There was one Friday match that had everyone on the edge of their seat watching and waiting to see if the biggest name in golf could get the dub over Patrick Cantlay. Tiger ended up getting the victory he needed in his match winning 4 & 2. The biggest sho of the day came on hole 13 where Tiger was able to hole out to eagle and win the hole getting the crowd super pumped up. Tiger continued that momentum and overwhelmed Cantlay for the reminder of the match as it ended on hole 16. After following Tiger for a bit of his practice round on Tuesday I got to see him play live for the first time up close and personal. He seemed to be in a good rhythm after tying the match after hole 11. In the pictures below Tiger’s ball rolled off on to the cart path, actually by the entrance to the Michelob tent on hole 12. He was able to take a lateral drop and he hit a nice low liner to the front of the green and was able to win the hole. Setting up an epic showdown tomorrow here in Austin TIGER vs RORY!!!!!! CAN”T WAIT!!!!!!!
I met up with my fraternity brother Zack and it was nice to see he hadn’t got kicked out yet from the tournament like he did many years ago at the Valero Open. A longtime friend of mine from Corpus Christi Gabriel, was able to make out here with his brother Andy we have been following the Speith and Bubba pairing. Jordan has a big crowd out here being the hometown boy, not like Tiger’s gallery but he is currently battling Bubba and is 2 down through 11.
It was really a great feeling seeing the best golfers in the world work on their game out here at the beautiful TPC San Antonio at the JW Marriott. A beautiful sunny day 77 degrees a slight cool breeze blowing in, making the perfect conditions for the players in this weeks field to come and get a practice round in and chat it up with their buddies as they work on and around the practice green. The first day to hit the course the pros were in a great mood joking around with each other as they got work with the coaches. Some guys were out there trying to right the ship like Hunter Mahan, he had several people around him watching and hoping he can find the solid game he once had.
Other guys like 2016 VTO Champ Charlie Hoffman and 2017 Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele were taking their practice round together talking trash to each other, on the way out JJ Spaun was giving one the caddies a hard time about their fresh pair of Nikes. One of the funniest things I did witness was a pretty recent star on the tour this year was having a hard time getting into the practice area, I even got in the practice area before he did. Want to hear more about my day 1 at the Valero Open please tune into my podcast.-NOB
Normally played the day before the SuperBowl , we played the golf tourney Saturday Jan.20 at the scenic Palmer Resort Course at La Cantera. The weather was a bit cloudy and misted a bit at the start of the round, but cleared up for the rest of the round and the sun payed us a little visit for several holes of the round.
The format for the Bla-blazo tournament is a blind draw for 2-man teams best ball. So every bla-blazo you are always concerned with who you get as a partner. You normally ask yourself several questions can they play? do they like to listen to music during the round? Are you gonna get a long with them. Will they take on some gambling action against other teams? These are questions that I usually have for the my partner but it worked out pretty good, my partner David Zarate and I meshed well, we both were skilled about the same, jammed out to music as we played our round, both didnt make a putt to save our lives during the round.
I was super pumped going into this round for I had never played this course before. The layout was beautiful, each played tough in its each its own way. All day Dave and I had several birdie opportunities but nothing was gimme distance, each green was playing tough. We all said maybe the greens keeper was pissed off or something cause the pin placements were tough as hell. The pins were tucked away on the smallest part of the green with a double slope in front of it protecting the pin. We came close a good amount of times but either the ball rimmed in and out or it was a miss read. I can normally read greens pretty well in my opinion, but on this day I could not read the greens at all. All in all in was a fun round we had our chances but the course just got the best of us on that day. But on a side note Dave and I did win a little $$$$$ on a side bet, and I have featured Dave on my most recent podcast. Check it out!
Its always great to be out there on the course and especially with one of my best buddies Jake and some guys who love to have a good time and play some comeptitive golf.
We had the annual Blablazo Golf Tournament at Silverhorn Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas 1100 Bitters Rd.
The green fees were a descent price considering we had a side pot as well for the tourney with there being several different ways to place.
The different ways to place, closet to the pin on #7, longest drive on #18, 2 man raw score, and 2 man net score, with a blind draw for partners a week before the tournament.
I had been looking forward to playing in this tournament since I was not able to play in the super bowl Blablazo, and had been eager to get out there and play well. With there being several side pots I was super interested in taking on bets between my buddies. Before the round I had a bet for best raw score between Oscar and I for a green fee for Oscar had won a preivous bet for a round which I have paid off. Another bet was made on the tee box for a few bucks between Jaime Hernadez and Bass's twosome. Jaime being a good friend of mine I really wanted to win this bet, for it was more bragging rights than money.
Even though I did not know my partner I was glad to have my buddy Jake in the opposite twosome. My partner was Raul (Tretch) one of the founders of the Blablazo, it was relieving that we were able to get along pretty good and early on formed a good partnership.
Jake is my normal playing partner so having that familiar playing partner helped, what didn't help was all the smack talking Jake was doing on the front 9, especially trying to get under our skin. He and his partner John were playing very well in the front 9, each of them hitting good approach shots giving themselves good opportunity for birdies and pars. The better they played the more Jake's mouth was running, and boy was his mouth running. But as the temperature rose and the day got longer Jake's shenanigans from the previous night caught up with him and he started to slow down a bit. This was all I needed to get going for my team.
The most memorable shot/putt I had on the day was on hole 6 the signature hole for Silverhorn Golf Course, a par 5 playing around 500 yards, water all along the hole on the left all the way to the green. Off the tee we had a very poor drive about 5 feet away from the water which made for a very uncomfortable 2nd shot which took us to the trees on the right, we had to pitch out for our 3rd shot and then missed the green with our 4th. Chipping up for our 5th shot we had a 12 footer for bogey, looking at the read I saw we had a downhill putt which had a break about 1 foot from left to right. I sized up the putt and hit it smooth on the line I wanted and watched stared it down all the way as it broke and died right in the bottom of the cup. Knowing it was just a bogey putt, I was happy we got a putt to drop and saved us from carding a double bogey.
My partner and I ended up with +5 on the front and +2 on the back, no birdies on the day. Raul (Tretch) and I had several opportunities that we did not take advantage of to score and get some birdies but could not buy a putt. The closest put we had for birdie was a 10 footer that broke left to right about two cups and we both missed by half an inch. With no birdies on the scorecard this discouraged us as we got deeper into round. Running out of holes to score on Tretch and I were able to look on the brighter side of things as we continued to scramble and convert several up ad downs to save par on the last six holes. With everyone finishing on the 18th hole there was a good build up of the groups ahead of jamming to some tunes, drinking some beers, and my favorite smoking some stogies. The gallery that had a piled up around 18 were giving the business to everyone making their approach to the green and once on the trash talking got taken to another level.
We didn't win the tournament but had a freaking blast being on the course, drank some cold beers, made some new friends, and ultimately got to do what I love to do play some freaking golf. The winning raw score was par at 72, the winning net score was 64. As Blablazo tradition holds the raw score champs must purchase several rounds for all participants, this is one of the reasons why I love tradition haha. Raul and I shot a legit 79 and the 2 teams I had side bets against, Jaime's team shot an 82 and Oscar's team shot an 81, so I was a happy man winnng my side bets, but more importantly I had a since of pride knowing a I had a free green fee and a few bucks along with bragging rights coming my way. Yes sirrrrrrrrrr!
-Nothing is OB
!This past week on the podcast I had a blast interviewing my good buddy Pete Ayers. Pete shared some funny stories about his family and him on the golf course which reminded me of one of the stories I had about my dad and I on the course when I was younger.
I was about 14-15 years old playing a round of golf with my dad and 2 uncles, Uncle Rudy and Uncle Bobo. We were playing a a round on the Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, TX. I don't remember what hole its was but we were walking off a par 3 heading towards our carts when out of the blue I hear "FORE"!!! A errant tee shot hits me in the back, knocking the air out of me. I went down and was having trouble breathing, my dad turns around and sees me and tells me "what are you doing man get up!" I was pissed and hurting but I was ready for my dad to tell that guy off kick his a@#. The man that hit me and his group made their way to the green and the guy came up to us said sorry buddy! At this moment I was ready for my dad to let him have it, then my dad said "no it's ok fella!", I looked at my dad and thought to myself really guy, that's it, no blows, no confrontation, no nothing. For the rest of the round I did not want to play and was very upset with my dad, I didn't even play with my dad for a while after this incident.
As I got older and wiser in the game of golf at least I continued to get a better understanding of the rules of golf etiquette I have to come to realize that the guy who hit me broke these rules.
When teeing off on a par 3 it's courtesy that you wait til the group ahead of you has driven away/walked off enough of a distance that an errant tee shot won't hit into the group.
Now I am not saying that I am the most Golf etiquette guy out on the course but you must use it differently at times depending on what group of people you are playing with, different strokes for different folks.
Hit em well my friends!
This blog and podcasts that will be posted are about my love and passion for the game of golf. Weekly this blog along with my podcast will discuss some of the hot topics in the world of golf. This past podcast I had my best buddy and regular golf pal Jacob Munoz on to guest co-host with me. For it being the 1st podcast I thought it have gone a bit smoother but in order to get better and better I have to get out there and put out more podcasts. Thank you my boy Jake for staying up late to be my first guest, maybe the spurs winnng in overtime had something to do him being up and excited to record. In future podcats I will review some courses as I go on summer vacation. This blog along with my podcast about golf has been a bit more work than I expected, wanting a nice logo, making sure the sound quality is good, and putting up a website where people can at least see some pictures from my rounds and post some videos of the upcoming podcasts and interviews. In this weekly podcast I asked several questions that I will ask my guests, whats their favorite club, their favorite memory of golf, what got them interested in the game, their favorite golf course in San Antonio, discuss the upcoming PGA tournament the favorite and a dark horse, pressing issues that are coming up in the world of golf. I wanted to thank my good friends Gilbert Saldivar and Jason Merrell for all there help in getting me off the ground. Gilbert with an awesome and passionate discussion about how to do this podcats/blog and for him challenging me to just take the leap and do a podcast before the date I had in mind. Also Gilbert let me use a good quality mic to help me get off the ground and to record my 1st podcast. Jason pointed me in the right direction as to where to create a podcast and how much work I must put in if I want to see so results (people checking out my podcasts and reading my blogs). After recording and editing the first podcast I was able to put it up on sound cloud and then submit it for approval for it to be on itunes (still waiting for the vote of approval). I am hoping to put all the grunt work in right now so I can just blog/ podcast a little more fluid. Last I wanted to say it was fun to record a podcast especially with someone who loves the game like I do,I was nervous and see the many areas for improvement a good suggestion for the next one was to have a couple of drinks as we record hhhmmmm that might work as i get better at this recording thing. Have fun and tee it up this weekend.
My name is Andrew Torres I have been teaching and coaching high school and middle school for the past 13 years. I have been married for 10 years, have been blessed with two beautiful daughters 10 and 6 years old. Outside of my family and my coaching I fell in love with the crazy game of golf.
-This blog will be about the golf expriences that I have with my boys, school, daughter, and at times solo. The Blog will have a link for my bi-monthly podcast "Nothing is OB"