Countryway TUESDAY Golf
"After 25 Loyal Years -- And No Gold Watch"
Tampa Bay Pro-Am Golf Tournament - April, 2012
One of our
favorite Tuesday Golfers, PAT DONELLY, has been volunteering at the
Annual Tampa Pro-Am Golf tournament for the past 25 years. No gold watch but he
was presented with a first-class golf hat, which does have a Gold Pin attached.
|Pat is one of those 'Rare Octogenarians' who
enjoys life to the fullest. He's a 'so-so' golfer, but
everyone wants to be on the same Tuesday Morning foursome with Pat. His great sense of humor
occasionally is taken as sarcasm, but all's well on the 19th hole with a pitcher of Michelob Lite.
Our '15 Minutes of Fame' - St. Petersburg Times
Golf LIFE Secrets from Patrick J. Donnelly!"
|How many 80-Year-Olds do you
"Backpacked" through Europe?
How many 80-Year-Olds do you know who
How many 80-Year-Olds do you know who
No, it's not Bob
Hope and it's not George Allen.
It's our own Tuesday morning golfer Pat Donnelly.
Pat Donnelly is
always a lot of fun when he is on
And... even Keith has a tough time keeping up
"Follow Your Dream..."
Donnelly is one of those rare individuals who enjoys life to the fullest
and has taken advantage of international travel opportunities including a
golfer's 'dream trip' to Scotland to play St. Andrews, where golf has been
played since around 1400 AD, and is known as "The Home Of Golf" - the
oldest golf course in the world.
St. Andrews now has seven golf courses, and is the largest public golf complex in Europe. Pat played 'The St. Andrews Old Course', unrivaled for its history and prestige.
This week, 'The Open Championship' returns to St. Andrews for the 28th time. It will be the 150th anniversary of the first Open Championship.
|Caddies in St. Andrews -- The original role of caddies was to carry clubs and run ahead to check if the way was clear. Today's caddie is expected to be a guide, advisor, storyteller, and psychologist - and he has to understand the needs of the golfer. A good caddie has local knowledge, sound judgment and experience. Unfortunately, for Pat's round of golf, St. Andrews had to find a caddie shorter than Pat, and all of the above qualities did not apply. Sometimes Pat even had to carry his own clubs.|
17th - St. Andrews Old Course
The par-4 17th hole, is known as the Road
Hole, and this year will
have a new look, including an extra 40 yards. This hole was tough
enough, before the added length, considering the blind tee shot
over a maintenance building, the deep bunker fronting the green,
the old paved road and rock wall that are in play behind the green,
and the long, diagonal putting surface perched above everything.
18th Hole and World Famous Clubhouse
"Scoreboard and seats along fairway on the 1st hole."
|BRITISH OPEN starts tomorrow morning (July 15, 2010) - St. Andrews - The Old Course (7,377 yards, Par 72); Fife, Scotland -- Purse: $8,600,000. Tiger, who won in 2000 (-19) and 2005 (-14) is favored again, but keep an eye on the Road Hole 17th for some interesting bunker shots, and frustrated professional golfers.|
St. Andrews Old Course #14.
"You do not want to get anywhere near these bunkers..."
"An experience I'll never forget..." -- Pat Donnelly
"Master your life!"
|Pat is one of those rare individuals who's not afraid to take risks and try new things. I'd describe him as a 'Curious Explorer' -- a person who's comfortable with risk and challenge and who functions optimally in an unstable, unpredictable world. And he's always encouraging all of our Tuesday morning golfers with new opportunities for joy, purpose, and personal growth. Most recently by taking special Continuing Education courses from the University of South Florida, and enjoying the best of the Tampa Bay area.|
Pat's E-Mail Invitation:
Addressed to all the "TMOGS" (Tuesday Morning Golfers):
Here's a Tampa Fun Thing to do:
THE RIVER WALK DOWNTOWN IS NOT YET COMPLETE, BUT ABOUT 1 MILE IS READY.
SUGGESTION FOR A FUN SATURDAY:
1. PARK BEHIND THE PORT AUTHORITY BUILDING (Also known as "The Joe Garcia Building, At the end of Kennedy and Channelside Drive - no charge to park here.
2. WALK OVER TO THE STREET CAR LINE AND EITHER GO TO YBOR CITY OR TO THE CONVENTION CENTER. HISTORIC REPLICA STREETCAR RIDES BRINGS BACK GOOD MEMORIES. (Street car ticket for Seniors is $2.50 for all day) - Be sure to get the All Day Pass.
3. YBOR HAS A GREAT OUTDOOR MARKET ON SATURDAYS (9 AM TO 3 PM). (Arts and crafts, jewelry, collectibles, fresh baked breads, honey and other specialty food items, fresh produce, plants and herbs.) (Bring a cooler of ice and enjoy the fresh food all week). Pets Welcome, Free Admission, Free Parking... AND A BAND PLAYS MOST OF THE DAY.
4. CARMINE'S RESTAURANT ON SEVENTH AVE. IS A GREAT STOP FOR A CUBAN LUNCH (And Pat recommends 'YBOR GOLD' as a good beer).
5. AT THE TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER -- WALK OVER TO THE RIVER SIDE AND GO NORTH TO THE END OF THE RIVER WALK. GOING THE OTHER DIRECTION WILL TAKE YOU TO THE TAMPA HISTORY MUSEUM.
6. THE COLUMBIA CAFE AT THE MUSEUM IS ALSO A GOOD LUNCH STOP.
FUN, FREE THINGS TO DO (and learn)
ON THE TAMPA RIVERWALK
Shop around Channelside Bay Plaza before going west along Channelside Drive to the new South Plaza where Riverwall, Bruce Marsh’s 40’-long tile mural has been installed at the intersection of Beneficial and Channelside Drive.
Channelside Bay Plaza
"RIVERWALL" - 40' Long Tile Mural
At first glance the mural appears to be an
abstract but it is actually composed of 550 tiles, each with its own
photographic image of the Hillsborough River. The composition makes it
interesting from both a distance and up close. The mural serves as the
focal point of the plaza and a connector between Channelside and the
southern portion of the Riverwalk.
Be sure and stop at Cotanchobee (pronounced ko-TAN-cho-bee) Ft. Brooke Park’s playground. The park offers a myriad of surprising features including 24 ceramic seat-backs along the serpentine “park bench,” created by local artist Peter King. The colorful tiles depict archival maps, retro postcards, photographs and textile patterns relating to the city and our region.
For a Special Treat, Visit the Tampa Riverwalk on a day
when a cruise ship is in port.
(usually Monday, Thursday or Saturday) and you will be awe struck by the enormity
of these floating resorts. You may also see a container ship sailing the harbor escorted
by one of the many tug boats calling the Port of Tampa home.
Pat's Recommendation for us 'Older Adults'"
Happiness, great opportunities for joy, purpose, and personal growth
happen when we are mindful, when we explore, and when we live in the
moment and are open to new experiences and relish the unknown.
Pat has had some great experiences participating in the University of South Florida' Lifelong Learning Institute (A Division of USF Continuing Education), and encourages all us golfers to try it too. Interesting study groups in the liberal arts, Friday lecture series, day trips and computer classes are available.
Visit their Website: http://www.outreach.usf.edu/conted/seniors/
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