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.


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