2019 Masters Memories: Tiger Woods Wins His 5th Green Jacket & 15th Career Major!

Nothing better than being back at The Masters and hanging out under the old oak tree by the clubhouse!

Nothing better than being back at The Masters and hanging out under the old oak tree by the clubhouse!

The Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday practice rounds and Par-3 Tournament were memorable for a lot of reasons but in the end just a prelude to Tiger’s redemptive win—perhaps the biggest of his amazing career which now stands at 15 Career Majors and 81 PGA TOUR wins!

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

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

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

Plus, of course, a memorable night of merriment with the Tourism Ireland folks at the historic Benjamin House!

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

Tiger Woods, 2019 Maters Champion!   Photo Credit: Google Search.

Tiger Woods, 2019 Maters Champion! Photo Credit: Google Search.

I was there at the 2019 Masters to see history being made! Tiger Woods winning his fifth green jacket, 15th career major, and first since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines—nearly eleven years ago! I was there to see Tiger making history in 2008 too! In fact, my time on tour beginning back at the 2008 Honda in February 2008 pretty much mirrors Tiger’s Major Timeout Period!

The Comeback of Tiger Woods is legendary, historic and redemptive! There were the crushing lows on and off the golf course. The injuries—overcoming the broken leg and knee injuries that came to a head in 2008 and the back injuries and successive surgeries. The foretelling triumphs—six wins in 2009 including Arnold & Jack’s tournaments—ZERO wins in 2010 and 2011—three wins in 2012 including Arnold’s, Jack’s, and his own tournament—FIVE wins in 2013 including THE PLAYERS Championship and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational –ZERO wins in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017—won the Tour Championship at Eastlake in September 2018 amidst a fairway of followers on the par-5 18th fairway—and the first Major of the year, the 2019 Masters Invitational Tournament in April 2019.

Tiger hugging lady, daughter Sam nearby and Andy in blue shirt in background! What a thrill to witness history!   Photo Credit: Unknown.

Tiger hugging lady, daughter Sam nearby and Andy in blue shirt in background! What a thrill to witness history! Photo Credit: Unknown.

Once Jack and Gary hit their ceremonial tee shots first thing Thursday morning, the golfing competition for the 2019 Masters began. As the week progressed, the headlines of the Masters Section of the Augusta Chronicle told the story of the previous day’s round:

Thursday, Round 1:   “Ahead of the Pack;” Bryson DeChambeau who birdied six of the final seven holes and Brooks Koepka who had the only bogey-free round of the day both shot 6-under 66s. Patient Rahm right where he needs to be; shooting a 3-under 69, his best opening round in three Masters appearances. Ian Poulter keeps it all together for a top-five start (4-under 68, T4). Dustin Johnson shot 68, tied for fourth place. Back-nine charge (birdied 4 of the last 6 holes) nets Mickelson 67. Patient Aphibarnrat catches fire late with eagle on No. 13 and back-to-back birdies on Nos 15 and 16; final six holes in 4-under. McIlroy to regroup after 6-bogey round. Patient approach working for Fowler (70, T11). Hovland shoots 72 to lead amateurs. Top-ranked Rose struggles in first round (75). Spieth struggles (75). Day’s back (70). Corey Connors (Monday Qualifier at and Winner of the Valero Texas Open and the last to be invited to play in the Masters) enjoying unexpected appearance (70). Adam Scott shoots opening-round 69. Poor finish (bogeys 3 of final 4 holes) mars Howell’s round. Reed begins defense with 73. Kisner scrambles to stay near top of leaderboard (69). Iron play hurts Mize (77). Justin Harding shines in first round (69). Woods satisfied with his start (70, T11).

Tiger hugging Mom! Andy in the background! Redemption on many, many levels for Tiger! TROML Baby (an exclamation of JOY)!   Photo Credit: Unknown.

Tiger hugging Mom! Andy in the background! Redemption on many, many levels for Tiger! TROML Baby (an exclamation of JOY)! Photo Credit: Unknown.

Friday, Round 2:   “One Slammed Leaderboard;” Five Major Winners share top spot at 7-under (Brooks Koepka, Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Francesco Molinari, and Adam Scott) share top spot, with Tiger close behind (one stroke). Koepka rights the ship late (66-71). Day bounces back, grabs share of lead (70-67). Oosthuizen shoots 66 with hot putter to grab tie for lead (71-66). Molinari makes move in bogey-free round (70-67). Scott hopes to stay consistent (69-68). Woods one shot from top (70-68).

NIKE Dad Tiger & NIKE Son Charlie celebrating his 5th Masters Win! Andy in the background!   Photo Credit: Unknown.

NIKE Dad Tiger & NIKE Son Charlie celebrating his 5th Masters Win! Andy in the background! Photo Credit: Unknown.

Harding in the hunt at 6-under (69-69). Poulter stays in striking distance (68-71). Mickelson chases victory, history (oldest winner of major). Rahm nears top of leaderboard at 5-under (69-70). Schauffele roars for tourney-best 65 (73-65). Zach Johnson’s miscue (hit ball with driver while taking a practice swing on the 13th tee) worth a good laugh. McIlroy seven back of leaders. Top-ranked Rose misses cut for first time.  Woosnam calls it quits- again. Four amateurs (Takumi Kanaya, Viktor Howland, Alvaro Ortiz, and Devon Bling) make the cut. Past champion Langer makes weekend again. Friday frustrating for DeChambeau (66-75). Spieth rebounds from rough start in Round 2 (75-68). 1987 champ Mize misses cut. Howell cards best round at Masters (73-67). Reed gains ground Friday (73-70). After a wild round, Kisner still in hunt (69-73).

Saturday, Round 3:   “Molinari (-13, 70-67-66) stays the course,” British Open champ leads Woods (-11), Finau (-11). Trio of 64s make history—Stellar Saturday puts Webb Simpson in contention (-9, 72-71-64)—Finau in final group after record-tying 30 on front nine (-11, 71-70-64)—Cantlay nearly ties tournament record (-6, 73-73-64).  Woods in hunt for fifth Masters (70-68-67). Even after all this time, Tiger’s vibe draws patrons.

Tiger Woods eagles the 18th on Saturday at Torrey Pines in the 2008 U.S. Open. Andy in background with arms raised for 'Victory!" Tiger would birdie the 18th on Sunday to force a playoff, birdie it in the Monday 18-hole playoff to force sudden death and  then par the 7th, the next playoff hole to WIN!   Photo Credit: Unknown.

Tiger Woods eagles the 18th on Saturday at Torrey Pines in the 2008 U.S. Open. Andy in background with arms raised for ‘Victory!” Tiger would birdie the 18th on Sunday to force a playoff, birdie it in the Monday 18-hole playoff to force sudden death and then par the 7th, the next playoff hole to WIN! Photo Credit: Unknown.

Dustin Johnson is still lurking (-8, 68-70-70). Ian Poulter keeps himself in mix (-9, 68-71-68). Kuchar rallies with back nine birdie streak (-8, 71-69-68). Rookie Harding hangs on (-8, 69-69-70). ‘Hiccups’ hurt Schauffele in 70 (-8, 73-65-70). Day (-6, 70-67-73), Scott (-7, 69-68-72) can’t get moving. Fowler patient, but must start fast today to stay in contention (-7, 70-71-68). Rahm loses ground with Saturday 71 (-6, 69-70-71). Mickelson laments missed opportunity (-6, 67-73-70). Oosthuizen slips, stays in hunt (-8, 71, 66-71). Koepka has shot at another major (-10, 66-71-69). Looks like a no-go on repeat for Reed (+1, 73-70-74). Cold putter costs Howell (E, 73-67-976). Kisner loses ground in third (-2, 69-73-72).

Amateurs: Hovland still learning course (-2, 72-71-71)—Aggressive style pays off for Kanaya (-1, 73-74-68)—Ortiz goes through up-and-down round (+1, 73-71-73)—Bling shoots his best round yet (+2, 74-73-71).

Weather moves up tee times for final round. Players will go off both No. 1 and No. 10 tees in threesomes. The first groups will go off at 7:30 am, and the leaders will tee off at 9:20.

Hello from Founders Circle in front of the Clubhouse at Augusta National!

Hello from Founders Circle in front of the Clubhouse at Augusta National!

Happy Masters Sunday! WOW, what an exciting Masters! Wet Monday & Tuesday practice rounds; a sunny day on Wednesday for the Par-3 Contest; Koepka & DeChambeau opening 66s on Thursday; Schauffele’s 65 was the low round on Friday but still was one stroke shy of the record 5-way tie for the lead after 36 holes at 7-under between Oosthuizen, Molinari, DJ, Scott, & Day. Tiger’s 70-68 start had him at 6-under as well. There was a late half-hour weather delay but everybody finished. Saturday brought a record three 64s by Cantlay (T14), Simpson (T5), & Tony Finau (T2) though Molinari (66) leads Finau and Tiger (67) by two strokes at 11-under going into Masters Sunday. A memorable Masters finish is already guaranteed with golfers going out in pairings of three off both the first & tenth tees starting at 7:30 am to beat approaching severe weather! Let’s hope we beat it with good wishes for all golfers to play their best! Who will win the 2019 Masters? My hope is Tiger Woods! How about you?   (Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post; Saturday, 4-13-19)

Sunday, Final Round: “Hear Him Roaring!”

Final Group off No. 1 at 9:20 am: Francesco Molinari (-13); Tony Finau (-11); and Tiger Woods (-11).

Penultimate Group off No. 1 at 9:09: Brooks Koepka (-10); Webb Simpson (-9); and Ian Poulter (-9).

DeChambeau aces the par-3 16th hole; his first-ever hole-in-one! Molinari going for a record-tying 50th consecutive non-bogey hole, bogeys the 7th and Tiger birdies for a 2-stroke swing to get within one stroke of Molinari. Both birdie the par-5 8th hole.

Sunday Second Nine where The Masters begins… and ends!

Tiger bogeys No. 10; falls two strokes behind.

Poulter (-7/12) and Koepka (-9/12) in the group ahead both find water and double bogey the par-3 12th hole. Koepka recovers with an eagle on No. 13.

Molinari (-11/12) and Finau (-8/12) playing with Tiger both find water and double bogey the par-3 12th hole. Tiger pars and is at even par for the round and is at 11-under same as Koepka after his eagle on No. 13.

Finau would birdie three of his last six holes and finish at 11-under in a four-way tie for fifth with Molinari, Jason Day and Webb Simpson.

Jon Rahm nearly aces the par-3 16th hole, then his playing partner Justin Thomas does!

Cantlay, the low am in 2012, eagles the 15th to lead the Masters at -12 through 15 holes.

Schauffele birdies 13 and 14 to tie Cantlay at 12-under.

Cantlay, who was 9 strokes back going into the weekend, bogeys the 16th , bogeys the  17th and pars the 18th to shoot a Sunday 68 and finish T9 at 10-under par.

Molinari and Woods birdie the par-5 13th hole to get in a 3-way tie for the lead with Schauffele who fails to birdie the par-5 15th hole and settles for a par.

It was at this point that I realized the gum-chewing, red mock turtleneck, vintage his Masters win in 2005 was going to win his fifth Masters!

Jason Day birdies the home hole to post 11-under and becomes the new clubhouse leader.

Dustin Johnson birdies the 17th to get to 12-under.

Now there are five golfers tied at 12-under: Woods, Molinari, Koepka, Schauffele and DJ.

Schauffele makes a 7-footer for par on the 16th and pars the 17th and 18th to finish at 12-under and tied for second with DJ (who pars the 18th) and Koepka (who finished with all pars except a birdie on the 15th after his eagle on the 13th).

Woods reaches the par-5 15th in two swings and two putts from 40-feet for a birdie and the lead at 13-under.

Molinari also finds water and double bogeys the 15th, the other par-5 on Augusta National’s second nine; after clipping a tree limb with his approach to the green. He would shot a Sunday 74 and finish T5.

Tiger nearly aces the 16th and taps in for a deuce and a two-stroke lead with two holes to play and nobody behind him with more holes to play than he.

The 14-time Major Champion and 80-time winner on the PGA TOUR pars the 17th and takes his two stroke lead to the 18th tee. His drive is right on 18 and he fans an 8-iron short right; chips up and two putts for the safe bogey and Masters Win!

Though tied for 47th in fairways hit (67%), Tiger was No. 1 in greens hit in regulation for the final round and for the week at Augusta National.

His 14-year gap between Masters Wins surpasses Jack’s 11 years previous record.

Tiger wins his first major after trailing after 54 holes.

Watch out for Tiger—he is back, completely back and ROARING!

2008 PLAYERS: Tiger Woods Admits Jack Nicklaus Forever Better than Me

But remember he once said Jack is the all-time best but that was said a long time ago…

Congratulations Tiger Woods on winning your 5th Masters, 15th Career Major, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom!

 

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!   1:35 PM – Apr 15, 2019

 

Andy Reistetter is feeling blissful at Augusta National Golf Club.

April 14 at 5:23 PM · Augusta, GA ·

What a Masters! Congratulations Tiger Woods! Exciting, riveting, & historic!

 

Ian Harris

April 14 at 2:33 PM ·

Andrea Reistetter Harris Michael P. Reistetter Daria Anne Hirtz anyone know this guy?!

Andy Reistetter you had the best seat in the house! God is good eh?

 

 

Fred Shaheen

April 14 at 2:32 PM ·

Great to see local boy Andy Reistetter in the background as Tiger celebrates his win at the Masters. Who has it better than you Andy?

 

Malinda Schindler‎ to Andy Reistetter

April 14 at 2:37 PM ·

I see you Andy!!!!

 

Melissa Teske‎ to Andy Reistetter

April 15 at 9:15 AM ·

I wasn’t too far off when I referred to you as Mr. Hollywood – there you are, standing in the midst of it all at The Masters – a historical moment!

 

Michelle Perski‎ to Andy Reistetter

April 15 at 9:29 AM ·

I saw you on tv! Congrats to Tiger! And way to go Andy, following your dream all these years!

 

Joan E.Davis

April 15 at 5:59 AM ·

I have to say…Andy Reistetter I love this picture of a man and his mother with so much expression and passion..and YOU in the background….what an awesome life you lead to be able to witness these things…see you soon!!!

 

Monica Glickman

April 15 at 8:53 AM ·

What an amazing moment for you Andy to be standing right there. Wow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Jeff Hughes Jr. I’ll see you out on the course tomorrow…I’ll be escorting a player through all 18 holes

Melissa Teske Ok Mr Hollywood – looking good!

Anthony Quagliata Tiger!!!

Peter Benn gonna be an early start mate

Debra Cottrell Looking great!

Byron Bos You made every highlight package in the world yesterday

Ian Harris Jon Harris you notice this guy in the background?!

Andrea Reistetter Harris Andy Reistetter. awesome!

Edward M. Reistetter Favor!

Andy Reistetter God is Great! Andrea Reistetter Harris Michael P. Reistetter Daria Anne Hirtz Ian Harris WOW, you guys don’t miss a thing! Who taught you how to watch golf like that! I know! George, Andy, & Leonard!

Tom Lamphere Who is he Fred??

Andy Reistetter Thank you for the kind words Fred Shaheen & Robin FellowsTom Lamphere, let’s tee it up up at Ely Park this summer!http://www.elyparkgolfcourse.com/

Robin Fellows Lol! You don’t want to see my golf game. Its lame. I only like and use 2 clubs. Driver and putter. Not because I go from tee to green. No. I’m an idiot with a wedge. Lol!

Tom Lamphere Are you Larry’s brother???? He bought my Grandparent’s house back in 1977…

Michael J. Corrao History in the making Andrew “We Did It Mom”!

Larry Sansky Great photo bomb

Debra Cottrell What a great day for golf ⛳️

Tessa A Mollric Amazing day for Golf !
Oh the power of love courage , forgiveness and redemption.

Valerie Tidwell So glad you were able to be there for this historical moment.

Bev Mosteller-Bertok Amazing! Glad you were there to witness history! Great day for golf!

Michael McMillan Oh wow!! That’s amazing!

Jane Spicer So exciting!

Connie Cossar And the crowd goes wild !!
So happy for him

Jeff Hughes Jr. I thought that was you in the blue…i was standing right next to you

BJ Smyth Andy I spotted you behind Tigers family on tv today. I see you got the clip

Debbie Howard Benzley Wow look at you front row…so happy you got witness history!!

Bill Willhoit I told my wife it was you when I was watching! Great to see you in action.

Tom Brewster Funny I was watching you as it was happening. This was definitely one of your Forrest Gump moments.

Karen K Hayt So so HAPPY ❤️❤️

Scott Robbins You show up in all the good places!

April Ann Wow

Kim Hastert Love IT

John Henebry Wow ! Andy and you got to be there !! How great was that??

John Henebry Forest Gump

Sam Keiffer Thought I saw you

Monica Glickman Wow, thanks for sharing!

Andrea Reistetter Harris

Andy Reistetter Tiger’s last major win, 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines and yours truly, Forest Gump of Golf, was there too!

Matthew Cyberski I thought that was you! Amazing you were that close to sports history of the games living legend!

Kim Hastert Awesome sauce with a cherry on top.
I just realized that you are just in the picture Andy Reistetter
Bonus cool points.

Peter Harris REALLY AWESOME and HISTORIC……..POWER OF PERSISTENCE

Peter Harris Andy…….You Witnessed Sports History……REALLY SPECIAL…..

Marie Lyon Carney The sound of silence and them came the roars and cheers! So happy for you that you got to be there.

Leslie Hale Weed I immediately recognized You Andy Reistetter!
Wow! Awesome!! ⛳️

Susie O’Dell I met his mom on a Mother’s Day at TPC Sawgrass. She was sitting under a tree reading a book waiting on Tiger. I complimented her shoes and then realized who she was. Very pleasant. I told her I too was waiting for her son.

April Ann I used to hike at Torrey Pines to the beach.

Nick Brewster Photo bomber!

Corry Schiermeyer I saw you while watching on TV. How exciting and awesome!

Keith Chesk and you want to be at Ely when your at the masters!!! lol

Andy Reistetter Keith Chesk Oh no, have to be at Augusta National for The Masters! Love Ely Park for its spectacular views, sporty design, tasty spiedie salads but its only social golf!

Joanne Reistetter Ehrlich Andy, I had to share this great pic.

Pat Wilson Hi Andy I saw you whilst watching it live here in Australia. I got pretty stoked.
Good stuff mate
⛳️ ⛳️

 

Edward M. Reistetter How come you did not get a Tiger hug? LOL!

Andy Reistetter Good catch Malinda Schindler! Thanks for sharing!

Javier Cabanellas

Lisa Bennett-Fish

Katherine Deen Way I sent you a few screen shots last night of this. Did you get them? They are good!

Andy Reistetter Right on Melissa Teske from someone who knows LA Baby!

Andy Reistetter Woo Hoo Tiger did it Michelle Perski! I am following, yes I am! TROML Baby (an exclamation of JOY)!!!

Andy Reistetter See you soon Joan E.Davis! Great commentary! Someone should give you a microphone!

Nancy Reistetter Ryan That’s my cousin Andy is blue

Andrea Reistetter Harris awesome Andy Reistetter!

Nancy Reistetter Ryan I even saw you when they televised this moment
Wow were you close!!!!!!

 

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 DSGO: Jack Nicklaus heading to Greater Binghamton for the First Time Ever!

DSGO PromoPJ, Lopez, Annika, & now the Golden Bear himself, Mr. Nicklaus is coming to the 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in my hometown of Binghamton, NY! Congratulations John Karedes, David Pessagno, et all for landing the BIGGEST name in golf! Keith Urban performing on Friday night too! Over the top! Word on the street is Jack is working with Barry Goldstein & may actually compete in the Champions DSGO event? Or it may just be the great fishing in the Susquehanna River? April 2nd, this is for real! Soooo excited! The Golden Bear returns to the Valley of Opportunity, aka the Valley of Spiritual Growth!   (Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with DSGO Link; 4/2/19)

Jack Nicklaus receives the PGA TOUR’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 PLAYERS Championship while Tiger Woods Admits Nicklaus is “Forever Better than Me.”

Jack at the 2008 PLAYERS Championship!

Jack at the 2008 PLAYERS Championship!

That was the closest I ever got to Jack Nicklaus. No picture but I did get the program autographed. Historical Moment for two reasons: Jack is honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award of the PGA TOUR and Tiger admits in writing that Jack will always be “Forever Better than Me!”

The 2019 Friday Night Concert is Keith Urban!

 

CLICK here for tickets and more information!

Facebook Comments:

Barry Goldstein  Greatest of all time Jack ❤

Andy Reistetter Barry Goldstein Yeah! Understand that you can’t comment! Be a great story… from Parkside to Greenside; life & golf!

Barry Goldstein He’s as good a human being as he was a player.

Lisa Bennett-Fish Fantastic!

Pete Kinney Awesome news! May have to make the trip up.
He never played in the B.C., despite promising Alex, (many times), that he would. I was privileged to hear one of those conversations, at the 1980 PGA, in Rochester. Not the Bear’s fault, as no player had more of a limited schedule, (due to putting his family, before his career), which is very admirable, for sure.

Christine Pavlisak Wow,my favorite!

Andy Reistetter The DICK’S Sporting Goods Open along with UHS and Dr. Bai Lee are thrilled to announce the Honorary Host for the 2019 UHS Golf Expo will be World Golf Hall of Fame Member !⛳️

This will be the 18-time Major Champion’s first visit to Endicott!

Joan E.Davis I WILL BE THERE!!!!!

 

My Johnny Miller Story; Last NBC Broadcast on Saturday, February 2nd!

2My Johnny Miller story… 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach… stayed in Pacific Grove… hitchhiking into work with NBC Sports… who pulls over to the side of the road to give me a ride… Johnny Miller… nice guy, was interested in me and what I was doing… he signed my hitchhiking sign! Best part was that as a former U.S. Open Champion he parked in Lot 1 and it was a short walk to the compound! Congratulations Johnny Miller on a WGHOF playing career and an outstanding golf broadcast career! ALL THE BEST for the rest of your life! TROML Baby (an exclamation of JOY)!!! (Andy Reistetter; Saturday 2/2/19 Johnny Miller’s Last Broadcast; Facebook Post 2/2/19 with 2 Pics)

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2019 PGA Show Opens with a Red Carpet for PGA HOPE’s Veterans!

24Storyline No. 2 of 16: Opening Ceremony of the 66th PGA Show… Red Carpet… for dignitaries? NO, for our veterans and those in PGA HOPE supporting them! We salute you Ken Juhn, Judy Alvarez, Joseph Garrido, Jack Wiseman, Chris Nowak, and Laura Miller! Well Done President Whaley and the PGA of America! (Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 24 Pics; 1/27/19)

See more in these pictures:

 

New PGA of America Suzy Whaley Kickoffs the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando!

1Storyline No. 1 of 16: Suzy Whaley, PGA/LPGA and now President of the PGA of America! Historic in one sense and heartfelt, soulful, & dynamic in all senses; long live our sport of golf—from leader to leader and generation to generation! 66th PGA Show; 29,000 PGA Members; more than 1,000 Brands, and 40,000 attendees—let’s celebrate golf!   (Andy Reistetter; 1/27/19, Facebook Post with 4 Pics & 1 Video)

CLICK here for historic opening of the 2019 PGA Show by PGA President Suzy Whaley

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AGTD Experience: Day 1 of the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida!

27Some fun pics from Day 1 at the 2019 PGA Show! Morning of Forum Stage presentations. Afternoon of wandering the floor seeking storylines of this historic PGA of America event! All told I found 16 storylines to be posted in separate posts. One of the best PGA Shows in my last twelve years! Enjoy the pics! (Andy Reistetter; 1/27/19; Facebook Post with 40 Pics).

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

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!

2018 PGA Show: The Full Monty!!!

1The 2018 PGA Show; before, after, and during was over the top!

Wednesday Morning Day One of 2018 PGA Show!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/24/18)

Wednesday Day One afternoon is turning into evening… three parties, I mean receptions, I mean business meetings! Gathering even more ideas for Ely Park GC. Media wise met some really, really creative people & saw some old friends! TROML Baby!    (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/24/18)

34WOW, what a day! Day Two of the PGA Show was a huge success… privileged to sit in on Bill Hughes highly motivational, highly inspirational education seminar on building high performance teams (good timing or what?)…. to placing my first apparel order utilizing the Ely park GC legacy logo (independent of lease outcome, I am celebrating a bid well done!)… to connecting with the amazing Paula Mullins Worster who connected me with the Amazing Thailand Travel Group… and in between the Women of Golf… Award Winning Ann Liguori… Coach Lou Holtz et al… a fashion show… Tiger golfing again on TV… and seeing lots of friends! TROML Baby!!!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/25/18)

120WOW, third, and FINAL Day of the PGA Show is in the books! Besides getting my media work done I was able to place some merchandise orders for Ely Park GC with the new legacy logo! Hoping to be awarded the lease and either way we will be celebrating Ely’s 100th Birthday in 15 years in 2033! Never too early to start planning! Bought hats, shirts, T-Shirts with St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Augusta National, and Ely Park GC Binghamton, NY on the back (cracks me up, I love it), flags, martini tees, two-sided poker chip with both ‘Youth For Golf’ and the Legacy logos, bag tags…. and crystal for the club champions, ladies & men’s, three flights! It is going to be FUN to be a member at Ely Park this year! Even more FUN if I get to be the new management! Bring on the bling for the ladies! Elegant Ely dining nights…. oh yeah back to the PGA Show…. it’s done, finished! Onward to the Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort for a GTWA weekend! It was a GREAT show this year! TROML Baby!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/26/18)

Celebrating another great PGA Show with SJ, my friend for life!    (Facebook Post with 1 Pic, Andy Reistetter, 1/26/18)