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Mark's Kaddy Korner : Diary From Newport

The Latest Update from Profesional Caddy, Mark Huber

Posted Mar 15, 2011 by Mark's Kaddy Korner

Newport Beach CC

Sorry about last week folks, there was nothing to write about and I didn’t want to bore you any more than I probably already do. It was a whirlwind getting out to Newport Beach for my favorite tournament on tour. We left Bonita Springs Thursday afternoon drove straight through to Woodstock, IL regrouped, repacked and all that other travel related crap and caught a flight out of Milwaukee to Los Angeles Saturday night. It’s impossible to do all this without the help of friends and April, my buddy Dan Suminski in Milwaukee helped out tremendously. You may not see folks for awhile but it always seems like they’re there when you need them. Thanks guys and gals.

We had a quick Mexican dinner with Dan and my daughter Cassie, caught the flight at 9:00 landing at LAX at 11:30 picked up the rental car and drove to Palm Springs where my West Coast buddy Todd Newcomb put us up for a few nights. A little R&R, some work and catching up were what the doctor ordered. I finally caught up with Bob Sunday afternoon, he was driving down from Corvallis, OR in his Porsche Cayenne and said I didn’t need to be there till Tuesday morning even though he was playing a Monday pro-am, what a boss.

Newport Beach CC is my favorite track on tour and probably in everyone’s top three. Jeff Purser and his crew bring in the strongest field, the largest crowds, and this year they did a great job with the weather also. It was absolutely perfect all week, if they could only work on the traffic this would be heaven. An expensive heaven though, while walking along PCH through Newport Beach one afternoon I noticed a gourmet restaurant for dogs and the car dealers advertised Teslas, Lamborginis, Porsche and a bunch of other foreign roadsters I couldn’t pronounce, spell or afford.

We got off to a good start in the pro-ams , playing well and having a good time with our groups. Standing on the eleventh green John said to me, “We really appreciate all your great tips.” I couldn’t resist so I replied, “I’ll appreciate yours also.” He looked confused but they did slip me a twenty after the round enough for appetizers out here. Both days we had a blast with groups. Bob does a great job entertaining the amateurs and lets me get involved as much as possible.

Newport Beach CC is a tight tree lined course with treacherous greens, reachable par fives, tricky cool breezes off the ocean and you have to golf your ball the last six holes on the front nine. You make your birdies on the first three holes on both nines then hang on till you reach the par five 15 and 18 where birdies are available. We weren’t able to get our birdies on those first three hole, our wedges weren’t cooperating leaving us long birdie putts and missing the green on occasion. Our wedges and putting are the two main areas that need work these days.

Three under the first day left us tied for 15th or so and things looked mighty good going into the weekend. Todd’s girlfriend K.B. had a few of us over for dinner Friday night, nothing like a home cooked meal on the road. Usually I stay with some friends, Alan and Cathy Wells in Mission Viejo this week but she’s battling cancer, please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. They’re wonderful people and deeply missed the laughs we always had during the week. She’ll be back on her feet in no time, I’m sure.

The weekend wasn’t meant to be. We couldn’t get the wedges close and putts just didn’t fall. A couple of 73s took us from fifteenth to the mid 50s and we watched everyone rush past us on the leader board. Bob gets a little feisty on the course, most of them do, but he never gives up and is ready for every shot, even after a double on the previous hole. He is the consummate professional on and off the course; it’s going to be an enjoyable year.

The hip is back. I walked nine holes Saturday; all eighteen Sunday then drove back to Palm Spring and spent five hours at the Blackjack table with Todd. I won a few dollars got about three hours sleep then drove to Phoenix where I’m working for Jimin Jeong this week on the LPGA. This all transpired while I was at the Blackjack table Sunday night via texts and I put in another eighteen Monday. The hip is definitely in good shape, a little stiff as I write this Tuesday morning but ready for another eighteen today.

- Mark Huber

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