June 30, 2012

Murderously hot out there Friday afternoon at the Superstition Springs G.C. driving range. The thermometer said 112, but it felt more like 200 degrees under my floppy hat. But still, there I was, practically alone, water bottle on the ground next to my 7-wood, 8-iron, 9-iron, and pitching and sand wedges, effortlessly hoisting (irons) or launching (7-wood) one ball after another in the direction of a 100-yard marker bleached white by weeks of searing heat while my personal (and fab) mix of the Beach Boys “That’s Why God Made The Radio” played over my PDA.

I have to admit, between the floppy hat, shades, Hawaiian shirt, and white shorts I looked like I shoulda been guiding my sloop “John B” out of the Thames Street harbor at Newport, Rhode Island instead of hitting balls off of too-thin lies against a bleached-out landscape under sizzling azure skies, but with just three weeks left before the 2012 Goodboys Invitational, there’s no time to whine about the heat – it’s time to suck it up and finish my game prep. And I have to admit, I was hitting the ball pretty darned good, as my game has settled into the first real predictable consistency I’ve ever known in my personal golf history. Now, whether it translates into low-enough scores to challenge for the hallowed Spielberg Memorial Trophy and winner’s jackets remains to be seen, but I’ve never been in a better spot this close to a Goodboys Invitational. We’ll see.

Here’s a recipe for a great summer cocktail, courtesy of Parasol Up Bar at Wynn Las Vegas:

Cucumber & Ginger Cooler:

10 super-thin slices of cucumber
1 ¼ oz. Hendrick’s Gin
1 oz. Canton Ginger Liqueur
¾ oz. fresh lime juice (and I have the fresh limes!)
dash of Agave Syrup
2 ½ oz. of club soda

Muddle the cucumber slices with the lime juice in a tall glass, then add all ingredients except the club soda. Ice to top of glass, then add the club soda.

Perfect for a hot summer afternoon!

After a good 2-hour session hitting and chipping balls I had the chance to sit down with Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee to discuss my golf game and everything Goodboys, check back on Monday for the full text of the interview. Until then, stay cool, jewel…

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Unrelated thought: hard to believe the year is half over.

Filed in: Goodboys by The Great White Shank at 01:37 | Comments (5)
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  1. It is 102-104 here on the creek. Got 2 more days of this…I am watering like crazy…got buckets out for the critters…fresh hummingbird juice daily…feeders filled daily….bird baths filled daily. Severe drought conditions all over the Ohio Valley.
    Leaving next Friday for 10 days in the woods and hope that there is some rain before heading out. Packing 10 days of camping gear in this heat and then setting it all up is NOT going to be fun.

    Comment by Jana — June 30, 2012 @ 4:59 am


  2. Shank

    I have to commend you for a 2hr practice
    session in that desert heat. Way to go

    right now enjoying a nice realxing Sunday
    morning with stephanie and Henry listening
    to some James taylor

    Comment by Killer — July 1, 2012 @ 8:20 am


  3. Shank,

    Just like Killa said….Way to go!.
    I played softball sunday morning in 90 degree
    heat, although we have a nice ocean breeze
    near the park.

    Cubby

    Comment by Ron "Cubby" Myerow — July 1, 2012 @ 9:49 am


  4. Thanks, lads. I only have one more session planned, in two weeks. I’ll be out of the heat on the 14th!

    Comment by The Great Whire Shank — July 2, 2012 @ 9:48 pm


  5. Jana, where are you off camping, and with whom? Is it a vision quest planned? I want to do a monastic retreat at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY this fall…

    Comment by The Great Whire Shank — July 2, 2012 @ 9:49 pm


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