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The GrunkleGuru

Grunkle is a slang term for the thick rough on a golf course that I have been using for many years. Given my penchant for inaccurate tee balls, I have become a bit of a guru out of the thick stuff, hence the name. This is a site for my random thoughts about sports (espeically golf) and life in general. While nothing special, it will hopefully offer a break from the daily drudgery for both you and me.

October 31, 2005

PGA Recap - Congrats to the Sweedish Redneck

For some time now Carl Pettersson has been on the PGA Tour, with mixed reviews. However, after yesterdays round, he can now be called Champion.

Carl shot a final round even-par 71 to earn his first PGA Tour victory at the Chrysler Championship held at the Innisbrook Resort outside of Tampa. The win gives him quite a few perks including a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour, and invite to the Mercedes Championship to start the season next year, and if he has a strong finish next week at the final event of the year, he can finish in the top-40 on the money list and earn an invite to the Masters.

I’m not going to claim to know Carl well, but I do know him from my days as an assistant pro at Starmount Forest Country Club when his family had a membership and he was a star player for the Grimsley golf team. I played and practiced some with Carl during that time, and I always saw that something extra that all winners have.

It is nothing tangible, or something that you can quantify, but he had that grit. That something extra that you see when someone has a lofty goal and will do whatever is necessary to achieve it.

So congratulations Carl. You have done Greensboro proud.

October 25, 2005

Rule of the Week - The Legend of Stonehands Johnson

Let me set the scene for you. The Grunkle Guru has played masterful golf for 4 days and now sits on the 18th hole tied for the lead in the Springfield Open. After a masterful drive and solid second shot, he now has 10’ for birdie and the win.

Upon reaching the green our lovable hero marks his ball and tosses it to Jimmy ‘stonehands’ Johnson who proceeds to drop the ball and watch it roll down the slope into the depths of the pond bordering the green. As the ball sinks into the muck below, a look of desperation falls upon the Guru.

“Don’t worry,” says Stonehands. “I have another ball right here, and it is the same make as that other one. No problem with the one-ball rule.”

Trusting his caddy, our hero takes the replacement ball and drops the putt for a Cinderella-type victory.

Upon reaching the scoring tent an official is waiting for the Guru and tells him he has violated the rules of golf. What rule did he breach?

Under rule 16-1b, a ball that has been marked may not be replaced with a substitute ball. The Guru is assessed a two-stoke penalty and loses the golf tournament. Stonehands is fired on the spot, and any caddy hired in the future must be able to either catch a golf ball, or know how to swim so he can retrieve those dropped.

October 24, 2005

Trying To Come Back From The Depths

It funny how time can disappear if you are not careful. I have been absent from the world of blogging for numerous reasons including:

Lack of time (life has been busy)

Lack if interest (I have felt bored with the world of golf lately)

Lack of skill (my personal game has been terrible and far from blog-worthy)

All of the above contributed to a general feeling of I don’t feel like blogging, but these were not the main reasons that I have been out of the blogging community. The main reason has been that I have been busy negotiating the sale of our current house and the purchase of our next one.

When we bought our first house, we bought it for the neighborhood. We loved the location, loved the energy, and loved the price. However, as our family has grown, our house has not, and it came to decision time. Do we add on to our house, or look for something else in the neighborhood?

After some preliminary research we quickly realized that the addition was not the way to go. So we set out to find what we hope will be the house we raise our family in, and I am very happy to say that we have found it.

We are staying in Aycock Historic District and we could not be happier with that decision. However, now the fun begins.

We will be leaving the warm and cozy confines of a house built to historic specifications that was a new construction (1996) to a larger, and much older home (1905?) that will require a lot of love, but we are excited if not apprehensive about the undertaking.

Finally, contracts are signed, appraisals and inspections are taking place, and we can start looking at ways to spend lots and lots of money for our own satisfaction as we attempt to bring a historical home back to its luster, and add some modern touches as well. Who knows, maybe the family will start a renovation blog where we will offer our own experiences as well as solicit advice and quotes from those who have been there before, and actually know what they are doing.

So wish us luck as we move forward on this new, exciting chapter of our lives.

Back to the world of golf soon.

October 04, 2005

Rule of the Week - Your Honor, Your Honor

Here’s the situation:

18th hole, you and your nemesis are all square in your match and you have a 45’ birdie putt, and you opponent is about 30’ away, but off the green. You opponent goes ahead and hits a miracle chip for birdie.

During his dancing and ribbing you sit there quietly waiting for a moment to interject something. Your opponent says, “Why are you smiling? You have to make the putt to tie me.”

You calmly declare, “Actually, I am away, you have to replace your ball and wait for me to play.”

A look of disgust hits your opponents face, as he screams, “But I was off the green I had the honor!”

So who is right?

You are of course because you read the Grunkle Guru rule of the day and realize that regardless of where a person is on the golf course, in match play the competitor furthest away has the honor. So even though you were on the green, you had the right to play first and your opponent must replay his shot.

Note: If this is a friendly match please don’t use this rule except to get a laugh at your friend’s pain. It is common practice for those off the green to play up. It just helps with the flow of play. Now if you don’t like the guy go ahead and call it.

October 03, 2005

Week In Review - There Was A Golf Tournament?

Man, I don’t know if I can call myself the Grunkle Guru anymore. The PGA Tour comes to my hometown, and I don’t even see one shot of the action (and by that I mean live, on TV, or sports highlights). From what I understand, K.J. Choi won, and the talk of the town is that we might be losing the tournament to a new television contract.

I hope that is not the case, but given the work behind the scenes being done, I feel that we will not lose the date. We might not be in the fall in the future, but I don’t think we will lose the stop. No facts to back this up, just a prediction.