Yesterday, I drove south to Toledo, Ohio to compete in the Holiday Hyzer 5 tournament
, run by Mark Kruse. It was probably about 24 degrees and windy when we started the first round of 21 holes, and at best 36 degrees (and not so windy) when we finished the second round. Brr.
Because I had read earlier in the week that the high was supposed to be in the 40s, I had not properly prepared. Actually, I had been thinking that I would not play again until the spring, so all of my gear was scattered through several rooms, a couple of buildings, and three cars. So I did not prepare properly for the cold. Big mistake.
The first round I could NOT make a putt, partly due to cold hands (no gloves) and partly because of my left heel's bruised Achille's tendon, which makes it nearly impossible to push off and lift that left leg when putting.
There were only three of us in Pro Masters. Dave O'Shea (Osh) and Michael Frame (Frame-O) tied in the first round with 61s, 6 strokes better than my 67. They tied again in the second round with 63s, 3 strokes better than my 66. I actually left while they were playing off because I was so tired that I figured if I stopped and sat down anywhere I might not get up, so I don't know who won. I know it was a good buddy, though, because they both are!
This is Osh making a putt.
This is Frame-O parking his approach after a way-blown drive. (Did I mention it was windy?)
Mark Kruse runs a good tournament. Registration was smooth. The event was a charity event for a foundation which purchases mosquito nets for families in Africa and there were some folks providing great Sloppy Joes at lunch. While the scores were being done, there was a nice Jumbo Toss and a throw-off for the un-gotten Ace Pool. There was also a 50:50 and a basket toss.
Besides being poorly prepared for the cold (Thanks, Geoff Bennett for the hand warmer for the second round!), and injured - limping so much that this morning my "good" leg is aching terribly from the strain of moving like it shouldn't because of my heel, it's clear that I am just not in good shape for competition overall. I have aches in my shoulders, hands, arms, back, hips, hamstrings, and sore feet. At least part of that is due to being old but mostly just not getting much exercise.
Ben, Sheila, and I are about to head to what was Brown Park. I heard from the parks people late on Friday that they want us to get cracking on the design of the four (4) the woods holes. Brrr, more cold.