One of the benefits of trolling Twitter when I should be fast asleep is that I often learn things that I’d miss if I only checked it out during business hours. Like tonight, for example, when I stumbled across a true scoop:
Oh Oh Oh! The Golf Boys are making a sequel!
Yes, ladies and gents, our long national nightmare is almost over. Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Ben Crane gathered in Dallas Wednesday night to lay down the vocal track of what no doubt will be their second smash hit. "Oh Oh Oh," their hilarious first video, has racked up more than 5.6 million views on YouTube since its debut in June of 2011.
Watson dropped the first hint of the long-awaited reunion late Wednesday, tweeting: "Golf Boys in the house. #GolfBoys"
Soon thereafter, Mahan followed up: "#GolfBoys it's coming!"
A little later, Crane summed up the entire Golf Boys experience with this tweet: "Our vocal range is still limited, fashion sense questionable & rhythm non-existent... but that doesn't stop us from dropping hits. #GolfBoys"
Then, to prove they weren’t joking, the Golf Boys tweeted out some images. A couple of them are shown above.
No word yet on when the Boys might be shooting the video to accompany the audio track, or when the video might be posted.
Oh Oh oh! We can’t wait!
If you’re not famliar with the original Golf Boys video (as if!), or just want to refresh your memory, you can click here to see it.
The Old Tabby Links in the South Carolina Lowcountry community of Spring Island has reopened after a seven-month rejuvenation project. Headed up by the course's original design firm, Arnold Palmer Design Co., the "refreshment" restored the course’s natural character and heightened the strategic interest of each hole.
Old Tabby is widely considered one of the finest designs by Palmer and his longtime chief designer Ed Seay, and it has consistently been honored as one of America’s top courses by a wide variety of publications.
When Spring Island opened in 1992, its natural aesthetic, environmental stewardship, and low-impact development philosophy was a harbinger of the forthcoming green course-architecture movement. The main task of this restoration, course officials said, was to restore and accent the natural beauty and rugged character that had been diminished over the years. To achieve this goal, the makeover included greens and green surrounds, bunkers, fairways and roughs.
The greens were recontoured in the spirit of the original putting surfaces with emphasis on enhancing pin locations while remaining cognizant of recovery options and encroaching shade. In addition, the course designers significantly reduced the overall square footage of the bunkers while increasing the visibility and enhancing the strategic value of the remaining bunkers.
Also, the total amount of irrigated turf was reduced, even while widening fairways to offer more forgiving tee shots and open up alternate angles of play into the greens.
"Width off the tee now incorporates alternative angles of attack as a way to navigate toward the variety of new pin locations. As a result, the majestic oaks and pines that surround the course may come into play should you be on the wrong side of the widened fairways," said Brandon Johnson, senior golf course architect at Arnold Palmer Design. "Our intent is that all of this adds up to a fun and interesting golf course full of variety and shot options that will present new challenges and rewards in every round."
Other recent improvements at Spring Island include a state-of-the-art sports and fitness complex and increased arts and nature programming, said Spring Island General Manager Tom Noyes.
Spring Island is a 3,000-acre island community about 35 minutes from Hilton Head and Savannah, and 30 minutes by boat from Port Royal Sound and the open Atlantic Ocean. The community is limited to no more than 410 families on the 3,000 acres with 1,200 acres protected as nature preserve.
For more information, visit www.SpringIsland.com.
Golfsmith International President Sue Gove has added the title of chief executive officer, the company announced earlier this week. Her ascent to the top job at the world's largest specialty golf retailer makes her one of the most influential women in the golf industry.
Gove had been serving as president and chief operating officer of Golfsmith and Golf Town since the two specialty retailers were merged into one last summer. She also served as the chief integration officer leading the Golfsmith-Golf Town combination, which is owned by OMERS Private Equity.
Outgoing Golfsmith CEO Marty Hanaka will stay on in an advisory role through the end of this year, the company said.
"We're thankful to Marty for his strong leadership over the years. He has been a wonderful asset to the company and we wish him all the best in the future," said Don Morrison, senior Managing director of OMERS Private Equity. "With Sue Gove's leadership, and her team now in place, we are well equipped to achieve the goals of the combination and take the business into the future."
Since joining Golfsmith International in September 2008 as chief operating officer, Gove has been instrumental in improving Golfsmith's operations in the areas of store productivity, supply chain management, distribution, finance, and information technology, the company said.
Golfsmith International operates 152 retail Golfsmith locations in the United States and Golf Town stores in Canada and Boston, as well as a pair of e-commerce sites. The company reported preliminary second-quarter revenue of $146 million in July, compared with $130.2 million during the same period last year.
Erik Compton holds a distinction not of his choosing, but one that has inspired and touched millions. He has had two heart transplants in his life, and is the only heart-transplant recipient ever to play the PGA Tour.
Compton was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy when he was nine years old. He received his first transplant at age 12, and his second following a major heart attack in 2008.
Three years later, he earned his PGA Tour card.
Now, the United States Sports Academy has honored Compton with the 2012 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award, presented annually to an individual who demonstrates courageous action in overcoming adversity to excel in sport.
Compton has made 16 cuts and has one top-25 finish. He finished 137th in FedExCup points. And he has used his story to help raise awareness and educate Americans about organ donation.
“I hope that by sharing my experience others can see the importance of finding out more about organ donation,” Compton said. “After my second transplant, I knew I wasn’t done with golf and consider when I made the cut in the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic less than six months later to start my comeback. That makes receiving this award all that much more meaningful to me.”
Awarded annually since 1985, past recipients of this award include Pat Summitt, Rocky Blier, Bethany Hamilton, Joe Torre, Scott Hamilton, Gail Devers and Roy Campanella.
There are as many facts and fallacies about the presidential election floating around as there are opinions, but here’s a direct connection between the White House and the golf industry: Barack Obama’s re-election means that golfers have won nine straight presidential elections dating back to 1980, and eight of the last nine presidential losers were non-golfers.
The last non-golfer to win the White House was Jimmy Carter in 1980, and to get there he defeated a golfer, Gerald Ford. Since then, golfers have won nine straight presidential elections – and the only golfer to lose in that stretch was George H. W. Bush, who lost to another golfer, Bill Clinton, in 1992.
Here is the full list of the golf winning streak:
--2012: Barack Obama (golfer) def. Mitt Romney (non-golfer)
--2008: Barack Obama (golfer) def. John McCain (non-golfer)
--2004: George W. Bush (golfer) def. John Kerry (non-golfer)
--2000: George W. Bush (golfer) def. Al Gore (non-golfer)
--1996: Bill Clinton (golfer) def. Bob Dole (non-golfer)
--1992: Bill Clinton (golfer) def. George H.W. Bush (golfer)
--1988: George H.W. Bush (golfer) def. Michael Dukakis (non-golfer)
--1984: Ronald Reagan (golfer) def. Walter Mondale (non-golfer)
--1980: Ronald Reagan (golfer) def. Jimmy Carter (non-golfer)