USGA State Team – Round 1

The best part of Round 1 at the USGA Men’s State Team Championship was we survived with no rain and no weather delays, especially with afternoon tee times. Having an overcast day, the temperatures were just about perfect. After the first round, the Arizona team of Michael Wog II, Chris Kessler and Dalen Linnerson are tied for 24th, right in the middle of the pack of the 51 teams. On the par 71, Lewis and Clark Course at the Country Club of St. Albans, Wog II fired a 72, with Kessler shooting a 74 and Linnerson scoring a 75. The scores of 72 and 75 counted for the 4-over team total of 146. The team from Kansas leads the event at 9-under 133.
So what is the best thing about attending a USGA event at The Country Club St. Albans? Too many things… but I will start with… the golf course and the great welcome entrance to the club. Heading down a country road, 20 minutes from the host hotel Marriott, you really wonder if you are ever going to find the golf course. Then out of no-where, you see the long, driveway entrance to the massive tudor-style clubhouse. The great welcome begins on the main driveway, where you drive pass all 51 state flags (the 51st team is the District of Columbia). And now you know you are at the USGA Mens State Team Championship.
One of the highlights of the massive clubhouse is the overly large men’s locker-room, which is very much maze-like, where someone can easily get lost. The favorite of many players from all the states are the sugar treats….. which include jelly-bellies, M&M’s, receses-pieces, fresh made chocolate-chip cookies and of course, last but not least, the frozen cooler which has ice cream sandwiches and cookies. I know if Doc Graves was here, he would be in heaven with these fantastic treats.
Team Arizona tees off in the morning on Thursday, with Dalen Linnerson teeing it off first at 8:10, followed by Wog II and Kessler. Hopefully we luck-out again, and get no rain with no weather delays.