Archive for September 2009

Jackson Park Golf Course

Posted by cjsharp1 on September 17, 2009 in Courses 0 Comments

Another beautiful Sunday morning in Chicago called for a round of golf. I met up with Mike at Jackson Park Golf Course, which is approximately five miles south from the center of Chicago, and is probably the closest 18-hole golf course from downtown Chicago. Jackson Park Golf Course is part of the Chicago Park District, which maintains six golf courses throughout Chicagoland. Of the six golf courses, Jackson Park Golf Course is the only 18-hole course, with the other courses offering nine holes.

Jackson Park is fairly short for an 18-hole course (5,508 yards). The course consists of five par-3 and three par-5 holes (with one of the par-5 holes measuring in at 559 yards). Most of the holes have sand traps that touch the fairway or the green, and only two holes touch a water hazard (both of which you have to hit over).

At the start of the round, we were placed with another single. Honestly, I can’t remember his name, but I think he was pretty good, shooting around par. I think he was a regular at the course, or at least played the course many times.

I didn’t play so well this round; I actually played my worst round ever. I had a lot of trouble getting the ball on the green, but when I did get it on the green, I was a little better. Most of my troubles were with my iron shots and accuracy. I consistently shot worse that double bogey on all holes except the 18th, where I shot par. I 1-putted five times and 2-putted eleven times. Mike played a better round than me, consistently shooting bogey or double bogey on all holes except two, where he shot par. He 1-putted three times and 2-putted nine times.

As a side note, I want to mention the great service that Jackson Park provided to Mike and I. On Saturday evening, an employee of Jackson Park called me to inform me about road closing in their area for a half marathon, and that the entrance to their parking lot would be blocked off. They ended up providing a shuttle to and from areas outside of the golf course for their golfers. I think this is pretty cool of them, considering they are a public golf course that is own by the Chicago Park District. Thanks.

Jackson Park Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 5,508 yards
Course par: 70
Course rating/slope: 65.7/107 (blue tee boxes)
My score: 120 (50 over par)
Mike’s score: 92 (22 over par)

Jackson Park Golf Course
6401 S. Richards Drive
Chicago, IL 60649

2009 Blueberry 2-Person Scramble

Posted by cjsharp1 on September 11, 2009 in Events 0 Comments

Plymouth Rock Golf CourseIn early August, Dirk and I played a round at Plymouth Rock Golf Course in Plymouth, Indiana. While I was there, I saw that they were having a golf tournament the weekend of Labor Day, which is also the weekend that Plymouth (or rather Marshall County) has their Blueberry Festival. Knowing I was going to be in the area (and since the entry price was pretty cheap), I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to play in my first scramble and to knock an item off of the 2009 goal list.

The Blueberry Festival tournament held at Plymouth Rock is actually 4 different tournaments within a two day span. On the first day, they hold a 2-person best ball tournament in the morning, followed by an individual tournament in the afternoon. On the second day, they hold a 2-person scramble tournament in the morning, followed by another individual tournament (where you can play both days, or just one day). According to the director of the tournament, in the previous years the tournament would be 4-person, but for this year they decided to make it 2-person. To make things better (for us, at least) the tournament payed out prizes to the top teams in four flights, along with prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, and longest putt on various holes.

I recruited Adam (from the Coyote Run round) to be my scramble partner, because I knew he has strengths in areas that I have weaknesses in. Still being somewhat of a noob, my only goal for the scramble was to be somewhat helpful throughout the round.

We started on the 17th hole, which is the course’s most popular hole, along with another team, Jason and Jerry. We had another foursome directly behind us (8 people starting on the 17th hole… no pressure…). The 17th hole is a straight 593 yard par-5 with thick trees bordering both sides. Adam teed off first, and hooked the ball into the trees on the left. (Once again, no pressure…) I teed off next and duffed the drive, which landed about 20 yards to the right of the tee box. I quickly walked to my cart, grab my next club, and headed toward the next shot, not looking back at that horrible shot. Adam and I quickly got our games back in gear, but only after shooting a triple bogey on the first hole of the scramble.

Things could only get better from that point. Nearly all of my drives were fairly straight and long. Adam didn’t feel too confident with his drives, so he teed off with a 3 wood the whole round. Most of the time, we would use my drive for our first shot. Adam typically provided the second shot, because he’s more consistent with his woods and irons. His shots would either get us on or really close to the green. To get us on the green, Adam was much more consistent than me. When it came down to putting, we were both fairly decent.

On paper, I feel Adam and I played a good round, considering our skill level. Throughout the round, we got 6 pars, 6 bogeys, 5 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey, making our round score a 91 (19 over par). The tournament had a total of 26 teams, and we placed 24th! At least we didn’t get last place, who shot a 95, I think. First place shot an 8 under par (and from what I hear, got eagles on two holes). Jason and Jerry (from our foursome) placed around 8th.

On top of that, on the 9th hole, I sank a putt (1-putted) from about 6-8 feet. After the putt, Jason told me the hole was one of the longest putt holes, and at that moment, I had the longest putt for the hole. I marked the spot and wrote my name down on the marker. I was the first one to make a long putt on the hole, and since it was very early in the round, I figured I had no chance in winning it. But I did win it! I won longest putt on the 9th hole! (Somehow.) For it, I recieved a $20 gift certificate to the course’s pro shop, which was quickly spent on some Nike golf balls and a Cleveland golf towel.

Overall, I had a great time at my first scramble. The weather was nice. The guys in my foursome were nice. Adam and I played as a team and helped each other out throughout the round… each contributing to a score that didn’t put us in last place. I’m happy with our 24th place, and I look forward to future scrambles.

Happy Birthday to Me

Posted by cjsharp1 on September 11, 2009 in News 2 Comments

I just wanted to write a quick post to thank all of those who gave me golf-related gifts for my birthday this year:

  • Beth’s Family – Titleist/Louisville Cardinals personalized ball marker hat (I’ve been wanting this for a while)
  • Barb & Dawn – 30 Noodle+ golf balls (I found this funny, because 3 days prior, I bought 24 Noodle+ golf balls)
  • The Maloneys – ball marking kit and a golf swing training aid

These are the same folks who gathered together last year for my birthday and gave me my first set of golf clubs, which eventually gave me the idea to start this project.

Thanks again!

LIFE Magazine’s 10 Greatest Golfers

Posted by cjsharp1 on September 3, 2009 in History 0 Comments

It’s time to take a break and look at some golf history. LIFE Magazine recently released a photo gallery of the 10 Greatest Golfers. Here’s their list along with a brief description of their accomplishments:

10. Gene Sarazen
Sarazen is one of five men to have won all four majors, including the British Open in 1932. His double eagle in the 1935 Masters is one of the most famous shots in golf history.

9. Walter Hagen
Hagen ranks third all-time in majors, with 11, including a record-tying five PGA Championships. He was the first superstar pro golfer, at a time when pros were frowned upon.

8. Gary Player
Player did not get as much press as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, but he was a major force when they were in their prime, with nine majors, a career Grand Slam, and more than 130 worldwide wins.

7. Arnold Palmer
Palmer’s place in history is due to his personality as much as his play (seven majors). As the face of golf when it was first televised, the King helped the sport surge in popularity.

6. Byron Nelson
Though Lord Byron retired at age 34, he won a career Grand Slam (five total majors) and had the greatest season ever: Eighteen victories in 1945, including a mind-boggling 11 in a row.

5. Sam Snead
Sporting his famed straw hat, Snead was a winning machine for his entire career, with a record 82 PGA Tour victories, including seven majors.

4. Bobby Jones
Competing only as an amateur, Jones won his era’s majors (the U.S. Open and Amateur, the British Open and Amateur) 13 times, including all four in 1930 for golf’s only “true” Grand Slam.

3. Ben Hogan
Hogan is considered the best ball striker in the history of the game, with club control that is admired to this day. He used that swing to win 64 PGA Tour events and nine majors.

2. Tiger Woods
It’s only a matter of time before Woods ascends to the top spot. He already has 14 majors and, still only 33, has won 70 PGA Tour starts as a pro. He was golf’s youngest and fastest to 50 tour wins. He is 35-1 on the PGA Tour when in the lead going into the final round of a tournament. (That’s not a typo; 35-1!) And on and on …

1. Jack Nicklaus
The greatest ever (for now), Golden Bear is an 18-time major winner and, perhaps even more incredibly, a 19-time major runner-up. That speaks to a monumental talent tied to an almost indomitable will. Just amazing.

Be sure to click through the links to see pictures in the photo gallery.

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