Five for the Finals of Fore Inventors Only

By Jeremy FriedmanAugust 28, 2007, 4:00 pm
Fore Inventors OnlyJudges Stina Sternberg, Fulton Allem, Bill Harmon, and Golfsmith CEO Jim Thompson were heartbreakers and dream-makers on Tuesdays episode of Fore Inventors Only, when they narrowed the field from 10 to five finalists. The decision did not come easily, as a lengthy debate which inventions should advance to the finals kicked off the seventh episode of the series.
 
Im more confused than ever, said Harmon when the judges began their deliberations.
 
Actually, Im not; Im loving this, retorted Allem.
 
When the smoke cleared, five inventions stand tall and will advance to the live season finale on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. ET, taking place at the GOLF CHANNELs studios in Orlando, Fla. Actor/comedian George Lopez will serve as co-host of the season finale alongside GOLF CHANNELs Rich Lerner.
 
The inventions advancing to the finale include:
 
Hill Shot Golf Trainer: A sloped hitting tee used for practicing uphill, downhill and side hill lies. Inventor: Brandi and Larry Koch, Prospect, Ky.
 
Club Glider: A golf travel bag that integrates extendable legs with caster wheels, making the bag easy to push or pull. The wheels fold back into a locked position for easy travel. Inventor: Gary Sherrell, Maple Valley, Wash.
 
Z-Factor Perfect Putting Machine: A portable putter training aid that guides the user through proper path, face, angle and pendulum swing of the putter. Inventor: Dean Thompson, Boise, Idaho.
 
Pro Play Golf Performance System: A small digital recording device that can be used on the golf course to record golf swings for instant feedback. Inventors: Marcus Bohn, Chandler, Ariz., and Tim Kipley, McKinney, Texas
 
Club Caddy: A clip that that resembles a clothes pin that attaches to a golf club around the green allowing it to become free-standing in an upright position. Inventor: David Jones, Martinez, Ga.
 
It was difficult for us to hear the decisions, said Victor Camaj, as his Strike N Swipe invention did not make it to the finals. Looking back, I dont think we could have gotten any more out of it. It was such a wonderful experience.
 
The judges now have wiped their hands clean, as the final decision to crown the Fore Inventors Only champion is up to Americas votes. Immediately following last nights show, voting began via text messaging and online voting through the Fore Inventors Only Web site, www.GolfChannel.com/foreinventors. Voting will continue for one week, leading up to the live finale on Sept. 4. Voting will close after the third segment, with the winner announced at the end of the show. The winner will receive shelf space at golf retailer, Golfsmith, for one year, a fully-developed infomercial and $50,000 worth of commercial and promotional air time on the GOLF CHANNEL.
 
After being named as the finalists, they had no idea what was in store next.
 
On the driving range at ANNIKA Academy at Ginn Reunion Resort, the inventors were posing for a publicity photo shoot when 69-time LPGA Tour winner Annika Sorenstam made a surprise visit to test the final five inventions and provided feedback to the inventors and, more importantly, GOLF CHANNEL viewers.
 
Im always looking for stuff, said Sorenstam. Im not a big believer of a lot of gadgets, but when I find the right thing I use it for sure.
 
Sorenstam listened to each of the inventors presentations and was very impressed with the uniqueness ' and sometimes simplicity ' of the inventions.
 
I can see the passion just from them talking about their products, she said. I have a lot of great ideas myself but Im not as brave as they are to put them down on paper and create it.
 
Following the field testing with Sorenstam, each of the inventors met with Mike and Steve Abram of The Golf Agency to develop their 60-second commercial that will air during the season finale.
 
I knew about Mike and Steve Abram before I got here, said Dean Thompson (Z Factor Invention). Those guys are legendary.
 
Viewers were able to get a behind the scenes glimpse at the production of all five commercials, and while some of the takes were great in front of the camera, others were more fit - at least initially - to appear on Americas Funniest Home Videos.
 
Back on the Fore Inventors Only set after the filming of the commercials, the judges finally revealed at the end of the show that each of the inventors are safe for one more week, as America ultimately will decide who truly has the next great golf invention.
 
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    OB tee shot, bunker trouble dooms Rahm to MC

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:24 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The key to surviving Carnoustie is avoiding the bunkers.

    Jon Rahm found three bunkers to close out the front nine Friday, the start of a triple bogey-double-bogey run that led to a second-round 78 and missed cut at The Open.

    “All of them were as bad a lie as they could have been,” he said. “Besides that, things didn’t happen. I can’t give an explanation, really. I don’t know.”

    Rahm’s troubles started on the seventh hole, a par 4 with a steady left-to-right wind. Out of bounds loomed left, and Rahm, who primarily plays a cut shot, hadn’t missed left all week. This time, his ball didn’t curve, and the OB tee shot led to a triple.

    “Whenever I start missing shots to the left,” he said, “it’s really hard for me to play.”  

    After a career-best fourth-place finish at the Masters, Rahm has now missed the cut in consecutive majors.

    “Right now I’m not in any mental state to think about what happened, to be honest,” he said.

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    Three of world's top 5 MC; not 60-year-old Langer

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 7:04 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three of the top five players in the world missed the cut at The Open.

    Bernhard Langer did not.

    The 60-year-old, who is in the field via his victory in last year’s Senior Open Championship, shot even-par 71 on Friday. At 2 over through 36 holes, he safely made it under the plus-3 cut line.

    "You know, I've played the Masters [this year], made the cut. I'm here and made the cut. I think it is an accomplishment," he said. "There's a lot of great players in the field, and I've beaten a lot of very good players that are a lot younger than me."

    Langer had three birdies and three bogeys in the second round and said afterwards that he was “fighting myself” with his swing. He’s spent the last few days on the phone with his swing coach, Willy Hoffman, trying to find some comfort.


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    Despite his score, and his made cut, Langer the perfectionist wasn’t satisfied with the way he went about achieving his results.

    "I wasn't happy with my ball-striking. My putting was good, but I was unlucky. I had like four lip-outs, no lip-ins. That part was good. But the ball-striking, I wasn't really comfortable with my swing," he said. "Just, it's always tough trying stuff in the middle of a round."

    Langer, a two-time Masters champion, has never won The Open. He does, however, have six top-3 finishes in 30 prior starts.

    As for finishing higher than some of the top-ranked players in the world, the World Golf Hall of Famer is taking it in stride.

    "I'm not going to look and say, 'Oh, I beat Justin Rose or beat whatever.' But it just shows it's not easy. When some of the top 10 or top 20 in the world don't make the cut, it just shows that the setup is not easy," Langer said. "So I got the better half of the draw maybe, too, right? It wasn't much fun playing in the rain, I guess, this morning for five hours. I had to practice in the rain, but I think once I teed off, we never used umbrellas. So that was a blessing."

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    Kisner doubles 18, defends not laying up

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It was only fitting that Jean Van de Velde was there working as an on-course reporter on Friday as Kevin Kisner struggled his way up Carnoustie’s 18th fairway.

    Rolling along with a two-stroke lead, Kisner’s 8-iron approach shot from an awkward lie in the rough from 160 yards squirted right and bounced into Barry Burn, the winding creek where Van de Velde’s title chances at the 1999 Open Championship began to erode.

    Unlike Van de Velde, who made a triple bogey-7 and lost The Open in a playoff, Kisner’s double bogey only cost him the solo lead and he still has 36 holes to make his closing miscue a distant memory. That’s probably why the 34-year-old seemed at ease with his plight.


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    “It just came out like a high flop shot to the right. It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened,” said Kisner, who was tied with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard at 6 under par. “You never know out of that grass. It was in a different grass than usual. It was wet, green grass instead of the brown grass. So I hadn't really played from that too much.”

    Like most in this week’s field Kisner also understands that rounds on what is widely considered the most difficult major championship venue can quickly unravel even with the most innocent of mistakes.

    “To play 35 holes without a double I thought was pretty good,” he said. “I've kept the ball in play, done everything I wanted to do all the way up into that hole. Just one of those things that came out completely different than we expected. I'll live with that more than chipping out and laying up from 20 feet.”

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    Wind, not rain more a weekend factor at Open

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:39 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – After a half-day of rain in Round 2 of the 147th Open Championship, the weekend offers a much drier forecast.

    Saturday at Carnoustie is projected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62 degrees and only a 20 percent chance of rain.


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    Sunday calls for much warmer conditions, with temperatures rising upwards of 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

    Wind might be the only element the players have to factor in over the final 36 holes. While the winds will be relatively calm on Saturday, expected around 10-15 mph, they could increase to 25 mph in the final round.