Maybe I didn’t do a great job updating the site or throwing up a recap post this year. But I finally got around to updating the history page and player bios with the Kendallville Open XII results, so how about a little pat on the back for the commish? Seeing how tKOXII was two months ago, putting up a detailed recap post is a little outside of my scope at the moment, but rest assured that tKOXII was every bit the classic of all the past tKO’s, with the exception of tKOX that I won in dominating fashion. Feel free to expound on this post with your own memories in the comments.
I like to think of the tKO history in eras with the Mike’s and I obviously representing the Golden Age. tKOIII through tKOVII is like the Renaissance, marked by our flourishing growth both in numbers and in culture. But the winner’s circle this represented the best of the Age of Enlightenment (tKOVIII – tKOXII), the expansion that truly opened the door for the Kendallville Open to become what it now is. Andre, Tall James, and Trey have shown as much excitement and passion for the Kendallville Open as anyone who has ever attended, if not more. Like the miraculous clear skies on Saturday morning (remember when a bunch of you wanted to quit on Friday night? I hate you.), new blood on all our trophies was long overdue.
Even more so than the new tKO rota, the most influential change we made for tKOXII was the introduction of the Bixler Saturday flighting. Players were now flighted by the Bixler scoreboard, leading to some fresh faces (and Danny) in the Trash Flight. Somehow last year’s RDGC champion White James found himself there, along with Trey and Wally. While it doesn’t deserve a hole by hole breakdown, because it’s the Trash Flight, it still was an epic battle. Wally came into his 16th hole in a hole as deep of the Marina Trench. Using his brand new non-flip phone, he was calculating how much it was going cost him to ship that god awful trophy all the way back to Hawaii. That’s when Trey showed up and said “hold my beer, while I shoot a 12”. BOOM, THE GAME IS ON. A bogey-bogey finish would be enough to save Wally by the skin of his teeth and send the DFL back home to Indianapolis with Trey. But like a true gentleman and worthy champion, he displayed that tetanus infested hunk of metal proudly.
In the race for the Bixler, well, there really wasn’t much of one. Tall James jumped out to a dominating lead after round one and didn’t slow down during the second round when some spotty weather came through. It was hard to see from all the way back in the Recycle Flight where I was, but word was getting around that the wheels might have gotten a little wobbly when Ian made a valiant charge late on Saturday morning. But by then, the Bixler tailors were already getting Tall James’ measurements for the Blazer. This was a dominating performance the likes we’ve only seen at tKOX (ME) and when Marty sandbagged his way to something like a 30 stroke victory. I haven’t seen pictures of it yet, but I trust Tall James has worn his Tall Boyz jersey and Bixler Blazer to Encore Beach Club, while bikini-cad 22 year olds are bringing sparklers and champagne to his cabana with Floyd Mayweather.
While the Bixler finish was a little anticlimactic, the same cannot be said for the RDGC. Even though Tall James had 7 stroke lead on the Bixler leaderboard, he only had two strokes on Andre in the RDGC , and in the white hot cauldron of tKO, two strokes can disappear in the blink of an eye. But through 45 holes, it certainly looked like the Kendallville Open would have its first Double, the most elusive and sought after trophy in all of sport. On-the-scene witness Robinson is quoted as saying “I think Nate and TJ were pretty laid back from the start. They spent the first, I kid you not, 4 holes talking business, like grocery store shit. You could tell Dre was in it from the start.” Andre has been eyeing the RDGC since before he was even in the tKO field, and the back nine at Glendarin, like so many tKO’s before, was the time to make dreams come true. Tall James fought off a haymaker from Dre, after dunking his tee shot on #10, he managed to grind out a bogey and not lose any ground. However, TJ wouldn’t be so lucky on #14. A wayward drive would give Dre hope that this man was indeed mortal. After trading bogeys on #15, Dre and Tall James stepped on to the #16 tee tied for the RDGC Cup. And if there’s anyone at tKO who is always in the right “state of mind” to handle an incredible stressful moment, it’s Andre. His all class par-par-par finish absolutely buried any chances TJ had of winning the Double. It was a closing run reminiscent of the Robinson Era, many, many tKO’s ago. It’s been a long time coming that Andre would have name forever etched into the tKO history books.
May 19th, 2018 – The Beginning of the Andreign
To say we took things to another level for the team tournament at tKOXII would be such an understatement that it would be insulting. Look at this fucking shit.
For god sake, even Team Totally Irresponsible got in on the act.
Unfortunately, it appears that team chemistry has an adverse effect on team performance as Eleven* Pints and a Blazer (now Twelve* Pints and Two Blazers) won yet again. FART NOISE. However, shoutout to Jeremy for almost kind of getting the dinner party!
Sorry for the massive delay. I know it’s been quiet on here for the last two months, but not for long. In the meantime, keep an eye out for Asian James-styled cart covers and rain gear, because I’ve about had it with people bitching about rain like I have any kind of control over that shit. While I haven’t done a great job getting the tKOXII recap up in a timely manner, fret not! The Kendallville Open is always top of mind. Big EXPANSIVE announcements coming soon.
This is the last post before shit gets weird. If I did my job correctly, all you guys should have to do on Friday is just show up, crack beers, smoke butts, and golf. Speaking of showing up, here are the important times you need to remember.
Thursday – 7:30PM – Champion’s Dinner at Applebee’s
Friday – 8:00AM – Shotgun start at Cobblestone. Hopefully we’ll be joined by Chairman Dazey again, so try to wrap up your warm up by 7:45AM. There are no rides over to Cobblestone, so you are on your own to get there. I have no idea if Uber exists in Kendallville, but if you plan on getting shitty, I don’t hate this idea.
Friday – 1:45PM – Afternoon shotgun start at Cobblestone. Greg, go ahead and set your alarm now.
Saturday – 6:30AM – Bus leaves Best Western for Glendarin Hills. That shit is leaving right at 6:30AM. Do not miss the bus. We will not be holding it for you.
If you want to keep your Instagram account clean of tKO shenanigans, feel free to log in and post from the official tKO Account (@TheKendallvilleOpen, password: tkonine). At the very least use the #tKOXII hashtag on all your posts so they’ll be easily searchable. I’m toying with the idea of bringing back the highlight reel, but only if we can get enough video and pictures. So document as much as you can. After the tournament, I’ll set up some kind of shared drive so you can upload your footage.
Only one day stands between you and what is surely the highlight of everyone’s year, including you guys getting married and/or having kids this year. The Kendallville Open XII is basically here. You know the rules. You’ve watched the tape on your opponents. You’ve been tracking the forecast relentless and will be prepared for anything.
Let’s go make history.
It’s Kendallville Open Week, gentlemen, and we’re down to brass tacks. Everything that we can possibly plan has been taken care of. Basically all you need to do is show up and pray for good weather. Speaking of just showing up, here are the room assignments. Switch them up if you feel like it, I don’t care. Just do that after you check into the hotel.
You can probably check in as early as you want. The practice round boys should be finishing up at Cobblestone around 5pm if you want to swing over there and work on some last minute swing adjustments. Just make sure you are at Applebee’s by 7:30 PM for the Champion’s Dinner, jointly hosted by White James and Kevin.
One. Fucking. Week. Seven days. One hundred and sixty six hours. Nine thousand, nine hundred and sixty minutes. Five hundred ninety seven thousand and six hundred second. The countdown is ON.
You guys should all know how this works by now, after all this is the twelve year of the tournament. But just for my own sanity, I’m going to spell out some of the major issues here in case anyone still confused.
The scorecards for rounds one, two, and three should be pretty self explanatory, but just in case…
The holes when strokes are given will be marked. Write down the score you got on each hole, not your score with the strokes given applied. Those are just there to make your match score easier to follow. I need the cards to have actual scores on them in case something happens to the Golf Gamebook app. Each match is worth 1 point, halves are worth .5 points.
Your round 3 scorecard will have your handicap for that round, so you’ll need to subtract that from your gross score to determine the flight winners.
Alright, bookmark this page, because I’ll be far to frazzled at tKO to actually answer of your questions.
Alright boys, pencils down. Handicaps are officially locked and loaded for #tKOXII. I’m not going to update the lines on the site, but feel free to check out the match up posts to find out if your opponents played their cards right over the last few weeks. Don’t worry about changing anything on your Golf Gamebook profile, in fact, don’t touch anything there. I’ll make sure everyone’s is correct.
Here’s what I’m listing and why:
Keep an eye out for posts to pick up a little big over the next two weeks, some important, some not so much. I’m basically just trying not to go crazy looking at the weather.
I’ve made the mistake of opening this forum up for questions and won’t be doing that again. I don’t expect any of you to remember this, understand it, or even care, but just for my peace of mind, I wanted to list out all the sidegames going at this year’s tournament.
Individual High Scorer – Each match you play is worth 1 point, so you can win up to 4 points on Friday. Saturday morning flights scoring is 3 points for first, 2 for second, 1 for third, and none for fourth. Hopefully last year’s high scorer (Greg) added some personal touches that memorialized his win to that sweet, sweet Dunlop bag, because unless he repeats, he’ll have to say goodbye at the close of this year’s tournament. If Pete can scare up some more free shit, we’ll throw that in too.
Closest to the Pins – Every par 3 in the first three rounds is a closest to the pin challenge with a sleeve of tKO logo balls up for the winner. As someone with closest to the pin winning logo balls coming out the wahzoo, they make great little collectables. I’m already excited about the ones I’m sure to win this year.
Round 3 Hole In One Challenges – In addition to the logo balls, Saturday morning’s par 3’s will have hole in one prizes, featuring the $28,000 payout on #13 that we’ve never even been remotely close to winning. But at least with the beverage cart parked there and the tunes blaring, it kind of has a 17th at the Waste Management Open feel to it. Greg, do me a favor and jump in the comments with the prizes for the other hole in ones? A flight, clubs, and tv?
Skins – New to tKOXII is the Skins Game. Baked into your tournament entry is a $20 skins buy in, so we have a pot of $560. Half of that we’re giving to charity and the other half will be our skins pot. Skins are won using your handicapped score and must be won outright. We won’t know the value of the skins until the end of Round 3. Given the number of players, there’s probably not going to be many skins won outright, so these things could be worth a decent chunk. I’m going to have to figure this out manually, which is going to be a pain in the ass, so you better like it!
Drive Chip And Putt – Mentioned briefly in an earlier post, here’s Robinson with a few more details:
Drive, Chip & Putt (technically Putt, Drive & Chip in that order but that doesn’t have a good ring to it). Entry fee for the inaugural DCP competition ($20) was included in your tournament dues, so no additional out of pocket expenses on this one. Anyone who doesn’t want to participate, too bad, we already have your money and no refunds.
Handicaps lock in on Monday, so this weekend is your last opportunity to go out and ruin your chances of winning the Bixler. Some of the extended forecasts are showing sunny skies and a nice jump in temperatures, but I’ve fallen for that trap before. I won’t start losing sleep over this until we’re inside 10 days, at which point, I won’t sleep again until after tKOXII when I cry myself to sleep.
I booked the trip yesterday and my girl Kathy told me they’ve renovated the Best Western both inside and out. Hopefully our hyper-elite signage was preserved. I’m sure it was. One quick note before the round 2 matchups: I’m locking in the handicaps in on 5/7, so you’ll have Cinco De Mayo weekend to squeeze in one more round.
Just like in round 1, Eleven* Pints will get the honor of starting on the 1st hole. And these lines aren’t final.
Holes #1 – 9 (Group A)
Holes #1 – 9 (Group B)
Holes #2 – 10 (Group A)
Holes #2 – 10 (Group B)
Holes #3 – 11 (Group A)
Holes #3 – 11 (Group B)
Holes #4 – 12
Again, you should be able to figure this out, but here are your second nine matches.
Holes #10 – 18 (Group A)
Holes #10 – 18 (Group B)
Holes #11 – 1 (Group A)
Holes #11 – 1 (Group B)
Holes #12 – 2 (Group A)
Holes #12 – 2 (Group B)
Holes #13 – 3