Posted by: randyhaaggolf | March 19, 2018


The San Francisco City Golf Championship is called “The City” as it has perhaps more interesting history of any city or regional golf event in the world. This was the 103rd consecutive running of this event without ever taking a break for world wars, major earthquakes or other natural disasters.

Growing up as a kid reading about the “City” made it something I dreamed of one day playing in. I would read on the front page of the SF Chronicle sports page about all the behemoth mega talented players that found hard to become the “City” Champion. Perhaps the most famous match ever was in the 50’s when Harvie Ward played Ken Venturi in front of over 5,000 spectators.

Unfortunately amateur golf is far less followed now than in the past, SADLY. The pool of talent is deeper than ever, and the game has changed significantly to the younger generation. And again unfortunately the younger generation has not been taught the basics of the game, which is to asses your shot and get up and hit it. Now these kids are spending several minutes assessing every angle of every shot, and making the game a 5+ hour event.

I know in this article I should be telling you about my 3rd win in this important event, and believe me I am thrilled to add another title to an event that is VERY hard to win. BUT, I want to encourage others the importance of getting the game of golf back to the old days when 4 hour or less rounds were the norm, not this new era of long rounds and waiting on every shot.

The “City” needs to make some changes to support the proper pace of play, and if anyone out there has any creative suggestions, please reply back. I know that we can have officials time players and have group timing locations on certain holes. I know that we can use the same rule that junior golf has which is NO parents caddying for their kids. We need to help the game of golf and create awareness for the proper way to play which is using a max of 45 seconds when its your turn to play.

I am very proud and excited for my good friend and best ball partner Jason Anthony for his victory yesterday in the “City”. I am sure like me, he will always remember this special “W” as one of his most coveted.

Please take a minute to review the great articles written about the event below.




Posted by: randyhaaggolf | February 12, 2018

Equipment does matter

I had the privilege of spending an afternoon at one of my favorite places in the world, the famous Kingdom in Carlsbad California, where across the street Taylor Made has its home office.

It always amazes me how tiny little changes in even the weights on the bottom of a club can have such a impact on where the ball flies, how high the ball flies, and the amount of spin on your shots.

It doesn’t matter which product you end up using in this game we love, but I strongly suggest that if you buy equipment you must be properly fitted for the equipment especially at the point of impact.

Jason Werner A professional club fitter at the Kingdom, explains why this is so important in the video below.

Stay tuned for a whole series on golf fitness, and what you can do to improve your short game.

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | January 2, 2018


I got a little lazy towards the end of 2017 and ignored my blog here. But that being said, it was a brutal rollercoaster of some close calls in some major events. I had four  major events were I lead or was tied for the lead with two holes or less. And in the British Senior Open, I had a two shot lead with nine holes to go for the Silver Medal, and an exemption into the 2018 event at St. Andrews.

But probably the one that hurt the most was not the birdie, eagle finish by Tony Padilla to get me by one shot in the NCGA Senior Amateur at Poppy Hills, it was the 2017 Crump Cup, playing in the finals against my pal John McClure, I had two putts to win the event on the 18th hole, and failed miserably.

So instead of dwelling on those blown finishes, I choose to look forward and do everything in my power to finish stronger in all my events in 2018. So why did I blow so many chances to make 2017 an epic golfing year? I think the answer is quite simple:

  1. I was not properly Hydrated
  2. My workout regimen was lacking, so fatigue played a big part
  3. Once I blew one major, it got into my head, so the mental side weakened as a result
  4. I lost my focus, and was focused on not losing, instead of relaxing and just playing golf.

Even after winning many events in my life, it still is VERY hard to close out W’s in big events.

So what the remedy for 2018

  1. I will be more aware of my water and fuel intake during my rounds
  2. I will re-dedicate myself to a stringent GOLF workout routine
  3. I will spend time on the mental side of the game, with better course management practices
  4. I will breathe more, and stay in the moment when in critically important situations
  5. And probably most importantly, I will have fun while competing, this is my hobby that I love.

My plan for 2018 is to SIGNIFICANTLY improve this Blog, and to provide you with more helpful suggestions on how to train, practice, and improve your overall game. I will have more detailed suggestions on Face On putting with more putter reviews.

And lastly, I want to share with you one magical day that was spent at Pebble Beach in early December, the day started by first receiving from the NCGA the “Senior” Player of the Year Award, while my beloved best ball partner Jason Anthony received the NCGA Player of the Year award, followed by a round of golf at Cypress Point on a perfect day in December on the coast.

I took photos of Cypress until my iPhone ran out of power, so perhaps you will recognize a few of these photos taken at Cypress Point.


Playing Cypress Point should be on every golfers bucket list. The only challenge is you need to play with a member, which only about 240 exist worldwide))

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | October 30, 2017

Photos from the Carr Mara at Oakmont

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | October 30, 2017


I’m sure most of you will not know what Carr Mara means, so hopefully your curious and will read on.

The objective of this great event is to honor the lives of Joe Carr and Wellington Mara through a friendly competition amongst Irish and United States golfers.

The clubs representing the USA are: Oakmont (2017 host club) Winged Foot Golf Club (where Wellington Mara was a founding member), Pine Valley, The Olympic Club, Bel Air Country Club, Garden City Golf Club and Oak Hill Country Club.

The invited Irish clubs are: Ballybunion Golf Club, Portmarnock Golf Club, Royal Portrush Golf Club, Co. Sligo Golf Club, Lahinch Golf Club, County Louth Golf Club and Sutton Golf Club.

Each club brings 8 players for a Stableford competition which allocates points on each hole (net)  5points for a Double Eagle, 4 for an Eagle, 3 for a birdie, 2 for a par, 1 for a bogey, and 0 for a double bogey or higher.

The team has 3 net players, 3 net senior players, and 2 gross (scratch players). Although there is a low gross award, for the team event, handicaps are used for the Stableford scoring. Thus a 3 handicapper in the gross flight, is getting 8 more strokes than the +5 player (and yes that is a real example of what happened)

For me the event was more about the people, especially the amazing gentlemen from Ireland. They seem to have a different appreciation and love for the game than most Americans. I say this not to slight anyone or their passion, but I can assure you those guys are more apt to be out there in 30 mph winds with driving rain, and perhaps even want to play 36 holes in those conditions.

So when we were greeted with plummeting temperatures, with wind and rain, they were quite at home.

This years winning team was no surprise as the Oakmont team certainly had the advantage on the field with such tough conditions and knowledge of the course. My two previous experiences at Oakmont were as a caddie in the 2016 US Open, and a participant in the 2003 US Amateur. So I knew how tough this course would play.

Unfortunately for me, I experienced the worst pinch nerve in my back and neck, after traveling to the East coast 3 times in 4 weeks. This last flight and hotel pillow finally did me in. If this had not been a team competition I would have withdrew on my 3rd hole after my 3rd consecutive double bogey. My first round 86 was embarrassing to post, but it gave me great pleasure to see my teammates on the OC team do so well.

The next morning I made a quick visit to a Chiropractic office near my hotel, where I found a nice Chiropractor whom was his answering service, front desk assistant, and only other person in his large office. When I walked into his office he looked like he could be no more than 18 years old, and wasn’t even growing facial hair yet. My guess is he weighed about 140 pounds and with that knew he would have a hard time cracking me)

He did however to get a hot rock dig deep into my pinched nerve area, which did some good loosening. All of this effort to see if I could help the Olympic Club win their 3rd team Carr Mara championship.

Day 2 was quite miserable with a 44 degree temperature, with wind and some rains squalls coming through. I was determined to better my score by at least 10 shots and show I had not lost it completely.

Oakmont is relentless, and hits you with so many hard holes, it difficult to ever make many lost strokes back. I battled hard, only to finish bogey, bogey for a +5 75. As a testament to how difficult this course played, my second day 75 was the low gross round by two shots.

Fellow Olympian and good friend Jason Anthony took the gross honors with a playoff par on the very difficult 18th hole where a smashed a drive and 4 iron onto the green, and then negotiated a VERY tough two putt.

Not only is Oakmont long, narrow with bunkers guarding each fairway right and left, BUT then they have the most undulated and difficult greens imaginable. No wonder Cabrerra won the Open at +5 there and played perhaps the best golf of his life.

Oakmont should be on everyones bucket list to play, it is unique, a real test, and the facilities are amazing!

Next up is the California State Senior Championship at Pauma Valley CC which will decide who is Northern California Senior Player of the year. Stay tuned as the season comes to an end, and the focus will switch to off season training.

I’m going to post my Oakmont Photos on my follow on blog.

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | October 14, 2017

Firefighter BEATS Wedding Caterer in USGA Mid-Am finals

Some of the best golf ever played in the USGA Mid-Am was on display yesterday by Matt Parziale, punching his ticket into the 2018 US Open, Masters, USGA Amateur at Pebble Beach and a whole host of other exemptions including a 10 year exemption into the USGA Mid-Am.

Is this a life changing event for an amateur that probably spend $2,000-$3,000 to participate, and in the end received a medal for his efforts?

I would say HELL YES!!!!

I’ve been chasing this dream my whole life, with only 5 quarter final finishes in the USGA Mid-Am, and YES I would trade all 5 quarter final finishes for ONE W!!

This is what’s great about golf, you have two guys that have jobs, one a Firefighter and the other a wedding caterer, battling it out on a very challenging course, and the Firefighter shoots a cool 63 in the morning round. Of course YES, this is match play and concessions are made on some short putts, but 10 birdies over the 30 holes played.

My hat is off to Matt, and I am sure this will be something he will always be most proud of in his golfing life. His 2018 will be a Cinderella story.

But what happened to all the BIG GUNS in this years Mid-Am…..? It’s simple, they got beat. And in match play anything can happen over just 18 holes when its win or go home. To win 6 matches you need luck, skill, endurance, mental toughness and a strong will to win period.

This is not a game for the weak hearted, this game will rip your heart out, will kill you with disappointment and failure. BUT when its your turn, and you do win..OMG its nirvana to the 9’s.

I cannot image a much better feeling than perhaps watching your newborn come into this world. This game can make you or break you. But we always seem to come back thinking we could be the next guy in line to do what a Firefighter and wedding caterer did, which is play in the finals of a National championship, and make everyone that knows them proud as hell!!



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