A Blast from the Past XI

[Hole No. 16 at the Alexandria Golf Club is a 370-yard par 4 – it is the No. 8 handicap hole, plays to the South and thus generally into the prevailing winds.]

It’s the holiday season – and in the holiday spirit of not wanting to overtax myself, it’s easier to do retrospectives than to try to creat something new.  So, we begin here with a whole series of “old” stuff, noting that an “alexandriacardinals” blog site does not just apply to the current generation or season.  Some of these may have been previously posted on our class blog site – I don’t really feel like checking for such, so apologies where I do.  The first one is a highlight of my own faux athletic career.

[October 29, 2007]  And speaking of golf, I was under tremendous pressure today – not the least of which was no thanks to my playing partners.  Knowing I had birdied No. 16 THREE times in a row, the pressure grew as we approached that hole.  By No. 14, I kept being reminded only two holes to go – yadda, yadda, yadda.  When we got to the 16th tee, I had a moment of silence, took out my lucky orange Halloween tee, and striped my best drive of the day right down the middle with a little draw.  Facing only 120 yards from the middle of the fairway to a back pin into a slight breeze, I hit an easy 9-iron that covered the flag (as had the 2nd shot the three previous times) all the way and ended up 15-feet short of the hole.  So far, so good!  Thinking the worst thing I could do was leave the putt short, I pulled it slightly and just missed my 4th consecutive birdie – I was proud I at least didn’t choke it!  If not for an Army golf bogey on 14, I would have had another even par back-9.

[I did get a thank you note from the AGC for being so considerate regarding the club’s finances (OK, I made that up).  Because I had advised our pro prior to the start of the round that if I birdied 16 for the 4th-consecutive time, I wanted a plaque commemorating the event posted in the pro shop!]

[Since I believe this to be the only golf story in the line-up, it seems an appropriate place to post this photo of Al Grundei, Class of ’67, Super Fan and blog contributor, golfing in Minnesota on December 26, 2011.]

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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