As Spring Break came to a close this weekend and the Masters wrapped up, the relatively uncouth brethren of @F3Columbia #Dawnstrike were called into action ahead of the sporadic rains that would later wash the Augusta National course. And what a gloomy morning it was as a foursome posted to tee off at Dreher HS before the regular Brickpile gathering. Glorious was the fitness yet more glorious was the fellowship… as golf was meant to be.
Conditions: balmy and dry with the smell of rains to come
Warmup on the field which was a preview of the rest of the morning:
- SSH X 20, 4CT IC
- Mercans X 10, 4CT IC
- Squats X 10, 4CT IC
- American Hammers X 10, 4CT IC
- Tuck Jumps X 20, OYO
- Rocky Situps X 20, OYO
With that the Q introduced the pax to a little white ball that has brought heartbreak to countless millions across the world. Upon this particular little white ball was scrawled the letters, M, A, S, T, E & R in a fashion that only one letter could be “up” however the ball was rolled. Each pax was allowed to take in turn the choice of “holes” which was really a target a reasonable three, four or five throw distance… par 3, 4 and 5. That pax then threw the ball toward said “hole” and the pax raced out to find it. As the gloom was especially gloomy, finding the ball in the dark wasn’t always easy. However, once found the letter upon the ball facing up was announced and the following exercises were accomplished in place:
- M – Mercans X 20, OYO
- A – American Hammers X 20, OYO
- S – Squats X 20, OYO
- T – Tuck Jumps X 20, OYO
- E – Everything X 10… Mercans, Hammers, Squats, Tuck Jumps and Rocky Situps, all OYO
- R – Rocky Situps X 20, OYO
Once the exercise was completed, the pax that found the ball or called the exercise then had the turn of throwing the evil white ball onward toward the previously selected “hole”. Rinse and Repeat the exercise as explained above with each “stroke”.
Finally, when the final throw strikes the target, the “putt” requires all pax to bearcrawl to the “hole” and the game moves on to the next pax and the next “hole”.
Rather than itemize the holes played, let me give a basic recap of play. First, the “T” was either far larger than the other letters or the ball was weighted. The pax did more TuckJumps than any workout should reasonably include. The “E” was also in heavy rotation such that, at one point, Tuckjumps were featured in four or five consecutive strokes.
Noteworthy also was that, just like real golf, YHC’s ball inextricably disappeared. Not so common was that the ball was lost on a “putt” of only a few feet where it disappeared into a bush no bigger than a doghouse and never was found. Thankfully Oscar had picked up a tennis ball along the way and play resumed with it instead, the exercise called became, therefor, dealers choice. Pipeline called burpees.
Last, This was only YHC’s second or third bootcamp in months due to an injury and it showed. Also much like my golf game, the infrequency of the act was excruciatingly apparent. Special thank-you to the pax for accommodating the unusual Q with reasonably good humor.
COT & BOM back at the shovel flag, the 18th hole of the morning.
One quick note and prayer request. As most know, the former AOQ of Dawnstrike, BetaMax, is headed to Cincinnati on Tuesday to find out for sure whether he’s a kidney donor match for his uncle. It’s hard to express how far down the Ser-to-Sur continuum you’ve got to be to donate a kidney. Needless to say, offer up a prayer for Beta and, regardless of the outcome of the test, T-claps to the man.