Greetings from the Farm! It has been a while since I last updated my blog. There have been a lot of things going on and great news to report!
The biggest story is our first big win of the year at Mauni Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii in the Hawaii Hilo Invitational. Coach Earl Tamiya, aka Big Earl, put on another great show. The event celebrated it's 20th year and 11 of the top 20 teams in the country were there to compete. With our victory we have won the tournament three of the last four years and each one seems to be more exciting and enjoyable. This year we had a complete team effort with each guy contributing in some important way. Sihwan Kim continues to show that he is in good form with 4th place finish and when we can have 4 guys in the top 30 in the individual rankings we usually will be OK.
Our amazing experience in Hawaii over the last few years has been made possible by our hosts for the week, Sukey and Irv Grousbeck. They make us all feel like we are playing in a "home event". Great food, comfortable accommodations, and loads of encouragement and support from the Grousbeck's really make the week one of a kind. Thank you!
Here is a picture of the team after one of our practice rounds early in the week at Nanea.
More good news is that our Senior Captain Joseph Bramlett is healthy again and back competing 100%. Joe has really gone through a lot with the rehabbing of his wrist and it is great to finally have him back in the mix. He has been a wonderful leader of the team and his return is a great shot in the arm to an already deep team. Joe has been a real professional through all he has gone through.
Finally, looking ahead, we are competing again in the USC Invitational at North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village in a few weeks. We all look forward to the trip as we are defending champs and this is where Steve Ziegler picked up his first collegiate win last year. There will be many of the West Coast's top schools there so we are eager to get down there again and continue to gain valuable experience on the path the the post season.
We hope you will follow us and thanks for all of your support along the way!