I just completed my second Ganson Depew Invitational at Wanakah CC, and like the first, it was a blast! While we didn’t qualify for the championship flight, we did win all three of our 18 hole matches to win our flight. That is no small feat. The competition was tough as was the course. Here are a few notes from the event.
-Several folks asked me about the 2nd hole since I had written about it last year being my nemesis hole. I think it remains so after I three putted from 15 feet on Friday. It was my fault, not the hole’s. Overall though, I was 3 over par on the hole through 4 rounds. I’ll take it!
-The yardage book given out last year was invaluable as I used it on several holes. The carry distance to fairway bunkers I found most important as it influenced my club selection for tee shots. While hitting irons off of the tee isn’t the most fun thing to do, on par 4’s it proved to be most prudent.
-I was told by a younger opponent that I play boring golf because I was finding fairways and greens all day. I took it as a great compliment because boring golf beat him.
-18 hole match play is so much better than 9 hole match play. The momentum swings are felt, pressure mounts, and the opportunity to come back is real. You don’t really experience that with 9 hole matches. The downside is you don’t play everybody in your flight. Heck, there were guys I knew that I didn’t know were in our flight. Sure I could have looked on the board to see the entire flight field, but I just wanted to focus on my game (and my partners’ game).
-The accompanying partying that goes with 4 days of golf at tournament is harder on the body than the golf itself. I’m exhausted!
-The members and staff at Wanakah CC should be proud of the shape the course is in. It is tremendous. The renovations and restoration that was completed a few years ago has created a gorgeous property with great views of the lake and a very challenging test of golf.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and participants of the 4th Annual Duster Challenge that took place last Friday at Fox Valley Club in Lancaster. The event was a huge success as we raised $2500 for the PGA REACH Foundation and its HOPE Program. All of us at Tee 2 Green are really proud of the event and look forward to growing it in the years to come. And for the second straight year, a teenager won the event as Owen Rooney from Canisius High School took home the Pacer Putter.
The PGA Tour Playoffs start this week and I can’t wait to be on the call for The Northern Trust Tournament. The first of three playoff events will be played at Liberty National in Jersey City, NJ. It’s the course where they just held the President’s Cup and I’ve heard nothing but great things about the place. My wife has put a ban on me purchasing golf swag due to an abundance in my closet, but this place is special and may call for me to disobey or ask for the ban to be lifted for this week.