It's been a busy week Crazy Gang wise:
The LGBTQX broke 100 members....
wenyatkins broke 400, 000 XP for the copper claret jug award....
And deena broke in to the big time...
I have a feeling this is going to be a pretty special clash 106, their's a party atmosphere in the air already.
There's a REAL Tour Legend on the way, in the true tradition of Tour Legends - not in the new tradition of fake Champions. One who is poised to wear the true Title, the one with all the history and tradition, when greats really were great - I'm thinking MBaggese, Chris Ironsbones... I can't believe I am about to take a step in to their shoes, still lots to do - shot selection remains my bogeyman and it is the sheer power of my putting ability that is holding it all together at the moment. But I am learning it, I am using the tee-shot data to get a handle for the way things play - wind, shot power- to-rated power, landing conditions...it is being picked up on now that my putting methods are virtually perfect..... I have always maintained that the true ability of a player does not lie in the fake stats nor the 'easy tee' averages (they come with vanity not greatness), the true ability and potential of a player is in how much headroom they still have above them when they are topping the leaderboards.
So Let's take a break from the RG circuit, unwind and enjoy these clashes.
Let's play Golf.
A 'scrappy' well fought RG on Kiawah this morning for a 30, it should double the money, but really you do feel it's how the VEM is treating you sometimes, I'll take it and was nice to have the comfort of entering this 50 credit RG for 'fun', what with that big win 'tuvver day I have a bit of 'loose change breathing space' in the coffers ;-)
I will also be 'meshing up' through these Nikes during the RG season - got about 10 high spec balls and one leads to the next quite nicely from the level 45 hex chrome ++ that I have already meshed down (its my fave ball and I will probably return to it after this 10 hi spec ball honeymoon (maybe sooner if I don't take to the spin on 'em lols).
But I have no more interest in WGT majors and so glad I didn't waste these hi performance gift balls on any of this years 'once great tournaments' - FK 'em, it's all about the money, just like WGT - it's all about the money and 2 can play that attitude to life.
deena 'money' gold.
I have just put another big one in on St Andrews in the Legend RG tour - I wanted to start this clash on an absolute high after Tuesday's winning 28 and I think I did it.....
Wait till the money comes rolling in off that one - pray for another 6 fkking big ones!!!!
I am so impressed with myself I even uploaded this WOHHHHRRRR!!! moment from the round to you-tube...
Everytime I watch this I just go WOHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRR!!!!
So close for an Eagle 27 front 9 on St Andrews, still I managed a 28 though ;-)
OK let's finally get with the clashes, lololos!!!
Putting on form hole 5 conga...
The BEST putter in this game BAR NONE.
Putt of the lashes right there.
Well the round was a very well scripted 32, slow out of the blocks but always patient and very self assured these days - I know once I get going I will rack up the birdies...
Nice start to the clashes...
Brought back down to earth a little bit after what has been a titanic days WGT for me on all fronts, a 2 over on Merion front 9 - had hell on the 5th!!
Still, we're in the driving seat in the second clash as I hand over the reigns to the gang...
Nice to see Chucko888 on the list, oh which reminds me.....
Congratulations Chucko888 - for services to the club: 400,000 XP
The red copper claret jug award.
OK one more thing to do before we go in to the 1st night of the clashes - one of Andys recommendations:
#8 Genesis - Blood on the Rooftops
I’m a big fan of 70s Genesis. This track is from the second album with Phil Collins as lead singer and drummer. The earlier proggy traits are still intact, but also a lighter edge on this particular album. This is possibly my favourite song recorded with Phil Collins as lead singer. The song as a romantic epic sweep about it due to the magical arrangement presented by the band. There’s enough ooomph to remind you that this is a rock band playing however. The lyrics have a slight political edge to them. They lean towards the media’s view on political issues and their blasé attitude to important issues I guess. Anyway. Enjoy this fantastic song from 1977 - Andy.
This song gets more beautiful the more you listen to it and it has a 'tomb raider'ish jingle to it doesn't it :-) It has also had me in knots trying to remember the song it reminded me of more recently and after hours of straining my flagging grey matter it finally dawned on me....
Micheal Jackson - Stranger in Moscow!!
This is definitely one of my favourite 'modern day' Micheal Jackson songs - it really stands out as 'genuinely good' among all the more contrived 'pop songs' he did later on. This one does him proud though, and dare I say he might have gotten his sound from Genesis - blood on the rooftops??
I got up early and finished this one with just one sneaky round - the perfect hit-job ;-)
First 4 then...
That vital hit-job makes this afternoons chase for the coursebuilder very easy indeed.
VERY EASY INDEED.
Right I'm off for an extra couple of hours sleep before I take the afternoon session.....
Well we start the afternoon session on a low-ebb funnily enough - if there can be a low ebb after picking up 300 credits (100 entry fee)....
I don't see why that person picks up 6 big ones and we others are sharing 2nd-4th prizes out between us - that just fkking STINKS!!! obviously they don't sort tied scores by level if you study the rankings there, so what did that person do?? Make an Eagle?? well then that means they made 1 more par than me because all mine were straight birdies - so 6 birdies and 1 eagle is somehow more impressive than 8 birdies?? GET A FKING GRIP WGT - OBVIOUSLY NO EXTRA POINTS FOR CONSISTENCY THEN HEYYYY!!!!
AS ALWAYS WGT - TURNING A GOOD DAY SOUR WITH THEIR STUPID ILLOGICAL REASONING. G.T.F.O.O.H!!!!!! - THAT NUMBER SAYS 1ST, THAT MEANS ALLLLLLL PLAYERS THAT FINISHED FIRST SHARE ALLLLL THE PRIZES FROM 1ST TO 4TH IN THIS CASE.
YOU MAKE ME PUKE WGT - YOU MAKE ME SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm really REALLY FUMING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so angry, I'm REALLY FKKING ANGRRRRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Time to book a super pass for the next clash, reboot my PC and go downstairs to calm down a while - her indoors better not start up with any nagging or I really will burst in to flames. just GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!! FU(KING AGITATED AS FU(KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Game of the clashes so far.....
Our clash master has been on since i was away and the opposition have closed the gap and are making it a fight to the finish - hopefully we will last out these last few minutes so I can declare the coursebuilder......
No - they came back right at the end - the scores of their top boy were nothing special, it's just that I have been 'none specialer' and a bit pi22ed over that money and not played in top gear at all because the RG's have been intense.
That's about to change!!
Next game will have to be top-specification to declare the coursebuilder by teatime.
.......Actually since it's another on Merion front 9 I have immediately lost all interest - not on top of the payout scandal - I really do not need to face Merion number 5 after that.
So........1 pass has been taken and I know who has taken it, I am going to leave the second one at his disposal. If he takes the second I might go after another RG on St Andrews....
Let's play another Andy recommendation.....
#7 Leprous - Mirage
Norwegian Band Leprous are a relatively new band to me. I heard a song off their most recent album and took a punt on the album. It’s a bit of a grower but live they are really good. I was lucky enough to see them last year at a small club! Anyway this is my fave off the album Malina. I chose the live version just for a change! Plus they do a good job of it. Enjoy! Andy.
I couldn't get the live version to play but yes, indeed - an assorted mish-mash of styles in there (they don't look like how they sound, which is always a good thing), I can even hear Erasure in there....is that a good thing?? Plenty to savour the palate on here.
Well I am not entering any RG's because I am feeling a little jaded actually - I will just keep an eye on this clash and play a cr@p pass if needed, but our general has done what I wanted him to do and used the SP's - sometimes I just need the back-up and this time it was there :-)
I am even leaving the hot lap to the experts this week - I have been fully immersed in the RG's of late, and this is the real deal, but y'know the fact that it's me is the point of the hotlap, we will accompany it with the Megadeath Track of the week which kinda fits with the drive, a real stormer....
Assetto Corsa Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 Cockpit view
Oh dear - we're getting tanked and there is absolutely nothing I can do about it because I am drained and sick of the sight of Merion front 9 - I should take a day off before the beginning of the next clashes if I am involving myself so intensely in the RG's - I didn't realize just how tired it has left me. My game is probably the most intensive in the whole of WGT-land and it makes huge demands of your stamina, especially when you are playing an RG a day. I guess I just got tired of timing dots this weekender - sleepy deena :-)
Revenge for the tanking we gave them last clash I think, lols.
OK I am 'putting' in a serious clash round....
Isn't it worth the extra effort ;-)
I was disappointed to give away a bogie on the 9th otherwise I would have printed a 30 - it's been a bit like that today, trying to damped my undoubted success in the game both on a personal and a communal level. I really shouldn't let these things get me down any and always nice to see a full gang out....
That's the course-builder, bit late on calling it tonight.
We go in to the night with an Andy special:
#6 King Crimson - Starless
This is one of my favourites from this brilliant lineup of King Crimson. Mid 70s KC were an intimidating act musically. Each one of the players absolutely awesome. This track starts as a lush melancholy song but ends in a twisted tormented outro which features the incredible guitarist Robert Fripp deliberately playing a one note figure which gives it an atmosphere of paranoia. It is epic stuff! Andy.
And it really is a treat - you can use your own 3 words that come to mind, I say edgy, tragic, haunted. Andy sums it up best with 'twisted and tormented'. It is one of those tracks you have to summon up courage to listen to - a bit like watching Pink Floyds 'the wall' to me. It's like 'are you ok to watch this at the moment? because you know if you were suffering a bout of anxiety and in an alcohol slump this sound could put you in hell!! But I am ok to listen to it at the moment, never been more stable with things - 3 and a half weeks without a drink and feeling very much back in control. Must not touch a single drop this time - a single drop is all that it takes with me. This track is really Andy flavours and you just know you are listening to heavy sh1t, special acquired flavours.