My life is about golf, family and food. Prostate cancer just got stuck in the middle of it. I am working around that one putt at a time!

After meeting with a team of Doctors from OHSU we also decide to do radiation treatment on the margins around where my prostate was and cancer was still present. The radiation on top of the surgery along with the hormones was grueling. It left me in a state where all my senses were hypersensitive and I found I was wondering around my living room at night. So I did what any golf fanatic would do; I started working on my short game. I spent hours putting and chipping in my living room. This helped me to concentrate on something other than myself and the cancer. During this time I also started to think about how to use my experiences to help others.

Since I loved the game of golf and now was passionate about spreading the word to other men about prostate cancer I decide golf would be the instrument to pass the word.

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09/07/2012

Mahina's Journey - Wild Bill turns 80

“By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it.”                                                                       Bill Vaughn

May 20, 2012 – After our late night at STK’s, I dragged myself out of bed to get in an early round

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09/05/2012

Mahina's Journey - STK's

“If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up
something appropriate and do it.”
                  ~Edgar Watson Howe

May 19, 2012 – My dad turned 80 on May 24, 2012. Lynn, his wife, planned a BIG celebration for

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08/29/2012

Mahina's Journey - It's a Dog's Life

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures;they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.”      ~Gilda Radner

As many ofyou know, we have three dogs. These puppies are our family; they give us a lotof joy,

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08/27/2012

Mahina's Journey - Packing for the Pac AM

“If I could have shot 69 in the last round every time, I would have won nine U.S. Opens. Nine!”                                                                                    Sam Snead    

August 26, 2012 - Tomorrow I leave for the World Golf Pacific Amateur Tournament in Sunriver.

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08/23/2012

Mahina's Journey - Agate Beach

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem.”
―                                                                                                         A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

July 30, 2012 – I woke up ready to play 36 holes at Watson Ranch Golf Course, but I noticed that

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08/21/2012

Mahina's Journey - Eagle Point

 “The terrible beauty is that in the brotherhood of golf we are all the same – certifiable.“                                         - Sean Connery

July 28, 2012 - I woke up happy and in good spirits after a great golf round and dinner the

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08/15/2012

Mahina's Journey- Paying it Forward

“One thing about golf is you don’t know why you play bad and why you play good.”                                                                                                                            George Archer

We had a good night sleep after Mo and my round of golf at Tokatee Golf Course. We got up and

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08/13/2012

Mahina's Journey - On the Road

“Just can’t wait to get on the road again.”                                   — Willie Nelson

July 27, 2012 - I signed up for a 2-day OGA Individual Series tournament in Medford, Oregon.

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08/08/2012

Mahina's Journey - Golfing with Chris

“Don't play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.”            ~Harry Vardon

July 26, 2012 –I had made arrangements to play 18 holes with “the boys,” Clay, Chris(Turke) and
Shawn at Heron Lakes- Big Blue at 11:48. I hadn’t spent any time with Chris in quite a while and he hadn’t gotten to golf much this summer so Chris and I decided we would get in a quick 18 on the Greenback Course before we meet the rest of the gang. We made a tee time on for 7:00 am on Thursday morning. We decided that we would walk the morning round and then ride with the Boys” in the afternoon round.

Turke picked me up at 6:15 am and we loaded up my clubs and arrived at Heron Lakes Golf Course GT 2010 042with plenty of time to spare.  We got a few practice chips and putts in before it was time to tee off.  The starter called our names and another two some to the 1st tee box right at 7:oo am. When we checked in with the starter, there was a young Asian girl standing next to the starter’s shack. I looked at her nametag and asked her how she pronounced her name. Muey said that she pronounced it like May. She was of Vietnamese descent, but born and raised in Portland.  When the starter saw that the 2 of us were talking, he asked me if I would help support Muey by having her caddy for us that morning. Heron Lakes was participating in the “Caddy” youth program for High School students.

 The other two-some we were playing with was a father-son, who were also Vietnamese. Ah, American is such a collage of human-interest stories. Johnny (the son) was also born in the USA, 7-26-2012 Heron Lakes 3 like Muey. Bing, Johnny’s father was born in Vietnam, and escaped during the war years. So off the 5 of us went to the 1st tee. I asked Muey if she had golfed before. She said that she had not played golf but had hit a few ball. So, basically this was her first time on the course.  I was glad she was caddying for us as I always like to mentor young players. I had a good drive on the #1 – par 5, dogleg right hole. I laid my ball up in front of the right bunker and proceeded to make the par.  Turke on the other hand was spraying balls left and right, as well as hitting every tree available. It must have taken him at least 4 holes to get the “yips” out of his system. As Muey and I continued
along, I talked with Muey about her life and shared some of my stories with her. 

Muey has 3 brothers older than her, so she was comfortable with me, kind of like an Uncle. I really enjoyed her company and she was a quick study. Muey had a towel and would clean my ball, when we got to the green and I marked my ball. She also was good at replacing my clubs to the bag, as I
chose various clubs. It was a beautiful sunny day and the temperature was rising. I figured that I would cut Muey loose after 9-holes, so she could make more money with the time left in the day. I gave her a $20 around the 8th hole and thanked her for “listening” to my chatter. She laughed and thanked me. 

At the turn, we said our goodbyes and I wished her great success in her school studies and future.   7-29-2012 Heron LakesTurke gave Muey some cash too as she was headed back to the starter shack to get another assignment. Cool, bro! That’s the way you do it. So, we continued on to the 10th tee box and did our thing. Turke played much better on the backside. I played steadily along make some good golf shots and some NOT so good shots. Johnny was an excellent golfer and had a low handicap of 4 or 5. I think he was only 2 over after the front 9. He really had a nice swing and tempo.  

After the back 9 was finished, Turke and I ended up with about the same score. We both had shot about 89. Golf is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. Again, consistency is the name of this game. And it is so hard to master ALL the various shots needed to post a low round. More legitimate excuses, right?

We thanked Johnny and Bing for the fun round but Turke and I were not done. We still had our 11:48 tee time on Great Blue to go, which Shawn and Clay would be joining us to round out the foursome. We had just enough time to get some food and beer at the snack bar. I usually don’t eat much when I am playing golf, but since I didn’t have a proper breakfast, I needed something to
get me through the next 18. After a chicken Caesar wrap and a cold beer, we went looking for Shawn and Clay. They were on the putting green practicing. We got into our power carts and drove over to the 1st tee on Blue. The Blue course is always a challenge, especially the back nine. I have pared the front 9 before and then shot 12 over on the back. Funny, how some courses can do that to me, and you too. So, this day proved to be no different than all the other days on this course. I played OK on the front and OK on the back, but 2 OK’s only make up another high 80’s score.

 But, the boy’s had fun and we drank our fair share of beer and got our fill of cigar smoke. Social golfing is always supposed to be played while enjoying a libation.  It the best excuse for not shooting well. Clay and I always have a blast together, goofing off and getting silly. It’s the hormones that make me goofy but Clay, well, that’s Clay normally.

 It was good fun and a great day of GOLF. Playing 36 holes in one day is about where I max out. 7-26-2012 Heron Lakes 5Since Turke and I walked the first 18, I was  in world of hurt after the second 18. My legs turn into silly putty and if I sit down for more that a few minutes, I fell like 80 when I try to get up and walk. Oh, the joys of aging!  

Clay gave me a ride home so I told the boys that we could go hang at the house and throw something on the BBQ and power down some more cold refreshments. And that’s what we did. It was a very pleasant evening on the veranda. I just love these kinds of lazy days of summer. Just to be golfing with good friends, smoking, drinking, eating, and bullshitting each other is medicine to my Soul. Nothing is better than that, except for golfing with my Honey Love and Mojo. I always look forward to the next round, no matter who or where I am playing. Just as long as I know that I have another round in me, I will keep on keeping on. Fore!

 

 

 

 

 

08/06/2012

Mahina's Journey - Aye Aye Captain

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it
is one of those things which give value to survival.”  
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

 My good buddy Clay Morgan (Captain) lost his job in November.  He had worked for Todd Hess

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