Post by IceCat on Jun 26, 2015 5:26:04 GMT
My travels have brought me to northwest Arkansas for the first time ever to see one of the few remaining 54 hole events on Tour. This trip is also somewhat bittersweet for me as I began my vacation last Friday in Memphis, where I had a couple of occasions to spend time with my girlfriend Linda before she has to go back to China in a few weeks. When she hasn't been wrapping up her work as a genetic researcher at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center she's been busy getting things ready for her move home, and after five years here there is a lot to account for but I'm grateful she found time for me. I also managed to visit Graceland this past Monday and while everyone calls it the mansion the main house itself actually seems quite small, at least the portion that one gets to see.
I managed to take plenty of pictures but for now I'm unable to share them as I brought the wrong patch cable and the card slot in my new laptop won't accept the camera's memory card. The weather here in this part of the country since my arrival a week ago has been hazy, hot and humid, and after driving several hours from Memphis on Wednesday my first day out on the course on Thursday was no exception. The spectator entrance is by the par 3 17th, AKA The Loudest Hole On Tour, although of course the stands ringing it and other key vantage points on the course were largely vacant on the final pro-am day. For the most part the spectator paths follow the cart paths, which means some awkward routings involving several crossovers, especially on the back nine. From where one arrives at the course they'd have to travel some distance along the back nine before they reach the clubhouse area where the 1st and 10th tees, the 9th and 18th greens, the putting greens and the range are located. I chatted briefly with Dave Hamada (cougar on the mylpga.com forum) at the range before charting the front nine. During the time I was there between around 10:30am-3pm I also managed to snap a few pictures, most of which were on my camera which again I'm unable to share right now but I did get a couple on my cell phone.
I kid you not: there is indeed an entire wall inside the pro shop devoted to cheering on the defending champion and University of Arkansas alum. Not easily seen in the photo above is the razorback logo inside the heart on most of the items on display. Now can you spot the typo in this display of past champions?
Anyway, I have to get up early Friday morning as the marquee groups are in the morning wave because of the TV window and they're expecting a 60-80% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon as a cold front comes down from the north, which means that Saturday and Sunday will be more comfortable but it will likely throw a spanner into the schedule. Back on the prowl bright and early!