Friday, February 20, 2009

My first two weeks out on TOUR

In the last couple of months, I've worked as a Scoring Official at a few of the West Coast Swing events.  At the Bob Hope Classic in Palm Springs, Pat Perez was able to finally rise above the TOUR's rank and file by capturing his first title (he needs to send Steve Stricker a "Thank You" card immediately). Golf legend Arnold Palmer was hosting this year's 50th Anniversary event, and as always, I was impressed with The King's charisma and politeness.  Even at 79 years old, Palmer exudes an engaging charm that shines even brighter in person.

I was exhibiting at the PGA SHOW the week of the FBR Open in Phoenix. Kenny Perry continues to amaze me...he's getting better as he approaches the Champions Tour! 

At the Buick Invitational, Nick Watney backed up his first TOUR victory in 2007 by closing with birdies on #16 and #18 to edge John Rollins by a shot.  Nick is a calm, soft-spoken guy who seemed very composed coming down the stretch. He held the lead for only one hole all week, but it was the one that mattered most...the last!  I think we'll be seeing more of Watney in the winner's circle.

I witnessed an interesting exchange at the Buick's Wednesday Pro-Am.  Phil Mickelson had just finished his round on Torrey Pines' North Course, and he was greeted by Bam Bam Bamiro, a member of the Harlem Globetrotters (who were in San Diego for the standard lop-sided game against their hapless arch-rivals, the Washington Generals).  Bam Bam presented a special Globetrotter jersey to Phil, complete with "Mickelson" and the number 1 stitched on the back. After some p.r. photos were taken, Phil asked Bam Bam to show him how to spin a basketball on his finger.  Bam Bam tried to teach him, but after a few embarrassing attempts in public, Phil said he would just practice at home.  It amused me that a skill so instinctively simple for Bam Bam proved awkward and complicated for Mickelson.  But then I wondered how long it would take Bam Bam (a non-golfer) to execute a perfect flop shot off a tight lie to a short-sided pin. Now that would be embarrassing.    

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Casey Jones Golf at the 2009 PGA Merchandise Show

Casey Jones Golf exhibited at the PGA Merchandise Show last month in Orlando. We really gained some traction in the “golf gifts” sector, as dozens of club professionals and golf directors showed genuine interest in our unique product line. We even sold some display samples right off the wall, including a special “Ms. 59” scoresheet I did for Annika’s historic accomplishment in 2001.

Our “booth neighbor" at the show was Seaforth Golf, a company out of Canada that manufactures rain hoods for golf bags and other foul weather accessories. Founder Carolanne Doig is a real sweetheart, and I was pleased to find out that this small-town operation is the number one choice of rain hoods on all major professional tours (over 90% of PGA Tour pros use Seaforth products)!

I saw Tour pros Boo Weekley and Will MacKenzie at the show making sponsor appearances, and many of the LPGA's top players were also on the scene. I had the privilege of meeting some famous golf bloggers, Tony Korologos from Hooked on Golf Blog (check out this entry), and Neil Sagebiel from the Armchair Golf Blog (check out this entry). Thanks, guys, for your continued support and positive p.r. work for Casey Jones Golf.

All in all, the PGA Show was a great experience and has definitely started a wave of momentum for my business. Stay tuned for some inside-the-ropes stories from my last three weeks out on Tour.

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