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The 96/96 is over, ending June 25 in Redding, California, and it was a complete success. My great friend and golfing buddy of 43 years, Jim Root, came from Torrance to play the last rounds with me. After dropping him off at the Sacramento airport, Fran and I drove on to Auburn, California, to catch up with grandchildren Alexandria and Nicholas during the Western States 100 Mile Race, and we camped our way back to San Clemente with them.
Arriving home in the late afternoon, the kids and I packed up beach chairs and met up with our son, Kraig, and grandchildren Nicholas Kraig and David at San Onofre State Beach for Kraig’s Tuesday night volleyball club. I had to disregard all the sand in the Winnebago View; it had been my “house on wheels” for 96 nights, but now it returned to its status as our beach wagon.
The next morning, Fran was going to Jazzercise and the kids wanted to be together, so I headed for the San Clemente Golf Course to, yes, play golf. What else could I do? Shooting 42/42 (84) felt good. The next evening, I took the two Nicholases onto the course, where we practiced for our match on an executive course, Aliso Creek, the next day. Both Nicks made pars by 1-putting.
I want to thank the folks at Callaway for the clubs, the balls, the bags, the shoes and the encouragement. I was comped so many times by Callaway pros, as well as camping out in some of their parking lots. Thanks to Wal-Marts across the country, too, for allowing The Happy Golfer to tuck in and leave early the next morning for the next course. A huge thanks goes to Byron Kurt for putting me together with Callaway, and Paula Story for keeping my blog going. Lastly, I want to thank my son, Kraig, who encouraged me to take on this adventure and who kept tabs on me morning, noon and night by means of a “Spot.”
My motto is still “Eat, Sleep, Play Golf, Repeat….”, but I think I’ll eat and sleep at home for a while.
Until my next adventure, I remain The Happy Golfer