Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Wednesday- early edition

These days tend to be 9 hole days or more short game practice. In general a more relaxed atmosphere- yeah right! For who? Them maybe. We decided to do some work ourselves and headed out to the practice green (away from the now overflowing mob awaiting anyone going onto the range. Nicholas Fasth, Rich Beem, Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were doing some fine tuning as well. after a few hundred putts (slight exaggeration) we headed over to sign some flags, balls etc. The irons seemed to be going in the right direction today as my back began to loosen up some a little earlier than yesterday. The woods were a little erratic but manageable. Lots of distractions out there like instructors, managers, swing gurus, Anthony Kim's girlfriend, spectators, girlfriends ya know just things you don't normally encounter when practicing. It's awkward enough in front of these huge grandstands and girlfriends I mean spectators...You could hit the worst shot of your life forty yards offline on the range and you would here the ooohs and ahhhhs! It's great! So back to the first tee and through the gauntlet.
I inquired with J.J. Henry about playing a few holes but he being the veteran had already played at 7:00 am so after a few minutes pretending to wait for another player (a.k.a. stalling) we decided to go it alone. I mean literally thousands of people come to a standstill because this pro in a bright orange shirt with wh/orange shoes and a pair of Oakley's to match, wants to hit off the first tee. Love to oblige. Bombed it right down the middle and I mean BOMBED. The hole is 436 yards long, slightly down hill and had the wind behind me. Our next shot was from 114 and five feet later an easy birdie. First time the crowd had seen a close shot on that hole all day. How did I know this you ask? They all told me! Awesome stuff. Another club pro had already caught up to me on the green (Brad Martin) so we decided to play in together. Some good shots and some not so good but the fans don't care because they are there to get an up close and personal look at the best of the best (and a few club pros). Time for some down time and thanks for all of the feedback cya soon! DL

11 comments:

vivian said...

Hi Dave and Sherri,
Loved all the news. Don't shorten the comments. Feel like I am there watching everything.
Good luck. We are all rooting for you.
V. Lynn

Lucy said...

Oh, Dave, I love reading your accounts. My heart gets to beating fast...I think I'm almost as nervous as your mom or Sheri!
Love ya,
Aunt Lucy
P.S. Hi Sheri!

Lori said...

So you went with the orange today, huh? Sweet. So much fun reading your first-hand accounts of this experience. Everyone is loving it, so keep it up! You know we're all thinking about you constantly and can't wait to see you on the tee-vee soon!
Lori
PS - Len is reading and says you have a future in writing! :)

Toni said...

Hi Dave,

Thanks for keeping us posted on what's happening. It's almost like being there. Sure wish there had been a way that I could have been there in person. Fat chance!! Remember Dave, one good swing thought, like hit it long and straight. I'll be rooting for you with all my heart. Good luck!

Love,

Toni

lisatee said...

Hi Dave & Sheri,
This is sooooooooo exciting! I don't think you can write enough. Sure wish we could be there in person! Love the orange. Do ya have a tricked-out, DL belt buckle?????

I ordered my Scotty Cameron PGA Championship/Motorcity ltd ed headcover...you'll be signing one more item when you come home: )

Have a great day tomorrow and have tons of fun!
Lisa and Scott

Saint said...

This is so much fun to follow! I keep hitting refresh after I read it because I can't wait for your next post to pop up! Did you turn in your PGA Pool to the Golf Shop yet? Don't give me some excuse like you are playing in the Major so you didn't have time to turn your 10 picks in. I can't wait for tomorrow and I wish we could be there to watch you beat those guys! Remember... Let it rip on the first tee tomorrow! Good luck and have fun!

GO LONG-

Brian and Emily

cjterps said...

Hey Dave & Sherri,

Are you guys having a blast or what?? You might want to quit your day job and go into writing!! Love reading your comments, hate when I get to the end cause I keep looking for more. They are a riot. Especially love the two-a-days! Glad you went with orange today...saving the RED for Sunday...smart move! Hope you got the box of Golden Bear Golf Center hats I sent you. I want to see one on you saturday!! Looking forward to getting 6 shots a side from you at the beach in late September and than following you at Q school in late November....2nd stage that is! Mr. EXEMPT FROM STAGE ONE!!
I am so happy for both of you. Enjoy the week and have a blast!!!
Rooting for you all the way!
Go LONGKNOCKERS!!!
Play Hard,

Carl
P.S. Did you see what the Skins did to the Colts Sunday Night???

The Waz said...

Hey Pro... more and more it sounds like you belong. Now it's time to just go out tomorrow and do you thing. Every one of us that know you know you've got it and can do it. So, lets get it on pal. Just go have fun and do your thing. The more you relax, the better you are. You might consider a mixer of Brugal, just to relax the ole bod. Consider it a shot of love and support from the CdC boys. We're so pulling for you Pro. Have a fun, exciting day tomorrow. You da man... Waz

The Waz said...

Hey Pro... more and more it sounds like you belong. Now it's time to just go out tomorrow and do you thing. Every one of us that know you know you've got it and can do it. So, lets get it on pal. Just go have fun and do your thing. The more you relax, the better you are. You might consider a mixer of Brugal, just to relax the ole bod. Consider it a shot of love and support from the CdC boys. We're so pulling for you Pro. Have a fun, exciting day tomorrow. You da man... Waz

Mark said...

What can I say? Llllllllllets get ready to rumblllllllllllllllllle...
Love hearing about bombing one on the first tee - save that feeling and thought for 12:45 on Thursday and you will be off and running. Wish we could all be there in person for you man, but we will be following all of the way online and on TV all day and all night. And remember - it's easy to grin when your ship comes in, and your pants are too tight in the seat...
Hit it hard!
Mark

Chuck said...

Dave, I have to tell you I am having a blast driving down the road and hearing the radio announcers talk about this guy named D. Long playing in the PGA from the area. I always joke about being three people away from knowing everybody in the world and here you go proving it again. Get your sword out and begin to slay the monster for the next four days. By the way I am sure the other golfers are talking about Sherri as a distraction.Good luck today nothing but fairways and greens.