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Myrtle Beach Classic 2009

February 12, 2009 By: erik Category: Golf, Photos, Travel, USA, Videos

Arnold and the BoysThis year, I wasn’t feeling very much like taking photographs at the annual February golf tournament that I attend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I was recovering from a stomach virus that struck me down the day before we left for the beach. As a result, I only took 43 photos and made three videos.

Pigger Woods

December 10, 2008 By: erik Category: Golf, Photos, USA, Weird

Pigger WoodsWhen it comes to bad golf puns executed in the Sculpture genre, I think we have a winner. I found this porcine oddity on the side of a golf hole where my grandmother lives. These objects always baffle me because I am unable to avoid imagining myself in the artist’s position during the brainstorming process, wondering what the specifications, if any, for the piece might have been. Did someone specifically ask the artist for a statue of a sitting pig with golf clubs? Or was it a general “golfer pig” or “animal golfer”? Or did this idea spontaneously appear in someone’s noggin and only upon completion was a buyer sought? Were I a feline, this dosage of curiosity might be lethal.

Saturday Photos

September 27, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Golf, Photos, Spain

What follows are some photos I took with my iPhone this Saturday. In the morning, I played golf with my friend Manolo. He picked me up at 8:15 and we were back at 14:35. In those six hours and twenty minutes, we only had time to play 13 holes, stopping short to return home for lunch to not displease our better halves. That’s the problem with having a golf course 45 minutes away and including a shower and beer in the club house in the ceremony. I had a good time. Beer is never better than after three hours of walking up and down mountains in the sun carrying a heavy bag and taking a shower before hitting the bar. I was nine over on the front nine with a triple bogey (lost ball), so I had quite a few pars and bogeys. When I got home, I was beat. A little salad for lunch and direct to the siesta.

All the photos you’re about to see were geo-tagged to within 17 meters and uploaded to Flickr within seconds of the shutter opening. Ain’t technology amazing?

First Annual Saneamientos San Fausto Championship

June 15, 2008 By: erik Category: Golf, Partying, Spain

Primer Campeonato - Saneamientos San Fausto - 2008This weekend, I participated in a golf tournament organized among friends. It was very similar to the tournaments I participate in most Februarys. On Thursday evening, my friend, Manolo, and I left for Asturias, the Spanish region bordering Cantabria on the west. We stayed in Hotel Aldama, which has a 9-hole “Pitch & Putt” course next to it. Soon after we got there, the other 5 men arrived, and we went out for dinner and drinks in nearby Llanes.

Unfortunate Rhyme

March 27, 2008 By: erik Category: Complaining, Golf, Spain, Stuff I Found

During my investigations into poems, prayers, or dances that could be done to make this stop this seemingly eternal rain, I discovered the reason for all this watery misery. It turns out that everybody else in the world is sending their rain over here to get rid of it! That hardly seems fair. Well, thanks a lot, everybody!

Myrtle Beach Classic 2008

February 12, 2008 By: erik Category: Golf, Partying, Photos, USA

Myrtle Beach Classic ParticipantsEvery year I play in a golf tournament organized by my father in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This year there were 16 participants staying in 4 condos playing golf in a 3-day tournament. I played excellent golf and ended up tied with the leader after all 54 holes, but I lost in a scorecard playoff.

Mountain Walk 2

January 21, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Golf, Photos

Foggy ValleyI enjoyed my walk so much on Saturday, I took Marga up there on Sunday. I also took my binoculars and had a look around. We had a good time, saw some goats and a kitten.

But before that, on Sunday morning, I took a different kind of mountain walk. I went and played golf again on the same nine holes with the same people as the previous week. Man, that’s a tough course! Miss the green or fairway by just a little bit and you’re in for several extra strokes. I had three bunkers that it took me more than one shot to get out of. With several double and triple bogeys, I felt like I played much worse than the previous week. And I did…until the last hole.

Last week, I shot a 49, 13 over par. This week, I was lying 45 on the 9th tee. What lay before me was a 500 meter, par five. A half kilometer! Perfect drive down the middle of the fairway. Perfect 3-wood down the middle of the fairway. 100 meters to go. Metric golf is strange. Perfect pitching wedge to within one meter of the flag. Tap in bird! 49 again. (more…)

Artxanda Golf

January 13, 2008 By: erik Category: Golf, Photos, Spain

My friend Manolo invited me out to nine holes this morning at a course near the Bilbao airport called Artxanda. The long, hilly course was a completely different game than I played the other day in Santander. Artxanda is very difficult both to play and walk. I hit several shots while I was out of breath from a steep 15 meter climb up to my ball. I don’t know how they did it, but I swear that every approach shot was uphill. I had two pars, three bogeys, two double bogeys, and two triple bogeys, for a grand total of +13, 49. Oh, did I mention that the wind was blowing such that we could barely stand up? When you took your putter back along the line of the putt, it blew to the side. The conditions were crazy hard, so I felt pretty good about my score.

The World is a Handkerchief

January 11, 2008 By: erik Category: Golf, Spain, USA, Weird

When some coincidence makes the world seems small, instead of saying, “It’s a small world!”, the Spanish say “El mundo es un pañuelo!“. I’ve heard the more cynical Spaniard tack on “…lleno de mocos!“. Anyway, last night, two things happened that made the world seem pretty small.

Golf in Santander

January 09, 2008 By: erik Category: Golf, Spain

Kingdom of Fife ChampionYesterday I played golf in a little town called Pedreña that is near Santander. Pedro, the guy that runs the Laredo Golf Club, called me up and asked if I wanted to play 18 holes in the morning. I jumped at the chance, since I have the 10th Annual Myrtle Beach Classic coming up in February, and every little bit of practice helps, and I hadn’t swung a club since the Beach Golf tournament last year.

As usual, I surprised myself at my ability to come back from hardly playing at all and shoot pretty well, considering the circumstances. I shot a 77…. (more…)