September 17, 2017

The 2017 Cabin Classic Golf Tournament in Clear Lake, Iowa


The 2017 Cabin Classic Golf Tournament in Clear Lake, Iowa
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for September 17, 2017


I drove down to Clear Lake, Iowa last weekend to see some of my old buddies.


It was time for the annual "Cabin Classic" golf tournament hosted by Jason Alexander.


Jason moved into a new cabin this year, but I guess it's still a cabin so the name "Cabin Classic" still works.  He was nice enough to let me stay with him for the weekend.  I really enjoyed waking up each morning and being able to see the lake outside.


It's always a fun weekend of playing cards and golf and catching up on what everyone has been doing over the past year.


This year we golfed in Garner, Iowa.  The course is located in the middle of a cornfield which makes me feel like I'm home again.  The fellows weren't too pleased about my University of Minnesota gear I wore all weekend, though.  They think I'm some kind of traitor or something, but I've actually lived more of my life in Minnesota now then I did in Iowa.  Dang I'm getting old.


Since we had an odd number of people, we ended up dividing into three threesomes.  I didn't get to spend as much time with a lot of the guys as I would have liked, but it was an absolute beautiful day for golf.


Since my golf game is not the strongest, I was paired up with a couple of the better players.  We actually ended up winning the first day of the tournament.  It was best ball style game-play and we actually used more of my shots than I thought we would.  It still wasn't very many, but more than I thought we'd use.


All in all, it was another great tournament.


After golfing, we thought it was a good idea to go on a boat ride.  


We cruised over to the Tiki Bar to have a drink and put a dollar bill on the wall to commemorate the weekend.  Whoever's idea it was to put dollar bills all over the walls of this place was really thinking.  There's gotta be a couple of grand up there by now.


We picked up the rest of the crew, had a leisurely evening cruise and shared some good laughs.  It was another really fun weekend.


Back at home, the albino squirrels are making visits to our house more and more frequently.  We actually saw two different ones at the same time, although we haven't been able to get them both in the same picture yet.  We are thinking they are wondering where Luke and Avery moved to and are stopping by more often until they see them again.


Our friend, Cathy Klimek, knew about our fondness for the albino squirrels and how we see them as kind of our "Guardian Angels" over our boys and their health situation.  She sent us these as a gift and we thought that was pretty darned nice of her!  One albino squirrel for each of us and then a replica of Blue to chase us all around the yard.