The Caddie Blog: Noise? What noise?

Paul Richards is caddying for George Zahringer at the USGA Senior Amateur at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago. Richards will file daily reports for detailing his experience on the bag and inside the ropes.

CHICAGO – Beverly Country Club, for better or for worse, often has been referred to as the course of “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.” Not only is the B&O Railroad to our west, but the other three sides are surrounded by major thoroughfares, and the course is bisected by 87th Street. On top of that, we happen to sit in the flight path of Midway Airport. So those with rabbit ears do not fare well here.

Today, we were not only treated to those “regular” noises, but were serenaded at the third tee with “Mack the Knife” coming from a jazz band playing in the Dan Ryan Woods across Western Avenue from the course. When we reached the green, it was “Mellow Yellow” on a saxophone. It’s not every major tournament you get musical treats like these!

That being said, today was ‘moving day’ and the cut came in at 9-over 151. A playoff for eight spots will begin tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

Some really good scores were had under today’s benign conditions. Paul Simson shot 67 and Mike Bell had 68. There were two 69s, one by John Pallin and the other by my player, George Zahringer. We played with John in the practice round and he can really hit the ball a long way. Today, George made five birdies, including a 50-footer on the second hole and a 30-footer on the 15th. A few hiccups cost us three bogeys, but overall he hit the ball solidly and with authority. His confidence in me as his caddie seems to be growing and he is trusting my reads on the greens a lot more than he had earlier in the week. Also, his confidence in his ball-striking is growing tremendously. I feel confident that we will fare well in match play.

On a side note: These blogs are actually being read! A man, with wife and daughter in tow, introduced himself to me early in our round and said that the reason they were out at Beverly to see the Senior Amateur was because he liked what I had written and thought it sounded like an interesting way for his family to spend their Sunday afternoon. He came specifically to see our group and to follow ‘the historian.’ Thanks, John. Also following our group for some six holes were my parents. Eons ago, my father was also a Beverly caddie.

Tomorrow looks to be a spectacular weather day – sunny and 84 degrees for a high, with winds only light and variable. Come on out to Beverly to see some great golf!

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