Friday, May 13, 2011

2011 Petersen Shootout Day 1

Larkin at D'Andrea Golf Club

For the second year in a row, Larkin and I played in the Petersen Shootout Golf Tournament. This golf outing is organized by one of the coaches [Rod] from Jack's Outlaws Baseball Team. The group totaled 24 guys. Last year, the tournament was in Carson City. This year, they switched to Reno.

With the intention of making a number of stops at historical markers, I took off early and headed up Highway 88. Although I expected some snow, I was dumbfounded at the amount of snow at the higher elevations. I was only able to make about half the number of stops that I was planning due to the amount of snow covering some of the sites.

From Woodfords, I backtracked into South Lake Tahoe, over the Spooner Lake Grade and through Carson City to Reno. The group played the D'Andrea Golf Club on the first day. Larkin and I played in a foursome with Pete and Rod's brother Scott. After being snowed on last year on the first day, the weather was great. The temperatures were in the mid-70's. The D'Andrea is a very open golf course with very few trees. Located to the Northeast of Reno, it has some great views of the downtown with the mountains in the background.

I was very happy with my play. I ended up with a liberal winter rules 102. It was probably one of the best rounds of golf I have played in years.

After finishing up with the golf, we headed to the Eldorado Hotel and Casino in downtown Reno. We took a quick shower and headed to the hospitality suite. As the organizer, Rod had a room with a large hospitality suite attached.

I eventually dragged Larkin to a late dinner at Louie's Basque Corner about four blocks from the hotel for dinner. Sharon and Tom recommended the place.

We headed back to the suite after dinner. We hung out until after midnight and then headed back to the room to crash.

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