Live Free Season 3 months away
The season will be here before we know it and that being said us here at live free are working behind the scenes to make this season the best one yet. Few changes that could be coming into the season this year include the possibility of 2 flights at our contest to allow for all the players to truly play at their level and help the handicaps become more accurate. We are also looking to grow our list of venues and ideally would add another 2 or 3 courses to the rotation this year that Live free has not had the privilege of playing. Last year we added Windham and Granite fields to our list of courses and this year I would like to expand to a few more courses in Northern, Ma. We look to be on a pace to continue our participation this year much like we did from year 1 to year 2. Our memberships will hopefully grow and referrals will continue to come enjoy the competitive fun that we have every other Sunday. Pat Blair our defending champ is likely to be back to defend his title and it will be an exciting season to see who comes in to knock him off.
The Friday View
Just a little something to help everyone get through their Friday. Thanks Paige
Tiger finally returns to Torrey
Tiger returns to action tomorrow after firing a -2 70 today in Pro-Am. Tiger seems to be playing well in all facets of the game and the golf world is eager to watch him swing the sticks. He had a press conference today where he discussed his back, going without a coach, expectations etc. It appears he has limited expectations with just general improvement heading into the Masters. I for one am fired up to see Tiger at Augusta again, especially with the removal of the arm chair official so Tiger wont get fucked by an improper ball drop this time around.
There are some good prop bets out. I would def lay the money down on Tiger making the cut at -190.
I would not touch the +400 for him to finish in the top 5 though. He is getting the same odds as Jason Day and to me that is flat out bananaland.
Tiger Woods to win +1800. No shot, there is absolutely no way he wins this but I would like to see him in contention on Sunday, I anticipate a 71, 69 Thursday/Friday and then a drop off on Saturday to 72 due to fatigue and somewhere around a 15-20 finish.
Longshot of the week: Beau Hossler +9500. When he plays, he plays well. Let it ride with Beau this weekend.
My prediction: This weekend will be all about Tiger but come Sunday there will be a 2nd story and that is the winner of the event
Patrick Reed +4500 Book it
Tigers odds at Torrey
Looks like these odds have changed recently. I looked earlier today and there were some different odds for him to make the cut. Either way it should be an exciting weekend of golf ahead of us. I always look at this weekend at Torrey as the official opening of the PGA season.
Farmers Insurance Open
Tiger Woods props
win tournament 25/1
make the cut? yes -190 no +160
lowest round shot: 70
highest round shot: 74.5
finish in top 10? yes +275 no -350
finish in top 20? yes +150 no -180
withdraw during tournament? yes +650 no -1000
Look Back at Bubba doing Bubba things
The old 18th at Kapalua, nothing better then going Driver, Driver, Putter to finish out with an eagle.
Rickie Fowlers outfit is fire this week
Pretty sure Rickie Fowler gives zero fucks and is embracing the Hawaiian lifestyle this week as he is rocking this outfit playing. Not sure if that is an official Cobra golf shirt but none the less its bad ass as fuck and deserves to be noticed. He is also dating Allison Stokke and has a fire instagram page. Rickie is such a great player for the game and to attract the youth to this game. He is so cool, I think we all might be a little envious.
Golf Looking to Decrease Pro’s Distance
This is a pretty good take of some golf.com’s guys talking today and how distance has been ruining the game for its viewers and that the difference of balls between Pro’s and amateurs may be the solution.
The SI/Golf.com gang this week responded to the USGA’s Mike Davis calling the leaps horrible for golf courses. The chat included Michael Bamberger, John Wood (Kuchar caddie), Josh Sens, Jeff Ritter, Joe Passov and Alan Shipnuck.
Bamberger: I couldn’t judge the hurt-the-economics-of-golf question. The modern ball has made Tour golf, for me, less interesting and more of a slog. At my level (92-shooter!) the longer ball with space-age equipment has made the game more enjoyable but at the expense of beauty. I’m in favor of a ball for them and a ball for us. I think a softer ball that curves more is a better test of golfing skill at the highest level.
Ritter: Totally agree. I’ve never hit the ball farther than I do today, and that’s certainly a blast. But the pros are decimating classic courses. The ball isn’t the lone culprit, but it’s certainly a factor. I see no harm in a ball for the Tour pros, and one for the rest of us.
Wood: I’m 100 percent agree with Michael. There’s no reason to change the ball for the everyday player. (By the way, if you’re a 10 handicap or more, you’ll shoot the same score with a decent range ball that you would with one from a $60 per-dozen price tag, speaking of economics.) I can only comment on the competitive aspect of the balls. Shrink the allowable head size of a driver and roll back the ball a bit for the best of the best, and I think the game at that level gets more interesting as well as preserves classic courses for major championships
Tiger Woods Returns this week
Tiger is set to return this week at the Hero Challenge set that starts on Thursday in the Bahamas. All reports so far have indicated that Tiger has been blasting the ball off the tee and hitting if just as far if not further then DJ off the tee. Tiger and Dustin were able to handle Faxon and President Trump in an intense practice round earlier this week. Tiger seems to be swinging freely and is in a good spot mentally as the world embraces yet another return from the old worlds #1. We really have no idea what to expect going forward but as a golf fan I do hope that Tiger is able to regain some sort of form that he once had and put asses in the seats again. I do not anticipate Tiger winning the Hero Challenge but it would be great to see him not have any blow up rounds and be able to finish the tournament under par and carries some momentum into the 2018 season.
Tiger…Be ready as Justin Thomas is coming in hot for you.
Justin Thomas on being paired with Tiger Woods for the opening round: “I’m probably just as excited to watch it as you are. I get a front row seat — but I’m also looking forward to trying to kick his ass.”
No shot of ever fixing my slice
After Recent Storms North Conway CC will not Host 2018 New Hampshire Amateur
After last weeks storm came to the Northeast, North Conway Country Club has decided to not host the NH amateur next year after receiving extensive damage to the course.
“It is with great disappointment that, due to the severity of the recent storm, the North Conway Country Club will be unable to host the 2018 NH State Amateur Tournament. While our cleanup efforts this fall and into next spring will make the course playable to our membership and guests, we could not guarantee that we would be in a condition that is deserving of this prestigious event and that would showcase the beauty of our layout.
“While we are disheartened by this temporary setback, we look forward to continuing our close relationship with the NHGA and being bestowed with the honor of hosting the State Am in the near future”, continued Walker.
It is obviously disappointing News to NCCC but I would think that the NHGA will do what’s right and let NCCC host the tournament in 2 years from now when the course is up and running at its peak again.
For now, I am interested to see who will end up being the host to the tournament next year.
Patrick Cantlay wins Shriners Childrens Hospital open
Patrick Cantlay came to play on Sunday and claimed his first PGA tour victory after waiting a long 5 seasons. On the 2nd playoff hole in Vegas (I obviously did not bet him) Cantlay carder a par to outlast his 2 opponents Alex Cejka, and Whee Kim.
“I feel like getting your first one can sometimes be the toughest one to get,” Cantlay, 25, said after shooting a final-round 67 to finish at nine-under 275 and then surviving extra holes to become the 11th player to win his first tour title here since Tiger Woods broke through in 1996. “Hopefully, I can start getting some more wins. I hope they pile up.”
Cantlay who came onto the tour with high expectations that he has not yet reached will hopefully let this win propel him to several more wins in the near future. He played well and made some big putts down the stretch, Most importantly a par save on the drivable 15th.
I am a Cantlay fan and have been since his UCLA days and really would like to see him take his game to another level with his boys Speith and Thomas.
Fish Food Golf Balls
Well, I would have fed a lot of fucking fish if I played these balls my whole playing life. This is a really cool idea, I obviously have no idea how they play and wouldn’t trust them, but I don’t trust my swing either so it shouldn’t matter. I guess if your just out there Kramering it and hitting balls wildly into the ocean this is the perfect ball for you. Not to cheap too waste though as 116 balls goes for $100. I am surprised more companies don’t go with the ol 116 Pack. If tony Robbins plays them they have to be good though right? Asking for a friend
Charlie Hoffmans shoes in Vegas are the real deal
Thanks for being such a cool dude Charlie. I also want a pair of those, their so sick. A part of me does not like how everyone has stolen the Boston Strong cliche and just replaced Boston with their city. Either way it is one hell of a sight to see a city come together. At this point I think we just need to be America Strong.
We all suck, Take some advice
This probably can’t hurt anyone to give this a watch.
Story from Doc trying to get tossed to catch the Masters
That’s the shit, I can honestly say I had no idea this was a thing but now I am surprised it doesn’t happen more. You better believe anyone playing for on the west coast last night was trying to get tossed to watch Game 7.
Fowlers fire Halloween costume at 7
That costume at 7 is so gross, Dude was probably already braaaaping around on motobikes too and just slaying like you read about. Who at 7, does not want to dress like a 30 year old golfer. Couples still competing on the tour at certain events and hanging around till Sundays on the leaderboard during majors makes him one of my favs though.
Tiger Woods Set to return for the Hero Championship
Tiger Woods announced Monday that he will officially make his return to professional golf in late November at his own charity’s event, the 2017 Hero World Challenge.
Woods, who has not played competitive golf in nine months and was just recently given the all-clear by his doctor to play, is a five-time winner of the event and will compete along with 17 of his peers from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 in Albany, Bahamas.
“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” Woods said in an announcement. “Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field. I want to thank Pawan Munjal and Hero MotoCorp for their continued support of this tournament and my foundation. I would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support during my injury.”
Well there you have it, Tiger is back Bitches. This is the moment that golf has been waiting for for so long now right. golf is such a struggling sport not getting the viewers anymore ever since Tiger has left….oh wait, never mind it’s doing fine. The ratings are still up, golfers are young and bringing a younger crowd of new viewers and players to the game. the game is in a good spot. None the less the Tiger come back is still great news, if anyone needs it its Tiger. This is a charity event he will be coming back to and I guess i can go out on a limb and say it won’t be the Tiger of Old (Hot take).
I do hope Tiger does become competitive again though, and is able to win 1 more major before he truly hangs it up to just become an ambassador of the game.
Pat Blair is your 2017 Live Free Champ
The 2017 Season wrapped up at Candia Woods this year and Rich Roussin took home the title at the event. The bigger news of the day was the crowning of our 2017 season long Champion Pat Blair. Pat ran away with the title after a top 3 finish in the 2nd event, and a win in the 3rd to run away from 2nd place competitors Scott Sheehan, and Tim Woodger. All Pat had to do was basically show up, which he did…late but showed up none the less to take home the title. It was a great season and the weather was beautiful for us all year. I am looking forward to another great season in 18.
Lacourse annihilates Amherst
Dan Lacourse shot a season low 78 on his way to taking home Live Frees 2nd playoff event by shooting an incredible 78/61. Lacourse Bogeyed 6 of the first 8 before birdieing the 9th to carry some momentum onto the back, finishing the front with a 41. After bogeying an easy 10th, he birdied a very difficult 11 and strung together consecutive birdies on 14 and 15. With a mistake on 15 he bogeyed and finished with a double on 18, his only of the day to come in at 37. Dan works hard on his craft and it showed today. Lets see if he can keep the good results going for the next 2 events.
Greg Thurkins continues to quietly move up the leaderboard with a very nice 2nd place shooting a modest 93, by doing so acquiring 1250 points and moving up the 9th spot in the race for the cup. a good finish and a win in the next 2 events could let him sneak away with the title.
Scott Sheehan will be returning this week and has been a consistant name on the top of the leaderboards over the past 3 months. He continues to hit the ball a mile and has a steady wedge game which really gives him a chance week in and week out on the tour. Lets see how the newly married man responds after having taken the 2nd playoff event off and moving from the 1st to the 4th spot.
This Sunday will be Live Free’s 2nd playoff event at Amherst Country Club. This will be the 2nd time the tour has made its way down the Souhegan River to enjoy the track. John Theriault was the years previous winner at Amherst and will be looking to have similar success as as he finished the day shooting an 85/67.
It is a small field to date with some scheduling conflicts for some of our regulars but it should still be quite an entertaining Morning. This course plays well to most of us but tightens up a bit on the back. Holes 12-16 is a very important stretch where players can grind out a pretty decent score or find some woods on their way to a tough back. The early 9 is pretty straight forward and much more forgiving but will give you some greens that even a single digit cap may have a tough time 2 putting if your not in the right areas. If you can control your misses and give your self some angles into greens you can shoot a pretty good score.
- 3, Tough par 3 that can be easily doubled with the wrong miss on your first.
- 4 Par 5 that could be a birdie chance with 3 good shots. An eagle chance for long hitters.
- 8 Hole sucks, good luck.
- 11 Driveable par 4 and if you can make a putt, you can make a birdie.
- 16 weird dog leg left that requires a pretty long 2nd shot. Par is real good.
- Bob Enderson: 5/2
- John Theriault: 4/1
- Tim Wodger 5/1
- Chris Roussin 7/1
- Chad Lawrence 7/1
- Mark Tremblay 10/1
- Pat Blair 10/1
- Scott Sheehan 12/1 (Currently Not Registered)
- Field 8/1
Tom Boland Cruises in Victory at Candia Woods
Tom Boland took advantage of a very get-able course to shoot a personal best 80 and run away with the the first playoff event last week. Although this course was set up for a lot of players to put up some good scores Tom was able to card a 40 on the front and matched it on the back to have the 2nd lowest net score only beaten by season points leader Scott Sheehan who was able to card a Net 79.
Tom Boland has a season average of a 98.8 so to card an 80 was quite a pleasant surprise. Shooting as well as he did enabled TB to move up 11 spots by grabbing 1250 points and get himself into the 7th spot for the season long race.
Big jumps were also made by Jason Leach and Brandt Wild who both shot very respectful rounds. Brandt who shot a season best 91, and Jason shot an 83 also was at a personal best to round the top 3 and move up a lot of spots and will be back on track this weekend coming up at Amherst CC.
The top 3 of the season long points total remains the same as Scott Sheehan (3925), Tim Woodger (3775), and Pat Blair (3600) will be battling it out down to the wire as the season goes. Points will be at a premium this week and every position will matter from here on out. It really can be anyone’s game if a player to able to get hot from here on out with with still a potential of a possible 5200 points still out there for our winners.
2017 Live Free Golf Playoff Format
This is many players first year and still curious on how the playoff format works. First off, there is no qualifications and all players whether or not they have played yet are eligible to play. The regular season has set many people up in a good spot to make a run in the playoffs and a good shot to take home our championship crown. The following is how the point system will work for the 4 playoff events.
- 400 For the rest of the field
- 400 for rest of field
- 400 for rest of field
- 250 Rest of Field
Clearly there will be some big jumps from event to event and everyone still has a shot to win. All 4 events will count towards your scores and no scores will be dropped. If you can make all 4 you will have a good shot to be in contention for the final event. This has been a great season and I sense there will be a lot of excitement coming down the fall stretch here. In order to win, all you have to do is Shoot Your Best.
Regular Season Recap
The regular season has came to an end and there has been a pleasant surprise as Scotty Sheehan who was a late addition to the season has proven to be the most consistent player throughout the season to claim the top spot going into the playoffs. He will have scheduling conflicts going forward though which will leave the door open for the likes of Tim Wooder, Pat Blair, Bob Enderson and John Theriault to possibly claim the top spot as the playoffs get heated.
The points will continue to grow as the playoffs go with our last event champion taking home 2,000 points. It really is anyones season this year as there is a real cluster on the top of the leaderboard but with a couple solid events a player from the middle of the pack could easily climb the leaderboard quickly.
This season has seen the likes of 8 different winners, in the 8 events we have had which is what we strive for. The best player is one who can consistently shoot right at or below his handicap. The playoffs will turn into a real tight race as things continue to heat up. Alot of pressure with the Live Free Golf Champions Trophy on the line for someone to stake claim to for the next 11 months. Good luck to all and always Shoot Your best.
Trembley shines in Win at Lochmere
Mark Trembley shot a season best 96/68 to win by 2 strokes over 2nd place finisher Scott Smith 101/70 at Lochmere Country club in Tilton. Smith made a late push going just 1 over par on the last 4 holes including a birdie on the Par 5 18th to put a little pressure on the leader. The win Moves Mark up to 6th place in the season long standings, and Smith now sneaks into the top 10. Tim Woodger takes over the season lead with 4 others right on his heels.
Lochmere played gorgeous today and if you ever get a chance I recommend getting out there to get a round in. The greens are perfect and the course plays to a challenge for players of all levels.