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phan52 last won the day on November 25 2017

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  1. I think it is pretty clear that I mean we will not be using the new option as a local rule.
  2. I got to play about 5-6 times this winter in Philly but the weather was generally a hindrance. I think last week that we got the most days in a row without rain (or snow) in a year. On Saturday, i actually got a little roll in the fairways for the first time since the fall and hopefully course will be hard and fast soon. Ahhh spring . . .
  3. Our local posting season starts today and our golf committee FINALLY announced that we will continue using stroke and distance for OB and lost balls. It is really the only option for a club that has seven OB's in a row. The fights over where to drop a ball would have been calamitous.
  4. I have always believed that Kuchar is a phony and he has been reinforcing that belief in recent months. The situation the other day with Sergio is a case-in-point. The way I see it, Sergio is an a-hole, something that is unavoidable because he cannot help himself. But Kuchar is a JO which, IMO, is willful. All he had to do was tell the official he gave Sergio the putt, end of story. But, no . . .
  5. My biggest pet peeve at my club is players participating in competition and not knowing the rules. I am constantly correcting the players in my group but I also know that no one is policing a lot of the groups in the competition. In the vast majority of cases they are certainly not trying to gain an advantage but that is beside the point. I play by the rules and so should they. When I was Golf Chairman I would direct the pro staff to make sure that someone in each foursome had a a rudimentary knowledge of the rules because they know the serious players from the causal golfers and they should never put four casual golfers together in a competition. That isn't done anymore and all I can do is shake my head when I scan the tee times and see four knuckleheads in a foursome.
  6. I hear ya. We'll see how it goes. I even have the habit of taking out the pin on the putting green when I am practicing because it reflects the conditions when I play. Maybe that will change for me with the new rule.
  7. I'll deal with my way, you deal with it yours. I doubt it will make much difference. If i hit a good putt it will go in. If I make a bad stroke it won't. The vast majority of putts that we all miss either hit edges or don't hit the hole at all and the pin would have zero effect. But I can just hear you now, when your putt hits smack in the middle of the pin and goes in. "See, what'd I tell you!"
  8. . Well, the concept of the new rule leaving the pin in has nothing to do with making or missing putts. It's only about faster play. I will react accordingly. Rather than wait until someone gets to the pin to remove it on my longer putts, I'll putt away. But when I am close and lining up a putt I will do as I always have and remove the pin.
  9. I can agree with that. The familiarity I have with my course makes me feel that four hours is too long, but there is not much I can do about it when the course is busy and they are playing at the accepted pace. It just feels a bit tedious. Example, we played last week and waited to hit on most fairways and on every par 3 tee box, but we still played in 4:05.
  10. On the days when my swing is right and I am making consistent solid contact, there isn't much better. It may be a rare thing for me, but is is sweet thing.
  11. You and I are going to have to agree to disagree, particularly playing through a group. I have done it and it alway adds a lot of time ot a round. If I can get around them, that's the better option. And I understand that 4 hours is an accepted time. I pointed out at 4;08 is the accepted time at our course. That doesn't mean it isn't slow. When the course isn't busy, any group I am in never play in more than 3:30, and usually less. We play when ready. Get to ball, hit the ball. Why should I wait to hit my ball if the guy who is away hasn't got to his ball yet? Like I said, JMO. Hit when ready.
  12. I remember Miller as a player and saw him play live many times and I even caddied in a group with him for two rounds on the Tour back in the 70's (I had Jerry McGee's bag). But his broadcasting career is what I will remember most because I think he was the best.
  13. I have hit the pin many times from off the green and my experience is that it is totally random whether it goes in the hole or not. I know i will remove the pin when I putt.
  14. We don't have tee times, it is first come. first served, and those groups were already on the course when we got to the tee box. And I totally disagree about playing through TWO groups, as that would have added at least a half hour to our round. I was perfectly happy to start on 3 and play the first two holes at the end. We often have people who start on the back nine and the rule of thumb is to rotate in with any groups that may be on the first tee. It is an accepted policy and never an issue. And sorry, 4:08 is slow. JMO.
  15. A tale of two nines. 40-47-87. And the 40 could have been better as I three putted twice.
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