Saturday, February 27, 2010

New England Series Amateur Tour


The New England PGA has announced the launch of the New England Series Amateur Tour! No matter what your playing level there's a place for you! The tour is managed by a team of PGA Professionals and administrators with over 30 years of tournament experience. The 2K10 schedule includes playing opportunities at the most stunning and challenging private courses in the Greater Boston area and events are held on weekdays as well as weekends. The inaugural event kicks off at the TPC Boston in Norton on April 19th! Perks of membership include season long player of the year points contests; Net, Gross and Net Stableford contests at every event, Amateur prizes at the host course golf shop, even the ability to invite guests to the event for a nominal fee - perfect for client hospitality! Simply stellar! For membership information go to www.newenglandseries.com and become a fan of the tour on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/pages/New-England-Amateur-Tour/333767847139?ref=mf

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Rick Johnson Head Golf Professional

The Hyannisport Golf Club on Cape Cod, MA

Rick Johnson has been the Head Golf Professional at the historic Hyannisport Club on Cape Cod for 31 years! Not one for pomp and circumstance, in his own quiet and unassuming way, Rick has been a tireless supporter of the game of golf in New England over the years. The highpoint of Rick's career came when he was selected by his peers as the 2007 New England Golf Professional of the Year and he told me that "the favorite part of my job is the organizing and running of golf tournaments." Well, Rick's got a big one coming up in April ~ the 59th annual Seagulls Four Ball Tournament! Held over 2 weekends in April this legendary amateur event usually has the worst weather conditions of the season and is truly a test of one's "golfing spirit." As they say the mark of a true champion is the ability to prevail under any playing conditions. In 2009, Rick along with Bob Miller, Head Professional at The Club at Yarmouthport, started the Cape Cod Parent Child Championship Tournament, slated for June this year and he's also host to the Cape Cod Amateur Tournament held at Hyannisport ~ also in it's 59th year. With no retirement plans on the horizon, Rick's looking forward to his upcoming season at Hyannisport. Click on this iTunes link to hear my February 21, 2K10 Goldie Bounce Golf Live interview with Rick Johnson http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=348834534

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Get your Slix On!

PGA Touring Professional John Daly in his Slix
Ummm well we now know that PGA Tour Pro John Daly isn't going commando in his LoudMouth golf attire! John's a big Twitter guy (www.twitter.com/pga_johndaly) and alerted us all to the fact that he now has a new underwear sponsor ~ www.getyourslixon.com. Whether or not his Slix will help him get his game on remains to be seen. It's a well known fact that John favors a Dairy Queen blizzard from time to time but has managed to shed more than 100 lbs! John's pre-releasing his newest album this week, formal launch date is March 2, available only on his website www.johndaly.com ~ the first 1,000 will be autographed ~ and his new reality tv show "Being John Daly" airs on the Golf Channel March 2nd. Stay tuned!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Abierto Internacional de Golf II Copa Antioquia

Club Campestre El Rodeo sede La Macarena in Rionegro, Colombia

The finest players from the Canadian Tour, the European Challenge Tour and the Tour de las Americas take the stage for the Abierto Internacional de Golf II Copa Antioquia at the Club Campestre El Rodeo sede La Macarena in Rionegro, Colombia. This is the 2K10 season opener for this trio of tours and marks the first time these 3 tours have joined forces to co-sanction an event. In 2008 the Can Tour and the Tour de las Americas co-sanctioned events in Argentina, Chile and Costa Rica but this is the first time that the Can Tour has co-santioned an event in Colombia. The 4 day event kicks off on February 18th and the 156 man field representing 26 nations is vying for a $220,000.00 purse! The host course at the Club Campestre El Rodeo sede La Macarena is over 40 years old and is a 6,792-yard par-71 challenging and mature course with several elevation changes and strategically located water hazards. The player defending his title this week is a member of both the Challenge Tour and the TLA ~ Peter Gustafsson. The trophy collected here a year ago allowed the Swede to finish first on the 2009 TLA Order of Merit, an honor that has awarded him exemptions for two Nationwide Tour and one PGA Tour events to be played over the three weeks following this event. The Canadian Tour's top players such as Argentina's Mauricio Molina and Rafael Gomez, USA’s Byron Smith, Canada’s Ryan Yip, Brazil’s Lucas Lee, Chile’s Hugo Leon are here to challenge the likes of the top TLA players - Argentina’s Julio Zapata, Sebastian Fernandez, Daniel Barbetti and Paulo Pinto, Jamaica’s John Bloomfield, Guatemala’s Pablo Acuña, USA’s Dan Olsen and Colombia’s own Eduardo Herrera and Jesus Amaya. Promising Colombian player Manuel Villegas, whose older brother is Camilo, is also playing. The European Challenge Tour brings talents such as Spain’s Carlos Del Moral, one of several players who competed on the European Tour last season, Argentina's Alan Wagner and Holland’s Wil Besseling, winners of the last two events co-sanctioned by the ECT and the TLA in Colombia in 2008 and 2009. Rock on guys!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

James Fitzroy, President GCSAA

Congratulations to President's Golf Course Superintendent Jim Fitzroy! Jim takes over the reigns as the 74th President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America ~ the announcement was made at the association's annual meeting in San Diego this past week. Jim's been employed at the Wollaston Recreational Facility/Presidents Golf Club in North Quincy, MA. since 1975 and has been a member of the GCSAA for 43 years! Wow! He's also former president of the Golf Course Superintendent's Association of New England. As we all know the backbone of every golf course is the club superintendent and his trusty greens crew~ fyi you must check out the mack daddy of all webtv sites ~ www.gcsaa.tv where you'll find a wealth of knowledge about this fascinating industry!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Rob Hakala and the South Shore's Morning News

Goldie Bounce Golf Live welcomes PGA of America President Jim Remy on Sunday evening February 14 at 7:00pm! I can’t think of a better Valentines Day treat! In case you miss Jim’s interview due to romance…tune into the South Shore's Morning News on www.959watd.com with Rob Hakala and Dani Lynn Monday Morning February 15th from 5 - 9 am. Rob and Dani Lynn will be airing clips of my interview with Jim ~ WATD Sports every :22 and :52 past the hour! What a great way to start your morning commute tomorrow!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

PGA of America President Jim Remy

Jim Remy, President PGA of America
Goldie Bounce Golf welcomes Vermont's own Jim Remy to the show ~ Sunday evening February 14 at 7:00pm! Jim will be calling in from Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow, Vermont where he holds the position of Vice President and General Manager of Okemo Golf Division. Jim has the distinction of being the first New England PGA Section Member ever to hold the office of PGA of America President and has quite an extensive background within the Association governance, having served in virtually every capacity! In 1997 Jim was named to the National Board of Control and served an unprecedented 6 1/2 year term taking part in over 1,500 decisions during his tenure. In 2004 Jim was elected national PGA secretary, serving a two-year term, until his election to PGA vice president in 2006, and then PGA president in 2008. Jim has been very active within the New England PGA Section as well serving as the Section’s president from 1995-97. His many accolades include 1997 New England PGA Golf Professional of the Year, three time Vermont PGA Golf Professional of the Year and in 2008 Jim was inducted into the New England PGA Section Hall of Fame. A superb athlete in his own right Jim started out as a Professional Skier and was an Instructor/Director of Racing at Okemo Mountain. He also holds the course record at Killington Golf Course in Vermont shooting an unprecedented round of 36 -30-66!

(Click on this link to listen to Goldie Bounce Golf Live February 14th show with Jim Remy! http://goldiebouncegolf.podbean.com/2010/02/15/goldie-bounce-golf-sunday-february-14-2k10)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Crash Kings ~ Mountain Man

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cashmere Ivy Cap

Groundhog Day 2K10 ~ most local groundhogs did not see their shadow today! However, the most famous groundhog of all Punxsutawney Phil saw his and historically that means 6 more weeks of winter! Diehard golfers here in New England will try to play regardless. I thought this cap would be a nifty accoutrement (along with a nip or two of blackberry brandy) for those chilly days out on the course!

Cashmere Ivy Cap from J. Peterman Co.

It didn't take the Aristocracy long in the 19th century to note that these caps looked good on working class men throughout Britain and Ireland. So it began popping up on their well-coiffed heads on their estates and on golfers teeing off at St. Andrews. The Italians said you haven't seen anything yet. Or words to that effect. Italian Ivy Cap (No. 2566). Luxuriously soft 100% pure Italian wool woven in Italy by the renowned Loro Piana mill. The wool is also given a special treatment that provides resistance to rain and wind. Other feature is a quilted insulated lining for added warmth and fold up quilted earflaps. You won't find this one on everyone's head! Men's sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL. Imported. Color: Black. Price: $138. Go to www.jpetterman.com to order yours today!