Friday, June 16, 2023

Par for the course......

 6:15 am - Friday - June 16th - LPG&RVR - 44° F, humidity 58%, wind 1 mph out of the north by northeast......crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 77° F.  On this date in 2013 TLE and I had just arrived at the fairgrounds in Sioux Falls, SD......↴

When most of my 4 days of work occur from Monday to Friday I spend a lot of time mowing, and weed whipping....certainly way more than marshaling.  At any rate, after a quick round of the course Thursday morning I pulled out one of the Stihl string trimmers and began trimming around the small Pavilion, and then a number of the pull through sites. I needed to get as much of that done before 10 am as that is when I would begin clearing the driving range of balls in preparation for its bi-weekly mowing.  I like clearing the range on Thursdays as there are usually not a lot of balls to retrieve, and this Thursday was no exception to that rule.  By the time I finished clearing the course at 11 am I had just over 5 gallons of essence, about 400 balls.

Next up was to jump on the large Husqvarna riding lawnmower and mow the usual suspects....the parking lot grass, the small Pavilion grass, and the large, circular grass area next to site #30, and by the time I finished that grass it was time to give TLE her lunch break.  After taking my hour long lunch break I picked up the small Husqvarna riding lawnmower, and headed out to mow the rest of the tee boxes for which I am responsible....#3, 15, 16, 17 & 18.  Things went smoothly, and I was back at the Clubhouse by 3:50 pm to find 11 of the 13 rented golf carts had been returned, and were ready to wash, and put away.

By the time I got through the first 8 carts, the final two had been returned, and by 4:40 pm I had all 13 washed, and stowed away for the night...perfect.  As I've said before, I begin work at 7:40 am, so by 4:40 am I have finished my 8 hour shift.  Usually I get out my putter, and a few balls and putt for 20 minutes waiting for TLE to finish closing the office for the day, but I was tired, so I just sat down and talked with Bob (golf cart mechanic, and all around renaissance man).  Other than my lunch hour, I was in motion moving from one task to another all day, even when I gave TLE her lunch break.  During the hour she was gone to lunch I sold over $150 worth of merchandise, took 5 phone calls, and checked in 2 customers to the RV park.

Thursday was also the first round of the annual U.S. Open golf tournament, one of the 4 major tournaments during the golf season, and the third in that sequence this year.  It is being played at L.A. Country Club (that's Los Angeles, not Louisiana).  While I was in the Clubhouse giving TLE her lunch break I was able to watch some of the tournament when not busy selling clothing, and answering the phone.  Ricky Fowler recorded the first ever 62 at a U.S. Open, and about 15 minutes later Xander Schauffele carded another 62 (8 under par) to tie the just set record.  Usually one does NOT expect many under par rounds at the U.S. Open.  I remember one year when the winner was 1 OVER par after 4 rounds, and another year when only one person finished UNDER par after 4 rounds.  In all 37 players finished under par, which is quite unusual for a U.S. Open.

TLE and I were home shortly after 5 pm.  I wanted to sit outside on the 'viewing deck', but the U.S. Open was still in progress, and did not conclude until after 7 pm.  By the time golf was done for the day I was ready for a!

Thanks for stopping by!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.