A Practice Round to End All Practice Rounds

Today we kicked off Greenspan Cup XIV with a practice round at Pacific Dunes.

It did not go well. In fact, it went very badly.

The wind made Pacific Dunes too much for most of us, including me, shown here on my way to a fourth straight triple.

The wind was absolutely howling and, in an understatement, guys just didn’t handle it well. The scores (handicaps in parentheses):

— Waldner 80 (3)
— Anderson 87 (10)
— Aro 90 (12)
— Whitaker 91 (13)
— Cheever 92 (9)
— Deandre 92 (8)
— Gran 93 (9)
— Patton 93 (12)
— Waalkes 96 (16)
— Birrell 97 (7)
— Ahern 97 (7)
— Benezra 97 (7)
— Sharkey 99 (15)
— Harrison 99 (14)
— Gaston 100 (10)
— Jenkins 100 (8)
— Cheuk 100 (10)
— Nelson 101 (11)
— O’Brien 102 (12)
— Stonesifer 102 (11)
— Smith 103 (9)
— Price 105 (15)
— Laidlaw 106 (16)

The team of Adam Waalkes and Steve Whitaker won the big money with a bestball net score of 69. Remarkably the second-place team could manage no better than a 75. That’s best ball. Net.

It wasn’t the Bataan death march, but for a bunch of well-egoed golfers, it was something quite close.

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