Oh, say, can you see? By the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming; Whose broad stripes and bright
stars, through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming. Did the Red Team become relevant again as it relates to the Culture Cup which is in November? The Culture
Cup is Pressure+Competition x 10=my favorite tournament of the year. As you play under that kind of pressure, it prepares you to win a regular tournament during the season. The Red Team
finished on top in the first four places at Cinco Ranch last weekend. They were the champs in 2017 but unable to get a team last year. Gabe Ramos and Jaime Villarreal, who finished one and two
at Cinco Ranch, are the "backbones" of the Red Team. I'm hopeful they can rally their guys to compete this year. Greg Lopez and Jamie Alvarado, newcomer, began applying pressure on them
"cracked" under the pressure going 4 over in the closing holes. Lopez missed a putt on 18 to place him out of the playoffs.
This was another great match at Cinco. Villarreal made the turn 3 shots cleared of Ramos at the end of 12, the score was tied. They both par 13 and 14, Ramos birdies 15 and pars 16 to go two with 2 to play. They both par 17 and Ramos just piped one down the middle on 18....155 yards out. Nothing but sunshine and blue skies ahead of him. Well, except for that large body of water that covers the entire right side of that hole.
I got the drone going two sets of the camera on him. Lopez and his other playing partners are in his hear ", don't hit it in the water, don't hit it the water." I was looking through the eyepiece waiting in anticipation for Gabe to hit his shot then a song came to my mind by Eminem, "Lose Yourself"......" you got one shot, palms sweaty, knees weak, arms heavy" and water on the right. One more thing, you haven't won in three years. The reason I created the league is for that feeling that Gabe felt at that moment. It's when athletes crave for that moment, the thrill of the fight, and the quest of the battle. Gabe hit it the water and lost his two-shot lead but he birdied the number one handicap hole on the course. He was able to beat Villarreal in a scorecard playoff. Congratulations, G!
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