If you're anything like me - in terms of golf passion and skill level (or lack there of) - the thoughts of qualifying for - much less winning - the U.S. Open are pretty riduculous at best, hilarious at worst.
But for several years now, I've had my eye on the World Am Championship. Why? Because with a registered handicap, I could conceivably be a world champion. Yes, that looks pretty cool in print. And the set up is not only open and challenging to all, it's winnable by anyone in the field - anyone with a registered handicap. They average over 3000 players in the field, from all 50 states and 20 foreign countries. Imagine, 3000 players, 60 different courses (all in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area), six divisions and nearly 70 different flights of competition. That'd be kinda cool to win, no? But it sounds just kind of awesome to play as well.
Numerous celebrities take part - including this year where Roger Clemens joins the fun. But make no mistake, this event is about the amateur. Right up my alley.
I have a few friends taking part this year - I'll be monitoring their progress. I really would like to join them. But play has already started for 2012. Keep up with what they have going on - and let's all think about joining the party/event next year.
Read more about the World Am here.
Last weekend was very interesting in a number of ways – Nick Watney’s first win of the year at The Barclays, Sergio Garcia’s final-round fizzle in a quest for two straight victories, Tiger Woods' latest weekend swoon, Paul Lawrie winning for the third time in a year, and Lydia Ko becoming the youngest-ever winner on the LPGA Tour.
But here is the stat that caught my eye: According to SMS, the company that surveys equipment usage on the European Tour, 22.4 percent of the players at the Johnnie Walker Championship used a different putter than they did in their last European Tour start. That figures out to 35 players who were so disappointed with their putters that they put new ones in their bag in the span of a couple weeks.
Other stats from the Johnnie Walker:
--24 players used different drivers than they did at their last European Tour event (not as surprising as the putter stat since companies like Titleist and Ping are seeding new drivers into their tour staffs at this time of the year).
--7 players used new irons.
--6 players used different balls.
When Ben Hogan and Sam Snead played their now historic match at Houston Country Club for “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf,” the round took forever because 200-pound cameras had to be moved and stabilized between every shot.
Now, almost everybody carries a video camera in their pocket.
Unfortunately, golf is well down on Apple’s priority list when it comes to accessories for the iPhone. And while tour players have their caddies or instructors filming their practice sessions from all the proper angles, the average amateur has been forced to prop his camera-phone up on his golf bag, or beg a spouse or friend to film a swing or two.
Greensville, South Carolina entrepreneur Bill Silva saw this problem and designed a solution. It's called CamCaddy, and it's one of the most useful, inexpensive new accessories on the market.
This product couldn't be much easier to use. It's a cradle that can mount onto any of the many alignment sticks that are in golfers' bags. The cradle adjusts to hold any smart phone and can be raised or lowered on the stick depending on what you are trying to capture. Then you film away. It's even great for putting.
"Video is so common in teaching and people grow so much once they see their swings, because they understand what it is the teachers are trying to get them to do" Silva said.
Launched two weeks ago in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Wyndham Championship, Silva has been overwhelmed by the response.
"Right now we are online, but we are working at setting distributor relationships up," he said. "We're in talks with guys in the U.K. the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia. We don't have anything formal, but we're getting calls and requests for this from all over the world."
In a short period of time Silva has a large compliment of tour pros using CamCaddy, including Kyle Thompson, Lucas Glover and Jay Haas.
"You don't understand the level of excitement going on around here since this was launched," Silva said. "We spent so much time in the design process. Seeing people's reactions has been fun."
One of the great perks in working in golf - you get some cool things sent to you: Some shirts here and there, shoes on occasion, every once in awhile, a club. We love to look at, play with and review them - after all, golf is fun!, right?
But on occasion, I receive something that really stands out. And this morning - I did.
Jack and Arnie both have lemonade or lemonade type drinks. I think Mr. Sam Snead may have just outdone them.