What do all of these have in common:
– A heavy metal mariachi band
– Tiny Mr. T
– A self-confessed crazy Indian American taxi driver
– Mediocre golfers
If you somehow guessed things present during the Mediocre Golf Association World Championship (MGAWC) in Las Vegas, then you need to go buy a lottery ticket. Right now.
As featured here countless times (1st time, 2nd time, 3rd time), the MGA Tour is where being mediocre is awarded and being too good gets you disqualified and ridiculed. This past weekend marked the culmination of the 2014 season and the inaugural year of the South Orange County chapter of the MGA Tour. And with 6 members of our chapter present, we were hoping to make an impact among the 144 golfers in the tournament.
After blasting through the welcome party with musical guests Metalachi, we dragged ourselves from the Hawaiian-themed California hotel situated on glorious Fremont Street and right into the 1st round of the MGAWC. During this round, I would have the honor of being 1 of 12 players on the World Team competing for the prestigious Medio Cup versus the San Francisco Team. The Medio Cup is a match play competition between 12 of the best members of the founding MGA chapter (San Francisco) and 12 of the best players not in the SF chapter.
For my fourball match, I was teamed up with the defending MGAWC champion, Jason Smith, versus El Presidente of the whole MGA Tour, Jon Morley, and another SF chapter member. After making our way through the course and going back and forth in our match, the champ and I ended up beating them 4 and 3.
We won a point for the World Team!
Ultimately, after the other matches were concluded and the points tallied up, my World Team ended up winning the Medio Cup. So ridiculously awesome to be able to walk away with the Medio Cup and get into the record books.
With the 1st round complete and the Medio Cup in the bag, the 2nd day and 2nd round would soon follow. And this being the Mediocre Golf Association, I, of course, took a serious dive down the overall rankings.
I ended up being 22 shots from a playoff for the Championship. Not so close.
And with that, my first year on the MGA Tour is complete.
– 3 tournament wins
– Top money winner for the South OC chapter
– 1 Medio Cup
And golfing memories that will last a lifetime — mediocre definitely does not describe it.