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December 19, 2014 - 2:24pm
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Jim Furyk
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Jim Furyk won $10,000 for the charity of his choice.

If you weren't watching the Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars football game on Thursday night -- and a game featuring two teams that entered the game with a combined four wins isn't the biggest game of the year -- then you probably missed an interesting closest to the pin contest. 

At halftime of the game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, PGA Tour players Jim Furyk, Harris English, Luke Guthrie and David Lingmerth competed in the contest with the Jaguars' mascot, Jaxson de Ville, and NFL Network broadcasters Rich Eisen and Marshall Faulk. 

The octet hit from a deck in the stands and aimed at a pin that was placed at midfield. After competing in a first round, the four Tour professionals advanced to the finals and then Furyk placed his shot the closest to win $10,000 for a charity of his choice. 



Related: Jim Furyk 'dufners' with the Jaguars mascot

This wasn't the first time we've seen something like this at halftime of a football game this year. Steve Stricker did it at a Wisconsin Badgers game for a chance to earn a fan tickets to the 2015 PGA Championship. Brandt Snedeker also hit some shots at a Titans game this year to raise money for domestic violence awareness. 








December 19, 2014 - 12:27pm
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Manny Ramirez played golf for the first time in his life at the Ortiz Classic. His first two swings didn't go so well.

From time to time, we've shown you golf swings from professional athletes. Some have been good, some have needed some work but were serviceable.

This isn't one of those.

Former MLB star Manny Ramirez played golf for the first time in his life recently at former teammate David Ortiz's charity golf outing. And his first two swings didn't go to plan. 


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In his career, Ramirez was one of the most feared power hitters in the game and helped the Boston Red Sox break their 86-year-old World Series-drought in 2004. Throwing him a high fastball was dangerous, but apparently pitchers could have gotten him out if they had just placed the ball on a golf tee. 

To be fair to Ramirez, it was his first time and Jennifer Mercedes, the one who captured the swing on Instagram, did say that Ramirez was able to get a hold of a few later on in the day. 

Related: David Ortiz pranked with exploding golf ball

One of the newest Red Sox, outfielder Hanley Ramirez, was also at Ortiz's event and showed off his swing. 


@hanleyramirez13 and his golf swing. #boston #redsox #Dodgers #MLB #OrtizClassic14 #LaChicaDeportes

A video posted by jennifer mercedes (@lachicadeportes) on

A number of baseball players were at the outing, and you can see how their swings looked in this video from 





December 19, 2014 - 10:54am
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At 103 years old, Gus Andreone is the PGA's oldest member. After his hole-in-one on Wednesday, he's also likely to be the oldest person -- man or woman -- to record an ace.

The news of PGA Professional Gus Andreone's hole-in-one was obviously a big deal. The 103-year-old man recorded the eighth ace of his career on the 113-yard, 14th hole of the Lakes Course at Palm Aire in Sarasota, Fla. But as the news traveled the social waves, it also became clear that this was in all likelihood a record event, that Andreone is the oldest person to record a hole-in-one.

There's no sure way to know, but we can say that nobody older has ever notified a golf institution with proper verfication. 

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Cliff Schrock, Editor at the Golf Digest Resource Center, believes the record is now Andreone's.

"We would see Mr. Andreone's ace as the oldest for male or female golfers if Palm Aire's Lakes Course is indeed a regulation layout. It looks that way to me on their website," Schrock told in an e-mail.

Accoridng to Schrock: The oldest male previously was Otto Bucher, 99, of Geneva, Switzerland on the 130-yard 12th hole at La Manga (Spain) Club in January 1985. He noted that 101-year-old Harold Stilson aced the 16th hole (108 yards) in 2001 at Deerfield Country Club in Deerfield Beach, Fla., but that course, however, has nine par-3 holes.

"We stubborn traditionalists don't like to recognize records unless they take place on a regulation course," Schrock said.

As such, Mr. Stilson was listed with an asterisk.

Golf Digest had Elsie McLean as the oldest player for her hole-in-one in 2007 at Bidwell Park Golf course; she was 102.

Andreone has long been a fixture, serving the PGA of America for over 75 years.

There's a wooden statue of Andreone, the creation of Palm Aire club member John Gray, which overlooks the Gus Andreone Practice and Teaching Facility. The statue, presented in 2011 to honor Andreone on his 100th birthday, "symbolizes the humble man's unpretentious affection for the game, his profession and what it means to wake up every day knowing that there's more golf to be played," wrote PGA Senior Association Writer Bob Denney.

Perhaps just as incredible as the ace itself is the length of time between Andreone's first ace and his latest: 75 years. His first came in 1939.

RELATED: Andreone, PGA's oldest member, still going strong at 103 years old

ESPN's SportsCenter even gave Andreone some well-deserved recognition on Twitter:

Here's a video piece we did with Andreone at Palm Aire on Sept. 30, 2011 -- his 100th birthday. At the time, Andreone was the third oldest-living PGA member.

Believe it or not, the 103 years young Andreone still plays golf three times per week.

In the video, Andreone says his "par" for the course these days is "90."

"If I shoot a bogey on every hole, that's a 90," he said.

With that being the case, we can tell you Andreone shot a nifty 7-under 83 (in relation to his par) on Wednesday in the round that included his latest ace.


We'll leave you with this beauty from Andreone: "As long as I can swing a club, I'll be playing golf." 

December 18, 2014 - 10:17am
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Gus Andreone of Sarasota, Florida, the oldest member of the PGA of America, scored his eighth career hole-in-one on Wednesday.

By Bob Denney
PGA of America

SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2015) -- Gus Andreone of Sarasota, Florida, the oldest member of the PGA of America, said he counts himself among the most blessed golfers. The 103-year-old PGA Life Member recorded his eighth career hole-in-one during a "Wacky Wednesday" golf outing at Palm Aire Country Club.

It is likely that he also now becomes the oldest person to record a hole in one. Previous news reports had the 2007 ace by Elsie McLean as the oldest person to ace a hole at 102.

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Andreone, who plays three times weekly, used a driver from the green tees on the 113-yard No. 14 hole of the Lakes Course. "I hit it solid and the ball then hit the ground about 30 yards from the green and kept rolling, rolling and rolling," said Andreone. "It fell into the hole, which was cut on the right middle part of the green. Miracles do happen once in a while." Andreone pocketed $80 for earning a "skin" in the weekly club event.

The former Secretary of the Tri-State PGA Section, Andreone's playing partners were Palm Aire members Bob Clarke, Wayne Webster and Bob Goldman. Andreone, currently the longest serving PGA member at 75.6 years, won the Pennsylvania Lottery in 1983. He added a pair of wins in the Fantasy Five Lottery games after moving to Florida.

His first hole-in-one came in 1939 and his previous ace before Wednesday was in the 1990s on the No. 17 hole at the Lakes Course.

Andreone was celebrated in the clubhouse by Palm Aire members. He turned in a round of 83, while playing a 4,535-yard layout. "Each day is a blessing and you never know what it will bring," said Andreone.

Tiger Woods at El Cardonal
Tiger Woods' design for El Cardonal "will remind golfers of the old-style California courses that Tiger grew up playing."
The last news many of us heard out of beautiful Cabo San Lucas in Mexico was that it was hit hard by Hurricane Odile in late September. This week, though, the big news is much happier: El Cardonal, Tiger Woods' first golf course design, has opened for play.
Woods was on hand as his course – known as El Cardonal at Diamante Cabo San Lucas – celebrated its grand opening down on the tip of Baja California on Tuesday.
El Cardonal joins the existing Dunes Course, which was designed by Davis Love III and is ranked No. 52 on Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World list. Where Love's creation is "reminiscent of a classic Scottish links course," according to the Diamante website, Tiger's course "will remind golfers of the old-style California courses that Tiger grew up playing."
The course, named for the ranch that previously occupied the site, features wide landing areas, open entrances to green complexes and strategic choices, according to Woods' website. The course contains five sets of tees, as Woods hoped to create a course that will challenge better players while remaining enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels.
"I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think," Woods said of his layout, which stretches to more tan 7,300 yards from the tips. "You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again."
The course features dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Sierra de la Laguna mountains and the El Faro lighthouse, while the Diamante community features a 1.5-mile white sand beach, a 10-acre saltwater lagoon and other amenities.
Wodos has several other golf course design projects in the works. Among them are Bluejack National near Houston and his new partnership with Donald Trump on the Trump World Golf Club in Dubai.
Here are some photos Woods shared of El Cardonal's grand opening. You can see more on his Twitter timeline.
2014 PGA Merchandise Show
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More than 40,000 industry professionals, retailers and industry leaders from around the world gathered with some 1,000 golf companies at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show.
The 2014 PGA Merchandise Show has been selected as one of the year's Most Innovative Meetings by BizBash. The PGA Show – well-known as the world's largest golf trade show – ranked along such gatherings as the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Clinton Global Initiative and the National Restaurant Association Show on the list of 15 honorees.
BizBash – a resource hub for the event and meeting industry – noted that its annual list includes many meetings, conferences and conventions that have been around for years and yet continue to find new, interesting ways to be relevant. That certainly is the case with the PGA Merchandise Show, which marked its 60th anniversary in 2014.
"The PGA Merchandise Show more than doubled registrations for its education sessions by making a simple change that met the needs of its audience: rather than requiring attendees to purchase full-day passes, organizers allowed them to buy tickets to individual education sessions," BizBash said. The result: the number of people who registered for the education conference more than doubled.
Show officials made the change after attendee surveys indicated that showgoers wanted the flexibility to attend individual sessions each day while also having the freedom to take in other industry meetings as well as product demonstrations, fashion shows and other activities.
"With single-session registration, we were able to provide our attending PGA Professionals and golf retailers with flexibility to schedule their most pressing business on the show floor in coordination with education sessions of greatest value to their careers," Ed Several, senior vice president and general manager of PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions, told BizBash. The Show is offering the single-session option again in January.
The 2015 PGA Merchandise Show begins on Tuesday, Jan. 20, with the 13th annual Outdoor Demo Day at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge, where more than 100 golf companies will stage the world's largest professional demo event. A daylong instructional series conducted by top PGA teachers will complement the demo offerings.
The show moves indoors at the Orange County Convention Center from Wednesday, Jan. 21, through Friday, Jan. 23, when more than 40,000 industry professionals, retailers and industry leaders from around the world will gather with some 1,000 golf companies to uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise and move the golf industry forward.
The PGA Show is a trade-only event. PGA Professionals can register here.