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I shot my career best over the weekend and didn't lose a ball. I have twin daughters and I have their names on balls. I used the same ball for the front nine with one daughter's name and then switched to the other daughter for the entire back nine. They are both retired now and sitting on the mirror behind my bar, Those and my hole-in-one balls are better than any trophy I could get.
I can remember an approach of 120 yards straight into the wind. I hit a full 5 iron to the middle. I normally hit a 5 iron 185-190 yards. The side winds were the worst. Aiming into the adjoining fairway and trust he wind to blow it back.
Got them home and took a look and found that there were 2 7 irons and no 6 in the bunch. Had to go back the following week to correct it, but they didn't have the matching serial number club in the house. They were super nice about it and ordered me a replacement set to make sure I had a matching set. I also had them order me a matching 2 iron which I paid for. Then they comped a round to demo the clubs that they had in shop. About a month later I picked up my lovelies and never looked back. Man, I loved those clubs...
I have been walking away with $30 to $100 almost every round from skins game with my playing partners lately. Makes me feel bad but I do play a lot of free golf.
I won a TM R-7 driver in a putting contest back in the day when that was THE hot new driver. I played that bad boy for 7 or 8 years until I just recently changed.
I've been pretty lucky in raffles associated with charity tournaments though. I've won cases of wine, a microwave, a birthday party for 20 kids, a bunch of grocery/gas/retail gift cards, shirts, dozens of balls, free golf, a putter, and as an enthusiastic cook, my very favorite, a commercial grade KitchenAid mixer.
There was a tournament like that at my course last weekend, but it was a furniture store that sponsored it so the winning team all got little tables or something.
I played in a foursome that took 2nd place with -14 but the prize was just a $50 gift certificate. Still beats nothing.
I love to cook too and would be excited about that as well. You can put dozens of different attachments on those things and use it for countless purposes.