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Ode, and Owed, to Ktown

If you’ve followed this blog, you’ve been introduced to me so it’s only fair, and certainly long overdue, that you learn something about my friend Kevin. Ted Lasso would probably call this an owed ode.  I’ve known Kevin, or Ktown … Read More

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Introducing tMP Athlete, Randen Plattner

In a previous life, I was an athlete. Everyday, I get a little further from those glory days. The only things I have left of my peak physical performance now are some memories, a few scars, a bum ankle, and … Read More

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Joking Around

I remember all the shots from a round for several hours after the last putt drops. I remember the best jokes and laughs for years. I retell my favorites every round I play with someone new. I break out the old “do you know how much this pin flag weighs?” bit literally all the time. It’s become a calling card of sorts. There are a few others I’ve picked up over the years, some from my dad, some from friends, others from strangers. Each has provided the mental break and a laugh that helps my game and reminds me why I love to play this dumb game so much.
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Having Fun When You’re Having No Fun At All

I’m not going to spoil the book in the hopes that you’ll be intrigued enough to go out and get it yourself. I want everyone to read Tom’s books in the hopes that he’ll be so successful that he’ll do another one. I need my fix and I’m quickly running out of this book. I won’t spoil it except for one little paraphrased line that is the crux of this entire post. In the book, Tom describes a tough experience playing Bethpage Black and said something like, “golf is the only aspect in life where you’re having fun while you’re having no fun at all.”  … Read More

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Santa Fe Trail Series – Part 1

The hardest part is getting started. That’s what I tell myself every time I sit down to write something. Just get a few words down and let the juices start flowing. In reality, I could use that same logic for a lot of other things in life. Surely, once things get rolling, it’ll all be fine. Right? … Read More

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Here Comes the Sun!

Little darling, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter. Little darling, it seems like years since its been here. Here comes the sun, do, do, do. Here comes the sun. And I said, it’s alright. Sunrise on #10 – Colbert … Read More

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tMP – A Year in Review

It’s been a year, for sure. The snow is blanketing the backyard while I write this blog in a place that has become all too familiar in this past year: my home office at the bar in the basement. It’s … Read More

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Polarized? Or Pulverized?

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing color and starting to litter the ground. The goblins and ghouls won’t be too long after. But, for me, one of the real signs of the fall are the yard … Read More

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A Lot Can Change in a Year…

It was almost exactly one year ago. And here we were, once again driving in the early morning darkness of a September morning to another unknown golf course to have a “business meeting” and a match. The destination this time: … Read More

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“So What?”

It’s such a simple question but sometimes I have to say it to myself just to make sure I’m on the right track. “So what? What is the purpose of this?” I heard it a lot in graduate school. “So … Read More

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The Haves. And the Have Nots.

You can probably tell where this one is going… It happens every time I get the picture or see it from a stranger on Twitter. At first, I smile thinking about the reaction right before the picture was snapped. I … Read More

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The Match at Marion

Found the middle of the fairway on hole #2 at Marion. It was raining when I left my house. The radar on my phone showed that it was likely going to be raining for the entire hour plus drive north. … Read More

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Therapy

This isn’t a blog about anything other than golf. Let’s keep that in mind as we’re reading this. It has a singular purpose: to talk about golf during this challenging time in our world’s history. I know there are bigger … Read More

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Super Spotlight: Nic Youngers from Rolling Meadows

It was early fall 2007. I already reported to college but was excused from baseball practice for the weekend because it this one was special: my sister was getting married in Manhattan (shout-out B and T). I caught the golf … Read More

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