With an understanding of and an abiding faith in the USGA Handicap System, we have permitted participants in our games to play from any rated set of tees. We have adjusted handicaps accordingly as stipulated by the USGA Handicap System. With literally thousands of rounds of golf to analyze, I can say the Handicap System works. It has its flaws, but by-and-large, it does the job of leveling the playing field as it was intended.
The Last Annual Camelback Golf Club Ladies Invitational tournament is in the books. “Our Swan Song” came off as another great success with the proceeds benefiting the Semper Fi Fund for wounded veterans and their families. As we have for the past three years, we accumulated plenty of pictures of the action and posted them on this site for your viewing pleasure. I hope you enjoy them.
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After Wednesday’s torrid competition, it wasn’t surprising to see scores fall back into the statistically “normal” range, at least for most of the golfers that is. The big exception was Bob Kennedy. Bob recorded a net 63 with an outstanding round on the Camelback Ambiente course. Given his handicap, that’s a better than 200-to-1 odds round of golf. It really paid off in the day game, especially after his partner, Maddie Levy, posted a 10-to-1 odds round. They walked away with half the pot for winning the front side and then escaped with the other half of the pot by winning the back side by one stroke over Jack Summers and Jim Funk.
Speaking of Jack Summers, he continued to play with a hot hand with a one-over-par 73. When his handicap hits bottom, it will probably be the lowest he’s seen in ages.
- 63 – Bob Kennedy
- 67 – Jack Summers
- 68 – David Harbour
- 73 – Jack Summers
- 81 – Maddie Levy
- 82 – Bob Kennedy and Howard Jones
The course seemed to play a little tougher – or should I say, less easy – than it did Wednesday. There were only nine birdies in the group. Bob Ewing accounted for one third of that total. Summers, Jones and Bob Kennedy claimed the rest. The scores returned to normal with players averaging three strokes over handicap. The weather was perfect. The course is in great condition. And smiles decorated the faces of all the participants – even Sandy Wiener’s!
Everyone is back. Everyone survived, but not from a lack of effort. Great dining, super weather, outstanding golf and a party or two (or three or … ). Our trip to Puerto Peñasco was a wonderful event … actually a series of events.
We enjoyed golf at The Links at Las Palomas. The course was in good shape. The layout was interesting and fun. The views were awesome. Matt Flores brought his “A game” and carded a 66, but only because he missed a few putts that could have easily brought him a few strokes lower.
The following day, the group played the Jack Nicklaus designed course at La Vidanta. The course was in immaculate condition. It was an absolutely spectacular layout that offered some real tough golf. I must assume Jack was fighting with Mrs. Nicklaus when he was designing that course and redirected his anger toward us. Scores weren’t as low as they were the previous day, but the experience will not soon be forgotten.
The dining experiences were top notch with (obviously) some great Mexican food, super Italian, German breakfasts, and marvelous sea food. Rocky Point is a shrimping village and we made a serious dent in the fleet’s catch. How fresh were the oysters? We watched as the fisherman hauled them directly from the ocean and put them on our plates. That’s pretty fresh.
Here are a few images from the trip. Others will remain private unless the subjects miss a payment. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)
232 ladies had great fun for a great cause. Well, maybe the lady who hit three balls in the pond on #18 didn’t have as much fun, but it was still for a great cause. Approximately $60,000 went to the Semper Fi Fund as a result of this year’s tournament. We had perfect weather, two fabulous golf courses, a staff that catered to every need and a cadre of volunteers that put heart and soul into this wonder event. If I said here are a few pictures of the participants, I’d go to prison for “gross understatement”. Here are lots of pictures. Enjoy!
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What an absolute delight. It seemed everyone had a most enjoyable evening at “Castle Hoth”. Smiles far outweighed frowns. We have certainly been successful in putting together an engaging and enjoyable group for our golf games and when they bring partners and guests, it only gets better.
Here are a couple of observations from the Open House:
- Roger Levy is apparently nothing short of hilarious. Liz woke this morning still raving about his sense of humor. No wonder Maddie smiles so much.
- Based upon the efforts expended in the putting contest, we have an extremely competitive group. If we needed to move a mountain, we would only have to convene our group of friends and tell them “it can’t be done”.
- Dick Cahal will sacrifice life and limb to make a putt. Note in the photos where he literally impaled himself in the rose bushes rather than miss a putt.
- Pam Cahal will probably never speak to me again when she learns that if I had changed my three-putts into two-putts, we would have won the golf match by one point.
- Some people putt better with a broom stick than they do with a putter.
- Alvin Tollifson is a sucker for chocolate covered strawberries.
- A statistical analysis shows there was no meaningful correlation between team handicap and finish position. There was, however, a strong correlation between playing well and making putts on finish position.
- No one fell in the pool last night. There was good.
- No one attended the event that wasn’t gracious, pleasant and absolutely delightful.
- When Liz volunteered to put fourteen clubs in the winners golf bag, we should have talked about the differences between “clubs” and “shovels”.
Enjoy a couple of photos from the “putting” competition.