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August 27, 2013 - 9:12pm
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John Holmes
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Arnold Palmer and Kate Upton
Kate Upton via Twitter
Kate Upton took to Twitter Tuesday to say she had an "amazing" golf lesson from Arnold Palmer.

We all remember last spring, when Kate Upton spent a day with Arnold Palmer at Bay Hill. The Sports Illustrated cover girl had dinner with the King, who inducted her into Arnie's Army by affixing one of his famous umbrella pins to her lapel and even getting a smooch.

Well, it looks as if Kate got the golf bug, because on Tuesday she got a lesson from Palmer. And not just a lesson – an ''amazing lesson,'' as she described it on Twitter. She also posted the photo above of teacher and pupil in their golf togs out on the links. 

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They look awfully composed in that picture, which makes me think this was part of a photo shoot. And Upton included a shout-out to Golf Digest in her tweet, making me wonder if the magazine is behind this. I saw nothing on the Golf Digest site to indicate that, but I also won't be surprised to see this image or one like it in my mailbox a couple of issues from now.

In any case, it's good to see Palmer doing his part to recruit new golfers into the game!

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And speaking of Palmer, ESPN ranks the spot in which he makes an Arnold Palmer in the ESPN cafeteria while Scott van Pelt and Stuart Scott look on in awe as No. 11 on their list of their all-time best house ads. Even better – and which we didn't see on TV – is that on the same day Palmer filmed that commercial, the ESPNers got him outside and asked him to chip a ball into an Arnold Palmer. 

Needless to say, the King came through yet again.


August 27, 2013 - 1:06pm
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T.J. Auclair
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The green jacket awarded to the first winner of the Masters is on the auction block.
Our friends at have the summary of Kindred's piece:
For 42 years, the green jacket awarded to the first winner of the Masters has been in Michael Lackovic's closet. 
"Years fly by," said Lackovic, a mortgage broker in suburban Atlanta, as reported by Dave Kindred of Golf Digest. The jacket was, according to Lackovic, "just hanging in a moldy old closet, not doing anybody any good."
Augusta National Golf Club awarded its first green jacket to Sam Snead in 1949 but retroactively gave jackets to the nine winners of the 12 previous Masters tournaments. Prior to a phone call to Ryan Carey, the owner of Green Jacket Auctions, the jacket awarded to the tournament's 1934 winner, Horton Smith, was thought to have disappeared.
Lackovic and his brother, Tom, kept Smith's jacket after their mother passed away. Their mother's second husband happened to be Renshaw Smith, Horton's brother. When Renshaw died, the jacket was given to the Lackovics, with whom it has remained since 1971.
Through Sept. 7, the jacket will be available to bid on at
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August 27, 2013 - 12:51pm
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PGA Foundation & J.R. Smith
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NBA star J.R. Smith visits with the Boys and Girls Clubs of New York and New Jersey along with the PGA Foundation.
The outreach of the golf industry, in order to grow the game and to use the game as a platform to teach life skills and lessons, is one of the most rewarding aspects of being involved with the PGA of America.
One such example took place on Saturday at Chelsea Piers in New York City where the PGA Foundation, the charitable arm of The PGA of America, hosted a group of kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of New York and New Jersey - along with New York Knicks star J.R. Smith - for a unique and important golf experience.
The PGA Foundation, whose mission is to "Improve Lives through Golf", with specific focus on America's youth, military, individuals with disabilities and minorities, will bring along a number of top PGA teaching professionals who will not only work on golf skills - but pass along some of the traditions and etiquettes of the game that are so significant in golf and life.
J.R. Smith started the festivities with a conversation with the group about his life, background and love of golf; then followed by an hour-and-a-half of instruction time with the PGA Professionals in attendance for the youth and finally a group lunch was served.
August 26, 2013 - 10:25pm
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John Holmes
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Mallory Blackwelder and Julien Trudeau
Mallory Blackwelder via Twitter
Mallory Blackwelder took to Twitter on Monday to announce her engagement to fellow "Big Break Ireland" participant Julien Trudeau – and, of course show off her new rock.

All you romantics out there who have faithfully endured season after season of ''The Bachelor'' and ''The Bachelorette'' with the hope of seeing true love blossom, listen up. You've been watching the wrong show. You shoulda been tuning into ''The Big Break'' instead.

The Golf Channel's flagship reality show produced its first engagement (at least as far as I know) on Monday when Mallory Blackwelder and Julien Trudeau announced their betrothal on social media. The two met when both participated in ''Big Break Ireland'' back in 2011. Neither won, though Trudeau made it to the final, and Blackwelder will appear again this fall on the latest installment, called ''Big Break NFL.''

''So happy to be able to say that @Jules_Trudeau and I are ENGAGED!!!!,'' Blackwelder tweeted. ''I am the happiest girl in the world!''

Being a guy, Trudeau was a little more laid back, tweeting that ''As far as 24-hour stretches go, the last one was decent.''

Yeah, no kidding, Jules.

Since his appearance on the show, Trudeau has gone on to become the caddie for fellow Canadian Graham DeLaet, who this year has become a serious contender on the PGA Tour – DeLaet tied for second, one shot behind winner Adam Scott, on Sunday at The Barclays.

It's Blackwelder, though, who has the real golf pedigree – her mother is former LPGA Tour player Myra Blackwelder and her father is Worth Blackwelder, a longtime professional caddie who is currently on Cristie Kerr's bag. Mallory, trying to follow in her mother's career, is playing on the Symetra Tour this season.

The fiancé and fiancée have disclosed few details about their upcoming nuptials, but Blackwelder made one thing clear. ''I'll be a Trudeau in life but stay Blackwelder for golf,'' she tweeted.

OK, now I'm confused – I thought golf was life?! Oh well, no matter. Congrats to the happy couple.


August 26, 2013 - 3:03pm
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John Holmes
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Datrek Lite Rider golf bag
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The Datrek Lite Rider cart bag has seven pockets that are all easily accessible when the bag is on a cart.

One of the hottest recent trends in golf equipment is the rising popularity of putters with oversized grips. Datrek Golf has responded to this development in its new Lite Rider bag, which contains an expanded putter well designed to handle those extra-big grips.

The Lite Rider, part of Datrek's 2014 line-up, is designated as a cart bag. But as it weighs in at a mere 4.7 pounds, it could easily double as a carry bag. And as we've come to expect from Datrek, it also includes a 14-way organizer top and the IDS (Individual Divider System) to keep your clubs from banging around while the bag's in motion.

Made of durable nylon fabric, the Lite Rider has seven pockets that are all easily accessible when the bag is on a cart. The pockets include two oversized apparel pockets, a large ball pocket, a fleece-lined valuable pocket and an oversized insulated cooler pocket.  

The Lite Rider has two soft-grip lift assist handles for easier loading and carrying, along with a Velcro glove holder and holders for tees, a divot tool, a pen and an umbrella. The bag's bottom has rubberized feet for added stability on a riding or push cart.

The Lite Rider is available in seven color combinations: white/black, white/red, black/charcoal, black/red, black/royal and charcoal/pink and navy/lime. The suggested retail is $169.95 and it will be available in golf shops and golf specialty stores on Oct. 15.


August 26, 2013 - 1:12pm
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T.J. Auclair
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This ace earned a man named Jeff Barton $1 million.
Our friends at have the story, with video, of a gentleman named Jeff Barton, who became $1 million richer last Thursday thanks to a timely hole-in-one.
I know what you're thinking -- since when is a hole-in-one not timely?
Never, I suppose, but it's certainly more timely than usual when there's a $1 million prize on the line.
Barton teed off on the ninth hole at the Corley's Albuquerque Lincoln Volvo Golf Tournament on Thursday in New Mexico with the hopes of sinking a hole-in-one and winning a million bucks. He did just that. 
And the somewhat sizable crowd goes wild in a sensible manner!
Bob's Blitz spots the one video that proves a day of golf isn't always comprised of balls lost in the lake or putts missed from five feet out. 
No, sometimes golf can be pretty darn great. 
According to the report, this annual tournament hosted by East Mountain High School in Sandia Park, N.M., took place at Paa-ko Ridge Golf Club. The $125 entry fee seems like a good chunk of change to enter a tourney, but you also get the chance to win either a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid or $1 million.  
... According to East Mountain High website, the odds of Barton's feat were 12,500 to 1 and the $1 million prize money is covered by an insurance policy.
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