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Round Played: with Matt Emery, his son Ryan, and Rick Schmidt –
By Wayne Halm –

On July 13th, 2014 I played the Kauai Lagoons course with Matt and Ryan Emery of San Diego, California.  Rick Schmidt of Walnut Creek, California filled out our four-some.

The skies were overcast. An overnight rain left the greens a bit slow, but that was the only evidence – and we stayed dry.  A one club trade wind kept us cool and challenged.

This round was fun.  However, I fear we had more putts than laughs – the number of laughs was not the problem.  After a few holes my putts stopping just short of or just beside the hole became humorous in themselves.  I seriously considered stuffing money into the cup before I putted.

“Awe” was also plainly visible in this round.  Ryan Emery is good!  325 off the tee, an amazing wedge, and a solid putter – and the lad is taking it all to the College of the Desert (in Palm Springs) golf team this fall.  Ryan Emery.  I repeat that so you can remember the name – if you follow golf at all, I predict you will hear it again.

Rick and I developed a kinship early on – we will both be married 40 years next month!  Perhaps part of my problems on the course is that I have already used up so much good luck.

I suspect Matt taught his son the wedge shot.  They both get enough spin on the ball to ‘check-up’ on the greens.  I watched closely and tried to learn something – but mine continued to bounce and roll.

In spite of 18 swallowing half of our balls, we all walked off the course laughing and smiling – just look at the picture.  It was a fun round – the way it should be.

Come play golf with me.

The Kauai Lagoons Golf Club 800-634-6400 or http://www.KauaiLagoonsGolf.Com .

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Ryan on 14th tee.

Ryan on 14th tee.

Proud father and his son.

Proud father and his son.

Rick on 14th green.

Rick on 14th green.

Rick on 16th fairway (barely on the fairway - it was a good thing he is left handedt)

Rick on 16th fairway (barely on the fairway – it was a good thing he is left handed)

Matt making one of our better putts.

Matt making one of our better putts.

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