Archive for May, 2012

Golf Movies #16 (Par 6 – 2002)

May 31st

A sort of “Field of Dreams,” golfing version, with a dash of “Waking Ned Devine” is the basic storyline behind the 2002 comedy/drama, Par 6.

A rather quirky family sets up their mobile home on the site of their late father’s homestead in barren west Texas desertland. The deceased father apparently begins “channelling” via the oldest son his dream to construct a golf course on the property. The trouble is, the land now belongs to a Japanese conglomeration who have other plans for the land.

Faced with opposition from all sides, the family doggedly sticks to their plans and eventually wins over the locals, making the venture a true “cause.”

Filled with great comedic moments, Par 6 is excellently paced and benefits from a surprisingly adept cast, led by Dylan Walsh, Walter Olkewicz, Valerie Mahaffey and Misha Collins.

Year: 2002

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Tee to Green: George McNeill

May 30th

PGA TOUR winner George McNeill may not be long off the tee but what he lacks in power he makes up for around the green.

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Shots of the Week ending May 27, 2012

May 29th

Check out the top five shots of the week from the 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial featuring highlights from Ben Crane, Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Ryan Palmer and Kyle Reifers.

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Golf Architects/Designers: Francisco López Segalés

May 28th

Francisco López Segalés is a spanish golf course designer with a long career in the world of golf. His father, Miguel López Flores, was a Greenkeeper from 1956 until his retirement in 1995. Francisco Segalés started out as a Head Greenkeeper in the year 1973, in the La Moraleja GC, where he worked until 1990. From 1990 to 2001 he was consultant for the same course.

In the early stages of his working relationship with La Moraleja golf course he went to the United States to study on several occasions (Massachusetts University, Scott and Sons and annual Golf Course Superintendent Seminars). He also collaborated on the construction and maintenance of Muirfield Village Golf Club (Ohio, USA), with Jack Nicklaus’ team.

In 1982 he took his first steps in the world of design and combined his duties as Head Greenkeeper with the direction of work on new courses and projects. In 1993 he founded Segalés Golf, a company dedicated exclusively to golf course design and projects, whilst continuing the maintenance consultancy. (more…)

Porto Santo Golf Club, Portugal

May 27th

Porto Santo Golf Club is located in the Island of Porto Santo North east of Madeira, Portugal; a picturesque island 11 km long and 6 km wide with a charming 9 km sandy beach. Designed by Seve Ballesteros the club opened October 1st 2004 offering an 18-holes par 72 course plus a 9-hole par 3 circuit (Pitch and Putt) with lights. In addition there are fine tennis courts and horse riding facilities.

The course stretches all the way across the island from dune-rolling beach to dramatic basalt cliffs. It offers that ideal combination – natural beauty and a challenging game. The layout was designed to blend in with the natural landscape, and immense care was taken to minimize impact on the environment. But wait, there’s more

Golf Funny Commercial #85

May 26th

Kia Soul + Michelle Wie “The Arrival”

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Golf Cartoon #72

May 25th

Golf Movies #15 (A Gentleman’s Game – 2001)

May 24th

A young boy’s summer job as a caddy at an exclusive country club teaches him a valuable lesson in the differences between the “haves” and “have-nots” in the 2001 sports drama, A Gentleman’s Game.

Mason Gamble stars as Timmy, the 13-year old who shows promise as a golfer. With the help of his father, Timmy begins learning the ropes while caddying for both the town’s “elite” as well as the blue-collar duffers. Taken under the wing of a former golf professional (Gary Sinise), Timmy undergoes a crash course not only in golf, but in life itself.

Well directed by J. Mills Goodloe (in his directorial debut), who also co-wrote the screenplay, adapted from the same-titled novel by Tom Coyne. Besides Gamble and Sinise, the cast includes Dylan Baker, Philip Baker Hall, Kevin Thorns and Brian Doyle-Murray. (source)

Year: 2001

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Tee to Green: Kyle Stanley

May 23rd

While he is not one of the largest players on the PGA TOUR, Kyle Stanley’s power off the tee to compete ranks him in the top 10 in driving.

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Shots of the Week ending May 20, 2012

May 22nd

Check out the top five shots of the week from the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship and the BMW Charity Pro-Am featuring highlights from Jason Dufner, Nick Flanagan, JJ Henry, Phil Mickelson and Dicky Pride.

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