Sunday, March 30, 2014

SOMD Classic

It was a cold and stormy day...

My last official PDGA event has passed...

I went up to Lancaster Park, MD for the Southern Maryland Disc Golf's inaugural Classic. My friend Jerry Honis was going to TD the first PDGA tournament at Hot Shots DGC. So I signed up. I was planning to drop out after my disaster of a Loriella Challenge appearance but I couldn't let Jerry down.

The weather was pretty bad. Cold, windy & wet. But I traveled up there anyway. I wasn't planning on doing very well and after the first round from the long tees. I ended up having a lot of fun the first round.

 I was only 4 strokes off the lead with the short tees for the second round.

Then during the break I tried to warm up in my truck and took some pain meds and IcyHot on my back to try and get ready for the next round. By the time I got to my second round tart tee by back was just about locked up. I went double circle 7, circle 6, double bogey and bogey after my first 4 holes. That put me at 10 over after 4 holes. I decided to go ahead and drop out and head home. My back was killing me and there was no hope of salvaging the round.

It was a the typical epic fail of a tournament that was fitting of my last event.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Best Buddy Died today...

Jessie died today after his long fight with an enlarged liver that made it hard for him to breathe. He was a great dog that sometimes wouldn't ever stop barking when visitors arrived at the house.

When my sister was a manager at Taco Bell she found him as a pup in the parking lot and brought him home. Even though he was a family dog he was Tammy's dog. When ever she was home he would shadow her every move and sleep in her room.  We gave him about 12 years of good living. Sis nursed him and stayed by his side constantly his last month.

He loved to play even up to his last day. He was a touchy feely kind of dog, Always needing to be either laying next to or on some part of you.

He was a lot of fun too. Give him a squeaky plush toy and he would play for hours. He would go to his pile of toys and pull different ones out depending on his mood.

Every Christmas we would wrap a new toy for him and let him do the rest. He always looked for new toys when Sis brought home Pet Smart bags.

His favorite activity was playing fetch. He was one of the fastest dogs I have ever seen. He would play fetch until he was exhausted.

I miss him so much. I don't believe I can have another dog. Going through this hurt way too much.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Virginia Team Invitational

The 2014 VTI is in the books and Team UniTTy from North Carolina are the Champs. Team captain Brian "Schwebby" Schwebeger holds the Champions VTI Milk Jug.

It was a fun but exhausting weekend. I saw a lot of great disc golf from some of the best players on the east coast.

Team Greenville's Jon Mills recruited the other team captains to bring VTI host John Biscoe a new custom painted Discatcher for the course.

For a recap of the weekends action & scores go to the Spotsy Disc Golf Club web page.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Orlando and Some Disc Golf

My Dad died March 4th and I prepared for the drive to Orlando for the funeral I debated on whether or not to bring my discs. I decided to bring them in the chance I would get to play. 

I spent all day Saturday driving the 800 miles to Central Florida and after getting to my place and getting some dinner I began to get sick. The worst flu/cold/sore throat I have had in years.

Sunday morning I wasn't feeling to bad and I wasn't expected to visit with family until later that evening. I decided to stop by my old home course and say hello to anyone that I might know. It had been 14 years since played a round there.

I show up and luckily my first DG mentor Bob Lewis was setting up his pro shop that is next to the course. I bought my first discs and DG bag from the back of his van at Barnett Park. (I still have them) But Bob has grown the local scene so much. He now has a great selection of plastic, bags and drinks & snacks. 

To my surprise I was still on the club roster (FDGA#86) and I had 6 strokes coming my way is I wanted to play in the Sunday Handicap.

The last handicap I played about 10 showed up at the picnic table next to the practice basket. Now there were about 40 players there. As I was wandering through the crowd I spotted a couple in "Too Many Days in May" shirts.

I thought it might be some locals that had made it up to the Blockhouse but it was Steven Greatsinger and Kelly Clegg from Bayville.  They had just happened to be in the area on vacation and came by and joined in on the handicap.

For being sick and not played this course for 14 years I did pretty good. My 57 ended up being a 51 with my 6 stroke handicap and I ended up in an 8 way tie for second.

During the playoff the warm sunny weather finally caught up with me and I was pretty sluggish and ended up finishing 6th. I grip locked my tee shot off the second hole and pretty much took me out of it.

But it was a good day and it took my mind off my Dad for a few hours.