Ty the cocker spaniel
The Austin American-Statesman
Ty the cocker spaniel settled in for a nice long nap after spending 18 hours trapped in a golf course drainage pipe.
A hole-in-one probably wasn't on Bob Williamson's mind as he walked his dog on the Falconhead Golf Course west of Austin, Texas, the other day. But when the pooch – a 7-year-old cocker spaniel named Ty – took off in hot pursuit of a raccoon, Williamson ended up with one dog in a hole.
 
Night was falling and the golfers were off the course as Williamson and Ty took their stroll. And when Ty took off, the raccoon hot-footed it into a 75-yard drainage pipe. The pipe was big enough for Ty to get into – but it narrowed as it went deeper into the ground, and Ty got stuck. Really stuck.
 
Williamson went for help, and local firefighters were able to remove a grate from the opposite side of the drain. The raccoon, of course, climbed out just fine, but the dog was trapped about four feet below the ground.
 
"Standing outside the drain, you could hear him barking," Williamson told The Austin American-Statesman. "The dog's nails were long and couldn't get any traction on the incline, and that's how he got stuck, I think. He was wanting to come out, but he wasn't able to."
 
 
The pup stayed stuck overnight, and the golf course maintenance crew went to work the next morning. They dug for several hours, trying to find the point in the pipe where Ty was trapped. Eventually, they unearthed the section of pipe where the dog was, then used a handsaw to cut into it.
 
With Ty located, the rescuers used pieces of hot dogs to encourage him to move just enough that someone was able to grab him by the collar and pull him out.
 
"There was a little encouragement with a hot dog involved," Falconhead General Manager Laura Gunia said. "He barely fit in [the drain], but he was hungry enough to scoot closer to reach each hot dog piece.
 
"We were determined," she added. "There was no way any of us were walking away regardless of how long it took, and we were always confident of a good ending."
 
So, 18 hours after he entered the pipe, Ty emerged – dirty but unhurt, and ready for a very long nap during which he, no doubt, dreamed of catching that raccoon before they reached the drainage pipe.
 
Golf course workers rescue dog from underground drain pipe
August 29, 2014 - 12:32pm
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Kjeragbolten
Below Kjeragbolten is a 984-meter abyss.

We've all played some crazy golf holes in our lives. In fact, not too long ago you told us all about them. But this shot may go down as one of the craziest we've seen in a long time. 

Morten Klovstad, a self-described hobby golfer for 25 years with a 10 handicap, stood atop Kjeragbolten, a boulder lodged between two cliffs in Norway, to hit a tee shot into the fjord below. 

For those of you who aren't up on your Norwegian geography (I'll be the first one to admit that I needed to look this all up), Kjeragbolten is located in Rogaland, Norway. The boulder itself is lodged in a crevice of Kjerag, a mountain above the fjord Lysefjorden. It is a popular hiking spot, and it's definitely worth an image search to see all of the creative poses and pictures people take of it. 

But back to Klovstad's story. 

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Klovstad, who lives in Norway, had never before been to Kjerag and wanted to "make a great and spectacular photo," as he wrote in an email. As any true golfer would, Klovestad decided to bring his clubs on his maiden trip and turn Kjeragbolten into a tee box. 

Klovestad made the 2.5-hour climb up to Kjeragbolten, a point 1,004 meters above sea level. After taking the photo, he hit what he estimated was a 300-meter drive down into Lysefjorden. But he wasn't satisified with just a drive into the fjord. 

After hitting the shot, Klovestad made the 2.5-hour trek down to the fjord and took a lost ball penalty. He then made a putt to finish up his one-hole round with a 3. 

This type of shot may not be for everyone, but I think it would be a lot of fun. It also produces a great photo and story, and what can beat that?  

A golf shot from above the abyss
August 29, 2014 - 10:23am
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Patriot Golf Day
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PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua joined Major Dan Rooney and 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus on Golf Channel's Morning Drive Friday to talk about this weekend's Patriot Golf Day events.

OWASSO, Okla. -- Golf facilities across the country will host special events and collect donations this Labor Day weekend (Aug. 29 – Sept. 1) for Patriot Golf Day, the primary fundraiser for Folds of Honor, a charitable organization that provides educational scholarships and assistance to the families of military members disabled or killed in service to our country.

Nearly 5,200 facilities are registered to host Patriot Golf Day nationwide. Golfers can find participating courses and make donations at PatriotGolfDay.com, while non-golfers can participate by learning more and donating at FoldsofHonor.org.

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"For the past seven years, the golf industry has supported Folds of Honor in positively impacting the lives of our American heroes by helping their families realize their educational dreams," said Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor founder. "We encourage golfers across the country to hit the links this Labor Day weekend for Patriot Golf Day and pay tribute to our military and the sacrifices they make to preserve our freedoms."

Patriot Golf Day was launched in 2007 and is jointly supported by the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association (USGA). Last year, a record amount of more than $5 million was raised for Folds of Honor through Patriot Golf Day donations and events. Since its inception, Folds of Honor has awarded more than 7,500 educational scholarships to military families. Thanks to donations received through Patriot Golf Day events and partner support, more than 2,050 scholarships totaling over $10 million were awarded in 2014.

Major Rooney, a PGA Professional, USGA Member and former F-16 military pilot with the Oklahoma Air National Guard, founded Folds of Honor in 2007 following his second of three tours of duty in Iraq. Rooney witnessed a profound display of a family’s grief as they welcomed home the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin, inspiring him to create the organization and honor Bucklin’s son, Jacob, with the first Folds of Honor scholarship.

As of January 2014, there are more than 1.4 million dependents of fallen and wounded service men and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts alone, and 85 percent do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance.* Folds of Honor’s mission is to ensure that no family is left behind in the field of battle, by honoring their sacrifice and educating their legacy.

*Source: Veterans Administration 

Patriot Golf Day events support military families
Urban Meyer is better known for leading the Ohio State Buckeyes, but his golf game isn't too bad.

We are officially in college football season, which means it is the end of the golf season -- for college football coaches. 

Between games, meetings, booster appearances, recruiting and practices, coaching a major program is 365-days-a-year job. Yet some of the best find time to sneak away for 18 holes. Heck, some of them even have club membership in their contracts. 

To celebrate the start of the football season, we thought we would bring you the five best coaches, combining how their team performs on the gridiron with their handicap. Part of the requirement for being on our list is they have a registered handicap so, sorry, Steve Spurrier fans, but the Head Ball Coach is out. 

These coaches must also be active so, sorry, Mack Brown, but your national championship for Texas and 9.7 handicap at the University of Texas Golf Club do not crack the list. 

Video: Saban, Spurrier, other SEC coaches show off their swings

Without further ado, here's our ranking. 

No. 5: Al Golden, University of Miami

Yes, Golden's handicap is a pedestrian 21.3 at The Club of Mediterra in Bonita Springs, Florida, but he can sure swing the club when it matters most. He teamed up with Gino Torretta to win the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge, an annual event pairing a college football coach with a former player from that school, and also won the long drive contest in both 2011 and 2012. Golden also gets on our list for bringing the Hurricanes back to relevance.  

No. 4: Gary Patterson, TCU

Patterson has helped shape TCU into a top-flight program. He brought the Horned Frogs to back-to-back BCS bowl games, and won the 2011 Rose Bowl. The Frogs also moved into the Big 12 Conference under his tenure. On the course, Patterson carries a 8.3 handicap at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Club down the road from Fort Worth in Waco, Texas, and a bit unorthodoxically, would prefer some noise on the course. 

No. 3 Jim Mora Jr., UCLA

There's a reason why Mora is a football coach and not a pro golfer. His handicap, 15.7 at Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, California, is nothing to write home about. What is, though, is what he's done for the Bruins. Last year, they reached the Pac-12 title game, and are ranked No. 7 in this year's preseason AP poll. 

No. 2 Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

Stoops has a respectable golf resume. His handicap is 11.6 at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course in Norman, Oklahoma. At the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Stoops and Hunter Haas finished fourth, nine spots ahead of the duo of Tiger Woods and Tony Romo. What's more than respectable is his football record, with one national championship and a defeat of Alabama in last year's Sugar Bowl. 

No. 1 Urban Meyer, Ohio State

Love him or hate him, Urban Meyer gets results on both the golf course and the football field. Playing at Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, Meyer has an 8.8 handicap despite a not-so-perfect swing that caused him to seek help from CBS Sports analyst Peter Kostis. Where he's been (nearly) perfect is with the Buckeyes, leading them to two undefeated regular seasons. Don't forget he won two national championships at Florida with a quarterback by the name of Tim Tebow.

How will these five coaches fare this season? We have no idea. What we do know is that we'll be watching the kickoff, and feeling sorry for them that their time for golf has been cut short for the next few months. 

 

These college coaches know their football, and golf, too
Ben Crane at The Barclays
Ben Crane missed the cut at The Barclays, but left a different type of impact there.

It's not uncommon to walk around a PGA Tour event and see people carrying around a pin flag with a bunch of autographs on it as a momento from their trip. One kid at last weekend's The Barclays in Paramus, New Jersey, got a different type of keepsake. 

As you can see in the video below, Ben Crane gave out his number to a young fan. 

 

Like the other kid asked in the video, how did he get Crane's number? It was actually pretty simple.  

Granted, you probably won't get a Tour player's phone number every time you ask, but you may have a nice conversation with him if he has the time. 

I'm curious if the kid has reached out to Crane yet. If so, was it a call or text? What did he say? 

There are so many questions. Maybe I should give Crane my number. 

Ben Crane gives out phone number to young fan
August 28, 2014 - 8:33am
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Keegan Bradley
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For the likes of Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker and others, this is the last chance to make an impression on U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson.

For U.S. Ryder Cup Captain's Pick hopefuls, this is it -- the line in the sand.

The Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup, takes place beginning Friday at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. It's the final event on the PGA Tour schedule before U.S. Captain Tom Watson names his three wildcard picks next Tuesday in New York.

All of that means there are serious implications for U.S. players, including the likes of Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker, Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson.

Mahan was the winner last week at the Barclays, but was it enough? Snedeker is known as one of the best putters in the world -- a huge asset in the Ryder Cup -- but missed the cut at the Barclays after posting three consecutive top-13 finishes.

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Bradley missed the cut at the PGA Championship and finished in a tie for 53rd at the Barclays. This week is a home game for the New England native, at a course where he's finished in the top-16 each of the last two years.

Finally there's Simpson. He tied for fifth at the Wyndham Championship, which was sandwiched by missed cuts at the PGA Championship and the Barclays.

Of course, those aren't the only players to look out for at TPC Boston. Here are your five players to watch.

5. Henrik Stenson
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
T3 at the PGA Championship
Reason to watch: Stenson is the defending champ at the Deutsche Bank Championship and it's the place where he started his magical run in 2013 on his way to becoming the first player to win both the FedExCup and the European Tour's Race to Dubai in the same season. It hasn't been a spectacular season for the Swede, but he did tie for fourth at the U.S. Open and he tied for third at the PGA Championship. He's had his European Ryder Cup spot sewn up for quite some time now. He's just playing to win.

4. Webb Simpson
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Reason to watch: As mentioned in the intro, this is Simpson's final opportunity to make an impression on Watson. He really needs a big week. Luckily for Simpson, he's got history at TPC Boston, having won the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship. That T5 at Wyndham was promising, but the missed cut at the Barclays had to sting. It's put up or shut up time this week.

3. Rory McIlroy
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship
Reason to watch: The slumping McIlroy (calm down -- we're kidding) tied for 22nd at the Barclays a week ago in his bid to win in four consecutive starts. I think he's entitled to a pass, don't you? I mean rattling off three wins -- two majors and a World Golf Championship -- in three starts is as good as it gets. He's made it clear, however, that he'd also like to win the FedExCup. Having won the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2012, I'd say there's a good chance McIlroy gets back on a roll this week at TPC Boston.

2. Keegan Bradley
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational
Reason to watch: Bradley might be the most intense player on Tour and that's without a Ryder Cup Captain's nod hanging in the balance. All the stars are aligned for him this week -- he's got a home game on a track he's familiar with and the situation appears to be cut and dry: play great and you're headed to Scotland. Don't give Watson a reason not to pick you.

1. Adam Scott
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
Reason to watch: Very quietly, the world's No. 2-ranked player is enjoying a solid season. He's finished in the top 10 eight times in 14 starts, hasn't missed a single cut and his worst finish by far was a tie for 38th at the Players Championship. Outside of that start, every other one has been inside the top 25. With those kinds of numbers it's hard to believe he could be overtaken for the No. 1 spot in the world, but that's a testament to just how great McIlroy has been. Nevertheless, Scott wants to pile up the wins. TPC Boston is a far different course than it was when he won the inaugural tournament there in 200, but he has had four top-10 finishes at the event since that victory 11 years ago. Expect the Aussie to be there until the end of this long holiday weekend. 

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