Day Three: Lundin Golf Club
We got the green light to play Lundin Golf Club
, a sweet, quirky links course that turned 150 years old this year. And a crazy “link soul” story takes place that wasn’t on the agenda.
My friend from back home in Oceanside, California sends me a text to try and tee it up. I text him back "Sorry, bro, in St. Andrews. Rain check?" Then he texts back, "That’s crazy, ‘cause my friend Micah (Pueschel, lead singer of the band Iration) is in St. Andrews, and I’ll connect you guys by text.”
Two minutes later, Micah texts me and says he’s looking for a game. I say perfect, because we need a fourth, and invite him to come join us. Micah is a golf junkie…he lined up at 3:00 A.M. in the singles line for the Old Course twice on this trip! Plus his wife, Chloe, is Scottish and super cool. We have an absolute blast and then go to the clubhouse for a pint and talk golf and life.
Now, the funny thing about this story is that I had just barely known of Iration. I had heard a few songs and had liked them, but hadn’t really gotten that into it. But it was great getting to know Micah while playing a couple of rounds. We’re both pretty mellow, but like to grind on the course. He’s a legit 3 handicap and struck me as a happy-go-lucky, mild-mannered, big Hawaiian golf nerd, and I just really liked the guy. Thought he was the lead singer, but wasn’t sure if he played an instrument.
As fate would have it, Iration happened to be playing in Del Mar the week after we got back from Scotland. Micah asked some friends and I if we were up for going to the show. Of course I said yes, unsure what I was walking into... I go to this show and witness my new friend completely rocking the joint! 20,000 people were on their feet and all fired up. The dude is a full on rock star! It was so cool to spend time on the links in Scotland, and then watch him do his magic onstage. I told him I’m now a groupie.