Don’t let excuses or distractions stop your game

Excuses, excuses. The only one who loses is you. Or is it me?

That phrase was running through my head over the last week as I kicked myself for forgetting to put my golf clubs in the car before heading to Cortez.

I was planning to get in some practice on the driving range while visiting family. But I forgot the tools for getting back into shape.

I have been talking to a good friend about getting together to play some golf.

But he got a promotion, and I became consumed with “paper or plastic” and sleep deprivation.

And, as the water continues to flow under the bridge, I let another opportunity float by.

I have some much needed “partial time off” and I plan, all excuses aside, to get in some quality time on the links. My point is not to let those “I should have” or “maybe I will” defenses get in the way of getting out to play one of the best lifelong sports around.

Nike was right: “Just do it.”

And do it they did last weekend at Dalton Ranch Golf Club when the annual Spring Four Ball was played May 19-20.

The team of Jeff Wall and Aaron Sinberg came in low gross in the First Flight with a 145, followed at 146 by Chuck Kuehn and Doug Sitter.

Low net saw a tie. Adrian Morse and Jeff Markel carded 132 as did Brad Caskey and Roger Hayes.

Chris Engle teamed with Denny Brennan for low gross honors in the Second Flight with a 156, while the team of John Betka and Brett Shaffer came in second gross with a 161.

Rich Spraker and Russ Smith teamed to come in low net with a 133.

Bernie Welle and Mark Epstein teamed to finish second net at 135.

The Hillcrest Women’s Golf Association held an Odd Holes event May 15.

Aimee Fladt came in low gross in the First Flight. Ann Emigh and Mary Kay Aigner tied for low net.

Janet Monell was low gross winner in the Second Flight, while Linda Allenbaugh and Jan Douglass tied for low net.

The nine-hole event saw Jessica Thulson come in low gross in the First Flight, while Mary Ruth Bowman came in low gross in the Second Flight.

The Morehart-Murphy Auto Center Youth Baseball Golf Tournament will be played Sunday and Monday at Hillcrest Golf Club.

This is both a Colorado Golf Association points event and the first of many tournament qualifiers for the Todd Sieger Shootout, scheduled in early October.

This is a 36-hole individual stroke play format, which returns to its original play on Sunday and Memorial Day Monday, has a $500 added prize purse and an entry fee of $50 per person.

Full 100 percent handicaps will be used with flights. Proceeds will benefit Youth Baseball of La Plata County.

Regionally, the Couples Chapman Shotgun tournament will be played at Pinon Hills Golf Course on Saturday.

The Pro/Lady event will be played at Pinon Hills on Monday, while the Memorial Day Stroke Play will be contested on Hidden Valley Golf Course on the same day.

Dave Bray has been covering the local golf scene for 31 years. He can be reached at dbray3751@gmail.com.