Monday, June 30, 2008

This Weekend in G+P - June 28-29, 2008

Hi folks.

Quick report this weekend. Played some Stud online as I'd like to learn stud-games a bit, did horribly as usual -- note I SUCK at stud still but I consider it an investment. I then played some PLO and again sucked, dropped 2.5 buyins. Meh. I suck.

This weekend played both days with Harry. Harry has in the recent past been absolutely shit on the golf course. I mean awful, brutal, a total hacker. When I play bad I don't shoot anywhere near as bad as he does.

So, it's with a lot of kudos to him that I say he turned it ALL around in the past two weeks. His post last week about turning it around was met with some skepticism. You know, the same sort of skepticism that is reserved for Matt's driving distance figures. However, in Harry's case, it was for real and he wasn't making it up!

The silly little bugger beat me 2&1 Saturday for breakfast shooting 77 to my 79. And beat me with a 76 to my 79 on Sunday. Totally solid around the greens, awesome with chipping and putting, really unreal turn around. Good for you Harry.

Also, round of applause (golf clap) to Matt for shooting a very fine 69 at Legends Battlefield yesterday. That's pretty sick.

Playing tomorrow morning for Canada day vacation, we'll see if I can take the nasty bogeys out of my rounds and put together 18 solid holes for once.

Monday, June 23, 2008

This Weekend in G+P - June 21-22, 2008

This weekend was a golf only one. No balance in the force...

Started off Saturday morning with a seriously awful 42 on the front nine... might have been the early tee time or something. I then chased it with a rather decent 36 on the back for a decent score for once. +$10 on skins and +4 in hollywoods. IM BACK BABY!

Sunday Matt, Greg K. and Jay B. and I took off for the pennsylvania 2-man better ball tournament. Matt and I normally play this one together but with the new blood we split it up. Greg and I shot a rather respectable 72 (two better than Matt and I ever have) though we had constant tree trouble and weren't really playing that well. 4 bogeys and 4 birdies... bogeys in 2-man better ball are awful and we just had too many. Would have been relatively deep in the money without those bogeys, but as played we finished 2 shots out and frankly didn't deserve much better.

On the way home, my blackberry picked up an email from Harry let us know that he missed a 6 inch putt to tie his match on the 18th hole in his Langley cup match. That's typical for Harry it seems lately, his golf game is not improving lately. Matt believes its because he's deeply in love with a girl who has a "special ability" that has him mesmerized. I'm not so sure, but all bets are leaning towards our friend becoming the next Adam R. or Daisy S. in retiring from golf in shame and taking up squash. At least being new to squash he can claim he's shitty at it because he's new to the game... with golf there are no excuses.

My Overall Wagers:

+$104 Live Poker
Even - Lunches
+$27 skins
Even side-bets

I still feel like my game sucks by the way. But, at least I'm getting my scores going back in the right direction.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

This Weekend in G+P - June 14-16

Yep, 3 day weekend, I took monday off.

No poker this weekend, for all you card-nuts.

I'll start this fine post with one of my favorite scenes from a fantastic movie

Ok now down to business.

Played Saturday early early with Harry @ Whirlpool. I played like poop, hitting the drivers left and low and putts were missing left and right. Harry slaughtered me in a match 3&2. Down one breakfast at the club, which i'll mark down as a lunch in terms of wagering updates. I shoot 86.

Played my defending Langley Cup match Sunday vs. Gary. Now, going into this match after playing like shit the day before was not exactly a good thing. I laid 3:1 against myself with the girlfriend because I felt like I didn't have it. That's the one bet I would have had the best of this weekend, as I got murdered 6&4. Again, left left left with the driver and the putter was just brutal on near-perfect greens. My head isn't in the game right now. I suck. I'm Harry. I shoot 84 and lose $10 on the skins and my pride in my golf game entirely.

Monday I drove up to Sunningdale for a fun round on their Stanley Thompson course, part of a reciprocal deal that our club is part of. Course had a few weak holes but a lot of great ones, and was manicured perfectly. Overall we had fantastic weather. Funny enough on this day my driver was OK for the most part (couple left's) but my 100 yards and in game was a little weak. Took 4-5 shots 4 times to get down within 100 yards, and that is not a recipe for good scores. I shoot 82 but had fun.

Overall Wagers:

+$104 Live Poker
Even - Lunches
+$17 skins
-$4 side-bets

That's it folks. I suck at golf again. Was good while it lasted. I better stick to motorboatin' as a professional sport.

Monday, June 09, 2008

This Weekend in G+P - June 7-8, 2008

This weekend in Golf + Poker is brought to you by beer. Glorious beer.


Friday night I again ventured to yee olde card-room at Casino Niagara. Yet again had nothing to do and last week the game was sooo good I was hoping for more of the same. It did not happen. I sat down at a table full of decent players. Not one single calling station or crazy was to be found. On my left were a couple asian kids, one wearing UB gear. On my right was a jumpsuit wearing regular and a couple standard guys. I can usually tell the real regs by the way they handle chips and cards. I sat there card-dead, and it was a boring grind. Meh. I did pick up a few pots pre-flop and generally had a tight image. When you play 50BB deep, all you can hope for is to get your money in with the best hand, but when they're paying attention to your image and you raise with the best hand, they fold. It was only near the end of the night that some donks started sitting in, and by that time all the real (>$500) stacks had walked away to cash out. I had to play golf the next morning, so I left down $30 and I'm OK with that.


Saturday morning played golf with the boys as usual. My good friend forever (newly minted Doctor) Dr. K played along and we had a good enough time. Was hot tho. I eeked out an 80 from the tips as my golf swing was somewhere touching on good but couldn't keep it there. I won one skin, lost $4 in hollywood and ended up +$2 for the day (woo hoo). From there I had to go to Oakville shopping with the girlfriend (yes, whipped, I know) and had dinner at my uncles there. It was very nice, a relaxing no-work day.

Sunday morning at golf I played with the A-team and Steve G. My golf swing improved as I learned through trial and error that a swing thought that helps me is to "pause" at the top and then get my hands through "fast". So, swing fast from the top, not hard. I played better generally and was good around the greens. From a 3-over after 4 start I finished with a respectable 76 (blue tees with the old folks though). I won $3 net for a skin on 7 and lost $4 in the hollywood. I then had a brief lunch at the gf's house for her bday, then had dinner (sahla thai takeout) at my uncle's over (many) beers to celebrate the gf's bday as well as his new grandkid being born this very day. Good times. And yet again, no work. I'm a slacker.

Overall Wagers:

+$104 Live Poker
+1 Lunch
+$27 skins
-$4 side-bets

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my condolences to my pal Harry on his recent loss. For a while there, both Matt and I thought he was going to give it a good run, but in the end, Harry has lost his golf game. Posting an ass-quality 94 at a pasture of a golf course was the last proof I need of this. So here's the offer.

The famous 2-handicap bet:
Harry will be a 2 handicap by golf season end - 1:1 odds betting $100 each against Matt & myself

The reality:

The offer:
We will take our $100 each right now, and not mention the bet again. It will be as if the bet never existed, and we will not use it to razz or otherwise torment Harry -- his golf game is doing that already.