Criquet shirts: New take on classic look

By Mercer BaggsJune 21, 2011, 12:35 pm

I’m a simple man. Most will agree with that; though, they may argue the definition of ‘simple'. I don’t have overly expensive tastes and don’t require excess. I like what I like and I’m fine with that.

My car is 11 years old and has no air conditioning. I like it. I don’t want another one. My dog is ornery and barks at every moving creature. I like her. I don’t want another one.

I’ve managed to do pretty well in accumulating things that I like – things that fit me: my glasses, my watch, my Hogan irons, the one pair of shoes I wear every day.

There was, however, one thing missing for a very long time: a decent golf shirt.

Now, a lot of the things I enjoy aren’t for everyone. Most people don’t like driving cars without cold air during summer months in Orlando, Fla. Most people don’t like dogs who bite them at random either.

But I finally found a golf shirt that not only I like, but seems to be gathering in overall popularity as well.

They are made by a start-up company called Criquet, co-founded by lifelong friends Billy Nachman and Hobson Brown.

Someone once said that necessity is the mother of invention – maybe Plato, maybe Frank Zappa. Regardless of attribution, the proverbial saying applies to the birth of the organic shirt company.

Nachman and Brown have been wearing collared shirts most of their lives, dating back to their days at an all-boys school in New York City. As the story on their website goes, they sampled various styles throughout adolescence and young adulthood, only finding a level of comfort and pleasure in '70s-style, hand-me-down polos – the kind with the pronounced collar and polyester feel, the kind you might have seen Dean Martin wear while drinking scotch in a clubhouse or even Jack Nicklaus when he won the ’86 Masters.

Over time, however, these shirts faded from mass production and out of public consumption. They gave way to thicker cotton varieties, garishness and eventually moisture-wicking technology.

Then one day in 2010 while lamenting the loss of favorite shirts and an inability to find anything to their liking on the current market, they decided to be pro-active. If they couldn’t buy them, they would make them.

“We always wanted to work together,” Brown said. “We’ve always been passionate about two things: golf and our shirts.”

Nachman’s family had an apparel background. Combining their creativity and an understanding of exactly what they wanted in a shirt, they created the Criquet line, which they describe as “old-school preppy with a splash of hipster.”

“These shirts are for the guy who likes to step out of the standard realm of attire,” Nachman said. “The kind where you can leave the golf course and not have to change shirts – go straight from the 18th hole to the 19th hole, or wherever.”

Added Brown, “We weren’t looking to create a super-high performance shirt, that wasn’t our goal. We were focused on comfort and style.”

Currently, they offer 17 different men’s shirts with four separate looks: The Players Shirt, the Thin Stripe Players Shirt, Wide Stripe Players Shirt and The Perfect Pique. There are also six colors of The Lady’s Players Shirt.

The men’s Players line offers a four-button placket with a tabbed collar and left-chested pocket. They come in shades of blue, green, white, navy and red. There are also black walnut and grey offerings in the pique shirts.

“We’re coming out with new shirts, even lighter (in weight) and super comfortable, good for sweaty days,” said Brown. “We will also have some more summer colors with pink and light blue, as well as a long-sleeve shirt for fall and winter.”

The two men began the grass-roots promotion of their shirts, which are composed of organic cotton, online. They have since ventured out into the social media market, made connections with other small brand clothes manufacturers, and shopped their wares at clubs and tournaments.

They were even featured in Playboy as Playmate of the Year Lizzy Jagger sported their line.

But, as Nachman said, “What has helped the most is word of mouth.

“The feedback has been great. We are really pleased. People seem to love this kind of shirt.”

Count me among them. I have a blue Players shirt and a green Thin Stripe Players shirt. I have worn them on the golf course, on Bourbon Street and at my kids’ birthday party. I have approximately 10 polo-style shirts in my closet. I only wear two of them. I like what I like.

Despite the Orlando heat, the shirts are plenty comfortable to wear during a round, and despite numerous washings, they have maintained their color. They have a slim fit, but are far from restrictive.

The Perfect Pique retails for $55, The Players $60 and the striped varieties $65. For a guy who shops off the clearance rack at Target and in thrift stores, they are a little above my normal price range, but when you find something you really like, you have to ante up – and based on prices of the modern, popular golf shirts, these are a bargain.

Good fashion is subjective. Some may like “dry” technology, vented sides, electric colors and off-center designs. But give me something classic. Something comfortable. Something simple. Something that I can wear out in public and not look like a complete tool.

I won't go as far as Patrick Henry, but give me Criquet.

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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