Carnoustie tale earns a spot on the Divine Nine bus in Carson Valley

By Brandon TuckerSeptember 29, 2011, 2:59 pm

We have a winner in the Carson City/Carson Valley Divine Nine Media Tour Golf Channel writing contest. Mike Moore, a 64-year-old from Houston, won with the tale of his trip to Carnoustie. He’ll now head to Carson Valley and take part in the Divine Nine Media Tour and spend a few extra days playing golf in the area. 

Stay tuned for later in October when Moore's story will be posted on the Travel Insider blog. 

Judges for the contest included GolfNow show host Lauren Thompson and Golf Channel columnist Jason Sobel, as well as the editorial team from GolfChannel.com and the WorldGolf.com network of golf travel. Each voted on their favorites and gave their reasons why. 

Moore submitted a story about his golf trip “thinly veiled as a business trip.” He shared a little insight about how Carnoustie, which built a new hotel prior to the 1999 Open Championship, used to look back in 1981: “A rather dull cinder block affair with all the aesthetic appeal of an old muni course in rural Kansas.” 

He also told of the transformation of his clients. While they began the day not too impressed, over the course of their round they came to learn the magic of links golf in Scotland. 

“I can fully relate to being underwhelmed prior to teeing off on the ‘Old Sod,’” said Mark Nessmith, Editor from WorldGolf.com and one of the judges in the event. “So many of the clubhouses are modest and unassuming, taking on the air of a quality muni in the U.S.” 

Runner-up was from Todd Anderson from New Jersey, who wrote a light-hearted tale about a guy who didn’t let food poisoning ruin his buddies trip to  Myrtle Beach. He ended his story with this gem: 

“I graciously accepted the ‘Pooper Trooper’ award for play ‘Above and Beyond the Call of Doodie!’ '

Said Jason Sobel of Anderson's story: “I picked it due to the fact that it was the most well-written story. Complete with a lede that drew me in, a cohesive middle and a payoff at the conclusion.” 

Coming in third was the unique story by Steve Clark from Seattle, whose recent divorce made a trip to Bandon Dunes with his son all that more unique.  GolfNow host Lauren Thompson especially enjoyed it. 

“Funny how we all set expectations for a trip,” said Thompson. “Only to see those expectations exceeded when we go with the flow and embrace the bigger picture.”

Now Mr. Moore, if you thought Carnoustie was tough, try spending all day on a bus full of golf writers. We’re looking forward to receiving your post that will appear at GolfChannel.com soon afterwards. 

I’d like to give many thanks to those who entered the contest. Everyone here who participated at Golf Channel enjoyed reading some wonderfully unique golf travel stories. 

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: