December 19, 2014 - 1:24pm
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Jim Furyk won $10,000 for the charity of his choice.

If you weren't watching the Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars football game on Thursday night -- and a game featuring two teams that entered the game with a combined four wins isn't the biggest game of the year -- then you probably missed an interesting closest to the pin contest. 

At halftime of the game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, PGA Tour players Jim Furyk, Harris English, Luke Guthrie and David Lingmerth competed in the contest with the Jaguars' mascot, Jaxson de Ville, and NFL Network broadcasters Rich Eisen and Marshall Faulk. 

The octet hit from a deck in the stands and aimed at a pin that was placed at midfield. After competing in a first round, the four Tour professionals advanced to the finals and then Furyk placed his shot the closest to win $10,000 for a charity of his choice. 

 

 

Related: Jim Furyk 'dufners' with the Jaguars mascot

This wasn't the first time we've seen something like this at halftime of a football game this year. Steve Stricker did it at a Wisconsin Badgers game for a chance to earn a fan tickets to the 2015 PGA Championship. Brandt Snedeker also hit some shots at a Titans game this year to raise money for domestic violence awareness. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furyk wins golf contest at Jaguars game
December 19, 2014 - 11:27am
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Manny Ramirez
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Manny Ramirez played golf for the first time in his life at the Ortiz Classic. His first two swings didn't go so well.

From time to time, we've shown you golf swings from professional athletes. Some have been good, some have needed some work but were serviceable.

This isn't one of those.

Former MLB star Manny Ramirez played golf for the first time in his life recently at former teammate David Ortiz's charity golf outing. And his first two swings didn't go to plan. 

 

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In his career, Ramirez was one of the most feared power hitters in the game and helped the Boston Red Sox break their 86-year-old World Series-drought in 2004. Throwing him a high fastball was dangerous, but apparently pitchers could have gotten him out if they had just placed the ball on a golf tee. 

To be fair to Ramirez, it was his first time and Jennifer Mercedes, the one who captured the swing on Instagram, did say that Ramirez was able to get a hold of a few later on in the day. 

Related: David Ortiz pranked with exploding golf ball

One of the newest Red Sox, outfielder Hanley Ramirez, was also at Ortiz's event and showed off his swing. 

 

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A number of baseball players were at the outing, and you can see how their swings looked in this video from MLB.com. 

 

 

 

 

Manny Ramirez tries hand at golf
December 19, 2014 - 9:54am
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At 103 years old, Gus Andreone is the PGA's oldest member. After his hole-in-one on Wednesday, he's also likely to be the oldest person -- man or woman -- to record an ace.

The news of PGA Professional Gus Andreone's hole-in-one was obviously a big deal. The 103-year-old man recorded the eighth ace of his career on the 113-yard, 14th hole of the Lakes Course at Palm Aire in Sarasota, Fla. But as the news traveled the social waves, it also became clear that this was in all likelihood a record event, that Andreone is the oldest person to record a hole-in-one.

There's no sure way to know, but we can say that nobody older has ever notified a golf institution with proper verfication. 

RELATED: Share your hole-in-one story with PGA.com

Cliff Schrock, Editor at the Golf Digest Resource Center, believes the record is now Andreone's.

"We would see Mr. Andreone's ace as the oldest for male or female golfers if Palm Aire's Lakes Course is indeed a regulation layout. It looks that way to me on their website," Schrock told PGA.com in an e-mail.

Accoridng to Schrock: The oldest male previously was Otto Bucher, 99, of Geneva, Switzerland on the 130-yard 12th hole at La Manga (Spain) Club in January 1985. He noted that 101-year-old Harold Stilson aced the 16th hole (108 yards) in 2001 at Deerfield Country Club in Deerfield Beach, Fla., but that course, however, has nine par-3 holes.

"We stubborn traditionalists don't like to recognize records unless they take place on a regulation course," Schrock said.

As such, Mr. Stilson was listed with an asterisk.

Golf Digest had Elsie McLean as the oldest player for her hole-in-one in 2007 at Bidwell Park Golf course; she was 102.

Andreone has long been a fixture, serving the PGA of America for over 75 years.

There's a wooden statue of Andreone, the creation of Palm Aire club member John Gray, which overlooks the Gus Andreone Practice and Teaching Facility. The statue, presented in 2011 to honor Andreone on his 100th birthday, "symbolizes the humble man's unpretentious affection for the game, his profession and what it means to wake up every day knowing that there's more golf to be played," wrote PGA Senior Association Writer Bob Denney.

Perhaps just as incredible as the ace itself is the length of time between Andreone's first ace and his latest: 75 years. His first came in 1939.

RELATED: Andreone, PGA's oldest member, still going strong at 103 years old

ESPN's SportsCenter even gave Andreone some well-deserved recognition on Twitter:

Here's a video piece we did with Andreone at Palm Aire on Sept. 30, 2011 -- his 100th birthday. At the time, Andreone was the third oldest-living PGA member.

Believe it or not, the 103 years young Andreone still plays golf three times per week.

In the video, Andreone says his "par" for the course these days is "90."

"If I shoot a bogey on every hole, that's a 90," he said.

With that being the case, we can tell you Andreone shot a nifty 7-under 83 (in relation to his par) on Wednesday in the round that included his latest ace.

Wow.

We'll leave you with this beauty from Andreone: "As long as I can swing a club, I'll be playing golf." 

PGA member oldest to ever record ace
December 18, 2014 - 9:17am
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Gus Andreone of Sarasota, Florida, the oldest member of the PGA of America, scored his eighth career hole-in-one on Wednesday.

By Bob Denney
PGA of America

SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2015) -- Gus Andreone of Sarasota, Florida, the oldest member of the PGA of America, said he counts himself among the most blessed golfers. The 103-year-old PGA Life Member recorded his eighth career hole-in-one during a "Wacky Wednesday" golf outing at Palm Aire Country Club.

It is likely that he also now becomes the oldest person to record a hole in one. Previous news reports had the 2007 ace by Elsie McLean as the oldest person to ace a hole at 102.

RELATED: Share your hole-in-one story with PGA.com | NFL QB's rare par-4 ace

Andreone, who plays three times weekly, used a driver from the green tees on the 113-yard No. 14 hole of the Lakes Course. "I hit it solid and the ball then hit the ground about 30 yards from the green and kept rolling, rolling and rolling," said Andreone. "It fell into the hole, which was cut on the right middle part of the green. Miracles do happen once in a while." Andreone pocketed $80 for earning a "skin" in the weekly club event.

The former Secretary of the Tri-State PGA Section, Andreone's playing partners were Palm Aire members Bob Clarke, Wayne Webster and Bob Goldman. Andreone, currently the longest serving PGA member at 75.6 years, won the Pennsylvania Lottery in 1983. He added a pair of wins in the Fantasy Five Lottery games after moving to Florida.

His first hole-in-one came in 1939 and his previous ace before Wednesday was in the 1990s on the No. 17 hole at the Lakes Course.

Andreone was celebrated in the clubhouse by Palm Aire members. He turned in a round of 83, while playing a 4,535-yard layout. "Each day is a blessing and you never know what it will bring," said Andreone.

PGA's oldest member, 103, scores a hole-in-one
2014 PGA Merchandise Show
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More than 40,000 industry professionals, retailers and industry leaders from around the world gathered with some 1,000 golf companies at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show.
The 2014 PGA Merchandise Show has been selected as one of the year's Most Innovative Meetings by BizBash. The PGA Show – well-known as the world's largest golf trade show – ranked along such gatherings as the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Clinton Global Initiative and the National Restaurant Association Show on the list of 15 honorees.
 
BizBash – a resource hub for the event and meeting industry – noted that its annual list includes many meetings, conferences and conventions that have been around for years and yet continue to find new, interesting ways to be relevant. That certainly is the case with the PGA Merchandise Show, which marked its 60th anniversary in 2014.
 
"The PGA Merchandise Show more than doubled registrations for its education sessions by making a simple change that met the needs of its audience: rather than requiring attendees to purchase full-day passes, organizers allowed them to buy tickets to individual education sessions," BizBash said. The result: the number of people who registered for the education conference more than doubled.
 
Show officials made the change after attendee surveys indicated that showgoers wanted the flexibility to attend individual sessions each day while also having the freedom to take in other industry meetings as well as product demonstrations, fashion shows and other activities.
 
 
"With single-session registration, we were able to provide our attending PGA Professionals and golf retailers with flexibility to schedule their most pressing business on the show floor in coordination with education sessions of greatest value to their careers," Ed Several, senior vice president and general manager of PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions, told BizBash. The Show is offering the single-session option again in January.
 
The 2015 PGA Merchandise Show begins on Tuesday, Jan. 20, with the 13th annual Outdoor Demo Day at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge, where more than 100 golf companies will stage the world's largest professional demo event. A daylong instructional series conducted by top PGA teachers will complement the demo offerings.
 
The show moves indoors at the Orange County Convention Center from Wednesday, Jan. 21, through Friday, Jan. 23, when more than 40,000 industry professionals, retailers and industry leaders from around the world will gather with some 1,000 golf companies to uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise and move the golf industry forward.
 
The PGA Show is a trade-only event. PGA Professionals can register here.
 
PGA Merchandise Show named one of 2014's Most Innovative Meetings
December 17, 2014 - 2:52pm
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Forest Hills Golf Club
Bobby Jones won the 1930 Southeastern Open at Forest Hills, kicking off his Grand Slam year.

You may not have the connections or the cash required to secure a tee time at Augusta's most famous golf course, but a trip to nearby Forest Hills Golf Club is the next best thing.

You want history? Forest Hills, a course designed by Donald Ross in the mid-1920s, is where Bobby Jones won the 1930 Southeastern Open en route to his amazing Grand Slam season -- victories in the British Amateur, Open Championship, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. And while he was at Augusta Country Club, Jones saw the site of an abandoned nursery and thought it might make a nice place for a golf course.

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"I'd like to think it was his time here that brought him in touch with the land that eventually became Augusta National," said PGA Professional Dan Elliott, general manager of Forest Hills. "To me, that makes us a big part of Masters history."

GETTING THERE: Augusta is about 140 miles east of Atlanta. Take Interstate 20 East to Interstate 520 East/Bobby Jones Expressway. Take Exit 2 (Wrightsboro Road) and follow approximately two miles. Turn left on Magnolia Drive. Clubhouse is two blocks on left.

ABOUT THE COURSE: Now owned by the Georgia Regents University, the course -- and one of the first fire-proof concrete and steel hotels in the Southeast -- opened for business in 1926 and co-hosted professional events until the Masters tournament was created.

As the university grew, a few of the original holes were eliminated or rerouted in 1984. Twenty years later, the Arnold Palmer Company restored much of the course, including the back nine holes, to Ross' original vision.

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The rolling fairways are lined by tall, mature pines, so it's imperative to get the ball in the fairway. But the real fun begins on the undulating greens. Misjudge the correct distance and you'll be faced with speedy putts with significant break.

"This is definitely a second-shot course," Elliott said. "The real challenge is the approach because our greens are a little difficult. If you miss a green, you definitely don't want to short-side yourself in any way because you'll be faced with a difficult up-and-down."

MEMORABLE HOLES: Elliott admits there's not a particular "signature" hole at Forest Hills, but the back nine has some picturesque views.

"The 11th hole is a very attractive par 5, the way it goes down into the valley," Elliott said. "And the seventh hole is probably one of the toughest par 3s that you'll play."

Elliott's favorite hole is No. 15, not because of the difficulty but because of the view. It's a short dogleg left downhill to a generous green.

"When you're standing on the green and looking back towards the fairway, you can see what the course looked like back in 1926," Elliott said. "That hole hasn't really been touched, and it really gives you an appreciation for the architecture of the time.

"I've seen old photos. The golf course hasn't really changed over the years, from a visual standpoint. The trees look much the same as they did back when Bobby Jones was playing here."

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Elliott said the plan is to continue to clear much of the underbrush away in an effort to match the original course plans and get more panoramic views from each fairway.

"Over the years, our tee boxes went from square to round, and we're shaping them back to square again," he said. "We're trying to do some of those things."

CLAIM TO FAME: In addition to its connection to Bobby Jones, Forest Hills can lay claim to a host of famous names and faces as college tournament host. In addition to the likes of Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and Dustin Johnson, the Augusta State men -- led by Patrick Reed -- won consecutive NCAA championships in 2010 and 2011.

"A lot of famous golfers have walked the property here," Elliott said. "It was maintained and kept going by the Army for a number of years. When they went over to Fort Gordon, the Augusta Golf Association took over management of the club and struck a deal with the university for a place for their players to play.

"It's a golf course that's fine for the amateur today, but also worthy of hosting the best collegiate golfers. And it was also worthy of the professional golfers of the day, way back when. It holds a lot of history."

WHAT TO SEE: Augusta has several historic homes. Meadow Garden, built before 1791, was the home of George Walton, youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Ezekiel Harris Home dates back to 1797. And Woodrow Wilson's boyhood home is located on Seventh Street, near the First Presbyterian Church where his father was pastor.

Adjacent to the Augusta Canal, the 168-foot tall Confederate Powderworks chimney is the only surviving structure in Augusta authorized and built by the Confederacy. The Magnolia Cemetery is the resting place for more than 300 Confederate soldiers and seven generals.

KEY COURSE DETAILS

Address: 1500 Comfort Road, Augusta, GA  30909-3044
Phone: 706-733-0001
Website: www.theforesthillsgolfcourse.com

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