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From the Bottom of My Heart: Thank You

Well, Kentucky Derby Party 2012 is in the books.  All in all it was a great time.  The turnout was good, we raised some great money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the food & drink was exceptional!

I want to take this time to thank some folks.  Without you, this event just wouldn’t have been possible.

Atlantic Drift: You guys are great.  The bidding was incredibly tense over the tour visor.  Grant Hewit at Hudson Sutler:  That was a close one wasn’t it?  Thanks a million for being there for us.  William and Margaret at Wm Lamb & Son: I lost out on the bidding for the painting, but that’s what it’s all about.  I tip my hat to you two!  Pheasants Forever:  Thank you for everything.  You are a world-class organization that I’m proud to know.  Eric Corbyn at Corbyn’s: I thank you for everything.  Hope to see you soon!  Andrew at Luxley & Bernard: What an awesome package you put together for us!  I can’t thank you enough!  April at True Texas Designs:  Thank you so much for everything…the planter was a huge hit!  Casey Renner at Palo Duro Creek Golf Course:  Thank you for everything bud.  You’re one of a kind sir.  Tim at Canyon Country Club:  I want to apologize in advance for who won the bidding on the rounds of golf…in fact, I should probably give Casey a heads up as well! 

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A special thanks to those who helped us bring all of this together:  Keith Brown.  Mr. Brown, you’ll never know how much I appreciate everything you do.  Dirk Swope.  We did it bud!  Now we just have to start planning for it all over again!  Jason Avent.  You sir are a true gentleman.  I am proud to call you my good friend and part-time financier.  The men of Sigma Nu, Eta Delta Chapter.  You boys are fine young gentlemen.  Thank you for all of your hard work.

To everyone that attended, I appreciate you spending your time and hard-earned money to help us raise money for a good cause.  I look forward to seeing all of you next year.  I’ll leave you with a few snapshots of the event.

Keith Brown on the left (my right).

Ms. Kaitlin Tucker

My sister and my sweet baby girl Scout

Jake enjoying the day

Bonnie with the spoils of “Best Derby Attire”

The Friday Faction: 04/27/12

There’s still time to sign up to attend our Kentucky Derby Party…just check out our Facebook page.  Everyone have a safe weekend!

The Friday Faction: 04/20/12

Here’s to a great weekend.  Get out and make some memories!

The Friday Faction: 04-06-12

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Your Press Kit: The 2012 Masters

We’ve been building up to this for a while now.  Today it all starts to kick in and finally, the Masters begins to roll at a feverish pace.  Yes, I know round one isn’t until tomorrow, but today Augusta National Golf Club hosts the Par 3 Contest.  To me, this Wednesday tradition began in 1960 officially begins the tournament.

With that in mind, here is your officially unofficial guide to the Masters that will carry you through the weekend.

History –

It’s not very widely known that Augusta National almost didn’t get built.  In fact, it was originally planned to contain 54 holes and a $100,000 club house, but budget limits put the stomp on many plans for the track.

After being rejected to host the 1934 US Open, the powers at Augusta decided to host their own tournament.  It was officially listed as an unnamed tournament in the 1934 PGA schedule.

The green jacket awarded to the winner of the Masters was originally intended to be an “usher’s coat”, and was the first golf tournament to host a 72-hole competition over a period of four days.

Pairings

Patrick Cantlay, a UCLA sophomore, is paired up with two very seasoned grinders…will be interesting to watch what comes out of this crucible.

Hideki Matsuyama could learn so much from playing with Tom Watson in a tournament like this…will he pay attention?

Conditions –

It’s been raining a bit in Richmond County and the greens are soft right now.  Weather.com has a 60% chance of rain listed for Thursday and Friday in Augusta.  Phil Mickelson thinks that if the conditions stay just like they are now, someone is going to have to go extremely low to vie for the green jacket.

Masters Parties –

With all of our recent party planning time devoted to another event, we haven’t planned a Masters Party.  Have one planned for your bunch?  We’d like to know about it.  Here are some cool tips for hosting one.

Coverage Times –

Today: 3:00 pm ET on ESPN

Rounds 1 and 2: 3:00 pm ET on ESPN

Round 3: 3:30 pm ET on ESPN

Round 4: 2:00 pm ET on ESPN

If you haven’t set your DVRs yet…what the hell are you waiting for?  Everyone enjoy!

The Friday Faction: 03-23-12

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Wolf: The Hunt Is On

Around here, the weather is turning just a bit warmer every day.  In fact, just yesterday, I received reports that 90 miles south of us, the mesquite is starting to bud.  In the Texas Panhandle, if the mesquite is starting to turn green, then you know that winter is behind you, and it’s time to start thinking about knocking the rust off of your golf game.

Today, I want to introduce, or for some veterans, remind you of a great game that you can play to make your foursome just a bit more interesting.  Wolf is a pretty simple game, but can make for some rattled nerves and turn three-foot gimmees into a nightmare.  Here’s how it’s played.

1. Wolf is played with a group of four golfers.  Before the first tee (however you do it) you must choose a hitting order of one through four.  From the first tee on, the order of teeing off rotates.  For example: On the first tee, player one would have the honors.  On the second tee, player number two would tee off first.  The same rotation continues, and if you’re doing your math, you guessed it, on the fifth hole, player one would tee off first.

2. The player with the honors on a given hole is the wolf.  After his tee shot, the wolf watches the other players hit.  If the wolf likes another player’s tee shot, he can choose to partner up with him for the remainder of the hole.  Keep in mind that the wolf has to choose his partner immediately after a shot.  He can’t wait around for all of the players to tee off and then choose who he would like to partner up with.  If the wolf doesn’t like any of the other tee shots he can choose not to partner up with any player at all.   Now the wolf has to beat the hunters combined better ball score for that hole.  If you happen to be wagering, bets are now doubled.

3. A gutsy variation of the game is called Lone Wolf.  In this scenario, the wolf can announce that he will be playing solo immediately after his drive…bets now pay triple.  To take Lone Wolf just a step further, the wolf can also claim Lone Wolf before his tee shot…bets are now quadrupled.

So, that’s it.  Wolf is really straight forward and simple, but like I said, can make for some nerve shattering moments.  Do you have any features that your group has added to a game of Wolf?  Let us know about it!

The Tour Visor: Retro Cool

Let’s take a trip back five years in time, and look around the world of hats.  By jumping in the DeLorean and cruising the streets of Hill Valley, we would notice that today’s tour visor wasn’t that easy to find.  Back then, only a handful of people could be seen wearing the tall fronted, wide brim visor.  Those of note included Bob Stoops of Oklahoma and Bubba Watson of the PGA Tour.  Other than those gentlemen, only a few more were wearing the tour visor instead of the smaller more cap-like version. 

Fast forward to 2012…the tour visor is now in full force and offered by several brands.  For a real quick check of just what is available out there, I’ve put together a grouping of what I think are the best looking ones around.

1. The Atlantic Drift Navy Tour Visor

2. The Southern Proper White Frat Visor

3. The Southern Tide Red Skipjack Golf Visor

4. The Cleveland Blue High Profile Tour Visor

Do you have a favorite brand that offers a tour visor?  Let us know about it!

 

Golf Style: God Help Us

There is a saying here in the Texas Panhandle, “If you don’t like the weather here, just wait, it’ll change in a about ten minutes.” While it took more than ten minutes this time, the weather sure changed for the better here. Yesterday morning involved making the morning drive on snow packed roads through blowing snow, while the evening drive involved bright sunshine and sixty degree weather.

Weather like that tends to make a man’s thoughts drift towards the long narrow fairways and lush greens of his favorite loop. The same goes for me as well, but after watching the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this weekend, my thoughts strayed just a bit.  After seeing some of the wild get-ups that people donned for the nationally televised event, I couldn’t hold my toungue any longer.

If I see you looking like this on my home track, I will try to pelt you with an errant drive.

Mr. Bill Murray gets a pass.  His comedy genius is near unrivaled, and that is part of his persona.  The ghillie suit he wore on Sunday was a bit much, but like I said, he is Bill Murray, and he knows when to rein it in.  I’m talking about others that golf for a living.  Guys that are trying to stand out.  I’m all for being an individual, but golf is not a Monster Truck show or Dirt Bike rally like young Mr. Fowler would have you believe.

I do take some solace in the fact the Rickie Fowler missed the cut this weekend.  Knowing that Phil Mickelson was in the lead, and that he would dominate the coverage on Sunday, the potential new viewers that the PGA might have gained were able to see that golf does in fact remain a gentleman’s game.  Phil was smartly dressed in all black, which coordinated with the weather in Pebble Beach that day.  Another gentleman who fared far better than Fowler, is a man who I take cues from when dressing for golf.

Ryan Palmer tied for 29th this past weekend, and was (as always) dressed well.  My opinion is most likely biased as Palmer is from the Texas Panhandle, but I think many other people will agree.  Ryan proves time and again, that you don’t have to dress like a Peacock to carve out a name for yourself in the PGA.


I can’t quite remember which event it was from, but the picture below shows that even in antiquated items like knickers, Ryan Palmer still dresses better than the majority of the young PGA players.  I don’t know.  Maybe I am hitting my stride as a curmudgeon.  I do know one thing though.  When I hit the course, the bill of my cap will always have some curve to it, and I will in no way resemble a neon sign.


Now it’s your turn to speak up.  Am I wrong?  Am I just getting too set in my ways, or is the gentlemanly game of golf being mocked by the new wave of Hip-Hop and Punk?

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