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The Old Tillsonburg Golf and Country Club

1st Green – From approximately halfway down the hole. You can see the driveway cutting across the fairway.

I was looking through some old files in my computer and found a few pictures from the old Tillsonburg Golf & Country Club (now known as The Bridges at Tillsonburg). Back when these pictures were taken the course was still just a nice little 9-hole course, however it was about to start work on a second nine (actually 10 new holes, as the original first hole was not part of the 18 hole layout).

I think Tillsonburg G&CC opened up in 1925.  For many years the course record was held by the legendary Moe Norman, and if memory serves the record was 59, which is a pretty solid 9-under par (the course was 9 holes, but so you did two loops, first from the white tees and the second time around from the red tees). Moe would have shot his score in a tournament sometime in the early or mid 1950s. My dad says he worked as a caddy that day. I believe Andrew Corner shot the first 58, back around 1995, in fact he might have shot 56.

3rd Hole – Par 3

Unfortunately 2021 was the last year for this course to be 18 holes. The members used to own the course, but the town and investors paid for the expansion. They all sold to a single investor, who then sold to the current owners (You might get a sense of the moral quality of the current owner from his actions during the province’s Covid lockdown). The course will become a 12-hole course, with at least 3 of the holes from the original design becoming a housing development.

So sad.

I miss the old 9-hole course.  All of the members all knew each other, and on a good day you could play 18-holes in just over 3 hours.

For those who remember Tillsonburg G&CC, I hope you like the couple of pictures I found and they bring back some nice memories.

2020 Ryder Cup Team Comparison

The 2020 Ryder Cup will finally get played starting Sept 24, 2021, and so it’s time to compare the teams based on our Power Rankings to see which is most on-form coming into the competition.

Just about every time they play, Team USA is the stronger team on paper but somehow Team Europe ends up coming away with the victory.  This year both teams are full of great players, but based on the current Power Rankings, Team USA should take the cup with ease*.

EUROPEUSA
Jon Rahm 15.38 (6)Patrick Cantlay 18.13 (1)
Rory McIlroy 14.58 (12)Bryson DeChambeau 15.13 (8)
Tommy Fleetwood 11.92 (34)Tony Finau 13.42 (20)
Paul Casey 9.41 (65)Justin Thomas 13.42 (20)
Sergio Garcia 8.38 (75)Dustin Johnson 12.75 (25)
Bernd Wiesberger 7.83 (84)Xander Schauffele 12.21 (32)
Shane Lowry 7.71 (86)Daniel Berger 10.75 (44)
Viktor Hovland 7.63 (88)Jordan Spieth 7.63 (88)
Ian Poulter 4.42 (171)Harris English 7.38 (90)
Matthew Fitzpatrick 0.71 (337)Scottie Scheffler 7.17 (94)
Lee Westwood 0.00 (375)Brooks Koepka 4.38 (174)
Tyrrell Hatton -1.08 (536)Collin Morikawa 2.75 (236)

*I don’t think I have ever picked correctly.

2021 Solheim Cup Team Comparison

The 2021 Solheim Cup competition kicks off September 3rd at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo Ohio.  As usual for these team competitions we list the participants and their current rankings from our Power Rankings.

Here is the comparison.

EUROPEUSA
Georgia Hall 15.29 (8)Yealimi Noh 18.29 (2)
Leona Maguire 12.88 (20)Nelly Korda 17.71 (3)
Anna Nordqvist 12.46 (24)Mina Harigae 11.75 (27)
Nanna Koerstz Madsen 10.17 (49)Jennifer Kupcho 7.04 (85)
Matilda Castren 10.08 (51)Danielle Kang 7.00 (86)
Madelene Sagstrom 9.71 (54)Lizette Salas 6.50 (98)
Charley Hull 6.71 (94)Lexi Thompson 5.67 (122)
Emily Kristine Pedersen 4.96 (149)Jessica Korda 4.71 (159)
Celine Boutier 3.83 (187)Brittany Altomare 4.67 (162)
Carlota Ciganda 0.92 (329)Ally Ewing 3.13 (216)
Mel Reid 0.46 (355)Austin Ernst 1.92 (274)
Sophia Popov -3.13 (988)Megan Khang 0.58 (349)

Based on current form, it should be a pretty close match but I would expect the Americans to be the victors in the end.

Brush with Greatness: Nick Price

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Back when I first started this site there was a section called “Brush with Greatness” where people could submit a story of an encounter with a famous golfer.  Here is one of the entries.

Name: pieceofwork e-mail:  
 
Handicap: 15 Player:  Nick Price
 
Description:

A few years back at the Phoenix Open, I was walking from the parking lot to the Birds Nest and a rental car stops to give me a ride, it was a friend I had met the prior year who runs the tournment on behalf of the (then)  primary sponsor. Who was driving, Nick Price. Very nice guy!

 

2021 Drive, Chip & Putt

After a year off because of the pandemic, 2021 marks the return of the Drive, Chip & Putt finals held at Augusta National Golf Club.

Here is a list of the winners.

Division WinnerPoints (D-C-P)
Boys 7-9Lucas Bernstein23 (8-9-6)
Girls 7-9Alexis Card23 (10-3-10)
Boys 10-11Brady Barnum28 (10-8-10)
Girls 10-11Elyse Meerdink21.5 (8-10-3.5)
Boys 12-13Sam Udovich22 (10-10-2)
Girls 12-13Yana Wilson23 (9-10-4)
Boys 14-15Jaivir Pande28 (9-9-10)
Girls 14-15Ali Mulhall28 (10-10-8)

Here is Canadian Alexis Card of Cambridge Ontario hitting a bomb.

To win her division, she made the famous putt on the 18th hole (you know the one that Mickelson made to win his first green jacket in 2004).

And here is Anna Wu, from B.C. chipping in. She finished second to Alexis.

https://twitter.com/DriveChipPutt/status/1378741016476450819

Jaivir Pande holed the last putt to win the boys 14-15 age group.

And the final ceremony.

https://twitter.com/DriveChipPutt/status/1378762016924577795

Congratulations to all of the competitors. These memories will last a lifetime.

 

 

 

 

 

Little Rascals Divot Diggers

By MGM – source, PD-US, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56215879

I was looking up something on Youtube, seemingly unrelated, when this popped up in the list of “related” videos.

The Little Rascals, or Our Gang, were a bunch of kids having great adventures, putting on shows, fighting fires, foiling criminals, etc.

I vaguely remember watching “Divot Diggers” episode when I was a kid back when there were Saturday morning cartoons. Overall I would say this is pretty terrible. Enjoy!

The Ultimate Guide to Perfecting Your Golf Swing

 

Dan Smith, of birdiescrazygolf.com, sent me an e-mail asking if I would be interested in posting about and linking to his “The Ultimate Guide to Perfecting Your Golf Swing”.  I figured, why not, so here is the link.

I looked around Dan’s site, and it’s pretty good. There are lots of posts about what are good golf balls, the best sets for different skill levels, and reviews of drivers, irons, wedges, putters, and accessories.

Check it out, you might find something good.

If you’re wondering what instigated Dan’s contacting me, he said he liked the “Swing The Handle, Not The Head” post.

Canadian Great George Knudson Name Checked in Farmers Insurance Open Broadcast

I wish I could find the video of it, but during today’s broadcast of the Farmers Insurance Open, Frank Nobilo compared the look of Harry Higgs to the former Canadian great George Knudson.

Here is a picture of Knudson

And here is one of Higgs (not from today but very similar outfit)