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Thursday, 05 August 2010 17:59

The Site of the 2010 U.S Senior Open, Sahalee in Sammamish,Wash

Veteran Looper and Edwin Watts staffer Jeff Edmonson got the rare experience to caddy at a major championship last week, the Senior U.S Open at Sahalee near Seattle. Jeff has caddied at Augusta National, and also at the site of this years PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. LinksNation was lucky enough to get some of his candid thoughts about the experience and also his observations on why the best players in world, ARE exactly that . . . the best players in the world. Airline pilot Pete Williams is good enough to play amongst those at the pro level, and he knew Jeff was his guy to tote the wrenches around this tree lined layout.

Here are a few priceless exerpts from Jeff regarding his week with Pete Williams in Seattle:

Day 1 Wed practice round.

My first thoughts of this course were its sheer beauty, every tee shot comes thru a chute. Pete's a good driver . . . He hits a lots of fairways and greens. This course made him look a little wild. We played our practice round with David Frost and Denis Watson and another amatuer Kevin Klier. David Frost takes out this Mizuno blade 2iron that has a graphite shaft and stripes it all day like 240-250,  and high with a little draw. Denis Watson hits it pure. The way to describe the difference in pro and amatuer is contact. The pro covers the ball, theres no hanging back with irons. They just trap the hell out of the ball. I watched Peter Jacobsen on the range, He covers/traps the ball soo good.
When Pete settles in and gets fluid he hits the ball out there with Frost/Watson. Distance is not a promblem, Consistency is.So we play our round and head to the range. I know Pete had to lead the field in range balls hit. The balls are brand new Pro-v1's, they ask you what ball u want Pro-v1 or Callaway. Freddie has his own personal stash of Bridgestones, The range attendant showed me.
Gene Jones has his daughter on the bag, who is dropdead gorgeous. She came into the caddy tent to get her bib. Chien Soon Lu was in there with his caddy talkin chinese a mile a minute. As soon as she walks in, they speak perfect English, " How are you" How u doo"..... classic
Some guys out there are big. Dan Forseman looks like Frankenstein, gotta be 6' 6" easy. Peter Jacobson is a beast.
Edurado Romero is good size as well.
Allen Doyle is a big man too. Great story bout Doyle, Me and Pete watched him hit bunker shots for like ten minutes. He was hitting this shot from like 15 yards to a downhill slope . Every shot was coming out exactly, I mean EXACTLY the same way. 2 hops and a check. The entire bunker complex stopped and watched
I talked with Russ Cochran on the range, he's super cool. Olin Browne is awesome. I met him and his wife while we were out.
Lot of guys out there smoke ciggarettes. Fuzzy, & Tommy Armour always got one going. Ta3 attacks the ball. What a golf swing , power  draw.
Did I mention how hot Gene Jones 's caddy is, a definte highlight.
The best fairways I have ever seen, they were immaculate. I've been to Augusta, these were better. They were so tight.
Pete was useless trying to hit a full lob wedge. He just filet(ed) it everytime..
The go to shot for most of the seniors is a baby hook. They just compress the shit out of it...
Part 2  tomorrow:
A Meeting With One of Golf's Finest PDF Print E-mail

On June 21st, a bunch of my closest friends gathered to play a little golf and mark the day that means I've chronologically turned another page. I thought I'd arrive early at North Palm Beach Country Club and just soak in the day, if it's not raining on a summer afternoon in South Florida, then the day is a rarity, this was indeed a chamber of commerce afternoon.A call from the Kiwi's ( PureGolf2010) was a nice touch, initiated from my boy Scott Baker.

Truth be told, I would rather practice short game over all else . . . finding ways to get the ball up and down inside 60 yds, and consequently saving strokes is the creative side of the game. Since I am a mediocre ball striker, often times it must be what I call "smoke and mirrors golf" to scratch out a score.

About 5 years back, my buddy Moses and I were playing the same track (before Nicklaus gave it a facelift) and as we stopped to get some water at the turn, a voice from behind asked me if he could join us on the back nine. The voice sounded familiar, and when I turned around it was PGA Master Professional Hall Of Fame Teacher, inventor of golf training aides, and entrepeneur Dr.Gary Wiren. I said, of course Dr.Wiren can join us.We were impressed at how well he could strike the ball, not knowing his age, but knowing he was older than us, it was clear that he is in better shape than 95% of all people his age.Very Gary Player-esque, but in a larger stronger version. Since Dr.Gary lives right behind the course, it is possible that a random meeting can occur.I was honored to have met and played the back nine with one of the true gentlemen of golf, my only regret was that we didn't exchange contact info . . . I would have liked to tap into his many years of experience. Oh yeah, and did I mention that Dr.Gary is the Director of Instruction at Trump International Golf Club. His attire when working at the club is purely old school, think Bobby Jones and Payne Stewart - knickers and a tie.He also can boast one of the greatest collections of vintage golf clubs in the world, some dating back hundreds of years. He never mentions any of this, I just happen to know because I spend way too much of my time reading about golf and the people of the sport.

Back to June 21st, 2010. As I was waiting on the boys to show up, I was chipping to possibly the most undulated practice green this side of Augusta National. I was trying to work on flopping shots out of the high rough to an elevated pin postion . . . a nearly impossible task. As I hit one marginal shot, a voice from across the way says"looks like what they were trying to do at Pebble yesterday". As I look up, it's Dr.Gary Wiren, he does not remember our back nine rendezvous 5 years hence. We quickly got reacquinted and immediately began to comiserate on many things golf, such as: his summer golf trips across the U.S, his new putting alignment device (he owns Golf Around The World teaching aids), and our opinions regarding the U.S Open which had just finished. He asked me which golf swing impressed me when watching the leaders at Pebble Beach, I gave him the answer he was looking for, but wasn't expecting to hear . . . the Frenchman Gregory Havret. I gave him a little insight on LinksNation, and we exchanged contact information. Soon after the boys arrived and I wished Dr.Gary well on his upcoming golf adventure. A treat it was to meet up with him again.

After our round, we made our way to the Brass Ring Pub in North Palm Beach, for some great food and a "cheers" like atmosphere. The Summer Solstice was upon us, and thanks to all who made it another one to remember.

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