2019 Masters Thursday: Golf Ireland Party Hosted by Tourism Ireland!

Thursday of Masters Week is ‘Meet the Irish’ night at the historic Benjamin Hall House in Augusta! One of the best parties of the year hosted by Tourism Ireland! With so many friends in Ireland there will be a ‘Golf Journey to Ireland’ in the near future for Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary!   (Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; Thursday, 4/12/19)

Thanks for all the Facebook Comments—they are included below the Photo Gallery!

Suzanne McCourt Hey! How’s The Masters?!!

Lisa Bennett-Fish My father wanted to go to Ireland as we are Scot/Irish! Galway bay!

Genie Brady Ireland is beautiful! Went to Dublin in 2004. Would love to go back someday

Keith Chesk That ain’t rly!

Joanne Reistetter Ehrlich You will love Ireland. We are watching the Masters. What a beautiful course.

2019 Masters Wednesday: Jack, Gary, & Tom Playing in the Par-3 Contest!

Special Moment today at the Par-3 Contest! Jack Nicklaus tee shot on the 5th hits the flagstick! I was more interested in watching Jack’s swing! Still has it at age 79! Playing with Gary Player & Tom Watson! Love the camaraderie of golf!   (Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 1 Video; Wednesday, 4/10/19)

CLICK HERE for Video of Jack Nicklaus hitting the Flagstick!

Wednesday is Par-3 Contest day with players and their families participating! Fun day, Masters competition starts tomorrow!   (Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 40 Pics; Wednesday, 4/10/19)

Thanks for all the Facebook Comments—they are included below the Photo Gallery!

 

Peter Benn it is the only game that lasts a lifetime mate

Marc Belsher I so wish Cora and I were there!!!

Steve Hannaford Enjoyed my Monday there, special place!

Sue Allen “Ladies and Gentleman, the 2019 Masters Golf Tournament is finally underway!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Masters Tuesday: Walking the First Nine at Augusta National Golf Club!

Another beautiful day at Augusta National Golf Club! A weather delay in the middle but able to walk the first nine and see the newly upgraded 5th hole (new tee 40 yards longer; repositioned fairway bunkers and more receptive green). Nothing like The Masters Tournament to fell Springtime inside and outside! (Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 35 Pics; Tuesday 4/9/19)

Thanks for all the Facebook Comments—they are included below the Photo Gallery!

BJ Smyth Great pictures Andy!!

Peter Benn are you using your fone or a camera ?

Jeff Hughes Jr. I’ll be over on the driving range near the putting green again….stop by

Valerie Tidwell Beautiful Andy…enjoy!

2019 Masters Monday: Walking the Second Nine at Augusta National Golf Club!

Always beautiful, always serene, always feels like the very first time here, blessed to walk Augusta National today! Mainly walked the second nine before a storm came in & closed the course around 3:30 pm. Happy Masters!   (Andy Reistetter, Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Monday 4-8-19)

Thanks for all the Facebook Comments—they are included below the Photo Gallery!

Peter Benn have a fantastic time mate

Phil Lago Enjoy!

Delia Guerrero Nava On my way. Maybe I’ll see you!

Bettyann Procter Harlow We had such a nice time last year Andy, miss you a lot

Lissa Marchette Rothstein Have a great time. I’m sure Frosty is smiling 

Lisa Bennett-Fish Very nice Andy Reistetter!

Terry Anderson Lucky dog!

Rick Bell Sorry we missed you! Walked all 18. Great day!!!

Muffy Jennings See you Wednesday.

Katherine Deen Way See you Thursday!

Jason LeBlanc My hero

Jeff Hughes Jr. Come say hello…I’ll be working security near the driving range all week

Mary Eaton Rhodes We were there last year. It’s amazing!

Tracy Dantzscher Underwood Enjoy it!

Joan E.Davis keep the pictures coming…..awesome!!!!!

Donna Papas Simons Beautiful, enjoy your time there.

Tim Crosby Nice to see the dogwoods and azaleas blooming like they did when I was a kid!

Nadia Allem Are you there all week?

Kim Hastert There in spirit

Pamela Haugner Sky looks as bad there as here!

Kathleen Wolfe BEAUTIFUL ANDY A great place to be, have fun!

Keith Chesk see, thank got you are not at Ely now!

Debra Cottrell Looks beautiful…wish I could be there…Enjoy!

Marimoraes Moraes Felicidades amigo♥️

Sharon Young DiPasquale We’ll be up there Friday. I hope we can see you.

Paula Scott LOVE LOVE THIS!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Jim Maggiore So, who do you think will be wearing the green jacket this Sunday?

Dan DeMuth Thanks Andy great pics, 🙂 I always enjoy attending the masters was unable to make it this year based on being in Arizona for so long. Nancy Lopez Was sponsored by a company out of my home town and Saint cloud Minnesota at the time when I was a kid great memories. I caddie for her back then and she had so many good insights. 🙂

Tom Lamphere I was there on Monday!!!!

Calvin Kong Zhi Xian when can have a golf game with you at Augusta?

 

 

Memories of the 2019 Valspar at Innisbrook Won by Defending Champion Paul Casey!

Memories of the 2019 Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Won by Defending Champion Paul Casey!

2018 Left; 2019 Right! Photo Credit: Google Search/Getty Images.

2018 Left; 2019 Right! Photo Credit: Google Search/Getty Images.

It’s been a long road back for Paul Casey and a colorful one at that! In the year of 2009 Paul Casey won for the first time on the US PGA TOUR and reached his highest Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR)—third! With 13 European Tour wins from 2001 to 2014 nine came before the 2009 Shell Houston Open victory and five afterwards.

Casey lost twice in playoffs in 2015 on the PGA TOUR and remained dormant until the rejuvenated breakthrough win at the 2018 Valspar Championship.

Now his third PGA TOUR victory and OWGR No. 11!

The par-4 18th on Copperhead; sometimes an easy birdie; sometimes an easy bogey; always a difficult par to win!

The par-4 18th on Copperhead; sometimes an easy birdie; sometimes an easy bogey; always a difficult par to win!

A courageous one at that closing with a Sunday 1-over par 72 to beat Louis Oosthuizen (69) and Jason Kokrak (71) by one stroke. Oosthuizen was in the clubhouse at 7-under par. Kokrak finished with a bogey after driving so wide right he was right of the bunkers. With a wedge in his hand he failed to reach the green and then failed to get it up-and-down. Casey had a 3-putt bogeyed on the 17th and looked to be headed to another on the 18th when he drove into a deep bunker. But he responded with a gallant shot reaching the green and 2-putting for a par and victory!

The Valspar Championship is a colorful one, on and off the golf course!

The Valspar Championship is a colorful one, on and off the golf course!

The Copperhead Course at the Salamander Innisbrook Resort is a great test of golf and with firm and fast conditions and some wind played quite difficult the entire week. Another testament to Casey’s brilliance this week was World No. 1 Dustin Johnson’s final round 74 while paired with Casey.

So good to be back at the Valspar Championship for the first time since the 2008 PODS Championship won by Sean O’Hair. But I have been to the Salamander Innisbrook Resort several times in between to tee it up on the Copperhead Course. In 2018 I played all four courses!

America’s Best Golf Resort: Innisbrook a Salamander Resort near Tampa, FL!

Note the 36 on the back nine of the Copperhead Course!

Who’s behind the awesome Salamander Innisbrook Resort and hostess to the Valspar Championship?

Lady Trump Outshines Donald in FLA.

Ms. Sheila Johnson is!

Don’t disregard Mr. Paul Casey at the season’s first Major Championship—The Masters in two weeks’ time. His last four finishes there in the last four years, chronologically—T6—T4—6th—T15.

Tribute to the great golf course architect Lawrence Packard, an Innisbrook Legend!

Tribute to the great golf course architect Lawrence Packard, an Innisbrook Legend!

An absolutely spectacular day for Round 3 of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort! Paul Casey (68), DJ (67), Jason Kokrak (66), & Jim Furyk (68) made moos on Chick-fil-A’s Mooving Saturday! Thirteen players within 5 strokes of leader Paul Casey who is at minus-9! Tough but fair championship course is Copperhead! Likely a Sunday Shootout & maybe a Playoff too! I was last here in 2008 on my original Florida Swing. My oh my has this tournament grown into something truly special! Had the feel of a Players Saturday today! Hats off to Sheila Johnson, Copperhead Charities, & the tournament staff & volunteers!   (Andy Reistetter; 3/23/19; Facebook Post with 30 Pics)

 

 

 

On Course Reporter Jane Crafter in her element and out of the snow in Arizona!

On Course Reporter Jane Crafter in her element and out of the snow in Arizona!

Out of the snow in Arizona… into the Florida sunshine… one of the best in the golf broadcasting business… good to see Jane Crafter out there with the Jon Rahm/Rory Sabbatini pairing this afternoon at the Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort!   (Andy Reistetter; 3/23/19; Facebook Post with 30 Pics)

 

Memories of the 2019 PLAYERS Championship Won by Rory McIlroy!

Memories of the 2019 PLAYERS Championship Won by Rory McIlroy!

Rory McIlroy, 2019 PLAYERS Champion! Photo Credit: Google Search

Rory McIlroy, 2019 PLAYERS Champion! Photo Credit: Google Search

A memorable Sunday at the PLAYERS!

First, another inspirational FCA Chapel Service!

2019 PLAYERS: FCA Sunday Chapel Service with Justin Hueber & The Jason Lovins Band!

Second, immediately following the first, an ACE at the par-3 17th by yours truly! The replicate par-3 17th that is! Not the full 136 yards, more like 13 yards or 40 feet. But it went IN!!!

Third, what an amazing finish with Rory strong and steady to win by one stroke over local favorite Jim Furyk!

What an exciting morning out at TPC Sawgrass and then an exciting afternoon watching the drama play out on TV!

Tiger Woods, 2-time PLAYERS Champion!

Tiger Woods, 2-time PLAYERS Champion!

Even though Tiger Woods was out of it, his Sunday 69 moved him up 13 spots to a T30 finish. His gallery with playing partner Matthew Fitzpatrick (71, T41) was huge and moved through the Stadium Course with good cheer. Tiger birdied 4 of his first 11 holes; 7 of his last 18 going back to Saturday’s Round 3 but it was the quadruple bogey 7 on the par-3 island green 17th in Round 2 that came between Tiger and his third PLAYERS win to tie Jack Nicklaus!

Jon Rahm, hot off his Saturday 64, was leading heading into the back nine at 14-under par with Jim Furyk who was 5 groups ahead and through the 12th hole. Rory birdies No. 11 to get to that 14-under mark.

The picturesque 11th doomed the fate of Rahm & Fleetwood in the 2019 PLAYERS!

The picturesque 11th doomed the fate of Rahm & Fleetwood in the 2019 PLAYERS!

Tommy Fleetwood, Rahm’s playing partner in the final pairing, unexpectedly hits his second shot into the water at the par-5 11th hole. A petulant Rahm, after not heeding the advice of his caddie, tries to him the miracle hook down wind that does hook and winds up in the water too. Rahm was pretty much done for the day at that point. Fleetwood later eagles the par-5 16th hole to get back to the 14-under mark and has a chance until he finds water on the 17th. And this time Rahm follows him into the drink! A ‘do-see-do’ dance that favors no one!

Earlier Eddie Pepperell birdies the 17th and there is a 4-way tie at 14-under until the scores above at No. 11 are posted. Furyk bogeys the 15th missing a 3-footer for par. Now it’s only Rory & Eddie leading at 14-under.

Rory drains a 20-footer for birdie at the short par-4 12th after a poor chip while Pepperell pars the 18th for a Sunday 66 and is the clubhouse leader at 14-under. Now Rory and Furyk know what the number to win is!

Another memorable PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass!

Another memorable PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass!

Johnny Vegas, defying the Vegas odds makes a bomb of 72 feet on the tiny 17th green which is indeed better than most and the longest putt made to date on the island! Vegas also pars the 18th, posts a Sunday 66 to tie Pepperell in the clubhouse at 14-under.

Furyk birdies the 16th, a hole that he has markedly has never eagled, to get back to 14-under while Rahm does the same with a deuce at the 13th.

Rory does not get it up-and down from the players-left greenside bunker, a difficult shot, for par at the 14th and falls into a 5-way tie at 14-under with two of those scores in the clubhouse!

Furyk burns the right edge with a 15-footer for deuce at the 17th but gets the birdie he needs (and needed to make a playoff with Kaymer in 2014) to post 15-under in the clubhouse after a solid Sunday 67.

Rory’s heroic shot to win comes from the right bunker on the par-4 15th and then he makes the 12-footer to get back to 15-under and a tie with Furyk. Then it comes down to power golf, Rory power, with only a 9-iron second shot into the par-5 15th he gets the birdie he needs and the two pars coming home to win his first PLAYERS Championship!

The new walkway from the Nicklaus Gate, evidence of the new era of PGA TOUR Chairman Jay Monahan!

The new walkway from the Nicklaus Gate, evidence of the new era of PGA TOUR Chairman Jay Monahan!

Congrats Rory! Great job Furyk, double Sawgrass SPLASHES for Rahm & Fleetwood on 11 & 17! Great fun & entertainment is the 2019 THE PLAYERS Championship!   (Andy Reistetter; 3/18/19; Facebook Post with 30 Pics)

LOL, aced the replica 17th hole this morning after attending the 7 am Chapel Service! Two balls; sleeve of balls if hit both on the green; skulled the first, literally said & was heard ‘might as well make this one;’ took dead aim with 52 degree wedge, landed softly & it went in sideways as shown on the end of this video of my new friend Curtis & his father Rich! Happy Players, Happy Andy! TROML Baby!!!   (Andy Reistetter; 3/17/19; Facebook Posts with 8 Pics)

Always, always, always a memorable PLAYERS Championship but this year with my friend Sir Walter, my ace at the 17th, and Rory roaring to victory was extra special!

Always, always, always a memorable PLAYERS Championship but this year with my friend Sir Walter, my ace at the 17th, and Rory roaring to victory was extra special!

Awesome THE PLAYERS Championship in progress! Enjoyed being out there this week with my good friend Sir Walter & watching the NBC/Golf Channel broadcast! Impressive Jon Rahm leading after 3 rounds. Rory & Fleetwood are one stroke back; then Day & Ancer; then a group of six golfers 5 strokes back including local favorite Jim Furyk! A Sunday 65 just might do it for Furyk! Going to be a great PLAYERS Championship Sunday and it all will start with an inspirational 7 am Chapel Service inside the PLAYERS Welcome Center inside the new & updated Nicklaus Gate. Hope to see you out there! TROML Baby!   (Andy Reistetter; 3/16/19; Facebook Post with 30 Pics)

Thursday Round 1 at the PLAYERS! In the Stadium on the Stadium Course! Happy PLAYERS!   (Andy Reistetter; 3/14/19; Facebook Post with Panoramic Pic)

 

 

Play Laurel Island Links in Kingsland, GA; Interstate-95 Golf at its Best!

Here is my ongoing experience playing the Laurel Island Links Golf Club which is less than 3 miles from the GA Exit 6 on Interstate-95 just across the Florida border. This is a club that you can call home whether you play it once a year, a handful of times a year or are a member! The Bogey’s Grille is the golfing equipment of ‘Cheers.’ Be sure to say hello to new owner (purchased in October 2017) Ron Tyre for me or better yet let me know when you are coming and I will tee it up with you! Good golfing!

So here is my Facebook posting log and three photo albums: 1) Aerial Pics from my Buddy Drone; 2) People of Laurel Island and the Food of Bogey’s Grille Pics; and 3) ground level Golf Course Pics.

Facebook Log:

Another great round of golf on the Laurel Island Links & Bogey’s Bar & Grille followed by a good time at Bogey’s! Some more aerial pics by my Buddy Drone! When was the last time you played Laurel Island Links? When will be your first time playing Laurel Island Links? Enjoy! (Facebook Post with 30 Pics; Andy Reistetter; 11-3-18)

Always a good time at Laurel Island Links! A Davis Love III design gem, challenging shot values, FUN golfing experience, beautiful salt marsh vistas, great people & then there is always Bogeys for some delicious food afterwards! Some aerial pics from my Buddy Drone! Only 3 miles off Interstate-95, Exit 6 in Georgia, just north of Jacksonville & the Florida State line. Come by sometime & tee it up, you will be happy you did! #IGolfI95   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics; Andy Reistetter; 10-29-18)

Another great golfing experience in South Georgia! You were right Tony Jr. Vizzie! Laurel Island Links Golf Club is a fun, challenging, & spectacular Davis Love III design! Salt marsh views on the first nine, pine trees embraced by honeysuckle on the second nine. Never felt more genuinely welcomed at a golf course than by owner Ron Tyre with Brendan & Pat in the golf shop, and Patty & Brittany in Bogeys, both a golfers & family friendly restaurant. Beer-battered fish was very tasty! Within 3 miles of I-95 Georgia Exit 6. Great way to break up a trip north or south on I-95 or visit from Jacksonville or Savannah! Maybe I should write an I-95 golf column? What would it take to entice people to take Exit 6 and play & experience Laurel Island Links & Bogey’s Bar & Grille? Thanks Ron Tyre for hosting Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary! PS Ron Ruckdeschel another good golfing opportunity in Georgia!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics; Andy Reistetter; 4-27-18; feeling fabulous at Laurel Island Links & Bogey’s Bar & Grille in Kingsland, GA) ·

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WGHOF Class of 2019: Kirk Bell, Goosen, Payne, Stephenson, & Walters!

WGHOF Class of 2019. Photo Credit: WGHOF.

WGHOF Class of 2019. Photo Credit: WGHOF.

World Golf Hall of Fame Introduces Peggy Kirk Bell, Retief Goosen, Billy Payne, Jan Stephenson and Dennis Walters as the Class of 2019

Inductees to be enshrined into the World Golf Hall of Fame on June 10, 2019 in Pebble Beach the week of the men’s U.S. Open Championship 2019.

AUGUSTINE, Fla. (October 10, 2018) Retief Goosen, Billy Payne, Jan Stephenson, Dennis Walters and the late Peggy Kirk Bell will officially join the ranks of the World Golf Hall of Fame as the Class of 2019.

These five new members will be enshrined at the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, June 10, 2019 in Pebble Beach the week of the men’s U.S. Open Championship. The ceremony will take place at the Sunset Center in Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA.

Following is a brief bio on each new inductee:

Peggy Kirk Bell, United States

Lifetime Achievement Category

Peggy Kirk Bell. Photo Credit: WGHOF.

Peggy Kirk Bell. Photo Credit: WGHOF.

Margaret Anne “Peggy” Kirk Bell took up the game as a teenager, making a name for herself as an amateur star. She went on to become a charter member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1950 after winning the 1949 Titleholders Championship and participating on the winning 1950 Curtis Cup team. She received the PGA of America’s First Lady of Golf Award in 2007 and was an avid supporter of the game as a top 100 golf instructor, becoming the first woman selected into Golf Magazine’s World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame.

Retief Goosen, South Africa

Male Competitor Category

Retief Goosen. Photo Credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images.

Retief Goosen. Photo Credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images.

Known affectionately as “The Goose,” Retief Goosen sat within the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 10 for more than 250 weeks from 2001 through 2007. His 33 worldwide wins include two U.S. Open Championships in 2001 – the same year he was named European Tour Player of the Year – and 2004. Goosen led the European Tour Order of Merit in 2001 and 2002. He also played in six consecutive Presidents Cups from 2000 to 2011 as part of the International Team.

Billy Payne, United States

Lifetime Achievement Category

Billy Payne. Photo Credit: Fred Vuich /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images).

Billy Payne. Photo Credit: Fred Vuich /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images).

During his 11 years as Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club from 2006 to 2017, William Porter “Billy” Payne oversaw a number of significant achievements including the introduction of female members into the club’s membership. He originated the Drive, Chip & Putt National Championship with the USGA and PGA of America and established the Asia-Pacific Amateur and Latin America Amateur tournaments, each offering guaranteed Masters’ spots to the winners. Named the GWAA’s William D. Richardson Award recipient, Payne also received the Olympic Order after serving as president and CEO of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games from 1992 to ‘96. Continuing his legacy and involvement with the Olympics, Payne was a key figure in the successful return of golf to the 2016 Games.

Jan Stephenson, Australia

Female Competitor Category

Jan Stephenson. Photo Credit: WGHOF.

Jan Stephenson. Photo Credit: WGHOF.

In her first season on the LPGA Tour in 1974, Jan Stephenson was named LPGA’s Rookie of the Year. She went on to lead an impressive career with 20 professional victories, including 16 on the LPGA Tour. She is a three-time Major Champion with wins at the 1981 du Maurier, 1982 LPGA Championship and the 1983 U.S. Women’s Open. Her impact on the game extends outside of her play as one of the founders of the Women’s Senior Golf Tour. She is involved with golf course design and has made many charitable contributions including being an honorary chair of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Stephenson was also honored with the Order of Australia Medal in 2018 for her contributions to the game of golf.

Dennis Walters, United States

Lifetime Achievement Category

Dennis Walters. Photo Credit: WGHOF.

Dennis Walters. Photo Credit: WGHOF.

Dennis Walters is an elite golfer who was paralyzed from the waist-down at the age of 24 following a golf cart accident. He has since dedicated his career to sharing life lessons and inspiring fans and disabled golfers of all ages through golf clinics and special performances at more than 3,000 worldwide appearances. Former spokesperson and national ambassador for The First Tee, his message is to always continue hoping and dreaming. He is one of only 11 honorary lifetime members of the PGA of America. Walters was also honored with the 1978 Ben Hogan Award and was a 2018 recipient of the USGA’s Bob Jones Award.

These five Inductees will bring the total number of World Golf Hall of Fame Members to 160.

“The 2019 Induction Class is one of the most well-rounded groups we’ve had to date,” said Jack Peter, President of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “It is our honor and privilege to welcome Peggy Kirk Bell, Retief Goosen, Billy Payne, Jan Stephenson and Dennis Walters to the World Golf Hall of Fame family. We are excited to begin working with them as we gear up for the Induction Ceremony in Pebble Beach this June.”

The Class of 2019 was elected by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Commission, which debated a group of 15 finalists. The Inductees each passed the required 75 percent voting threshold – approval by at least 12 of the 16 members.

The Selection Commission was Co-Chaired by Hall of Fame Members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam and included the members of the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors and a mix of institutional and at-large seats.

The finalists were vetted by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee vetted every candidate that met the qualifications of the Hall of Fame’s four Induction categories.

About the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates golf and preserves the legacies of those who have made it great. The Hall of Fame & Museum, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, serves as a steward of the game through engaging, interactive storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography significant to the history of golf and its members. The Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution and is allied with 26 national and international golf organizations, including The European Tour, LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA. To learn more about the World Golf Hall of Fame or to lend support, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.

Editor’s Note: Prior WGHOF Announcement on October 2nd, 2018 identified 15 Finalists for the Class of 2019. Six (in bold) were chosen, nine were not chosen, as WGHOF Inductees:

Lifetime Achievement: Peggy Kirk Bell, Billy Payne, and Dennis Walters.

Female Competitor: Susie Berning, Beverly Hanson, Sandra Palmer, Dottie Pepper, and Jan Stephenson.

Veterans: Jim Ferrier, Catherine Lacoste, and Calvin Peete.

Male Competitor: Retief Goosen, Graham Marsh, Corey Pavin, and Hal Sutton.

WGHOF Members:

Twenty (20) WGHOF Members Inducted through the Veterans Category: Tommy Bolt, Jack Burke, Jr., Donna Caponi, Sir Bob Charles, Leo Diegel, Doug Ford, Hubert Green, Marlene Bauer Hagge, Jock Hutchison, Kel Nagle, Christy O’Connor, Sr., Willie Park, Jr., Willie Park, Sr., Henry Picard, Judy Rankin, Allan Robertson, Denny Shute, Hollis Stacy, and Marlene Stewart Streit.

Twenty-eight (28) WGHOF Members Inducted through the Lifetime Achievement Category: Peter Alliss, Judy Bell, Deane Beman, Sir Michael Bonallack, George H.W. Bush, Joe Carr, Frank Chirkinian, Neil Coles, Bernard Darwin, Pete Dye, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Hisako “Chako” Higuchi, John Jacobs, Dan Jenkins, Henry Longhurst, Charles Blair Macdonald, Alister MacKenzie, Mark McCormack, Harvey Penick, Ken Schofield, Carol Semple Thompson, Charlie Sifford, Marilynn Smith, Karsten Solheim, A.W. Tillinghast, Ken Venturi, and Herbert Warren Wind.

One hundred and fifty-five (155) WGHOF Members by Country (United Kingdom and 16 Countries):

ARGENTINA (1):              Roberto De Vicenzo

AUSTRALIA (6):                David Graham • Kel Nagle • Greg Norman • Peter Thomson • Walter Travis • Karrie Webb

CANADA (2):                    Charles Blair Macdonald • Marlene Stewart Streit

FIJI (1):                              Vijay Singh

GERMANY (1):                 Bernhard Langer

IRELAND (2):                    Joe Carr • Christy O’Connor

JAPAN (4):                        Isao Aoki • Hisako “Chako” Higuchi • Ayako Okamoto • Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki

MEXICO (1):                     Lorena Ochoa Reyes

NEW ZEALAND (1):         Sir Bob Charles

NORWAY (1):                   Karsten Solheim

SOUTH AFRICA (3)          Ernie Els • Bobby Locke • Gary Player

SOUTH KOREA (1):          Se Ri Pak

SPAIN (2):                         Seve Ballesteros • José María Olazábal

SWEDEN (1):                    Annika Sorenstam

UNITED KINGDOM (35):              Peter Alliss • Willie Anderson • Tommy Armour • John Ball • Jim Barnes • Sir Michael Bonallack • James Braid • Dorothy Campbell • Neil Coles • Harry Cooper • Sir Henry Cotton • Bernard Darwin • Dame Laura Davies • Sir Nick Faldo • Harold Hilton • Jock Hutchison • Bob Hope • Tony Jacklin • John Jacobs • Robert Trent Jones, Sr. • Henry Longhurst • Sandy Lyle • Alister MacKenzie • Colin Montgomerie • Tom Morris, Jr. • Tom Morris, Sr. • Willie Park, Jr. • Willie Park, Sr. • Allan Robertson • Donald Ross • Ken Schofield • J.H. Taylor • Harry Vardon • Joyce Wethered • Ian Woosnam

UNITED STATES (92):     Amy Alcott • Judy Bell • Deane Beman • Patty Berg • Tommy Bolt • Julius Boros • Pat Bradley • Jack Burke, Jr. • President George H.W. Bush • William C. Campbell • Donna Caponi •

JoAnne Carner • Billy Casper • Frank Chirkinian • Fred Corcoran • Fred Couples • Ben Crenshaw • Bing

Crosby • Beth Daniel • Leo Diegel • Jimmy Demaret • Joseph C. Dey • Pete Dye • President Dwight D.

Eisenhower • Chick Evans • Raymond Floyd • Doug Ford • Herb Graffis • Hubert Green • Ralph Guldahl

  • Walter Hagen • Marlene Hagge • Bob Harlow • Sandra Haynie • Ben Hogan • Juli Inkster • Hale Irwin
  • Betty Jameson • Dan Jenkins • Bobby Jones • Betsy King • Tom Kite • Lawson Little • Gene Littler • Nancy Lopez • Davis Love III • Meg Mallon • Lloyd Mangrum • Carol Mann • Mark McCormack • Phil Mickelson • Cary Middlecoff • Johnny Miller • Byron Nelson • Larry Nelson • Jack Nicklaus • Mark O’Meara • Francis Ouimet • Arnold Palmer • Harvey Penick • Henry Picard • Judy Rankin • Betsy Rawls • Clifford Roberts • Chi Rodriguez • Paul Runyan • Gene Sarazen • Carol Semple Thompson • Patty Sheehan •Dinah Shore • Denny Shute • Charlie Sifford • Horton Smith • Marilynn Smith • Sam Snead • Hollis Stacy • Payne Stewart • Curtis Strange • Louise Suggs • A.W. Tillinghast • Jerry Travers • Lee Trevino • Richard Tufts • Glenna Collette Vare • Ken Venturi • Lanny Wadkins • Tom Watson • Kathy Whitworth • Herbert Warren Wind • Craig Wood • Mickey Wright • Babe Zaharias

ZIMBABWE (1): Nick Price

I Golf I-95; Exit 1 GA: The Lakes at Laura S. Walker State Park (Waycross, GA)

The par-4 9th and par-4 18th encircle one of three lakes on The Lakes! Very scenic golf course!

The par-4 9th and par-4 18th encircle one of three lakes on The Lakes! Very scenic golf course!

Found another golfing gem in SE Georgia, less than an hour from Interstate 95! One of the best State Park golf courses in the nation! With Okefenokee Swamp Park & the Laura S. Walker State Park adjacent to the course, this is definitely a nature & golf travel destination. My golfing experience was made even more special teeing it up with the beautiful & spirited Merri Daniel! Less than an hour from I-95, check it out next time you are crossing the Florida-Georgia border. I golf Interstate-95, do you? #IGolfI95 Thank you to Head PGA Golf Professional David Sikes, Wesley, & the fishing lady for hosting Andy’s Golf &Travel Diary! See you again sometime soon!   (Facebook Post with 30 pics; Andy Reistetter; 10-7-18)

From the Lakes at Laura S. Walker Golf Course website:

Another spectacular & enjoyable round with Merri Daniel. Hosted by Head PGA Golf Professional David Sikes!

Another spectacular & enjoyable round with Merri Daniel. Hosted by Head PGA Golf Professional David Sikes!

Welcome to The Lakes at Laura S. Walker

The Lakes Golf Course was designed by Steve Burnes and features native sand for the many bunkers and waste areas. This coastal Georgia course has three large lakes and is very close to the Okefenokee Swamp. Popular for great course conditions and mild weather. Voted the 2011 “Hook A Kid On Golf” Best New Site of the Year in the Nation. Voted 2009 Best Municipal Golf Course in Georgia by Golf Digest.

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Book Review: Arnold Palmer; Homespun Stories of The King by Chris Rodell

Arnold Palmer COVERIt’s not every day that a friend of yours writes a book. Nor is it every day that the subject of the book that your friend wrote is someone who you have admired all your life and that your father had admired since his childhood.

Arnold Palmer; Homespun Stories of The King by my friend Chris Rodell!

I have to tell the story of how I met Chris Rodell because it leads to the story of how I met Arnold Palmer which leads to my wholehearted and immense recommendation that you purchase and read this new book which has been published with the full blessing and support of the Palmer family. Hard to believe that it has been over two years since Mr. Palmer’s passing on September 25th, 2016.

Golfing and Finding your True South in Mississippi

Andy & Chris

Me in the knickers and Chris in Latrobe…

Way back in 2012, Chris and I met on a golf travel writers’ fam trip to Mississippi. A ‘fam’ trip is a ‘familiarization’ trip whereby golf travel writers, in this case, were invited to come to Mississippi to be educated, to experience, and to write about golfing in Mississippi. While I do remember becoming familiar with golf in Mississippi, I especially remember meeting Chris!

Chris at the time had written a book called Use All The Crayons and had a blog called Eight Days to Amish. The crayon book was about transforming one’s life, using all the crayons, and contained five-hundred tips on doing so. I am still not sure what the blog is about but it is interesting!

So anyone that knows anything about me and what I have just told you about Chris would quickly surmise that we would become friends and indeed we did!

Mr. Palmer, It was an Honor to Meet You!

Andy & Mr. Palmer

Me and The King!

Fast forward three or four years and staying in touch, Chris invited me to stop by Latrobe and meet Arnold Palmer. Which, of course, if you know anything about me, I did! If meeting Chris was a transformative experience, and it was, then after meeting Mr. Palmer one could say I was over-transformed to the outer reaches of tranquility and serenity. Truly a life course-altering experience!

So the upshot here is that I met Chris Rodell and then I met Mr. Palmer because Chris was a friend of Mr. Palmer. How can you meet Mr. Palmer?

Sadly you cannot meet Mr. Palmer as I did, but by reading this book—Arnold Palmer; Homespun Stories of the King—you can indeed meet Mr. Palmer in a way that even most folks that have met him can meet him in a way they never did before—even more up-close and personal!

The author Chris Rodell with Mr. Palmer and Mr. Palmer's right-hand guy (even though Chris is between them!) Doc Giffin.

The author Chris Rodell with Mr. Palmer and Mr. Palmer’s right-hand guy (even though Chris is between them!) Doc Giffin.

As a freelance writer living next door to the great Arnold Palmer in his lifelong hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Chris was the go-to-guy for golf publications and non-golf publications, when it came to getting a story on Mr. Palmer. This book comes from more than 100 interviews that Chris conducted with The King. Plus, living in Latrobe and raising a family in Latrobe he knows Latrobe which means he knew Arnold Palmer like Arnold Palmer knew himself.

“Which do you remember more clearly: your first ace or your first kiss?”

Enough said, intimate conversations make intimate books! Chris is an insightful and talented writer and this is a great book for the golfer and non-golfer alike!

It is Americana same as apple pie and yes, crayons too! Maybe even Eight Days to Amish too!

Enjoy meeting Mr. Palmer and say hello for me too!