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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Showing Signs of Life

Not that I'm getting any more consistent, but my golf game is showing some signs of life. Since my July 12th post about my summer travails on the links, I've played three times, and I'm going to comment on the last two rounds.

The first round was on the pretty easy Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course, and I hosebagged my way to an 80 with college buddy Jack Fenn. The course has virtually no rough, and the fairways are nicer than my carpets. That being said, my driving was as good as it's been all year, and most of my irons were pure. Minus a few lame lob wedges and a couple of three putts, and it would have been a career round. Needless to say, I was pleased and confident after the round.

I attempted to take all of those good feelings with me to Circling Raven Golf Club, which you MUST play if you ever find yourself in Northern Idaho. It's part of an Indian casino resort in Worley, ID, and it opened about three years ago. It's in immaculate shape, and every hole will test your game. Additionally, all of the holes save the long, downhill par 3s, are different. The variety is terrific. I've preliminarily (is that a word?) ranked it #19 out of a total of 174 courses played in my lifetime. However, that was about all that was terrific (other than the company of my player partner, Jack "Caterpillar" Chrysler).

I shot a 97. I won't talk about the wind, my poor long-iron play or the 139 slope. 97 stinks on any course. The positives that I took out of it are that my driving was decent for the most part, and my chipping continues to be solid. Other than that - booooo!!!

Next weekend, a third Jack -- Jack Hession -- and I will be traveling north to play my brother's new home course, Bayonne Golf Club, and my parents' course, Whitemarsh Valley CC. Bayonne is reportedly a bruiser. But, it has no trees. Not one. So, I'm anticipating a good round. Whitemarsh, on the other hand, is my nemesis. This time, the course will not win. I'll be ready, and I hope you'll be back to hear about it.


Anonymous Jack Fenn said...

I can't beleive you threw up a 97. You looked very solid to me at CDA. I'm sure I would have been worse if I had joined you guys. Jack

6:39 PM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

It felt more like a 90. It was really only 3-4 bad holes. Chrysler laughed when I told him that. He said, "97 is a long way from breaking 90". I should have told him a 118 is a long way from breaking 110...

6:48 PM  
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8:23 PM  
Blogger JC said...

Easy on the scoreboard chatter. I never claimed to be a good golfer. However, I do claim to have fun everytime I golf.

It was fun playing the course with you John. Do you have a list of the top 18? I would like to know what they are, now that I have played #19

8:25 PM  
Blogger JTALIFER said...


This is all mental. You are thinking way to hard. Everytime you tee it up, think about the summers we had at Westlake Golf Course. Picture good things and fun times. I believe you are totally stressing yourself out before you hit your first shot. It sounds like your driver and fairway woods are solid as they always were, but take some time before you hit a long iron and picture that high draw off the first tee at Westlake. Or even better picture Chris Harley in some tight Izod shirt and some plaid (sp?) bermuda shorts. Get a good laugh and swing through the ball. Take some time on the putting greens and really find the pace to stop those three jacks. Good thought, Johnny....good thoughts and stop thinking so much!!!!

8:31 AM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

Chrysler - I'll email you my top 20 later today.

Tali - Your point is not lost on me. However, sometimes I might get myself into trouble by thinking too little, so I guess I need to find the right balance. And having fun is the key - you're right. When are we going to meet up in Arizona?

PS - Thinking about Harley on the golf course isn't good for anyone's game.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

When thinking about Harley on the golf course, Talifer should've mentioned the parka under the golf shirt. Remember, a parka and/or turtleneck was always a part of Halrey's wardrobe at least until the age of 12- even on the soccer field.
And when are we going to Arizona? I've hardly played since I was taking lessons from Bobby Yokoi circa 1987, but I'm ready. I think I should start practicing though, because I imagine that Harley's swing has improved without the added bulk of ski gear under his polo shirt.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Dave Skinner said...

Johnny, good stuff, I was at Coeur D'Alene back in 1997 in my Arthur Andersen days, spent a few days there doing a review of an on-line betting website run by the Coeur D'Alene Indian tribe. I tried the Washington wines but no golf. I've always thought it would be a nice place to get back to, but the 6+ hour flight from NYC always scares me away.

Good luck with your game, I'll let you know when I break 100.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous harley said...

If only they would have made a plaid parka!

If folks are talking about Phoenix, we need to go before Oct, since I don't have anything heavy enough to wear there in late fall/winter.

Gorman, I'm shocked there wasn't a write up in your blog marking this last June as the 20th anniversary of the last major championship to be held at Westlake Golf Course.

4:27 PM  

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