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From the Editor Elementary My Dear Watson
The Perfect Life by Katherine Dyson
A Bulldog Wins The Masters Not A Tiger
There could not be more of a contrast between them, Tiger Woods a Southern California prodigy who began his life of golf fame and fortune on the Johnny Carson show over 3 decades ago and Bubba Watson grew up in Bagdad, Florida where there is more cotton than golf. While both were sons of two decorated Green Beret Veterans, their lives were, in many ways, complete opposites. At the Masters this year everyones favorite was Tiger, but how it turned out may have been even better for the game of golf. Gerry Lester Watson Jr. (named Bubba at birth after Bubba Smith) was born in 1978 just north of Pensacola, Florida in a region better known as the Panhandle. At a very young age Bubba spent countless hours swatting a plastic ball around the back yard of his home with a cutoff 6 iron his Dad gave him. Life in Southwest Florida was a bit different than Southern California. For one, there were lots of golf courses in California and plenty of public access facilities. In Bagdad, Florida there were a few but Bubbaâ€™s Dad, Lt. Gerry Watson, had access to one, The A.C. Reed facility in Pensacola on the base. It was almost 12 years ago when I first met Bubba Watson at Stonebrook Golf Club, a popular local course just minutes from his home in Pace, Florida. Each day in the summer a group of local golfers would pick up teams for a daily Nassau. There were some great players mixed in with locals, Bubba, Boo Weekley and occasionally Jerry & Steve Pate. It was some of best fun I have ever had playing golf and it was always LOL funny. Bubba hit the ball a mile, the running joke at the club, he hit it so hard is would disappear, and he still does. For all of the great folks I have played golf with in the Panhandle, Bubbaâ€™s win at the Masters is the greatest thing since 1982 when Jerry Pate jumped in the lake after winning the Players Championship. It is a win for the regular golfing folk, the weekend duffers and the 9 hole a week league players and the masses of the game that rarely break 100. Thanks Bubba for the heroic shot out of woods, (we all have been there) thanks for the emotion too because it tells us all you are one of us. Its a great win for the game of golf.
Good Looks on the Course
by Elle Brec
Couple of Travelers
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Reviews from the Tee
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The Perfect Life by Katherine Dyson
Top 25 Over-the-Top Ideas for Golf Addicts Hedonistic Escape Mind, spirit and body come together at e Lodge at Woodloch in Pennsylvania, in a stunning nature-rich setting close to New Jersey and New York. It’s luxury all the way from the spa, fitness facilities and soaking pools to the Tree restaurant and Woodlock Springs Golf Course. Hike, fish, swim, golf, T’ai Chi — go for it.
Posture Perfect Serious business. Shoulders back. Discrete. Tight. Are those your muscles working or the IntelliSkin? Wear to gym, to the golf club. Who doesn’t want to look more fit, taller? It’s the posture workout you wear. Your secret. No one will ever know that under your faded circa 70s polo lies power. $95 Spa Caviar Pearls and caviar? Why not? Caviar extracts and pearl powder are known to improve skin elasticity and suppleness, reduce fine lines and wrinkles by improving cell metabolism and increasing firming action. Available in treatments many spas including Suddenly Slimmer Day Spa, Phoenix and Beau Rivage Resort Spa, Biloxi, Ms. (No it’s not Beluga).
Electric Golf Cart Speaking of fun. e Hummer H2 Golf Cart based on the military’s HMMWV, or Humvee at $19,999 and licensed by GM, is a very smart way to go. It has polished chrome wheels, cooler, seat storage, head and brake lights and classic boxy style — dare we say “cute.” You’ll love it in red and at 20 mph, no speeding tickets.
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Ultimate Dress Watch No vague uncertainly about the time with the L.U.C. Quattro by Chopard. You will get you to your tee time on the nose. Your Chopard is Swiss-made after all. Shockingly simple with classic round face, 39 jewels, 18-carat rose qold case, water-resistant and hand-stitched alligator strap. $25,000 (maybe less, maybe more)
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Walkies It’s a fact: walking 18 holes carrying a bag is equal to a five-mile walk or a 4-mile run. Using Sun Mountain’s KG:2 SuperLight stand bag can make the whole process like a walk in the park. With the E-Z Fit Dual Strap System, it’s a breeze to carry but if the heat gets to you, it has a friendly cart-friendly bottom (just like you).
Soul Searching Linksoul is not just a golf shirt. It’s you dancing in the rain; feeling good; being you. It’s fireflies on a dark night; early sun catching dew on the green. From John Ashworth (who we all know) they say it’s more of a philosophy than a brand. Designs are thought provoking and look very au courant under a jacket.
Round with Dimples The Nike 20XI could just be the most expensive ball on the market sending you clamoring down gulches to retrieve it after errant shots. Why may you ask? A dozen could set you back $55-$60 per dozen or $5 per ball. But then it promises to give you more distance off the tee and better control around the greens — it’s all about its low core technology.
Let it Rain It won’t make you look crisp like a piece of toast. Who wants to look like a piece of toast anyway in this age of on-the-move-tech style? Relaxed, confident, cool, dry. Now we’re talking. It’s the Hoy Lake Jacket by ZeroRestriction at $395. GORETEX, breathable, flexible and waterproof even in a howling British gale. Pair with pants at $235-$295. Spa Sounds Tune into Zen Sound Therapy at Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Lodge with its Sacred Healing Treatment. Sitting on a carbon-fiber chair while experiencing your rituals allows you to hear and feel the music as tones resonate through the water in your body. Attain a relaxed, balanced, center state as Reiki rituals do their magic. (80 minutes/$225)
Face Off Pure and bubbly on your face? Sure. Just choose the Champagne Facial at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. It gives you protection against free radicals, invigorates your skin and softens fine lines. ($150) Or skip the facial and go for a bottle of Dom Perignon in the Lobby Lounge with your best squeeze.
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Tee-Terrific Ladies, no way you’ll be taken for a shrinking violet with Kate Lord’s printed ¾ sleeve specialty cotton tees. ey’re bold, fun with tropical yet contemporary golf designs, perfect on and oﬀ the courses. With a bit of spandex stretch, did we mention sexy? ($76)
Camouflage your Habits Carrying your iPad around in a Prada Camo Saﬃano Case will surely impress your pals with its green camouflage-print calf leather cover and silver hardware. And really good news, besides being made in Italy, if you get lost in enemy territory in the jungle, your iPod will be really hard to see in this case. ($595)
Golf Bag is one will only bite your wallet. Custom-made alligator golf bags by Dann come in five colors. Available for women too including pink and purple. Who knew there were pink alligators? Purple maybe.
Putter Envy You’ll be getting the shaft and loving it with Barth & Sons’ First Lady Special Edition custom made in Germany. e shaft is 24 caret gold, the leather grip is pink, and the head is inlaid with diamonds. is bit of bling costs $150,000. Putters for Real Men Ben Curtis was using a Studio Select Newport 2 when he won this year’s Valero Texas Open, Brad Faxon works a Laguna 2.5 ''FaxDay'' and Rory McILroy uses a GSS Newport Prototype — all Scotty Cameron putters. Need we say more? Scotty Cameron putters like the new sleek Select putters are right up there with clear starry nights and California surfing. Group Squeeze You will not find a better place for your favorite peeps to play and stay than in Milligan Manor. an eight-bedroom cabin at Fairmont’s Jasper Park Lodge, BC Canada. Your gang will have all the privacy they need in Jasper’s luxury log digs with a lofty wildlife-themed great room overlooking a Stanley ompson classic track and a probably a roaming elk or two.
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Club Power Leave it to the golf-crazed Japanese to come up with the pricey Maruman Majesty Prestigio Golden Premium Series. e driver’s polished titanium head is ion-plated to pure gold. Also go for gold with the Majesty Prestigio Gold Premium irons. e price? Don’t ask. ink thousands.
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Big Puﬀ Cigar-speak is much like wine-speak with terms like “aging, year, full-bodied, spicy, hearty and soil composition.” One of the rarest of them all the Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas is a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco with a 10-year old Cameroon wrapper. And oh yes, women smoke cigars too. (about $350 for a box of 20)
Top of Myrtle’s Bucket List Out of all the 100 plus courses in Myrtle Beach, one must-play is Caledonia Golf & Fish Club on Pawley’s Island. From the time you drive in along the live-oak-lined road, you are in for an exceptional day of golf. It’s the most expensive public course in the area but spring for it. Savor it.
Belt it Out Brad Faxon wears e White Belt so do many other tour players. Interchangeable buckles are hand-crafted, leather color straps are in exotic bright colors and designs are way sharp. e belts are so cool it’s hard to remember they have a practical side to them.
Puma Power Getting in the groove with crossover golf footwear, Puma’s new golf shoes can swing from green to boardroom with grace. Worn by Rickie Fowler where the vibrant oranges, limes and and other brilliant colors complement his flamboyant persona, take a peek at his Limited Edition Super Cell Ice Fusion shoe. ($250). Sack & Pillage ere is treasure in your future. Add sparkle to your game with Kate Lord's Crystal Hat Clips in glittery designs. Reveal the inner you with motifs like martini glasses, cards, wine glasses, and a Scottie dog.
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Good Looks on the Course
Functionalizing your Golf Attire
by Elle Brec
Many golf apparel companies have a mantra along the lines of look good, feel good, play good. Sounds so simple until choosing what to buy and the complicated descriptions of technology versus natural fibers, which accessories are necessary for weather changes, and worrying about your overall appearance. All shirts have a function, a design, a style, and a certain way of performing, we must sift through the slogans to figure out what is at the core of the brand’s apparel. e key is prioritizing three categories Design Diﬀerences, Climate Control, and Style Statements, to your personal preferences in a way so you know what is most important to you. If you don’t know where to start, think about your favorite apparel worn most often and figure out why.
Design Differences Design Diﬀerences are the first category and in this case, we are not referring to a pattern but rather the overall design of the shirt. Do you prefer
a certain cut, feel, sleeve length, does it matter to you the seams of the shirt or where the tags and logos are located, or is a shirt just a shirt?
Martin When purist Rick Martin speaks with his cheerful, thick Dallas accent, it is evident that he is passionate for quality products, especially golf apparel. Two years ago, Martin received a call from his daughter Teresa, convincing him, “Most of the industry has moved toward technical performance fabrics, and natural fiber apparel is no longer available. We really need you to come back.” For Martin, too much modern golf apparel has strayed from the traditional path to which he adheres. "I remember watching last year's U.S. Open,
looking at the tour players competing for the win, and being struck by the contrived look of their outfits," recalls Martin. “e outfits had such a 'costume' feel, and also a stifling uniformity. Each piece clearly designed to be worn only with pieces from the same collection. It’s great for TV but not my foursome.” Martin, with 40 years experience in the garment industry, retired from his former company Fairway and Greene a few years back, agreed to return to the golf fashion industry. Frustrated with the feeling of polyester on his skin and New England Golf Monthly | May 2012| 13
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knowing many club members share his sophisticated preference. Martin’s focus is not the nuances of trends rather his premise is the customer that wants a high quality shirt all the time, that works well with everything else in his closet. "My idea of golf fashion is rooted in watching legends like Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan – gentlemen who always looked well put together, but never contrived. To that end, my goal is to create elegant, stylish but versatile garments that are related, but can be worn with anything. is, in addition to my commitment to using only natural fibers – no synthetics, no pieced-together garments – is one of the cornerstones of what Martin Golf Apparel is all about." e 2012 collections are perfect illustrations of Martin Golf Apparel's ability and commitment to blend timelessness and tradition. e British Regimental Collection, for Old Scotsman himself Martin always loved the British heraldries, employs a color palette inspired by vintage military uniforms, backed up by and blended with distinctive clarifying colors
with bold crimson and dark navys. In keeping with Martin's commitment to ensuring that no garment in the 2012 line is restricted to its own collection, Martin takes special pride in the way pieces from the British Regimental collection can be paired with those of the Charcoal Classics Collection. is collection features many of the same colors, but highlights them with Light and Dark Charcoal shades to create a natural contrast mélange that illuminates light and dark fabrics. Finally, the Vineyard Collection specializes in natural earth-like tones of sand, sunflower, plum, and tangerine. With their commitment to tradition, all-natural fibers and colors, and selling exclusively in just the finest private golf clubs, we're ensuring that their customers can benefit from the latest results of our ongoing quest for perfection – results that truly live up to the standards of Martin’s product design that being 'as Timeless As e Game'." For more information on Martin Golf Apparel, visit them at www.martingolfapparel.com.
Ladies let’s face it, we’re beautiful so we want apparel to accentuate our body types. New this spring from Catwalk Performance Artwear is excited to debut the Relaxed Fit as an option for some of their shirts. ey have the same Catwalk styling, the same curves to emphasize the waist, with a little more room in the bust and hip area. is Spring Catwalk features three fresh new collections: e Navy Lime, the Black and White and the Black and Yellow. You don’t have to be a Wiz to know black and yellow are a great combination for when you roll up to the greens. We never get caught walking around drenched in sweat like some guys would. It doesn’t mean we aren’t as athletic, we just use tactics to avoid it. Catwalk Artwear is attire you feel can comfortable and stylish in all day. One tactic Catwalk uses is shirts with two layers of fabric, plus a built in support to hide chest sweat.
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Same with their bottom skorts, built with an extra layer underneath. Playing golf with clients at Newport National in Rhode Island one morning, time constrained me from changing for a corporate outing in Newport but still fit right in with a business casual environment. Or maybe you’re foursome is planning on having a nice lunch with the ladies after your game, but your busy schedule will not allow for time to shower and change in the locker room. Catwalk Performance Artwear is the brainchild of artist and golfer Lauren Demerling and business partner Sima Anvari. Debuting in 2006, their vision was to create a women’s line that not only celebrated the female form, but was as comfortable as it was practical. Check out the entire line at catwalkartwear.com and to purchase visit desertgolfconnection.com.
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Climate Control Climate Control is the next category due to the facts that some people sweat more than others, some don’t mind walking around in the rain, some people want to be tanned, and others want to stay out of the sun. If you are
the type of person that wears just a t-shirt all year long, chances are you are not sensitive to this category. Define how sensitive you are to your surrounding elements and plan your wardrobe accordingly.
Leslie Chow is an extremely intelligent and talented engineer whose company Iconic Sport continues to sell out of her popular designs. e apparel is engineered to enhance golf performance with design features such as shoulder ease for unrestricted movement during the golf swing, a trim waistline fit to avoid interference when putting, ContourFit™ length contouring, and functional pockets at the right height, cut to the right depth. All of our bottoms have rear scorecard pockets. eir cargo pocket accommodates balls, tees and tools during the round but lies flat after the round because of its center gusset pleat. Iconic maximizes the tremendous advances in fabric technology with resilient stretch and recovery fabrics to accommodate the golf swing and avoid excess material which means no more baggy knees, sagging backside or baggy shirts that catch on the putter, as well as moisture management perspiration wicking for hot days, UV protection and anti-microbial/anti-odor finishes. Perhaps the most important feature of the apparel is the 50+ UV protection for those who should avoid sun exposure but still love to
play golf. eir sunsleeves are perfect for a lightweight protection against the sun on hot days. Iconic believes in using quality materials, thoughtful design, careful construction and high quality finish detail. Manufactured in the San Francisco Bay Area and dedicated to maintaining high quality standards, good working conditions and to keeping our team and our customers happy. Made of micro-polyester, they select their production partners for quality, not for the lowest cost. Iconic Sport apparel is designed to be stylish, appropriate on the course, and around town. Design for sophisticated style, their concept is clean, unfussy, with a great fit plus trim, textile and detail interest. It is all in the balance of fun textile designs and colors, and fresh design details. However comfort is the most important factor when designing the apparel. ey are attentive to seam placement, fabric feel, wicking, temperature regulation, stretch and recovery to maintain sizing through the round and throughout the day as well as golf-specific performance. New England Golf Monthly | May 2012| 15
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Style Statements e Style Statements last but not least category referring to whether you lean towards bold expressions or simplistic looks. ere is something to be said about style points, from the way a great shot
was made to the accessories that tie the look together. As long as you reflect your personal style, you will feel comfortable, and the better you feel, the better you play.
Travis Mathew congratulated Bubba Watson on becoming the 2012 Masters Champion and provided matching Travis Mathew championship outfit for his son Caleb, complete with a mini green jacket. ey have sold out of their 100 Limited Edition “e Masters” packages, worn by Bubba Watson all four rounds at Augusta. is was the first installment of the “Travis Mathew and Bubba Watson Grand Slam Drive for Charity” in conjunction with “Bubba and Friends Drive to a Million.”100% of the proceeds made from these limited edition pieces are donated directly to Fresh Start, an organization that provides cosmetic reconstructive surgery for children with physical defects or disabilities. Additionally, because of your unwavering support and due to the fact that TM sold out of the 100 Masters packages, an additional $50,000 will be donated to the City of Hope, a California based cancer research center housing one of the nation’s top independent biomedical, treat-
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ment and education institutions! e Travis Mathew line attracted attention immediately with their stylish statements and outfit about ten professional tour players. Travis Mathew is a fresh and progressive brand of golf apparel that features an exclusive line of lifestyle wear and accessories. Based in Southern California, the company has evolved to meet the demands of today’s active consumer by blending style, function, performance and innovative design. Inspired by fashion, sports, music, and art, the Travis Mathew brand is an expression of the lifestyles inherent to its Southern California roots. Reflecting the brand’s vision of consistently providing diversity for an industry choked with homogenized styles and fits, Travis Mathew’s unique theme was long overdue in the golf-apparel market. Made from quality materials, their polo shirts are 60% pima cotton and 40% polyester creating a blend between comfort and technology. It is available at Golfers Warehouse and travismathew.com.
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Birdy & Grace
Maria Laura Elvira has been sporting Birdy & Grace since 2010. A top Argentine golfer from Buenos Aires, Maria Laura has won numerous championships in South America, currently making her mark on the Futures Tour and frequently a commentator on Golf Channel (Latin America). She recently said, "Birdy & Grace changed my golf image and I love it. Because of it's unique and fun style, I feel younger and always in fashion." Jane Park, LPGA joined the Birdy & Grace team in 2009. As a 16 year-old Jane reached the finals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and the following year to the finals of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. She later won the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. During her first full year
on the LPGA Tour, Jane finished 29th on the money list with four top-10 finishes including ties for second at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay and P & G NW Arkansas Championship. Jane continues to shine on the Ladies Tour (T9 for eagles!) and always looks great in Birdy & Grace. "I love Birdy & Grace because of the vibrant colors they use in their extremely fashionable clothes that are very comfortable as well!" "I am a huge fan of their new riding pant styletrouser for golf. They actually give shape to awomans lower half but without looking inappropriate or as if your wearing your lululemon yoga pants" says Win McMurry, Sportscaster/Writer and Birdy & Grace's Industry Spokesperson.
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Couple of Travelers by Alice and Danny Scott
Bogota: On Top of the World
Elevation elation is the natural high in Bogota, Colombia. While not at the top of many wish lists, it will surely climb higher, in spite of recent antics in coastal Cartagena. PGA star Camilo Villegas has put Colombia back on the map attracting positive attention. e Nationwide tour is also elevating in status as the qualifying mechanism for very strong players to move up or return to the PGA tour. Its first tournament of the year played out at e Country Club of Bogota, garnering much media with the participation of Ex-President Bill Clinton. He kicked oﬀ the proam with a vicious duck hook. Yes, Democrats, it went far left. His second shot was a good recovery and he escaped with his service team unscathed by scandals. Walking and biking keep people healthy and out of traﬃc congestion. Hiring a driver for distance is the
best way to commute and view the sights of this magnificent city with over 8 million inhabitants. Garage type doors open to the street revealing the meat market, shoe shop, bakery, and beauty salon all in a row. A side street turn becomes a long path past a polo ranch and suddenly, San Andres Country Club pops up like Grand Central Park, where a Gran Telenovela (soap opera) was being filmed. e Robert Trent Jones, Sr. course is parkland style with no evidence of the surrounding city. e spa like aroma of the tall eucalyptus and cedar trees wafts through the air. e fairways are green, greens are fast and like all courses there, everyone walks. Caddies carry bags, rake bunkers and disclose course secrets. After nine beautiful holes, we were invited for “refrigerio.” No dog at the turn here, rather scrumptious entrees and exotic fruit juices for the stan-
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dard ten minute break. It is ok to leave food on the plate or you couldn’t swing on the tenth tee, however it is not easy to resist every bite of the fresh and flavorful Colombian cuisine. Rincon Golf Club of Cajica was flooded last year but restored to playability with RTJ Jr. redesigning larger water features and drainage for future protection. e filet mignon for lunch matches Ruth’s Chris. Golf courses are private but tour companies book exceptions for travelers. Www.colombia.travel.com will make all arrangements. Request Ron Garl’s redesigned Club Guaymaral where special attention is paid to brilliant horticulture. We never expected the altiplano of the Andes to be so tropical, yet more flowers are exported from Colombia than anywhere except Holland. e elegant facilities, finest chefs and equestrian center create an elitist country club at Guaymaral. Play golf in the morning; tour in the afternoon. Contrasting the 8600 feet altitude of Bogota, journey to the center of the earth, or at least 280 feet below to e Salt Cathedral where Stations of the Cross are carved into the cavern. Brides are carried down by cart while the groom walks the long path symbolizing the burden he is about to bear. Funny sentiment but the incredible sculptures and lighting are inspirational. So too are the Pre Colombian artifacts at the Gold Mu-
seum in the Calendaria district. Architecture in the presidential plaza invokes an impulse to call your high school Spanish teacher. Ride the cable car to the monastery of Montserrate for exquisite dining above the city lights. Forget resorts but enjoy the Grand House with a small lobby, large rooms and ultimate showers, just a short walk to Parque 93 where families frolic, promenade and dine. A high rise hotel served as a prank driving range for Notah Begay and associates, teeing oﬀ to a turf mat in the park. Don’t try this at home as lawyers would line up for errant shots. Save La Cima Golf Club, the second highest course in the world at over 10,000 feet, for last when your body is well adjusted to the altitude. You don’t have to tee it high to let it fly. Enjoy the distance and panoramic views of farms, lakes and the Andes Mountains. e Colombian tourism slogan is “e only risk is in wanting to stay.” Caution is required anywhere we travel but indeed many Americans move to Bogota after falling in love with the climate, cuisine and culture. Wake up and smell the Colombian coﬀee. It’s not just about romancing the stone. ough the emeralds make great souvenirs, lifetime memories are an even richer keepsake. Use common sense that the secret service didn’t and you’ll be on top of the world
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Celebrity Golfer: Billy Casper
by Leigh MacKay
“Billy Casper is the most underrated golfer of all time, hands down. He won 51 times on the PGA Tour. Only six players in history have won more, and Casper did it against some of the best golfers of any era.” Johnny Miller, certainly, has never been one to mince words. His evaluation, therefore, of one of the most successful golfers from 1955-77 requires some reflection. And when the US Open returns to The Olympic Club, expect the media to echo Miller’s sentiment as it retells Casper’s second Open victory in 1966—the first at Winged Foot in 1959—and how he made up a seven-stroke deficit against Arnold Palmer in the final nine holes. Palmer, who, in the early 1960’s, had launched golf ’s golden age along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, was undisputedly The King, and Casper’s victory, although well deserved, was not a popular one. In addition, Palmer, Nicklaus, and Player, with their frequent victories and vigorous personalities, had been touted as “The Big Three” because of the promotional genius of Mark McCormack. Ironically, Casper, who sometimes appeared aloof and reserved and conservative, much like his role model Ben Hogan, had signed with McCormack in 1959 but left IMG two years later over marketing differences. Casper, who had no peer on and around the greens, also won the 1970 Masters. He was the leading money winner twice, the PGA Player of the Year twice, the Vardon Trophy winner five times, and a Ryder Cup player eight times (earning 23.5 points, the most ever for an American). His induction into the World Hall of Fame in 1978 and the PGA Hall of Fame in 1982, and his ranking in 2000 by “Golf Digest” as the 15th greatest golfer of all time should, therefore, come as no surprise. Finally, Billy Casper, now 80, has set his own record straight in his forthright, anecdotal, and droll autobiography, appropriately titled “The Big Three
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and Me.” He details his lonely and impoverished youth, saved only by his many hours at the San Diego CC, where he caddied frequently and chipped and putted incessantly. He explains how his marriage to Shirley and his love for his 11 children (six adopted) encouraged him to become a Mormon to build, strengthen, and unify his family concept. His account of life on Tour is remarkable for its historical content. With great humor he recounts both his exotic diet of buffalo, caribou, elk, hippo, and bear and the nickname of “Buffalo Billy” that became the trademark for his current golf course management company, Billy Casper Golf, and one of its divisions, Buffalo Communications, the PR, branding, and marketing arm. There is far more to Casper’s life in the book than just his PGA Tour achievements By the way, “The Big Three and Me” has a foreword from the Big Three themselves. They wrote, “It could have been The Big Four.” NEGM: What is the Victory 51 Tour you are now undertaking? BC: Primarily it is a way for me to travel around the country and get “The Big Three and Me” into as many hands as possible. It’s set up as a Q&A session and a book signing so people can spend an evening with me. NEGM: What can you tell us about Paul Harney? BC: Paul was a great friend. He and I were playing a practice round one time, and we got to a par3. I said, “Paul, your hands are a little low; raise
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them up toward your chin.” He did and got a holein-one! By the way, I have a number of great friends who are from New England. Two are 49ers QB Steve Young, who came from East Hartford, and Danny Ainge, GM of the Celtics, with whom I played a lot of golf when he was at BYU. NEGM: What were your favorite New England courses? Your favorite course of all time? BC: Wethersfield CC where I won the Greater Hartford four times, Pleasant Valley, and Newport CC. Cypress Point on the Monterey Peninsula. NEGM: What was your favorite tournament? BC: The Tournament of Champions played at Desert Inn, Las Vegas. The people there made it such a wonderful tournament. You had to win on Tour to be invited, and I had the good fortune to win a tournament 16 straight years. NEGM: Name the three best players, besides yourself, (1) when you joined the Tour in 1955, (2) in your prime in 1966, and (3) today? BC: Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Bob Rosburg; (2) Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player; (3) Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods. NEGM: What would your Dream Foursome be from any time period? BC: Bob Hope, Gay Brewer, Gene Littler. NEGM: OK, Buffalo Billy, explain why your much-
publicized, exotic meat diet was essential to your health. BC: I had severe problems with allergies. I went to a doctor in Chicago, and he discovered I was allergic to all sorts of things. There was a problem with my immune system, and the allergies would act-up with certain foods and on certain golf courses. That doctor saved my career. NEGM: After you retired from playing, how have you kept busy? BC: Billy Casper Golf has kept me very busy. Outside of golf, I have a lot of commitments and make appearances. I have worked with a cruise line for 15 years, lecturing and playing golf with passengers. I have the Billy Casper Youth Foundation where we raise funds for youth programs and hospitals. We have 40 different charities we donate to through Billy’s Kids. I make appearances at Billy Casper Golf-managed courses. In fact, I’m busier now than when I was on Tour! But I’m enjoying life much more because I have the opportunity to work with great people who are tied into golf, business, and philanthropy. NEGM: How do you want to be remembered? BC: I want to be remembered for having a great love for my fellow man.
For more information about Billy Casper or to purchase “The Big Three and Me,” see www.billycasper.com
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Stroke-and-Distance: The Most Unobserved Rule In Golf
by Jack Ross The stroke-and-distance penalty imposed by Rule 27 is quite straightforward: if your ball is lost anywhere other than in a hazard, or is out of bounds, you must play another ball as nearly as possible from the spot from which the original ball was played, and add a penalty stroke. It is an unforgiving rule, in effect equating to a two-stroke penalty for wayward shots. It is also probably the most violated rule in golf. We’ve all been there. You hit your tee shot into a problem area, but hope springs eternal. Surely you’ll find it. When you don’t, are you likely to walk back to the tee and hit again, particularly on a busy Saturday morning with groups backed up behind you? Most likely, you’ll drop a ball at the edge of the woods, take a penalty stroke, and move on. Practical, perhaps, but not permissible. The appropriate course of action is to play a provisional ball if there’s a chance your ball is lost or out of bounds. You must declare that you’re playing a provisional, or you’ll be considered to have put a new ball in play under the stroke-and-distance rule. You may continue to play your provisional ball up to the point on the course where your original ball was likely to have been lost or crossed the boundary line, and still retain the option of playing your original ball if you find it in bounds. Your ball is deemed to be lost if you do not find it within five minutes. Course boundaries generally are demarcated by white stakes or lines, although fences and walls often mark boundaries. (Consult local rules.) Be aware that some courses
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contain “internal” out of bounds markers between holes. A ball is out of bounds if it lies completely outside the boundary line. Rule 27 does not apply if your ball is lost in a water hazard; you must apply the water hazard rules (Rule 26), which provide several relief options at the cost of a penalty stroke. However, these rules apply only if it is “known or virtually certain” that your ball was lost in a hazard. Keep in mind that many courses contain red stakes (which denote lateral water hazards) along the periphery of holes adjoining severe terrain, even where there is no body of water. If your ball crosses the line marked by ed stakes and is lost, you mayinvoke the lateral water hazard rule and drop within two club lengths of the point where the ball crossed the margin of the hazard. If your ball crosses into the woods beyond the last red stake, the stroke-and-distance rule applies. Jack Ross completed an intensive PGA/USGA rules workshop and has officiated at state amateur competitions. He is a co-author of “Mastering Golf ’s Toughest Shots,” which explains how the rules may be used to the golfer’s advantage in problem situations.
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Molori Unplugged by John Molori
Coast to coast with Mr. Mallicoat When I asked Comcast SportsNet sportscaster Now at Comcast SportsNet, golf takes a back Mike Giardi if he was a golfer and might be in- seat to wife Sandy, daughter Tessa, 9, and son terested in being interviewed for this column, he Beckett, 6. “I might get out seven or eight times responded, “I am a rotten golfer with a hole in a year maximum,” says Giardi. “When I worked one at TPC Boston on media day a few years at NECN, we did a lot golf tips segments, so I back! I’d be happy to assist.” got to play quite a bit. I love Blackstone National. Indeed the high point of Giardi’s links life oc- It’s such a beautiful course. curred in Norton, MA in 2005. “The 11th hole “Cape Cod and Falmouth are my home was a par three uphill, and I was hitting into the courses. Outside of New England, I like Shadow wind,” explains the 40-year-old Giardi. Wood in Bonita Springs, FL and Aurora Country “I was going to hit a seven iron, but decided to Club in Ohio. I would love to play Pebble Beach. switch to a six iron. I saw the ball bounce off the The wider the fairway, the better for me. I can hit green, but didn’t see it go in. As we approached a ton off the tee, but I really don’t know where the hole, one of the guys I was playing with told it’s going. me I had a hole in one.” Giardi played basketball, track, and football at Giardi was never able to drink in the glory of Norwood High School and once had an intercepthis momentous accomplishment amongst his tion against future NFL quarterback Todd media brethren. He relates, “I had to pick up Collins. He remains one of the all-time leading my kid at day care, so I left after the 14th hole. receivers at Trinity. A lifetime of competitive They sent me a plaque and I kept the ball. I sports has affected his golf game. “I have torn can’t complain.” labrums in both of my shoulders,” says Giardi, Indeed, family and golf have always intertwined who counts a round of golf with Red Sox legend for Giardi. He played for the first time in Fal- Dwight Evans as a highlight. “I was going to have mouth, MA at the age of 14. On that day, an- surgery, but my doctor recommended swimming other unlikely shot reeled him into the game. to help build strength. Before I got hurt, I took “The 15th hole was about 270 yards, and I hit the game very seriously. Now, it’s just fun to be an absolutely terrible drive,” says Giardi, a for- out there.” mer sports editor at the Falmouth Enterprise. While Giardi’s fire for golf has dimmed, there “My next shot bounced off the green and went is still a spark, and it’s still all about family. “I just right into the cup. Here I was slashing my way can’t let my brother Greg keep winning the family through the course, and I end up with an eagle. championship,” he relates. “It’s been six or seven I think my friend and I invented the chest bump years since I won. after that.” “GreG really smokes the ball, and his oldest son Giardi was born in Hooksett, New Hampshire is obsessed with the game. All winter, he was outand raised on the Cape and in Norwood, MA. He side swinging a club, and they have a putting graduated from Norwood High School in 1989 green in their house. The family rivalry is still and from Trinity College in 1993 with a major in there, and my son may take to the game. He is English Literature and a minor in Classical Tra- definitely getting the itch.” dition He holds a Masters Degree from Boston Columnist John Molori writes for numerous publiUniversity in Broadcast Journalism. Giardi cations and appears regularly on several radio staSHINING ROCK GOLF CLUB 91NY CLUBHOUSE LANE, NORTHBRIDGE, MA 01534 worked at WIVT-TV in Binghamton, and tions. Email John at MoloriMedia@aol.com (508) 234-0400WWW.SHININGROCK.COM joined NECN in 2000. New England Golf Monthly | May 2012| 25
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