After a two hour weather delay on Sunday, D.A. Points pared 18 to win the 2013 Shell Houston Open at -16. At one point on Sunday, there were about twelve golfers within two shots of the lead. Another great event at Redstone’s Championship Course by the Houston Golf association and Shell Oil Company.
The 2012 U.S. Open Tennis Championship at the U.S.T.A. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center ended late on Monday, Sept. 10. The fifth Monday finish in as many years. The Men’s final between Novak Djokovic(2) and Andy Murray(3) was terrific. Lasting 4 hours 54 minutes – a minute shy of the record. The Women’s final between Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams was also competitive through three sets.
After the, seeming usual, rain delays, the U.S.T.A. is considering going to a scheduled Monday finish. Not knowing the details, I can’t comment. I can say that, given the scope of the venue and predictable weather, the U.S.T.A. tournament personnel, grounds keepers, media, etc. do a remarkable job year after year making the pieces of this great puzzle work as one.
Ted Cruz, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Texas, won a come-from-behind convincing victory over front runner, Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst on Tuesday, 31 July 2012. The primary election was to fill the open seat of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison who is not running for re-election. After a hard fought primary, there were two candidates left standing, Dewhurst and Cruz. Each the largest vote getter shy of 50%; thus a runoff. It was an often harsh and quite expensive campaign by both candidates. It culminated this night.
It seems to have mirrored the Federal election campaigns in many ways…!
The 112th U.S. Open was conducted by the U.S.G.A. on the Lake Course at The Olympic Club in San Francisco 14-17 June. The tournament was won by Webb Simpson at +1 over par. The true winner may well have been The Olympic Club and the course set-up by the U.S.G.A. The weather was cool and a bit foggy – especially on the weekend. It’s a terrific course and somewhat difficult to walk, much less while hitting golfballs…!
On Saturday of the Insperity Championship, there was a special 18 hole scramble featuring nine former players; Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Don January, Miller Barber, David Graham, Gene Littler, and Dave Stockton. It was a rare – quite possibly last – opportunity to see many of these great players at the same time. It was quite an afternoon with the threesome of Palmer, Nicklaus, and Player winning by two strokes over the other two threesomes. The final stroke was a twenty footer on the 18th hole by Palmer to seal the win at -11 over the other two threesomes who finished at -9.
I was privileged to walk 18 holes with these men.
The PGA Champions Tour played at The Woodland Country Club Tournament Course at The Woodlands, Texas, the week of April 30.
Going into the final hole on Sunday two players, Tom Lehman and Fred Funk were tied. Funk hit his approach first to about three feet from the cup; Lehman was on the green about 15 feet away. His birdie put missed by inches and Funk sunk his for the win.
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s and Women’s Marathon were run in Houston, Texas on 14 January 2012. The top three finishers in each division were selected for the 2012 U.S. Team for the Olympics in London. Men’e winner was Meb Keflezighi. Women’s winner was Shalane Flanagan. Conditions were ideal; about 38º at the start, clear and still.
This past Sunday I went to Lake Placid for a barbecue at the home of an old friend. He’s Russian; we met at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1989. Guests were from Russia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, America, and the Czech Republic. The cultural diversity was only outdone by the food – lightly fried salmon and halibut caught by our host in Alaska and coated with mystery spices, Kielbasa sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, wild mushrooms harvested the day before and sauteed with onions, rice mixed with mild curry paste, vegetables and raisins, homemade potato salad,,,! For dessert, Slovakian chocolate/apple strudel covered in whipped cream, small vanilla cakes with chocolate, and various cookies – all homemade.
The weather cooperated – no rain; it was cold so everyone rotated between the food and a wood-burning fire pit. Finally ending the afternoon by the fire.
While several children made smores, dogs – some belonging to our hosts and others just visiting – wove their way through adults and children hoping for the occasional dropped or offered morsel.
It was a terrific day for man and beast.
The 2011 U.S. Open Tennis Championship ended on Monday, 12 September due to a rain interrupted two weeks. The men’s and women’s singles finals were terrific ends to the tournament. The USTA was tested by the weather and prevailed admirably. I photographed the first U.S. Open on the grass at Forest Hills and now, 43 years later on hard courts at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center, Corona Park, Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
The 2011 quarter-final Davis Cup tie between the U.S.A, and Spain was played in July at the Frank Erwin Center on the University of Texas campus in Austin before an enthusiastic sell out audience. The venue was excellent. Unfortunately for the partisan U.S.A. fans, Spain was the better team that week.
The 2011 U.S. Open Golf Championship was played at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. in June. The run-away winner was Roy McIlroy from Northern Ireland. The tournament was well run as is the norm for the USGA. The layout was hilly and sometimes difficult to traverse but a great test for the field.
The 2011 U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship was played at The River Oaks Country Club, Houston, Texas in April. This has been the venue for three years. The center court is intimate, close to the players with ideal sight lines. The River Oaks tournament is in it 76th year; the oldest tournament played in the same location in the U.S.
The World Equestrian Games are conducted every four years. Competition in this largest of equestrian events took place at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. from September 25 – October 10, 2010; the first time the event has been staged in North America. The location was very familiar as I had photographed The Rolex Kentucky 3Day Event there for twenty-one years.
Photographing the Amish of southern Pennsylvania has been an ongoing project for many years. For most of that time I’ve driven along Rt. 30 in the Summer and Fall and photographed the Amish in many of their activities. In keeping with their custom, I’ve tried to be as unobtrusive as possible. I hope this project will continue far into the future.