October 5, 2015 - 8:22am
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Shane Battier
Retired NBA star Shane Battier is a big fan of Oakland Hills.

Retired professional basketball star Shane Battier loves golf, but he apparently loves his home state of Michigan even more. 

When asked Sunday on social media about his favorite course, Battier didn't hesitate:



The Duke alumnus and native of Birmingham, Mich., was at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., recently to play a round with the winners of his Take Charge Foundation charity challenge. The money raised goes to fund college scholarships for at-risk students.

In case you're wondering about Battier's swing, here's a video the NBA put together several years ago of him getting golf lessons:





Battier's favorite course? Oakland Hills
Blake Nakagawa practices from the sand trap in his home state of Hawaii. Photo via @blake_nakagawa

Let's be honest.

When most of us were 4 years old, the only sand we were playing in had four sides and was plopped in the middle of our neighborhood playground.

Not so for 4-year-old Blake Nakagawa.

He prefers his sand play on the golf course, as evidenced here:



Nakagawa lives on the Big Island of Hawaii.

And according to his Twitter bio he's a "golf enthusiast, avid soccer player, great surfer, awesome little brother."

He plays tournament golf, too. And wins.



You can follow the phenom-in-training here.

Keep playing in the sand, Blake.

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4-year-old Blake Nakagawa practices sand shots like a pro
Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda
Jessica Korda via Twitter
Jessica Korda and sister Nelly were on the tee box when they got the power.
I don't know if you're a fan of Dubsmashes, but I think some of them are great. One of the funniest ones I've seen is Jordan Spieth's "playoffs" rant. Seeing as Spieth made his Dubsmash right before the FedExCup playoffs, then went out and smashed the playoffs, maybe now he does want to talk about the playoffs.
But I digress. I'm here today because I have a new brand-new favorite. This one stars LPGA Tour player Jessica Korda and her younger sibling Nelly, who is on the fast track to joining big sis on the circuit.
The two are obviously working hard on their power game when they're overcome by "The Power." That song, by the way, came out back in 1990, before either 22-year-old Jess or 17-year-old Nelly were born.
Here you go. Power up:
And if their Dubsmash has you wanting to hear the original song again, here it is:
Korda sisters show that they've got the power
Garth Mulroy watches his second shot on the par-4 16 at St. Andrews.

We all know golf is a game that both gives and takes away.

So it was for South Africa's Garth Mulroy during second round play of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Mulroy was playing his second shot on the par-4 16th.

His shot looked good all the way, taking two firm bounces on the green and up to the flagstick.

Then this happened:


"I think there's a goalkeeper in there!"

Posted by European Tour on Friday, October 2, 2015

Given and taken away indeed.

Mulroy would go on to make his putt for birdie.

After two rounds he is at 9-under, 2 behind the leader Jimmy Mullen.

Garth Mulroy's golf ball goes in the cup, but not for long
Jamie Dornan
European Tour via Twitter
Jamie Dornan usually sets his fans' hearts aflutter, but he gave himself palpitations with his eagle at St. Andrews on Thursday.
Jamie Dornan is best known as the star of "Fifty Shades of Grey," but there was nothing grey about the actor's final shot of the first round in the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Thursday. The tournament, if you're not familiar, is a pro-celebrity event similar to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 
Dornan hit a booming drive down the 18th fairway on the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, and his ball wound up just short of the big green. Even though he was down in the swale in front of the green, he pulled out his putter and gave the ball a rap.
The ball tracked up the hill and made a big arc from right to left – and dropped confidently into the cup for an eagle. Dornan, in disbelief, dropped his putter and covered his eyes. 
As the TV commentator said, that's a shot Dornan will never forget. But we shouldn't be too surprised he pulled it off – after all, he is from Rory McIlroy's hometown of Holywood, Northern Ireland.
Here's his beauty of a putt:
"Fifty Shades of Grey" star Jamie Dornan eagles 18th at St. Andrews
Gus and Betty Andreone
The PGA of America
PGA Life Member Gus Andreone and his wife Betty marked Gus's 104th birthday with personalized jerseys.
If any of us ever needed a reminder that golf is a game we can enjoy our entire lives, we only need to look to Gus Andreone. The oldest living PGA Professional, Andreone celebrated his 104th birthday on Wednesday. 
And, of course, he made sure his celebration included some golf at his longtime club, Palm Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Fla.  
Those who know him wouldn't have expected anything else – seeing as how Andreone still plays four or five times a week. He even made his eighth hole-in-one last year – becoming the oldest person known to have made an ace.
Andreone's friends at Palm Aire threw a birthday bash for Andreone, where and his wife Betty enjoyed the big day. Among his gifts were his-and-her jerseys with "Andreone" and "104" on the back – Gus even wore his out on the course. 
Along with golf, Andreone says the secrets to his longevity are sticking to his daily routine, doing mental exercises like crossword puzzles and, most of all, "don't be a couch potato." That's great advice for all of us, no matter our age. 
"The worse thing in the world is to be sitting still and doing nothing," said Andreone, who became a PGA member in 1939. "Every morning before I get out of bed, I do a certain set of exercises that help my knees, back and hips. It works for me." 
Golf obviously continues to play a big role in Andreone's life, and he remains eager to share his love of the game with others.  
"Golf has been wonderful to me," he said, "and I hope that I can inspire others to pick it up."
PGA Professional Gus Andreone plays golf on his 104th birthday