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October 17, 2013 - 10:09pm
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John Kim
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Georgia PGA Foundation auction
Some of the art and items available from the Georgia PGA Foundation auction
As virtually all avid golfers know, golf is more than a game to be played.  It is in fact a lifestyle. It's an emotion, a passion, a spirit. For many, it determines our clothing style, where we travel, how we decorate, even where we live.
 
So when opportunities arise to augment that bond that golfers have for the game, collectively, we want to - and should - take advantage.  What we have on the wall or on the coffee table is both an outward expression of the role golf plays in our lives - and a inner validation of the time spent devoted to the game.
 
The Georgia PGA Foundation, like many of the 41 PGA sections, has created an opportunity for golfers and golf fans to add some incredible items to their golf collection. The purpose of the Foundation is to impact and enhance the lives of individuals utilizing the game of golf-- a gift for a lifetime. 
 
** Full disclosure: I serve on the board of the Georgia PGA Foundation **
 
When told that the Foundation would include an auction of golf/sports collectibles and experiences - my hopes were that there'd be at least a few items that might interest the golf community as a whole.  Now that the auction is live - I'm thrilled and surprised at the long litany of items that range from "incredible" to "gotta have."
 
My personal favorite is the framed collection of every Masters badge (starting bid is under $200) though the 4 day, 3 night package to Pinehurst is going to make someone a lifetime memory for certain (starting bid $3,000).  Items featuring such golf icons as Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus are available, as are non-golf items such as autographed NFL jerseys, art from the world of film & music, travel adventures such as an African photo safari and signed documents from the likes of Mark Twain and Orville Wright.
 
A large part of golf is collection: souvenirs, momentos, stories and most of all, memories. By adding to your collection, you are helping others get to a point where they can - and will want to - start their own golf collections. Passing on that love of golf is a very part of the fabric of the game. Doing it in a way that expresses your own passion for golf - well, it just doesn't get much better than that.
 
You can learn more about the Georgia PGA Foundation here:
 
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October 17, 2013 - 3:40pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Si might not be the best golfer in the world, but he at least looks the part, right? Right?

If you're a fan of "Duck Dynasty," you're going to love this. Si Robertson, Willie's uncle and Phil's brother, put together this little video where he provides some golf lessons (if you want to call them that):

Some of our favorite lines from Si in the clip include:

 

 

"You can't go out there dressed like a baffoon." -- We're assuming he meant to say "buffoon"

"Golf is a game of ediquit and rules." -- He meant "etiquette" right?

"You can have a horrible game, but as long as you do it with class, nobody's gonna give a flip." -- Can't argue with those words of wisdom

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This isn't the first foray into golf for the "Duck Dynasty" crew. Earlier in the year, some of the gang played in the Zurich Classic pro-am with arguably their biggest fan, Bubba Watson.

After the pro-am, Watson also posed for a picture with the 'Duck Dynasty' boys while Dufnering.

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Phil Mickelson had some fun during a recent commercial shoot with the folks at Callaway.

The headline pretty much says it all, folks, but here's the video evidence of the five-time major champ having some fun -- a lot of fun -- in between takes at a Callaway Golf commercial shoot this week:

We've long known that Mickelson is a ping pong master (nice touch with the golf glove in the video too), but who knew he could sling a football like that? And also take note -- he's throwing it right-handed, as he's a righty in everything but golf.

Since he probably won't be playing much competitive golf until next year, Lefty might be on the market for any NFL teams in need of a QB.

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October 17, 2013 - 12:21pm
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For the first time in three years, Jack Nicklaus will tee it up in the PNC Father-Son tournament.

Some exciting news broke today for those of us who have been longing to see the Golden Bear on the fairways again instead of in the TV booth.

For the first time in three years, Jack Nicklaus plans on playing -- with son Jack II -- in the PNC Father-Son Challenge, Dec. 12-15 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

READ: Nicklaus celebrates golden anniversary of PGA Championship win

The lone win in the Father-Son Challenge for the Nicklaus family came in 1999, when Jack teamed up with son Gary, a former PGA Tour player.

Davis Love III and his son, Dru, return to defend their title from a year ago, along with 19 other teams that include the likes of Vijay and Qass Singh; Lee and Daniel Trevino; Steve and Sam Elkington; and more.

The event is for players who have either won a major championship, or a Players Championship.

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October 17, 2013 - 10:28am
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Two weeks ago, Jordan Spieth was on the winning U.S. Presidents Cup team. This week, he took an unbelievable golf trip.

With our focus on the PGA Grand Slam of Golf this week, this bit of news regarding rising American golf star Jordan Spieth slipped through our fingers.

Pardon us if you already know this, but we couldn't let it pass without weighing in.

Annually, the two highest ranked golf courses in the U.S. are New Jersey's Pine Valley Golf Club and Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters. Obviously both places are extremely exclusive. So, it's nice to know someone, or be someone -- or, better yet, to know someone AND be someone.

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That brings us to Spieth, the 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

On Tuesday, the 20-year-old who just participated in his first Presidents Cup, played Pine Valley and Augusta National... in the same day!

Spieth, along with golf coach Cameron McCormick played Pine Valley first (where McCormick says Spieth shot 67), before heading south to Georgia for a tee time at Augusta National.

The two also played Augusta National again Wednesday morning.

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In case you weren't jealous enough, check out this Instagram photo Spieth snapped Tuesday evening at Augusta National:

Spieth wrote this in the message on that Instagram: "The back nine at Augusta this evening. Only group on the course. Heaven on earth."

The only group on the course? You're killing us, man!

When the trip ended and Spieth got home to Dallas, he tweeted this:

Golf trip of a lifetime? No kidding, kid!

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October 17, 2013 - 10:02am
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T.J. Auclair
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Vessel Bags
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If you want a one-of-a-kind golf bag, Vessel Bags can create it.

The holidays are sneaking up on us -- as the always do. Are you looking to find a great gift for the special golfer in your life?

We have a suggestion for you that's sure to be a hit: a 100 percent customized golf bag.

Until now, you may not have heard of a company called Vessel Bags, but you've surely seen their work. Watch any kind of Tour event and their bags are impossible to miss. Many of the customized bags used by tournament professionals -- the ones adorned with sponsor logos and more -- are Vessel Bags.

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Now, you can have your very own.

We know what you're thinking: Why would I want a bag with a company logo on it?

Good question. And the answer is, you don't have to have a bag with a company logo on it. With Vessel Bags, you can literally have anything you want on the bag -- your name, a symbol, a flag, an image, a saying -- the possibilities are endless.

And if you want a personalized bag, but have no idea what to put on it, Vessel's customer service can come to the rescue:

"Our goal and dream is to design and create the most unique bag with you and for you. At Vessel, we believe that we are all uniquely made. Let us help you express your uniqueness through the accessories you carry on the golf course. Make a bag unlike any other bag out there. If our customizer is not unique enough for you, please send us brief information on what you would like to achieve and we will contact you and design a bag for you that's on a whole 'nother level."

Watch the video below to see what goes in to creating a one-of-a-kind Vessel bag:

Before contacting customer service though, you'll want to try out Vessel's cool, easy-to-use bag customizer application on www.vesselbags.com. First, you choose between four bag-type options -- three full-sized "staff" bags that start from $650; or the company's "Player," lightweight, stand bag that starts at $350.

Once your bag is selected, that's when the fun starts. With all kinds of different color swatches, you simply click the color and where you'd like it to appear on the bag. You can even choose the zipper color you desire.

With the color scheme locked in, you can move on to more customization. You can add text and images anywhere on the bag. If there's something you'd like on the bag, but can't find, that's when Vessel can step in and help.

The high-quality materials used to make a Vessel bag insure that it will be usable for years to come. So, while the price is certainly higher than a standard bag, keep in mind that Vessel's are completely personalized just for you.

And as if the bag customization wasn't enough, Vessel can also customize headcovers to match your bag.

After placing your order, Vessel bags ship in as little as two weeks.

To learn more about Vessel, visit www.vesselbags.com. You can also find Vessel on Facebook or on Twitter, @vesselbags.

UPDATE: Vessel has been kind enough to offer a 15 percent discount to PGA.com readers good through the end of 2013. Just enter "PGA15" at checkout to get the discount.

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