Howell Park and Wesselmans

Well it’s been another Par 3 weekend!  Saturday evening I was lucky enough to go play the back 9 at Wesselman’s Golf Course in Evansville.  Now, I suck and I know I suck, but that’s what makes Par 3 so much fun.  Generally speaking, others don’t mind if I’m not the greatest, so it makes a great place to actually go and unwind.  And on Sunday morning I was able to play 9 at Howell Park.

Saturday was actually my first game of golf this year and I actually surprised myself.  My goal was to shoot under 45 strokes, but I was able to pull off a 38.  Again, this was on the back 9 only.  On Sunday I pulled off 40 strokes on 9 holes at Howell.

There were a handful of golfers out on Saturday at Wesselmans, but this morning the course was full at Howell.  It was great to see so many people out enjoying the city courses.  But something kind of caught me off guard this season and that was the price to play a round of golf.  Notably, Wesselmans jumped up to $5 to play a full 9, compared to $4 from last year.  I would think that the city would be trying to do it’s part to keep prices down on affordable entertainment.  Likewise Howell was up to $4, but only marginally higher compared to $3.50 last golf season.

It’s still a deal, as long as they take care of the greens.  See you on the course.

Golfing In Evansville

Let it be known that I just started golfing the end of last year. Before I had been intimidated by the game, for fear of knocking someone out from one of my stray balls. However, thanks to a friend, I’ve rarely missed a week of golf this season and my game is actually starting to improve. I figured I’d take this opportunity to share with Evansville residents where the best courses are, to learn to golf, because everyone has to start somewhere.

The first place I golfed in Evansville was Wesselman’s Par 3 course. It’s wide open, except for a few light poles, and it’s laid back enough so you won’t feel the pressure of the pros around you. Families bring their kids, Foursomes kick back, it’s really a great experience and somewhat of a challenging course for beginners. Two people can generally play through 18 holes in under 2 hours, if they keep their strokes to under 10. 😉

Wesselman’s Par 3 18-Holes: $6.00

The next place I golfed was out at Howell Park, I bet you didn’t even know they had a Par 3 course over there. Howell Park features a 9-hole Par 3 course, with plenty of trees to help block the stray ball from colliding with other golfers heads. Also, it’s another laid back area, where beginner golfers can feel at home, where the average hole is only 80 yards.

USI utilizes this course for it’s golf classes, so occasionally you will see some big groups. Also, keep in mind that unlike Wesselman’s, Howell Par-3 closes at 6:30. Hell, there is plenty of daylight left this time of year, it’s kind of a shame.

Howell Park Par-3 9-Holes: $3.00

Both golf courses offer equipment rental, like pull carts and even golf clubs. So, even if you don’t own a set you don’t have an excuse not to go out and hit a round. remember, everyone has to start somewhere and every golfer I met was fully understanding, after they almost took my golf ball to their face.

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Otters Starting Another Streak

Finally, after a horrendous losing streak it looks like the Evansville Otters are back on their way to playing like the team I saw in the first few weeks of the season.  Getting some stolen bases, home runs, and just playing all around like a better team.  So much better than the embarrassment I saw at the last Thirsty Thursday.

I love the Otters, the field, the game, everything, but the last Thirsty Thursday the team was playing like a bunch of little leaguers.  A return to form is refreshing and has me looking forward to the next game I get to catch.  Any professional team would be proud of coming back into a 5 game winning streak.  So if it’s either sweep or be swept, I’ll take the sweep anyday. 😉

Writing about the Evansville Otters gives me an opportunity to post a picture of my daughter meeting Evan.  Consider it a freebie, next cute picture I post though is gonna cost ya.

Evan Otter

Evansville Otters 2008 Schedule

You may have noticed by now that I am an Evansville Otters fan, even after the lack luster season last year. Today they announced their schedule for the 2008 season, with the opening game being on May 21st. I can practically taste the Thirsty Thursday events. mmmmm

Game times for the 2008 season will be similar to years past, with a few exceptions. The Otters will host two 12:05 PM games–on Tuesday, June 24, and Monday, July 28. There will also be three 1:05 PM games–on Friday, July 4, Sunday, August 24, and Monday, September 1. Standard game times Monday-Saturday will remain at 7:05 PM, and Sunday games will remain at 6:05 PM. One major change, however, will be the entry times into Bosse Field. Beginning in 2008, gate times will be one hour prior to game time, as opposed to an hour and a half as it has been in years past.

In addition to announcing their 2008 schedule, they are also offering discounts on all their Evansville Otter merchandise. According to their website most of their products have been marked down 50%, making them perfect for a Christmas gift. Head over to the Evansville Otters Merchandise store.

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Evansville Otters Get New Manager

We knew at the end of last season (which was terrible) that the Evansville Otters would be receiving a new manager. Personally, I’ve not been looking forward to who the candidates were or who the City would finally decide on, but I think I’m happy. Just taking a look at this guys experience gives me goosebumps at the opportunities next years team will have.

Jason Verdugo is the new Otters manager and with him he brings experience from:

Verdugo was named head baseball coach at Division III Hamline before the 2002 season. He overcame an 8-28 record in his first year to post a 21-19 mark in 2003. His record over the last five seasons with the Pipers is 100-96, including marks of 26-14 in 2006 and 22-18 in 2007. Verdugo was named Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coach of the year in 2006.

Since 2005, Verdugo has also served as pitching coach and first base coach of the Saints. His 2007 staff posted a 4.11 ERA en route to a 57-39 record. St. Paul reached the American Association finals in 2006 and 2007.

Information lifted from the Evansville Otters Homepage.

So, who else is excited to start some more Thirsty Thursdays next year? I’ll be the one holding 4 brewskies in a carrier and partying with my friends in the stands, feel free to come over and say hi. 😉