at the 1st tee to watch him tee off in the quarter finals of the mens’ championship level . . . ]

[He was the last of his foursome to hit. The other players hit drivers on this short par 4 – but like most club members (such as myself in my day) Braeden hit an iron for position . . . ]

I’ve had a good day when I don’t fall out of the cart. ~ Buddy Hackett

Golf is a billion-dollar industry devoted entirely to hope. ~ Deepak Chopra

[Well, so much for playing for position. He ended up well into the rough behind some trees . . . ]

[He was able to hit over the trees but short of the green. He lost the hole . . . ]

[He went well left off the tee on No. 2 as well, but I think halved the hole. Here he’s teeing off on No. 3, using a driver for the first time . . . ]

After years of patient study (and with cricket there can be no other kind), I have decided that there is nothing wrong with the game that the introduction of golf carts wouldn’t fix in a hurry. ~ Bill Bryson

You know what the game of golf is, don’t you? It’s basketball for people who can’t jump and chess for people who can’t think. ~ Tom Robbins.

[I noticed a lot of the championship caliber players, men and women, really dive down into the ball . . . ]

You have the opposite of poker face. You have like miniature golf face. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

You ought to take more exercise, if you’re inclined to have a liver. Play golf. ~ Daphne du Maurier

[Looking back at #3 tee box and #2 green (on the right) . . . ]

[#3 green on the left, #4 tee box on the right . . . ]

Golf camaraderie, like that of astronauts and Antarctic explorers, is based on a common experience of transcendence; fat or thin, scratch or duffer, we have been somewhere together where non-golfers never go. ~ John Updike

[Braeden teeing off on #4 . . . ]

And the wind shall say: ‘Here were decent godless people: Their only monument the asphalt road And a thousand lost golf balls.’ ~ T. S. Eliot

Golf is an ideal diversion but a ruinous disease. ~ Gerald Ford

They say golf is like life, but don’t believe them. Golf is more complicated than that. ~ Gardner Dickinson

If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don’t have to waste energy going back to pick it up. ~ Tommy Bolt

[Braeden was struggling. I believe he was 3 down at one point on the front 9. I went back to watch the end of the women’s semi-final. I subsequently learned Braeden made a great birdie on #9, crossed over to the back 9 where he played terrifically to come back and win the match . . . ]

[We found the women on the #14 green where Ale sank a nice putt . . . ]

The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight. ~ Ben Hogan

He loved the game. The battle that raged inside each player’s head. The little ball that sat motionless, defying you to hit it. No defenders, no game clock, no excuses. And maybe that’s why the highs were so high and the lows felt so low. Could you in the moment quiet your thoughts and execute? It was glorious when you did! ~ Philip Wyeth

A boss once told me, ‘Colleen, it’s not about the meeting, it’s about the Scotch after the meeting. You either need to learn to drink or take up golf.’ Turns out I’m not a good Scotch drinker. ~ Colleen Ferrary Bader

[Alayna teeing off on #15 . . . ]

It takes exactly eighteen shots tae polish off a fifth o’ a bottle o’ Scotch, thus, a game o’ golf equates tae eighteen holes. ~ Steve Alten

A well hit golf shot is a feeling that goes up the shaft, right through your hands and into your heart. ~ Ben Hogan

There is no movement in golf that cannot be made more difficult through diligent study and practice. ~ Henry Beard

Mini-golf is a lot like life. It can be difficult. It can be rewarding. And there are windmills. ~ Joe Tessitore

[Ale teeing off in #15 . . . ]

In order to develop a golf swing your thoughts must run in the right direction. ~ Ben Hogan

Hitting down is an important part of iron play. With the exception of the putter and the driver remember that you hit down on every other shot in golf. ~ Ben Hogan

Muscular freedom is probably more important in golf than in any other sport, but very few players take the trouble to get loosened up. ~ Ben Hogan

Straight down the middle; It went straight down the middle . . . ~ Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen

I’ll always remember the day I broke ninety. I had a few beers in the clubhouse and was so excited I forgot to play the back nine. ~ Bruce Lansky

[Ale’s 2nd shot on #16 – after another huge drive . . . ]

[Hole #17, par 3, Alayna hitting is currently 1-up on Ale . . . ]

I made the last putt. It just didn’t go in. ~ Tom Kite

Golf is a mental disorder. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf. ~ H.L. Mencken

I’d like to see the fairways more narrow. Then everybody would have to play from the rough, not just me. ~ Seve Ballesteros

Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness. ~  William Wordsworth

[Ale’s tee shot on #17 . . . ]

Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk. ~ Grantland Rice

Man blames fate for all other accidents, but feels personally responsible when he makes a hole-in-one. ~ Bishop Sheen

[Alayna won the hole and the match . . . ]

[Ale won a close match between them the previous year. Obviously, they match up well . . . ]

[Alayna went on to win the championship the next day against Madison Herzog . . . ]

The ball retriever is not long enough to get my putter out of the tree. ~ Brian Weiss

You’ve just one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you’ve hit it. ~ Sam Snead

Up Next: Resorters championships . . .

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