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Ponderings and Musings on 2008

I sit here looking out the window at the snow falling thinking winter hasn’t officially begun and already I’m tired of it. Twelve inches have fallen since 11PM last evening. HO HO HO. This is the way March ended, then came April and the flooding rains came. I played one round of golf in April and one in May due to the rains. The last round I played was September 24th, after which the cold arrived on a huge gust of wind. Global warming indeed. I didn’t get even 20 rounds in this year. But enough of my whining, the year itself was quite entertaining.

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I sit here looking out the window at the snow falling thinking winter hasn’t officially begun and already I’m tired of it.  Twelve inches have fallen since 11PM last evening.  HO HO HO.  This is the way March ended, then came April and the flooding rains came.  I played one round of golf in April and one in May due to the rains.  The last round I played was September 24th, after which the cold arrived on a huge gust of wind.  Global warming indeed.  I didn’t get even 20 rounds in this year.  But enough of my whining, the year itself was quite entertaining. 

From Rocco Mediate and  Paul Goydos to Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas players both old and new popped onto the radar creating lasting memories and the promise of bright futures.  The worlds best player puts himself on the shelf and an Irishman wins two majors, never blinking on the back nine.  I should have known it would be a whacky kind of year when the first tournament goes to sudden death and two of the tours best putters, Daniel Chopra and Steve Stricker miss putt after putt. 


 

 If you had told me in December of 2007 that Rocco Mediate would take Tiger Woods 91 holes at the US Open my initial reaction would have been: "Right, and I’ll be the next schmoe selected to play the US Open challenge for the TV cameras."  Well, one out of two isn’t bad.  As amazing as that was Padraig Harrington, he of the splay footed walk and glacial pace of play, winning two majors.  Were it up to me I’d award all three gentlemen Player of the Year award. 

Paul Goydos and Sergio Garcia at the Players Championship convinced me that Mr. Garcia learned how to putt (or rather relearned how to putt).  Mr. Goydos reminded all of us how to be graceful in defeat, and that class plays well not just in Peoria, but everywhere.  He would be my choice for Sportsman of the Year. 

The Ryder Cup was as entertaining as it was compelling.  I won’t soon forget Anthony Kim headed off the 14th green in his match with Mr. Garcia not knowing that he’d won the match 5 and 4.  Hunter Mahan described it best, "He wanted to win 6 and 3".  Paul Azinger would be crowned King of the World, well at least the American golf world, in what will eventually be remembered as the most over rated captaincy ever.  Nick Faldo took another shot to his reputation, but at least Brenna Cepalek didn’t pound his car with a 9 iron again.  Boo Weekly wins the award for Entertainer of the Year mostly for riding his driver off the tee like a horse.  I can’t remember laughing that much watching a golf match. 

How sad watching the Masters.  No back nine charges, no roars, everything seemed a touch "off" somehow.  Hootie Johnson may be remembered as the guy who brought the US Open to Augusta and took all the fun out of the carnival.  Mr. Johnson rigged all the games so that no one will ever go home with the huge stuffed animal when he made all those changes to the golf course.  Intent, I believe that was the word which precipitated the changes to the course.  What was the architects intent?  Since the architect is a dead guy, that opens the door to interpretation and eventually all the clarity of muddy water.  It’s pronounced tomaTOE; no it’s toMAto.  I felt like I was in mourning all week.

Anthony Kim grew up, and won twice.  Very cool.  I like Mr. Kim for his style and his talent.  And that voice!  I hear his voice and I think I’m listening to a guy who is 6’4", 325lbs.  Somewhere he got hooked up with the wrong voice.  I think he got into the golf talent line about three times and got stuck with a leftover for a voice.  Not a bad thing, just amusing. 

The Playoffs.  Vijay Singh and Camilo Villegas put on a show, but to call this a playoff?  Sorry.  It’s golf.  Playoffs don’t have 144 participants,  even Hockey eliminates some teams during the regular season.  And to have the winner determined after two of the four events is beyond bizarre.  To win the Super Bowl a team has to win the Super Bowl.  The World Series is decided during the World Series not the League Championship Series.  Go ahead and call it the FedEx Cup but don’t call this a playoff.  It’s contrived.  Call it something else or nothing at all, anything but playoff.  What Tim Finchem has done is remove the luster from Mr. Singh’s and Mr. Villegas’ victories by shining a very bright light on "playoffs" instead of golf tournaments.  Dear Mr. Finchem, back away from that word.  Thank you.

And finally, my Christmas wish for Seve Ballesteros is continued recovery from illness, may he find the fairway again soon.

May the Holidays bring joy to you all.  Thanks for helping make this year entertaining and memorable.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Golf Drawn’s custom golf art

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I recently converted an extra bedroom in my house into a home office (golf-themed, of course). In my search for stuff to put up on the walls, I came across a company that was doing something different. They had a booth at this year’s PGA Show showing off some of their unique work, and when I dug in a bit more, I realized it was a really innovative product for the golf community. So, I reached out to the people at Golf Drawn to see if they could help me create a piece for my office.

Golf Drawn is a custom design and illustration service that specializes in creating original, hand-drawn course routing designs of your favorite club. Any club. That’s the best part. They can draw any course in the world using the wonders of satellite imaging.

Goat Hill Park

Brooklawn on Wood Canvas

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“We began just as we still do now, by drawing up folks’ home tracks,” said Anthony Malky, Owner and Creative Director at Golf Drawn. “Whether it was a par three, municipal course, top-100, or whatever. Our whole deal was that we would draw any course….and we still do. There’s yet to be one that we couldn’t execute.”

If you’ve spent any time looking around for golf art or memorabilia, you realize how big a deal that actually is. The top-100 courses get all the love. Golf Drawn is filling a void out there and providing custom art focused on your favorite local course.

“We receive the course request from you and get to work on creating the design,” said Malky, “Once the design is complete, we send you proofs, and then you choose background color, labeling, frame and any additions.”

Popular additions to the framed prints include images of the scorecard table, compass to show direction of the course routing, alternative club logos, etc…

And Golf Drawn can then put that routing design or logo on a tee-shirt, sticker or other items if you like as well. Every new design requires a one-time design fee to get the work completed. But once that design is done, it is free to put on any framed print or tee in the future for anyone. Tee-shirts are becoming a rather popular item on the website.

If a course has been renovated or simply no longer exists, Golf Drawn has worked directly from old photos or original course plans to recreate the old track you remember. And, of course, Golf Drawn can do the famous courses as well. It’s a great way to commemorate a favorite round, hole in one, or once in a lifetime score.

My local club is Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. They already had a design drawn of Colonial, so it wasn’t hard to customize what I wanted and finish the order. I added the columns logo to the top left corner and script location on the bottom right.

So how did this all begin? Anthony Malky grew up in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. He caddied at Oakmont Country Club for over a decade…and even got to play the course on some Mondays. He loves golf, just like we all do. And he started drawing courses as a hobby.

“I began drawing up the clubs that meant a lot to me,” Malky said. “After some time, at the urging of others I made an Instagram. I had a ton of course designs done and figured might as well post them for folks. From there, the Instagram took off, that turned into a website…then the custom orders started coming.”

Fast forward a couple of years, and Golf Drawn now has an entire wholesale catalog of unique products, over 250+ club accounts, and products stocked in shops around the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. That is pretty impressive for a business that does everything in-house with a fully customizable product. And keeping prices low has always been a goal for Malky, as he remembers a time when he wanted to buy golf art himself but found everything to be overpriced and low quality.

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“We’ve tried to keep our prices, minimums at wholesale, all low and cost effective,” Malky said.  “That was part of the initial start too, allowing people to get their course drawn up, framed, etc. for a price that anyone could pay. Not some outlandish design fee or commission type setup.”

Prices per print with framing included

The supply is working hard to keep up with the demand. Golf Drawn is still a small operation and Malky does all of the designs himself. There is a team that helps with operations and a few sales reps across the country, but the business definitely remains small. That is intentional. Malky believes that allows Golf Drawn to offer a personal, high-level service to each individual customer. And it allows the company to remain focused on the reason they got started in the first place.

“It’s always been about shedding light on and propping up courses and places that otherwise wouldn’t be,” Malky said.  Giving attention to and making that local municipal course look as good as a top-10 track. Getting the par-3 course by your house designed, framed and up on a wall, highlighted in a way that many people have only seen the big courses like Pebble, Pinehurst, Oakmont. It’s always been about highlighting the places and the memories that mean so much to people.”

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Report: 2020 Open Championship set to be cancelled; R&A releases statement in response: “continuing to work through options”

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This year’s Open Championship will be cancelled outright by the R&A due to the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from Golf Digest.

Per the report, an unnamed source has divulged to the publication that the championship will next take place in 2021 with St. Andrews hosting the event. Royal St. Georges, due to host the 2020 Open Championship, would instead host the 2024 edition.

According to Golf Digest’s source, insurance has played a pivotal role in the decision making. As with Wimbledon, the Open Championship has an insurance policy that protects itself against a global pandemic if the event is cancelled by a specific date.

On Wednesday, the R&A officially announced that the 41st Curtis Cup would be played in 2021 while the organization also moved the British Amateur and British Women’s Amateur from June to August.

Though unconfirmed, this would mark the first major championship of 2020 to be cancelled outright, with the Masters and PGA Championship having been officially postponed.

*UPDATE*

On Thursday morning, in light of the speculation surrounding this year’s Open Championship, Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, released a statement where he said the R&A are “continuing to work through our options for The Open this year.”

“We are continuing to work through our options for The Open this year, including postponement. Due to a range of external factors, that process is taking some time to resolve. We are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can. We will give a further update as soon as we are in a position to do so and thank everyone for their support and understanding in this challenging situation.”

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Report: Woods-Mickelson Part 2 likely to happen in May and will feature two other sporting superstars

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Earlier this week, Phil Mickelson teased “The Match” Part 2 on his social media, and according to a report from CNBC the exhibition, though unconfirmed, is likely to take place in May and will include both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

On Monday evening, golf journalist Robert Lusetich stated that the potential “The Match” Part 2 would likely involve NFL legends, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in a two on two contest.

Now per CNBC’s report, who claim that “a person familiar with the negotiations” confirmed the story to them, the contest is organized by AT&T’s WarnerMedia and the PGA Tour, and would likely take place in May with the proceeds going towards coronavirus relief charities.

The report also claims the event would likely not be a pay-per-view contest, with plans also in place to feature big names throughout the PGA, NFL, and National Basketball Association.

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