When that day of golf is free, it's 10 times better.
My co-worker, friend and frequent golfing companion, Cid, and I found out on Thursday that there were two sponorship openings for a best-ball golf fundraising tournament on Saturday, and we quickly accepted. The tourney was held at one of Guam's better golf courses, LeoPalace Resort, which has about five nine-hole courses, many of them designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The resort itself hosts what are pretty much the premier sports facilities on the island. It routinely brings in professional teams from Japan and Korea to do spring-training kind of practice.
It's a tough set of courses to play — if your ball gets past the primary cut of rough, it's pretty much gone forever and unfindable; that's how thick and nasty the secondary cut of rough is.
The bad part of all this? Showtime of 7 a.m. with a tee time of 8 a.m. Which meant waking up at 6:30 a.m. Ouch. Which was made worse because despite all my planning and self promising, I didn't get to the weekend edits till after 11 p.m. and didn't finish them and get them mailed out till almost 2 a.m. So, waking up super early after about 4 hours and change of sleep. Yurk.
Cid and I played in foursome with two nice guys — a dentist and a banker. It was a great day. We played best-ball format and ended up shooting a 5-over 77, which could have been much lower. We had a several birdie and par putts lip out or otherwise just barely miss. But it was still a good score for us, and the company was good and the day was gorgeous.
And, oh yes ... IT WAS FREAKING FREE!! LOL
Here's a shot of the clubhouse on one of our final holes. And yes, it was this gorgeous pretty much the whole day. A bit hot, but there were a lot of drinks out on the course, so I stayed hydrated. This time, I DID remember my sunscreen, though I still got a little toasty thanks to the heat index.
We got a nice little ditty bag — they give out little things in a bag for tournament participants. This one was a six-pack cooler bag stuffed with two sleeves of high-end golf balls (one sleeve of Titleists, one of Nike golf balls), two baseball caps with sponsor logos, a little on-the-go coffee/beverage drinking container thing, a pen and a beer cozy. We got that just for showing up and playing! There was a continental breakfast of fruit and assorted breakfast foods, like Chamorro empanada, donuts, chicken kelaguen wraps, etc.
After we were done, it was into the clubhouse for a buffet and the after-golf thing of raffling off prizes and announcing winners. The food was good, which was nice, because sometimes the chow after these fundraising tournaments can be dicey. LOL ... I bought $25 worth of raffle tickets, as did Cid, which got us each six tickets. I ended up winning a dinner for two at a hotel restaurant ($80 value) and a pesticide company's ant-and-roach treatment for a single-dwelling residence ($150 value), which I later sold for $50 cash. Cid won two bottles of pretty decent wine and a couple of beer towels. Not bad for a charitable $25 donation.
Then it was into work for an hour and change to finish up the weekend, then home for a nap, a dinner of three meatballs covered in Parmesan cheese, and, of course, the blog update. LOL
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Random Guam Fact Of The Day:
• LeoPalace Resort is almost like a mini sports town. There are hotels, restaurants and condos, plus the finest sports facilities on Guam — pristine baseball fields, soccer fields, golf courses, tennis courts, Olympic-size swimming pools, track and field, workout facilities and more. Several Olympic teams — including U.S. Swimming — have already reserved space to do training and time-zone acculturation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.