Embracing the moment: Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw hugs his longtime caddy, Carl Jackson. Crenshaw played in his 44th and final Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Years ago I would have early-morning phone chats with my good friend, Wayne DePetris. We talked about everything. Wayne was a golfer, so, of course, many of our conversations centered around golf. Wayne passed away 15 years ago. I miss him. (more…)
Kathy and Jim Mulligan had finished packing their golf gear in anticipation of a golf vacation that was only a few days away. Both are decent players and enjoy the game regardless of how well they score.
A few days before setting out for their golf get-away, Kathy said to Jim: “I’ve been thinking. We always play golf with Joan and Harry and they are such great company. What happens if we get teamed up with a beginner, a club-thrower, a cheater, or even worse, someone with a potty mouth? That could ruin our whole day.” (more…)
Does the game of golf really need Tiger Woods?
One thing is certain. You can bet your sweet bippy the television networks and sponsors want Woods around. (more…)
Congratulations! You made it through the holidays. Well done.
Now, I don’t mean to pry and what you say here, stays here. So, just how many big ones did you put on? C’mon, be honest. No, you don’t need a new scale. It’s tough keeping the cals in check with all those holiday goodies around, isn’t it? (more…)
One of my favorite holiday tunes is the Andy Williams classic, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Thanks to the commercialism that has stepped all over the real reason for celebrating the holiday, this “wonderful time” seems to be getting longer and longer with decorations and holiday sales showing up long before Dec. 25. And now we have “Gray Thursday.” Give me a break. (more…)
The Cedars Golf Club professional Jimmy McLaughlin with two members of the Cedars Kids Club, Aiko Fujita, left, and Michael Wineberger. (Credit: Jay Dempsey)
Conversation overheard this past summer around the North Fork:
Matilda, age 10: “I’m so bored this summer. There’s nothing to do around here.”
Gus, age 12: “I know. All we ever do is go to the beach, go boating, swim, fish and go sailing.”
Clancy, age 11: “ I can’t wait to go back to school.”
Say what??!! (more…)
Chet Zelenski, 91, of Greenport has been a member of Southampton Golf Club for 71 years. (Credit: Jay Dempsey)
I have a bad case of senioritis. No, not that senioritis. Your golf guy is more than a few decades past cutting classes, pulling pranks, and tossing his tassel. I’m talking about enjoying life as a senior citizen. Ah yes, the golden years. (more…)
Vineyards Golf Club Head Pro Louis de Kerillis on the first tee box. (Credit: Joseph DeMaria)
Ladies and gentlemen, the game of golf is in need of some help. Yes, Houston, we do, indeed, have a problem.
According to the National Golf Foundation, golf has lost nearly five million players in the last decade. The number of rounds played, along with club memberships, are down at most courses. And golf courses around the country are shutting their doors. (more…)