by Kevin Sylvester, Buffalo Sports Page
Thursday was a sad day for me. It snowed. That’s not a newsflash and not unusual for November in Buffalo, a place where some people in this country think it snows year round. It’s not that I hate the change of seasons and snow all together, but it’s the confirmation that the golf clubs are done for the year.
I have a process each fall. It’s not complicated, just simple guidelines: If the temperature is above 40 degrees, then the golf clubs stay in the car. When thermometer dips below 40 (during mid-day readings) the golf clubs come out of the trunk, but are placed in the garage. The clubs are placed in front of my snowblower. When I have to move my clubs to use my snowblower, they head to the basement for hibernation. See, pretty simple. The snow overnight Thursday into Friday necessitated the snowblower being fired up for the first time, and my golf bag’s decent into the basement. Now, I do reserve the right to extricate them in case of emergency, i.e. a warm spell and email that the course is open!
When I do get my golf clubs to the basement, I go through my bag to clean out the remnants of the golf season. Each and every year us full of surprises, both good and not so good. Here’s a list of each itemized find by category.
Good–Pair of Oakley’s I thought I had lost, small bottle of whiskey, deck of cards, 4 dollars in singles, 1 pack of unopened peanuts, a pair of brand new rain gloves, a bottle of Motrin, and a few business cards of new contacts.
Bad–I bought another pair o Oakley’s because I had lost pair (now I have 2), the peanuts were expired (who knew they had an expiration date), a half eaten granola bar (How did I not finish it), and worst of all, a moldy towel that was buried underneath a wind jacket. Both were tossed, and it looks like the bag is going to get the heave ho too.
I clearly need to take better care and maintenance next season.
If you’re looking for a place to watch Tiger vs Phil the day after Thanksgiving, I know of a few. First, ask your golf club if they are going to show it, I know mine is. Also, Tee 2 Green Radio parter Batavia Downs is going to show it inside of 34 Rush, and they always do a great job with events and prizes. I haven’t nailed down my plans just yet given it’s on at 3pm Eastern. I wish they would have pushed it a little later so we could watch it in the evening here on the East Coast. Either way, I hope it’s compelling and entertaining. TBS/TNT is going to try and make it that way with Ernie Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Charles Barkley providing the commentary.