Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year!

Wishing all a safe and Happy New Year! I can hardly wait to see what suprises 2010 has in store! Gotta work on my New Years Resolutions....

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Nationwide Tour's Geoff Sisk

Nationwide Tour player Geoff Sisk - 6 time MA Open Champ at Kernwood Country Club

Touring professional Geoff Sisk finished up his 2009 Nationwide Tour sched with a pit stop at PGA Tour Q-School, making it to second stage, before arriving home to Marshfield for the holidays! Geoff's currently rehabbing from a recent elbow surgery. He told me, "...nothing major, I had a 5mm bone spur removed bout a month ago....it was nothing that really bothered me when I played but there was a potential that it could present a problem in the future." Geoff played in 26 Nationwide Tour events in 2009 finishing up #66 on the Tour's money list. He's ranked 6th on the Nationwide Tour for driving accuracy and his best finish of the year was T3rd at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by Dynamic Industries ~ also his best Tour finish ever ~ way to go! Geoff's best round of the year was round two at the Cox Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha where he shot a 63. BTW Geoff's been playing golf since he was 7 and turned Pro when he was 23. His sweetest MA Open win was in 1995 at Wollaston Country Club - 'cause it was his first! What's on the agenda for 2010? Geoff said he's probably gonna miss the first two Nationwide Tour events (Australia and New Zealand) and Panama and Bogata, Columbia are the next two that he'll be eligible for in February. Whats in Geoff's bag? TaylorMade Irons, TaylorMade woods, Titleist Pro V1X golf balls, Footjoy shoes, Footjoy gloves, Adam Hybrids and a Scotty Cameron putter! We wish you all the best in 2010 Sisky!
(Don't miss out! Click on this iTunes link to listen to the Sunday December 27, 2009 Goldie Bounce Golf show with Geoff Sisk http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=348834534)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Bay Club's Greg Yeomans

Ariel view of The Bay Club in Mattapoisett, MA on Buzzards Bay
The Bay Club's Head Golf Professional Greg Yeomans is a very active member of the Cape Cod Chapter of the New England PGA recently snagging the "Dutch Wessner" Player of the Year Award for the 2009 season! Quite the satisfying win for Greg 'cause he was runner up to Bay Pointe's Tom Tobey in 2008! This season Greg also picked up the 2009 New England PGA Team Stroke Play Championship, pairing with Pleasant Valley's Head Pro Paul Parajeckas and for the second year in a row Greg won the New England PGA Match Play Championship honors which BTW he also won back in 2005! While a student at UConn, Greg was Captain of the golf team for 3 years and was awarded the "Guy Tedesco Award" as the top college golfer in New England. Greg said, "It was a suprise and an honor for me to receive the award - I was the first UConn student to ever win the award." Interestingly enough Greg also happened to be a walk-on member of the UConn basketball team in the mid-1990's and was a teammate to Celtics Ray Allen and Comcast SportsNet's Donny Marshall. I asked Greg why it is that during a basketball game a player can be running down a court, heart pounding, 3,000 fans screaming and make the winning basket and at a golf event a professional golfer has to have complete silence from the peanut gallery even for a tap in? Greg told me that "basketball is certainly a more instinctive sport and as pros and coaches in the game of golf we would like our students and players to be alittle bit more instinctive rather than planning every shot out, the silence - it is just kind of the traditions of the game I guess." Greg's been with the Bay Club since its opening in 2004 and he filled me in on this Brad Faxon and Brad Booth designed layout - FYI it was Brad's first design and he takes great pride in the course, usually stopping by for a quiet day of practice when he's in the area. Greg said that " Brad truly has in interest in the golf course itself and is always talking to us about the layout of the holes or how a hole should be re-shaped a bit - it keeps us on our toes!" He also said that the course layout is "constantly alive" due to design changes made over the years to ensure the course is fun and challenging for all levels of players! Sounds like a "winning combination" to me! For more information about membership options at the Bay Club go to http://www.bayclubmatt.com/

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Oyster Harbor's Joe Keller


Joe Keller - 2008 New England Senior Amateur Championship Winner
Local golfer Joe Keller's still goin' strong! Widely rumored to be one of the most intimidating, fiercest, and unrelenting competitors ever to hit the New England golf circuit, this Ranked Senior Amateur has been racking up wins for over 25 years! Joe's an old school style gentleman, calls the Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville his home track and is quite the savvy businessman! FYIalthough not one to show his softer side, he's got a heart 'o gold and if your one of the lucky few, he's a true blue friend in every sense of the word! It was a pleasure to have Joe join me on "Goldie Bounce Golf Live," my new Sunday evening show, during the first blizzard of the year - just in time for Santa's arrival! Joe's no stranger to inclement weather, in fact he's a master at beating the odds under any playing conditions - the mark of a true championship golfer! The unofficial kickoff to the golf season on Cape Cod is the Seagulls Fourball Championship held over two weekends in April at the Hyannisport Club. This event has some of the worst playing conditions known to man and Joe has reigned supreme 7 times! He's been known to hold his own on the national stage too, competing 4 times in the USGA Senior Amateur as well as USGA Mid-Amateur events. Joe's even gone global! His fondest golfing memory is winning the Carnegie Shield at the Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Scotland in 2003 - the only American to have ever achieved this feat! How kool is that? He's got quite the curriculum vitae of awards and championship wins from the Massachusetts Golf Association as well; 1993 Player of the Year Award, 2008 Senior Amateur of the Year Award, MGA Fourball Championship Winner with Charles Valpone in 1987 and 1993, MGA Mid-Amateur Championship Winner in 1986, 1987 and 1992 and 2005 Senior Amateur Championship Winner. A former owner of the Hyannis Golf Club, Joe cites the 10 years working alongside his former business partner and friend Fordie Pitts "...as some of the best times of my life...where business was done with a handshake in the Grille Room at the club." Looking forward to 2010 - Joe's keeping up with the latest technology, staying in shape with exercise and stretching and of course, practice, practice, practice! In Joe's words, "it's all about the short game."

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Patriot's Owner Bob Kraft ~ Gentlemen Farmer

Gentlemen Farmer Jon Joly and his wife Cara's chicken coop on Cape Cod
Congrats are in order! A few weeks ago, New England Patriots Owner and Gentlemen Farmer Bob Kraft petitioned the town of Brookline for a "Keeping of Animals" permit. Much to the chagrin of Kraft's neighbors - who were up in arms at the thought of chickens in the neighborhood, he just got the OK from the powers that be. Brookline Public Health Commissioner Dr. Alan Balsam gave the green light for the Kraft family to house 12 chickens at their Chestnut Hill estate during the winter months! Bob Kraft is a summer resident of New Seabury on Cape Cod and the chickadees reside there during the summer months. The town of Brookline stipulated that Kraft's chicks cannot "run free throughout the neighborhood" and must be kept in an enclosed shed and pen and no roosters allowed - far too noisy! I found that to be reasonable however my curiosity was not satisfied, just what was it that had Bob Kraft's neighbors' feathers so ruffled?! I decided to pay my brother Johnny and his wife Cara a visit! FYI these two rather trendy Gen Y'ers are newlyweds! This past Summer they built a chicken coop and filled it with exotic Araucana chickens sans ducks (pigs to come). They even have an organic garden! Cara told me, "the chickens are great for composting, it's great fertilizer for our garden, they even eat the bugs in the yard!" The chicks lay fresh eggs daily in an array of colors, from light blue, light green to pink and brown! All I can say is Bob Kraft is onto something, I don't believe I have ever tasted eggs so fresh. I'm thinking a mighty cheese souffle for Christmas morning???

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Schools Out!

Puma clad phenom Ricky Fowler earns his first PGA Tour Card
This week on Goldie Bounce Golf, PGA.com Interactive Producer TJ Auclair joined me for the wrap up of this year's PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament! Each year this grueling event produces 25 card carrying members for the following PGA Tour season. These Rookies may have battled through as many as 4 stages of competition (6 back to back rounds of play in each stage) in order to punch their ticket to the dance. All the effort pays off for most everyone gets a prize for completing the final stage. After the 25 PGA Tour Cards are handed out, the next 50 players and ties receive full exempt status on the Nationwide Tour with the rest of the field receiving versions of conditional status on the Nationwide Tour. It has been noted that the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament is one of/if not the toughest sporting event in the world and this system for qualifying to play on the PGA Tour dates back to 1965! As anything, there are exceptions to the rule for not every graduate is a rookie, this year Jeff Maggert earned his card marking this his 20th consecutive year on tour, having played in over 500 career tour events! Quite the contrary was Medalist Troy Merrit who shot a score of 22 under to cinch the win by one shot over veteran Jeff Maggert! FYI Troy has never even played in a PGA Tour Event! Go figure! To view the full leaderboard go to www.pgatour.com/qschool

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas is here for the Littlest Golfers

The Littlest Golfer Brand tykes Hogan hat, polo shirt, knickers and sox
Searching for that perfect Christmas gift from Santa for the littlest golfer in your life? Look no further for The Littlest Golfer Brand is taking the infant and children's clothing market by storm! The brand's motto, start younger play longer is sure fitting in this day and age as the trend of child proteges in sports is here to stay. The company is based out of Asheville, NC which BTW is quite the golf mecca - boasting some of the regions finest golf courses designed by Donald Ross, Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer to name a few. Founder's Kris and Keri Wilson are avid golfers and with a growing family of their own, saw a niche for infant and children's golf apparel. Their mission is to literally grow the game of golf by creating a golf lifestyle for children so they can not only learn the game of golf but the life lessons that the game imparts. The apparel and accessories line is chock full of kid friendly products branded with golfing turtle logos (brother and sister Putter and Sandy) and they even carry head covers, backpacks and plush toys as well as the world's littlest kids knickers and high performance windshirts, polo shirts, hogan hats and visors! Wowser anything that adults may wear for golf in mini form! Plans for the future include rolling out a line of children's golf clubs as well as a fun book series - the abc's of golf terminology due out next year! Ho ho ho - Merry Christmas the perfect gift is just a click away go to www.thelittlestgolfer.com today!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

First Tee of MA wins 7th Annual Golf Channel Invitational

First Tee of Massachusetts team at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

The proof is in the pudding! The First Tee Program of Massachusetts is becoming quite the "breeding ground" for young local talent! In late October, Joe McCabe, Executive Director of the First Tee Program of Massachusetts, chaperoned his team - made up of Liz LaVerghetta, Cora Bernier, Trevor Bernier and John Beadle - to the 7th Annual Golf Channel Invitational for the First Tee. This was the first year they participated in the event and won! The competition was held at the beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia on the Mountain View Course (FYI former home to the PGA Tour's Buick Challenge!). A field of 14 teams made up of First Tee Chapters from around the United States competed in this two day event. This Invitational supports the First Tee Chapters nationwide as well as five countries! On Sunday October 25, Team Massachusetts won the Shell Chapter Challenge by 8 stokes and on Monday October 26, they participated in a Pro-Am event that paired one junior in a foresome with corporate sponsors, business executives, CEO's and First Tee personnel for an 18 hole tourney. In our interview, Joe said, "This event gave the kids an opportunity to mix with other First Tee participants from all around the country as well as business executives and share their stories of how the First Tee program has affected their lives in a positive way." The First Tee Program of Massachusetts is housed within the Massachusetts Golf Association at the MGA Links at Mamantapett in Norton, MA. For more info about this wonderful program go to http://www.thefirstteemass.org/

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jeremy Roenick

Liza Churchill with Pembroke Country Club owner Jeremy Roenick and wife Tracy
Home and golf is where the heart is for Marshfield's Jeremy Roenick! This South Shore native acquired Pembroke Country Club this past spring in a bank sale, saving it from certain absolute rock bottom ruin. Never behind the eight ball for very long, Jeremy - with the help of Pembroke's amazing support staff, has literally nursed this stunning course back to health. I asked Jeremy how his first New England golf season went and he said, "it was very tough, it was a very up and down season due to the weather as anyone in New England knows...we did a very good job of getting some love back into the course, getting some love back into the clubhouse and really made it a presentable place for people to play and come and spend some time." Some of Jeremy's future plans for Pembroke include holding a US Amateur qualifying event, hosting celebrity charity events, re-building the leagues, junior clinics and exciting membership opportunities. Throughout this recently retired NHL superstar's career he was largely considered to be a terrorist on (and off) the ice and was quite an outspoken and controversial figure! However, Jeremy's not one to back down from what he believes to be "the right thing to do" and no one can argue that throughout his career his commitment was "unparalleled." I believe the same to be true of his commitment to the local golfing community here on the South Shore. Jeremy actually grew up playing at Pembroke and he considers it his home course although currently residing in Arizona. Jeremy's far from an "absentee" course owner, he's a very accomplished golfer in his own right and golf is tops on his bucket list (well, prolly after his family) of things to do in retirement - he even plays on a celebrity golf tour. In regard to his own golf game he said, "I am a very big golf snob, I am very hard on the greens, I like good greens, I like fast greens, I will not play a course that does not have good greens....as a course owner I make sure that's the case." Need we say more? There's plenty of good golf still left to play! Go to www.pembrokegolf.com to book a tee time now!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Patrick Daly - President GCSANE


It's that time of year again in the golf industry of New England when Superintendents "tuck their golf courses in for a long winter's nap!" The Superintendent and crew are literally the backbone of every golf course and work tirelessly year round to maintain and protect their masterpieces from many different factors, mainly weather related! While Patrick Daly may be the President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New England he's also a hands on workin' man through his position as Superintendent at the Framingham Country Club. It's Patrick's busiest time of year due to seasonal staff loses and the "winterizing" process needed to assure the course will emerge glorious and in full bloom come springtime but he's got it down to a science! No worries here! To learn more go to www.gcsane.org/golf

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Inside the Ropes with the 3 Musketeers

Tom Auclair with sons Kyle and T.J.
Inside the Ropes.com founder Tom Auclair is a man on a mission! Dubbed "the Ironman" by many on the PGA Tour, Tom has faithfully delivered to his viewers and fans unique candid video interviews of some of the world's best golfers inside the ropes style for over a decade! His sons Kyle, a PGA Tour photog and T.J., an interactive producer for Turner Sports have joined forces with their father over the years to create (as I once heard it put while attending a PGA tour event by a source who shall remain nameless) a sort of PGA Tour Media Mafia! Whatever they're called out there on the road, these 3 Musketeers have got it goin' on for sure! A former professional skier, Tom started out in radio - his show syndicated worldwide to over 1,000 stations. I still say he's the pioneer of what is referred to as the social media/vlogging/blogging sports media of today! Tom's got that techie geek thirst for speed and an entrepreneurial spirit which bodes well for his multi-media empire! Stay tuned cause Tom's got many more tricks up his sleeve in regard to the hottest information technologies and social media yet to hit the market!

Fall Back

Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday Nite Talk with Senator Bob Hedlund

Senator Bob Hedlund with guests PGA Pro Mike Gibson and Liza Churchill
My friend PGA Teaching Pro Mike Gibson and I were guests on WATD's "Monday Nite Talk with Senator Bob Hedlund" tonight! We chatted bout Mike's recent project, Titleist Inspiration and the Goldie Bounce Golf Show! It seems as if Senator Bob's favorite golf movie is "Caddy Shack" and his favorite part of the movie was when Rodney Dangerfield began playing the Journey song, "Any Way You Want It" from a boombox in his golfbag! How very interesting! He agreed to stop by "Gibby's Crib" at Harmon Golf and Fitness to run a gammet of tests to see if his golf game can be salvaged, seems he's got some issues due to his "Softball Swing." Oh and not to worry Senator, I'll be vlogging your progress....

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Top Dawg - Tour Pro Erik Compton

Huge Congrats to PGA Tour Pro Erik Compton who made it through the first stage of the annual PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in Port St. Lucie, Fla. this past week. Erik finished up in first place posting a score of -22 (266) on the PGA Golf Club - Wanamaker Course! Erik, a two-time heart transplant survivor just launched a PSA video series entitled "Titleist Inspiration," in conjunction with fellow PGA Professional Mike Gibson, Titleist and the Golf Channel. In the PSA Erik talks candidly about his life's journey through his golf game and the inspirational lessons he's learned along the way. For more info on "Titleist Inspiration" go to www.titleist.com/inspiration. Oh what an inspiration you are Erik!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mike Gibson's Titleist Inspiration

Mike Gibson with PGA Tour Pro Nick Watney at 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship

Mike Gibson will tell you that "yes, he's special - but so is everyone else!" An honorary member of the PGA of America, Mike lost his arm in a tragic boating accident when he was 14. He refers to the accident as, "his longest day" but chooses to embrace life and live, not delve deep into depression or self-pity. When one comes in contact with Mike, it's like one of those chance encounters in life where you leave thinking - I just met one of those "one in a million people!" Mike's positive dynamic approach to life and golf can't help but inspire those around him to the infinite possibilities that life has to offer - if your willing. Mike's a Nationally Certified Club Fitter and PGA Teaching Professional at Harmon Golf and Fitness in Rockland, MA. He's got a new and exciting project in conjunction with Titleist Golf and the Golf Channel that has just launched, entitled "Titleist Inspiration." Mike and 2 time heart transplant survivor and PGA Tour Professional, Erik Compton talk about their paths in life through their golf game and the inspirational life lessons that they've learned. They touch upon the fact that golf can inspire others as well, no matter what your circumstances. Mike told me that, "the Titleist Inspiration video series started out as a PSA for the Golf Channel and is now blooming into something bigger." Not surprisingly, Mike's just enjoying the ride and goin with the flow, embracing this newest endeavor to the fullest - where ever it may lead him! Titleist has set up an interactive Facebook Fan Page where one can post their own stories of inspiration at www.facebook.com/pages/Goldie-Bounce-Golf/89608275059?ref=ts#/Titleistinspiration?v=wall&ref=ts and you can also find Titleist Inspiration at www.titleist.com/inspiration

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

High Stakes Shoot Out!

2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship Winner Matt Kuchar Here at the 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship Matt Kuchar reigns supreme! What a match! It was a nail biting sudden death 6 hole high stakes shootout with Vaughn Taylor in overtime no less! Due to the blistery cold weather here "preferred lies" were still in play and Kucher defeated Taylor on hole #13 with a par 4. Kucher said that "hole #13 has been my nemesis all week and it was great to seal the deal there!" Matt remarked that "it's hard to describe what a great feeling it is to it is to win a PGA Tour event because they are so difficult to win." Case in point, his last PGA Tour win was 7 years ago at the 2002 at the Honda Classic. After receiving his well deserved bling he said, "this is one of the kooler trophies in golf and I am certaintly excited to be putting this up at home." This marks Kucher's second PGA Tour career win and he sits at 25th place on the PGA Tour money list going into the final four Fall Series events. Now, it's off to Vegas baby for the Justin Timberlake Shriner's Hospitals for Children Open! (Photo Courtesy of Herm Card hermphoto@aol.com)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

It's Sudden Death here at Turning Stone







Vaughn Taylor vs. Matt Kucher in overtime







As if blistery wet playing conditions weren't enough to spice things up here at the 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship, a sudden death playoff cheated by darkness surely did the trick! Matt Kucher and Vaughn Taylor tied for the lead late this afternoon and thus found themselves in a sudden death playoff! They completed the first two playoff holes, #18 and #12 before the match was called due to darkness. The pair will resume on the final playoff hole, #13 at 8:30am on Monday. This makes the fourth Monday finish this year for the PGA Tour. Matt moves to within the top 25 on the PGA Tour Money List with his finish here at Turning Stone and Vaughn has achieved his goal of breaking into the top 125 to maintain his PGA Tour Card! Matt and I have something in common - it's my first PGA Tour Playoff too!!!! Make sure to tune into WATD 95.9 FM tomorrow morning for the Rob Hakala show (5 - 9am) 'cause I'll be calling in for a pre-playoff broadcast live from the Atuynote Golf Club here at the Turning Stone Resort! (Photos Courtesy of Herm Card - hermphoto@aol.com)

Aussie John Senden

PGA Tour Professional John Senden
Australian PGA Tour Pro John Senden ended up finishing tied for 5th place along with Jimmy Walker here at the 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship. John's had 7 top ten finishes this season - most recently tying for 10th place at the PGA Tour Championship. After posting his final score, I talked with John about his play here at Turning Stone. He told me that "Atunyote was in fantastic condition" but that "the weather did not cooperate and so we had a wet soft golf course." Apparently about 20% of the events played during the season use the lift clean and place ruling so it's nothing new to John. John also cited 2006 as probably his best year out on tour and said that "this season has been a consistent year and I've been really happy with my results this year and making the Tour Championship was a bonus!" Thanks for stopping John!

Kevin Streelman - Kodak Challenge Leader

Kevin Streelman's leading the charge at 13- in the Kodak Challenge after his finish here at the 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship! In the final chase for the $1 million winner take all bonus, 17 of the top 22 Kodak Challenge contenders were here this week to compete on the Kodak Challenge Hole #11 (par 3, 230 yards) at the Tom Fazio designed Atunyote Golf Course. Kevin has played 17 Kodak Challenge holes this season and has committed to the final four Fall Finish events on the PGA Tour. I asked Kevin what he thought about leading the Kodak Challenge and he told me, "I'm trying not to think about it too much to be honest because it's one hole at a time but it's exciting I know I got a one shot lead with 4 holes to go so see if I can hold on." Kevin said that his favorite Kodak Challenge hole is, "the 16th hole at the FBR which is in Phoenix where I live now, whenever we can sleep in our own bed its a nice week on tour so that's my favorite week on tour." With just four holes to go, the Kodak Challenge wraps up on November 15th at the Children's Miracle Network Open at Disney's Magnolia Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Vince Farrar, Director of Food and Beverage -Turning Stone Resort

Vince Farrar at an outside grill on the Atunyote Golf Course

I'm not gonna lie, I'm a food lover for sure! Ergo, I've always wondered just how all the food is put together at a PGA Tour event. Vince Farrar, the Director of Food and Beverage here at the Turning Stone Resort was more than happy to fill me in on the process! He took me on a wild ride around the food stations out on the Atunyote Golf Course - it was raining of course but we braved the conditions, I mean if the Tour players can deal with it, so can I! Vince was throwing all sorts of facts and figures at me and boy was I having a hard time keeping up 'cause it's really hard to even tally up my daily calorie stats, not to mention what he's got goin' on! Each day here at the golf tournament, Vince is in charge of providing breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages to 1100 Volunteers, 500 Staff Members, about 75 Media in the Media Center, 132 PGA Tour players and their families, 12 Hospitality Suites and Villas, Spectators, all of the Vending Carts and lets not forget the 22 Restaurants at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino! Vince told me that the "Volunteer's Tent, where they feed the 1100 volunteers during the tournament, is ranked #1 on the PGA Tour!" How kool is that? He also said that "the Atunyote Golf Course is the least played course on the PGA Tour, so when the players arrive, it's usually in superb condition!" Now if only the fickle weather would cooperate! Thanks for the gorgeous sushi Vince!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Steve Powell - Director Kodak Challenge

Liza Churchill and Tour Pro Dave Mahoney at the Kodak Fan Photo Zone
Here at the 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship I had the pleasure of chatting with Steve Powell - the Director of the PGA Tour Kodak Challenge! I really was excited to talk to him because seriously during the season I had been rather confused by the whole FedEx Cup points system (BTW I know I am not the only one?!)! After talking to Steve it seems that the Kodak Challenge is really simple! Steve told me that, " the Kodak Challenge is the first of it's kind competition for PGA Tour Players and fans" and that "it kicked off at the Mercedes-Benz Championship at Kapalua in Hawaii in 2009." He also said that Kodak picked a Kodak Challenge hole at 30 different PGA Tour stops throughout the season and that each player must play at least 18 of the Kodak Challenge holes throughout the season to be counted. They then choose their best 18 scores and whoever has the lowest score relative to par receives the winner take all $1,000,000 bonus check! The Kodak Challenge Trophy will be presented at the Children's Miracle Network Classic held at the Magnolia Golf Club at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on November 14th! This week at the Turning Stone Resort Championship, the Kodak Challenge hole is the Par 3, 230 yard 11th Hole. It's been said to be the most difficult hole on the Tom Fazio designed Atunyote Golf Course. Kodak also has really fun promotions for the golf fans too! At each of the PGA Tour Kodak Challenge events, there's a Kodak Fan Photo Zone set up out on the course, here it's hole #13, which gives spectators a complimentary photo as a souvenir for attending the event. Since there are no cameras allowed at PGA Tour events it is nice touch. As you can see from my Fan Zone pic it was absolutely freezing here in Oneida Nation! Kodak also has the "Smile Get Spotted and Win" promotion where prizes are randomly given away to spectators who are wearing the Kodak Smile and Win lanyards. The prizes are great - hats and blankets - even Kodak pocket video cameras! Kodak's new slogan for the PGA Tour Fall Series is "It's Time to Smile!" How fitting, no doubt the winner of the $1,000,000 Kodak Challenge bonus check will most certainly be smiling from ear to ear! Go to www.kodakchallenge.com for more info!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

DePuy Mitek PGA Tour Mobile Fitness Center

Scott Reihl - PGA Tour Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Traveling week to week with the PGA Tour is the DePuy Mitek Mobile Fitness Center and the Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Clinic. These two pimped out trailers house state of the art work-out equipment and top-notch staff therapists and chiropractors and in the case of a serious injury, the PGA Tour also has an on-call Orthopedic Surgeon! During each tour event, the trailers are usually parked in close proximity to the Clubhouse in the player's parking lot so it's very convenient for the players to utilize the facilities before and after their rounds. Scott Reihl gave me a kickin tour around the Fitness Facility! The PGA Tour and DePuy Mitek provide the facilities free of charge to the PGA Tour players. Scott's been running the program since it's inception 9 years ago and he coordinates an assessment of each players specific needs and builds a work-out program. He travels with the tour 30 to 35 weeks out of a year living out of hotels and eating out every nite but Scott loves his job and many of the tour players have become close personal friends. Scott said, "It's not a typical week for the PGA Tour here at the Atunyote Golf Club - the weather conditions are brutal so alot of guys are coming in for their workouts and stretches to warm-up before they play to prevent injury." Scott's seen "steady growth in the program from 20 to 25% of the players utilizing the facilities to 80 and 85% of the field every week." Scott says, "alot of players are seeing the benefit of a healthy body as it relates to their golf swing" and that "Gary Player is probably the Father of Fitness here on the PGA Tour, he's been working out for bout 50 years now and his good friend is Jack LaLanne, so working out is nothing new to the tour but Tiger's success has definitely put the fitness end in the forefront!" Sounds good to me, Rock on Guys!

2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship

The Fall Series has begun! The First Round of Competition at the Turning Stone Resort Championship kicks off today in Verona, NY at the Tom Fazio designed Atunyote Golf Club (pronounced uh-DUNE-yote) at Turning Stone. Atunyote is an Oneida Indian word that means Eagle. A field of 132 players are vying for $6,000,000 in prize money with $1,080,000 as the Winners share. Defending Champ Dustin Johnson is teein' it up at 12:35 today and local Cape Cod Touring Pro Mike Carbone is making his bid on the 10th tee at 1:15! BTW it's no day at the beach here in Verona! The current temp is a bone chilling 38 degrees coupled with raw and wet playing conditions! Today at daybreak, pink balloons were launched on the first tee to commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - now that was really fun! Yesterday's Pro Am was won by KJ Choi and his team with a score of 59. Country Star Trace Adkins and Actor Steven Baldwin finished up in 3rd place with a score of 62! Follow all the action in real time on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TSchampionship and Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Turning-Stone-Resort-Championship/65024263593?v=wall

Friday, September 25, 2009

Brian Silva Design

Celebrated Golf Course Architect Brian Silva has been designing and renovating golf courses for over 25 years! A leading interpreter of classic vintage design, Silva has restored many of this nation's historic courses - bringing the original designer's visions back to life! He refers to the "Golden Age Architects" such as Donald Ross, Allistar McKenzie, Charles Blair McDonald, William Flynn, Langford and Morrow and Styles and VanCleek stating that, "many of these architects were sharp and cutting edge in their visions and strategy but because so many of their creations have been changed - stripped of like 20, 30 or 40 of their bunkers, due to the economic hard times after the Depression, their work is not what we think it is." To aid in his restoration process Brian uses the original golf course plans and blueprints as well as vintage photos from the teens and early 1920's. It's crystal clear to me after talking with Brian that even after 25 years, he's absolutely enamored with his craft, quite a rare quality to find these days! That my friends is why Brian Silva is top in the field of Golf Course Design!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"One if by land two if by sea"

Ken Read at the Puma Open Boston - the Pinehills Plymouth, MA
As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow so aptly put it in his famous poem 'bout the start of the Revolutionary War "...one if by land two if by sea." While not quite the Revolutionary War - the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race was a nine month treacherous battle none the less! Hailed as the "Everest of Sailing," this premier round the world race is held every four years and is the ultimate test of physical endurance, skill and competitive spirit! The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 kicked off in Alicante, Spain in October 2008 with 7 boats. All in all the teams ended up sailing approximately 46,000 nautical miles of the world’s most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Kochi, Singapore, Qingdao, around Cape Horn to Rio de Janeiro, Boston, Galway, Goteborg and Stockholm - finishing up in St. Petersburg Russia in June 2009! The race spanned four continents and five oceans and there were 11 stopovers in 10 countries! Each of the seven entries raced day and night on a Volvo Open 70 which can exceed speeds over 30 knots. The sailing teams consisted of 11 professional crew which included an onboard media specialist (with a total of 7 cameras onboard) and crew members performed various roles from skipper to medic to bowman to engineer to sailmaker to navigator. The amount of space each crew member had aboard the boat was 2 meters of space per person, equivalent to living in a carbon fiber phone booth! During the race the crews experienced extreme conditions such as sleep deprivation, temperature variations ranging from -5 to +40 degrees Celsius and wind speeds from 0 to 70 knots! There was no fresh food aboard and the crew lived off freeze dried fare re-hydrated with desalinated seawater and had to eat an average of 5,000 calories a day to sustain their energy levels! Each crew member only had one change of clothing and there was no fresh water for showering (which prolly made everything rather salty!) The only North American stopover was in Boston. After finishing up Leg 6, from Rio-De Janero to Boston, the Volvo Ocean Race converged onto Boston's Fan Pier where a temporary city, "the International Race Village," was erected from April 27 through May 16. There was music, celebrations, eclectic food and awesome in-port racing! Team Puma even erected a temporary storefront for all their fans! The Volvo Ocean Race had an entourage of over 1,000 people traveling at any one time, from journalists, families, friends, sponsors, additional spare parts, logistical and shore crews! At the helm of Puma's boat "Il Mostro" was international sailing legend Ken Read! Kenny, along with Team Puma, finished up in second place overall! Kenny's home port is Newport, R.I. and since arriving home Kenny said that "....for the first time in my life I actually took a real vacation." This Summer it's been all about the golf for Ken! He says, "I don't make my living at golf so I can go out and have fun and tweak and try different things, I really really enjoy it." Kenny claims his handicap is an 11 - I think he was just being humble 'cause that's the kind of guy he is! Go to www.pumaoceanracing.com/us/en to view amazing footage of this dramatic race!

Puma's "Il Mostro" Christening - Boston Harbor May 2008

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

ESPN 890's Alan Segel

Alan Segel from ESPN 890 Boston
(photo courtesy of Pat Eastman)
Boy! The Media Center sure was chock full of Boston media types during the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship! I saw my friend from way back in the day, Alan Segel. Alan was the voice of the Bruins on WBZ Radio FOREVER....he's now working for ESPN 890 Boston. I forgot to ask him who his favorite PGA Tour player is!?

2009 Masters Champion Angel Cabrera

Angel Cabrera 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship
I caught up with one of my all time faves....Argentinian Angel Cabrera, after his final round at the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship. Cabrera made a run on the back nine racking up 4 birdies and parring 5 holes - ending up 6- 65, tied for fourth place along with Padraig Harrington and Dustin Johnson. Cabrera shot his best rounds of the year this week at TPC, posting a score of 65 in Rounds 1 and 4! He's currently 22nd on the FedEx Cup Playoff Standings with 3 top 10 finishes in 2009. Whats next for Angel? It's on to Cog Hill in Chicago for the BMW Championship, the third of four events in the FedEx Cup Playoffs!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Stricker's Labor Day Paycheck

Steve Stricker's Labor Day paycheck was 1.35 million - not bad for holiday pay! The win for Steve Stricker here at TPC Norton means he now sits high atop the FedEx Cup Playoff standings in 1st place (racking up 2,500 Fed Ex Cup points here at Deutsche Bank) and has moved to No. 2 in the World Golf Rankings behind Tiger Woods! A possibility of a 3 way playoff with Stricker, Verplank and Dufner left fans and media alike sitting on pins and needles awaiting Stricker's final holes! Stricker got the job done with birdies on 17 and 18, posting a 4- 67 to capture the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship by one stroke over Scott Verplank (67) and Jason Dufner (65). As I was awaiting Stricker's arrival at the scoring booth on 18, I happened to run into PGA Tour player Jerry Kelly! What a Kool Kat! Jerry was hanging out in jeans, a tee shirt and flip flops - there to congratulate his good friend Steve on his win! Jerry was even gracious enough to say a few kind words about Stricker's game! After posting his score Steve came out of the trailer and the two embraced - what camaraderie! Very nice to see out here on the PGA Tour! Later during the press conference I was able to ask Steve about his very special bond with Jerry Kelly. FYI not only is Steve Stricker "Mr. September," he's also tagged "the Nicest Guy on the PGA Tour!"


Sunday, September 6, 2009

This year it's Team New England!

Team New England emerges victorious over Team USA in the John D. Mineck DBC Junior Cup! The final score in the Ryder Cup format was 48 - 24! This event was held at the Boston Golf Club in Hingham in conjunction with the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship. I met up with the kids and Team Captain Dave Adamonis, Jr. here at TPC Norton at the Sunday Celebration Barbecue! As I was leaving the awards ceremony, I bumped into Seth Waugh, CEO of Deutsche Bank and his son Clancy who played on Team USA! They gave me a few quotes 'bout the event as well!

Megan Khang Team New England

New England Team Captain Dave Adamonis(photos courtesy of Pat Eastman)Last week, in Thursday's Pro-Am here at the Deutsche Bank Championship, a foresome was open by the good graces of State Street and it was decided to use the slot for some of the young kids playing in the John Mineck DBC Junior Cup! How fun is that? They played with Camilo Villegas and they actually won the event! The first thing Camilo said after the round was "Oh my god this is the most fun I've ever had and we need to do this in every pro-am!" Good Times!

Deutsche Bank Championship Calligrapher Scott Reilly

(Photo courtesy of Pat Eastman)

Housed within the Media Center, located behind the 18th hole here at TPC Norton, is the second of two Leaderboards. Volunteer Calligrapher Scott Reilly is back for his 4th Deutsche Bank Championship stint! He's in charge of transcribing and posting the player's scores as they come in from the scoring booths via Shot Link ticker tape. Scott said that "throughout the span of the event the number of letters and symbols that he posts to the Leaberboard is approximately 30,000!" There's usually a bit of a maylay here in the press room towards the end of the tournament but Scott's good under pressure and makes sure all of the writers and press have the info they need! Scott's an Assistant Golf Professional at The Country Club in Brookline, MA., an avid Sabers fan, is on quite a Chipotle kick and has a black lab named Sable.

Carbon Neutral - Say What???!!!

Solar Power Installation provided by Evergreen Solor
(photo courtesy of Pat Eastman)

The Deutsche Bank Championship is committed to reducing it's carbon footprint and therefore environmental impact and was the first and remains the only carbon neutral event on the PGA Tour. "We continue to build on our substantial progress in our approach to protecting and preserving the environment," Championship Director Eric Baldwin said. "We are committed to being good stewards of the earth, and the Championship and all of our Partners and vendors encourage our fans to join us in this effort." What is carbon neutral? The Deutsche Bank has invested in a project that has reduced carbon emissions by an amount equal to what is calculated to be generated in the production of the Championship. This program was validated by environmental consulting expert First Climate, one of Europe's leading carbon asset management companies. Some examples of ways in which the Sustainability Program has been implemented here at the Championship are as follows...

Housed between the 9th green and 10th tee box is the solor power installation, provided by Marlboro, MA. based Evergreen Solor, and was designed and installed by Alteris Renewables. This typical photovoltaic (PV) system produces enough energy to power the typical American home. The energy that is generated by this system will be funneled back into the local power grid to help to offset some of the power used throughout the Championship

This year's event also has an on-site recycling program managed by Pritchard Event Services to collect and sort all redeemable cans and bottles with the proceeds to benefit local area food banks

Most of the produce used in the TPC Boston kitchen during the event comes from local farms and 100% of the herbs used are grown in TPC Boston's own herb garden! The meat and veggies come from the greater Boston area

Paper used in the Championship office is 100% recycled

The Championship has also partnered with Waste Management and Anheuser-Busch to recycle aluminum and plastic bottles

The Championship's new Sustainability Tent, located near Kid's Village features a replica of the Deutsche Bank Carbon Counter which was launched in June in New York City and displays the running total of long-lived gases in the earth's atmosphere. It's also the world's first scientifically valid real-time carbon counter (www.know-the-number.com)!

CAT power which supplies all the power generation on-site during the event has switched to ultra low sulfur diesel

Providing spectator transportation for the Championship is Boston Coach and uses motors that operate on B5 ultra low sulfur diesel. This bio-diesel fuel is made up of renewable resources and has no sulfur and reduced nitrogen and carbon footprints

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Deutsche Bank Second Round Highlights

I thought I'd share some of my favorite moments from the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship today! PGA Tour rookie Marc Leishman, teeing off in the first group of the day at 7:40 am, shot a 29 on the first nine holes of play ending with a round of 9- 62 falling one shot short of the course record (which happens to be 61 set by Vijay Singh BTW)! Australian Leishman is currently 93rd on the FedEx Cup point standings and is looking to bust a move this weekend! When asked how he was adjusting to his rookie year on tour the Australian said "you know, a little bit star struck at first, the first tournaments you play with Tiger and Phil and the big names, but starting to get used to it. Obviously the more you do it, the better you get." He finished up 10- for the day tied for 3rd place along with Retief Goosen - not too shabby! Just as I approached the fairway on hole #2 (a 562 yard par 5) to watch one of my all time faves - Argentinian Angel Cabrera, his playing partner John Senden holed out from 250 yards with a four-iron for the first double eagle in Deutsche Bank Championship history and the third double eagle in PGA Tour competition in 2009! Not one to be undone, Cabrera shot an eagle too! Co-leaders Jim Furyk and Sean O'Hair set the bar at 12- for the day! In the press room after his round Sean was asked about the two years he spent traveling around New England in the Summer playing on the (mini-tour) Cleveland Golf Tour. He replied, "Some of Jackie and I's best memories were playing the New England Tour. We had alot of fun traveling. I wasn't used to playing on a Tour, and so it was nice to kind of get to know some guys that could play and that competition. We got some confidence because I played really well. I don't think I missed a cut on those two years. You, know we had a motor home and we were traveling around. At the time we had no kids but we had a big, fat lab that was like a kid, and we just kind of were trying to live week to week, really. But I think those times kind of make this pretty sweet." Steve Stricker's 36 hole total of 130 is the second-lowest of his career, second only to the 126 he recorded en route to his win earlier this year at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The 36 hole cut for the tournament ended up at 1- under 141 and 73 players advance from a field of 99 professionals. Those who missed the cut included Stewart Cink, Heath Slocum, Ernie Els, Fred Couples, and Rory Sabbatini. The results for the first round of the John D. Mineck Junior Cup over at the Boston Golf Club are Team New England 22, Team USA 14. Last year Team USA won the event with a score of 43-29. Sunday tee times begin at 8am and the winning team will be recognized Sunday evening at the Deutsche Bank Championship's Sunday Celebration at TPC Boston.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Joe McCabe - Executive Director, The First Tee of Massachusetts

(photo courtesy of Pat Eastman)
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking with Joe McCabe! Joe is the Executive Director of the First Tee Program of Massachusetts and he told me all about this wonderful program! Joe was chaperoning a group of over 150 participants of the First Tee Program of Massachusetts who were attending the Deutsche Bank Championship Kids Exhibition featuring David Ogron - the world's fastest golfer. Looking on with awestruck expressions the children clapped and cheered as David broke his previous World Record for the fastest number of balls hit in two minutes by 1, hitting 134 balls! David and his assistant Scott McKinney travel worldwide as part of their program "Miracle Golf Tour." David encouraged the children to "...never give up on your dreams, if someone tells you that you can't do something than follow your dreams and do everything that you can do to achieve those dreams." In 2003, The MGA Links at Mamantappett in Norton, MA. partnered with the First Tee, a national junior development initiative of the World Golf Federation. The First Tee of Massachusetts introduces the game of golf to at-risk underprivileged children who otherwise may never be exposed to the game of golf. The program teaches nine core values inherent to the game of golf to the children - honesty, confidence, respect and courtesy, sportsmanship, integrity, judgement, perseverance and responsibility. The skills these kids learn through the program can be utilized both on and off the golf course. In other Deutsche Bank Championship news, the First Tee of Massachusetts received an $18,000.00 donation from the Red Sox Foundation as part of the 6th annual Red Sox Legends and Friends Pro-Am held on September 3rd!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Heath Slocum at the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship

Fresh off his win at The Barclays I caught up with wild card Heath Slocum this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship! Last Sunday on the 72nd hole of play at Liberty National, the Manhattan skyline looming in the background, Heath showed the boys just what he is made of by nailing what is being dubbed "the miracle putt" (a 20ft par putt BTW) edging out playing partner Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els by one stroke to clinch the first of four events in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Not to mention vaulting 121 points on the FedEx Cup Standings to #3 going into this weeks Deutsche Bank Championship! Heath had a good finish here at TPC Norton in 2008 and is confident he can ride the wave of his recent success....we shall see! Good luck this week Heath!

There's a first time for everything....

Yup, here 'tis....my first official PGA Tour Media Pass! Oh yeh this definitely qualifies to go down in my book of firsts! Let's see there was the first time the tooth fairy visited, my first ride on the school bus, my first crush and the list goes on....blah bitty blah blah blah!

Friday, August 28, 2009

4th Annual John D. Mineck DBC Junior Cup September 5-6 at Boston Golf Club

The fourth Annual John D. Mineck DBC Junior Cup is slated for September 5-6 at the Boston Golf Club in Hingham in conjunction with the Deutsche Bank Championship. This prestigious event is named in honor of it's co-founder and also co-owner of Boston Golf Club, the late John Mineck who passed away in 2007. John was a tireless contributor to local junior golf. With 36 of the nation's top junior golfers, ages 11-18, competing in a Ryder Cup Format - Team USA vs. Team New England, this event promises to be chock full of talent and excitement! Last year Team USA beat Team New England 43 - 29! Representing Team USA will be a group of the nation’s top junior golfers, hailing from 12 different states and two Caribbean islands and is captained by Steve Feinstein. Team USA includes 14 boys and four girls: Cameron Andrade of Atlanta, Ga.; Todd Berglund of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Maxime Blandin of Schoelvher, Martinique; Patrick Cansfield of Port Huron, Mich.; Eric Hallberg of Castle Rock, Colo.; Chipper Hughes of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; Hank Lebioda of Winter Spring, Fla.; Matthew Mabrey of Little Rock, Ark.; Ian Mankoff of Lake Forest, Ill.; Francesco Ruffino of Bloomfield Village, Mich.; Scott Smyers of Lakeland, Fla.; Clancy Waugh of Garden City, N.Y.; Jack Williams of Garden City, N.Y.; Joe Winslow of Overland Park, Kan.; Cindy Ha of Demarest, N.J.; Ali Prazak of St.Thomas, Virgin Islands; Bryce Schroeder of Pinehurst, N.C. and Courtney Boe of Blufton, S.C. Team New England, captained by Dave Adamoinis Jr. (who BTW is also the Executive Director of the United States Challenge Cup Junior Golf Foundation) is represented by the cream of the crop in New England Junior golf and includes 14 boys and four girls: Ben Balter of Wayland, MA; Chelso Barrett of Keene, N.H.; Andrew Fiorenzano of Jamestown, R.I.; Danny Guise of Greenwich, Ct.; Chris Houston of Gilford, N.H.; Nick McLaughlin of New Castle, N.H.; Andy Mai of Suffield, Ct.; Chris Melvin of Medfield, MA; Evan Russell of Essex Junction, Vt.; Damon Salo of New Ipswich, N.H; Joe Toland of White River Junction, Vt.; Nick Torrance of East Lyme, Ct.; Noah Walker of Norwell, MA; Cameron Wilson of Rowayton, Ct.; Megan Khang of Rockland, MA; Mia Landegren of Bridgewater, Ct.; Nicole Scola of Westerly, R.I. and Isabel Southard of Sharon, MA. Tee times will begin at 8 a.m. each day, with play concluding at 1 p.m. on September 6th. An awards presentation will follow the conclusion of play, and the winning team will be recognized that evening during the Deutsche Bank Championship Sunday Celebration Barbecue at TPC Boston in Norton, MA.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Puma Open Boston 2009

Due to my uber insane sched I was only able to swing by the Puma Open Boston, held this past Friday afternoon at the Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, for the latter half of the event. Upon my arrival, I thought I'd walked into a fashion shoot! Lets just say the golfers who participate in the Puma Opens really take their Puma golf gear seriously! Even the employees of the Pinehills Golf Club were donning the latest in Puma attire from head to toe! How do I best describe the Puma Open? Well...it's a mix of extreme golf (zany golf holes) fabulous food and drinks and casino style gambling! The vibe of the Puma Golf Brand is surfing the wave of the new generation in golf which is trendy, fashionable and totally tied into social networking! The kool kats from Puma Golf are all about real time and were shooting video skits, tweeting up a storm on Twitter and using "Social Pix" to upload photos from the partay straight to the Puma Open Facebook Fan Page! The Puma Open Boston was just what this area of New England needed....a swift kick in the khakis! New England golfers tend to be rather "traditional!" The Puma Open 2009 is on a nationwide tour visiting 15 cities. Go to www.golf.puma.com for more info! A big Thank You to all the attentive Puma employees - Matt Handy, Katie Clifford, Heather Bouzan and Ashley Girard as well as Puma Ocean Racing Team Skipper Kenny Read (who BTW just completed the 46,000 mile 'round the world Volvo Ocean Race - taking second place honors - aboard the Puma boat "Il Mostro!") y'all made my night!

Puma Open Promo Video

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rob Hakala and the South Shore's Morning News

Take a gander at how Rob Hakala and the SS Morning News Team roll! Since November 2000, Rob's morning show has been the South Shore's source for everything you need to get moving in the morning - News, Weather, Traffic, Business and Sports! Catch the show on WATD weekdays from 5 - 9am!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Touring Professional Jason Parajeckas


UConn grad Jason Parajeckas turned pro in 2007 and is one of thousands of aspiring touring professionals throughout the country or world for that matter, trying to attain that ticket to the big time - the PGA Tour card. Jason hails from Woburn, MA and his home course while in New England is Pleasant Valley CC in Sutton, MA and during the Winter season it's Bear Lakes CC in West Palm Beach, FL. Jason's mentor is also his father, Paul Parajeckas, who is the Head Golf Professional at Pleasant Valley CC and a highly respected figure within the NEPGA. For as long as he can remember Jason was hanging out playing at the golf course with his Dad. Interestingly enough during the MA State Open Championship this year they were competitors! Jason's record this Summer is far from shabby! He placed 4th in the 2009 Massachusetts State Open, 5th in the 2009 Rhode Island State Open and 9th in the 2009 Providence Open! Jason plans to attend the 2009 PGA Tour Qualifying school this Fall. We wish you well Jason!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Deutsche Bank Championship Media Day

Greg Ball of BZA Public Relations and Deutsche Bank Championship Director Eric Baldwin
I attended the Deutsche Bank Championship Media Day at TPC Boston in Norton yesterday. The weather gods obviously heard my chant for there was a break in the rain and glorious golfin' weather was had all 'round! The format for the outing was Net Ball and we had the opportunity to preview the changes in the course which was tons of fun. I saw lots of friends too! T.J. Auclair from PGATOUR.com and Alan Segal of WBZ fame, now doin some work on ESPN 890 in Boston and Greg Simeone of Harmon Golf. I even met some new friends! Pat Eastman - a freelance photog and insane scorekeeper (boy does she know her "rules!") was instrumental in leading our team to our third place finish, plus she also won the women's longest drive contest and I have a new Twitter friend - Mike Petraglia from WEEI! He was "tweeting" during the press conference but he claims that he didn't "tweet" while playing his round! His handle on Twitter is "Trags" just in case you wanna follow Boston Sports! The Deutsche Bank Championship is on Twitter as well @ "DBChampionship" so you can follow all the tournament action in real time! During the press conference via telephone with Defending Champ Vijay Singh he was asked about the state of his game and he said "I've taken two weeks off, I've really practiced hard, and physically I'm in good shape. My knee is pretty much 100 percent and there's no excuses there. So I'm just looking forward to going out there for the Bridgestone this week and then the PGA, and then I'm ready for the playoffs. I think I'm going to have a strong finish here coming up these next few events. " Vijay was in a jovial mood and was saying what a great boost Tom Watson's run at the British Open was for all of the guys on tour that thought they may be over the hill! Defending champion Vijay Singh is the only two-time winner in the event's 6 year history (2004 and 2008). The field is comprised of the top 100 players on the FedExCup points list. The Deutsche Bank Championship is the only scheduled Monday finish (Labor Day) on the PGA Tour and is the second of four events in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. This is also the "greenest" Deutsche Bank Championship yet and is the first PGA Tour event to be certified "carbon neutral." Championship Director Eric Baldwin, BZA Public Relations liaison Greg Ball and TPC Boston General Manager Brad Williams couldn't be any nicer, they created a perfect day for the media! I can't wait for Labor Day Weekend! For more information about the tournament go to www.dbchampionship.com

Friday, July 31, 2009

Ultimate Goldie Bounce!

Donning a spectacular Golden Swish,” the promotional Nike Black One Black ball is my ultimate fantasy ball for the perfect Goldie Bounce!” Can you imagine the joy of seeing this sexy ball hit a tree deep in the rough and bounce back onto the fairway - nestling itself into perfect position for an easy approach shot to the green for Birdie!? I’m just sayin’....

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

LPGA Legend Jane Blalock

I can safely say that nothin' beats golfing with a Legend! Earlier this week I attended the LPGA Golf Clinics for Women hosted by LPGA Legend's Tour Professional Jane Blalock along with many amazing LPGA certified instructors. The one day clinic, sponsored by Met Life, Fidelity, Nike Golf, Fed Ex, American Airlines and Kraft was held at the Spring Valley CC in Sharon, MA. A full field of 144 women executives of all skill levels, all there to network and brush up on their golf game, were treated to a relaxing day filled with top notch instruction. The tutelage touched upon the basics of golf such as proper gripping of the club to chipping and putting, swing analysis and rules and etiquette. The Nike tour van was on the range to provide all the ladies with Nike demo clubs, club fitting and of course Nike apparel. It was a fun filled afternoon chock full of laughter and much camaraderie and lets just say no one left hungry or empty handed! The day began with a continental breakfast and goody bags and treats awaited our arrival. A luncheon followed a 9 hole scramble and the latter part of the day consisted of instructional clinics capped off by a silent auction and cocktail hour. The LPGA Golf Clinics for Women celebrate their 20th anniversary this year and benefit the Komen for the Cure Foundation. For more information go to http://www.lpgagolfclinicsforwomen.com/

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My visit today with station owner Ed Perry

After taping my Goldie Bounce Golf segment today I thought it would the perfect time to visit Ed and chat about my show amongst other things....

Friday, July 17, 2009

Get your Tweet on!

Don't cha sometimes wonder just who it is behind all the tweeting on Twitter - the latest craze in social networking? WATD's in-house twitterer is intern Eric Hurt! Follow all the breaking news in our area in real time on Twitter at www.twitter.com/959watdfm. WATD is the South Shore's favorite radio station!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

2009 New England Women's Golf Association Champ Chelsea Curtis

Chelsea Curtis, playing out of the Country Club of New Seabury, is competing in the 107th North and South Women's Amateur event at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina this week! Chelsea has some stiff competition with the likes of Marika Lendel and Candace Schepperle. The field is playing on the historic Pinehurst #2 course and Chelsea's tee time on Thursday is 8:02 am. A graduate of Georgetown, Chelsea recently won the New England Women's Golf Association Championship at the Metacomet CC in Rhode Island and plans to turn pro in the Fall - taking on the Duramed Future's tour qualifying school. Cheer on Chelsea....follow all the action from Pinehurst in real time at http://www.pinehurst.com/!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Gateway to Ed Perry's Office


I particularly like the "TRUST ME I'm a reporter" sticker on WATD station owner Ed Perry's office door!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Historic Centennial Win for Rob Oppenheim

Rob Oppenheim is on Fire! Seriously! This could be his year to finally attain that ever ellusive PGA Tour Card that has alluded his grasp for so long. This Spring, after garnering medalist honors at the Massachusetts Open qualifying event held at his home course, Indian Ridge in Andover, Rob took his winning streak south where he played 3 Moonlight Tour events, posting 2 first and 1 second place finish before heading back to his stomping grounds to take his rightful place in Massachusetts golf history along with the likes of Francis Ouimet - as one of only 6 golfers in the history of this 100 year event to have won both the Massachusetts Amateur and Massachusetts Open titles. Not one to rest on his laurels for long, Rob then traveled to Portland Maine to compete in the Maine State Open where he finished 3 strokes behind last years Massachusetts Open champ Jim Renner to tie for second place along with John "Boom Boom" Elliot. No rest for the weary for from Maine it was back to Orlando to play in another Moonlight Tour event, tying for first place before heading up to Canada this week to play in a Canadian Tour event, the Saskatchewan Open, at the Dakota Dunes Golf Club in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Rob tees it up today at 1:00. For tournament results in real time go to the tour website http://www.cantour.com/. Support Rob in his quest for the PGA Tour card! His personal website is http://www.roboppenheimgolf.com/

Sunday, July 5, 2009

No Gloom and Doom Scenarios Here!

"Golf is Good!" according to NEPGA Executive Director Nathan Robbins. As the New England Chapter Executive Director and therefore role model, Nathan espouses good 'ol New England virtues such as patience, fortitude and of course strong work ethics, e.g. Yankee Ingenuity. Even in the midst of these questionable economic times, Nathan is quite confident that golf in New England will prevail, it always does. In an effort to grow and protect the spirit of the game, Nathan nurtures NEPGA programs such as the Callaway Junior Tour, with a schedule of over 70 events, boasting over 550 players and Rules and Etiquette clinics. Nathan also oversees over 1,000 PGA Professionals from over 400 New England golf courses. The NEPGA hosts over 300 competitive events throughout the golf season as well!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Ben Taylor sings at the 2004 Ryder Cup


Happy 4th of July and a shout out to reluctant celebrity hottie and local Vineyarder Ben Taylor! In this video Ben makes a very laid back golf fashion statement with his tan knit cap! Ben's on Twitter too! Go to www.twitter.com/bentaylorhq