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Round Played: with Tom and Kevin Smith –

By Wayne Halm –

Once was not enough –

On August 12th 2015 I played the Kauai Lagoons Golf Course with Tom Smith from New Haven, Connecticut and his son Kevin Smith from Washington, DC.  Tom and I had played before (back in November of 2014) and he came back wanting to show his son this magnificent Nicklaus course.

Kevin and Tom

Kevin and Tom

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Our timing wasn’t the greatest, this was the first day the course re-opened after aeration.  The greens were more white than green, but we didn’t let that deter us – we were having fun playing golf!

 Kevin didn’t seem to mind the sand, he just lined up and putted.

Kevin didn’t seem to mind the sand at all, he just lined up and putted.

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Yes, he made the putt and started with a birdie – the first of many.

Yes, he made the putt and started with a birdie – the first of many.

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Does age matter in golf?  I don’t believe it does in the fun part, old guys tend to have more stories.  But I’m beginning to think it does matter ‘off the tee’.

 Kevin consistently hammered his drives 50, 60, and 70 yards past Tom and I.

Kevin consistently hammered his drives 50, 60, and 70 yards past Tom and I.

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It takes a lot of ‘old guy cunning’ to make up for a deficit like that.

It takes a lot of ‘old guy cunning’ to make up for a deficit like that.

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 Tom and I tried. We cheered good shots. We high fived pars.

Tom and I tried and we hit some great shots.  To be sure we cheered good shots and we high fived pars.

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But it wasn’t enough – Kevin just kept writing birdies on the card.

But it wasn’t enough – Kevin just kept writing birdies on the card.

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Tom and I may have taken a beating on the scorecard – but that doesn’t sting for long.  The smiles and memories on the course are a lot more durable..

Tom and Kevin

Tom and Kevin

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Tom and Kevin

Tom and Kevin

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Kevin and Tom

Kevin and Tom

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When golfers want to have a good time, they will find a way – and we did.  In spite of the temporary beach like conditions on the greens we had a great round. More laughs than putts.  It was the way golf should be.

Kevin just didn’t putt much – yes, he birdied 18. The lad can play golf.

Kevin just didn’t putt much – yes, he birdied 18. The lad can play golf.

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Come play golf with me.

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

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2 thoughts on “New Haven, Connecticut and Washington, DC

  1. Aloha Wayne,

    Looks like a another great day despite sandy aerated greens. Age may matter off the tee, but it doesn’t matter in the fun department like you mentioned, and it also doesn’t hold you back in the style department.

    Cheers!
    Josh

    • Aloha Josh,

      Yes, another great day! Now that Kevin has shown me it can be done, I am going to learn to putt on the sand (or maybe learn to putt period). I can’t take much credit in the style department. I am still living “the simple life” – I just put on what she hands me, then go out and have fun.

      A Hui Hou,
      Wayne

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