Fathers Day Dream Trip Campaign Begins

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 10, 2008, 4:00 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. ' Announcing on its Live From the Masters telecast tonight, the GOLF CHANNEL will launch an expansive, companywide initiative honoring Dads across America.
The GOLF CHANNEL Fathers Day Dream Trip will celebrate the special connection between fathers and their children, and, as part of the campaign, will honor one lucky father and his son or daughter with a trip of a lifetime to the home of golf, St. Andrews, Scotland.
The Dream Trip will be supported by a multi-media, national campaign designed to bring the national holiday to the forefront of Americas consciousness. Dicks Sporting Goods and TaylorMade-adidas Golf are providing major support as partners for the campaign. The winner will be announced during the networks Live From the U.S. Open telecast on Fathers Day, which always falls on the same day as the final round of the U.S. Open Championship.
If youve ever played the game of golf, chances are it was your father who placed that golf club in your hands for the very first time. And, most likely, it was your father who taught you the lessons that have not only served you well on the golf course, but also in life, said GOLF CHANNEL President Page Thompson.
By the sheer nature of the sport, golf has played such an important role in starting or enriching father-son-and-daughter relationships. Through a Dads wisdom and guidance, you learned about honor, tradition, respect, sportsmanship, perseverance and patience. And because of golf, you shared time and memories with your father that will last forever. The GOLF CHANNEL hopes to bring these kinds of special relationships to light and celebrate those important bonds.
The core of the GOLF CHANNELs Fathers Day Dream Trip campaign is a contest that encourages consumers to submit a story that recounts a life lesson learned from their fathers through the game of golf. Photos and videos can support any entry.
Twenty-five semi-finalists will each receive a GOLF CHANNEL Prize Pack, including a $50 gift card from Dicks Sporting Goods and a dozen TaylorMade golf balls. Five finalists will receive a trip to the U.S. Open in San Diego, in addition to a GOLF CHANNEL Prize Package including a $1,000 gift card from Dicks Sporting Goods and a full set of TaylorMade golf clubs. The grand-prize winner will receive a dream trip to the home of golf, St. Andrews, Scotland, as well as a GOLF CHANNEL Prize Pack, including a $5,000 gift card from Dicks Sporting Goods and $5,000 worth of golf equipment and apparel from TaylorMade-adidas Golf.
Consumers also will be encouraged to vote for their favorite entry among the five finalists, which will give them a chance at a GOLF CHANNEL prize package.
A dedicated Fathers Day Dream Trip micro-site at www.GolfChannel.com/FathersDay will serve as the headquarters for the campaign, providing consumers with a chance to enter the essay contest, send Fathers Day e-cards, view entries, watch Fathers Day videos recorded by celebrities and professional golfers, including PGA TOUR stars; and take a virtual tour of St. Andrews, Scotland.
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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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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.