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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Four top finishers in Japan qualify for The Open

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:19 am

IBARAKI, Japan – Shota Akiyoshi of Japan shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and qualify for The 147th Open.

Akiyoshi offset three bogeys with five birdies at the Royal Golf Club in Ibaraki, Japan, to finish 1 under overall and secure his first ever tournament win on the Japan Golf Tour.

Michael Hendry of New Zealand and Japanese golfers Masahiro Kawamura and Masanori Kobayashi were tied for second one stroke off the pace to also qualify for The Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, from July 19-22.

Hendry, who led the tournament coming into the final round, came close to forcing a playoff with Akiyoshi but dropped a shot with a bogey on the final hole when he needed a par to draw level.

Hendry will make his second appearance at The Open after qualifying at the Mizuno Open for the second year in a row.

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Lewis hopes to win at Volvik with baby on the way

By Randall MellMay 27, 2018, 12:55 am

Stacy Lewis was listening to more than her caddie on her march up the leaderboard Saturday at the Volvik Championship.

Pregnant with her first child, she is listening to her body in a new way these days.

And she could hear a message coming through loud and clear toward the end of her round at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“The little one was telling me it’s dinnertime,” Lewis said.

Lewis birdied five of the last six holes to shoot 5-under-par 67 and move into position to make a Sunday run at winning her 13th LPGA title. She is two shots behind the leader, Minjee Lee, whose 68 moved her to 12 under overall.

Sunday has the makings of a free for all with 10 players within three shots of the lead.

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Lewis, 33, is four months pregnant, with her due date Nov. 3. She’s expecting to play just a few more times before putting the clubs away to get ready for the birth. She said she’s likely to make the Marathon Classic in mid-July her last start of the season before returning next year.

Of course, Lewis would relish winning with child.

“I don’t care what limitations I have or what is going on with my body, I want to give myself a chance to win,” she told at the Kingsmill Championship last week.

Lewis claimed an emotional victory with her last title, taking the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer after announcing earlier in the week that she would donate her entire winnings to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her Houston hometown.

A victory Sunday would also come with a lot of emotion.

It’s been an interesting year for Lewis.

There’s been the joy of learning she’s ready to begin the family she has been yearning for, and the struggle to play well after bouncing back from injury.

Lewis missed three cuts in a row before making it into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship last week. That’s one more cut than she missed cumulatively in the previous six years. In six starts this year, Lewis hasn’t finished among the top 50 yet, but she hasn’t felt right, either.

The former world No. 1 didn’t make her second start of 2018 until April, at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in late February with a strained right oblique muscle and didn’t play again for a month.

Still, Lewis is finding plenty to get excited about with the baby on the way.

“I kind of had my first Mother’s Day,” Lewis told last week. “It puts golf into perspective. It makes those bad days not seem so bad. It helps me sleep better at night. We are just really excited.”

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Rose hasn't visited restroom at Colonial - here's why

By Nick MentaMay 27, 2018, 12:20 am

In case you're unaware, it's pretty hot in Texas.

Temperatures at Colonial Country Club have approached 100 degrees this week, leaving players to battle both the golf course and potential dehydration.

With the help of his caddie Mark Fulcher, Fort Worth Invitational leader Justin Rose has been plenty hot himself, staking himself to a four-shot lead.

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"Yeah, Fulch has done a great job of just literally handing me water bottle after water bottle. It seems relentless, to be honest with you," Rose said Saturday.

So just how much are players sweating the heat at Colonial? Well, it doesn't sound like all that water is making it all the way through Rose.

"I haven't even seen the inside of a restroom yet, so you can't even drink quick enough out there," he shared.

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Up four, Rose knows a lead can slip away

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 11:21 pm

Up four shots heading into Sunday at the Fort Worth Invitational, Justin Rose has tied the largest 54-hole lead of his PGA Tour career.

On the previous two occasions he took a 54-hole Tour lead into the final round, he closed.

And yet, Rose knows just how quickly a lead can slip away. After all, it was Rose who erased a six-shot deficit earlier this season to overtake Dustin Johnson and win the WGC-HSBC Championship. 

"I think I was in the lead going into the final round in Turkey when I won, and I had a four-shot lead going into the final round in Indonesia in December and managed to put that one away," Rose said Saturday, thinking back to his two other victories late last year.

"I was five, six back maybe of DJ, so I've got experience the other way. ... So you can see how things can go both ways real quick. That's why there is no point in getting too far ahead of myself."

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Up one to start the third round Saturday, Rose extended his lead to as much as five when he birdied four of his first six holes.

He leads the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green (+12.853) and strokes gained: approach-the-green (+7.931).

Rose has won five times worldwide, including at the 2016 Rio Olympics, since his last victory in the United States, at the 2015 Zurich Classic.

With a win Sunday, he'd tie Nick Faldo for the most PGA Tour wins by an Englishman post-World War II, with nine.

But he isn't celebrating just yet.

"It is a big lead, but it's not big enough to be counting the holes away. You've got to go out and play good, you've got to go out positive, you've got to continue to make birdies and keep going forward.

"So my mindset is to not really focus on the lead, it's to focus on my game tomorrow and my performance. You know, just keep executing the way I have been. That's going to be my challenge tomorrow. Going to look forward to that mindset."