Special day, meeting Jack Nicklaus
Today is The Golden Bear’s birthday. Jack Nicklaus is now an even par 72.
Jack Nicklaus is my all time favorite professional golfer. Way to go out on a limb and be different eh? I grew up watching Jack and was amazed with his final major victory when he won the 1986 Masters at the age of 46. I had the pleasure of watching Jack play many times, which was thrilling. Perhaps the best pairing I saw was a then Senior Tour event with Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino. I followed that group for 18 holes. Needless to say, Jack and Arnie didn’t get much in word wise.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jack a few years ago (and about 40 pounds ago as you can see from the picture). Jack was very nice to talk to and very engaging to me and my son, which has left a lasting positive impression. I was thrilled to have Jack autograph a couple of the flags in my golf collection, the 2005 Masters flag (his last Masters) and my 2005 British Open flag (his last British and last major). Interestingly enough, Tiger Woods won both of those majors that year. Those are probably my two most prized golf possessions and hell no, they won’t be on ebay.
Jack Nicklaus Interview Pending
I’ve been waiting to hear back on an interview with Jack for HOG here, but I’m sure the man is busy. Hopefully that will come through one of these days.
Like most golfers, I’ll try anything to save a few strokes. The lamp shade thing didn’t work too well last week. It was worth a try…
My desk: keyboard, mouse, coffee, chipotle wing sauce, Ruez undies… What? This isn’t a normal desk?
New across my desk here at HOG World Headquarters and newly added to the review queue are two pairs of undies from Ruez Performance Underwear (above).
Ruez’s underwear features a “performance pouch” and moisture wicking fabric which “brings a comfortable, clever end to chafing, sweating and adjusting.”
Well I can say this. I’ve been working out at the gym lately. I’m just sayin’…. And as was evident in my Potty Putter photo shoot, I’m not afraid to take pics of myself in my undies or less and post them on the internets.
That being said, I’m NOT going to stuff my performance pouch like the promo photo seen right.
I’m going over the last few years of photos, posts and videos from previous PGA Merchandise Shows in preparation for next week’s show. I’m filling in my schedule with appointments and events to attend.
Of course I plan on checking out all the big golf companies and their new gear like TaylorMade, Titleist, Bridgestone, Nike etc. I also like to stop by the small time golf inventor’s and entrepreneur’s booths and see what interesting stuff they’re coming up with. I’m always about the little guy and helping any of them I can with some coverage of products I think are cool.
I’m asking for comments below for anything in particular you’d really like to see from the show. Let me know and I’ll do my best to accommodate you.
Thoughts for this year, other than the regular subjects:
- Coolest invention
- Craziest, funniest product
- Product most likely to eat up a poor soul’s life savings and end up in his garage
- Best training aid
- Worst training aid
- Hottest show babe
- Are Sandra Gal, Belen Mozo and Blair O’Neal as hot in person as they are online?
I’m getting excited for next week’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. I’m stoked to see most of my golf pals and golf business associates. There are many cool activities planned so far other than the show itself. There’s a glowball tournament Friday night, I’m touring Golf Channel’s facilities on Friday and I’m playing golf with my pals from Black Mesa Golf Club on Wednesday.
4th Annual Battle of the Golf Blogs
The BIGGEST and most prestigious event in Orlando this year however, is the 4th annual Battle of the Golf Blogs. The event pits the web’s popular golf bloggers against each other in an intense competition for one year’s worth of bragging rights online, as well as big money.
This tournament started as a duel between myself and Orlando Golf Blogger Dave Lair three years ago. It has now grown into a four man competition with the addition of Rob Hayashida from Sandbox8.com and John Duval from Into The Grain. Next year we hope to add more competitors.
Reunion's Nickaus Course - Host venue for the 2012 Battle of the Golf Blogs
This year’s competition will be held at the fantastic Nicklaus Course at the Reunion Resort (image right). Many thanks to our friends at Reunion. Rest assured, there will be many hundreds of photos of the course and the competition posted.
Sponsors for the event are literally breaking down the doors! We’re amazed so far. Current sponsor list as of 3:47pm ET today include Srixon Golf (balls), Loudmouth Golf (shorts/pants), Champ Tees, Asher gloves, Quagmire Golf (shirts), Kentwool Tour socks, Frogger Golf (accessories).
Twitter Hash Tag
For LIVE coverage of the event, follow the has tag #BOGB on Twitter.
Here’s the video trailer from last year’s event: (more…)
Humana Challenge DVR Alert
Venue: Nicklaus Private Course, PGA West, La Quinta, California
Palmer Private Course, PGA West, La Quinta, California
Golf Channel Airtimes
Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Replay)