-The title is a little misleading. The world is your oyster, but I simply put that in there because the Tour was in New Orleans last week and the oysters there are phenomenal! Drago’s is my place of choice. The chair-broiled oysters are to die for, and I really don’t like oysters, but I love those. Okay, on to the golf.
The Zurich Classic of New Orleans changed to a team event three years ago and for the most part has been praised for the change. The team event is the only of it’s kind of a regular stop on PGA Tour and has come unique things. Players have walk up music to start their round which is cool and fun. The first two rounds are Better Ball with a switch to alternate shot on the weekend. That is okay, but I felt like the event lacked some drama with John Rahm and Ryan Palmer cruising to victory. There is nothing wrong with that, since there are plenty of PGA Tour events with runaway winners. Rahm and Palmer deserve a ton of credit for great play, and if anything, the fault lies with Trey Mullinax and Scott Stallings for not playing well enough to challenge the winners in the final group. Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood finished second and perhaps it would have been more dramatic if they were in the final group, but you can’t force that in competition. So, this is going to end not the way I thought it was going to when I started. There is nothing wrong with the Zurich classic of New Orleans, and I hope the event continues to grow.
The weather we are experiencing in the northeast has been el stinko for golf season. Despite that, you should get out to play anyway. Here is my recommendation of what you should have to survive playing in our damp and cool conditions:
Rain Suit—helps in the wind too.
Under layer—make sure it’s breathable.
Good socks—Try GermaPro
Waterproof shoes—Puma Ignite spikes are fantastic for comfort and keeping you dry
Umbrella—Gustbuster is best.
Weather gloves—The kind you have to get wet to maintain tackiness
Brush—clip it on the bag to clean your clubs
Towels—you don’t need the fancy ones, but you will need more than one
Club cover—It attaches to your bag and is probably tucked away behind the granola bars you left in your bag from last season.
Change of clothes—Always good to have if you have to run back to the office and don’t want people to see the mud on the cuffs of your khakis.
The place to be on August 2nd will be Fox Valley Club in Lancaster for the 4th annual Duster Challenge. What is The Duster Challenge? It’s the best golf event in WNY. Okay, I’m bias because I created it along with Brian Koziol and Jeff Mietus. It is a putting tournament that raises money for the WNYPGA Reach foundation. Here’s how it works; a small field (50-75) compete to determine Buffalo’s best putter. Each competitor putts the 18 hole course fashioned in the putting green in front of the Fox Valley clubhouse. The top 16 scores move on to 9 holes of match play. The final four takes place at dusk, with the final match under the lights and summer stars. This all happens with music, food, drink, and all of the participants and spectators cheering on every putt. It’s fun, low cost, and for a great cause. Learn more at www.dusterchallenge.com , where you can also register or donate if you can’t make it.