Friday, April 28, 2006

Golf Joke Of The Week

Fred and Harry emerged from the clubhouse to tee off at the first, but Roger looked distracted.

"Anything the matter, mate ?'" Harry asked.

"Oh, it's just that I can't stand the club pro," Fred replied. "A few minutes ago, he was trying to correct my stance."

"He's only trying to help your game," Harry soothed.

"Yeah, but I was using the urinal at the time."

Ba dum dumm!

Golf Times

Thursday, April 27, 2006

If This Story Doesn't Put A Tear In Your Eye...

Dakoda Dowd is a 13 year who is very much in the mold of Michelle Wie. She is considered one of if not the top golfer in her age group in the nation. But that is not what this story is about.

Her mom, Kelly Jo Dowd, is fighting cancer and is only expected to live a few more months. One of her dreams was to see her daughter play on the LPGA. The LPGA was kind enough to grant her an exemption and let her play this week.

Here is an excerpt of the story from Fox Sports:

"Fantabulous," Kelly Jo Dowd said. "I have to make up my own vocabulary to describe it."

With one swing of the driver at 9:32 a.m. Thursday, and the 73 shots that followed over the next five hours, Dakoda made Kelly Jo's dream came true. The teen made her LPGA debut at the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open, which extended the terminally ill mother a chance to see her daughter compete against the game's best.

Dakoda finished the day with a 2-over 74, nine shots behind Cristie Kerr. Yet for the first time in Dakoda's golf life, winning wasn't the goal, nor the plan.

"I didn't have any expectations for this tournament, except to go out there and have a great time and look over and see my mom," said Dakoda, a winner of more than 100 tournaments and ranked among the nation's best 13-year-old players. "It did feel good shooting 74. I'm just really happy to be here."

So is her mom, on a number of different levels.

Kelly Jo Dowd is fighting cancer for the second time in four years. She was given a clean bill of health after doctors believed she beat breast cancer, but she learned last year that she has terminal bone and liver cancer — and, conceivably, only months to live.

She wept and smiled when the starter announced Dakoda on the tee box as "a remarkable young lady." And the tears stopped when Dakoda hit a perfect drive down the left-center of the fairway to open her round - setting up her only birdie of the day, one that followed an approach to 2 feet on the 528-yard par-5.

"She's playing with a heart full of love for her mom," said Mike Dowd, Dakoda's father. "The kid's got this in her, but I think this is more about God doing something for our lives right now. We walk out of our house this morning and see a rainbow. Then a birdie on the first hole. Come on. There's something else going on here."

When Ginn officials learned of Kelly Jo's wish to see her daughter play on the LPGA Tour, they offered a sponsor's exemption into the field. Dakoda was paired with Kate Golden and Tracy Hanson — both at least 21 years older than the phenom — and held her own, even outdriving both pros on a couple occasions.

Golden told Kelly Jo before the round not to worry, that "we'll take good care of your girl." And Hanson was particularly touched by Dakoda's story, since cancer claimed her mother nearly eight years ago.

"God knocked me on the head and said, 'Now, wait a minute. You have a purpose and a reason for being in that group,"' said Hanson, who shot 69. "I lost my mom to cancer, so it's very near and dear to my heart, their story. And it was a little emotional there on the first tee."

Dakoda arrived at the driving range 90 minutes before her starting time, looking relaxed. She chewed on her right thumbnail for a few minutes before teeing off, then hugged her mother and exhaled in relief when that first ball hit the fairway.

You can read the rest of the story here.

Oh, and pass the tissues.

Golf Times

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Here's How To Get A Better Body And Better Game - Simple

This tip is from Mike Pedersen , the golf fitness guru. Go here to check out his great fitness system, Perform Better Golf . Anyway, back to a better body and better game.

Here are the 2 simple and effective tips.

1. Drink a full 10 ounce glass of water before every
meal. This will give you a feeling of being fuller
and you won't eat as much during that meal.

2. Do a 10 minute casual walk after every meal...or
at least after dinner. If you can't imagine walking
after a meal...you ate too much.

That's it! No magic. No big book to read. No new
meal plan to go on.

I told you it was simple.

Golf Times

Monday, April 24, 2006

Some Pros Should Get A Primer On How Capitalism Works

According to The Golf Channel, Michelle Wie has received a sponsor's exemption to play in the 84 Lumber Classic, giving the 16-year-old from Hawaii three starts on the PGA Tour this year.

This apparently has rubbed some pros the wrong way. Olin Brown had this to say, "I guess if it attracts attention to the tournament, it's good for the tournament" Still, Browne said her sixth exemption to a PGA Tour event created some resentment, especially from the first alternate, who might need that tournament to help keep his card.

"This is the big leagues, man. I think tournaments should invite players who qualified to play," said Browne, who needed sponsor's exemptions last year until breaking through with a victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship. "I don't see any high school kids playing major league baseball."

Looks like Olin needs a reality check: We live in a capitalist society, that basically means, for good or bad, that money rules. The players benefit handsomely from this system because TV stations pay big money to the PGA to air their product so they can then turn around and sell advertising space, ie - commercials, to companies wanting to get their message out to the public about their product.

Not all tournaments are created equal. For instance, The John Deer Classic struggles to get TV ratings because they don't draw a strong field. They still are contractually commited to give out the purse to the players regardless of the ratings (granted the purse is smaller than other tournaments and that contributes to the weaker field but there are other factors as well like where the tournament falls in the schedule that also contributes to the weaker field).

So, in an effort to attract some buzz and get people to watch they give their exemptions to players who can create that buzz, like Michelle Wie.

That's how the world works Olin, the rules are set up by the PGA to help maintain some order but there has to be room for the sponsors to make some money which in turn helps the players by allowing them to play for bigger and bigger purses.

If those players on the bubble like the first alternate doesn't like it he can always get out of the business and become a teaching pro or head pro at his local course.

Stop whining!

I have a friend who gave up a job making over a hundred grand a year to try to make it as a pro. He didn't make it and now is struggling to get back to where he was before and I don't hear him complaining. He just sucked it up and went on with his life.

Who do these pros think they are, crying that they should be given a spot just because they decided to try to get in on all the millions be doled out on the PGA Tour.

Those exemptions are there for a very good reason, the PGA understands the importance of them. It's a shame they don't pass that understanding on to their well compensated contractors, that would be the PGA playing members.

Hope that helps you Olin.

In the meantime, you go girl!

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