Saturday, May 25, 2024

The Eagle Has Landed!

Yesterday I played my third round for the 2024 season at Fairways Golf Club in Warrington, Pa. It was also my third consecutive round at the course. Although my previous two rounds at Fairways GC had been a 90 and 82, I was not playing as well yesterday, partly due a cold I was suffering.

The Par 4 16th Hole at the Fairways Golf Club

I did, however, have one major highlight during my round. After back-to-back pars at the Par 3 14th (134 yds.) and 15th (112 yds.), I came to the16th hole, which is a 323-yard, straightaway Par 4.

My tee shot was a slight draw down the middle-right portion of the fairway that rolled to the left side . From there I had 82 yards to a pin on the back right side of the green. I took my 52-degree Wilson PMP
gap wedge and struck a shot that I initially thought may have been hit a touch thin. The ball sailed high into the air and landed on the green about six feet from the hole and rolled towards the flag, before disappearing in the hole for an eagle!

The ball used for my 4th career eagle

The eagle was the fourth of my golfing career. The previous three occurred in 2000 at #18 at the former  Marsh Island in Delaware, 2006 at #14 at Juniata Golf Club in Philadelphia, and in 2007 at #18 at the former FDR Golf Club in Philadelphia. All have been made at Par 4s.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Arsenal Headcover for Christmas

Mrs. Muni Golfer got me a great golf gift for Christmas: an Arsenal FC headcover for my Driver! The Muni Golfer has been a fan of the Gunners from North London since the 1970s, and I was lucky enough to tour their stadium in during a visit to London in 2019. The will nicely complement the Arsenal accessories pouch I already carry in my golf bag.

And while it may only be seen on a golf course instead of a pitch, the new headcover will proudly show my support for Arsenal throughout the year! Afterall, if you're gonna hit bombs, it helps to have an Arsenal!

Sunday, December 31, 2023

Happy 2024!

Wishing everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year! May the coming year see you play more rounds, hit more fairways and greens, and make more putts, pars, birdies and eagles!

Follow along in 2024 as I chronicle my golf adventures, from the golf equipment in my bag, to practice and preparation, to playing out on the course. Who knows, maybe I'll even run into you sometime on the 1st tee!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Under the Knife

Two weeks ago, I underwent surgery to repair an inguinal hernia in my right groin area. An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue protrudes through a weak spot on the abdominal muscles.

I first became aware of the hernia early last summer, when I would experience discomfort while standing for a lengthy period of time. The discomfort would quickly subside once I sat down. With each passing week and month, the discomfort came quicker and more frequently.

In October, during a routine visit with my physician, I made them aware of this discomfort. My doctor said what I was describing sounded like a hernia, and verified it through a physical exam of the area. However, a subsequent ultrasound failed to show the hernia.

In early January, my doctor ordered a CAT scan, which clearly diagnosed the inguinal hernia. I met with a surgeon, was cleared to have surgery by my cardiologist, and the repair was scheduled for late in the month. However, a severe cold, which later turned into pneumonia, forced the surgery to be postponed until two week ago.

Following the successful surgery, I was instructed to limit my activity as part of my recovery. A followup exam last Friday with the surgeon showed the repair is healing nicely. While I do have restrictions in how much I can lift and other activities, the doctor said I could return to the gym in a few weeks, which will allow to start getting my stamina and fitness back.

My golf, however, has been put on indefinite hold while I go through my post-repair recovery. The surgeon said that right now, the force of a golf swing could cause re-injury. He said it could be two months or more before I can begin hitting golf balls. This will delay the start of my golf season until at least mid-May.

As you may recall, I had heart bypass surgery in March 2017, which delayed my golf season until August, which resulted in me only being able to play about three rounds that fall. So being delayed until May or June is not going to ruin my golf season.

I have another followup appointment with the surgeon in mid-April. I am hopeful that he will clear me to at least begin putting, and perhaps some chipping, at that time. Until that time, all I will be able to do is watch golf videos and whatever content the Golf Channel is showing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.