Monday, April 28, 2008

This Weekend In Golf - April 28th, 2008

After my last post was wildly successful in collecting a massive 2 comments, here I am again with another one. I'm hoping for 3 this time bay-bee. Don't let me down.

Those crazy bastards Harry and Matt are at the Ontario Better Ball qualifier today. Somehow i doubt they're playing as its absolutely pouring rain but who knows.

This weekend was mixed for yours truly in the golf department. Saturday I played with Gary and Bernie, both of whom are legitimately better golfers than I am at the moment. I sucked, SUCKED... not that i hit the ball that badly but kept making costly mistakes. Sucked around for an 84 from the tips. Fortunately I came in $2 ahead on the hollywood, tied bernie (who also sucked) in our $5 around matches and lost convincingly to G-money Gary. $3 down on bets. Bah.

Sunday I show up and feel relatively good about things. Gary approaches me and asks to match cards -- but not match play, stroke play. Now, Gary on a good day is 3-under and on a bad day is 77. Clearly he could smell blood in the water in asking to play the hack from yesterday straight up. Well, if I've got to play the blue tees, which it seemed like I had to given the lack of Matt & Harry (bernie rolled over the first day on that one, as Harry noted in his blog) I might as well stay interested outside of skins. Its a bad bet for me though, and if it was for real money (and not $5) i'd want odds or shots or something. Gary never makes a bet he doesnt feel confident in winning, but I like a challenge.

Front nine I shoot 39. The grand piss-off here is that I run +2 on the par 5's and make no birdies. My iron game is garbage and I feel 'off', but the magic of blue tees keeps me under 40 and there's hope. The back nine starts off with a drive down the right on 10, lay up to 100 yards as i'm in the trees and then I thin my wedge over the green, chunk a chip shot, and miss a 2 footer for 6. Now i'm +4 on the par-5's for the day. I'm pissed.

Fortunately, I got over it after berating myself walking to the next tee and set out to bring it home strong. I proceed to par 11,12,13,14,15 make a nice chip up and down on 16 from yet another thinned wedge (mental note: replace the f'in wedge) for par, hit a smooth 5-iron into 17 to 4 feet and birdie it. Now i'm on 18, +4 for the day and hit my drive down the right (again, hit it OB on saturday) but fortunately catch the bunker. I then hit a 5i short of the green 40 yards, and hit a beautiful pitch into a front pin and sink a 6 footer for par. Now that's a solid round given the tilt-ability of my 10th hole. +4 on the par-5's is just shit though, have to fix that.

Win a $25 skin ($15 profit) but lose to Gary who shot a 73. He had it -3 after 15 i understand and then greg norman'd the finish -- poor guy. Good win for him, I thought I might be closer.

2008 Golf Bets Tally:
+1 Lunch
+$5 skins
-$8 side-bets

Friday, April 25, 2008

Drinking $2 Stellas Waiting For A Pizza

Both Harry and Matt are now in Florida on a golf vacation. I should have been there, but as usual I've made myself too busy so can't. I never do anything. I am boring because i work all day... wonnnggg....

Last night, none other than Harry calls me from his blackberry while I'm sitting at my desk at 8pm working. "Yeah, we just played 54 holes, are sitting here drinking $2 stellas and waiting for a pizza". I immediately unleashed a few expletives before asking who was winning the matches.

Here's a photo they sent up to rub it in my face. Looks like they're having a great time.



Wait, is that Phil Mickelson?

Monday, April 21, 2008

This Weekend In Golf - April 21, 2008

This weekend we headed out for some of the best weather i've seen in a long time. I still have not replaced my golf shoes nor my wedges as planned as the pro shop has not received all their inventory yet I understand.

So, still playing with wedges that don't spin anymore and whose grips are worn and shoes that leak. Yeah, it's budget. Time to change that asap.

Saturday I played with Matt & Harry as usual. We played the tips, and I shot a poorly played 79 which isn't bad given I really wasn't sharp. The driver is a little spray-happy, irons are mostly on but not sharp, and the short game was O.K. though I did fudge a few chips. Was on the good side of our bet (loser buys lunch) though.

Sunday we're back, but this time the complainers turned out to bitch about the back tees. Typical. We ended up playing them though. I had a fairly solid front nine with one double (hacked a tee shot on 7 into the water and one birdie on 8 for a 38). Back nine started with blowing a driver OB on 10 and making double. Chunked 2nd shot on 11, water again on 12, trees left on 13, trees left on 15, and bunker behind the green on 18 for a 43 to shoot 81. -$10 in skins here, bad round. I think I was tired from drinking the night before... no excuse tho. My joints are hurting after the round however... guess i'm not in shape for trekking the golf course and swinging the club right away.

2008 Golf Bets Tally:
+1 Lunch
-$10 skins

Thursday, April 17, 2008

RakeBrain's LeCheese Challenge II

I love a good freeroll. Maybe it's the cheap bastard in me... yep, wait a sec it's the cheap bastard in me.

The fine folks over at RakeBrain put on RakeBrain's Le Cheese Challenge II. It's a poker blogger only event, freeroll for $1k in prizes plus a $100 bounty on LeCheese himself. Sweet deal and a lot of the big poker blog names were in it. I don't know how I got invited.

Anyway, the game is Pot Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha Hi Mixed in tourney fashion. You know me and tourneys... I'm ass at them, or just run like ass at them. Whatever, it's for fun so off we go.

Annnd... it's over in 40 minutes. Blinds at 25/50 and I've got a massive stack of $1900 from my original $1500. We're in Omahahahaha land. Three limpers and I complete the small blind for $25 more. BB checks.

My hand:

8h 8c 3c 7d

Flop:

8s 4c 5c

Top set and a crappy flush draw on a straight board. Well that's fun. This is a go broke or double up sort of flop natch.

I lead for $125. One call. Late position makes it $750 and covers me, I push, the middle caller pushes his 838 into the pot, and late position pushes as well. I'd say i'm up against the straight and the nut flush draw here....

And I'm right. Unfortunately the board paireth not for my boat and I'm sent home in 23rd out of 27 players. Yes, I suck at donkaments. But, I got my money in with the right odds (35% equity) so I'm ok with it.

Thanks again to the folks at RakeBrain for the freeroll.

Shake and Bake.

Monday, April 07, 2008

RakeBrain - A Unique RakeBack Site

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RakeBrain offers the best rakeback deals with some of the biggest poker sites online and has regularly updated rakeback stats for its players. More or less what you can expect from an esteemed rakeback site. But the site has other, unique treats that sets it aside from its competitors.

For instance, there are always special promotions offered, such as freerolls and rake races. Currently, Rakebrain hosts a race at InterPoker with $10,000 in added value where the winner can add $1,500 to his/her bankroll.

RakeBrain also has one of the Net’s best refer-a-friend programs. When you refer someone, you will earn up to 4% of the referalls rake – for life!

Also visit LeCheese’s poker rakeback blog where he writes about his ups and downs, strikes and gutters, in the world of online poker.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Foaming At The Mouth

I drove by the golf course this morning on the way to work. Normally I drive the other way but this morning the sun was out for a second day in a row and so I had hope.

I actually convinced myself there was some chance. After all, we've had windy bright days for TWO days in a row (a new record it seems). That has to take the water out of the ground right?

Driving by the parking lot, there were a lot more cars than usual. But... the gate was shut, pins weren't in... not that I expected them to be but for winter-stricken golf geeks hope is all we've got at this point.

Maintenance workers on-site is a good sign right?... RIGHT?