Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf

Posted by admin on April 25th, 2011

Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf

This is where the Champions Tour got its start back in 1978 at Onion Creek CC in Austin, TX. Some of the old timers — Arnold, Billy Casper, Don January, Gene Littler, Sam Snead, Art Wall, Tommy Bolt — about two dozen of them, gathered for some fun and competition with a $400,000 purse thrown at them and it snowballed from there. Sam won $50,000 almost 10% of what he made in his career. Today the first place check was larger than the total purse back then . . . times have definitely changed but the old farts still had some fun this week.

Outback Steakhouse Pro-am Championship

Posted by admin on April 19th, 2011

 

It’s been over twenty years since I met Bill Fennel at the Quad Cities Open. During the pro-am he mentioned his cabin in Lutz, Fl north of Tampa and said if I was ever in the area it was all mine. I don’t think he knew what he was getting himself into because that little cabin has been my home around Tampa ever since and I sure do appreciate it. In fact, it seems like all my tour friendships have started that way and I value every one of them. Hanging out with a few friends at a tour stop helps ease the grind and makes each stop a bit homey.

Masters Week – Dad had Surgery

Posted by admin on April 12th, 2011

I finished last week’s Kaddy Korner just before the bottom dropped out of my Ft. Myers flight. My Ginger ale hit the ceiling landing in my lap and the guy sitting behind me asked if his computer hit me in the back of my head, it was also airborne. Next to an emergency landing in San Diego early in my career this was the worst flight experience of my life. As I walked off the plane I thanked the pilot for the exciting ride and the flight attendant said, “It was only a 150 foot drop, you don’t get that at Disneyworld.”

Masters Predictions

Posted by admin on April 6th, 2011

There are only three first time winners in Masters history and the first two don’t count, Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen in 1934 and 35. Fuzzy won his first time around but other than that you need experience, local knowledge, patience and maybe an Augusta caddy, they know the course better than anyone except maybe Jack. Zach Johnson won his Green Jacket and laid up on every par five; try to get Phil to follow that strategy. What I’m trying to say, Augusta really favors no particular golfer except maybe the long knocker and the great putter but don’t they usually do well at any event.

Champions Tour Gulf Coast Resort Classic

Posted by admin on April 6th, 2011

Gulf Coast Resort Classic, Biloxi, MS

Whirlwinds are normal traveling on tour but last week was borderline tornadic. After landing in Milwaukee Saturday evening, having dinner and drinks with Cassie and watching UCONN advance to the Final Four we had time for laundry, repacking and washing the car before heading for Biloxi, MS early Monday morning. The uneventful fifteen hour drive stirred memories while passing by the blooming clover fields and blossoming cottonwoods along I-55.

KIA Classic – LPGA Tour

Posted by admin on March 27th, 2011

The Augustine blackjack dealers chased me from the tables about 4:00 a.m. and as I was driving back to my buddy Todd’s place the sky was gurgling above the mountains between Palm Springs and L. A. The clouds were swirling, lightning flashing and the L. A. area was experiencing the worst torrential downpour in a half century. Jimin hadn’t texted about Monday practice time, ahh, maybe a caddy holiday was on the horizon. I forgot, I’m working for a young Korean, there’s no such thing as a day off. She texted me at 7:30, wanting me there at 10 but I negotiated for 11, enough time for the two hour drive from the desert.

Newport Beach Toshiba Classic – Champions Tour

Posted by admin on March 27th, 2011

Sorry about last week folks, there was nothing to write about and I didn’t want to bore you any more than I probably already do. It was a whirlwind getting out to Newport Beach for my favorite tournament on tour. We left Bonita Springs Thursday afternoon drove straight through to Woodstock, IL regrouped, repacked and all that other travel related crap and caught a flight out of Milwaukee to Los Angeles Saturday night. It’s impossible to do all this without the help of friends and April, my buddy Dan Suminski in Milwaukee helped out tremendously. You may not see folks for awhile but it always seems like they’re there when you need them. Thanks guys and gals.

Founder’s Cup – LPGA Phoenix

Posted by admin on March 27th, 2011

Founder’s Tournament – Phoenix

The desert trip wasn’t firmed up until Saturday evening in Newport Beach and I never talked with my new boss until I set foot on the JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort putting green Monday morning. Texting is all the Asian contingent relies on; talking on the phone is almost extinct. While I was earning my weekly percentage at the Palm Springs blackjack tables Sunday night Jimin was texting me my Monday morning schedule. She wasn’t playing but wanted me to work for her friend J. Y. something or other. We went nine holes and I still haven’t seen the cash yet for my efforts.

Frank Chirkinian – Maestro of CBS Golf

Posted by admin on March 6th, 2011

Chirkinian - CBS Golf Ayatollah

I never knew the Czar of CBS golf personally but had contact with the Ayatollah and the CBS golf crew over the years, especially my formative caddy days in the late 80s. The CBS compound was a haven for wayward, out-of-work, missed-the-cut, sometimes hung-over caddies looking for a couple of day’s work, a place to pass the time between bar stools or the next tournament, plus there was a delicious catered lunch every day. CBS knew how to televise golf and they took very good care of their crew, friends, PGA Tour staff and caddies. It was one of the few places on tour we actually garnered a bit of respect, a very small bit.

 

Golf, Life and a Week Off

Posted by admin on March 1st, 2011

Golf is not a game of perfect neither is life. Tiger is going through struggles on the course like he has in his life; the two are significantly intertwined. Anytime you see a golfer searching on the course you may also find him dealing with personal issues away from the game. A professional athlete has the ability to compartmentalize his life, block out interferences once on the playing field and compete at the highest level. Tiger’s personal issues were of such magnitude, now he’s making drastic changes in his golf game, he’s forgotten about the little things, or doesn’t have time for them. His short game and putting are suffering; he was the best at both for a long while.


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