Cody Carrol - The Next Great Golf Architect

Posted by Mark on December 31st, 2009

For this youngster, it’s never too early to design a golf course. Cody Carroll tends to use the family’s dining room table when he needs room to draw holes for his imaginary golf courses.

Dec. 31, 2009
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM Managing Editor
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — There have been countless nights in Cody Carroll’s life in which he has sat on the king-size bed in his neatly kept second-floor bedroom, looked out the large window toward his front yard and dreamed of building a golf course on the 8-1/2 acres that surround his house.

The True Story According to Furman Bisher

Posted by Mark on December 30th, 2009

I originally received a copy of this same email on December 24th from Kaddy Korner follower Robert Behnke and a few others over the last week. I quess if Furman Bisher can publish it on his site, I can too. The rest of the story is from Furman and it is identical to the email I received the 24th. Read and believe what you want, pick apart what you want, and trash want you want. It’s plausible, possible, and doable these days.


Tour Caddies Get Cink’s Caddy Real Good

Posted by Mark on December 28th, 2009

Dec. 22, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Frank Williams, the caddie for British Open champion Stewart Cink, went from celebrating a major victory to stewing about it — at least until he realized he was the victim of a prank within the caddie ranks.

For whatever reason, Williams has never liked going to the British Open, and he was going to try to sit this one out. Before getting Cink’s permission, he checked on the availability of longtime looper Dave Musgrove, who told Williams he didn’t have work for the week but would be at Turnberry to watch and could fill in if necessary.

PGA Tour Wife and her Man

Posted by Mark on December 27th, 2009

Without them a player is almost lost and a caddy needs to learn that early in life. Without the wife in a caddy’s corner, his job is almost lost. You need to recognize who is the boss and pacify her whenever possible. It doesn’t take much, a bottle of water on a hot day, a short cut from the green to the next fairway, a local restaurant recommendation, and help loading the trunk on Sunday afternoon. Every once in awhile you may have to carry an extra umbrella for a hole or two and rarely do you catch a wife’s wrath, but it does happen.

Tiger’s Effect on a Fan

Posted by Mark on December 14th, 2009

Tiger’s Effect on a Fan

First of all, I’m a golf fan, not just a Tiger fan. I’ve admired the game for a long time, especially the players’ character at the highest level. The PGA Tour doesn’t have an extensive criminal dossier for its members like the NFL or the NBA. The PGA Tour advertises with the high end of society; Rolex, Accenture, Tag Heuer, Cadillac, etc. are all after the upper class dollar, and to have a squeaky clean, racially mixed, photogenic spokesman has filled their advertising needs, not to mention the PGA Tour’s vaults and Tiger’s pockets.

Tiger Timeline (if anyone’s interested)

Posted by Mark on December 12th, 2009

Two weeks that shattered a legend
By TIM DAHLBERG (AP) – 10 hours ago

Tiger Woods had to be a happy man as he settled into a seat on his private jet for the long flight home from Australia. His successful comeback year was all but complete, and the rapturous reception he received Down Under was a pleasant reminder of his status as the most sought-after athlete in the world.

Not since the Beatles toured more than 40 years ago had the Aussies laid out such a welcome. Woods got a $3 million check just for showing up, the arrival of his jet was televised nationally, and fans jammed every fairway and green just to be able to say they saw him.

A Soldier’s Christmas Poem

Posted by Mark on December 11th, 2009

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

Kaddy Korner and Miographies

Posted by Mark on December 10th, 2009

Hey everyone,
I hope this finds you enjoying the holidays with family and friends. I’m getting off the tour and going back to work with juvenile delinquents. Life on the road has been great but it’s time to get grounded.
Recently, I bumped into an old friend, Moe Ross. After getting reacquainted, reminiscing, and laughing about mutual friends she explained her passion. Moe is a therapist by profession but writing is her love. Her company creates personal biographies for people who want to pass on their memoirs to family and friends. Actually, it’s more than just a memoir. Moe helps a person delineate their core values and choose the essential stories that reflect who a person
really is and how they got to where they are in their lives. It is her belief that many of our basic values are disappearing and by sharing our stories for future generations we offer a legacy worth far more than material assets.
In a nutshell, the Miography is created through a two to three day audio-recorded personal interview with Moe in a location of your choice. Prior to the interview some clients elect for Moe to contact children, grandchildren and relatives to submit questions that they want Moe to ask their parent to preserve the family stories. She and her staff of professional editors weave together a life story in a remarkable way— it is a full-bodied memoir blending together the sustaining themes of a life with the actions and events that define them. Once the story is written, it is beautifully bound and is a unique combination of traditional oral history and a comtemporary personality profile. One of the books I saw started out with… “My dear children, you are going to inherit a lot of money and I want you to know how it was made!” The artistry in the binding and printing of these books is very first-class.
 Moe has written over ninety Miographies for a variety of CEO’s, Pine Valley’s administrator, corporate innovators and inventors, and influential individuals who want their thoughts and life experiences passed on to future generations. Because we never know when we will leave this earth, some younger people have commissioned a Miography with the theme.. “My Life Up to Now”…. and plan to add on volumes after each decade. Alot can happen in ten years!
The Miography is a treasure I thought you or some of your friends would be interested in. Your, or friend’s, amazing stories would be intriguing, inspiring, and would make wonderful gifts for family, friends, business associates, and future generations. It’s a keepsake that can be passed on forever. Can you imagine Tom Randall’s Miography?
Please check out the web site for more information then give me or Moe a call to discuss the possibilities. It’s an exciting concept that will capture your life for everyone special to you. It’s so clear that Miographies is not an “ego” trip. In many ways it is like an ethical will. It’s remarkable, trust me.
Take care.

Tom Watson, Tim Simpson, and Corey Pavin in Iraq

Posted by Mark on December 8th, 2009

Simpson: Honored to go on ‘trip of a lifetime’ to Iraq Courtesy of Tim Simpson Champions Tour players Corey Pavin, Tim Simpson and Tom Watson all spent Thanksgiving in Iraq. Dec. 5, 2009
By Tim Simpson, Special to PGATOUR.COM
Tim Simpson, Tom Watson, Corey Pavin and long-drive hitters Dan Boever and Bobby Wilson spent Thanksgiving in Iraq for “Operation Fore the Troops.” Simpson wrote this blog for PGATOUR.COM to share his experiences from the trip:

Extreme Par Three in South Africa

Posted by Mark on December 3rd, 2009

Forget pitch and putt - this tee-off point on top of a 430 m mountain in South Africa is the hardest golf shot in the world, and more than $US 1 million awaits the player who can score a hole in one.

Players must take a helicopter to the top to play the longest and highest par three on the planet.

Taking the shot also requires courage. A player needs to teeter terrifyingly close to the edge of the mammoth hillside.

Indeed, the Extreme 19th Hole is so high the ball takes almost 30 seconds to reach the ground.

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