Joe and Nancy

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

US Open at Congressional Country Club, MD

The Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD was the host site of this year's US Open Golf Championship.  It was won by Rory McIlroy, a young 22 year old from Northern Ireland.  He blew the field away.
So, aftet leaving Lebanon and Oregonia and my family from the last blog, we headed towards Cherryhill RV Park in College Park, MD.  The distance was about 430 miles, so we pulled into a little dump, Sandy Hill RV Park at exit 15 of I-68 just east of Morgantown, WV.   Had us a big old thunderstorm just before sleep-time, but it did clear out a big pile of humidity in the area.  So, we got up Friday morning (6/10) and headed on in to Cherryhill RV Park, where we would settle in till the 21st.  Here are two of the French entries into the Open, practicing at hole # 6.
Below is Lee Westwood, one of the top golfers in the world.  He reigns from the UK.
I believe the next golfer is Adam Scott, from Australia.
Below is Padraig Harrington, UK.
Below is me in my cart deliverying water and ice to the coolers on the course.  Nancy was able to ride with me just about all day as her shifts didn't begin till Thursday.  As some of you may know, cameras and phones are prohibited on the course during the championship rounds Thurs thru Sunday.  However, cameras are allowed on Mon thru Wed. So, I take mine and shoot "targets of opportunity" for three days.
 Below is the caddie for Henrik Stenson, and they are from Sweden.
 And this is Henrik.
 And here they are in the fairway of hole # 6.
 And here is my able-bodied assistant, Nancy.
 Here Nancy is checking one of the coolers for me while I "guard" the cart.  :-)

And she reports that it is ok for now...:-)
 Not sure who this golfer is...
Nor do I remember who this one is...
 OK, this one is Miguel Jimenez, from Venezuela
 Forget this one's name too...sorry!
 ...but here he is "whacking" a ball off the tee...
There are so many international golfers at these major tournaments, it's hard to know just who they are...
 Below is Ernie Els from South Africa, a very well known and likeable personality and golfer, a good one too.
And this is Lee Westwood, one of the top three golfers in the world.  He finished in the top four of the Open.
 Note the bottom of his Ping driver...
Below is the clubhouse looking down the ninth hole.  The folks walking on the cart path is about 30 feet below the green.
 Below is hole # 8 looking towards the green.
 Below is KJ Choi (Korea) on the practice putting green near the club house.
 KJ Choi...
 And another view of the clubhouse...
Well, so ends our 2011 adventure at the US Open.  Next year we will be at the Olympic Club in San Francisco for the Open.  And this August, we will be at the PGA tourney at Atlanta Athletic Club.  We had a fun time volunteering, as we always do.  And getting there is half the fun, in our home on wheels.  While we were at Cherryhill RV Park, our daugters and six grandchildren were able to join us for a few days, and it too was a fun time seeing them.  The kids had a fun time in the pool and around the campsite.  But that story will be told in our next blog...so, till then, Joe & Nancy