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#61 lilgrimm32



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Posted 29 March 2018 - 08:46 PM

1999 National Car Rental Classic Magnolia Golf Course, Disney World - Champion Tiger Woods...Freshman in High School and walked the entire course watching where Tiger was hitting it to in the fairways. Loved that it was at a course I could go play a few weeks after and imagine that I was on Tour, lol.  Still have a golf ball that Tiger gave me after the 2nd round. Wish they would go back to Disney but I don't see how they could.

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 08:55 PM

1983 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. Colonial CC, Memphis, TN. I remember following Andy Bean quite a bit.

I was 10 years old

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 01:31 AM

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:06 PM

View Postmemphishorn, on 27 March 2018 - 09:22 PM, said:

1963 Memphis Open (now FedEx St Jude Classic). The winner that year was Champagne Tony Lema.

I was 9 years old. I am now a 19 year volunteer Gallery Marshal Captain at the FESJC

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 04:16 PM

it was a while ago ... it was shown on black and white t v

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 05:01 PM

1993 Western Open. Stayed on a reachable par 5 and watched all the pros come through. Freddie came through , hit the bunker on the left front of the green . The ball spun and threw up a rooster tail of sand grains. Damndest thing I ever saw. Got to talk to Mark Brooks as he was acting as marshal for is partner Fred . The crowd also was huge by that time by Freddie’s groupies. He got a birdie and the crowd went wild. Nick Price put it on in 2 and the ball looked like it fell straight down out without any arc whatsoever. He eagled. Other great memories as well.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 12:29 AM

View Postbbfifas, on 27 March 2018 - 01:51 PM, said:

Senior PGA event Naples, FL, The Vineyards Golf Course.  ~10 years old. I was obsessed with Chi Chi Rodriguez I don't know why I think it was because he was unconventional but successful. (I had his horrible follow through in my swing for a while). He hit a drive into a tree are and I ran up to the ball and I was there with just one other older guy and Chi Chi walks up.   The guy says "Chi Chi, what are you going to do now?" ,  Chi Chi looks over at us and goes "s***!" with a smile.  He proceeds to hit some nasty duck hook around the tree on the green. LOL.  I got his autograph afterwards too.

Chi Chi is the best.  My first tournament was the 1984 USF&G in New Orleans (what became the Zurich).  I was 5.  We ended up staying in the same hotel as a bunch of players, including Chi Chi.  My mission in life that weekend was to meet players and get autographs.  I met Chi Chi in the hotel lobby and he was great.  Treated me like royalty, dropped whatever he was doing, put his conversation on hold and got down on my level and talked to me.  From then on, in the hotel, on the course, anywhere I saw him he'd greet me with a big smile and practically yell: "Hey, Sean!  My buddy!"  Fan for life.

I remember most of the players were super friendly, especially considering I was probably a huge pest.  Got a ton of autographs, including Chi Chi (of course), Jack, Hal Sutton, Tom Watson.  I remember being bummed that Greg Norman wouldn't sign my visor, but for some reason he gave my mom an autograph....


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 02:22 AM

The final round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla.  Kind of a miserable day due to the weather with two downpours and then baking in the sun in between.  However, it was great to see that championship come down to the wire.  I'm still mad that Phil didn't win.


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:30 PM

1968 Kaiser Open at Silverado.  I remember it like yesterday, including Gibby Gilbert cold shanking one into the water on the short-ish Par 3 11th hole.  I didn't know that pros did that!  The unmistakable aroma of fresh cut grass, cigars, and shoe polish will always stay with you from those days.  Golf never smelled better.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:57 PM

1998 PGA Championship @ Sahalee.     Things I remember:

-Corey Pavin talking to my grandfather and I for a solid 20 minutes while hitting balls on the range.   We were nobody to him, but my grandpa wanted to watch "another short knocker" hit balls and Pavin was MORE than happy to oblige.   He could've blown us off after 2 seconds but seemed to genuinely enjoy our company.

-John Daly putting on a driving clinic on the range.

-Soooooo many pros complaining about the unfair, unfair, unfair, too narrow, no escape from the trees.   Yet many guys loved the place and a few even purchased homes there.  

-Steve Elkington being his usual self and offending nobody.  In fact, people would congregate around him to listen to the banter.   I didn't know of his "way" at the time, just thought he was a hilarious Aussie.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 11:46 PM

On my 17th birthday, my mom was driving me and my sisters to school and I mentioned the WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play was going on in Carlsbad. Unexpectedly, she said I could skip school and drove us (after dropping my sisters off at school) 80 miles down to La Costa.  It was so much fun.  La Costa was the first RESORT I ever set foot on, and everything from the fresh paint on the clubhouse to, the landscaping, to the grandstands on the driving range looked....expensive.  We posted up on the 1st tee for awhile, then watched David Duval (my favorite golfer at the time) walk by and hit on the 10th tee.  After a few groups, we walked out onto the back nine where I remember saying something like, "Play well!" to David Toms while he was taking a drink of water and he thanked me.  Tiger hit balls after the round and I remember watching him stripe them out there, and then Davis Love III walked over and had Tiger his his driver and he wound up hitting these huge high fades with DLIII's whippier shaft.  As we left the grandstands to head towards the clubhouse putting green, Darren Clarke (who beat Tiger that day and was the eventual winner of the tournament) was walking right towards me.  I asked him for his autograph and he said, "Sorry, I don't have a pen." and just kept walking.  So we watched Sergio and his dad on the putting green.  Then we hopped on the freeway and got home for dinner.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:46 AM

1994 U.S Open at Oakmont. My dad took me  every day, including the Monday Playoff. Such a memorable time as a young kid watching Arnie's last US Open, and the way it finished with Ernie winning his First Major in a playoff that went into extra holes as 18 wasn't enough. It really is an experience I will never forget.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 12:34 PM

1995, The Open at St Andrews. I was there on the Friday, it was Arnie;s last time and I caught a glimpse of him as he was heading for home, around 14 or 15. I was following Jack and Jose Maria Olazabal.

Jack went for a pee after coming off the 9th and for a fleeting moment I wondered if it was an opportunity to chat but I thought better of it, but only because I had a prime spot on the rope only a couple of feet from the 10th tee.

As we followed them I could hear the tremendous roars that were greeting Arnie as he made his way up 18.

By coincidence my next trip to an event was the 2005 Open at St Andrews. I followed Tiger for a while but that was just hard work. I also made sure that I was there as Jack made his last walk up 18. In the words of the late great Nat King Cole, unforgettable.
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 07:54 AM

As a kid growing up in Cincinnati, very few of our neighbors were golfers. My mom was a bit of a local legend, due to some skill, and a lot of tenacity. By best friend's family were not golfers but his dad scored some tickets for a PGA event, and was kind enough to bring me along. I can't remember exactly, but I'd guess I was about 10 years old, in the mid 1960s.
I was in awe of seeing in person the figures my parents glued their eyes to on the TV.  
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 09:17 AM

2004 Masters on Sunday.  I was able to see Phil's 4 inch vertical jump on the 18th.


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 09:23 AM

2001 Honda Classic at Heron Bay.


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 10:12 AM

1995 Memorial Tournament and Greg Norman was the winner. I don't remember much about the tournament except just being in awe of how the players hit the ball. I had only been playing for couple of years at that point and the people I played with very seldom broke 80 so it was fascinating watching PGA your guys.


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 11:18 AM

Third round of the 1986 PGA Championship at Inverness.  The day Ben Crenshaw, in disgust, flung his iron up in the air on 18, and it crashed down right on him, busting his head open.  D'Oh!

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 11:48 AM

My first was the Buick Open at Warwick Hills in Michigan in the early 2000's. It was awesome, we followed Fred Couples for several holes, got to see Tiger up close. My favorite story from that day: my Father In Law and I went early and watched them on the range, followed some other groups for a while waiting for the leaders. Then all of a sudden the crowd just grew by like 10, as Tiger was on the first tee. We came up with a plan, we went all the way out to 14 or something on the back 9. We picked a long par 4 thinking it would be cool to see him hit driver up close. We waited there for hours, and had some pops... We were right on the ropes about 5 feet from the tee having a great time. When Tiger finally got there we were a few deep and feeling good. My FIL whispers to Tiger, who is literally 2 feet in front of us: "Hey Tiger, we came all the way from Canada to see you hit the big stick." No response, nothing at all. He proceeds to hit one what looks like 50 yards longer than anyone else had all day, and he turns to us and shows us the bottom of the club and says "3 wood.". It was pretty memorable.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:52 PM

First professional event I ever attended was the 1974 US Open at Winged Foot.  Went to the Friday round.  Most memorable was my buddy and I sitting well inside the ropes on the left side of 18 late inthe day.  Gary Player pulled his tee shot into the left rough about 30yards from us.  As he got ready to hit his second shot we started to move back to the other side of the ropes.  He told us we could just stay where we were and he calmly played one right over our heads.  He was having a rough day after being on the lead after Round 1 but still behaved like a true gentleman.  Something I'll never forget.

My first big tournamernt I ever attended was the final round of the 1972 US Amateur at Charlotte CC.  It was a stroke play event back then and I had a college buddy playing.  It was the weekend before school was starting and a couple of us drove down from Durham.  My buddy tied for the lowest round of the day (70) with a young kid from Texas named Ben Crenshaw. Vinnie Giles won the event.

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 05:17 AM

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 01:05 PM

Either the Tournament of Champions at La Costa or the Andy Williams Tournament at Torrey Pines in 1973 or 1974.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 08:24 PM

The 1967 Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.  I saw all the old-timers when they were fairly young.  I especially remember Julius Boros.  As newlyweds, my hubby took me to the Colonial (he was marshaling) & I loved it immediately.  We attended on the Thurs/Friday for many many years, until we moved to New Mexico in retirement.   I didn't play golf till a year or so before I took early retirement. That's one of the things I miss most about Fort Worth.  Best advice....never attend a tournament on Sat/Sun....only Thursday and/or Friday.  You'll see much more on TV, especially on Sunday.  I finally got the chance to play Colonial a few years ago......great fun playing the course I'd walked for so many years.  Shot an 89 & was happy with it!  :taunt:


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:48 PM

Phoenix open '96 I was almost two years old, allegedly was on 16 when Tiger made his ace but cannot confirm.
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Posted 23 April 2018 - 02:18 AM

I (along with my partner in crime) have dined out on this regularly over the years.

1985 Ryder Cup at the Belfry. drove down from merseyside the night before, walked in at 7am, no Tickets, stopped by security half way round an empty course having walked the first nine on our own, bit of negotiation (they demanded cash in hand, realized we then had them, and let us stay) and enjoyed an amazing afternoon. Was on 18 when Sam T did his thing, and watched the scenes on the balcony. Happy, younger, times!


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 12:07 PM

1992 Bayhill (Arnold Palmer) Invitational. Nothing like your first tournament watching Fred Couples put it on the best in the world by 9 strokes. Bayhill was also the first tournament I ever caddied when I was in 9th grade which involves a pretty cool John Daly story, but that's for a different thread.
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Posted 24 April 2018 - 03:06 PM

I'm an avid golfer and have been for years. Strangely enough, I hadn't been to a PGA event until 2 years ago when I went to the Deutche Bank (now Dell Technologies) playoff event. Watched a par 3 and stood there baffled at how consistent those guys were.


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 11:53 AM

My first ever was the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. Went Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Been to Colonial once since since then and am going this year. Going to try to go to the PGA this year as well.


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 04:06 PM

My first PGA Tour tournament was the 2017 Greenbrier Classic. It was pretty fun. We only went on Friday, but it was quite interesting. It’s fun to see how courses and holes you see on tv are all interconnected, not disparate entities. We also got to see Phil and Bubba for a few holes and nearly got hit by Chris Stroud’s drive on one of the holes (11 maybe?)

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 09:04 PM

A practice round at the 1990 PaineWebber Invitational, a senior tour event at TPC Piper Glen here in Charlotte.

The second photo may be the best I've ever taken.



Nike Covert 2.0 driver (Wishon S2S Red Wood)
Wishon 775HS hybrids (2, 4) (Wishon S2S Red Hybrid)

Wishon 755PC irons (6-P) (Wishon S2S Red Iron)
Ping Glide wedges (50
°SS, 54°SS, 58°WS) (Ping CFS Wedge)
BombTech Wedge (72°) (Ping CFS Wedge)
Square Strike Wedge
Ping Scottsdale TR Piper C putter
Bridgestone e6 Soft balls

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