Blog 240, 9/27/12 - Ryder Cup: Friday Morning Foursomes Picks

ryder cupOn Tuesday morning of Ryder Cup week, there's a huge sense of anticipation ahead of the game's most exciting team competition. By Thursday evening, the golf world seems ready to burst. "Will this thing ever start?" it wants to scream. A few months before he died, Seve Ballesteros said the competition should start on the Thursday, and gave a list of reasons why, not one of which any sensible official could argue with. Wall-to-wall coverage of the competition is great; we know that from being given TV access to the front nine holes at Augusta National during the Masters. But ceaseless coverage of the preliminaries can reach critical mass at some point after which the viewers lose a little interest and can actually forget what it is we're here for.
The most compelling of Seve's reasons for wanting to begin earlier in the week, was that fans want to see more action. Why make them wait an extra day and have them listen to analysts analysing what they think might happen...but might not.
This year we have at least been spared the discussion on what impact the late arrival of three American caddies who had to take a different flight to the players might have on the team, and how the Captain's wife has taken it upon herself to decide her husband's team's lodging, eating and apparel arrangements. But in their place, we have continued to hear about the Americans' fixation with ping-pong (a storyline that passed its sell-by date long ago surely), how the teams are dining each evening, and how they are all good friends because they all live in the same high-end neighborhoods. We've also heard an awful lot about the course and how the set-up, and the lack of rough in particular, will theoretically favor the home team...but might not.
It is encouraging that the subject of starting a day earlier has at least been broached this week, so hopefully we won't wait as long at Gleneagles in 2014 for the golf to start.
Whatever, we're here now. I hope the prelude hasn't dulled your senses too much, and that you're ready for three days of pulsating drama. May the better team win.

Blog 239, 9/25/12 - Vikings Cruise to 17-Shot Home Win

The Western Washington men's team ended a five-year winless streak at its own Viking Invitational today, cruising to a 17-shot victory at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.

Blog 238, 9/18/12 - Vikings Finish Third at Season Opener

The Western Washington men's team shot a final round 297 (+9) at the University of Indianapolis Invitational at Brickyard Crossing GC Tuesday, finishing the tournament in third place.

Blog 237, 9/18/12 - Rawitzer Enjoys the Japan Experience

Matt Rawitzer may not have played his best at last week's Topy Cup in Japan, but he says the thrill of traveling overseas made up for it.

Blog 236, 9/18/12 - Aerification Not Required this Fall at Lake Padden

Thanks to Scott McBeath's year-round efforts, the greens at Lake Padden do not need to be aerified this fall.

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