When Commish made the calls to see who was joining our little golf league for this season, I had to tell her no thanks.
I was still working at the store at the time, and my frequent shifts during the weekly play-time at Northern Pines made it seem impossible for me to make it for the nine holes of fun.
So my friends made their plans around me. Bird and Mrs. Bird were no-go’s as well. They’d moved to another state.
As it turned out, we’d shrunk to one foursome.
And then I got the job at Liverpool Public Library, with mostly friendly hours for league play. But the four spots were full.
Before week two, though, I got a call from Commish. DJ wouldn’t be able to make it. Could I sub, join her and Lovely Linda and Morelli?
Photo spoiler. Yes, I said yes.
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With some help from KP and my dear wife Karen, I was ready for the round. My best buddy had rescued my dropped Upswing Golf putter from Timber Banks, near his house, and brought it to SMG, where my wife walked over from her spot to pick it up from him. I stopped from work the day of the round, and there I was.
Northern Pines had changed its routing since last season. What used to be the eighth hole had become No. 1. This new sense of order makes much more sense for the map of play. We started at No. 10, though, because that hole was clear while two groups were on the new No. 1. Maybe next time I sub in the (really) little league, I’ll get to see the newly routed set of nine.
My back and stomach muscles were still sore from my time in the paint department at the store, so I called it quits after six holes. Maybe that also had something to do with the fact that I birdied No. 6, by far my best hole of the day. Yeah, I felt suddenly better walking to the clubhouse and then calling China Chen to bring takeout Chinese home to the Little Bitty for Karen and I.
Have you ever been a substitute in any sort of situation, and if so, what? Have you showed up for the first time at a place that’s made drastic changes, and if so, did you like it better or worse? Did you think I’d find my lost putter or not?