Getting out of the studio is a good thing


I was at the opening night of the World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., yesterday. It's quite the scene. Nearly 4,000 golfers representing all 50 states and 30 countries converge on Myrtle Beach for the world's largest single site golf tournament every year.

This, by the way, is the 27th edition of the World Am. Play is conducted on 60 courses by day and the golfers converge on the Myrtle Beach convention center for 'The World's Largest 19th Hole' by night. 

I like getting out among my fellow golfers. Most of my work life at Golf Channel consists of doing shows in our fancy new studio, and the only people hanging out in there are our hardworking camera guys. I like talking to those guys, but they don't really like talking to me. I'm pretty sure they don't like us announcer types. My working theory is that they are intimidated by our good looks.  After all, we are in FRONT of the camera. Or it could possibly be an institutional bias. More research is required. I'll have to get back to you on that one. 

When I'm not busy doing shows, I like to spend my time stirring the pot with the other announcers or being a general menace to the myriad producers and directors who roam the halls of Golf Channel World Headquarters. My current project is trying to get a fellow announcer (any of them will do) to call our newest crew member, Whit Watson, Walt Whitman on air. I've been pretty sneaky about it. Generally I'll start calling him Walt a few minutes before airtime. Sometimes the producers take the bait and accidentally call him Walt. So far, no announcer has stumbled on air.  And to be perfectly honest, the plan has almost backfired on me. I've nearly called him Walt on two occasions. 

As you have probably figured out, it's good for me to get out of the studio from time to time. And I'm pretty sure the folks at the studio are happy to have me out, especially those grumpy camera guys. And it's a real treat for me to get out and talk to all the golfers at the World Am. As I was making my way around 'The World's Largest 19th Hole' Monday night it became apparent to me that I must look short on TV. Most folks tell me I look taller in person. Strangely I've never been told I look skinnier in person.