My Road to Memphis

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April 25, 2005 ' Today is the first round of the Tennessee Section event for Club Professionals and the best amateurs in the state, The True Temper Classic. The tournament is held at The Colonial Club in Memphis Tennessee. (This is the course that Al Gieberger shot the 59 on.) Derick Calcote the CEO of a golf forum internet company, (one of my endorsement deals that I
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Kip Henley made his first start last week at the Henrico County Open.
am working with) is caddying for me. We kind of struggled around all day. Standing in middle of the 18th fairway, 210 yards, all carry over water, to the hole, I kind of fat pulled a 4 iron short and in the water. We went down a few yards to drop at the edge of the water and I pured a 5 iron onto the bank and it trickled back down into the water. Now Im thinking we could be here all day or ROB (run outta balls). I decided to hit 4 iron and totally blew it over the green, but alas, across the water and got it up and down for an 8, turning my 69 into a 75. A 68 was low round for the first day. The course is pretty hard if you ask anybody but Mr. Geiberger.
 
April 26, 2005 ' I bogeyed 18 again today and it was playing shorter than the day before. Shot a 71, one under par and 2 over for the tournament. Still somehow ended up solo 3rd place and won $1400 bucks. Not great but certainly not bad for how I played.
Just to show you how stubborn I am, I let Derick, who is a member at this course, read just 2 putts in 36 holes. He absolutely read both putts perfect and I made them both but still I was to prideful to let him read more. I felt that I hit the ball good that last day and was feeling pretty positive about the Fed/Ex St. Jude qualifier at TPC SouthWind the next day.
 
April 27, 2005 ' Today I shot a 3 over par 73 on a very windy tough day. The course recently went through a major renovation. The biggest change being converting the greens from Bent Grass to Champion Bermuda grass - now theyre harder than Chinese arithmetic. The 73 was not a great score but good enough to qualify me for the tournament and I AM PUMPED. That gives me six Nationwide starts and one PGA Tour start, a lot of great opportunities.
 
May 2nd and May 3rd, 2005 ' Chattanooga Classic media day and Knoxville Open media day. Had to give a short speech at both. I never make notes for my talks at these kind of events, I just shoot from my heart and people seem to enjoy them. I guess my idiotic red-neck banter humors most smart people.
 
May 11, 2005 ' A camera crew from The Golf Channel flew in today and shot film for the Quest for the Card show. Dont miss it because you get to see my hot wife Sissi and our two beautiful daughters, Darbi and Stormi. They have footage they should show of Stormi singing and it will knock your socks off. We had a blast filming and we cant wait for it to air. The folks at The Golf Channel have sure been good to me.
 
May 13, 2005 ' First stage U.S. Open qualifier at Holsten Hills in Knoxville Tennessee, a good ole Donald Ross course. I shot 2 under par 70 and still missed by one or two shots, DANG IT!!!
 
May 15, 2005 ' Flew outta Knoxville into Richmond for The Henrico County Open.
 
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Kip Henley had a strong following in his Natiowide Tour start in Richmond.
May 16, 17 and 18, 2005 ' Pro-Ams and practice rounds with a ZILLION media requests squeezed in between them. I truly enjoy them but it really feels that it puts more pressure on me than I was already feeling without it. Guess I better get used to it.
 
May 19, 2005 ' JEEZ-LOUISE!!!! What a pressure packed day. The cameras followed from the time I got out of the car until the time I got back in it. I somehow managed to scrape it around for an even par 72 but there is an asterisk attached. I had a 2 shot penalty when my caddy inadvertently switched balls with me after me marking my ball on the green. Its a long story and if you did not see the coverage you probably aint reading this noways.
 
May 20, 2005 ' I just thought day one was jeez-louise, today was the real
JEEEEZ LOUISE!!!!!!!! Even the best Boy Scout could not have been prepared for a day like today. I started the day on the practice range in short sleeves and finished soaking wet and frozen. By the end of the day I had put on everything I had in the car. We managed a 2 under par 70, one of the few under par scores from the morning wave of tee times. I really caught a bad wave of tee times. They say they that it evens out over time but if you ask me Gods got some catching up to do to get me evened out. I sill missed the cut by 2, (kinda ironic huh), disappointing as all getout but I have had worse showings. I dont feel it was that bad of a score considering all that happened during that tournament.
 
May 22, 2005 ' Flew into Memphis for the Fed/Ex St. Jude Classic where I will be staying at my usual host home with the most beautiful family that you have ever seen, Chip and Susan Cayce and their two great kids Lindsay 9, and Jimbo 6 (better wear a cup in Jimbos presence cause he gives you a punch square in the short hairs every time you walk past him).
 
May 24, 2005 ' Today I am nursing an unbelievably sore elbow. Yesterday I pulled the old club professional idiot move. I hit practice balls all day. The brand new practice pro V range balls and nice grass are too tempting to resist. I am not joking about the elbow, I had to pull out of a practice round with former U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson on the second tee. Scott was a great sport and an even better guy. We have had to seek medical attention today and I am scared to death of not being able to start Thursday. I plan to get a shot to help ease the pain. Say a few prayers and pull for Kipper.
 
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