Ryder Cup raingear and working my golf magic in Paradise
HONOLULU – Watching the Ryder Cup from Hawaii, well, is somewhat weird. I turned it on last night around 10 o’clock here and checked out the rain-soaked matches for an hour or so until the lengthy weather delay. When I awoke, it was still live as they were playing into dark.
Speaking of weather, I was really surprised to hear about the American team’s Sun Mountain rainsuit failure. I love the reaction I’m seeing in the press: “Who’s to blame for this fiasco?” Captain Corey’s wife, Lisa Pavin, picked out the gear, and now some are pointing the finger at her because she doesn’t have the credentials to make such choices.
Give me a break. Plenty of folks who have credentials have been picking Sun Mountain for years and for good reason. The company has enjoyed a fine reputation for making outerwear as well as golf bags. In fact, Sun Mountain produces products for several big-named equipment companies behind the scenes.
I don’t know what the real issue was with this outerwear, but I can assure you Sun Mountain was not chosen because the U.S. team got it for free; any outerwear company would have been happy to provide product for the publicity ? but not this kind of publicity.
Also, I wish I could volunteer my services as a marker for the U.S. team. It seems I’m having a fairly positive effect on the people I play with lately. Yesterday, while playing Royal Kunia Country Club on Oahu, I witnessed my second ace in the last few weeks.
I joined up with local player Ernie Oki on our fourth hole yesterday. On our 17th (which is the 180-yard par 3 eighth because we started on 10), Oki hit a 6-iron with the wind behind him.
“Get down,” he said, following a solid strike.
I knew better. “Go in,” I said.
When we went to the green, I told Oki to look in the hole.
He thought his shot went over the green, but he looked anyway. Neither one of us could actually see the ball go in the cup from the tee.
“When I saw the white of the ball in the cup, I couldn’t believe it,” said the 36-year-old sheriff’s deputy upon recording his first ace.
And now for those of you may be feeling sorry for me for only seeing aces and not having any myself, this report is coming from the Cheeseburgers in Paradise restaurant on Waikiki Beach, where I’m having the “early bird special” breakfast. (Thanks to my server, Mandy, for letting me hang out here as long as I want.)
It’s just a few blocks from my hotel, the Park Shore Waikiki. Waves, surfers and sunbathers definitely make up one of the nicer environments I’ve ever had for blog writing… Aloha
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