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
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"