BLOG Update- Tuesday, 10/29/13 Leaving the United States of America

With Jeff Blume and his father Jay.

With Jeff Blume and his father Jay.

BLOG Update- Monday, 10/28/13   Houston/Laredo, Texas

After an amazing 6-night stay in Houston, I am in Laredo, Texas and ready to venture south into Mexico early tomorrow morning.

Well, what I thought would happen, did, during the last leg of “Journey to Olympic Golf” in America—I got lost and absorbed in the “Texas Triangle” of Dallas, San Antonio and Houston and it was hard to leave. The USA is so familiar and comfortable with a lot of friends and connections but I am all set to be a RoadTripper on the Pan American Highway on the way to Rio De Janeiro!

Wish me well, I will need it! The journey will transition from a golf trip to more of an adventure trip trying to navigate through borders and countries. I am sure I will still find golf and Olympic connections along the way!

Andy Reistetter interviewing Charlie Epps at Redstone Golf Club.

Andy Reistetter interviewing Charlie Epps at Redstone Golf Club.

Highlights in Houston included meeting Charlie Epps, the Golf Doctor and Houston’s preeminent golf professional who is also two-time major champion Angel Cabrera’s coach. I attended the Grand Opening of the Campus Course at Texas A&M and played the course with Mike Bailey, GolfChannel.com’s Senior Travel Writer. I avenged my loss to him in Puerto Rico at Royal Isabela back in 2011 where we first met. The Opening Ceremony of The Spirit International was all that I dreamed it would be with 80 young golfers from around the world.

ClICK here for the video interview with Charlie Epps.

CLICK here for the video interview with Jeff Blume who designed the Campus Course at Texas A&M

 

Andy Reistetter with U.S. Team Captain Paige MacKenzie

Andy Reistetter with U.S. Team Captain Paige MacKenzie

CLICK here for the Opening Ceremony of The Spirit International.

It was a real treat to stay at The Woodlands Resort & Spa the last three nights and play Panther Trail on Saturday. I also played the Shell Houston Open Tournament Course at Redstone on Thursday so that was three golf days in a row, eight days golfing of the first 16 of the journey. I do not think I will be golfing that much south of the border during the next 2-1/2 months but who knows?

 

No birdie on No. 18 at Panther Trail but I chased a few ducks!

No birdie on No. 18 at Panther Trail but I chased a few ducks!

Time for bed, sweet dreams and an early rise to head south!

 

 

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