A Somewhat Sunny Friday Afternoon of Golfing at the Sunset Ranch for the Okanagan Sun Tournament

The beginning of the tournament for me started at 12:30pm with a mad dash to the course and an ushered cart ride to the registration booth. I signed in, picked up the scoresheet with drink tickets, rules and a map of the course. We were also fortunate enough to get four golf travel packs which held some golf balls amongst other items.

Kevin and I loaded up the golf cart and took off to our start at Hole 6, which to my delight was occupied with the PizzaWay guy who had some half decent pepperoni slices. To my dismay, both of my first two hits were not as great as the pizza was and I quickly began to suspect that I was going to have a difficult round on this challenging and narrow course.

For whatever reason, neither Kevin nor I started playing the game as a best ball tournament and our first few holes were not as fun or quick as they should have been. Yet wait, don't let me pass up the Hole 8 with the "Beat the Prez" challenge on a short and steep bluff. I found a few decent Calloway balls on this hole which helped out because I was running short a deuce at this point. Didn't beat the prez but at least I hit the green on this one.

Hole 9 wasn't too bad for me, Kevin's went a little left but I finally hit a long drive down straight the middle. After a low and hard four iron, I was 15 yards off the green and made a nice chip on for my third stroke. I'm not sure if I got a par, bogie or double but at least I got there in 3. Of course if we had been playing best ball, I'm sure we would have made par. Doh was us.

Before teeing off on Hole 10, Kevin took his shot at the putting competition after which I blasted out a pretty decent hit with my driver when normally I have better accuracy with my 3. We made it up to the green in three or four, but remember at this point we were (still) playing our own strokes and not best ball. Finally somewhere around Hole 12 we started playing best ball and then the pars started coming.

On Hole 17 there was the Mustang GT Hole in One and men's KP at which I hit a beautiful 9 iron shot just on the green and a couple of feet from the pin. I think I won that hole, I'll have to call the pro shop tomorrow to find out. Back down Hole 18 we were on in three, again not sure if we got par or bogie. The greens were very difficult to anticipate as they were all different.

We stopped off at the concession stand where Kevin swallowed two hot dogs sans bun and I scarfed down one with. Before I had even taken the last bite I knew I was going to severely regret eating it. We tee'ed off on Hole 1 for the longest drive, which I may have made if I didn't blow my shot way over the creek to the right. At least Kevin kept us in the game.

Forward to Hole 3, at which point I realize that I've lost my iPhone. It had been in my jacket pocket and at some point through our ripping and bumping in the cart it had dropped somewhere. I began to get a real sick grumbling in my gut at this point, that hot dog was causing a real problem. The golf cart had been slowing down for the past hour and began to get worse. This wasn't looking good.

On to Hole 4 and after a solid hit with my 3 wood, we were on in 3. I went for my wedge, only to now discover that my 60 degree loft wedge was no longer in my possession. My stomach took a sickening twist and I had to pinch real tight not to let a terrible thing happen today. Kevin suggested we call it and head in, yet I insisted that we finish the last hole.

By the time we made it to our lay ups on Hole 5 the golf cart sputtered, lurched and died. I started sweating in places that were not helping me maintain my grip on the poisonous hot dog. I loosened a notch in my belt, and finished off the hole with duck legs. Kevin called the pro shop, but I couldn't wait any longer. I started pushing the cart just to keep moving, had to keep moving. Lucky for us we hit a couple of slopes and gained enough speed to coast most of the way.

Well I managed to pucker my lips long enough to get back to the clubhouse, avoiding any potentially explosive and embarrassing moments one hopes to never endure. On the way out I caught the concession stand girl and mentioned how bad the hot dog was, she just laughed and smirked "how it was my fault for eating it."

I then set out on a quest in a fresh golf cart to find my iPhone. I made it all the way back to our starting point at Hole 6 when I got the radio call that someone had found it and turned it in. Awesome. Things were brightening up a little, this might turn out to be a decent Friday afternoon of golf after all.

Looks like I won the KP on 17 after all! Too bad I was only a couple feet short of winning that mustang, that would have been sweet.

For more information on the Okanagan Sun, go here: http://www.okanagansun.ca/

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