Paisley 61 to Open in Round One; Six Players IN and Six OUT of FINALS Top 25!

Paisley 61 to Open in Round One; Six Players IN and Six OUT of FINALS Top 25!

The Web.com TOUR Championship- the finale of the FINALS!

The Web.com TOUR Championship- the finale of the FINALS!

Chris Paisley, starting off No. 10 in the last tee time of the afternoon wave, finished his first nine holes birdie-eagle to post a 30 and then continued on to post a tournament leading 61. The Englishman’s stellar performance vaulted him up the FINALS Money List 97 slots from T100 to a projected 3rd place finish if he goes on to win the Web.com Tour Championship!

While Paisley won for the first time on the European Tour back in January it was the $216,900 he won in four PGA TOUR starts this year that qualified him for the 4-event FINALS competition. The two-time winner at the University of Tennessee missed the cut in the first three FINALS events and needs to keep doing what he is doing—and finish in a two-way tie for 4th or better—to become a PGA TOUR member next year

The morning wave had little wind and hot, ideal conditions for scoring on the 6,849 yard par-71 course at Atlantic Beach CC that features five par-3s ranging from 153 to 229 yards.

Scoring this week will likely determine the fate of a handful of golfers...

Scoring this week will likely determine the fate of a handful of golfers…

Ben Silverman, in the 8th threesome off the 10th tee birdied the two second nine par-3s and three other par-4s making the turn at 5-under 31. Then on the first nine he posted five 3s but no deuces on the three par-3s—birding two par-4s and the par-5 6th hole—to post a 32.

How does one shoot an eight-birdie, no bogey 63?

Tactically and statistically: Drive it 285 yards on the two hole the tour measures (T69), hit 11 of 13 fairways (T45); hit all 18 greens and take only 28 putts on those greens. You do the math—no 3-putts—and eight of those putts went in for birdie!

Silverman, out of Canada, is still a great hockey player according to his PGA TOUR profile.

Finishing 10th last year on the Web.com Regular Season Money List he got off to a good start on the 2017-18 PGA TOUR finishing T7 at Sanderson Farms and T8 at the RSM Classic. At one time he was ranked 43 in the FedExCup Points Standing. However as his 28-event rookie PGA TOUR season went on he started missing cuts; at one time 3-of-4 and then three straight. He rebounded with a T11 finish at the Fort Worth Invitational, a T12 at the Barbasol, and a T11 at Barracuda. Missing the cut at the regular season finale at the Wyndham, the husband of Morgan and father to 1-year-old Jack Palmer (interesting, wonder who his idols are?), finished 136 in FedExCup Points, just outside the Top 125 to retain a fully-exempt tour card.

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Then he headed to the Web.com Tour FINALS and hasn’t played well until this morning finishing T58—CUT—CUT. Yesterday he was T103, well outside one of the Top 25 FINALS spots. Today he went from T85 to 12th and needs to go on and finish strong and retain that fully exempt card after all.

Cameron Tringale posted a 63 in the afternoon to tie Silverman two strokes behind Paisley. The 2017 FINALS Graduate was also a FINALS pole vaulter in the first round going up 72 spots from T83 to 11th. In 26 PGA TOUR events this year he had only one Top-25 and finished No. 195 in the FedExCup Points Standing. In the first three FINALS events he has gone CUT-T56-CUT so like Paisley and Silverman he needs a big week at Atlantic Beach CC.

FINALS Top 25 Bubble Watch:

The FINALS Top 25 golfers will be the next wave to the PGA TOUR!

The FINALS Top 25 golfers will be the next wave to the PGA TOUR!

The six players that moved INTO the FINALS Top 25 and their Round One scores: Chris Paisley (61), Cameron Tringale (63), Ben Silverman (63), Ben Crane (64), Matt Every (64), and Lucas Glover (64).,

The corresponding six players that moved OUT of the FINALS Top 25 and their Round One scores: Wes Roach (67), Aaron Baddeley (68), Lanto Griffin (69), Brian Campbell (69), Joseph Bramlett (71), and Scott Pinckney (71).

Looks like it was 64 or better to open!

Let’s see what happens tomorrow in Round Two!

 

 

2018 Web.com Tour… on the way to the FINALS and the Tour Championship!

2018 Web.com Tour… on the way to the FINALS and the Tour Championship!

The Web.com TOUR Championship- the finale of the FINALS!

The Web.com TOUR Championship- the finale of the FINALS!

From The Bahamas, to Latin America, to Mexico, and to eighteen states in America, the Web.com Tour Championship has arrived in Florida. Last, but not least, and certainly the most major event of the year—the Web.com Tour Championship—starts tomorrow at the Atlantic Beach Country Club. Outside of Jacksonville, Florida, about 10 miles due north of the home club of PGA TOUR members—TPC Sawgrass—there are 25 memberships yet to be given out at the conclusion of play on Sunday. Not your ordinary club memberships, these FINALS 25, plus the Top 25 already earned in the regular season, these tour cards come with the right to compete on the PGA TOUR during the 2018-19 Season!

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Those Top 25 earned and guaranteed 2018-19 tour cards from the regular season include (in order of combined FINALS and Regular Season earnings) Sungjae Im, Kramer Hickok, Anders Albertson, Sam Burns, Scott Langley, Cameron Champ, Martin Trainer, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Sebastián Muñoz, Kyle Jones, Alex Prugh, Chase Wright, John Chin, José de Jesús Rodríguez, Adam Svensson, Josh Teater, Carlos Ortiz, Wyndham Clark, Adam Long, Julián Etulain, Chris Thompson, Joey Garber, Brady Schnell, Roberto Castro, and Hank Lebioda.

Six of these guaranteed, already appointed PGA TOUR members for 2018-19, are not playing this week—Sungjae Im (No. 1), Sam Burns (4), Alex Prugh (11),  John Chin (13),  Joey Garber (22), and Roberto Castro (24).

Sungiae Im has the No. 1 spot on the combined Regular Season and Finals locked up by a mere $165 over Kramer Hickok. Even if Hickok wins this week he cannot overtake Im; his $180k winner’s check will fall $165 short.

The above guys are golden no matter what happens at the Atlantic Beach CC this week.

The final outcome may well come down to the par-5 18th at ABCC, the only hole that Jack Nicklaus ever double-eagled on tour!

The final outcome may well come down to the par-5 18th at ABCC, the only hole that Jack Nicklaus ever double-eagled on tour!

As of now the “FINALS 25” include the winners of the first three FINALS events—Sangmoon Bae, Kramer Hickok, Robert Streb—then in order of FINALS Money List: Peter Malnati, Matt Jones, Anders Albertson, Hunter Mahan, Adam Schenk, Cameron Davis, Seth Reeves, Max Homa,             Roger Sloan, Denny McCarthy, Shawn Stefani, Roberto Díaz, Stephan Jaeger, Dylan Frittelli, Curtis Luck,        Jim Knous, Michael Thompson, Nicholas Lindheim, Aaron Baddeley, Joseph Bramlett, Lanto Griffin, and Wes Roach.

Since Kramer Hickok and Anders Albertson have previously qualified for their tour cards, Nos. 26 and 27, Scott Pinckney and Brian Campbell, respectively, would earn their tour cards if nothing changes this week.

Things will change this week and the next five on the bubble hoping to advance (excluding Alex Prugh and Kyle Jones who have also previously qualified for their 2018-19 tour cards) are: Justin Lower, Henrik Norlander, Ben Crane, Fabián Gómez, and Matt Every.

This will be an exciting week at Atlantic Beach CC!

Already, it’s been an exciting year on the Web.com Tour with spectacular golf being played at the optimum moment in the careers of these young and seasoned professional golfers!

Both Michael Arnaud and Alex Prugh have posted scores of 60! Arnaud’s 11-under 60 was in the second round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. He would post 65-63 on the weekend and win by five strokes.

Prugh’s 10-under 60 was also in the second round. Unfortunately he followed the 60 with a 72 and finished well back of Trevor Cone in the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae.

Both players posted an 8-under 27 nine-hole score on the way to posting those two rounds of 60.

Arnaud had the hottest streak right off-the-bat, or I mean golf club, going 9-under in the first seven holes (B-E-B-B-E-B-B) of posting that round of 60. He reached 11-under through 16 holes, only to par his final two holes for a course record-tying 60.

Arnaud’s 27-under 257 total was the record 72-hole score this year on the Web.com Tour.

The best come-from-behind on the last day to win so far this year was six strokes by both Scott Langley in the Panama Championship and Cameron Davis in the Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation.

Here is the 2018 roll call of Web.com Champions:

Sungjae Im won The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay; Adam Svensson won The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay; Scott Langley won the Panama Championship at Panama GC in  Panama City; Ben Taylor won the Club Colombia Championship at Bogota CC in Colombia; Martin Trainer won El Bosque Mexico Championship by Innova at the El Bosque CC in Leon, Guanajuato; Julián Etulain won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER at Le Triomphe G&CC in Broussard; Sam Burns won the Savannah Golf Championship at Landings Club- Deer Creek GC; Eric Axley won the North Mississippi Classic at the Country Club of Oxford; José de Jesús Rodríguez won the United Leasing & Finance Championship at Victoria National GC in Newburgh, Indiana; Stephan Jaeger won the Knoxville Open at Fox Den CC; Michael Arnaud won the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation at the Thornblade Club in Greer, South Carolina; Cameron Davis won the Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation at the Nashville Golf & Athletic Club; Joey Garber won the Rex Hospital Open at the TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, North Carolina; Chase Wright won the Rust-Oleum Championship at the Ivanhoe Club in Ivanhoe, Illinois; Brady Schnell won the Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth at the Crestview CC in Wichita,  Kansas; Anders Albertson won the Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Illinois; Nelson Ledesma won the LECOM Health Challenge at Peek’n Peak Resort on the Upper Course in Findley Lake, New York; Cameron Champ won the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank at the Oakridge Country Club in Farmington; David Skinns won the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Heartland Chevy Dealers at The Club at Indian Creek in Omaha, Nebraska; Martin Trainer won for the second time this year at the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper at the Highland Springs CC in Springfield, Missouri; Sepp Straka won at the KC Golf Classic at the Nicklaus GC at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kansas;  Trevor Cone won the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, California; Sungjae Im won for the second time this year at the final Regular Season event—the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz at Pumpkin Ridge GC on the Witch Hollow Course in North Plains, Oregon;

In the first three tournaments of the FINALS: Robert Streb won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University in Columbus; Kramer Hickok won the DAP Championship presented by NewBrick at the Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio; Sangmoon Bae won the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco at Hillcrest CC in Boise, Idaho.

Who will win the 2018 Web.com Tour Championship this week at the Atlantic Beach Country Club, in Atlantic Beach, Florida?

Stay tuned…

2018 US Open: Did Phil Mickelson Cheat or just Use the Rules of Golf to His Advantage?

Photo Credit: Google Photos.

Photo Credit: Google Photos.

2018 US Open:   Did Phil Mickelson Cheat or just Use the Rules of Golf to His Advantage?

Interesting dialogue during “TV Golf Watching with Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary” during the third round concerning the antics of Phil Mickelson on the 15th green. Did he deserve the ‘10’ recorded on the scorecard or disqualification?

Here are is the dialogue and many interesting points of view:

I don’t think Tiger, Jack, Arnold, or ANYONE has ever intentionally hit a moving golf ball like Phil just did! New era for the game!

A very bizarre moment. It’s like he has a mini meltdown.

If Bones was on the bag, Phil’s 81 would have been a 75!

Had intent, think that is cheating!!!

It was definitely intentional: 1.) he ran to the ball as it was moving; 2.) he admitted in interview it was intention

_FB Cover 640 x 360 GolfwatchingHe knew what he was doing. 2 instead of 4 more. Smart man.

So what. He (intentionally or unintentionally) broke the rules and took a penalty. That’s the game.

Cheating implies the intent to not get caught. There was no chance of that happening.

Twitter is really laying into him. Things happen we’re human. I don’t think it was intentional like some are making it to be.

He admitted it was intentional….said he didn’t want to go “back and forth”…..Heck yes it was intentional

Not a bad move if you are trying to keep your score within reason. Better the known than the unknown.

Well that’s kind of sad

Definitely calculated, definitely intentional, definitely cheating… John Daly never had the intent, only to relieve the pain!

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Photo Credit: Google Photos.

So much for trying to be understanding…It does appear the intent to cheat was in play

Ended up taking 5 to get down……missed the moving putt, missed the come-backer, tapped in, add 2….not sure how smart that was. I think he could have gotten down in less than 5 from where the moving ball eventually stopped.

Don’t think he was “intentionally cheating’ either. I think he blew a gasket and is now trying to justify taking 5 to get down form the first missed putt. I call this being a Doofus

I’m split on how I feel about what he did. I am not a Phil fan and no one is bigger than the organization but at the same time, most tournaments would have watered the greens last night and there is usually a little collar around them. An impossible golf course isn’t really fun to watch.

I would cover that bet a 100/1 that he could have gotten it down in less than 5 shots that he spent after hitting the moving ball. Be serious. He had a brain cramp and is now trying to act like he is smarter than everyone by saying the 2-shot penalty was the lessor of two evils. PM is a doofus and sanctimonious. He got caught speeding on this one. Golf course is fine.

Photo Credit: Google Photos.

Photo Credit: Google Photos.

Nothing wrong with the course other than the weather & fast fairways & greens. These guys bitch at courses they can’t shoot -10, instead of using their skill & patience. This is a course to test the professional golfer & show how he can adjust & calculate for the weather & course conditions. Not moan & complain like the typical public course hack

How is it “cheating”? Either his emotions took over and he blew up or he was continuously taking advantage of the rules. Cheating is breaking the rules with the intention of not getting caught.

I agree. Though this seemed pretty calculating on his part, he used the rules to save 5 or 6 strokes & stay in the tourney. Sometimes you can use the rules to your advantage but he took the proper strokes & penalty, so he didn’t cheat but it is hard to admit that. If he admits it, everyone will say he cheated, so he is going to take it as it lies.

Breaking the rules is breaking the rules; cheating is when you break the rules knowing that it is to your advantage relative to the field. Something you would do alone and then rationalize and justify that it was the right thing to do! #DQPhilNOW #USOpen

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Photo Credit: Google Docs.

What is the difference in breaking the rules and getting caught; and breaking the rules and not getting caught? Integrity…

Cheat—verb—act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage, especially in a game or examination.

2-shot penalty…no DQ – at this point…doubt they would GO BACK and DQ him at this point…

Twitter reports Phil’s response to people questioning what he did: “Toughen Up”.

Would not upset me if they DQ’d him, but I will take “they won’t”, you have “they will” …IMHO, I thought they had grounds once he admitted his intention to breach the rules.

“Taking advantage of the rules”…..it’s his birthday. We should just move on like he is!

Andy 2008 US Open Tiger Woods PuttI am not a lawyer but it seems to me that the rules make a provision for DQing a player with intent to have advantage when striking a moving ball.

Why not just put rocks on the greens. USGA needs to re-think this debacle. Phil took advantage of the rules. I believe he knows them better than the USGA. He took 2 strokes by rules. Better than 4 more he could have taken. USGA is becoming a joke.

It’s one thing to play it as it lies and utilize knowledge of the rules to your advantage and another thing to intentionally use the rules to lower your score; that’s called cheating!

I don’t think he cheated. He was just pissed. Who cares? He hit a moving ball took two shots and moved on

Isn’t getting the ball in the hole in the fewest strokes possible “using the rules to lower your score”?

I don’t think we need to be discussing this right now… he’s nowhere near contention

I’m not a fan of Phil. I tell you he handled it well. He’s human and nobody knows the true level of his frustration.

His interview was awesome: I’ve wanted to do it many times and I finally did it.

Yeah but it was clearly premeditated… intent… motive was not honorable…. #DQPhilNOW

Those of us who never have known the pressure of these tournaments cannot say what we would do. He used a rule to his advantage. Not illegal! He didn’t cheat IMO. Cheating would be moving a ball to better a shot. Move on people! Phil is a great human being and player of the game

The way they set up US open courses is not as fan friendly, creates many opinions but not as fun to be live as Masters on Sunday with the traditional pins and the boys throwing darts.

AGN always plays tough Thur-Fri and then is set up for scoring for wknd. I think they have figured out how to MASTER the fan experience.

_Key Lime PieIf you’re knowingly going to break the rules Phil, next time just lay your bag down behind the hole. Just fixed your problem!

I think they will soften things up for tomorrow both in texture and areas they put the pins. There were 2-66’s shot out there today. At the Open the greens feed away from the hole, on tour they set the pins where the greens feed to the hole. Tomorrow you’ll see a different course than today!

He took the 2 stroke penalty and moved on. And it has happened just not reported or blatant like Phil. Everything today is caught on camera. I still love Phil.

I thought he threw in the towel.

I thought he demonstrated what the others were feeling.

I think Phil had intent to take advantage by swatting his ball backwards and should be DQ’d as called for in the rules of golf. He could have made a 10 or 12 or who knows what had he finished the hole properly as called for by the rules of golf; i.e. let a moving ball come to a stop and play it as it lies!

Rules 1He used rules to his advantage. It was an unfair pin… Golf is a game you play the game the best way you see fit.. It’s a game. You don’t have to like or agree with it… He took his penalty for his actions… He did not cheat … my opinion.

I don’t think that Phil will be teeing up at Shinnecock on Sunday…..USGA will reconsider after what he admitted in his interview

D Q Phil, huh

We will see. I love the comment, “He lost his mind”

Phil thinks he is summa cum laude…always has to be the smartest guy in the room when he talks. He could have declared the first putt that got away unplayable. Replayed from where he originally putted and probably saved 3 shots or more. Phil’s explanation about how smart he was in “using the rules” to his advantage was BS….his explanation has huge holes in it. Just saying.

Rules 2BS because he could have saved himself 2-3 shots if he knew the Rules as well as he says he does…I call BS on his explanation. Declare the first putt unplayable, putt from original spot……any player that really knows the rules would opt for that 100 times out of 101 rather than what he did.

You do know you may declare you ball “unplayable” anywhere, repeat, anywhere on the golf course…including on the putting green. Would that have not made a lot more sense than the debacle he created, he could have saved 2-3 shots….I don’t call that insane.

Oh this should be good… Mike Davis USGA CEO & John Bodenhamer governance guy … more wind than they thought… the greens just think… the hole location on 15… probably too tough this afternoon… Zinger the golf course got away from you…. is the governance guy his bodyguard or is he going to speak too? The wind (on Long Island mind you) caught you off guard. Yeah Buck asks the Phil question…. DQ him now? Rule 32-7…. BS he did not just stop the ball… what video did you review? Will be no DQ Rule 14-5… bunch of lawyers at the USGA! YES Shinnecock Hills is one of the great golf courses! #DQPhilNOW #USOpen

Rules 3Wind? Who thought there would any wind way out there on the end of Long Island? They have the golf course hooked up to life support now and just hope it can hang on until they get out of there tomorrow and leave Shinnecock to deal with the debacle.

Should be DQ’d on the spot! Total BS. If he has any integrity at all, he’ll WD. They all played the same course, but the later guys played a much tougher course. Yesterday, the early guys had it much tougher. DJ has played in brutal conditions 2 days in a row.

They have 10 years to get prepared for hosting a U.S. Open…they can study weather patterns, prevailing winds, rain averages, everything, everything they need to know about what may happened during the week the event is scheduled. and the USGA can screw it up in a New York heart beat….they need to clean house …..hire some professionals to set up and run the events.

I just hope the golf course gets through the night. It is on life support now.

2018 U.S. Open: “TV Golf Watching with Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary”

 

Round One- Thursday June 14th, 2008

_FB Cover 640 x 360 GolfwatchingNICE Opening FOX Sports!!!

DJ expected, Russell Henley unexpected… co leaders!

Golf course looks great! Nice job Muffy Jennings!

Tiger, TB, B start, 1-under next 8 holes!

Nice shot JT on 12 approach! Nice job FOX Golf with JT & DJ hole-outs!

Now that was a Tiger Royal Straight!

1 Hank HaneyNice feature with Curtis Strange chitchatting with Butch Harmon, 1971 BC Open champion & Tiger’s firsr coach. Hank Haney segment this weekend?

Butch says Tiger is ‘the best player to ever play the game… but Tiger says that it is Jack!

Tiger Woods Admits Jack Nicklaus Forever Better than Me

Ugh oh… Tiger 4 putts from 40 feet DB on 13…

Russell Henley now leading the US Open… but bunkers his approach to par-4 18th after DJ misses a gimmie and bogeys 14…

 

Nice 69 Henley, co-leader in clubhouse with Piercy & Poulter… nice interview with Shane Bacon but how about sharing the bacon and giving a plug for your caddie Todd Gjesvold’s effort?

Tiger Slam- all 4 Majors plus THE PLAYERS Championship  back in 2000 & 2001...   Photo Credit: FOX Sports

Tiger Slam- all 4 Majors plus THE PLAYERS Championship back in 2000 & 2001… Photo Credit: FOX Sports

Official bloodbath in Round 1 US U.S. Open! Top 10 OWGR are a combined 51 over par! Morning feature group of Rory/Spieth/Phil were a combined 25 over par! Nice work FOX Sports!

DJ posts a 1-under par 69 along with Henley, Piercy, and Poulter! JT 4-over 74 and Tiger 8-over 78 including a triple and two DBs… too bad not a Callaway type scoring event with holes 1, 13, & 14 deleted… better scoring than morning feature group… 76+ scoring average for the day… 20 amateurs in the field… best amateur Will Grimmer +2/15; in clubhouse Luis Gagne 73!

LOL Joe Buck, good sign off! Tiger Woods and they go off early tomorrow morning and you can check the USGA website for the time! I think DJ said it was 8:02 in his interview… confirmed it is 8:02!

Inaugural “TV Golf Watching with Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary” a Success!

_GolfwatchingThe inaugural “TV Golf Watching with Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary” was a success! Thank you to all who called in and contributed! Golf on TV is definitely more fun watching with friends no matter where they are around the world!

WOW, did Dustin Johnson make a statement today or what! Dunks one for eagle on the home hole and wins by 6 strokes! Congratulations! I have never been to the FedEx St. Jude Classic but did make it to Memphis, Graceland, Beale Street, & BB King’s way back in 2010! What a tour of Graceland! What a year 2010 was for Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary!

2010 Season: Memphis; Visiting Elvis at Graceland & Beale Street too!

To capture the fun, camaraderie, and entertaining inaugural “TV Golf Watching with Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary” here is the corresponding Facebook log:

FB Post 1Watching the FedEx St. Jude… join me via a free conference call. Let’s talk golf while enjoying the broadcast! Message me for the Dial In number & Access Code

Andy Reistetter Jason Salinas, thanks for your like! r u a golfer? Could use a Texan perspective!

Jason Salinas Used to be an avid golfer and now I just watch mostly.

Andy Reistetter Oops just lost somebody, please call back!

Kay DeMott Johnson still up

Andy Reistetter Great update Kay DeMott! Call in so we can enjoy more!

Andy Reistetter This is fun! For the record Pedro Luis Amengual-Gutierrez was the first to connect! Puerto Rico’s finest golf ambassador!

Andy Reistetter If Byron Bos Man were to call in we would have to start charging a fee! How about a freebie for 10 minutes of your time Bos Man?

Andy Reistetter Byron Bos did you get my text?

Dr. Cary Middlecopp Golf Doctor 1950Byron Bos Andy Reistetter yes I did. Tied up with some other stuff currently. You doing that for US OPEN? I’m in for that

Andy Reistetter Byron Bos YES, let’s do that!! LMK if you got text, current number?

Byron Bos I got the text yep

Andy Reistetter OMG, going ALL the way back to the California 4 some in the early 1980s! We thought Glenn was headed to the tour until that disastrous first hole at Industry Hills on the Eisenhower Course! LOL

California’s CordeValle, the Perfect Weekend Getaway

Andy Reistetter OMG No, Jim Butz passed on??? Say it aint so! Great guy.

Andy Reistetter Dottie Pepper looks great in that Katherine Deen Way attire! Katherine we are doing 30-second promo if you want to call in!

Andy Reistetter We took a poll… it’s okay if Cink comes back & beats DJ… we are all over that Turnberry thing!

Reminiscing about Tom Watson & the 2009 Turnberry Open…

Marlo_Thomas_-_1968Andy Reistetter Would love to see a feature on ‘That Girl!’ 80 years young!

Marlo Thomas on Wikipedia

Andy Reistetter DJ, 3-stroke lead with 3 holes to go! Betting DJ closes this one…

Andy Reistetter DJ was one shot off the lead in the final round of the 2011 British Open at Royal St. George’s when he blew a 2-iron out-of-bounds on a reachable par-5…. remember that???

Andy Reistetter Makes birdie… has come a long, long, long way in 7 years!!!

 

Andy Reistetter “A man that doesn’t look at another woman is pretty much a dead man.”- Lady on the call today… Okay, back to the golf! LOL! What fun!

_1 Andy w Al Geiberger 4-4-11Andy Reistetter Looks like I am dead either way! LOL

Andy Reistetter This is getting weird!!!

Andy Reistetter Al Geiberger, the original ‘Mr. 59. So how many have followed in his footprints on the PGA TOUR???

Andy Reistetter WOW, now that is a way to finish! DJ dunks one for eagle on the home hole! Understandably the winner graphic was a bit late! LOL

Andy Reistetter Love that Dash-Jason Day Father’s Day commercial!

Barbara Helfer Great way to spend the afternoon talking golf, friendship, and life with friends! Thanks for hosting the first golf call! Lisa it was great connecting with you!

160615-jason-dash-day-commercialAndy Reistetter Right on Barbara Helfer! Thank you for joining in on the fun time! You & Lisa Bennett-Fish carried the show! Dustin who? Hope that you can join in for next weekend’s US Open! ‘TV Golf Watching with Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary!’ I think we are on to something new & exciting!

Lisa Bennett-Fish I agree, it was a splendid spiritual pleasure watching St. Jude’s tournament and enjoying rich conversation! Barbra Helfer, it was a pleasure to meet you and once again as always…a blessed visit with you Mr. Andy Reistetter!…Thank you for the invite and look forward to some more SPLENDID telecasting!

That’s all folks!

Call-in next weekend for more ‘TV Golf Watching with Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary’ at Shinnecock Hills and the U.S. Open!

 

 

 

 

SHOT SCOPE Performance Tracker V2 Will Change My Game for the Better!!!

SHOT SCOPE ANNOUNCES FATHER’S DAY GIFT OFFER FOR U.S. OPEN WEEK

Packaging 2EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM, June 5, 2018 – Shot Scope Technologies will offer its new V2 multi-function golf watch at a special 15% discount during U.S. Open Week (June 11-17). The V2 combines GPS distance and hazard capability with Shot Scope’s industry-leading automatic performance tracking.  The Father’s Day offer will be available at www.shotscope.com and at selected Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy stores.

 

The Shot Scope V2 uses the highest grade Smart GPS chip on the commercial market. Its automatic data collection provides extensive Tour-level performance analysis and offers free software updates. More than 37,000 courses worldwide can be accessed through the system.

“We are excited to offer a special price for the V2 to all Dads for Father’s Day,” said Gavin Dear, CCO of Shot Scope Technologies. “We want golfers to experience what is the best, most comprehensive, most accurate and easiest to use golf watch in the industry.”

Dashboard and MobileThe most recent addition to Shot Scope is a social media share function that is available on both IOS and Android apps. It enables the user to share their hole, round and performance data with friends via several channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Whatsapp. It keeps the conversation moving off the course regarding long drives, birdies and other highlights.

Golfers have long sought a device that combined GPS yardages and fully automatic performance tracking.  Shot Scope’s in-house engineers have developed a product that meets the needs of the modern golfer while retaining the company’s trademark automatic club recognition technology and detailed performance statistics. The latest update from Shot Scope enhances the on-course experience provided to users by showing front, middle and back distances to water/sand hazards.

V2 - with logoThe V2 has three modes to suit the golfer’s playing requirements: GPS; PRO; and GPS+TRACK. Each mode has been designed for ultimate flexibility. In both GPS and GPS+TRACK modes, the LCD screen displays distances to the front, middle and back of the green from the golfer’s real-time position using SMART GPS.

Performance Tracking is activated in both PRO and GPS+TRACK modes. The watch works in the background to collect over 100 Tour-level statistics, broken down into five areas: clubs, tee shots, approaches, short game and putting. Performance statistics of this caliber have previously only been available to Tour players. No manual input or phone use is required.

ABOUT SHOT SCOPE

Shot Scope Technologies was founded in 2014 by CEO David Hunter. Hunter, a former electronics design engineer and secondary school teacher,invented the product in his house. Now a team of 17 based in Edinburgh, Shot Scope has released two products to the international golf market. The company has designed, engineered and manufactured the product in Scotland, bringing golf technology to The Home of Golf. The team also includes former Walker Cup player and ex-professional golfer, CCO Gavin Dear.

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Memories of the 2018 PLAYERS Championship Won by Webb Simpson!

Photo Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

WOW. WOW, WOW, what a record-setting THE PLAYERS Championship! What a PLAYERS! Webb Simpson was one of six golfers to shoot an opening 6-under 66 on Thursday.

The 2012 U.S. Open Champion took control of the tournament with a course record tying 63 in Round Two that earned him a 5-stroke lead. But that 63 had a potential of being a 59 with a birdie-birdie finish. Instead Simpson dunked one on the iconic 17th and parred the home hole.

Webb increased his lead to 7-strokes with a Saturday 68 while Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth shot 65 to move up the leaderboard to a T9 position after barely making the cut on the number at 1-under par 143.

83On Sunday Woods made it interesting with a charge that recorded six birdies in the first twelve holes to move within three strokes of Simpson and his lead. However, as in his Saturday 65, he finished over par for the final six holes; three strokes on Sunday, one stroke on Saturday.  Spieth never got it going and finished with a watery snowman eight on the home hole. Simpson played a steady round on Sunday trading off two bogeys with two birdies through fifteen holes. A birdie on No. 16 pretty much sealed the deal. Even after a second shot long into the water and ensuing double bogey on No. 18, Simpson posted a Sunday 73 and a 4-stroke victory over Xander Schauffele, Charl Schwartzel, and Jimmy Walker, all who shot Sunday 67s.

 

In the end it was Webb Simpson posting his 5th PGA TOUR victory, the first since the ‘Anchor ban’ went into effect. Congratulations to 2018 PLAYERS Champion Webb Simpson and caddie Paul Tesori!

Here are some of my Facebook posts for PLAYERS Week in Chronological order with a gallery of 130 pictures below:

It’s PLAYERS Time 2018!!! Enjoy!!! What day you coming out to TPC?

2The party, otherwise known as the 2018 THE PLAYERS Championship, has now begun! First AAGTD assignment? AAGTD? Andy’s Adult Golf & Travel Diary… one heck of an event at the ABC Fine Wine & Spirits! My things have changed since attending my first event back in 2018… new store, lots more vendors and participants, and the outside after event for craft beers, cigars, etc.! Good to see some old friends and some new ones too! See you out on the TPC Stadium Course! TROML Baby!   (Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; Wednesday, 5-9-18)

Rickie Even, Phil Even, & Tiger Plus 2 off 7 tee… (Round One, Thursday, 5-10-18)

LOL, followed Tiger & Phil for first 8 holes then cut over to see some actiin on 17 & missed Tiger’s eagle at No. 9. I thought it odd to see Phil hitting Tiger ‘stinger’ shots in front of Tiger. Not very well bt the way, failed to reach the fairway on No. 7 & bunkered left on No. 8. Tiger’s slinger: Phil’s sand slinger!   (Andy Reistetter, Facebook Post with 30 Pics; Thursday, 5-10-18)

64Round 2, off 18 tee (their 9th of the day): Tiger minus one, Phil plus lots, Rickie plus a few… projected cut 77 players at minus one… lots more golf to be played!

Webb Simpson 10- under par through 15 holes today, leading by 6 strokes… thought 2016 was a big scoring year with Jason Day shooting a course record 63 in Round 1 and Rory nearly going one lower in Round 2… c’mon 3-under on the final 3 holes and make that a course record extraoridnaire of 59! Amazing golf!

Another day of watching Tiger, Phil, & Rickie…cut came at minus one… only Tiger playing the weekend… another spectacular day on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass! No 59 or even a course record 62 for Webb Simpson but a 5-stroke lead heading into the weekend!   (Andy Reistetter, Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Friday, 5-11-18)

Will the 2018 PLAYERS end like the 2016 PLAYERS? Webb Simpson (Jason Day) enters the weekend with a big 5-stroke (4-stroke) lead and shoots even par the final two rounds to WIN???

Andy Leopard Tie & ShoesShow time for AGTD on Saturday of the 2018 PLAYERS! Here is my patented way called ‘cascading spectatoring of golf tournaments.!’ Ride my bicycle over to TPC. See the 2:20 pm Chesson Hadley/Charles Howell III pairing tee off. Follow them the first three holes. Stay put atop the flag hillside and watch the 2:30 Patrick Cantlay/Danny Lee pairing play No. 3. Walk with them thru No. 5 green. Stay putt and watch the final 2:40 pm Webb Simpson/Charl Schwartzel pairing approach and walk with them thru the 8th green. Afterwards head over and walk through the 16/17 stadium area of the Stadium Course. Hop on the bike and make the toughest decision of the day. Where to watch the end on Round 3 on NBC? Bogey Grill, Pussers, or Nona Blue??? Oh yeah and say hello to folks I know and some that I do not yet know but know a couple of them will be lifelong friends. Take lots of pictures. Post a Saturday AGTD report! Sleep well and repeat on Sunday! Happy PLAYERS! TROML Baby!

Starting with Noren & JDay, one of these guys could definitely win, JDay having already done so in 2015…

92Definitely the post Players place to be! Nearly a brawl about the Big Screen…. 7 pm moment of clarity… stay on NBC Stanley Cup or switch to Live From The Players on Golf Channel? First time golfers ever dominated hockey players! TROML Baby!

Unbelievable Saturday at THE PLAYERS Championship! Spieth 65, Tiger 65, Webb Simpson 68 with a historic 7-stroke lead over Danny Lee, DJ, JDay, Dufner, Schaufelle, Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker… Spieth, & Tiger: yes, are 11 strokes back BUT only from Simpson… only 4 strokes back of 2nd place & only 8 golfers ahead of them. Play well Webb Simpson but do not look back or come back because the field will run you over! Gonna be a great Players Sunday. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mommas out there!   (Andy Reistetter, Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Saturday, 5-12-18)

Thinking if Tiger can shoot 62 he may just win this golf tournament. So far so good, 6-under today in 12 holes…. T2 , five strokes back… from cut line to finish line hoisting the PLAYERS Trophy???

Beautiful & inspiring 34th Annual Non-Denominational Church Service on the back lawn of the Clubhouse at 7 am this morning! Hosted by Scott Adams of the NE Florida FCA and Damon Olinto the 2018 Tournament Chairman the service included the Chets Creek Nocatee Worship Team and a special solo by Lindsey Bryant from Crosswater Community Church.

3Ted Scott, Bubba Watson’s caddie shared his story which was very interesting. A collegiate golfer he became interested in Foosball. Ted’s mantra is to “find someone better than you and learn from them.” More than interested in Foosball, Scott became a world champion Foosball player! Having conquered Foosball he went back to golf and turned professional originally as a teaching professional. A sponsor found him and backed him for a while. Then the Web.com tour came through his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana. Paul Azinger sought him out to learn how to play Foosball and somehow he connected with Bubba and two Masters victories and the rest is history. His conversion story was one of the quiet type. Not able to keep all the rules, he heard a sermon and set up a meeting with the priest a few days later. Once again he simply found someone better than himself and discovered that he is a servant at heart. Scott shared an interesting Bubba story from the week of his first Masters win. Surprisingly the most amazing shot Bubba hit that week, in Ted’s perspective, was not the hooked wedge out of the trees on the 10th hole in the playoff but a recovery shot off the pine straw on No. 10 on Friday.

17Lindsey’s solo echoed Adams’ introduction which set up Scott’s share which led to Pastor Chris Price from Chets Creek Nocatee’s sermon message based on the Bible and Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Additionally, Pastor Price spoke to the only God referenced hero in the Bible—Gideon who did great things through his obedience and trust in the Lord. We can find our own peace in Christ by ridding ourselves of pride and sin. Not an easy task but doable through Christ. A life of love, grace, and peace awaits us! Al-le-lu-ia!   (Andy Reistetter, Facebook Post with 19 Pics, Sunday 5-13-18)

3Enjoyable Sunday morning following Justin Rose and Tony Finau on the first nine holes. Rose started with a birdie on No. 1 but then 3-putted from 30 feet for a par-5 on the second hole, always a major MOJO buster. Finau birdied the 2nd and 3rd holes after bogeying No. 1 but then was even par for the next six holes. Rose bogeyed No. 8 and birdied No. 9 to turn at 1-under for the day. After that I left to go home and watch the rest of PLAYERS Sunday on TV. Of course Rose would go 5-under on the second nine to shoot a Sunday 66 and finish at T23 with only 17 golfers finishing ahead of him. PLAYERS Sunday was off to a good start after the 7am Church Service and a nice walk in the Stadium Park!   (Andy Reistetter, Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Sunday 5-13-18)

 

Laurel Island Links: Georgia/Florida I95 Golf at its Best!

Andy Reistetter is feeling fabulous at Laurel Island Links & Bogey’s Bar & Grille.

April 27th, 2018 · Kingsland, GA ·

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!

Osprey Cove- A Residential Golfing Paradise in St. Marys, Georgia!

Found a little piece of Paradise just north of the FL/GA border at Osprey Cove in St. Marys! A Mark McCumber Signature golf course with the best of everything that I have ever seen in a Southeast coastal salt marsh golf course! Beautiful vistas, interesting, challenging, & fun routing; and a double 9th & 18th green! Osprey Cove looks like a great place to live too! Very warm & friendly people, a real peach of a place! Thanks Mike, Rob, Carolyn, & Mosaic Clubs & Resorts for hosting Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary! I will be back for sure!   (Facebook Post with 30 pics, Andy Reistetter, 3-12-18)

 

Innisbrook: Be Charmed Like I Was, Not Bitten, by the Snake Pit!!!

1WOW, what a visit to Innisbrook Golf Resort! It seems like everything had been redone and upgraded; the golf courses, the accommodations, and the restaurants and entertainment! Played all four courses; Copperhead, North and South, and the Island Club in three days. My only wish? That there was one more golf course to play as I did not want to leave! PS: More will be written about this experience… and I was actually charmed, not bitten, in the Snake Pit with a back nine 37!

Florida is flat….coming up US 19 North from Clearwater… there is a big dip that marks your entry into the beautiful rolling hills of Innisbrook, perfect topography for golf courses! Lawrence Packard designed four of them here! We played Copperhead, the host course for the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour! Snake Pit? Not today! Snake my convoluted golf game… went 49-37! Beautiful accommodations, cuisine & live entertainment with Kerry Olivia and Peter Vann, the Backstreet Band… North & South tomorrow, then the Island Course Monday Morning before heading home to Ponte Vedra Beach… Grateful, life is good… TROML Baby! #Innisbrook #Copperhead #SnakePitSelfie   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/27/18).

58Thirty-six holes on North & South today then CBS/GC’s Torrey Pines five-hole playoff… I am pooped! Storyline… picture of Osprey behind check-in desk at Osprey Clubhouse… Osprey nest up high behind North No. 2 green… driver, 3-wood, made four footer for eagle on North No. 10… I mean Osprey! Get it? Eagles are Ospreys at Innisbrook! Morning with Bruce, Dan, & John… Afternoon ‘two tie, all tie’ competition with Greg, Rick, & Tom! Who do you think won with nine skins on the back?Tain came late, last three holes! Hey who won at Torrey Pines? I fell asleep! Island in the morning at sunrise! TROML Baby! #Innisbrook #Copperhead #SnakePitSelfie   (Facebook Post with 28 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/28/18)

62Finished up the Innisbrook trip with a round on the Island Course with my GTWA buddies Tommy & Jamie! What a picturesque, challenging & fun golf course to play. The Innisbrook real estate around it is blooming! My only regret is that they don’t have a fifth golf course and that it is time to go home! Thank you Ramona Herald & all the folks at Innisbrook for an exceptional golfing experience & hosting Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary! I can see why Rory (McIlroy) is coming to play in the Valspar Championship! #Innisbrook #Copperhead #SnakePitSelfie   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/29/