MICHAEL CARMAN ON GOLF: An ace for the Seahawks

By Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News

EVER HAVE ONE of those rounds of golf where you find yourself putting for birdie or to save par and the cup appears as wide around as an old-growth cedar?

The type of round where you get off to a fast start on the first couple of holes and keep that positive momentum going all day long?

When you approach your tee shots with confidence, get your base set correctly and shoulders in line with your target, and your swing and the ball connect and the ball ends up exactly where you need to place it each time for your approach?

Then you hit your wedge or long iron approach shots and the spin is just right and they back up on the green and trickle down near the hole?

And you know that putt will drop, it’s been happening all day and you are simply feeling it.

The Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks basically played Sunday’s game like one of those often-sought, typically unrealized rounds.

It was a breakthrough akin to the first time a high-handicapper breaks that 100 or 90 barrier, or a scratch golfer goes six or seven under par.

For long-suffering fans of Seattle sports teams, Sunday brought the catharsis we’ve all been waiting for — some for decades and many, like myself, for a lifetime.

I relaxed and knew it was over when Jermaine Kearse pirouetted around two Broncos defenders for a touchdown and a 36-0 lead.

I exalted when I saw the orange Gatorade splash on Pete Carroll and the subsequent hug that he and Russell Wilson shared.

I cried a few tears listening in the car in the driveway as radio announcer Steve Raible ticked off the last few seconds and proclaimed the team as Super Bowl champions.

Then we sang along to Queen songs with the volume hiked to “12” and the celebration was as joyful, satisfying and rewarding as I had long imagined it would be.

Maybe even more so.

Seahawks Special

Obviously, I’m not the only one who’s spirits have been buoyed by the events of this past Sunday and this past season.

SunLand Golf & Country Club decided to honor the team and its fan base by extending its $12 deals to each weekend for the rest of February.

Members of the public can take advantage of $12 weekend green fees and $12 weekend cart rentals through the end of the month.

Arctic weekend set

Temperatures are dipping appropriately enough in time for the Port Townsend Golf Club’s 28th annual Coors Light Arctic Open presented by Marine View Beverages.

The 36-hole best ball format event is set for a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Saturday and Sunday.

A practice round to help golfers acclimate to the conditions is set for Friday.

Entry fee is $200 per team and includes play, lunch served on the course both days, range balls and special hole-in-one prizes.

Daily cash honey pot and skins games are also planned.

Phone the Port Townsend golf shop as soon as possible at 360-385-4547 to get in the game.

Ladies meeting set

The Discovery Bay Ladies will hold a preseason kickoff meeting at the course clubhouse at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.

Club members and any other ladies who would like to join the group are invited to attend.

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Golf columnist Michael Carman can be reached at 360-417-3525 or pdngolf@gmail.com.

Last modified: February 04. 2014 6:17PM
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