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What bets did we make at the sportsbook? lol

 

I'm still alive in a survivor contest out in Vegas so I'm just placing a hedge bet each week. And with the lines at the DC sportsbook, its been quicker for me to drive to CT and get in and out in a few minutes. Its a nice drive actually. Although its normally a few minutes shorter, Route 9 is closed through Hillsboro right now.

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26 minutes ago, tungstenplug said:

A quick Google search tells me the gambling apps/sites should be up and running in VA sometime in January. It's taken so long that I forced myself to forget about it. Hopefully in time for NFL playoffs

 

 

Super Bowl if we're lucky.

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8 hours ago, FAbb said:


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Happy Joel Mchale GIF by ABC Network

 

Correct...

 

And without getting into the ins and outs of building a hedging model in the late stages of a survivor pool, its a literal no-lose situation. Oh and also the pot is $2.4M...so its worth the drive...

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Decided to burn my remaining shop credit on a new set of SM8s (54/58/62). It will probably be the first time ever that I've had a matching set of wedges. I've (almost?) always carried 3 wedges other than my set PW/AW but they have always been various brands, shafts, head styles etc. Its had absolutely no negative affect on my game at all but I literally could not find one other thing I needed in the pro shop. I can only buy so many quarter zips and polos in one year.

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Random question, kind of a preview of a golf new year's resolution post.  I'm looking to play more amateur tournaments next year, assuming they aren't all cancelled again, but having difficulty finding a good schedule of them aside from the VSGA and MSGA events.  Has anyone played in any in the DMV area that they've liked?  Interested in both individual and team events.  Nothing super serious (not going to make it in the Eastern Amateur, that's for sure), but something with some stakes to get the blood pumping.  I'm creating a spreadsheet of all the events and qualifying dates to try and keep track, and happy to share it with anyone if they're interested as we get closer to registration opening up.  Here's what I have slated to include so far:

 

-USGA events (local qualifiers, assuming those return)

-VSGA events

-MSGA events (schedule doesn't appear to be out yet)

-Maryland Cup (is this still a thing?)

-Classic 5 events (e.g., Baltimore City Amateur Championship)

-Norfolk City Amateur

-University of Maryland tournament series

-Hive events (obviously)

 

Would love to hear of any others, or anyone's thoughts on specific tournaments.  

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7 hours ago, dcmidnight said:

Decided to burn my remaining shop credit on a new set of SM8s (54/58/62). It will probably be the first time ever that I've had a matching set of wedges. I've (almost?) always carried 3 wedges other than my set PW/AW but they have always been various brands, shafts, head styles etc. Its had absolutely no negative affect on my game at all but I literally could not find one other thing I needed in the pro shop. I can only buy so many quarter zips and polos in one year.

 

What loft is your PW?  Do you go from PW to the 54 or is there another wedge between your PW and the 54?

 

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Today a buddy and I had plans to play at Links of Gettysburg that didn't happen because of the snow last week. Instead we played at Queenstown Lakes. The wind was howling at times and chilly. Lots of layers and the occasional taste of antifreeze was required to stay warm. The course was soaked with plugged tee shots the norm and mud on every other shot, we did play LCP. The greens were in outstanding shape given the season and had recently been top dressed with what looked like the finest grain sand I had ever seen. Rolled true and fairly fast. I hit a worm burner on 14 that skipped off of a little knoll and hit a goose in the body but did no harm. The rest of the flock, maybe 20 total, really gave me grieve as I walked up to hit my second shot. I guess I deserved it.

When we called Gettysburg yesterday to cancel the tee time, they said 'Yeah we are basically closed and figured you weren't coming but if you want to come up and play we won't charge you'. Thanks, maybe another time.

Nice to be playing golf on December 22 and finish in 3:20 without rushing.

 

Happy Holidays everybody!

 

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Best meaningful round - Worthington when MD opened the courses. With Eagle, Dom and DC. 

 

Honest to God this feels like it was four years ago.

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9 minutes ago, dcmidnight said:

Best meaningful round - Worthington when MD opened the courses. With Eagle, Dom and DC. 

 

Honest to God this feels like it was four years ago.

It does seem like a long time ago.

Worst shot - Altsean’s layup into  a par 3 bunker at the Blue Mash CC. The photo is also symbolic of the year. Covid threw a horrible buried lie at us. Most of bounced back. Including Altsean after a triple bogey!
 

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Best round- second to last week of UMD fall league and my partner and I are down 4 points in standings entering the match. Neither one of us had been playing real great this fall but my partner was steady and had really carried the team all season. We are playing the league leaders who had been playing consistent all season. After a warm up on the range and losing the first hole it was obvious my buddy didn't bring his 'A' game. I didn't have an 'A', 'B' or 'C' game all year but that day I started making some shots and dropping some putts. We ended up winning the match 7-2 (+1 point for winning) to take the lead in the league. I only shot a 42 but with strokes it was enough. It felt good because I'm not used to wearing the saddle.

 

Best meaningful round- I cannot pick a favorite as there were several casual rounds with friends where everyone played OK and the weather, course and company were perfect. I enjoy that type of round more every year.

 

Best Course- Bulle Rock probably, my first round there.  Worthington really is hard to beat.

 

Best Golf shot-  Approach shot on #7 at UMD during a fall league match. Opponent hits his approach to about 6 feet. Me, really needing to win hole, hit to about 3 feet, make putt. Opponent misses makes par. After the match he said that he was pissed that I hit my shot inside of his because he felt like they were going to really whup us that day. We ended up halving match.

 

Best Golf purchase- Taylor Made Tour Response ball. Feels similar to the Titleist NXT I used to really like.

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Best Round      ------------- 67

Best Course    ------------- Stonewall 
Best Hole        ------------- Par 5, Got an eagle (3) to beat a player who got a 6 net 4 (sweet justice)

Best Golf shot ------------  Hole out from 145yds for Eagle on par 4

Best Golf purchase -------  Ventus Black shafts/Online Lesson that was a game changer

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Best Round - 69

 

Best Course - Didn't go anywhere special but did play a few DMV courses that I've been wanting to play


Best Hole - My brother just started playing seriously this year at age 30 and I saw him make his first birdie. Huge fist pump

 

Best Golf shot - Nothing comes to mind, probably a chip-in or long putt

 

Best Golf purchase - SIM 3 wood. You know right after you hit a ball, by the time you look up and start tracking the ball it has already gone X distance and is X height. Depending on what club I'm hitting I expect the ball to be in a certain spot when my eyes finally catch it. The first few shots I hit with this 3 wood, I was looking up but couldn't find the ball right away. It was taking an extra moment because the ball was already 20 yds further out than I was expecting. Had to completely re-calibrate from my previous 3 wood (Titleist 915F). Kind of hard to describe but it was pretty jarring for me at the time and a great surprise. The misses are bigger though 😉

 

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Best Round 

A couple come to mind. 78 at Little Bennett in heavy fog after starting double-double. And, the morning rounds at WoMan this summer with Dom, Christian, Vinay, June, ....

 

Best Course 

Like everyone else, I didn't travel much. Probably Baywood Greens near Rehobeth. Love that course. Also played hWhiskey several times. Always at the top of my list


Best Hole

Birdie on Baywood #15 par 3. Steep uphill, always into the wind. Tee shot to 2 1/2 ft. This was made even better since it followed a snowman 8 on the goofy island fairway 14th (sunk 2 balls) and was followed by another snowman on the par 5 16th (sunk 2 more). I don't ever remember going 8-2-8 in a three hole stretch

 

Best Golf shot

wedge to 1ft on LB #3 in the fog. We could barely see the end of the tee box when we hit

 

Best Golf purchase 

$60 yard sale special Scotty Cameron NP2 in Bethany Beach. Had a crooked grip and a dent in the shaft. I swapped out the shaft with one I had on the basement, slapped a new grip on it and used it the rest of the year. Not any better or worse than the other 8 putters I have, but it was a great deal

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18 hours ago, aiyyer said:

About time to start best of 2020..

Best Round 

Best Course 
Best Hole

Best Golf shot

Best Golf purchase 

 

 

Best round: 76 at the home course, even par on the difficult front 9 and just an all around solid round for me. Followed promptly by an injury and terrible play

 

Best Course: Pikewood National

 

Best Hole: Missed my first ace by a ball length, #10 at SPCC

 

Best Shot: Nuking a drive up the chute on Pikewood #17, in some of the hardest rain I've ever played in. Honorable mention to a 55 yard wedge hole out for eagle at CCMD #4. 

 

Best purchase: Sun Mountain 2.5+

 

index closed the year at 8.8, it was a tough golf year for me but I hope to be healthy and ready to go next year. Probably had my best putting and short game year and need to keep working on the long game. 

 

 

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