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GolfWRX members share their first PGA Tour tournament memories

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GolfWRX’s forums are filled with singular enthusiasts for the game. Often, we focus on WRXers vast equipment knowledge and perspectives, but it’s worth remembering that many in the forums have been watching the professional game since moppy hair and flared pants were common sights on the PGA Tour’s fairways.

Thus, it’s interesting to hear what GolfWRX members have to say about their first experiences at PGA Tour events.

Thread-starter Rayley001 told this tale of his first tourney.

“Thinking about this the other day and my dad took me to see the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic back in 1974. The winner was Leonard Thompson and the first place check was 52,000 dollars. We went into the main dining room for breakfast and saw Flip Wilson and George Kirby who signed my golf program. We also saw Jackie and Bob Hope play together. Great time for a 14 year old kid. Also saw Ben Crenshaw hit a great drive that seemed to go a long way! Those were the days!”

Bbedell had a close encounter with a large feline

“The Fry’s at Corde Valle in San Martin CA. First time was the only year that Tiger played the tourney. Got a fist bump from him as he walked onto the first tee. So weird…he walks down the walkway with his head down, not acknowledging anyone. I yell “let’s go Eldrick!” and he looks up and makes eye contact, so I instinctively hold my fist out and BOOM. Everyone (including my wife who is in love with Tiger) looks at me like I just shook hands with Jesus.”

Handfull says

“1997 western open at cog hill. The crowds following Tiger were insane. Saw him hit an iron approach that was 230+ yards to a severely protected green and remember thinking I could never pull off that shot no matter how many tries I got. Also remember how terrible slow play was even back then.”

Drewtaylor21 says

“The first professional tournament I walked was the Tri Cities Open on the Nike Tour, back in 1994 I believe. One of my cousins, John Connelly, was playing the Tour back then and the event was just over an hour from my hometown of Yakima, WA, so we drove over to watch him play. I had only hit a few balls around a park and played a tiny par 3 course at the time, but was just starting to get interested in golf and it was pretty cool to see a relative playing at a high level, even though I had no idea what was going on! He shot 66 that day and made it look very easy. I remember meeting him after the round at the range and he let me hit a few balls with his 7 iron. I remember it feeling like the heaviest club I’d ever picked up (probably x100’s hard stepped lol), but I got a few airborn and that was a success at the time! One cool note was that 7 years later I would get to play the same (private) course as a part of our high school district tournament. I got into a 4-for-1 playoff for the last spot to State. I birdied the first playoff hole, then went par-bogey to be 1st alternate. Never got in, but traveled with my teammate who qualified and eventually watched Ryan Moore go on to win.”

Vaca22 says

“Mine was the 1994 Canon GHO, now currently known as the Travelers Championship. At that time I believe it was the most attended tournament on the PGA tour for many years, now only surpassed by the WM Phoenix Open.

Some neat things I remember:

  • Nice Price arguing with Squeaky Medlin over a 2 yard difference of opinion into a par 4
  • A group of fans following Greg Norman with shark fin hats
  • Harbor Bars, a vanilla-filled chocolate chip ice cream sandwich dipped in chocolate.
  • The champion, David Frost, won a cool $216,000 check as top prize.”

This is a truly excellent thread that you’ll want to check out. Some special, special memories and unique reflections.

Read what GolfWRX members have to say and share your recollections of your first tournament experience.

 

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Amateur makes 3 holes-in-one in 36-hole competition

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We’d like to say congratulations to Ali Gibb, 51-year-old amateur golfer, for winning her club championship at Croham Hurst Golf Club in England, Monday. Oh, and she made three holes-in-one on the day.

That’s right, during the 36-hole final, Gibb aced the fifth hole twice and only needed one shot at the 11th hole during her second 18.

“Today was just a weird day. It was just very, very strange,” she said, per a BBC report. “On my card I had a nine, two eights, sixes, fives, fours, threes, twos and three ones.

“I have had a hole-in-one before – three actually. One was here on the seventh, one at Surrey National Golf Club, and one at the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate in South Africa,” Gibb added.

“It’s just absolutely extraordinary. I think I will wake up tomorrow asking if I’ve just been dreaming about it and if it is club championship day today instead!”

Hopefully, Gibb doesn’t have to buy three drinks for everyone at the club.

What can you say about a story like this? Beyond once-in-a-lifetime stuff. If the odds of an average golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1, what are the odds of a player making three aces in 36 holes? You probably have a better shot of winning the Powerball. Incredible stuff.

 

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Nick Faldo: Tiger Woods said his career was over in 2017

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It’s safe to say only the most optimistic of fans expected Tiger Woods would contend on the weekend at two major championships in the 2018.

We’ve heard murmurings that Woods himself doubted he would make a comeback, such as his 2015 “I think pretty much everything beyond this will be gravy,” remarks.

However, we’ve never heard explicitly that Tiger Woods thought he was finished playing professional golf. Sure, he’s said he didn’t know how well he’d be able to play and that he’s been surprised by his speed and power, but we haven’t heard anything as extreme as what Nick Faldo claims Woods said at last year’s Masters Champions Dinner.

Talking with Dan Patrick, Monday, Faldo had this to say.

“What he’s been able to do, Dan, is unbelievable, remarkable,” Faldo said. “To go from a frozen back, I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago, ‘I’m done. I won’t play golf again.’ And here we are 18 months later.”

“He was in agony. He was in pain,” Faldo said. “The pain down his legs, nothing enjoyable, he couldn’t move.”

“What he’s been able to do is, it’s unbelievable, remarkable,” Faldo told Patrick. “To go from a frozen back—I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago ‘I’m done. I won’t play golf again,’ and here we are, 18 months later…”

“No, I won’t mention the name, but he’s a Masters champion. He said ‘I’m done, my back is done.’ He was in agony, he was in pain, the pain down his legs, there was nothing enjoyable. He couldn’t move.”

Woods had his fourth back surgery April 20th, shortly after the Masters, which put him on the path that ultimately led to a runner-up finish at last week’s PGA Championship.

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An airline lost Thorbjorn Olesen’s golf clubs…and his backup clubs…and his suitcases

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Thorbjorn Olesen has arrived in Sweden for the Nordea Masters. Unfortunately, his golf clubs have not…nor have his back up clubs.

He tweeted this, Tuesday.

“So the comedy continues, @British_Airways have managed to now lose 5 suitcases and 2 sets of golf clubs in 10 days! Decided to bring my only backup set of clubs on this morning’s flight to the Nordea Masters in case my other lost set don’t arrive and BA have also now lost these!”

Thousands of tour pros fly hundreds of times per year, yes, but doesn’t it seem like more golf bags are getting lost than should? Sidebar: Masterful GIF game, Mr. Olesen.

Olesen hasn’t provided an update on his bag(s) since the tweet above, so we’re not sure where things stand now. BA responded with this

Nope…doesn’t sound good at all…

Olesen also fired off this tweet–good he can see the humor in what has to be an utterly enraging situation.

Guess this is a #PlayBetter so you can afford NetJets, etc, situation, because it’s certainly not ever going to be a #AirlinesStoppedLosingBags situation. Also Ship Sticks is at least theoretically in play, right?

Or, of course, there’s option 3: Telescoping golf clubs in a collapsible bag that you can take as a carry on. That’s the surest bet: Just stash ’em overhead! Gotta get to work inventing those…

But really, rough stuff, and here’s hoping the Dane gets his bats back.

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