Golf, Life and a Week Off

Posted by admin on March 1st, 2011

Golf is not a game of perfect neither is life. Tiger is going through struggles on the course like he has in his life; the two are significantly intertwined. Anytime you see a golfer searching on the course you may also find him dealing with personal issues away from the game. A professional athlete has the ability to compartmentalize his life, block out interferences once on the playing field and compete at the highest level. Tiger’s personal issues were of such magnitude, now he’s making drastic changes in his golf game, he’s forgotten about the little things, or doesn’t have time for them. His short game and putting are suffering; he was the best at both for a long while.

ACE Group Classic at The Quarry

Posted by admin on February 22nd, 2011

The Quarry Ace Group Classic — Kaddy Korner


We were supposed to get started early Monday morning at the Quarry. When you only have to drive a couple hours between tournaments you don’t expect any delays or mishaps, Bob had both, a missed turn in Miami producing a 2½ hour travel nightmare then his phone was slammed in the car door when he arrived in Naples. I received partial blame for the travel mishap; usually we’re only blamed for everything that goes wrong on the course not off the course.

Kaddy Kants

Posted by admin on February 4th, 2011


Champions Tour Caddy Travels and Travails

The 2011 Champions Tour is getting ready to start next week for me. A few teed it up in Hawaii two weeks ago and the top players entertained us with a Champions Skin game at Kaanapali last weekend. In the 90s we would embark on a forty plus tournament schedule each year, we’ve been whittled down to 27-28 events these days. Tiger and Finchem have stolen the glitter and a few tournaments from us and the big names have retired to corporate golf making a lot more money with less effort.

David Feherty - Improvised Explosive Day

Posted by admin on January 13th, 2011

David Feherty with Wounded Warriors at Improvised Explosive Golf Outing

He makes us laugh; he helps them ease back into society after losing arms and legs for our country. He takes no prisoners and makes each one feel like a friend. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for them and probably vice versa. In San Antonio last fall I watched him in action at an Improvised Explosive Day golf outing. He abused each and every one of them, they left with smiles on their faces plus loads of thanks for the Champions Tour players involved that day. We should be thanking them; David and Rick Kell definitely are.

Champions Tour Q-School - TPC at Eagle Trace

Posted by Mark on November 22nd, 2010


Champions Tour Q-School, TPC at Eagle Trace, Coral Springs, FL

Driving across Alligator Alley Saturday morning I was thinking about the 7 or 8 Q-Schools I’ve attended over the years and only successfully graduated from one. There were three final stages on the PGA Tour, two on the Champions Tour, and a few second stage visits. I wouldn’t consider myself a grizzled vet at these things but seen enough to know no one really wants to be here. They are a necessary evil for struggling tour pros and a glimmer of hope for club professionals and low handicap amateurs.

Boeing Classic - Champions Tour - Snoqualmie, WA

Posted by Mark on September 14th, 2010

Boeing Classic – Champions Tour – Snoqualmie, WA

We were more impressed with the vistas than the golf course when the Champions Tour first stopped here six years ago. The Jack Nicklaus signature course was designed for selling high end real estate but the layout stretching over three or four distinct ridges, across a couple deep ravines, and a precipice bordering quite a few fairways has turned into one of my favorite courses. 2006 was my last trip, my how it has matured.

First Tee Open - Champions Tour - Pebble Beach, CA

Posted by Mark on September 14th, 2010

First Tee Open – Champions Tour – Pebble Beach, CA

I really wasn’t sure I was going to Pebble until the last minute. In fact, I booked my flight late Sunday evening and flew into San Jose Monday afternoon. Luckily, I have some good friends, Jim and Lolita, in Santa Clara who understand the last minute arrangements caddies sometimes have to make. They picked me up at the airport, loaned me their car for a few days, and put me up for the week.

Jim Roy - Amateur on Champions Tour

Posted by Mark on February 27th, 2010

Driving across Alligator Alley early Tuesday morning I was staring directly into the sun and wondering what the week held. Sunday I’d hooked up with Jim Roy, some amateur who played a fabulous final round 66 at the Q-school to get his card. Could he really play? Was this going to be only a job for the week or maybe the year? What kind of guy is he? Is the pay going to be any good? All these questions were running through my head as I cruised into Boca Raton and the Old Course at Broken Sound.

LPGA Tour Championship - Houston Fans Saved It

Posted by Mark on November 24th, 2009

By the time I’d gathered my luggage and boarded the Houston-Hobby airport rental car shuttle bus my long sleeve t-shirt was drenched with sweat. Our rather rotund bus driver announced, “Don’t worry honey, you ain’t gonna havta worry about the heat, it’s fixin’ to get real cold this afternoon. I can’t wait; I’m tired of sweating this year.” She was right; Houston experienced some God awful weather the next five days.

Arnie - in memory of reaching 80

Posted by Mark on September 15th, 2009

 No professional golfer ever wants to reach 80 on the course but I’m sure Arnold is happy he achieved this 80. What a life it has been. Here’s a little piece I posted earlier this year and thought I’d bring it out for his birthday.

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening - and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind
has ever invented.” -Arnold Palmer

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