If you need a visual representation of what happens when weather ends the golfing season, this is it.
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Adis Jarovic, a native of Montenegro and employee at the Country Club of Greenfield in Massachusetts, snapped a photo of the sunset just as he finished one of the last rounds of golf at the course Tuesday afternoon. When it began snowing the following morning, Jarovic recreated the same shot -- and this is what PGA head golf professional Kevin Piecuch tweeted to us.
— Kevin Piecuch (@CCGPro) November 30, 2014
"I think we got about six inches," Piecuch said. "It was a quick storm, but it was our first big storm of the season and it basically shut us down for the season. It was kind of neat that he took it."
Piecuch said Jarovic just started playing golf about a year ago and has become passionate about it, so Jarovic wanted to make sure he got on the course before the weather changed. And he did a wonderful job of illustrating how quickly golf course conditions can change, particularly in late November.
Greg Norman is one tough Aussie, as evidenced by this selfie he posted Sunday on Twitter:
— Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman) November 30, 2014
Why is a photo of Norman on a golf course newsworthy? Because a little over two months ago, Norman almost lost his left hand at the wrist.
Norman was pruning trees at his South Florida home on Sept. 13 when he accidentally sliced into his left wrist with the chainsaw, nearly severing the limb. Amazingly, Norman missed the main artery by a fraction of an inch, and doctors were able to successfully perform surgery.
In less than 24 hours, the Shark was back at the scene of his accident, wearing a large protective cast on his left arm but giving the thumbs up signal with his right.
Here's his quote from the Associated Press story on Sept. 14:
"Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off," Norman said. "I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am."
A photo posted by Greg Norman (@shark_gregnorman) on
Rory McIlroy isn't easily impressed. The top-ranked golfer in the world already has four major tournament victories -- including the 2014 Open Championship and PGA Championship -- was named 2014 PGA Player of the Year and 2014 PGA Tour Player of the Year, won the European Tour's 2014 Order of Merit, the 2014 Vardon Trophy and the 2014 Byron Nelson Award.
In short, he's had a pretty good year. That also means he's a pretty good judge of golfing excellence.
So when McIlroy raves about your round, like he did about Jordan Spieth's final-round 63 in the Australian Open, that's saying something.
Here's Mac's tweet:
You could give me another 100 rounds today at The Australian and I wouldn't sniff 63.... Well done @JordanSpieth very impressive!
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) November 30, 2014
Maybe Rory and Bubba will let Jordan join in on their next holiday e-card.
With the Thanksgiving season fully upon us, it's time to start thinking about everything we are thankful for. And your time out on the golf course can be included in that.
So we want to know what golf-related things are our readers are most thankful for. From an incredible shot, to a fantastic time with some great company or a score-saving tip that's helped your game, there are plenty of options.
Here's what our readers had to say, and feel free to share yours.
Our favorite five responses:
Betty Cunningham Nippa: That I played golf, loved golf and still get excited to watch others. Bad back and knees keep me from going on, but not in my spirit. Play on!
Chris Pollard: Every time I had the chance to play golf with my grandfather. His silver dollar that he use to mark his ball with, is now what I use to mark my ball.
Don Porter: Thankful that my wife introduced me to this game and that she is my regular playing partner.
Joe Mahoney: Making the golf team with persimmon woods and garage sale irons. This was a defining day for me.
Kyle Carey: My entire childhood and all the great memories from Jr Golf to Hole in ones at Three Lakes Golf Course.