I've heard the rumors, going around in some circles, that perhaps I've retired, or gone into seclusion, as various parties have noticed the hiatus in monthly golf reports and associated birdie photos. Some, shockingly, have gone so far as to suggest that perhaps the birdies weren't as plentiful as they once were. To answer all the speculation, these lyrics come to mind:
Don't call it a comeback
I been here for years
Rockin my peers and puttin suckas in fear
Makin the tears rain down like a monsoon
Listen to the bass go boom
Over the competition, I'm towerin
And you know how it goes from there.
No, I still make birdies, on bentgrass in Japan (above), and on korai in Bangkok (below). Two visits to the golf course this month, and naturally there are plenty of birdies to show for it. That's my game.
But in addition to all the birdies, I've been doing lots of other things too.
I've been botanizing. From Manila to Macau, Tokyo to Taketomi, Bangkok to Bangladesh – I've been studying grasses and their adaptaption and performance in various environments.
I've been running. In a lot of countries, and on a lot of trails, mountains, roads, in parks, etc.
And naturally, I've been traveling.
And especially, I've been writing. See www.blog.asianturfgrass.com for more about that. There are scores of articles for download there. I'll have more than 20 original articles published this year, was co-author an an upcoming paper in a soils journal, have various manuscripts I'm working on, and then there are the various data projects, such as the K calculator or the GSS project. So I hope you'll appreciate the necessary interruptions these activities make in my pursuit of birdies, and will remember that I still make birdies when I do have a chance to play golf.