HELIUS MEDICAL- MUST READ

I’ve never seen a situation before were the FDA gives a company approval and its found on the FDA website before the company knows about it?

I’m not sure how that happens, but for all of you either interested in this company or already holders, you should BUY BUY BUY like Cramer says right now, before the official announcement by the company.

YES I own shares, and bought more today on this news. This is a MAJOR MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH FOR MS, and will end up being for all neurological diseases in the end.

I’ve been following this company since I had dinner with Montel Williams, when he told me that the PoNS device is why he can now ski again, and live a normal life.

The company only has 3 millions shares outstanding with about 12M in cash on hand. This is still risky, but the risk may be to not be in the stock. With everything else so high, HSDT is a good bet to go higher next week.

My cost basis is over $250 a share after the 35:1 reverse split, and I believe in the next 3-5 years I’ll be back there. I’m not always right, and I certainly make mistakes, but I think I’m right on this one.

Stay tuned to more on HSDT and on golf!!

THE MANY LEVELS OF GOLF

The last time I left you all hanging was after a smooth 66 in the first round of the Florida Azalea, which I was defending champion. Although 66 sounds like a fabulous score, you always know when you got the absolute most out of your round, and I did.

This was my fourth round in a tournament under par, and sadly would be my last going into the two weekend rounds at the amazing Palatka Golf Club, which measures only about 6000 yards long, but is tough and tricky if you are off at all in your game.

What had worked the week before (putting with my sand wedge) was a bust at the Azalea event. On the final round I missed 5 ONE FOOT PUTTS and now am left rethinking this option.

Playing golf for fun with friends is great, the putter flows back and through and everyone is having fun. The next level is playing with friends in a $5 Nassau, and now the short putts count for something. This is where the fun begins. Next level you’re playing in a tournament, you are out of the lead, and have no chance of winning, but want to finish as high as possible. The putter is now at a level 5 on the stress and yip metric.

Playing in a tournament that isn’t that big, but you are near the lead gets you to a 7 on the measuring system. This is where you are missing putts you’d normally make from 2-5 feet, and your lag putts are stressing you out.

Next up is the event that doesn’t mean that much, but you are in the lead, and you want to win. This is where you hit an 8 on the stress and yip meter heading to the events that are VERY BIG. Like a USGA event, the Senior Amateur in the UK, or even a big event like the Florida Azalea that has many of the top ranked players in the world. This is when you get to a 9 when near the lead, and a 10 when you are leading.

It’s hard to breathe when you are leading a tournament, it doesn’t matter how many you’ve won before, its challenging. It’s why very few players win under this type of stress and pressure. And its why I have not done well recently in the bigger events.

Fortunately I met up with my longtime friend and one of my best instructors I’ve ever worked with Mr. Terry Rowles on Saturday. I went through with Terry my challenge with the putter in tense and important situations in my tournaments. He gave me some incredible advice that I will share with you. Yes without like an infomercial trying to sell you something that you don’t need, and most certainly won’t work.

Terry noticed when I was putting even just casually that I was clenching my jaw and mouth. He said “stick your tongue out and relax you jaw and mouth” OMG that worked VERY well. He also wanted me to get my fingers of my right hand off the putter and use my gap between my thumb and index finger to hold the putter. The only issue there is keeping constant contact with the putter as now you are not holding onto the putter, you are just pushing it.

I have not yet had a chance to try these new changes under the bigger pressure, but the $20 Nassau pressure it seemed to work quite well.

With huge world ranking events coming up, I need to have a reliable putter that is solid and not nervous and wobbly. Today with the new WAGR (World Amateur Golf Ranking) I am now at 24th in the world for 55 and older. I have heard that the top 25 WAGR seniors will be exempted into the USGA Senior Amateur in August at Detroit Golf Club.

That is the goal, to move up safely inside this number and hold onto it. There are many events coming up that will have huge weight towards this goal.

Next week is the Northern California Golf Association two man championship at Poppy Hills, my partner is the reigning NCGA and State Amateur Champion, both played at Poppy Hills.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE ON THE PHYSICAL TRAINING I DO THAT IS SPECIFIC TO GOLF

Florida Azalea ROUND 1

Okay, enough of the social political injustices of the world, its back to golf where we can forget about the worlds problems while trying to stay safe from COVID,

Today was a spectacular day in northern Florida, very similar to the great weather they enjoyed at “The Players Championship”

For those of you that watched the coverage and witnessed the frightening putting adventures of Sergio Garcia. The poor guy stripes it, but on certain days misses everything. Yesterday he was +3.7 strokes gained on the greens, and today was -3.7 putts. A huge change in his putting.

I can certainly feel his pain, but if perhaps he would try my new technique of putting the short ones with a sand wedge, YES a sand wedge. Today I used the combo of my STX putter on the longer putts and the bladed 60 degree sand wedge on the short ones. The only short putt I missed today was the 4 foot putt I had for eagle on the 5th hole.

Despite that I got the absolute most out of my round as possible. I didn’t hit it great, but took advantage of every opportunity I had today, resulting in a 2 bogey, 6 birdie 66. All the scores were not in when I left, but I saw only a 69 on the board.

Leads are leads and usually don’t hold up, so I need to continue to play well and execute good shots and think well on this golf course. This Donald Ross gem is amazing, with the smallest greens I’ve ever played anywhere in the world. If your in the middle of the green, you will always have a makable birdie or eagle try.

Stay tuned for more on the Florida Azalea

It’s VERY DISAPPOINTING

This is a golf blog, I like to write about my experiences, how I prepare to play the best I can possibly play, how I train, and of course the side saddle experience.

But tonight while dining by myself at the most popular place in all of Palatka Florida, I witnessed something that disgusted me, and made me reflect on certainly one of the major things that is very wrong in this country. On a Thursday evening this place, Corky Bell’s was packed with an hour wait for a table. I sauntered up to the bar and found a spot to hopefully have a quick dinner.

Unfortunately there were 6 guys in the bar that were basically screaming, and the more they drank, the louder they became. One of them actually poured himself a beer while the bar staff was absent from the bar. I watched in amazement as these belligerent drunks drank, and drank more, and drank yet more.

The topper for me was when the female bartender that was serving me said “yup, they have been drinking like this since 4 pm, and they are very loud and drunk” yet then she served them these shots in the video below.

Here we have COVID-19 and the restaurant business in dire need of revenue, so what are they going to do, serve alcohol to drunks and forget about their obligation to keep these lethal weapons off the road. I asked for the manager and told him I took video of these guys while I waited one hour for my food to arrive. I saw them steal drinks from the bar and laugh like crazy over their success. I watched the bar staff give them priority service as clearly they were spending the most money.

But at what cost do these desperate restaurants push the booze, while endangering lives on the road. When I asked for the manager and told him that HE would be responsible for anything that might happen on the road to an incident casualty of these inebriated idiots. I told him the big guy in the red hat was stealing beer, and that his staff could hardly give a damm. I also told him I was contacting the local authorities that his bar was serving alcohol to very drunk customers. He listened, but doubt he did anything.

My heart goes out to all those people lives that have been crushed by accidents that could have been prevented by NOT allowing drivers to get behind the wheel under the influence of anything dangerous. The roads are super dangerous, especially now with all this Canibas crap that’s making people think its ok to get high and drive since its legal to use.

I worry about this country. This is NOW a political forum, I don’t enjoy talking politics, or religion with people. But It’s really hard for me to look at the Golden Boy Andres Como, and see this scumbag get a free pass from the left media, while he covered up all his fuck ups with the retirement home COVID patients, and now just a handle full of the women he has terrorized are coming forward.

I look at this country and realize that we have a President, the most powerful man in the world, that would not, and could not even be hired as a Maitre D’ as he cannot remember anyones name. Over the next few years we are going to see craziness in what is going to be ramme

WILD RIDE UPDATE

If you didn’t read the first version of the Wild Ride, do that first. This is only to fill in the blanks as I was ripping through that post last night.

They kind people of Amateurgolf.com featured my win in the Moot Thomas

https://www.amateurgolf.com/golf-tournament-news/27671/Haag-wins-the-Moot-Thomas-Invitational

It will be interesting how the combination of a T31 and a win will average out on the new WAGR ranking tomorrow wagr.com my guess is that I’ll probably hold my same position.

They crazy part of golf during COVID is the number of players on the waitlist to get into events. There were 250 inquiries to play in the Jones Cup (which had a field of 90 players). The Moot Thomas had a long waitlist and the upcoming Florida Azalea does as well.

Golf is the one sport that you can safely play without physical contact while maintaining social distancing. Golf most definitely needed a boost as its in decline nationally. For a lot of us we are still waiting to see if the Royal and Ancient will go ahead with the Senior Amateur and Senior Open in July. As of now, everything is cancelled in the UK up and through April.

I honestly don’t know how they will be able to have players from 50 countries safely come into play in these events, but I hope I am wrong. This is going to be a packed year of tournaments, I’ve got over 30 events on my calendar, some 2 day events, but most are 3 day or longer events. Being on the road alone for 27 days is not ideal, and I’d prefer to have a companion with me.

My plan is to practice Wednesday and Thursday in advance of the Florida Azalea in Palatka, putt like a pro with my sand wedge and race off to the Gainesville airport on Sunday for my 4:30 flight back home.

My T67, T31 and win in the Moot, can all be well worth the long trip with a high finish in Palatka, a tricky short course that is really fun to play.

Tomorrow I will take some photos of some of their holes and share the experience with you.

Till then- STAY TUNED

WILD RIDE

My 27 day trip began with a thud as I had perhaps one of the worst Uber rides ever. I think I was her first ever Uber customer. Her GPS did not accurately locate my hotel, so we twice drove through a construction zone, and then back out to the wrong hotel. Since she had been in an accident recently she would not make a right turn even with a car a mile away approaching from the right. She drove 35MPH on the Freeway and I was scared to death.

On our third time into the Construction zone I spotted my hotel 500 yards away over a fence. I asked her to just let me out and with all my heavy luggage I wildled my way through the fence and finally to my hotel after 2 hours. I’m sure it took her 30 minutes to work her way back out of the construction zone to escape. Oh my, it was crazy.

The next day I had a practice round at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club for the start of the Gasparilla Invitational. This is a Mid Am/Senior event all of us playing for the title. There is a cut after 2 rounds to the low 50 players. This is a tricky course, not long, but plays long. Miss the fairways and you’ll make lots of bogeys or worse.

The first round I was in the afternoon wave, shotgun start at 1:00 PM. The morning wave had calm conditions and we were met with 20mph winds that made the course play very tough. I fought all day and missed a few 2 foot putts that ended with a 71, which kept me in the top 40.

Playing now in the morning wave on Friday we had to deal with cold, wind and rain that subsided for the afternoon wave. I’ll cut to the chase, I had one hole left the short par four 15th hole. I knew that a par on the hole I’d make the cut, anything else and I’d be cut. After a prefect tee shot, I arrived to find my ball in the middle of a sand filled divot, however I was only 90 yards from the pin and I thought no problem, I can trap a 54 degree sand wedge onto the green. I caught the shot a bit heavy, it hit the front of the green, and for some reason spun back down the hill and into the pond fronting the green. I immediately knew I missed the cut and was done for the event.

I was gravely disappointed and faced yet another massive drop in my WAGR ranking with a T67 place in this highly ranked event. WAGR now uses a power system, and this would have been a great event to play well in to move up in the standings.

Why do we care about our WAGR ranking? Because the rumor is that this year the top 25 WAGR senior golfers will be exempted into the USGA Senior Amateur thus avoiding a very tough qualifier in August. I’m currently ranked 31st and need to move up not down, so this was a disappointment.

As always when I miss a cut I want out of the area as fast as possible, and since the Jones Cup was beginning in 9 days, I needed to decide where to go next. I was in Tampa, and decided to head to Monterrey Mexico for some R&R with some friends and play some golf. Unfortunately I got sick the day I arrived, thought I had COVID and dreamt about dying in a Mexican Hospital and being thrown dead into a big dirt hole and covered with dirt. With a high fever and in bed for 6 days I feared the worst, and had many COVID symptoms except losing my sense of taste.

In order to get back into the USA I needed a negative COVID test, and took mine on Wednesday for my flight back out on Friday (you need to take a test within 72 hours of your flight). I was EXTREMELY relieved when the test came back negative, and after spending 7 long days in one hotel room, I happily left Mexico and flew through Houston to Jacksonville, waited 3 hours for Hertz to find me a car and then on to Sea Island GA.

With very low energy I played my practice round on Saturday with the tournament starting on Monday. I was very disappointed that we did not get to play the fabulous Seaside course at Seaside, instead they had us on the newly renovated Plantation Course (I wonder if they need to change the name).

We had great weather on Monday, and I shot a mediocre par 72 round and found myself in T12 completing against the best Senior amateurs in the world. The next two days were miserable with hard rain, wind and very cool temperatures. We had one three hour rain delay on Tuesday and every inch of me was wet and cold. I did not enjoy either Tuesday or Wednesday, making mental mistakes, losing patience and missing multiple putts from 1 foot to 3 feet.

Basically I gave up and shot disgusting rounds of 79 in Tuesday and 78 on the final round, and as expected fell to T31 in the event with another huge WAGR drop coming. This was the second of four events I will play in over my 27 days trip. Next up the Moot Thomas in Ocala Florida.

I couldn’t get out of GA quick enough and on my way for the 3 hour drive to Ocala. What I didn’t anticipate was all the events being held simultaneously in Ocala. The LPGA event, and several large horse shows had the hotels full, and those with vacancies, prices jacked up 300%. I made the mistake not booking a room earlier, so I had to pay the piper.

A decent practice round on Thursday to re-figure out this short but tricky course. We started with amazing perfect weather on Friday with 75 degrees and light winds, resulting in low scores. I think there were about 10 scores under par, and I stood at 71, within 3 shots of the lead.

Saturday was very challenging with high winds and temperatures in the 50’s and the scores showed it. I continued to struggle with the putter. On day one, I hit 17 green, and three par fives in two shots and only shot -1 under par. I was disgusted with myself and all the various grips and eyes open, eyes closed. On Saturday I actually took out a club and put two putters in my bag. The first one up was an very old “So Easy”putter made in Jack Koski’s garage, and it looks like it. I started off my round 3 putt, 3 putt and that was the end of that putter for the day. But the STX was not much better. After hitting 16 greens and one par 5 in two shots, I had another 71 in tough conditions.

I decided not to look at the score board and play the last round not knowing where I stood. I also decided to just use one putter for the day. But after bogeys on the two par fives, I knew that something would need to change to have a chance in this tough final round. It was cold and the wind was strong at 15-25mph gusts.

After a disappointing one over par 37 on the front nine, I knew I was still close to the lead as the others in my group also struggled. I was paired with my pal Jerry Slagle, and was rooting for him as well.

But things changed for me on the back nine. It started on the tenth hole when I hit a good second shot to 5 feet, but this time I decided that I would blade putt with my 60 degree sand wedge. I’m sure the guys in my group were wondering what the hell I was doing, but it worked and I calmly rolled in this 5 footer for an important birdie. The 11th hole I hit a shot on this short par three to about 25 feet, used my regular STX putter on the long putt, and cleaned up the 1.5 foot putt with the sand wedge again.

Again on the 12th hole a quality second shot left me with a 6 footer for birdie, and again I used the bladed sand wedge to make another birdie. On the par 5 13th hole I made a tricky downhill slider to make my 3rd birdie in 4 holes, but the best was yet to come.

The 14th hole is a pivotal hole, a par three straight into a very strong wind over a lake with a very shallow green. Many options are available to a player with a far right pin, with lots of green to the right. But a long putt from the left would leave a very tough 2 putt. I decided to go for the right corner of the green, and hit the best shot of the tournament for me, leaving me with a tricky 12 foot putt for birdie.

I walked to the green with my two putters, the STX side saddle putter, and my trusty 60 degree sand wedge. I wasn’t sure which I would use for this 12 foot birdie try, but since it was a breaking downhill putt, I decided that I would just try to 2 putt it and move on with probably the lead (I was still unsure where I stood). I decided to give the STX a try on this tough putt, and as I took it back closed my eyes and struck a decent putt, and to my surprise opened my eyes in time to see the putt go into the middle of the hole.

Now I wanted to know where I stood after making 4 birdies over the first 5 holes on the back nine. I figured I was 3 shots ahead of my pal Jerry, and took on the tough 15th hole straight back into the wind. After a good tee shot and an iron into a far left pin, I had a 20 foot birdie putt up hill that I yipped with the STX putter to two feet, and cleaned it up again with my sand wedge.

But the 16th hole did not work out well for me. This time I missed the 1.5 foot par putt with the sand wedge leaving me three ahead of the hard charging Jerry Slagle. He made a great two putt birdie on 17, with me about 2 feet for par, again my putt somehow found the right edge and curled in, otherwise we’d be separated by only one shot going to the last hole.

On 18 Jerry hit his tee shot way left, making birdie very unlikely, meanwhile I hit a good drive down the left side, and then onto the green about 15 feet away. Jerry’s chip shot from short of the green almost went into the hole, and left me with two putts to win, however not knowing how the guys in the group in front of us played, I felt I needed to two putt to win. I ran my first putt 2.5 feet past the hole and it was a no brainer to again use the sand wedge leaving the best chance. I didn’t hit it perfect but it found the bottom and secured the W for me.

I can assure all of you that if I had just used my STX on the back nine, I would not have win this event. I now have 4 days off to prepare for my final event, the Florida Azalea in Palatka Florida where I defend my 2020 win in this really good event. I will again be using my bladed sand wedge on the short putts, and I’m sure I’ll be getting a lot of strange looks from my fellow competitors. My feeling is, for now, whatever works is what I’m going with. This has been a WILD 20 days starting in Tampa Florida, and will end this Sunday in Palatka.

STAY TUNED FOR RESULTS FROM PALATKA