Not a bad life at the Tavistock Cup

By Jon LevyMarch 16, 2011, 5:00 am

WINDERMERE, Fla. – The sound of chirping, playful birds. Fresh, blooming flowers with vibrant shades of all the brightest colors scattered everywhere you look. Sunny skies. A warm, gentle spring breeze. Ponds and lakes dotted with moss and a subtle, inviting ripple floating across the water – all surrounded by amazing, drop-your-jaw mansions.

And grass. Perfect, not-a-blade-out-of-place, proud and arrogant, wonderfully green grass. Grass Tavistock Cup at Isleworththat burns inferiority into your psyche for ever watering or fertilizing your own lawn in a feeblish attempt to better it. Grass that makes you want to run out and join PETA for wearing shoes and walking on it, if by even the slightest measure you may harm or kill it.

Oh yeah, and there were 24 of the world’s best players slugging it out in a fun, yet ultra-competitive golf tournament that lingers somewhere between a Sunday four-ball and the Sunday of a major championship.

My first trip to the Tavistock Cup was as refreshing a look at a professional golf event as it was an injection of what living the life must be – how the other half does it.

Or, in this case, the tiny percentage of the world’s demographic that, this week, was divided into four distinct groups bearing four colors to support their teams – red for Isleworth, blue for Lake Nona, green for Queenwood and pink for Albany.

If you saw the images on Golf Channel's telecast, you saw the patrons – club members, or those with affiliation to one of the four clubs involved – wearing team shirts with pride.

Golf tournament? Lake Nona won the event if you care. The patrons sure didn't seem to.

When it comes down to it, the Tavistock Cup is the ultimate country club mixer, with a little bit of big-time golf thrown in. The gallery was as laid back as the players.

Take a Tuesday off of work and visit with friends while walking around, enjoying a cocktail and watching great golf? Who wouldn’t want to do that?

There were some ropes and marshals around greens and tees, and plenty of security, but to walk the fairways along side the players with no worry of talking on a cell phone or taking pictures – other than having normal golf etiquette, of course – is the truly unique aspect to this event.

It's a refreshing idea that professional golf really is entertainment, above all.

Below are some pictures from Tuesday at Isleworth:


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The giant – and fierce – bull on the joint first and 10th tees.

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Tiger Woods on the 10th tee.

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A beautiful backdrop to the 12th green.

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Tiger Woods on the 13th tee.

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A very colorful fairway.

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Graeme McDowell ready to hit a putt on the 10th green.

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A mobile 19th hole, fully stocked.


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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

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The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

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Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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