The wild ride of life continues, while I was on the 6th hole at Olympic Lake, while in the green side bunker I saw that my doctor was calling for the third time. I told my playing mates to play the hole out while I took the call.
I had an MRI at 7:15 am the day before on my left ankle that I re-injured while working in my new vegetable garden, I knew something was wrong, but didn’t know just how bad it is. Now I do, my Doc said I have a severely sprained ligament and also a torn ligament in my left ankle- here is the medical verbiage:
MR ANKLE LEFT – Details
1. Moderate sprains of the anterior tibiofibular and anterior talofibular
ligaments. Tear of the calcaneofibular ligament from the calcaneus.
2. Minimal tenosynovitis of the peroneus longus tendon.
3. Mild sinus Tarsi syndrome.
4. Minimal retrocalcaneal bursitis
Electronically signed by: Chan, Lawrence, M.D.
He said “NO GOLF” and you should be using your crutches. He then heard the wind blowing in my cell phone and asked me where I was. I said I was in the green side bunker at the Olympic Club on the 6th hole. He then replied “Randy are you crazy, you have a serious injury that will probably need surgery”.
I calmly said Doc if I cannot make this worse by playing golf, I am going to play next week in the California State Amateur in San Diego. He then replied “Randy, I highly advise against it, you need to see the Orthopedic Surgeon again” While on the course I tried to reach my surgeon, but was unable to, so off to San Diego I will go.
Perhaps the CA State Am will again result in a 200 drop in my WAGR (world amateur golf ranking) but I just don’t care. This will be my last California State Am and I am paired with legendary Tim Hogarth (he’s played in the Masters as an amateur) and Craig Davis last years British Senior Amateur Champion. So I am not missing to hand for two days with my two ole pals I’ve known for a very long time.
So why am I able to even play golf with a sprained and torn Ligament? Remember I actually won the Oakland City last weekend, while not 100%. But because I am taking massive doses of Optimend https://activz.com/go/optimend/?dist=1007777
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So off to San Diego I will go today, with practice rounds on Friday and Saturday, Sunday I’ll rest my ankle and then off at 10:10 on Torrey North Course with my approved golf cart. Do I feel guilty about taking a cart….? Hell no, why should I, I would not be able to play without it since they are not allowing caddies.
My good pal Brad is coming down to play the practice rounds ($100 a hole game) and then will not be able to hang with me. Originally he was going to caddy, and I was going to walk, but there is no way I can carry my bag and walk those long courses.
So what is the under/over on what I will shoot. Here is what I think- North Course Day 1- 76 South Course Day 2 78=154
At Poppy Hills two weeks ago walking with a push cart I chopped to 77-79=156 so perhaps 154 total at Torrey will be satisfying. The chance of going from the top 156 Amateurs in the STATE to making match play of the top 32…..chance is less than 5%.
We will see, so stay tuned and I’ll be taking photos of both courses before the gun goes off on Monday.
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