‘Mr. Golfweek’ goes down

BREMERTON, Wash. – The pre-tournament festivities at the PING/Golfweek Invitational rated high on the fun meter. I know, because I participated.

University of Washington coach Matt Thurmond is known for his fondness of creating a fun atmosphere within his own team, and today he also created that environment for the other 14 teams participating in this week’s event. Gold Mountain Golf Club was the venue for six cornhole games set up on the driving range, a Wiffle ball field complete with foul lines and bases and a pair of pingpong tables inside the clubhouse.

The Wiffle ball game was intense, with Alabama squaring off against Oklahoma State. The Crimson Tide, behind the right arm of coach Jay Seawell, rallied in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Cowboys in a game full of twists and turns.

Once darkness set in, the action moved inside for a little pingpong. This is where I got my chance to participate. I drew Southern Cal coach Chris Zambri in the opening round and liked my chances. Zambri, who is often seen on the golf course grasping a particular putter which he uses to help read putts for his players during play, was without his putter. I viewed this as a good sign.

I fell behind early, but tied it up at 7. Games were to 11, win by two, and I thought I was finished when he pulled ahead 10-7, but again, I was able to tie it up at 10 all. However, one too many unforced errors and Zambri had defeated me, 14-12.

Later, I was facing yet another Trojan. This time, it was freshman Martin Trainer. I am not sure if I played that bad or he was that good, but I lost and Trainer politely said, “Nice game, Mr. Golfweek.”

That made me 0-2 to Southern Cal today. I guess after spending most of the day on the University of Washington campus, none of that Husky football magic rubbed off on me.

Be sure to check Off Campus in the next few weeks for a video of all the action.

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