@PinecrestGolfNC May 25

I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.
The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.
So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd-numbered days each month and John handles the even-numbered days.
In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.
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My twitter handle is @coach4aday2 if you want to follow the blog that way.
John’s twitter handle is @johnrancke if you want to reach out to him.

Golf Rules-Baseball Rules

On Monday May 7, 2018 I went to the golf course for the first time since I retired.

Pinecrest CC

I walked 18 holes and I saw two other retirees Tommy Thompson and Knocky Thorndyke doing the same thing. In subsequent rounds over the past two weeks I have played with both of them. When you are walking on a golf course you talk about a lot of stuff.


Knocky and I on Wednesday May 16th were talking during our round about all the wildlife we had seen on the course in Lumberton NC. Foxes, rabbits, hawks, deer, beaver, and countless turtles.

Knocky told me a pretty frightening story of him being on the most remote part of the Pinecrest CC  which is the #14 tee several years ago. He was walking and playing by himself when he heard a racket in the woods behind the #14 tee. He looked around and a pack of wild dogs 8 to 10 were on the move. He stood still as they passed in the woods behind him. He waited twenty minutes to move.

wild dogs


On Friday May 18th I got to play with both Tommy and Knocky and they told me the previous day on #16 they encountered a big snake curled up on #16 Fairway. That led us to discuss rules of golf when an animal gets your golf ball.

Knocky talked about former PGA Professional Steve Lowry had a sea gull pick his golf ball at the TPC off the 17th green and drop it in the water. Lowry was not penalized because the bird was deemed an “outside agency.” Brad Faxon also had a dog run off with his golf ball in 1985 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Same ruling.

Hitting birds on the golf course is not uncommon this woman golfer took one out

We also talked about baseball and birds being hit by batted balls. Knocky talked about a batted ball in fair territory being caught by the right fielder and the center fielder caught the bird. The batter was out by the rules of the game. The bird was dead.

Here are some bird and baseball videos.

Bird and bunt

Flock of Seagulls

Animals and Baseball


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