Miking the PGA Tour

Posted by admin on January 18th, 2011

Chirkinian - The Ayyatollah of CBS

Chirkinian - The Ayyatollah of CBS

Miking the PGA

Golf Channel wants microphones on tour players. Why? Golf is a quiet, pastoral sport; nothing much goes on inside the ropes, except golf. Why would anyone want to listen to conversation amongst player and caddie or other players in the group, the gallery, their wives, tour officials, volunteers, or anyone they feel like talking with including themselves? It’s the inner sanctum golf viewers know nothing about and think there’s exciting tête-à-tête in the fairway. Believe me, it’s about 75% drudgery, 20% fun, and 5% who knows what the hell is going to happen.

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.

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.

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

Team Sports, Golf, and Jerry Kelly

Posted by Mark on April 27th, 2009

I’m not sure about anyone else but I sure got tired of all the mock NFL drafts last week. It’s a phenomenon I don’t understand and I wish someone could explain it to me. What’s all the excitement about college kids who haven’t proven a damn thing? They haven’t earned their helmet stickers yet and an entourage of cameras follows them dawn to dusk reporting every move. Guaranteed contracts, they have been the slow death of team sports.

This is Golf

Posted by Mark on February 17th, 2009

I stole this from Ron Greene, hope he doesn’t mind me sharing it with everyone. 

For those of you fortunate enough to read the Charlotte Observer, son Ron Greene, Jr.,current sports columnist,  has his father’s talents for the word(Ron Greene Sr., former sports editor for the Observer) . If you ever get a chance, read his dad’s collections of columns that he writes every Thanksgiving: “Things I’m thankful for”…
If you’re a golfer, this hits you square ly  in your memory recesses of this great game !…Enjoy


It’s the way the first tee feels, alive with possibility.

First Hole: Learning the Ropes and Having all Sorts of Fun

Posted by Mark on January 29th, 2009

A quick look at my first couple weeks on tour

1988 was a blur, both physically and emotionally. I was escaping from a bit of misery, learning a new occupation, and trying to establish relationships with folks who didn’t want to be bothered with a new kid on the block. The grizzled veterans scoffed at my exuberance and didn’t want some veteran caddy’s brother tugging at their pant legs talking about golf. They had seen it all, done it all, when caddies had it tough. A naive newcomer wasn’t welcomed in the ranks. These guys remembered days “professional caddies” weren’t allowed to work certain tournaments, when there were signs announcing, “public welcome, no caddies allowed.

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