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Labor Day at Blackrock

Patty Barrier, Sarah Rindlaub, Colleen Brown, Cathi Hatch

We flew over East of the mountains in the Barrier’s Falcon 2000 private jet to spend the weekend with our dear friends, Sarah & John RindlaubSarah & John have invited us to join them for Labor Day weekend for the past six years at their beautiful lake cabin at Black Rock for a couple of days of golf, good food and wine, and lots of laughter!
Besides Ken and me, joining John & Sarah were Patty & Jimmy Barrier and Colleen & Guy Brown.  Also part of the party, were our other good friends, CK & Jim Coles, who also own a cabin at Black Rock and they invited guests from Montana, Bill & Beth _____.
We had a wonderful time playing golf for two days on the spectacular course which includes views of Lake Coeur d’Alene, waterfalls, rock formations and one hole with 13 sand traps and one hole with the longest sand trap in the world.  Not counting a few mulligans, I had a score of 103 on both days which is respectable for me.
Since Jimmy and Ken couldn’t play golf this year, since each has a medical malady, they were left at home to pit cherries for the Cherries Jubilee which we had for dessert on Saturday evening.  Yum!  Though they both complained a bit, they did a fine job of pitting the cherries and laying in a supply of vanilla bean ice cream.  In addition, Ken barbecued fresh King salmon and New York strips outside while I put together a salad and roasted potatoes and Patty and John shucked the inevitable corn on the cob which is Jim’s favorite.

Beth & Patty

I was proud to show the proof of our upcoming ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum insert which will appear in the Puget Sound Business Journal next week which features each of the ZINOpreneurs who will be presenting their companies’ needs at the Bell Harbor Conference Center on September 15th.  John posed for a photo with the ladies as I showed off the insert.
It was another fantastic Labor Day weekend.  Can’t wait for next year!!

CK, Patty, John, Cathi, Beth, Sarah

Ladies on the Links to Benefit The First Tee

Earlier this week, I played in The First Tee Ladies on the Links golf tournament fundraiser at Broadmoor. What a great cause that gives kids that might not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to learn to play the game of golf! The mission is “To impact the lives of young people in the greater Seattle area by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.”
Deborah Juarez once again chaired the event for the 8th year in a row and it was a fun tournament with prizes and gifts on every hole including fragrant fresh gardenias courtesy of Martha Harris, who also played in the tournament, followed by lunch and a silent and live auction.
My foursome included Dana Reid, Kim Cleworth, and our First Tee player, Kelsey, who graduates from Rainier High School this week and has a golf scholarship to Spokane Community College in the fall. See photo above of our foursome. Though the rules required that we count two drives for each of the players, I was lucky that Dana, Kim and Kelsey were all superior golfers with very long drives and we finished the nine hole scramble one under par. Though my putting has been abysmal so far this season, I did have the opportunity to sink a couple of medium long putts. Hooray!
Other friends I saw who were also participating in the tournament were Kay Baxter, Annette Parks, and Mari Schrempf.

Three Under Par!

Yesterday, Patty & Jimmy Barrier and Ken and I traveled to Suncadia for the Tangerine Travel Annual Golf Tournament.  It was a spectacular, sunny day with blue sky (for a change!) and we had the opportunity to play the beautiful Tumble Creek course.  Angie Lepley, owner of Tangerine Travel and title sponsor of the event was there along with her team all arrayed in bright orange-tangerine shirts to welcome all the golfers as we arrived and give us an overview of what to expect.
The tournament format was a scramble so we were able to play best ball on each stroke.  Ken didn’t actually play but helped us keep score for the first nine holes.  The fourth golfer in our group was Ed Clark, who turned out to be the entire reason why our team was able to turn in a score of three under par.  See second photo above of Ed, Jimmy and Ken.  Though Patty and I each sank a couple of long putts, it was a stretch that we had to count two of each of our drives, but Ed was able to overcome that handicap as well!
The big sponsor of the event was Kevin Swett of KSC Freight Inc..  See top photo of Ken, Kevin and Mike Kunath above.  Kevin and his wife, Cindy, also raise beautiful dogs as companion animals and the proceeds of the golf tournament and dinner auction were split between Seattle Children’s Hospital and Canine Companions for IndependenceKevin, whose avocation is photography, included photos of gorgeous companion dogs at each sponsored hole on the golf course.
We saw other friends who were also involved in the tournament including Frank Dennis and Connie Blumenthal pictured with Ken and me in the third photo above, Moe & Suzy Krabbe and Erik Moris.  
We ended the day tired but very pleased that we had participated in such a fun event to raise money for children’s health and companion animals.

Mothers’ Day

This past weekend could not have been better!  The entire weekend was sunny and beautiful.  I received cards and/or phone calls from each of my children and Ken’s children.  We celebrated Mothers’ Day with brunch at the Rainier Club.  Delicious!  See photo of Ken and me along with Alicia & Michael Hatch and their two sons, Jackson and Spencer above.   
 I received a new golf club for Mothers’ Day that I had been coveting – a #6 Burner Rescue club.  And then I had the chance to play golf at Overlake Golf and Country Club and played the best nine holes I have played in the past year.  Hooray!  My new Rescue club worked perfectly in several situations!  Now, who can I find to play golf with this weekend??  
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Drinking and Driving!

It was grey and overcast this morning with a stiff wind blowing, but Deb Doran, Dana Reid and I decided to play our scheduled game of golf anyway at my home course, Overlake Golf & Country Club. OGCC still has the archaic rule that only men are allowed to play on Saturday mornings until after 11:00 am. Of course, the fact that Deb, Dana and I all work fulltime during the week along with many other female golf members is not a consideration. I will save this fight for another time, but don’t you think it is time for these private golf clubs to recognize that we are in a new century and embrace the fact that it is a different world now than it was when these rules were initially established? Some may still be surprised to learn that women even have the right to vote now! I digress . . .

Deb and Dana are both beautiful golfers with long, clean drives and precise and accurate putting. I, on the other hand, tend to flail about the course almost always at least a couple of strokes behind. Though I am pleased that I did make one par today on hole #12, beating both of them on that hole only.

Throughout our game, the wind continued to get more aggressive and though we all had jackets, it was very cold. On the back nine, Tim, one of the assistant pros, stopped by to talk with Deb and me to see how we were doing and offered to bring us a drink. Dana had been talking about a hot chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps from the moment she alighted shivering from her car, so Deb and I were happy to surprise her with one when Tim returned bearing three piping hot chocolates laced with Peppermint Schnapps.

It was a drink that I hadn’t tasted in years, but I have to admit that it was absolutely delicious. In fact, my drives improved almost immediately so I have decided that I am now a proponent of “drinking and driving” (only golf balls of course)!

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A Hole-In-One . . . Almost

Ken and I just returned from a Labor Day golf weekend with friends including Jimmy & Patty Barrier, Guy & Colleen Brown, Susan & Gary Neumann and Jim & C.K. Coles. We stayed at one of the incredible cabins and had the opportunity to play a couple of rounds at the spectacular golf course at… Continue Reading

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