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Fourputt last won the day on March 8

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About Fourputt

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    Major Winner
  • Birthday 12/12/1946

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    Logan County, CO

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  1. Marker Size

    Because it's easier to see the big one, easier to find it again after I walk away to tend the flagstick or for whatever other reason I might leave the general area where my ball is. I've actually had trouble finding a penny or a dime in the past on a large green. I see no reason why anyone should care what I use to mark my ball as long as it isn't unreasonable. Since they sell the poker chip type markers in most golf shops these days, I see no reason not to use one if I want to. It's also easier to dig out of my pocket than a dime is.
  2. Marker Size

    Even a dime will deflect a ball off course. If it's in someone's line of putt, it should be moved to one side or the other, regardless of size. I carry 2 markers in my right pocket when I play. One is a poker ship type (I have several as souvenirs from various courses), and the other is a smaller metal one - most recently using one from The Old Works Course in Montana. I use the small one when I can tell that I'm close to someone's line or somewhere near the hole. In either case, I'll move it or putt out first if asked. I really don't understand how anyone can be distracted or distressed just because of the size or visibility of another player's ball marker. I sort of like having a visible ball marker near my line to help as an aiming device. Not to hit it, but to set my line at, say 4" right of the spot for example. The more visible it is, the better.
  3. I would never leave a club behind. I will take it and turn it in at the clubhouse, or on my home course I'll give it to the ranger and he will progress through the groups in front of us to find the owner. During the club championship a couple of weeks ago I found a wedge lying next to the 1st green. After we hit our tee shots on #2, I drove up to the nearest cart for the group ahead of us and gave it to them. Since it was lying on the green fringe where most players walk off, there was no doubt that it belonged to that group, and he was likely to need it on #2, so I didn't want to delay in returning it.
  4. challenges of senior golfers

    In my men's club, senior is 50, and master senior is 62. We have club championship tournaments for both categories, and many of us old farts play in both, as well as the regular club championship.
  5. Three weeks ago, the last night of my Men's League this year, I found a putter head cover in the cart basket when I got it out of the cart barn. The course had held a tournament the day before, and I assumed that it was from that, and that means a lot of players from as far as 50-100 miles away. I could tell that this was a special cover, because it had the PGA Tour logo and "Waste Management Open" on it - obviously a souvenir from the Phoenix Tour stop. I turned it in and didn't think anything more about it. My brother-in-law and I went to play last Sunday and when I went in the clubhouse to sign in, the manager came over and handed me a $10 bill. She said that the guy who lost the head cover was excited to get it back and grateful for my honesty in turning it in. He had driven down from Sidney, Nebraska (about 60 miles) to reclaim it. Never had anything like that happen before.
  6. Your Final 10 Rounds

    Yep... took this shot of my brother playing from one of those pain-in-the-ass bunkers.
  7. What kind of Amateur tournament?

    My Club Championship is this weekend, Fri-Sun - 54 holes. It used to be 72 holes over 2 weekends, but the club and the course had to compromise on a better plan, as the public was complaining about losing access to the course for 2 successive weekends (the course is managed by the Foothills Recreation District and the district is partly supported by property taxes). It works out okay as a 54 hole tournament, and only a few old farts like me even remember the 72 hole format. Most of the current membership has never known anything different.
  8. What are you doing for the total solar eclipse?

    We drove about 125 miles north to Arthur, Nebraska to a friend's ranch in the totality zone. I shot this during the peak of the eclipse:
  9. I have never even looked at Twitter or Instagram. I'm on Facebook solely to keep up with family and friends who use it. I generally despise most social media outlets.
  10. Rules Aren't Made to be Broken

    It's just not that big an issue when you are talking about a few hundred here or there, Plus it isn't a regular occurrence that someone gets caught, even for those who are on camera nearly every week. The level of publicity is way more than most such incidents call for. It's more about the media sensationalizing an incident than it is about fairness. Very few players are truly opposed to the scrutiny, and most just take it in stride. They are making good money while doing nothing more than just playing a game, so all this hand-wringing and crying by fans and media is just a lot of useless noise.
  11. Rules Aren't Made to be Broken

    Minimally. And the players who are most impacted will be under the same level of scrutiny. The top 10 will be on camera the most, the next 10 less so, and so on down through list.
  12. Rules Aren't Made to be Broken

    I golf, I can call a foul on another player, so there is a form of oversight that is independent of requiring a cadre of referees to do that job. If my opponent or fellow competitor makes a error in following a procedure, I can choose to bring it up before he incurs a penalty if possible, or call the penalty if I can't stop him before he has breached the rule. And I feel the pressure on myself to follow all of the rules during a round. Any responsible player who enters a competition understands that self-policing is a requirement of playing tournament golf. I'm not sure how you can dispute that point. It's a simple fact that is stated very early in the Rules of Golf.
  13. What's the deal with grain?

    Most of the issues with grain go back a couple of decades and beyond, when greens weren't generally being cut as closely as they are today. I played a course in Ft. Myers back in the mid 90's and the grain was definitely a factor on those bermuda greens. Because of the fact that I had never seen bermuda greens before, it was both significant and frustrating, since I thought of myself as a fairly good putter, and I was a total wreck on those greens. These days, with tighter cuts and rolling, grain is not really part of anything I try to read on a green. Now a stiff breeze can have more influence on the roll of a putt than grain does.
  14. Are you a picker or a digger

    I originally posted that I was a digger, but that isn't really true any more. I sort of go both ways now. I do cut grass with most iron swings, but usually only catch dirt with my shorter irons. When I'm making good swings, I take a small divot with 7I on down. I used to be a pelt cutter with my wedges, but that was a long time ago.
  15. League Players vs Regular Players - Etiquette

    I do have an issue with this. There is absolutely NO REASON to play slow just because you are in a league, and the course shouldn't allow it either. Pace of play policies should be in effect no matter why you are there to play. I play in a tournament men's club, and we have a pace of play policy, and we penalize for breaching it. The course has nothing to do with it - we are self-policing.