Monday, December 8, 2008

Goodbye little buddy

Our youngest mini dachshound has been battling cushings disease. He took a turn for the worse this past week and we had to have him put to sleep. He was my daughters favorite puppy because he loved attention and let her lay on him, drag him around, chew on him. He just accepted her and barely ever complained.

Rest In Peace. Wolfy we love you!

"Konig Wolfgang"

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I was on one of my favorite hardware sights and came across some post about loading Mac OSX on PC's.  So I thought I got some free time and it doesn't cost me any hardware to try out.  Wow I like it.  It took me 2 tries to get it installed I ended up using iDeneb 1.3 install package on a C2D e6600 on a 650I motherboard with 8800GTS 320meg video card using onboard sound and network.  The network is the only real issue I have as Apple doesn't officially support the product as of yet.  Now with their new introduction of Mac Books using nVidia hardware it should get better.  I have been looking at picking up a Mac mini to sit next to my monitor to support and learn the OS.  So far so good.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Wins!

Wow! I went to vote 3 times yesterday the last time showing up at the polling place around 5 and getting out about 8:45 after news agencies had already call SC for Senator McCain. Gee thanks guys! I can't understand their fascination with trying to be the first to "call" a state. imbeciles at the media outlets wanting to create news for viewer ship and ratings revenue never mind American's exercising their rights as American's.

Gratz to President Elect Barack now lets get America growing again.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Demo Custom Stamped Putter

I received a demo putter from Chris over at Sunset Beach Golf. I picked a 34.5" Wrightsville with torch finish. Chris sent it to me completely wrapped in small cell foam packaging. It was packed so well it took me 5 minutes to get it out of the box and wrapping. All I have to say is WOW the torch finish is so much nicer to look at in person.  


Feel is really nice and it has a great click sound when the ball is struck.  I have only played 9 holes twice with the putter so I don't have the speed down completely with it.  The weighting on this putter seems to help close the face versus my Betternadi putter where it sits more open and stays open.  I have to give this one a thumbs up and now need to talk my wife into getting me one for Christmas.  The best part is having them stamp and paint fill what you want your putter to say.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Coosaw Cup Tournament

At my club we have assigned point values to tournaments. When you win, place or show you get points. The top 20 gentlemen and top 8 women are automatically invited to participate in a Ryder Cup format tournament. The weekend consist of Friday night team captains (club pro and asst. pro) announcing pairings and picking teams. The way they were set up this time is the pair sheets was splint into 4 divisions for men and 1 for women. They are head pro and asst pro along with the 2 lowest handicapped golfers in the first flight. Then the next 6 lowest in the second flight and then the next 6 in the final flight. It worked out to 0-4, 5-9 and 15-25 in final flight. We were setup to play 4-ball on Saturday morning, alternate shot Saturday afternoon and individual matches Sunday.

My partner and I are both 14 index golfers versus 2 other 14's so it was an even match up. I shot an 85 (14 strokes of handicap = par 71 course) and we lost on the last hole. Now the 85 was good but doing it after we got close to 2" of rain after midnight and it was still raining for most of the round made it more impressive. I had issues with chipping the ball all weekend as the rough was thick around the greens and the ground was very muddy. Trying to putt the ball early Saturday was like trying to put a cloth covered ball on velcro.... it just wasn't going anywhere. I only hit a couple of bad full shots for Saturdays morning match. After the 18 we were offered lunch at the clubhouse and then switched who were riding with for the afternoon match. I was paired up with the 24 versus a team that included the match play champion for the club in 2 different match play tournaments. We started off with a double on the first hole and were down one. On the second hole I flushed a driver all the way through the dogleg and left my partner a side hill lie. The other team was out of bounds with their drive. We struggled to bogey the hole I hit a 18' slippery putt to save it. Then my partner on the par three third hits into the water. I hit to the green but we were back down one again as they parred the hole. On four I got quick with the driver and went left OB now down two. On hole five my partner hit high right left me 185 to middle of green pin in front. I wanted to make sure I got there and hit my 4 iron to behind the green right and partner chipped on left me 20' we missed our par they made theirs down three. On hole six I pulled my 6 iron straight into the hazard and we never got close down four. ON hole seven it was win or go home and my partner his an ok drive and I again pull my iron shot left he has to chip we then choke trying to take the hole and closed out 4 and 3.
Sunday individual match against a gentleman that has an equal handicap to mine so we are playing scratch. I take an early lead and we bounce between me being 1 up to all square.  Hole seven is my only blow up hole of the day.  I pull hook my first ball out of bounds and pull hock my approach shot (shot 4) to a tree behind the green which puts me out of position to get to the green.  I conceed the hole and then on hole 8 he hits a great drive up the right side between to trees and onto the face of a hill.  I push my shot to the right it flies between the trees rolls onto the cart path and down the the 200 yard out marker on the cart path.  I hit a 3 hybrid that bounces on the front fringe and rolls all the way to the back left of the green pin high.  I have an uphill putt for eagle.  He conceeds the hole after I just miss the eagle putt with the kick in birdie.  

On hole ten I choke with the putter in my hands and go down one.  On hole eleven which is a force carry over two hazards I smoke my 3wood over the green and it stops in the rough on the lip overhanging the bunker. I have no idea how the ball doesn't just fall into the trap so I have really no shot at it so I knock it down into the bunker and play it out from there. My opponent hits his driver to the front of the green chips over to about 8'. I am thinking just keep it together the worse thing that can happen is that I go two down but we have the hardest 3 holes stretch coming up. I get out of the bunker and the ball rolls down to where I am about a foot in front of his ball so he is going to show me the line. He hits his putt and comes up a foot short. I drain mine and we go to twelve with me being down just 1.

I hit my driver like its a sand wedge and actually back the ball up on the fairway with it being down wind. No problem and aim to the left side on my next shot and am in the left rough with 115 to the middle of green. My opponent hits his third shot OB left (I didn't know at the time) and hit a a smooth PW but the wind takes and the ball carries to back left behind the green. Double break down hill coming down I chip to clear the first one come up short which leaves me a over the ridge back down the otherside putt. I hit to 2'. He concedes the hole we are all square again.

On thirteen he pull hooks his driver short left. I was practicing when all of a sudden the wind dies. I quickly jump up to the ball and hit it while the wind is low. I hit it to about 170 on the right side of the fairway with a great look at the green. He hits his approach short and right. I pull out my 4 iron hybrid smooth swing aiming the right of the green as I know the wind is going to move my ball right. It hits the green and rolls past the pin about 8'. This forces him to go at the flag he goes long and concedes the hole after I miss my birdie putt. Onto the next hole with me back up one.

On fourteen yesterday I hit a big draw that ran across the fairway and left me in some nasty rough so I hit a fade to hold the fairway today. Works and I have 165 to the pin. My opponent has 180 or so he hits his shot into the rough on the left side of the green. I hit my 6 iron to the front of the green and it releases and rolls to 18". He tries to hit a miracle chip and concedes the hole but says putt it out for your birdie.  I am now up two with four to go.  

On fifteen par three I go first.  My shot draws the left side of the green pin high.  He hits his tee shot straight but short on the front fringe about 10' from the green.  I am behind a sprinkler head on the fringe and can't put the line I want to try to make it so I assume he is going to need 2 shots from where he is so I putt it at the hole and leave about three feet for par.  He chips and is right behind my marker so again I get the line.  He drains his putt I rush and just try to slap it in and miss.  I an now up one with three to go.  

Hole sixteen par 5 second shot over hazard.  My opponent hits a solid drive down the right hand side of fairway.  I hit it by him about 20 yards again on the right side of the fairway.  He hits a pop up for his second shot short of the hazard and I hit my 3 hybrid to 70 yards out.  He hit his third shot left into rough about 50 yards out.  I hit my approach shot long over the flag into the rough.  He hits his shot short again the rough and the next one gets him on the green.  I hit a chip back down the hill long and have to putt up.  I take the hole to go up two with two to play.  

On seventeen I hit my 4 hybrid to about 175 he again hits a pop up and has a long way in.  He plays it safe and hits to fairway over the hazard.   I hit my 5 iron to the back left fringe pin high.  He chips up past the pin in the fringe above the hole.  I putt over and just miss the birdie and ball rolls about 4' by after almost stopping in front of the hole.  He misses his from above the hole and conceeds as all I need to do is 2 putt to split the hole and win the match.  Fun day.  Now will have to go the clubhouse for dinner as the losing team (which we were) buys the winning team a steak dinner.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Final Presidential debate.

Watching this debate and finally see John McCain push Senator Obama on key items to do with his judgment in choosing friends and political organizations like ACORN on taxes or wealth redistribution, foreign relations, energy dependence and health care issues. God help us of Barry is elected because our country is going to go broke trying to pay for all the entitlements and promises.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Rainy Saturday

Man looks like this weekend is a washout.  Got a bunch of rain the last two days and it is threatening again today.  Will have to hang out with the family.  Took Cecelia bowling and had a great time.  We then met Dani at Chic-fil-a for lunch.  Dani and Cece went to run a couple quick errands and I went home to watch the Illini play football.  The unfortunately they lost to Minnesota 27 to 20.  They looked uninspired after their big win over Michigan last weekend.  Georgia was hosting Tennesse in Athens and Dani and I watched that game.  Georgia dominated Tennesse and other than an interception that was turned into a touchdown in the 3rd quater to move Tennesee close the game was quickly put away.

Friday, October 10, 2008

New setup looks good

Well after spending a couple of nights getting the site back up and running.  A big thanks to google for caching older posts so that I was able to recover a few of my previous posts.

Trying out new Themes

Ok after uploading 7 different golf themes I am going to have to choose one sooner or later.  The other problem I am running into is that on my production computer I have a 24" monitor so they all look good.  Then I go to my laptop and the layout doesn't look quite right.  I am just going to have to keep googling for other options or jut deal with it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Rebuiding site

Ran into a database error with my wordpress install trying to update the theme and had to delete / reinstall.  Will be setting site back up.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Palin for President!

I watched her speech last night and I can say that I am drinking the cool-aid. I wish that she was the one running for President but more than happy to support her and her running mate.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Wilson Staff Golf - Thank You!

I registered at Wilson Staff’s website to try out their new golf balls.  I do like the their new 3 piece Zips.  Not a Callaway Tour Ix or Pro V1 replacement but great on windy days as it has less spin off the driver for me. 

 I received an email from Wilson Staff’s customer service yesterday:

Congratulations!  You’ve won a very special and one-of-a-kind autographed Wilson Staff Cap by 2008 Open Champion Padraig Harrington!  We had over 5,000 people sign up for this give-away over the course of 3 weeks.    

I hope you were able to watch Paddy defend his title last weekend at Royal Birkdale.  Padraig is the first European to win The Open back-to-back since 1906 by James Braid.  Even with a wrist injury and typical Open weather conditions, Padraig is a very hard-worker and makes every shot count, which you witnessed.  His victory marks his second career major win and Wilson’s 60th, the most majors won by any manufacturer in all of golf’s history.  
I’ve attached some supporting material that gives you more information about Padraig and his win.

  • The official US press release

  • Transcript from Padraig’s press conference (please note the comments he made on specific shots and products he used)

  • Image of Padraig with the Claret Jug

I hope you take a moment and check out the newest products on our website and stay tuned later this fall (August) for the launch of 2009 Wilson Golf products.  
Please give 4-6 weeks for delivery of the autographed cap.  
On behalf of Padraig and the Wilson Golf Team worldwide, we thank you for your support!  Let’s keep those majors rolling in as Wilson Staff Tour Players seek 61!
Best regards,
Mary Nguyen

I received it in the mail today!  I will have to post pictures.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Club's Match Play Championship

Our match play tournament is 2 days 5 matches.  On Saturday I shot 42, 42, 39.  My first for ever breaking 40 on 9 holes!  I was pumped.  I had the flight lead after the first day.

Sunday different story couldn’t seem to get it going had what seemed a months worth of bad luck all at the same time.  I shot 44, 50 and ended up third in my flight.  I was trying to have fun but it seemed like I always had the a tough shot or tried the wrong shot for the situation.  No focus, bad bounces and always playing from the rough or bunkers just tore me up today.


The new Tour iX from Callaway rocks though.  Love the ball versus my goto which is the Titlest Pro V1.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wow the big 40

Well today is the day.  I turn 40.  Been a great ride so far and as I have been telling people that call to congratulate me its almost to half way.  :)

Friday, July 4, 2008

4th of July red, white & blue Flag tournament

My neighbor Jeff and I were partners.  The format is 6 from the blue tees, 6 from the white tees and 6 from the red tees.  We started on hole 17 both had pars.  I was in the trash on the next 2 holes but my partner picked me up.  On hole #8 which is a par5 5 played the forward or red tee markers hit a high tee shot through the trees protecting the right front side of the fairway got a huge bounce and had 115 to the pin.  Hit my approach iron to about 2′ and eagled the hole!  I carded a net 2 with handicap.  On 10 hit my drive into the trees / hazard on the right side found it in a small clearing chipped out which left me 140 to the pin.  Hit my 8 iron to about 30′ leaving a twister for par.  I rammed the putt home for par.  It wasn’t pretty but effective.  Jeff holed about a 35′ putt on 12 for another eagle net double eagle.   On hole 13 played the forwards again and this time I striped my drive right down the middle leaving 82 yards to the pin.  Little sand wedge to about 12′ and this putt was straight into the hole for birdie!  We were in the clubhouse at 65 net 54.  We were the winners an of course heard the sandbagger calls from the peanut gallery.  It was great fun!

Monday, June 9, 2008

2 Day Member / Guest Tournament

Member Guest weekend at the club.  

Friday - practice round, long drive competition and chipping contest.  Buffet dinner and drinks with a little side action.

Saturday - Tee off at 8:00 best ball net.  Following Saturday’s round the teams leading the flight will compete in a Bubba Shootout.

Saturday night dinner is live lobster.

Sunday - Tee off at 9:00 again best ball net.  Following round is awards and door prize give aways.


I invited my brother-in-law Mike to partner up again this year.  We were the reigning Bubba Shootout champions.  Mike came in with a 4 handicap and I was getting a stroke a hole.  Practice round went well.  Mike shot 78 and I had an 85.  We were 11 or 12 under par net ball.  Feeling pretty good about the weekend.  Didn’t get much gambling action as handicap has been falling but not fast enough to get many bets. 

Saturday Mike shot an 85 (ouch!) and I had an 88.  That put us in the clubhouse 80 net 64.  Good enough for middle of the pack in our flight.  Sunday we had a tough time getting it done.  Mike shot 78 or 79 and I had an ugly 94.  No money this year.  Had fun just didn’t finish the holes on Sunday and had trouble focusing due to the extremely slow play.  Never got a chance to get into a groove.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Perfect Practice

Here is a great website that really goes into detail and breaks down Tigers swing and steps to duplicate it.