Over the past weekend, the LawPundit won the 2008 men’s golf club championship at the Mosel Golf Club in Cochem, Germany, which was quite an event for this writer given the LawPundit’s age – 61. (Update: Below is the later-posted official photograph of the Cochem 2008 club champions – from the left – women’s, senior men’s, youth, senior women’s, and, at the far right, the LawPundit, the men’s club champion – Andis Kaulins).
The LawPundit, a long hitter, was aided by the terrible weather on the weekend, with high winds and prolonged rain, which made the course very difficult to play for nearly everyone, especially the shorter hitters. The photo below shows the 575-yard par 5 signature 17th hole at the GolfClub Cochem par 72 championship golf course:
The rough can look like this (taken from the GolfCochem.de website):
The 27-hole Mosel Golf Club in Cochem opened nominally for play on October, 2006. This year, in 2008, the course is in good condition for championship play. Especially the greens are already in excellent shape, given their very young age.
That same hole 11 is shown in the photo below looking down from green to tee, but that is a different sand trap than the sand trap at the right front of the green in the first photo (one can, from the left, also see the 16th green, then part of the 10th green and then the 17th fairway):
Below, the Law Pundit is shown in a photo (by Hoffman) hitting a sand shot:
The story was reported in the Rhein Zeitung (RZ-Online, 16 September, 2008) and the print version also carried a black-and-white photograph by Hoffman of all of the championship winners [update: that photo is now shown in full in the original color at the top of this page], of which we show only a large scan of yours truly (pardon the garb, which is a fleece jacket with a hood, but we had rain and wind, and we were pretty matted down at the end):