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Inbee Park Wins 63rd U.S. Women’s Open

Posted Sunday, June 29th, 2008 07:24 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 7:24 PM

Congratulations to 19-year-old Inbee Park of Korea, who won the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open today at Interlachen Country Club. She is the youngest winner in the history of the event, running away with the title by four shots over second place finisher Helen Alfredsson of Sweden.

Here are the top twelve finishers, all of whom were under par:

  • 1, Inbee Park (South Korea), 72-69-71-71-283 (-9)
  • 2, Helen Alfredsson (Sweden), 70-71-71-75-287 (-5)
  • T3, Angela Park (Brazil), 73-67-75-73-288 (-4)
  • T3, In-Kyung Kim (South Korea), 71-73-69-75-288 (-4)
  • T3, Stacy Lewis (United States), 73-70-67-78-288 (-4)
  • T6, Giulia Sergas (Italy), 73-74-72-70-289 (-3)
  • T6, Nicole Castrale (United States), 74-70-74-71-289 (-3)
  • T6, Mi Hyun Kim (South Korea), 72-72-70-75-289 (-3)
  • T6, Paula Creamer (United States), 70-72-69-78-289 (-3)
  • T10, Teresa Lu (Taiwan), 71-72-73-74-290 (-2)
  • T10, Maria Jose Uribe – amateur (Columbia), 69-74-72-75-290 (-2)
  • 12, Stacy Prammanasudh (United States), 75-72-71-73-291 (-1)

Congratulations to everyone involved with the tournament (especially the staff of Interlachen) for showcasing Minnesota golf on the world stage.

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Manhattan Beach Goes to 11

Posted Saturday, June 28th, 2008 10:52 pm GMT -5 in Travel,Work at 10:52 PM

So is Studio 5 one better than Studio 4?

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Open Championship Round Two Notes

Posted Friday, June 27th, 2008 10:20 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 10:20 PM

Took the kids back again for the second day of championship competition at Interlachen. Watching the history that is Annika Sorenstam’s last U.S. Women’s Open was our goal and she came through for us in spades. If only that eagle putt would have dropped on eighteen!

Some other notes:

  • Parking at Southdale filled up today. It appeared they were moving down France Avenue slowly (Galleria, etc.) and I heard there was activity at Normandale Community College.
  • More people on the grounds today than Thursday, but you could still get great views (even of the marquee groupings).
  • According to the official website, play was suspended at 8:47PM with 42 players still on the course. Play will resume at 7AM Saturday.
  • The projected cut is at +4, which means a bunch of notable players won’t be around on Sunday, including Hilary Lunke, Carin Koch, Laura Davies, Kelli Kuehne, Natalie Gulbis, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster and Michelle Wie.
  • Stopped in the merchandise tent to pick up a shirt for Tapemark Charity Pro-Am president Phil Callen and saw that the artist of the official Women’s Open print was signing. Picked up a personalized “To DK” from Lee Wybranski, who also did a Torrey Pines print this year.

Due to a travel conflict, Golfing in Minnesota will not be on-site for the final two days of championship play. Here are a few resources we recommend to follow the action online:

Full Leaderboard from the USGA

USGA Daily Blog

Golf for Women Editor’s Blog

We’ll also have a wrap-up post after the event concludes. Enjoy!

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Open Championship Round One Notes

Posted Thursday, June 26th, 2008 05:27 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 5:27 PM

A few thoughts from my visit to Interlachen today:

  • The parking at Southdale went smoothly, although it was much more crowded than the practice rounds.
  • Crowds on the grounds were large, but there were lots of open areas to sit and watch just about everyone.
  • The gallery following the Sorenstam/Creamer/Pettersen group was the largest I saw, but I still had plenty of opportunity to get close.
  • Ran into my grounds crew friend Otto for the third day in a row. He has now logged 160 hours of work in the past two weeks. He said they will likely re-sod all of the trampled down areas after the tournament instead of re-seeding.
  • Also ran into two former local newspaper golf writers: Gregg Wong (Pioneer Press) and Jon Roe (Star Tribune). The Minnesota golf scene sorely misses the work of these two.
  • Gregg said that during the practice rounds, players were hitting tee balls from the 18th tee onto the 10th fairway, then pitching over the hospitality tents to the green. The USGA decided to move up the tees today so that the trees on the side would eliminate that little shortcut. Expect the tee to remain forward all weekend, with lots of eagle putts.
  • Seventeen-year-old high school junior Courtney Ellenbogen caused some excitement on the par four seventeenth hole by placing her tee sheet into the oven of the soft pretzel cart near the main entrance. A rules official gave her a drop next to the stand, where she was able to successfully advance the ball back into the fairway.

Very enjoyable time today – get out and enjoy this historic event if you can.

Originally published by DK on June 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Women’s Open Final Practice Round Notebook

Posted Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 05:05 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 5:05 PM

Some notes from today’s very warm and humid final practice round day at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open at Interlachen in Edina:

  • Parking today at Southdale started in the west lot (they are using the whole area).
  • Natalie Gulbis and Michelle Wie were listed on the board as playing together, but Gulbis was out alone from the first tee at 7am.
  • I heard a police officer with the Gulbis group say several players have issues with stalkers. Sad.
  • Michelle Wie’s controversial father B.J. was with her during the early part of her practice round; David Leadbetter was at her side on the 18th hole instructing her on chipping technique at the end.
  • Annika’s farewell tour had a lot of support, as applause could be heard from the large crowds that followed her around the course.
  • Ran into Otto the groundskeeper again today (saw him in the merchandise tent yesterday). He said they have been working from 4:30AM until 9PM every day for the past two weeks getting the course ready.
  • Lorena Ochoa is really, really small. Her official profile page lists 5’6″ and I’m guessing that she must weigh like 100 pounds. That’s a lot of power per pound.
  • The view from the top of the 18th hole grandstand is great: the exciting part of 18, the tenth tee, the 16th tee and the 15th green are all within sight.
Originally published by DK on June 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Initial Impressions from the Open

Posted Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 05:55 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 5:55 PM

On my first visit during the actual Women’s Open week, I was again disappointed about the shuttle system from Southdale (even though it ran smoothly). Reminded me too much of the elaborate bus system they had at Winged Foot a few years back (but with yellow school buses instead of fancy coaches).

The signs on France Avenue directed us to the northwest corner of the Southdale lot – not a huge amount of parking. I’m not sure what other portions they will be using (if any), but I imagine they will fill up for the weekend rounds. Parking at Normandale Community College might be a better option then.

The entrance area near the Meadowbrook clubhouse was nicely done and included an entire tent for the kids program I mentioned earlier today. There is a place to check cell phones near the main gate (they will take them) and you need to pass through the now-standard security checkpoint to get in.

The crowds today seemed large, but they were concentrated on the east side of the course. There were a number of more isolated areas that you could escape to and get great views. As with most practice rounds, the players were very approachable.

Tomorrow is the last practice and the last opportunity to bring in cameras.

Originally published by DK on June 24, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Kids Catch the Spirit Program Rocks

Posted Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 04:03 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 4:03 PM

Today my kids and I took advantage of the USGA’s Catch the Spirit program at the U.S. Women’s Open at Interlachen. This program is almost unbelievable. Each paid adult can bring up to nine kids to the event for free. On top of that, each child receives:

  • USGA junior club bag tag
  • Patty Berg button
  • Voucher for a free hot dog, chips and a drink
  • Catch the Spirit golf hat

Despite all the loot, the kids were a little bored with the actual practice round. That was solved by purchasing two flags and handing them some Sharpies. All of the players we saw were very friendly and accommodating – the kids tired out way before the players did.

A special thank you to UCLA’s Vanessa Brockett and her caddie, who not only signed the flags, but also gave us one of her golf balls.

Originally published by DK on June 24, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Practice Rounds Begin Today at Interlachen

Posted Monday, June 23rd, 2008 12:31 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 12:31 PM

The first of three practice rounds for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open begin today at Interlachen in Edina. Golfing in Minnesota will be on site tomorrow and Wednesday taking pictures, so check back frequently this week.

According to LPGA.com, there are 155 entrants in the final field, including 27 amateurs and all of the top 50 players on the 2008 money list. The total purse for the event is $3.1 million, with a first place check of $560,000 (the largest purse in women’s golf).

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Middle-Aged Male Nerd Fest at SMM

Posted Monday, June 23rd, 2008 01:00 am GMT -5 in Movies,Pop Culture at 1:00 AM

My wife says she’s never seen so many geeky men so excited about anything before. Yesterday we went to the Science of Minnesota to see the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit.

They had a large selection of props and costumes from the various movies and a number of science-themed kiosks to explain the science behind the fiction. We also waited for the 30-minute presentation on robots that featured that “shiny guy that worries a lot,” but skipped the extra-fee hyperspace simulator.

The selection of Star Wars items in the gift shop was a little disappointing, focusing on a lot of regular junky toys, Halloween costumes and, rather surprisingly, a bunch of Family Guy Blue Harvest items. Not much in the way of exhibit guides or merchandise specific to the Science Museum either. They were selling unwrapped Star Wars trading cards, though, for $8.50 per pack (with a warning to *not* eat the gum).

Worth a visit if your childhood included Luke, Leia, Han and Chewy. Anakin et al. don’t count…

UPDATE: Photo gallery of low-res iPhone shots

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2008 at 1:00 am

Wild 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Posted Sunday, June 22nd, 2008 01:48 pm GMT -5 in Hockey at 1:48 PM

Watched a bit of the Versus coverage of the first round. Here is the wild.com summary:

ROUND 1 – Tyler Cuma

The skinny: The Wild entered the draft at No. 24 overall, but moved up one spot to No. 23 in the first round to select the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Bowmanville, Ontario native.

ROUND 2- Marco Scandella

The skinny: Ranked No. 82 among North American skaters, Minnesota selected the Val d’Or defenseman with its No. 55 overall pick.

ROUND 4 – Sean Lorenz

The skinny: After skipping a round thanks to its acquisition of Marc-Andre Bereron from Anaheim, the Wild selected defenseman Sean Lorenz out of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program with its fourth round pick.

ROUND 5 – Eero Elo

The skinny: Tommy Thompson saw Elo in Finland and, though the left winger was unranked by Central Scouting, Minnesota took him with the No. 145 overall selection.

I’m hoping Cuma becomes another Burns and the other picks obviously focused on building up the future blue line. The Versus commentators were high on Cuma and thought he should have been picked earlier, so that’s a good sign.

Sad to see Jokinen go to Phoenix and I’m discouraged by the Rolston negotiations. The Wild still have a mountain of issues to deal with this summer – next date to watch being the July 1st UFA deadline. I just hope we have a clearer picture before Select-A-Seat and the associated personal financial decision that entails…

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2008 at 1:48 pm

2008 Grandma’s Marathon Events

Posted Sunday, June 22nd, 2008 12:19 pm GMT -5 in Marathons,Running at 12:19 PM

For the second year in a row, I didn’t make it to Duluth for Grandma’s Marathon. My local housing contact has moved and the thought of $500/night hotel rooms has scared me away. I do miss it, though–maybe next year…

Finisher totals for 2008: 6,874 (4342 male, 2532 female) out of 7,103 starters (229 DNF)
Average Time: 4:34:01
Weather: sunny, 59 degrees and humid at start, 72 degrees at noon

Here are the top three finishers for each of the events:

Grandma’s Marathon – Male

  • 1, Lamech Mokono, Kenya, 2:13:39
  • 2, David Tuwei, Kenya, 2:13:44
  • 3, Benson Cheruiyot, 2:14:20

Grandma’s Marathon – Female

  • 1, Mary Akor, Hawthorne, CA, 2:38:50
  • 2, Margaret Toroitich, Kenya, 2:41:43
  • 3, Sally Meyerhoff, Scottsdale, AZ, 2:42:58

Wheelchair Marathon – Male

  • 1, Krige Schabort, South Africa, 1:29:33
  • 2, Ernst Van Dyk, South Africa, 1:29:35
  • 3, Mark Ledo, Maple, ON, 1:35:25

Wheelchair Marathon – Female

  • 1, Amanda McGrory, Champaign, IL, 1:49:59
  • 2, Tricia Downing, Denver, CO, 2:26:16
  • 3, Jacqui Kapinowski, Point Pleasant, NJ, 2:48:37

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon – Male

  • 1, Mathew Chesang, Kenya, 1:04:48
  • 2, Fernando Cabada, Gray, TN, 1:05:07
  • 3, Michael Reneau, Rochester Hills, MI, 1:05:21

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon – Female

  • 1, Liza Hunter-Galvan, New Zealand, 1:13:29
  • 2, Caroline Rotich, Kenya, 1:14:40
  • 3, Kate Smyth, Australia, 1:16:32

William A. Irvin 5K – Male

  • 1, Jordan Tucker, Omaha, NE, 16:22
  • 2, Mike Kramer, Cloquet, MN, 16:23
  • 3, Adam Zais, Hudson, WI, 16:36

William A. Irvin 5K – Female

  • 1, Michelle Oman, Mankato, MN, 18:35
  • 2, Raynee Degrio, St Paul, MN, 19:14
  • 3, Laura Hughes, Mankato, MN, 19:29

The 2009 Grandma’s Marathon (the 33rd) will be held Saturday, June 20, 2009.

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Braemar Course Update

Posted Sunday, June 22nd, 2008 10:58 am GMT -5 in Golf at 10:58 AM

Yesterday my normal Saturday group paid a visit to Edina’s Braemar Golf Course. This course always attracts a large number of golfers and yesterday was no exception. The non-resident 18 hole walking rate was $36.

The pace of play was slow (just under five hours), but the course was actively trying to manage things. The third regulation nine (the newer Clunie nine) is so tight and prone to lost balls that I’m convinced there isn’t much you can do to speed up play significantly.

We played the Clunie nine first (19-27), then went to the Castle nine (1-9). I forgot how long the Castle nine is from the whites – 3,385 yards – with par four yardages of 445, 426, 406, 402 and 380. This was my first round since the Tapemark and I must really prefer non-tournament golf, as I shaved twelve strokes off my last round.

Course conditions were good overall, but several areas had standing water that appeared to be from malfunctioning equipment and not from recent rainfall.

A few things I really liked: active rangers on the course, reasonably priced vending machines at the turn ($1 cans of soda and candy bars), good warm-up and practice areas. One negative: the signs about cell phone use that said they wouldn’t accept cell phone calls from the course about the refreshment carts or reports of slow play.

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2008 at 10:58 am

Rock the Garden 2008 at the Walker

Posted Sunday, June 22nd, 2008 10:36 am GMT -5 in Art,Concerts,Music at 10:36 AM

Yesterday we went to the Rock the Garden event presented by the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current. Artists on the bill included Andrew Bird, The New Pornographers, Cloud Cult and Bon Iver.

The performances were good, but the setup was awful. They shut down Vineland Place and set up the stage across from where the old Guthrie Theater stood. It was pointed east towards downtown, but there were several problems with that: people in the street had to look right into the setting sun, most of the food vendors were also set up in that area and a large part of the crowd sat on the hill to the south, which had terrible sound.

We missed most of the Bon Iver set waiting in line – first to pay at the automated parking kiosk and then to get in to the actual performance area. Once inside, it was wall-to-wall people everywhere. This was made worse by a large fenced off VIP area that hardly had anyone in it. The only uncrowded area was the aforementioned hillside, which would have been perfect if they had any speakers pointed that way. I’m sure that was to appease the neighbors, but it would make the venue so much better.

Most interesting performance thing we saw (before we left early) were the two painters in Cloud Cult creating new artwork during the performance that they auctioned off afterward. Never seen anything like that before…

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2008 at 10:36 am

41st PGA Professional National Championship

Posted Thursday, June 19th, 2008 10:00 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 10:00 PM

Eight Minnesota Section PGA members are competing this week in the 41st PGA Professional National Championship at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. The 7,043 yard, Jack Nicklaus-designed Great Waters course and the 6,926 yard, Bob Cupp-designed Reynolds Landing course are being used for the tournament.

312 club professionals are competing for the $75,000 first-place prize ($554,000 total purse) and a chance to play in the 90th PGA Championship, which will be held at at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, MI on Aug. 4-10th, 2008. The top twenty finishers will qualify.

We will update the progress of the Minnesota contingent as the tournament progresses.

Full Scoreboard

Also watch for TV coverage on the Golf Channel – Don Berry and Chris Bailey got some national air time on Thursday night’s broadcast.

UPDATE: The Minnesotans didn’t fair well, with all eight missing the cut (Tentis and Brischke were only one shot off the mark).

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Interlachen Prepares for Women’s Open

Posted Thursday, June 19th, 2008 11:51 am GMT -5 in Golf at 11:51 AM

Last fall Golfing in Minnesota paid a visit to Interlachen Country Club to talk with golf course superintendent Matt Rostal and his assistants about the course preparations for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open.

Aside from bunker renovations, Matt said not much needed to be changed to meet the USGA’s requirements. The club spent $3 million on the bunker updates three years ago and built a new tee on the seventeenth hole (the current eighth hole) that stretches the par-four to 441 yards.

Interlachen will be the longest Women’s Open course in history, playing to 6,789 yards. With five par fives, it will also play to a par 73. The 1930 Open at Interlachen played 6,672 yards (par 72), so the women are playing a longer course than Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen played.

The only other changes will be the typical USGA specs: narrower fairways (by 3-7 yards), longer rough (3-6 inches) and fast greens (at least 11.5 on the Stimpmeter). Interlachen’s greens have always been quick and this week’s weather has been perfect to firm things up.

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2008 at 11:51 am

Reversing the Nines at Interlachen

Posted Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 01:45 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 1:45 PM

When I heard that Interlachen was reversing the nines for the U.S. Women’s Open, I contacted head professional Jock Olson to get his take on this.

“Essentially, in both events (Solheim, U.S. Women’s Open) we reversed the nines because it made more sense logistically. With spectators entering and exiting at Meadowbrook Golf Course it just works better for that to be the back nine. Plus, our #9 hole makes a much better finishing hole. It is our signature hole, it is where Bobby Jones hit the famous Lily Pad shot and we can get many more spectators around this green.”

The nines were not reversed for the 1930 Open, but I asked Jock if there has been any consideration by the members to permanently switch. “I don’t believe there has been any serious consideration about us making this a permanent change. It works out well to have the first tee right outside the golf shop window. I think for this reason, I prefer to have it stay the same.”

Practice rounds begin on Monday at 7AM.

Originally published by DK on June 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Meadowbrook to Close During Women’s Open

Posted Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 01:48 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 1:48 PM

Scott Nelson, general manager of Meadowbrook Golf Course in Hopkins, reports that his course will be closed the week of the U.S. Women’s Open that will be held at the adjacent Interlachen Country Club.

Meadowbrook was used for Solheim Cup parking in 2002, but that will not be the case this year. Patrons will have to park at Southdale and take bus shuttles that will load and unload near the Meadowbrook clubhouse. Additional sites will also be available during championship rounds.

Golfing in Minnesota will publish more detailed transportation and spectator information as we get closer to the event.

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2008 at 1:48 pm

WWDC Conference Badges

Posted Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 11:49 am GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 11:49 AM

I just realized this year’s WWDC was my tenth. I started going in 1998 when it was still held in San Jose and only missed one year (2002 – dark days in my airline career). The company names on my badges have changed quite a bit, even though I’ve really only worked two places my entire life.

I thought of asking “When was my first WWDC, where was it held and what company did I represent?” at Stump the Experts this year, but I wasn’t sure of the company until I dug through my junk drawer today. My how time flies…

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2008 at 11:49 am

The Interlachen Tickets Have Arrived

Posted Monday, June 16th, 2008 02:09 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 2:09 PM

Even though I qualify for media access to the U.S. Women’s Open this month at Interlachen, I wanted to support the event by purchasing a regular week pass. This also allows me to bring in both kids for free all week long. Practice rounds will be held Monday – Wednesday, with championship rounds taking place Thursday – Sunday.

Watch for extensive Golfing in Minnesota coverage from Interlachen this week and next.

Originally published by DK on June 16, 2008 at 2:09 pm

A Very Happy Father’s Day

Posted Monday, June 16th, 2008 12:57 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Personal at 12:57 AM

Today was a hard-working (but fun) Father’s Day for me. The girls woke me up with breakfast in bed and a bunch of great gifts:

  • A very cool London Eboy laptop cover for my Mac Book Pro
  • Reinhold Messner’s book The Crystal Horizon
  • Great arts and crafts items from kid one and two

I worked on laundry a bit (which Colleen went gung-ho on the rest of the day), starting cleaning my office, then worked on yard stuff for a few hours. The grass had grown a lot while I was in San Francisco and required frequent trips to the yard waste bin. I also decided to trim various trees and shrubs, which was going great until I pulled a muscle in my back.

We all had a late lunch at Raising Cane’s in Apple Valley, which may be my perfect fast food restaurant. The chicken they have is always perfect – white breast meat with no fat, tasty breading and an awesome dipping sauce. Their french fries are thin crinkles cooked perfectly and I love the Texas toast that comes with the value meals. Even the ice in the soda machine is great – little pellets that take forever to melt.

Spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on my backlog of magazines while watching the U.S. Open in HD. I can’t believe the USGA still does 18-hole Monday playoffs. The logistics must be terrible to plan for and budget.

Finished the day visiting with the neighbors, then running a quick 5K to end the day. Lots to do this week – I’ll try to post here more often this summer…

Originally published by DK on June 16, 2008 at 12:57 am

Chaska Town Course in Top 30

Posted Sunday, June 15th, 2008 04:51 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 4:51 PM

The June 14th issue of Golfweek contains a special report on the challenges facing municipal golf in the United States. Their listing of the top 30 municipal courses has the Chaska Town Course ranked 27th best in the country. The Arthur Hills design had a raters average score of 5.36 (the top rated Bethpage Black course in New York scored an 8.07).

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2008 at 4:51 pm

New Home for Minnesota Am Golf?

Posted Friday, June 13th, 2008 07:23 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 7:23 PM

Does Minnesota need a new home for championship amateur golf?

After last week’s state high school golf championships and the end of the Gophers golf season, Minnesota amateur golf was in the spotlight. Do we have the appropriate venues for such events?

The Gophers have long ago outgrown the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad course for competitions. The men’s team practices at the TPC Twin Cities course in Blaine and the annual Gopher Invitational is held at Spring Hill Golf Club in Orono.

The high school championships were held at three sites for the first time this year: Class AAA at Bunker Hills, Class AA at Ridges at Sand Creek and Class A at Pebble Creek.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a world-class tournament facility for amateur golf in Minnesota that could serve as the Gophers home course and the site for all three high school championships? Better parking, media facilities, spectator amenities and a great new layout with no housing would be a wonderful addition to the Minnesota golf scene.

Funding and location anyone?

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Last Day in San Francisco

Posted Friday, June 13th, 2008 06:39 pm GMT -5 in Food,Technology,Work at 6:39 PM

Another WWDC is history. This is always a highlight of the year for me: a great city and loads of professional development. My head is full of new ideas and things I want to work on this summer:

  • Ruby on Rails
  • Leopard Server upgrades in MN and LA
  • Remote system administration, imaging and automation ideas
  • Javascript and Ajax
  • iPhone web development
  • Cocoa and Xcode
  • Graphic design and Illustrator

Yesterday was the beer bash in Yerba Buena Gardens and the surprise musical guest was Barenaked Ladies. I’m not a big fan of them, but they were funny, clued in to the audience and entertaining to watch. Plus they’re Canadian, which is always good in my book.

I’ve never seen so many nerds packed into one place. They did the same regional food stations as last year and the caterer was mostly able to keep pace with the hungry crowd. I had some Italian, Chinese and “All-American” finger foods, all of which were pretty good.

For lunch yesterday, I went to Lark Creek Steak in the Westfield Centre. This is one of the restaurants associated with Bradley Ogden, whose namesake restaurant in Las Vegas is one of my favorites in the whole world. I had the steakburger with sharp cheddar, fries and a shake. It was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had–so good.

Hanging around downtown until my Sun Country red eye later tonight. There are lots of people still at the convention center, even though the sessions are over (labs go until 6:30). I’m currently using the high-speed wireless to watch the live Tiger/Phil stream from the U.S. Open. Kung-Fu Panda is showing across the street, so I might go and catch me some animated JB too…

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Radio and Bergeron Changes

Posted Friday, June 13th, 2008 02:28 pm GMT -5 in Hockey at 2:28 PM

Branko Radivojevic heads to Russia and the Wild sign Marc-Andre Bergeron on D. Got a little behind on posting here after being on the road for a week, but I wanted to throw these two changes up. Also looks like Rolston and Gabby might be close to re-signing too (I love how Shooter is getting mileage out of Rolston’s house on StoneRidge being up for sale).

A little sad to see Radio leave, although there are tons of role players that can step in. He really wasn’t much to write home about, but did step it up a little at the end of the season and always seemed to show a lot of effort (even if he couldn’t hit open nets).

As for Bergeron, I’m a little concerned about Russo’s comments that he’s error-prone and has low self-esteem. He was on the golf course when he was traded, though, so he’s got that going for him. The Wild don’t need a Skoula-lite, but if he turns into a Foster-lite instead, that’s not a bad thing.

Trade week coming up (with Select-A-Seat coming soon too), so keep your eyes and ears open for Wild news…

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2008 at 2:28 pm

WWDC08 Week Flying By

Posted Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 12:30 pm GMT -5 in Food,Technology,Travel at 12:30 PM

This conference always seems to go by so quickly. Check out my Twitter feed for all the sessions I’ve been attending. Very interesting stuff here this year. I wish I had more time to learn iPhone programming–there is a lot of money to made there. The shirts this year at the fake Company Store were awesome, so I picked up a couple.

In the food arena, I had lunch yesterday at an Irish pub called The Chieftain located right around the corner from Moscone. Had fish and chips that had a strong ale flavor – yum. Dinner was at Lori’s Diner, where I had a real cherry Coke with an open faced hot turkey sandwich. Food is definitely part of the reason I love San Francisco.

I ran five miles this morning before the sessions started, running from the hotel to Fisherman’s Wharf and back. They now have an In-N-Out Burger at the Wharf, along with all the other wonderful places. I really need to bring the kids here soon.

More good sessions today, with Dr. Paranoid from Pixar presenting again at lunch. I finished several lingering work projects yesterday during breaks and after dinner, so I might be able to go to the Design Awards and Stump the Experts tonight. Nerd fun.

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2008 at 12:30 pm

WWDC08 Day One in San Francisco

Posted Monday, June 9th, 2008 11:15 pm GMT -5 in Food,Technology,Travel at 11:15 PM

What a week. After the Tapemark, I headed home, mowed the front lawn, grabbed a quick dinner, then drove to the airport to catch a flight to San Francisco for WWDC week.

The flight on Sun Country had some nice surprises. The flight was pretty crowded (130 people), but my row had about four inches of additional leg room–just as good as sitting in an exit row. Arrived right on time and the notoriously slow SFO luggage system had my bag out on the carousel right away.

A quick ride in a Toyota hybrid cab brought me to a new hotel–the Orchard Gardens Hotel on Bush Street. It’s a green hotel and the room is really nice: flat-screen HD TV, in-room wireless, Thymes toiletries and a really comfortable bed.

Today’s keynote at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference was OK, but a little thin on substance. The new price point is nice, and I like the 3G and the GPS, but none of it is available yet and I was hoping for “one more thing.” There was some new stuff in the later sessions, but that is under NDA.

Walked down to Belden Place to have dinner tonight at Sam’s Grill and Seafood Restaurant. I ordered Alaskan Halibut and was a little disappointed. The cheese cake I had for desert was a little better, but I really hate places that charge $3 for a 10-ounce mini bottle of Coke with no refills. Always fun to sit outside in San Francisco, though.

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2008 at 11:15 pm

Things to Do Before I Die #1

Posted Monday, June 9th, 2008 03:22 am GMT -5 in Golf,Personal at 3:22 AM

Play in the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am golf tournament.

Completed June 6-7, 2008.

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2008 at 3:22 am

Carlson Wins Second Straight Tapemark

Posted Sunday, June 8th, 2008 09:17 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 9:17 PM

Wayzata Country Club professional John Carlson won his second straight Tapemark Charity Pro-Am today at Southview Country Club in West Saint Paul. His Sunday third-round 64 included only one bogey and eight birdies.

Carlson’s 68-68-64-200 (-13) was three shots better than Columbia’s Jeff Sorenson, who made a valiant attempt to catch Carlson, eagling the par five sixth hole (his 15th of the day). Don Berry was also in the mix right until the end, finishing with a six-under-par 65.

Here are the top three professionals (full pro leaderboard):

  1. John Carlson, Wayzata, 68-68-64-200 (-13)
  2. Jeff Sorenson, Columbia, 67-71-65-203 (-10)
  3. Don Berry, Edinburgh USA, 71-68-65-204 (-9)

2008 Tapemark Team Champions

Team number 16, led by professional Joe Stansberry of Hiawatha, won the net best two-ball event with a score of minus-58. Stansberry was joined by Tommy Anderson (Southview), Aaron Pulanco (Southview) and Steven Kelly (unattached).

Anderson is the brother of new Southview head professional Phil Anderson and Aaron Pulanco is one of the youngest Tapemark champions ever at age 15.

Here are the top three teams (full team leaderboard):

  1. Team 16, Stansberry, Anderson, Pulanco, Kelly, -58
  2. Team 52, Norgaard, Callahan, Bonjean, Miller, -57
  3. Team 30, Waryan, Olson, Kot, Roth, -56

The low amateur for the weekend was Jordan Hawkinson of Chisago Lakes, who shot 69-75-70-214 (+1). Hazeltine National professional Mike Barge was low senior pro, shooting 71-72-68-211 (-2).

The Tapemark Charity Pro-Am benefits people with developmental and learning disabilities and their families. The event will surpass the $6 million mark this year and includes a women’s event that will be held Monday, September 15, 2008 at Southview.

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2008 at 9:17 pm

2008 Heart of the City Half Marathon

Posted Sunday, June 8th, 2008 10:55 am GMT -5 in Running at 10:55 AM

The storm clouds moved south and the sun came out for the finish of the 2008 Heart of the City Half Marathon in Burnsville on Saturday.

Top three male finishers:

  • 1, Pascal Dalseth, 35, Burnsville, MN, 1:16:27.0
  • 2, Bennett Isabella, 25, Burnsville, MN, 1:16:55.0
  • 3, Gerad Mead, 28, St. Paul, MN, 1:19:12.0

Top three female finishers:

  • 1, Tonya Reed, 36, Rosemount, MN, 1:29:03.0
  • 2, Kate Lovrien, 33, St. Louis Park, MN, 1:32:07.0
  • 3, Kate Tavakley, 33, Burnsville, MN, 1:32:23.0

Finisher totals for 2008: 532 (249 male, 283 female)

Photos are available for order from Pro Pix Imaging here.

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2008 at 10:55 am

2007 Champ Takes Lead in 2008 Tapemark

Posted Saturday, June 7th, 2008 10:34 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 10:34 PM

John Carlson (Wayzata) made a move today, shooting a second 68 to take a two shot lead in the 2008 Tapemark Charity Pro-Am at Southview Country Club. The 2007 champion has a two-shot lead over four professionals: Chris Borgen (Hiawatha), Craig Brischke (Tanners Brook), Jeff Sorenson (Columbia) and Mario Tiziani (unattached).

View Full Pro Leaderboard

Golfing in Minnesota will be back at Southview on Sunday for final round coverage. Spectators are welcome–come visit us in the scoring tent.

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Day One at the Tapemark Complete

Posted Friday, June 6th, 2008 08:29 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 8:29 PM

It didn’t rain (much), but the winds gusted to nearly 40 miles per hour on the first day on the 37th Annual Tapemark Charity Pro-Am at Southview Country Club in West Saint Paul.

In the team competition, professional Chris Winkel led the team of lead sponsor Shaun Irwin, Jim Mischke and Joel Johnson to a -20 net two best ball total.

In the pro tournament, Southview assistant professional Pete LaCoursiere shot an early morning 31-34-65 (-6) that included six birdies in the first seven holes. Jeff Sorenson of Columbia shot 33-34-67 (-4) and John Carlson of Wayzata is in third place with a 36-32-68 (-3).

Pro Leaderboard
Am Leaderboard
Team Leaderboard
Friday/Saturday Pairings

Second round tee times start at 6:40am Saturday morning and spectators are welcome.

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Minnewaska Captures Third Straight Title

Posted Friday, June 6th, 2008 05:02 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 5:02 PM

The Minnewaska girls golf team won their third straight MSHSL title today at the Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan, beating second place Red Wing by 54 shots.

The Lakers were led by the Roering sisters, who placed first and third overall. Sarah Roering took medalist honors, shooting 77-80-157.

On the boys side, Orono and Detroit Lakes shared the 2008 class AA title with 639 totals. Senior Robert Bell of Pierz was the class AA boys champion, shooting 77-74-151 to win by three strokes over Andrew Oakes of Hermantown.

Here are the top three results for teams and individuals in Class AA:

Girls – Team

  • 1, Minnewaska, 74-76-77-78-305, 80-85-86-87-338, 643
  • 2, Red Wing, 80-81-83-88-332, 85-93-93-94-365, 697
  • 3, Detroit Lakes, 78-85-96-96-355, 88-90-92-99-369, 724

Girls – Individuals

  • 1, Sarah Roering, Minnewaska (sophomore), 77-80-157
  • 2, Allie Ostrander, Minnewaska (sophomore), 74-86-160
  • 3, Emily Roering, Minnewaska (junior), 76-85-161

Girls 2008 MSHSL Tournament Page
Boys – Team

  • 1, Orono, 75-78-78-80-311, 79-81-83-85-328, 639
  • 1, Detroit Lakes, 78-81-81-84-324, 77-78-80-80-315, 639
  • 3, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, 77-77-81-82-317, 81-81-83-83-328, 645

Boys – Individuals

  • 1, Robert Bell, Pierz (senior), 77-74-151
  • T2, Andrew Oakes, Hermantown (sophomore), 73-81-154
  • T2, Chace Sackett, Triton (senior),78-76-154

Boys 2008 MSHSL Tournament Page

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Lansing Wins 2008 Class A Title

Posted Thursday, June 5th, 2008 04:42 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 4:42 PM

Mounds Park Academy junior Natalie Lansing, who we wrote about last year at Izatys, won the 2008 MSHSL Class A Golf Championship today at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. Her 80-81-161 was eight shots better than Osakis freshman Kelsey Ross and also helped lead her team to victory.

Not bad for someone in their third year of playing golf!

UPDATE: The Boys 2008 MSHSL Class A Golf Championship was shortened to 18 holes after severe weather moved into the area. That makes Bethlehem Academy junior Grant Wayland the 2008 Class A Champion, shooting 38-35-72 on day one.

Here are the top three results for teams and individuals in Class A:

Girls – Team

  • 1, Mounds Park Academy, 80-94-96-97-367, 81-91-92-95-359, 726
  • 2, Osakis, 86-98-103-107-394, 83-94-101-103-381, 775
  • 3, Ada-Borup/Norman County West, 96-101-109-118-424, 93-97-101-107-398, 822

Girls – Individuals

  • 1, Natalie Lansing, Mounds Park Academy (junior), 80-81-161
  • 2, Kelsey Ross, Osakis (freshman), 86-83-169
  • 3, Sarah Utz, Providence Academy (junior), 87-84-171

Girls 2008 MSHSL Tournament Page

Boys – Team

  • 1, Meadow Creek Christian, 74-78-79-81-312
  • 2, Windom, 79-80-80-87-326
  • 3, Bethlehem Academy, 73-84-87-89-333

Boys – Individual

  • 1, Grant Wayland, Bethlehem Academy (junior), 38-35-73
  • 2, Andrew Peterson, Meadow Creek Christian (8th grade), 34-40-74
  • 3, Jarvis Weber, Martin County West (senior), 36-39-75

Boys 2008 MSHSL Tournament Page

Publisher Note: Apologies to the players, family and friends of the Class A participants–due to logistical issues, Golfing in Minnesota was not able to provide a photo gallery for this year’s Class A tournament.

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2008 at 4:42 pm

MSHSL Class AAA Final Day at Bunker Hills

Posted Thursday, June 5th, 2008 12:52 am GMT -5 in Golf at 12:52 AM

The weather held off and the final round of the boys and girls Minnesota State High School League’s 2008 Class AAA Golf Championship were completed Wednesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.

Neither the boys or girls first round leaders were able to hold on for the 2008 title. Gordy Diekman of Alexandria was passed up by Park, Cottage Grove senior Billy Barnhart, who shot a three-under-par 69.

On the girls side, New Prague sophomore Steffi Neisen followed her first-round 71 with a nine-over-par round of 82. This opened the door for Moorhead senior Ali Nelson to capture the title with her one-under-par round of 72.

Here are the top three results for teams and individuals in Class AAA:

Girls – Team

  • 1, Woodbury, 81-84-87-93, 80-81-82-90, 678 (+94)
  • 2, Forest Lake, 77-77-93-99, 82-82-85-97, 692 (+108)
  • T3, Alexandria, 77-87-90-98, 80-86-87-94, 699 (+115)
  • T3, Eden Paririe, 87-89-89-89, 84-86-87-88, 699 (+115)

Girls – Individuals

  • 1, Ali Nelson, Moorhead (senior), 78-72-150 (+4)
  • 2, Catherine Wagner, Austin (junior), 75-76-151 (+5)
  • 3, Lizzy Carl, Henry Sibley (senior), 76-76-152 (+6)

Girls 2008 MSHSL Tournament Page

Boys – Team

  • 1, Park, Cottage Grove, 72-73-78-78, 69-72-74-80, 596 (+20)
  • 2, Edina, 72-75-77-78, 73-75-77-77, 604 (+28)
  • 3, Forest Lake, 75-76-79-81, 70-71-76-77, 605 (+29)

Boys – Individual

  • 1, Billy Barnhart, Park, Cottage Grove (senior), 72-69-141 (-3)
  • T2, Gordy Diekman, Alexandria (senior), 70-72-142 (-2)
  • T2, Tyler Ekenberg, Apple Valley (senior), 71-71-142 (-2)

Boys 2008 MSHSL Tournament Page

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2008 at 12:52 am

Minnesota State Golf Championships

Posted Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 03:26 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:26 PM

Minnesota state high school boys and girls golf championships in the new three-class system are underway at Bunker Hills, Ridges at Sand Creek and Pebble Creek.

Check back later tonight for class AAA results and photos.

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Tapemark Charity Pro-Am Drawing Night

Posted Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 11:00 am GMT -5 in Golf at 11:00 AM

The pairings banquet and drawing for the 37th Annual Tapemark Charity Pro-Am golf tournament will be held tonight at Southview Country Club in West Saint Paul.

The field of 61 teams includes one of the strongest groups of professionals ever to play in the event, which starts Friday morning and runs through Sunday. Spectators are welcome.

Watch for full coverage on Golfing in Minnesota all weekend long.

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2008 at 11:00 am

White Bear Yacht Club

Posted Monday, June 2nd, 2008 09:52 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 9:52 PM

I had the opportunity to play a classic Donald Ross course today, thanks to the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents’ Association and their turfgrass fundraiser.

White Bear Yacht Club was everything I had hoped for (and more). The staff was friendly, the course conditions were perfect and the greens were lightning fast. This is a great traditional course with rolling hills, uneven lies, mature trees, difficult greens with incredible undulations, unique holes and 119 years of history.

Top five Minnesota course for me–perhaps a top two…

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2008 at 9:52 pm

2008 Grand Old Day 8K

Posted Sunday, June 1st, 2008 01:50 pm GMT -5 in Running at 1:50 PM

Runners at this morning’s Grand Old Day on the Go races were greeted with sunny skies and warm temperatures.

Events included an 8K Inline Skate at 7:45 AM, an 8K Run at 7:50 AM, a 5K Walk/Run and two youth runs.

The 8K run was won by 41-year-old Wade Bergner of Maiden Rock, Wisconsin in 27:25 (5:31 mile pace). Angie Williams of Minneapolis won the women’s division with a time of 30:14 (6:05 mile pace).

Congratulations to family friend Gina Cook, who ran her first ever race, finishing the 8K in 48:45 (9:48 mile pace). Awesome job!

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2008 at 1:50 pm

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