Sunday, April 20, 2008

Olympic Club Here I Come

I have a good friend named Michael Abendroth. We randomly met my 5th and final year of college when he responded to an ad to lease a room in the condo I was renting. It turned out we had plenty in common, including bay area sports, music, and golf. Although we only shared a roof for one year in 2002-2003, we've stayed in touch since then, meeting up primarily for rounds of golf. Lately we have been keeping in touch over Google Talk, and Mike is a dedicated reader of Narduzzi Nation. Mike grew up in Burlingame and now lives in San Francisco.

Some of you may have heard of the tv and radio show 'Hooked on Golf', which is co-hosted by Mike's dad John Abendroth, along with his partner Mitch Juricich.

Check out their website here:

This past week I suggested to Mike over IM that we should play some golf. We haven't hung out in awhile, we both have the golf bug big time, so a round made perfect sense. Two minutes after I suggested we get a game scheduled, he had us booked for a Sunday afternoon round on May 4th at the Olympic Club! Now mind you US Opens have been played at this course! It's not big deal for Mike to play his gazillionth round there, but for me, this is a cherished event. Who knows, this could be one of the few times in my life I get to play this course, if not the ONLY! I'll alway be thankful to Mike for allowing me this awesome opportunity.

Here is the 18th hole at Olympic:

I will be sure to bring my camera and post pictures of my round with Mike, but for now, I just wanted to let you all know that two weeks from right now, I will be halfway through my round.

In the meantime you can find me at the driving range getting ready. I'll have fun no matter what, but it wouldn't hurt to have my game in decent shape.

Whoever is the first to correctly answer this trivia question (actually, these two questions(three if you include extra credit)) wins a special prize to be named later. Answers are to be left in the comments to this post.

Trivia Question: Who won the last US Open held at The Olympic Club and what year was it? For extra credit, who placed 11th?


Anonymous said...

Lee Janzen
Phil Mickelson

Dennis Narduzzi

Mrs. Freeman---Tulsie town said...

Lee Janzen in 1998
Phil Mickelson 11th

Mrs. Freeman said...

1998 US OPEN tennis Patrick Rafter

Anonymous said...

I believe the other hole photo you have pictured is #7 a 160yd par 3. I recall getting a par (one of the few I was able to manage that day) on that hole back in 1987. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to play it the week following the Open that year (winner Scott Simpson overtaking and Tom Watson on the final day).
Dennis Narduzzi