Oh, the life of the Tour player. The free clubs, the free clothes, being treated like royalty...all because you're pretty good at hitting a golf ball.
Well what if you didn't need to have that talent in order to be a club company endorser. What if a club company, in fact, gave you the royal treatment because you weren't that good? No, seriously.
Wouldn't that be awesome? Of course it would. But it would never happen, right? Well, actually.
Mizuno is looking for higher handicap golfers to "Play Famously." That is, be a brand ambassador for their JPX EZ clubs they claim have "the largest sweet spot in golf". To become one of their twelve brand ambassadors, they are asking that you demo their clubs, register at the demo location and then they will announce winners throughout the spring and summer. They did this promotion last year with great success. With a new line of clubs, they are hoping to replicate and improve on that model.
It's a pretty sweet gig if you ask me. Winners get (taken directly from their website:
A set of custom fit JPX EZ irons, JPX EZ woods, and JPX wedges
A Mizuno staff bag personalized with your name
A season's worth of high performance Mizuno apparel, headwear, gloves and accessories
An all-expenses paid trip to play in the second annual JPX Invitational, an exclusive "tour level" experience for average golfers
I'm pretty sure I'm not eligible to win. But the twelve people who will have a really sweet gig ahead of them. Whoever you are...I'm jealous.
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Really sad news out of Augusta.
The recent ice storms (two in two weeks!), not to mention an earthquake that shook the area this past weekend, has taken a toll on one of golf's most famous landmarks. The iconic Eisenhower Tree has suffered major damage and was removed over the weekend. That's right, golf's most famous pine tree - for decades guarding the left side of the 17th hole - is no more.
The Eisenhower Tree got its name because the former President and Augusta National member had a famous disdain for it. Apparently, he used to hit it quite often (it sits about 200 yards off the tee boxes) and he famously lobbied to have it removed. The limits of presidential lobbying stop at the gates apparently as club chairman Clifford Roberts overruled his efforts, thus linking the president and the tree forever.
Another last look at the world famous Eisenhower Tree, a once majestic loblolly pine. pic.twitter.com/3zz1QERb8a
— Scott Michaux (@ScottMichaux) February 17, 2014
Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National and the Masters, released a statement Sunday:
“Like so many of our family, friends and neighbors in this community, Augusta National Golf Club has been busy cleaning up after the historic ice storm last week. Everyone affected remains in our hearts and prayers, and we likewise hope for a speedy and complete recovery for all.
“The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult news to accept. We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible.
“We have begun deliberations of the best way to address the future of the 17th hole and to pay tribute to this iconic symbol of our history – rest assured, we will do both appropriately.
“I can report that the golf course sustained no major damage otherwise. We are now open for Member play and we will be unaffected in our preparations for the 2014 Masters Tournament.”