Friday, April 19, 2024

2024 Petersen Shootout - Day 1

For the twelfth time in fifteen years, Larkin and I played in the Petersen Shootout [2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023]. We missed 2013 when Rod kept moving the date around and it finally landed on a weekend when Sharon, Jack and I were in H@waii. In 2015, Larkin wasn't available. I signed up with Borja as my wingman, but when he canceled at the last minute, I bailed. In 2020, the original dates for the tournament were cancelled due to the pandemic. Rod ended up having a taking a smaller group in late July, but both Larkin and I were uncomfortable with the idea. For the third year in a row, Jack played with us.

Jack spent Thursday night at our house. He and I rolled from Carmichael at 8:30 am. We picked Larkin up in Folsom. We rolled up the Silver Oaks Golf course just after 11:30 am [50 to 88 to 395]. Larkin and I played this course in 2019, 2016 and 2010.

This year's group is enormous. From the mid-twenties when Larkin and I first started coming, the group size has grown to more than 85 this year!

After a putting contest, at 11:45 am, Jack, Larkin, Ben Borja and I teed off on the fifth hole in a shotgun start. We played a shamble. With Jack struggling, we didn't have anyone in the group who was crushing their tee shots. I ended up with a 102; this may be the worst scramble score that I have ever had. I was striking the ball better than Thursday, but was still very inconsistent.

The course played very slow. It took us more than five and a half hours to play eighteen. We finished up after 5:30 pm.

After golf, we headed to the Carson Valley Inn. With Jack wanting a steak, we had dinner at the CV Steak Restaurant in the hotel. Larkin and I ate here once before in 2017. It turned into more than a little bit of a fiasco. I ordered the Elk special. My order didn't show up until almost 40 minutes after Jack and Larkin got their steaks. The manager ended up comping all of our dinners.

We had a booth next to a screen that allowed us to watch the Kings versus Pelicans play-in game. The Kings lost the game by the score of 105 to 98 and failed to make the playoffs.

Larkin and I wandered by Rod's suite. The size of the group has really changed the suite dynamics; it is just not as intimate as it once was. We crashed just after 11 pm.

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