“CONFESSIONS OF A SANDBAGGER” BY J.J. GOWLAND
Can be purchased on: www.smashwords.com
Michael “Micky” Blaine is a Sandbagger, self professed and acknowledged by all his “friends” and his ex-wife, ex-girlfriend etc. He is indeed the quintessential sandbagger. He is a gregarious, sympathetic character (perhaps only to another sandbagger) but has the system down pat. He has sandbagged his way through paying his mortgage, rent and support payments after being crushed in a Canadian recession.
The plot is novel, tying and strapping him to his pull cart and golf bag and filling his golf bag and pants with old golf balls to sink him so just his head is above water in the par three 17th hole pond and his unsuccessful pleading for help. (Come on you’ve wanted to do this once or twice in your golfing career)
In the end he enrolls in a 12 step program Sandbagger Anonymous.
We of Sandbaggeranonymous.com agree there is a need for peer pressure and Micky Blaine demonstrates this need.
J.J. Gowland’s writing reminds me of “Missing Links” by Rick Reilley. Easy and enjoyable reading on your next plane ride.
Those of you who are wondering what Michael’s 12 step plan was:
- No more psycho psych out games
- No more handicapping the players for the para-mutual betting
- No more tournament play
- No more alibis from the pro shop
- No more debts to pay, or collect
- No more grounding my club in a bunker or hazard
- No more coaching with incorrect advice
- No more than 14 clubs in my bag
- No more kicking the ball from behind a tree
- No more pressing bets on the 18th hole, in fact, no more betting on the golf course at all
- No more entering the wrong score in the computer handicap data bank
- I had to deliver the final act of redemption. The one thing they all needed ….. Okay. Okay. I’ll be on the handicap committee!
“MISSING LINKS” BY RICK REILLY
Can be purchased on: www.amazon.com
“Missing Links is the story of four middle-class buddies who live outside Boston and for years have been 1) utterly obsessed with golf and 2) a regular foursome at Ponkaquoque Municipal Course and Deli, not so fondly known as Ponky, the single worst golf course in America. Just adjacent to the municipal course lies the Mayflower Country Club, the most exclusive private course in all of Boston and a major thorn in their collective sides. Frustrated by the Mayflower’s finely manicured greens and snooty members, three of Ponky’s most courageous–Two Down, Dannie, and Stick–set up a bet: $1,000 apiece, and the first man to finagle his way onto the Mayflower takes all.
One of the three will eventually play the course, but their friendships–and everything else–change as various truths unravel and the old Ponky starts looking like the home they never should have left.
(Sandy having been a Massachusetts golfer has a Ponkaquoque GC logo golf ball in his collection. It is one of his most prized)
“THE SOCIAL GOLF COURSE: INCREASING ROUNDS WITH SOCIAL MEDIA“ BY ZEB WELBORN
Sandy Bagger® absolutely loved it. Many of the suggestions are intuitive toward the end of the book with discussion of service in a service business but certainly deserved discussion. The social media and marketing information and suggestions are helpful to a novice in social media. Even though it is aimed at the golf course industry it easily can be extrapolated to other businesses, golf or non-golf related. Easily read in one sitting which is helpful but chock full of information. Well worth a look if you are in or considering getting into the use of social media beyond developing a web page for your business.
“KEEP YOUR SWING LOWER YOUR SCORE “ BY MIKE PILE
Sandy Bagger® finds this common sense approach to playing the game both interesting and helpful in venting some of everyman golfer per peeves. The 15 handicapper never really improves therefore his off the course assessment on the range, golf tips and lessons are food for thought though I doubt will permeate well with the golf courses (range), golf magazines(tips) and the golf professional(lessons).
The USGA certainly will take umbrage with his statement “For the Good of the Game?” But not for the good of the golfer, that’s for damn sure. Certainly no fan of the rules for everything according to the USGA “…most are them are stupid, all of them unintelligible” His curmudgeonly thoughts are well curmudgeonly but I, and you, will agree with most of them.
There are three pages at the end for
- Your curmudgeonly thoughts.
- Today’s Swing Thought
- Cart Girls: Name, phone # and Course
Now that alone is a great reason to carry this little bible in your golf bag