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  • #49377
    Ken Adams
    Participant

    First Time playing in the world Am. Anything I should be aware of or any advice for a rookie?

    #49378
    Mike Cheeseman
    Participant

    Yeah don’t take it to seriously. Have fun and play by the rules. It’s only a game. I have been playing in it since 2015 and met a lot of good people that I look forward to seeing every year.

    #49379
    Jim Runser
    Participant

    Me, too, Ken. Good Advice, Mike!

    #49380
    Ken Adams
    Participant

    Everyone says it’s an absolute must do so I figured I would give it a look this year. As ling as the spirits are cold and good company, don’t really care for the hard core competition. A week away from life with new friends and swinging some clubs is all I’m looking for. Thanks for the advice.

    #49381
    Rick Kimbrell
    Participant

    Ken, welcome to IMHO the best tournament we who are not top amateurs can play in. This will be my 34th consecutive year to play. Best advice I can give you is to let yourself have fun. When I first started playing, I took it way way too seriously and it kicked my butt very hard. Golf in MB is so different than where I normally play and I let it get to me. In the years I have played, I have met some life long friends who I rarely ever see anywhere other than in MB.
    Remember, we are playing in prime time hurricane season. Forget any MB weather until August 15th. Then start watching the tropics. You need good rain gear. When it starts raining, we don’t quit unless the golf course becomes unplayable. Rain gloves…a necessity. To me, a golf umbrella is something to keep my towel hanging on, not to keep me dry. Rain hat, rain jacket, rain shorts, rain gloves….you are ready for WA golf.
    Also, it will be hot and humid. Count on it. Stay hydrated. Bring something for a snack to keep your strength up. Oh yes…count on a long round on the golf course. If lucky, the round will be 5 hours of less but don’t count on it, especially on first day (Monday). If you are good with the Rules of Golf, don’t let some “I think I know it all about the rules” get to you. Don’t be afraid to challenge if you have good rules knowledge.
    Have fun. Doubt you will be in my age group or flight but hope to meet you at the Convention Center. I will buy you an adult beverage.

    #49382
    Bob Newman
    Participant

    Rick, you offer to buy everyone an adult beverage at the CC. does that mean you stand in line to pick up the free beverage??😂 You do give out good advice. Will be interesting to see if we fall in same flight this year. I’m playing like a dog. New knee is giving me fits (mainly in my head, can’t seem to make myself trust it). Will try to catch up with you at CC.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by Bob Newman. Reason: Word wrong
    #49385
    Bill Hambrick
    Participant

    Rick gave you some very good advice. I would add if you are going to play skins during your round make sure whoever runs the game is also in the tournament with you. This will be my 18th year and I have also met a lot friends that I look forward to seeing every year. Good luck and most of all HAVE FUN

    #49386

    Hi Billy Handbrake are you wanting to team up with me in the pairs event this year and both of us can make it to the Friday round

    #49390
    Walter White
    Participant

    Hey Ken, Welcome to the WA!
    All you see and hear about the WA is Bait! Once you Come to the WA you are HOOKED! You will be back every year you can make it.:)
    Best of luck to you and have a great time.

    #49392
    Bernie Loehr
    Participant

    Ken,
    Lots of great suggestions here. I have been coming since 1985. It was so different then. Our choices were Micolob beer and Johnny Walker. Pretzels and potato chips until the last night they had shrimp. Look forward to just having fun and meeting great people. I last played March 27. Had neck fusion surgery on May 5 and can start swinging a club on August 9. I shouldn’t even be going but I have so much fun and meet so many friends. Enjoy!

    #49393
    Ken Adams
    Participant

    So how do I get in these skins games? My handicap is between 10-11. My buddy is going with me and we are staying a hotel at Broadway at the beach. Figured it was close to all the nighttime entertainment so we would not have to drive.

    #49395
    Bill Hambrick
    Participant

    Yes Harry

    #49396
    Bill Hambrick
    Participant

    Ken most likely someone in your flt will be running a skins game at your courses on the first day

    #49400
    Bob Newman
    Participant

    Ken, my contacts at the beach are telling me to stay away from the downtown Blvd area at night. Plenty of good entertainment everywhere at beach and well worth driving. Just what I am hearing.

    #49401

    Once the flights are offically posted 10 days before the event all the Skins Administrators will come out of woodwork and post how and when they will be collecting money for the week. I normally do it for my flight but I move up to the 60’s this year so will have to hunt out the guy for my age group hoping to be with Ricky Herman & Jeff Stapleton

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