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Round Played: with Gene and Jan Oliver –

By Wayne Halm –

A PLACE TO CALL HOME ….. that’s the slogan of the Puakea Golf Course.  And the staff there make sure I feel at home.  Yeah, I’m special … but so is everyone else!

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Wayne and Mila at the Puakea Golf Course on Kauai.

Mila, the restaurant hostess, makes sure I don’t go out hungry.

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Wayne and Megan at the Puakea Golf Course on Kauai.

Megan, the starter, makes sure everything goes smoothly for me.

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On November 3rd 2016 I went over to the Puakea Golf Course and asked if they had anyone on the Tee Sheet I could play with.  Yes they did, a couple was going out in 20 minutes and I could play with them – if they were agreeable.

So I trotted over to the practice area to ask the couple … SURPRISE … they were my old buddy Gene Oliver from Seattle, Washington, and his wife Jan.

Gene and Jan on the Puakea Golf Course on Kauai.

Gene and Jan … and yes, they were agreeable to me joining them.

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We immediately set out onto the course.  Gene had warmed up … however, I stepped onto the first tee box cold and didn’t expect to win the hole.

Jan on the Puakea Golf Course on Kauai.

But it was Jan who consistently played from the short grass.

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Jan’s repeated marches down the middle of the fairways were the most direct routes to the pins.  Gene and I were a little more adventurous, but we were scoring well … until.

Gene and Jan on the 6th tee at the Puakea Golf Course on Kauai.

Gene and Jan on the 6th tee … yes, she is smiling and we weren’t.

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Gene and I had problems – this is a closer view of the new home of our golf balls.

Gene and I had problems – this is a closer view of the new home of our golf balls.

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Jan was having a good round.  A lot was just “working out” for her.  But even when things didn’t work out perfectly – she still found a way to “skin the cat”.

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Gene’s putter got “hot” on the back nine and gave him a birdie.  That lifted his spirits considerably – and he didn’t even mind that I allowed Jan to bend the rules a bit.

If you’re golfing with me … and you have these cool Ryder Cup socks … you don’t have to wear shoes on the greens.

If you’re golfing with me … and you have these cool Ryder Cup socks … you don’t have to wear shoes on the greens.

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We hit the ball, we talked, we laughed, we remembered past good times, and we planned future good times.  This was a great day on the course.  This was the way golf should be.

I have a stated 2016 goal of playing golf with 100 people I haven’t met.  I already knew Gene so he doesn’t count.  But Jan does … she is number 39.  Want to be in that number?

Come play golf with me. 

 

Click here to read about another round I played with Gene

The Puakea Golf club 808-245-8756 or http://www.puakeagolf.com/

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4 thoughts on “Surprise

    • Aloha Wendy,
      Thank you. It was a great day. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures, I believe that happy faces and a beautiful golf course are a compelling combination.
      A Hui Hou,
      Wayne

  1. Aloha Wayne,

    Now that is a great surprise, and you still got one closer to 100. All golf balls need a home, but I prefer the ones that like to live on land or in my golf bag. Maybe you just had the wrong type this day.

    Cheers!
    Josh

    P.S. I seem to have misplaced your number. If you have a chance one of these days you should drop me a line so we can chat about some upcoming golf 🙂

    • Aloha Josh,
      Yep, I was happy about that round. Even the ball hungry lake couldn’t upset me with Gene and Jan around. We had a great time.
      I’m looking forward to your visit.
      A Hui Hou,
      Wayne

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