This winter in Canada sucked huge, it was cold, it snowed a bunch, it blew. The best thing to happen this winter was that it ended early. And so, with temperatures nearing the balmy 50's for the first time in forever three golf-starved Canadians crawled from our igloos, strapped a carry bag to our backs, and we played some golf.
First off, this past Wednesday our course opened the practice facility sending out an email to proudly announce it. Matt and I made the trek after work, and we played a little par-3 course the pros had setup. 52-58 yard pitch and putt golf is better than no golf at all so of course Matt and I had to gamble on it a bit. We decided to play a game I may indeed be the creator of - golf curling. Basically, if Matt hits one balls close than my closest ball, he gets 1 points. If he hits two balls closer than my closest ball, he gets 2 point. If he hits 3 balls closer than mine, we made it a whammy so he gets 5 points. Points are given a dollar value (in our case, $1 -- ballers I say) and that's the game. Actually, it's a great game and I'll play it again. I beat him by 2 points. More importantly, I got a 'closest to the pin' to put my name on, and won myself a fine box of Noodle golf balls. Matt refused to put his name closest to the pin when he hit a great shot claiming it was wrong to take a prize from a 12 year old kid... he's so nice. Want a sleeve of Noodle's Matty? I'll share. A beer replaced actual payout of our huge wager, and home we went happy to have sort of golfed.
Saturday morning was one like no other in recent memory. The sun was somewhat visible, the ground was dry, and the golf course was open. We arrived at 9:30 for breakfast, a meal fit for kings though Harris believes the omelettes are becoming smaller daily -- my eggs over easy were fine. Afterward the frost cleared and we played some golf. I actually made reasonable contact with the ball all day and though the greens weren't exactly in super shape it was golf, and golf is good. Wager wise Matt and I started out by playing a 5 and 5 -- $5 for the front, $5 for the back in stroke play. Nobody wagers with Harris since he doesn't pay his bets off :) I beat Matt by 3 strokes on the front shooting a very fine 39 so he asked to add some incentive to him shooting 35 on the back to beat me so we made a $5 overall game bet as well. It was clear as his 10th hole tee shot sailed into the houses that this was a poor choice on his part. Matt staggered around the back nine like a guy who hadn't played golf in 6 months, and it was clear on 17 he would lose all bets this day. I, the consummate gentleman said "Want to play 18 double or nothing?". His immediate response was "NO I DONT WANT TO LOSE $30 ON THE GOLF COURSE" but later changed his mind. The idea of shipping me any money at all on full tilt where we pay our bets off was gutwrenching. I stepped up to the 18th tee feeling no pressure playing for the huge money and let one sail down the left side, a perfect shot. Matt climbed onto the tee, swung a gargantuan effort and the ball sailed into the trees left, hitting one. Harry broke out laughing and I couldn't help myself to laugh at him laughing. That ball eventually was lost, I came up 20 yards short of the green on my approach but got a nice wedge up and down with the power of the checkspin. I offered to let Matt out of the double or nothing but he'd have none of it.
And that's it. 2009 is underway. Go check out Harry's site since he decided that he can blog AND clean gloves at the same time - Sports, Entertainment & Smack and Matt's site at Now On The Tee.
Golf Wagers 2009:
+$30 FULL TILT