And they’re off . . . .

Play began today at the US Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass.  Our favorite golfer, amateur Mike Finster, teed off at 8:45 a.m.  He promptly hit the pin on the fly and made bogey on the first hole (he teed off on #10), but then ground out pars until a birdie on his 8th hole (#17).   But he followed that up with a bogey on 18 to finish his front nine at +1.  He’s still within sight of the fast starters.


Back nine was like the front–2 bogeys and a birdie.  Leaves him at +2 for the tourney.  Top 60 and ties make the cut and play the weekend, so Mike’s got a little work to do Friday.  Smells to me a little like 2 years ago in Sacramento…


Arriving at Salem Country Club.  Mike really excited to play here because it’s the one nice course in the Northeast that Trump doesn’t own.


Finster family gathers for pre-round shot and a beer.  When the heck is Joseph going to get to go to a golf tournament?


Mike and couple (other) guys you’ve never heard of.  This will be different Saturday.  Believe me.  Big time.


Mike alone with his putter and thoughts.



Family does the wave.


Sizing up a putt.


Getting good advice from caddy English Mike



Send good thoughts and prayers Mike’s way for Friday–would love to see him on TV this weekend!



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