Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome back to this beautiful week of golf!
The PGA Tour kicks off this week in VEGAS. The boys are playing at the Shriners Hospitals for Children! But the LPGA Tour is kicking off their third major championship of the year. Hmmm... What to watch? So many choices! I think the choice is clear. You need to be watching the Boys at Edgewood in Tahoe! Yes, that is right! The Aloha Press is hosting its first two day stroke play event. The tournament will be captured on Instagram, so tune in!
Let's get back to the professionals.
This week at the Shriners, there are lots of big names playing! Mr. Double Double (U.S. Open Champion) Bryson is in the mix and will be paired with his best friend Matt Wolff.
Who do you have this week? Any takers?
PGA Tour News…
Tony Finau has tested positive for Corona and is in self-quarantine.
Kevin Na will be defending his victory at Shriners.
Not much else is going on!
LPGA Major Week…
The LPGA is back at it with another major championship. This will be the LPGA’s 3rd Major and it’s a good one. The KPMG Women's PGA Championship is located at the Aronimink Golf Club outside of Philadelphia. This is an amazing looking course and was recently redesigned by Gil Hansen.
Here are a couple past winners at this location…
Only one problem! This Major was originally scheduled for June and now the concern is, will there be enough time for the players to finish each day? And LPGA is battling against several other major sports. The LPGA has ensured the leaders of the tournament will be shown on T.V. even if the leaders are going to be teeing off 45 minutes before the final grouping. This is really odd but understandable due to the restrictions on the telecast.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer for a PGA Tour Event?
One of my good friends Adam, who is a doctor is Jackson, MS, volunteered for the Sanderson Farm event this past weekend. He worked shotlink on hole 6 and this Q&A was done over text, so I apologize for the format, but I’m on my phone at the pool. Anyways, here you go!
Q: Overall how was the experience volunteering for a PGA Tour event?
A: It was a great experience especially in the covid era. It allowed me access to watch a PGA event up close on a mostly empty course. Typically only get this access for practice rounds on early Thursday/Friday. And volunteering for shotlink lets you become part of the event and contribute to its success.
Q: What stood out to you working the event compared to simply attending an event?
A: Working shotlink for the event made me focus on one hole only and see the differences in each player's approach to it. You can compare the players and see what makes the top guys stand out. It helped that I worked the green of a par 4 hole so could see where each shot landed and assess each aspect of their game. Attending as a fan usually is less focused on comparing players and more focused on following stars and drinking cold beverages.
Q: What shot stood out to you the most?
A: Sergio consistently outdrove the field. It was incredible seeing his driving ability up close. Also a 40 ft birdie putt by Charley Hoffman.
Q: What’s something you overheard from a player/caddie that stood out to you?
A: Stewart Cink had his son caddying for him. It was interesting hearing his son give him advice on a chip. Especially funny that Stewart actually asked for the advice.
Q: If you interacted with any of the players describe it.
A: I helped a couple of players find their balls. Cameron Tringale was nice enough to randomly throw me a signed ball during his Friday round.
Q: How did the golfers compare to other pro athletes?
A: One of the coolest things about pro golf tournaments is that you can stand 5ft from star players while they perform. The less cool thing is that most of them look like normal average guys. It’s a little more eye popping seeing 7ft NBA players or massively jacked NFL players. The interesting thing to see up close is how well some can control their emotions. Most have mastered the art of forgetting the last shot and moving focus to the next.
Q: What would you tell somebody who is thinking about volunteering to work a PGA event?
A: Obviously during the covid era, volunteering is the only way to get into these PGA events so now is a great time to try it. It is usually a minimal amount of work and a lot of fun watching golf. Working shotlink seemed intimidating at first but turned out to be very easy. It just requires you to keep your focus on the game and your job.
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