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Jeffrey Horton
Kimberly Horton
Jeffrey Horton got to play Pebble Beach as part of an anniversary trip from his wife, Kimberly.

This might be the best idea you’ll hear all day.

Jeffrey and Kimberly Horton, from Boiling Springs, S.C., decided that they would create a "baby bucket list" before trying to have their first child. Some of the things on their list are what you would expect to find – buying a bigger home, traveling, buying a sports car – but for Jeffrey, a former golfer at the University of South Carolina-Upstate, that included playing as much golf as possible.

The catch? He wanted to do it at some of the best courses possible.

“We just decided we wanted to do some things before we settle down and have a family. So I wanted to get in as much golf as I could,” Horton said. “Once the baby comes, I won’t be playing as much. My best friend who I’ve been playing golf with for four, five year -- he just had a baby and I know how that goes.”

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Now roughly two years after the creation of the list, Horton got to cross a major milestone off of it.

Recently, Horton, a 27-year-old financial advisor, got to play at Pebble Beach as part of a surprise anniversary trip given to him by Kimberly that also included stops to Las Vegas and San Francisco.

It only got better for Horton as not only did he get to play what he described as the No. 2 course on his list, Kimberly was along for the round. She’s not a golfer, but is a part-time photographer and captured Jeffrey’s round.

“For her to follow me in the golf cart and take photos of the course, of my swing was awesome,” Horton said.

From a pure course perspective, Horton called Pebble Beach the No. 2 on his list. So which course was better?

“Obviously, Augusta is No. 1 on everybody’s list,” Horton said.

Then again, maybe calling it a list is a bit misleading. Horton said there's no set number of courses he wants to play, but the ones he has played is enough to make most golfers jealous.

Pinehurst No. 2? Check. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island? Check. Bay Hill? Check. TPC Sawgrass? Check. And those are just a few of the names.

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Normally he keeps the scorecard and the golf ball from each round. However, he reached No. 18 at Pebble Beach right as it got dark, and he lost his tee shot. But he was able to take solace knowing that he had plenty of high-quality photos to remember the round.

While the list of courses already played is impressive, there are still a few more that Horton wants to hit. He’s yet to play at Linville Country Club and Sequoyah National, both of which aren’t too far from where he lives.

Even if he doesn’t get to those courses before the couple has their first child, chances are Horton won’t be away from the course for too long. The game spans a few generations in Horton’s family with both his father and grandfather playing.

Plus, the other golfers he plays with have started to get a lot younger.

“All of my buddies who are having kids, once the kid gets past 2, 3, 4 years old, they even come out to the range with us,” Horton said.

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According to Kimberly, the couple has been able to check off most of the items on their bucket list. But based on people’s reactions when he tells them about the list, Horton hopes that other people create their own.

“Most people never even thought of doing that,” Jeffrey said. “They say, ‘Oh man, I wish we would have thought about that. Oh, what a good idea.’

“I think it should catch on. I’m glad we’re doing it.” 

Jeff Flagg
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Jeff Flagg got the big check for hitting the biggest drive in the final round of the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship.
Out in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, some of the  biggest hitters in all of golf gathered at the Paiute Golf Resort for the 2014 edition of the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship.
This event is essentially golf's version of the Home Run Derby that is an annual highlight of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. But there's one big difference – at the Long Drive Championship, it is winner take all.
On Tuesday night, "all" was $250,000. And Jeff Flagg of Pelham, Alabama, captured it by a mere 13 inches.
The final field of eight came down to Flagg and Jeff Crittenden of Grensboro, North Carolina. And, with a brisk wind blowing across the grid, both hit their final drives 365 yards. Flagg's settled 20 inches past the 365-yard marker, while Crittenden's stopped seven inches past the marker – the shortest margin of victory in the event's 20-year history.
"I thought I had him," Flagg said after his victory," but if there's anything I learned from baseball is that you can't get to high or too low until it's a done deal." 
The baseball reference comes naturally to Flagg – he took up long driving after playing baseball at Mississippi State (where one of his teammates was fellow finalist Connor Powers) and in the New York Mets minor league system.
The two finalists advanced from a field of eight that began the night in fair weather conditions, but ended with a brisk wind blowing across the grid. 
Flagg, 29, and Crittenden, 43, advanced to the finals after eliminating Joe Miller and Adam Smith in the semifinals. Powers, Daniel Beckman, Jamie Sadlowski and Matt Hanger rounded out the eightsome.
The event was televised on the Golf Channel, but no highlights are posted yet. We'll update this post when we can – and, coincidentally, just as we were posting this story, we can across this:
Adam Scott
World No. 2 Adam Scott headlines the field at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
Here's a look at the tournaments on tap this week:
World Golf Championships: HSBC Champions
Site: Shanghai 
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday 
Course: Sheshan International Golf Club (7,199 yards, par 72) 
Purse: $8.5 million. Winner's share: $1.4 million 
Last year: Dustin Johnson shot 69-63-66-66 for a tournament-record 24-under 264 total. He beat Ian Poulter by three strokes. 
Last week: Ryan Moore successfully defended his title in the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sergio Garcia, Gary Woodland and Kevin Na tied for second, three strokes back. ... Germany's Marcel Siem won the BMW Masters in Shanghai. He chipped in for birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Alexander Levy and Ross Fisher. 
Notes: Top-ranked Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson, the 2007 and 2009 winner at Sheshan International, are skipping the tournament. Johnson also is out after taking a "voluntary leave" to seek professional help for "personal challenges." ... Second-ranked Adam Scott is paired with No. 3 Garcia and No. 10 Rickie Fowler. ... The PGA Tour's OHL Classic is next week in Mexico. ... The tournament is the second in the European Tour's four-event Final Series. The Turkish Airlines Open is next week, followed by the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai 
PGA Tour: Sanderson Farms Championship
Site: Jackson, Mississippi 
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday 
Course: Country Club of Jackson (7,354 yards, par 72) 
Purse: $4 million. Winner's share: $720,000 
Last year: Woody Austin won in a playoff at Annandale in July, opposite the British Open. At 49, he became the eighth-oldest PGA Tour winner. 
Last week: Ryan Moore successfully defended his title in the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sergio Garcia, Gary Woodland and Kevin Na tied for second, three strokes back. 
Notes: Robert Streb and Ben Martin, first-time winners this season, are in the field. Martin won three weeks ago in Las Vegas. Streb won two weeks ago at Sea Island in Georgia. ... Austin finished 20th on the Champions Tour money list with $821,435 in eight starts. He also made $292,284 on the PGA Tour, making 12 cuts in 22 starts... The OHL Classic is next week in Mexico. 
LPGA Tour: Mizuno Classic
Site: Shima, Japan 
Schedule: Friday-Sunday 
Course: Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club (6,506 yards, par 72) 
Purse: $1.2 million. Winner's share: $180,000 
Last year: Taiwan's Teresa Lu won by two strokes. She birdied the last two holes and six of the final eight for a 64. 
Last week: South Korea's Inbee Park won the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship for her third victory of the year, beating Stacy Lewis by two strokes at Miramar. Park won six days after regaining the No. 1 spot in the world from Lewis. 
Notes: The second-ranked Lewis is in the field. The American won the 2012 tournament, overcoming a seven-stroke deficit in the final round. She birdied the last three holes for a 64 and a one-shot victory. ... Annika Sorenstam swept the 2001-05 titles to become the first LPGA Tour player to win an event five straight times. ... The tournament ends the U.S. tour's six-event Asian Swing. The Lorena Ochoa Invitational is next week in Mexico, followed by the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida. 
Japan Golf Tour: Heiwa PGM Championship
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Miho Golf Club
Site: Ibaraki, Japan
PGA Tour Latinoamerica: Brazil Open
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Gavea Golf and Country Club
Site: Rio de Janeiro
European Challenge Tour: Challenge Tour Grand Final
Schedule: Wednesday-Saturday
Course: Al Badia Golf Club
Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Legends Tour: Walgreens Charity Championship
Schedule: Saturday-Sunday
Course: Seagate Country Club
Site: Delray Beach, Florida
November 4, 2014 - 12:23pm
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T.J. Auclair
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A 120 mph golf cart is downright crazy. It's even crazier from the driver's perspective, as you'll see here.

Yesterday we brought you the story about the Plum Quick Racing team that set a new speed record with a golf cart at 118.76 mph on Halloween at Darlington Dragway in South Carolina.

The video was cool, but we didn't quite get an appreciation for what the experience must have been like for the driver...

... Until today that is.

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Plum Quick Racing has a video on YouTube with a camera mounted to the golf cart right behind the driver's head.

If you thought the idea of a golf cart traveling just under 120 mph was dicey, wait until you see just how shaky it actually is:


Don't try that at home, folks. 

November 4, 2014 - 10:14am
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T.J. Auclair
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A Dallas man has set the new Guinness World Record for longest usable golf club with a 20-foot, 6-inch driver.

You know how they say, "Everything is bigger in Texas?"

Well, now that applies to drivers.

Michael Furrh, a Dallas native, set a new Guinness World Record for longest shot accomplished with the longest usable golf club at Rolling Hills Country Club on Monday.

RELATED: Man sets record for fastest golf cart, clocks in just under 120 mph

Here's video of the feat with the driver that measures 20 feet, 6 inches:


The ball traveled 63 yards in the air, so... I'll stick with my standard-sized driver.

By the way, we had a story back in September on previous record holder Karsten Maas. His driver was "only" 14 feet, 5 inches and went just over 180 yards.

November 4, 2014 - 12:04am
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Sean Connery
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Sean Connery grew up near a golf course in Scotland, but didn't play much until the filming of "Goldfinger" in the early 1960s.
I ran across this photo of Sean Connery today, and really liked it. Connery is one of the few guys who seems cool no matter what he's doing, and that includes heading out for a round of golf with his Sunday bag and jaunty cap.
And as it turns out, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 James Bond film, "Goldfinger," which features an epic golf showdown between Bond and the villainous Auric Goldfinger. You can read the history of that momentous match, and even see it, by clicking here, to a post I wrote almost exactly two years ago, when the Bond movie "Skyfall" came out.
Connery gew up near a golf course in Scotland, but wasn't a serious golfer in his youth. He had to get serious about his golf game for "Goldfinger," though, and that's when he got hooked.
"It wasn't until I was taught enough golf to look as though I could outwit the accomplished golfer Gert Frobe [who played Goldfinger] in 'Goldfinger' that I got the bug. I began to take lessons on a course near Pinewood film studios and was immediately hooked on the game," he wrote in his 2008 autobiography, which was excerpted by the Telegraph newspaper in England. "Soon it would nearly take over my life.
"I began to see golf as a metaphor for living, for in golf you are basically on your own, competing against yourself and always trying to do better. If you cheat, you will be the loser, because you are cheating yourself," he added. "When Ian Fleming portrayed Auric Goldfinger as a smooth cheater, James Bond had no regrets when he switched his golf balls, since to be cheated is the just reward of the cheater."
I don't know the specific setting of this photo, but the caption below says it was taken in 1962. If any of you knows any particulars about it, please let me know.