Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe St. Patrick's Day!

Hopefully the weather will soon be such that we'll not only be wearing the green, but putting on it as well! In the meantime, I raise a glass of Guinness to the Irish. Sláinte!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

For The Record...

Since 1996, I have kept a yearly spreadsheet of my rounds played, tracking such statistics as score, total strokes, scoring average, birdies, eagles and holes of par or better. Recently, I decided to create a list of my all time achievements on the golf course. So below is the Muni Golfer's own personal record book. These records are through the 2017 season.

Most Rounds in a Season: 33.5 – 2001

Lowest Round (Par 69 or Lower): 77
   * Juniata, 10/28/01

Lowest Round (Par 70 or Higher): 87
   * Neshaminy Valley, 8/13/11
   * The Rookery South, 7/20/14

The 6th Hole at Neshaminy Valley

Career Birdies: 127

Most Birdies in a Season: 14 – 2001

Most Birdies in a Round: 2
   * 1998 – Juniata (6/7, 8/23), Walnut Lane (7/19), Pocono Palace (11/12)
   * 2001 – The Rookery South (9/4), Old Landing (9/7), Juniata (10/28)
   * 2002 – Cedar Ridge (10/5)
   * 2004 – FDR (5/15)
   * 2005 – The Rookery South (9/7)
   * 2007 – Baywood Greens (8/31)
   * 2011 – Fox Hollow (5/22)
   * 2012 – The Fairways (7/22)
   * 2016 – The Fairways (8/28), American Classic (9/9)

Most Consecutive Holes with a Birdie: 2
   * 2007 – Baywood Greens (#16-17, 8/31)
   * 2016 – The Fairways (#1-2, 8/28), American Classic (#7-8, 9/9)

The 16th Hole at Baywood Greens

Career Eagles: 3

Most Eagles in a Season: 1
   * 2000 – Marsh Island (7/28, #18)
   * 2006 – Juniata (7/30, #14)
   * 2007 – FDR (10/14, #18)

Most Pars in a Season: 93 – 2001

Most Pars in a Round: 8
   * 2010 – Horsham Valley (8/29)

The Par 3 4th Hole at Horsham Valley

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Peeble Beach By Way of the Amazon

One of my Christmas gifts this past holiday was a $25 gift card for Although I do order a lot of things online, particularly golf equipment, I have never ordered anything from Amazon. So this was a great opportunity to experience what the online retailer was all about.
Since Pebble Beach is my favorite golf apparel, I decided to explore what Amazon offered. As luck would have it, I found a nice Pebble Beach 1/4-zip pullover, with a chest pocket. While Peeble Beach describes the color of the pullover as Iron and Heater, it is really black with a grayish trim. It's price fell just within the gift card's amount, so I ordered it.
In placing my order, Amazon offered me free shipping if my order totaled $30 or more. This enticement led me to add a faux alligator scorecard holder from Fairway4 to my cart. Both arrived last week.
The pullover looks good, fits nicely and has a very soft feel. It will be perfect both on the course and practice range during the cool weather in the early spring  and late fall. I can't wait to wear it over one of my Pebble Beach golf shirts in the very near future.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Go Gym Dandy

Eight weeks after last March's cardiac bypass surgery, I began 12 weeks of cardiac rehab at Temple University Health System's Jeanes Hospital. Three times a week I would go and work out for an hour, as I recaptured my strength and stamina. Once I completed the supervised rehab, I was on my own, although they did give me a plan to follow.

While I relied on walking throughout the fall to keep myself in shape, my cardiologist felt that with winter weather approaching, it wouldn't hurt to join a gym. So at the end of December, I joined the Planet Fitness in Trevose, Pa. Since the week of Jan. 8, I have regularly been going to this gym three times a week, where I work out for approximately an hour following a modified version of the routine given to me at cardiac rehab. My workouts are as follows:
  • 30 minutes on the treadmill
  • 15 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 5 minutes on the elliptical machine (occasionally)
  • 3 sets of free weights (5-7.5 lbs)
  • 2-3 laps around the gym to cool down.

These exercises have helped to keep my weight steady, my cholesterol low and my heart strong. There have been nights when I haven't felt up to going to the gym, but it is interesting how something like heart surgery can serve as a motivator! I even plan to try and add some abdominal strengthening in the near future. It is my hope that come the spring, this regular exercise routine will benefit my golf game too.