March 2011

Ryo Ishikawa has a new fan

by Derek on March 31, 2011

in Inspiration,PGA Tour

Ryo Ishikawa

Wow…  Ryo Ishikawa announced earlier this week that he is donating all of his 2011 tournament earnings to disaster relief in his home country of Japan.

Ishikawa may not be a household name in the US yet, but he will be soon.  He’s a phenomenal golfing talent.  He won his first start on the Japanese Tour as an amateur at the age of 15.  And last year he shot a 58 on the Japanese Tour, the lowest round of golf ever recorded on a professional tour.

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Rounds4Research Logo

The Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (CGCSA) created Rounds4Research as a way to help support the turf science that keeps our golf courses in great shape year round.  From April 10-17th, you’ll be able to bid on tee times at a several hundred courses across the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia.

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Kikkor Tenny in Clayburn

I got an e-mail from James Lepp, the founder of Kikkor Golf, yesterday and I realized that I was way behind in writing this review.  So I finally got my act together and wrote-up my thoughts on the Kikkor Tenny (more on the e-mail at the end of this review).

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Always the bridesmaid, never the bride… Steve Marino now has two 2nd place finishes (and a 4th place) so far this year on tour.

It looked like it was completely over for Marino after he dropped 3 shots in 3 holes (all from bunkers) to fall 1 back of Laird.  But he bounced back with an amazing approach shot and birdie on 18 that forced Martin Laird to make 2 knee-knockers to beat him.

I’m sure that Marino is disappointed he didn’t win.  But it said a lot about his mental game to respond with a birdie on 18 immediately after losing the lead with a double-bogey.  I’m naming it my “Bounce-back Birdie of the Year (so far)”.

I’m also willing to bet that you’ll find Marino camped out in a bunker this week with a few hundred golf balls.

Here kitty kitty…

by Derek on March 27, 2011

in Random Golf Stuff

Mountain Lions on the Desert Mountain Golf Club's Cochise Course in Scottsdale Arizona

Most golfers have seen quite a bit of wildlife on the golf course.  Deer are pretty common in many areas of the country.  Occasionally you might see a fox running across the fairway.  I even once had a squirrel take my golf ball from the green and run up a tree.  However I’ve never, ever seen or heard of anybody coming across a mountain lion with her two cubs on the golf course.

But that’s exactly what Scottsdale residents Linda and Ty Berman saw when they looked out their window across the fourth hole of the Cochise Course at the Desert Mountain Golf Club this past week.

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Hello Ladies…

by Derek on March 25, 2011

in Humor,Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods Magazine Cover Placement Gaffe

Tiger Woods My Swing iPhone app

Yesterday Tiger Woods announced the launch of Tiger Woods: My Swing for iPhone.  Yes, for $9.99 you too can learn how to hit a 122yd duck hook or how to pop up a 3-wood.

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Next time somebody you play with thinks they’re hot sh*t because they can hit a 300 yard drive, show them this video.  Jamie Sadlowski can his putter 300 yards.

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Adiós PGA Tour Q-School?

by Derek on March 22, 2011

in Nationwide Tour,PGA Tour

Anthony Kim at Congressional

Anthony Kim went straight from college to the PGA Tour via Q-school in 2006

The NY Times is reporting that the PGA Tour is considering a dramatic change to the end of the season that would significantly reshape how players earn PGA Tour cards.  The net of the idea is that the players who don’t make the FedEx Cup Playoffs would play in a series of 3 tournaments against Nationwide Tour players.  The series would have a points structure and the rankings at the end of the series would determine who gets a PGA Tour card for the following season.

The current speculation is that the tournaments would consist of 75 PGA Tour players and 50 Nationwide Tour players competing for 50 PGA Tour cards.   The Tour’s policy board has given preliminary approval to the concept and began informing players of the decision by memo yesterday.

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Review: Transitions SOLFX Lenses

by Derek on March 21, 2011

in Equipment,Reviews

Callaway Mag 101 sunglasses with Neox Transitions SOLFX lenses

In honor of this past week’s Transitions Championship, I thought I would post my review of the Transitions SOLFX lenses.  If you’re not familiar with Transitions from all the commercials over the weekend, they’re a photochromic lens.  This means that the lenses change tint based on the amount of UV light they’re exposed to.  You can go from out in the sun to indoors or the shade without having to take off your sunglasses (or vice-versa).

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