After years of grinding on the grounds crew at Harlan Rogers Park at the IGHSAU Softball State Tournament, friend of the blog Mitch Eslick will be in the radio booth this week calling the action for the Sigourney Savages on the KBOE radio network. You can listen to the call online as well, like I will, via the KBOE website. I had the opportunity to listen to his sub-state call last week and came away pretty impressed with his work. He let's the play by play guy call the action and adds in his thoughts and observations without stepping on the play-by-play guy's toes. Not an easy task.
So I'm looking forward to listening to him again this week, and I'm sure many of Mitch's friends and Savages fans are as well. To have some fun with it as well, I decided to create a Mitch Eslick Bingo game. The first time Mitch mentions any of the topics on the Bingo board, cross it out. Five in a row gets you a Bingo. I'm creating this on short notice so everyone is going to have the same Bingo card. If the Savages make the championship game I'll figure out how to make a program to randomize the boxes so we can all have different cards. Or I'll figure it out by next season if the Savages make a return trip the the state tournament.
But for today, enjoy the game and get those Bingo cards ready. Game starts at 3:00 PM, so I'm guessing maybe some pre-game around 2:30-2:45. Good luck!
I know the 2017 Miller Masters didn't get the hype or the lead-in that it deserved this year due to short notice of scheduling and conflicts but it ended up being a successful event. With 3-time champion Ben Fjelland unable to make the event (he was chasing a championship of his own on the Little League diamond) it left the door wide open for anyone to walk away with the Erv Cup. With Ben unable to play, Kennedy Bollmeyer stepped in to fill his place. It may have taken the Masters in Augusta decades to let women on the course but it only took the Miller Masters six years to have their first female golfer compete in the event.
It became apparent early in the round that the winner of the 2017 Miller Masters was not going to come from the first group out. Nick Fjelland took too long to find the feel for his baseball swing like drives and fell out of contention early. Alex Bollmeyer took six penalty strokes during individual play to knock him out of the running. Gary Fjelland tried to play his round as quick as he could to get to his grandson's baseball game that afternoon. And Mitch Eslick secured an 8th place showing again this year but somehow flirting with the out-of-bounds markings.....on his putts.
So that meant whoever would end up hoisting the Erv Cup at the end of the day would more than likely come from the last group on the course. It did not come from Kennedy Bollmeyer making her first appearance in the event. While playing admirably on short notice, she quickly found out just how solid the competition is at these Miller Major events. Two-time champion Matt Fjelland was also unable to defend his title this year, leave the door open for two golfers looking to win their first ever individual Miller Major championship.
Ron Bollmeyer came out hot and put the pressure on the entire field. With a Par-Par-Birdie start, Ron was -1 through the first three holes and had his sites set on the Erv Cup. But Andy Fjelland wasn't far behind. After struggling to find the green on Hole 4, Ron let the field back into contention. By Hole 6 Ron and Andy were both tied and slowly separating themselves from the field. This would be a two-man race heading down the final three holes.
And ultimately, it would be Andy Fjelland who would walk away with the Erv Cup. Nine holes of bombing drives and throwing darts on the green proved to be too much for the other seven golfers that day in Huxley. Coming down to the final hole, the Par 3 ninth, the only question for Andy would be could he stay in the 30s. Stepping up to the tee-off box on Nine, Andy was sitting at +3. Needing a par to stay in thirties and card a 39, Andy place his drive just short of the green. A quick chip towards the cup put his par putt a nerve-rattling three feet away. Once all the other golfers in his group finished out, Andy stepped over his championship clinching putt and knocked in his three footer for not only a 39 but the 2017 Miller Masters Championship.
Since my computer crashed this Spring with all the records of previous Miller Masters and Miller Opens on it, I had to consult the Elias Sports Bureau on this but it turns out the 3 over 39 Andy shot on Saturday was the best Miller Masters round of all time. A truly inspiring performance from a man who was unsure if he'd ever walk again 6 months ago after a brutal car crash.
For the best ball portion of the round, the father-son combo of Ron and Alex Bollmeyer took home yet another Miller Masters Best Ball championship with 1 over 37. With many teams still in contention on Hole 9, Ron stuck his tee-off shot 18 inches from the hole to let his group tap-in their birdie and get to +1, a score no other group could get to on the day.
A great day of golf in Huxley. The 2017 Miller Open is tentatively scheduled for October.
If you missed Friday's Three Count, shame on you, but in preparation for this weekend's 48 Hour Film Project in Des Moines and my debut on the One Genome Short team, I am ranking their films for the past 11 contests in order. My 6-11 films were ranked in Friday's Three Count and each day this week I'm going to embed movies 1-5. So today's film is my 5th favorite One Genome Short film of all time, their 2009 edition, Eagle Eye and Sonar.
I probably have this ranked higher than most people would but I'm a sucker for buddy cop movies. You can watch the film below but it's basically a quick comedy that features two bumbling detectives trying to solve a murder mystery. I loved, LOVED, Get Smart as a kid and this film brought me back to that a little bit. I don't know if I ever really understood any of the plots in Get Smart because I was probably 5 or 6 when I grew up watching it but I loved Max goofing up and still solving a crime. And I loved the theme music and intro to Get Smart. So maybe I have this ranked higher that others would because of memories that it brought back for me, but that's part of film making as well. Making people feel something. Enjoy!