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  1. SAFE IN THE BAG: Clubs :: are pretty safe for now, everything is working better than me as how well the ball flies when I get it right. Not being the club ho it is more the other stuff that gets my attention, admiration and ire. ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK: Ball retriever (yes going there) :: is adequate but its twist lock extension handle leaves much to be desired. Improve or find a new one, it's on the chopping block.
  2. Just putting this out there, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! See what I did there?
  3. Woohoo!!! still in 2nd place!!! I think I know how Tiger Woods was feeling in the time after his accident when he was unable to play yet his World Ranking was still riding high on the leaderboards despite his inability to make a single putt. Come on guys, you can do better than the guy who can't post a score! Hahaha
  4. Crazy thought but, why not get another StrokeLab shaft for the new putter and maybe (good thing wives can't read this hehe) a shaft for every club in the bag? (They can't right? )
  5. The name is not familiar to me and the NYARNG as big and diversified as it was and still is though smaller makes possibilities of paths not crossing. I had been commissioned 2LT for one month in July 1983 so it is possible he knew of me depending on what and where he was assigned. God bless your father for his dedication to serve and to you also for being part of the rock that every family is to someone in service, just as my son is to me. I retired as LTC in 2011. Your father sounds like many of my friends who are fellow graduates of the local PGA HOPE program that serves military members, with golf as a means to improve physical and mental health following service to nation. The adaptive techniques taught and the positive supportive attitude of PGA Pros who work with us are key to drawing Veterans together with golf as the venue for open communication and wellbeing. Some of our guys do get to your dad's level of handicap but my focus is different, it is to find my peaceful place that is there on every course as a place aside from all things connected to stress - and watching someone melt down over golf to me is just hilarious.
  6. Front loader arrived on the street just about sunrise and opened it up one bucket wide. Much better than Snovember 2014 when a similar snowfall had us shoveled to the (nonexistent) street before it was similarly opened by a front loader 5 days after the storm passed. 1977 was delivering the Buffalo Evening News as the presses did not stop printing through that whole storm, we had to go out into those blustery conditions every afternoon once the papers were delivered. Streets were down to frozen ice but snow was drifted to house height and some required climbing the drifts to slide down, duck under the porch roof and put the paper in the mailbox at the feet that was normally too high to look inside (and I am 6' or 72"/182cm). Kept the house closed up with access to outdoors through the downwind attached garage door where all snowy clothing was removed, fireplace kept glowing with cherrywood smelled great, well stocked basement food shelves and vault size topload freezer with no loss of power made it just one great adventure. January 1984 as member of NYARNG was activated to dig out South Buffalo streets socked in with up to 8 foot drifts in neighborhoods where there is no room to put snow from the streets. 12 hour shift commander so spent the whole event outdoors except for down time at the Armory. Local news reporters came to find me for daily updates, awesome times to remember...
  7. Actually... Me and my shovel... and by the time Sunday morning rolled around, Town Plow pushed in the street snow across the bottom widening the street by about 4 feet and drifting from the westerly winds with upwards of 30mph gusts completely filled in that space on the left in front of the snow covered vehicles. You gotta be tough to be a WNYer snowbirds are those who retired the field of battle from winter weather... Guess what keeps me fit for shoveling? That's right, GOLF!
  8. It was 50" thereabouts at my house just 3 miles north of Highmark Stadium where it was over 70", brother in law was closer to the all-time snowfall record for NY State of 77" Lake Effect Snowstorm was Friday night into Saturday. This was Saturday evening after shoveling one side of the driveway and did the other side Sunday. Now you know! GO BILLS!!!
  9. Best wishes to everyone still playing in the Northern Hemisphere. Record snowfalls this week in my neck of the woods and spent all weekend digging out from the 50" (127cm). Didn't even have opportunity to putt the carpets where I would not need an orange ball Who's going to take over the leader board?!
  10. Looking forward to what's next It's snowing on this side of my forum screen. And there wasn't any yesterday until after dark.
  11. Winter storm arrived as predicted and driving ban is in effect through tomorrow. I don't expect to be playing golf outside tomorrow either.
  12. I used to ask for things up until I was 19. It was then I was tired of knowing exactly what I wanted, having made sure those who were getting it knew exactly what I wanted, and on the appointed day of receiving I was always disappointed. The whatever it was that had been imagined and thought about for ages never lived up to what was expected. After years of being disappointed I realized it was not the receiving of a thing that made the season so special, it was the times of togetherness and sharing including whatever was on hand for food and drink that makes everything perfect. I sincerely hope you (meaning everyone who reads this post) get your whatever it is you want. And with any luck at some point in the future, our paths will cross, most likely in warm months well away from winter holidays, and then we can lift a favorite drink and have something delightful to eat and share some good times together. It is after all that which makes life worth living. Merry Christmas everyone and I look forward to celebrating with you whatever is your holiday and those special times no matter what they are called.
  13. Great topic and one I must pay attention to as once temps dip below 74*F/23*C I am into extra layers on my legs to prevent cramping and nerve pain from an arthroscopic surgery that must have clipped nerves that never rewired themselves correctly. This was Saturday with tee time of 45*F/7*C and a stiff breeze for colder wind chill, second from left you can('t) see what my triple layers below belt, 4 layers above belt, gloves and fleece hat are like to combat that kind of cold. Walking the 18 holes as temperature dipped to 34*F/1*C by the time we finished in near darkness kept us warm enough to not need more as far as warmers go but that was playing a round with lots of movement. I have not tried to golf with frozen water around but maybe that is something if I can find anywhere around that offers some kind of golf activity outdoors to do this winter. As for now it is moving to indoor activities. Good points in each numbered paragraph and good food for thought!
  14. Last week golf was for the brave souls who love the game and the last few courses were open. This week the courses are closed as frozen greens are a real problem and ground is too soft for power carts, last week was mostly walking only on the courses still open though my Friday morning round was with a cart that provided excellent protection from the heavy rain that persisted for hours, and it probably made a difference there was only one other twosome and me on their family owned/operated golf course on Veterans Day. Resort courses are now changing over to winter activities preparation. Outdoors golf lasted almost 7 months this year so hopefully it will only be a 5 month hiatus until 2023 golf season starts in Western NY. We get these Lake Effect Snow Warnings when the forecast has precipitation expected with persistent wind direction from off Lake Erie. The open and relatively warm lake provides plenty of heat and moisture for clouds to form and moving over the colder and higher elevations the moisture gets wrung out as precipitation as rain or snow and that all depends on the ambient temperature. Lake Erie does freeze and nearly completely that shuts off that process but it takes a couple of months to get to that point and only if enough arctic air comes down from the Great White North to do the deep freeze thing. Downhill Skiing is a big WNY winter sport. Here we go! This is when that BirdieBall PuttUp mat I tested and other trainers take over to help scratch that golf itch. Soon to be in my putting stables is a PuttOut Premium Pressure Putt Trainer and looking forward to that to increase the challenges of indoor putting.
  15. Congratulations to all winners and everyone who posted in the MGS Tour Championship for week 7!!! Again I would like to thank the MGS Tour Championship for the opportunity to compete with my MGS forum friends, the unfailing support of MGS Forum Mods whose unending support and encouragement really does help get through my denseness that it is possible for a total Hack as myself to compete and do well, and for my wife who makes sure I get out to golf to give her some peace in her day.
  16. These are the OEM Logos I have as miniature icons included in my signature, included for convenience. Lovett wedges Worx wedges Cobalt Rangefinders Drizzle Stik bag umbrellas Zero Friction gloves etc Birdieball putting mats Puttout putting trainers (not actually in the signature yet but will be added at holiday time!) L.A.B. Golf @GolfSpy_APH not looking to flood the emojis OEM Logos available but logos do look good in people's signatures.
  17. A tale of two completely different days. Friday was written up on page 1177 that constituted the second best round I have played. Saturday was the pendulum swinging in the opposite direction with a triple digit score not seen in years. First time I have played Sheridan Park Golf Course in Tonawanda, NY and pleasantly surprised by how picturesque and well developed it was. Once the private course of a company in Tonawanda in the Industrial age of the area, It is parkland set in the middle of a Buffalo, NY suburban Town bordered by neighborhoods, an arterial highway, industry, and a superhighway. All of which is on the periphery and doesn't intrude on the play. One road cuts through the course that has multiple cross walks that are well defined. Managed to skip my 3rd shot across the pond by the 1st green but the pond's edge was not sloped to enable doing such a trick shot to roll up onto the green. That's me walking past that pond with little hope of finding the ball. Photos from Friday's tropical storm remnants resulting flooding looked problematic on Friday but Saturday all water levels were back down to normal and only evidence of flooding was the shoreline features where leaf debris and sticks were found at the edge of where water had once been, and high and "dry" on Saturday. This hole is in the 16th and in a corner of the course by a superhighway overpass abutment. I have seen this green there for decades driving past wondering about it, and now I know. Wind was a factor as was heat management with temp falling from the noonish tee time high of 46 as we approached evening. Threat of rain from game start became an umbrella up good idea by the 3rd last hole. There is no reason to allow bag and clubs, especially electronics to get wet though there was not enough rain to warrant the DrizzleStik to protect the top of the golf bag. The lights were originally for my bike and the Buffalo Slow Roll events that go half the year on various routes through the city every Monday night from May through October, COVID happened and PGA HOPE sessions were still on so the lights moved from bike to Clicgear cart because of low light heading back to parking lot to enhance safety. They've never been taken off so were ready for what really was finishing the last hole in darkness. This last group photo was taken in conditions my phone would have taken a black underexposed picture. Some blur is proof of how well we held still for it to render the image. Final numbers came out 53/58 111 - Net 86 +14 Lost 8 balls, found 5 and with a sleeve of 3 gifted, ended with as many as I started with. Unfortunately lost all 3 gifted OnCore VeroX1s Snow in the area today and on the course played yesterday. Come on late autumn warmup!
  18. Thank you kindly! As for going to play more golf... I did head out to play more golf as soon as I sent that last post. It was a foursome that was last together on a hot beginning of September day. Unlike the first time when I was inspired by their exceptional playing, today was cold and wet and play involved many more hits each, mine was the pendular swing from the second lowest score of all times to the kind of score I had years ago when I was learning to play golf. More golf is good but this round will not be part of my MGS Tour reported rounds I'll just say it was the most exercise I have had in a single round and the cheapest round of golf per swing I have played in years! [image of scorecard missing]
  19. I need remedial help, guess adding the score only put in a new line - didn't find the edit apparently.
  20. Date 11/11/2022 Course Name Concord Crest GC Gross Score 90 Course Handicap 25 Gross Over/(Under) 11 Net Score to Par -14 Net Score 65 Net Birdies or better 8 Longest Drive 191 Feels like something is broken or I woke up in a different universe, this is unreal --- I spend all my life on the other end of the scorecard, tournament results and as exciting as this is it just feels like I'm going to wake up at any moment and all the big hitters are where they should be, above my name on the results.
  21. Date 11/11/2022 Course Name Concord Crest GC Gross Score 90 Course Handicap 25 Gross Over/(Under) 19 Net Score to Par -6 Net Score 65 Net Birdies or better 8 Longest Drive 191 This is my first experience to "Post Score" The Gross Over/(Under) is a little disconcerting as it will not go past Zero to show under with the minus in front.
  22. Brain puddle of goo this morning apparently, thanks for the catch! Yes -6 is what was meant Going now to for my first experience to "Post Score"
  23. Changing up the venue for Week 7 tour play, Concord Crest Golf Course in Springville, NY. Rained the whole round from light to heavy downpour and everything in between with a slight letup of the deluge on the 18th. Totally amazed that I had 4 pars in one round! Lots of net birdies, though as result of the last 2 rounds the SwingU handicap dropped by 1.5 strokes. Longest drive for the day was 191 yards. If I'm counting right there's 9 net birdies on the card and applying HCP of 25 that makes the round a Net 65 for +6 on the Par 71 course. Not a bad way to spend Veterans Day. I was the 3rd golfer on the course, saw the others a few holes ahead of me and they only played 9. From the 5th to finish it was my private golf course with only grounds crew about on occasion.
  24. Veterans Day golf has become a tradition at a favorite family owned course south of me, they don't charge Vets for a cart on this day and if I walk it they usually just waive the greens fee. Today Nicole's northern bands arrived on the way to the course. Took this video on the ride to the course, been using this windshield treatment for 40 years, problem is the heavier the rain the easier it is to forget it is raining and have to remember I'm going to get wet if I get out without an umbrella ready. I do enjoy playing golf in rain, don't know what it is but more than any other conditions my game comes together better than other times. 46 and 44 for one more than my best round ever (and handicap went down a point when the round saved). This one is going for my Week 7 Tour entry, too good to pass up. Only 2 others on the course before me and they said I was their last player on the course for the year. Presented with a certificate for golf next year so essentially gave me back my green fee to use again after the no-outdoor-golf months are past. The improvements this year with new footbridges improving access across their many creeks, places where brush used to be now resembling idyllic gardens, better cart paths and terraced tee boxes, indeed I will be back next year and not just to use their gift as more than ever it is a peaceful place I golf to find.
  25. It is an honor to serve the nation's people. My last promotion came through in Tikrit Iraq 2005. As November is also Military Family Month, these are my heroes whose love never waivered, always behind the scenes most people forget the families of Veterans also serve quietly without much support. The two youngest did not choose their service but did so with grace and compassion. This photo is 18 years old and my daughter and son are well on their way to personal success as adults now. Wife is just as beautiful as ever, she hasn't changed. As I do every Veterans Day, heading to the course to play for every Veteran who for whatever reason cannot play golf today. It will be more crowded out there today even if nobody else is on the course because today more than other days those of the brotherhood of arms, men and women, will be in my thoughts.
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