Today was a long and tough day of battle in the semi-final match vs. Hank McCusker and then Michael Harrington in the finals this afternoon. The weather gave us a break, but the course still played long wet and tough. I was able to hold Hank off by only playing three holes over par combined with three birdies for a 3&2 morning win in the Semi Finals. The Finals started off with fireworks with Michael making birdie at #2, I birdied number 3, and we both birdied number four. On the fifth hole I missed a short par putt to go one down, but bounced back with birdie on #6. Michael made birdies on 8 & 9 to go two up at the turn. After we both made par and bogey on 11, it was time to start playing better or face defeat. My legs were tired, and I could seem to get them to fire properly as the fatigue was beginning to set in. On the 12th hole we both made solid pars, but on 13 I hit my approach to 10 feet and made birdie to pull to one down. After we parred the 14th hole we faced the par 5 15th hole where Michael pulled his  drive left and into the trees, after an unplayable he again hit the trees, and thought his ball was lost. He yelled over to me that my eagle chip was good, when immediately afterwards his wife/Caddy yelled to him “honey here is your ball”. But it was too late Michael had already conceded the hole to me. This squared the match temporarily as I won 17 with a par to go one up. After two pars on 17 we faced the finishing par 5 18th hole. I hit a perfect tee shot while Michael again pulled his tee shot left resulting in a bogey and a 2 up victory for Haag.

Jeff Burda defeated Jim Knoll 3&2 to win as the number one seed in the Senior Scratch Players side of the event. Jeff won despite a hole in one by Jim Knoll on the tough 11th hole, congrats Jim for the ACE!!!

Mayacama was a great venue for this event, their staff was exceptional and we all look forward to coming back in2013. This was my 5th win in  my last 6 events (wins: Olympic Club Championship, NCGA Masters Best Ball. Stocker Cup, Amateur Golf.com Diable Valley Amateur and now the Scratch Players Mid AM. I didn’t win the SF City but was medalist in the qualifier. Later this week I will share some of the reasons why I have been so consistent in the events I am competing in.

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  1. Hello Randy,
    Enjoy your blog. I have a question for you that you may be able to give some direction on.
    I am a member of a private club in Calgary Alberta called the Glencoe Club, and Glencoe Golf and Country Club. We are a multi sports facility, similar to the Olympic Club, and my question is about corporate governance.
    We have a board of directors consisting of 11 directors. These directors are voted in by Glencoe Club members, of these, 8 are members of both clubs, with 3 being members of the Glencoe Club.
    There is an appointed golf committee, that brings forward recommendations to the board. The board reviews, and either ratifies, or nixes. The problem we have is that some board members, whom are not members of the golf course are having a direct impact on the outcome of what was presented by golf committee.
    In the long run, of which I can get into further at another time, there have been some recent developments that have stirred the pot. Our most senior golf professional was not included in the new direction that management wanted to take in regards to our practice facility.
    Over one hundred letters were sent in, most everyone dissapointed that the pro was let go, and also, in this new vision plan, the direction called for a teaching academy, which is clearly not a part of a private facility.
    Our golf season in Calgary of course is much shorter than yours, but from a dues point of view, golf dues are double for a principal member of the golf as compared to the downtown sports facility, yet we have very little leverage as the three shares of the golf club arecontrolled by the Glencoe Club.
    Just thought with your experience at the Olympic Club, you might be able to help me with some direction going forward.
    A bit about me, I am 54 years old, carry a 3.4 RCGA index, and during golf season, I play 2 to 3 times per week. I spent six years on the board of the above mentioned facility, and during my tenure, there was not to many contentious items.

    Thanks for your time Randy, and good luck with your competitive golf.


    Stan Price
    Calgary, Ab

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