2013 was quite a year for Hooked On Golf Blog and me, Tony Korologos. This article is part one of two (part two tomorrow), looking back at 2013 from at HOG viewpoint.
Ah the beginning of a new year and the hopes that my short game would improve. There’s always 2014…
Rory McIlory switched to Nike Golf. Personal issues, business issues, and perhaps the equipment switch would contribute to a less-than-satisfying year on the course for Rory.
Attended the PGA Show for the billionth time. Orlando hates me and my body. Had a great time seeing the new gear, meeting old golf friends and battling in the Battle of the Golf Blogs.
February I posted a bunch of golf videos from the PGA Merchandise Show.
Asher Golf’s James Roundy, a local friend, passed. Sad.
The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour traveled to Bogota, Colombia. What a fantastic trip! I got to play golf with Web.com Tour star Kevin Foley in the Web.com Tour Colombia Championship Pro-Am. Kevin would later gain his PGA Tour card for 2014! He must have learned from my dual chicken wing granny over the top swing.
While in Colombia I played golf at La Cima Golf Course, 10,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains. Wow. Ball go far.
Met Web.com Tour player Dusty Fielding. Nice kid.
A fun blog post was “Filtering Out the Noise: Golf Social Networking’s Top 10 Overused Status Updates.”
I reviewed the Cobra Amp Cell driver.
Bubba’s Hover was the video rage. Bubba Watson released a golf cart hovercraft!
Of course, April is Masters month. Not a month is busier for me or HOG. Lots of Masters related articles. Adam Scott won the Masters in dramatic fashion. Angel Cabrera hit what I consider the shot of the year with his approach on the final hole to about two feet. That shot resulted in a birdie to tie Adam Scott and force a playoff.
I reviewed the Cobra Amp Cell irons.
Ecco Golf came out with hybrid wingtip shoes. Some of the coolest crossover shoes ever.
Tiger Woods won THE PLAYERS (always write “The Players” in ALL CAPS, it is what they do). Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods had a little tiff which the media went into a feeding frenzy over. Sergio eventually apologized for some not-so-nice comments.
HOG poll results told us that Delta Airlines is the worst airline for golf travel.
Good thing Adam Scott won the Masters when he did. The USGA and R&A announced the ban on anchored golf clubs, beginning January 1st, 2016. Bye bye belly.
Eric/Tom sent in some great fan mail, calling me an “asshole who sucks at golf and couldn’t break 100” all because of a golf bag I reviewed. Thanks Eric/Tom!
I fell down a volcano and suffered volcanic road rash. Thankfully my Nikon survived.
I played in the Salt Lake Amateur golf tournament. I was right in the mix through 27 holes until my back went out on the 10th tee. I finished, but the last nine was not pretty. Bugger. Kill me.
HOG readers voted Southwest Airlines as the best airline for golf travel by a landslide.
I reviewed a very cool book: An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course.
Posted an article on golf CHEATERS. That’s what sandbaggers are.
Justin Rose won the U.S. Open in amazing fashion. That was one of the best ball striking displays I’ve ever seen.
On June 30, I boarded an airplane bound for St. Andrews, Scotland.
Here’s another great case of “being a golf blogger doesn’t suck.” In for review are some amazing Rossignol Alltrack 120 ski boots.
Rossignol Alltrack 120 ski boots
Wait a sec… This is a golf blog.
I couldn’t help posting a picture of my new ski boots, since these are the first new ski boots I’ve owned since Ronald Reagan was president of the United States. I had just as much fun taking pictures of these beauties as I do taking pictures of golf equipment.
Perhaps it is time to start up my ski website. The golf courses here in northern Utah are closed, but the ski resorts are open!
Stay tuned for my review of the Rossignol Alltrack 120’s soon
A special post today for our veterans on Veterans Day. I’ve been lucky enough to make some very good golf friends who are veterans. Some long time pals of mine are veterans of several wars, primarily Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of those friends are no longer here.
I have one special veteran friend, a purple heart recipient, who invited me golfing on his day. I was quite honored but since I’m traveling I had to decline. This particular gentleman has suffered greatly from a roadside bomb which blew up under his humvee in Iraq. I’ve watched this man deal with pain I will (hopefully) never be able to relate to, yet still has one of the most positive attitudes I’ve ever seen.
I have great respect for our veterans and I’m grateful for their sacrifices. Those sacrifices go way beyond their deployments and stay with them their entire lives.
Seve turns 1 today
Today is a big day around HOG World Headquarters, but not quite because of a golf related subject. It is baby Seve’s FIRST birthday. The last year has been quite a blur, as anyone with a new baby would likely agree. My lovely bride and I have had a blast watching this little guy grow from a tiny helpless baby to a highly entertaining, mobile and FUNNY one-year old. This little guy has really made a big difference in my life. I thought I was too old to deal with having a kid, but I have so much fun with this little guy that I can’t wait to play with him every day.
Yes, Seve’s name is inspired by golf legend Seve Ballesteros.
I can’t wait to see what the next year has to offer with this little guy. He’s just learning how to walk now, by bracing himself against objects or using mom/dad for support. He’s starting to form quite a few syllables too, most of which warm my heart like you can’t believe: “Dada dada dada!”
Hats off to the little guy today.
And now back to our regularly scheduled golf blogram.
Fantastic Balcomie Golf Links in Crail, Scotland
Today is my birthday (please do not send golf gifts hehe). I’m certainly not getting any younger. Each year I lose a little distance off the tee and start wondering if I’ll need to use any of those “male products” which are always advertised on Golf Channel. I’m not talking about buying a Lexus.
So far so good. No Lexus. No enlarged prostate. No balding. No erectile dysfunction. No getting up multiple times in the night to go to the bathroom…
The only problem seems to be my short game, which recently has gotten worse. Perhaps I’ll spend some time today practicing my chipping before my Wednesday afternoon men’s league round with my buddies.
I wonder if my buddies will let me win today? Probably not.
After golf I’ll play with my new baby Seve, who is a little over 11 months old. He is such a joy and makes me feel much younger (except when he screams during the night and wakes everyone up). After Seve goes to bed I’ll enjoy a nice dinner with the fantastic and lovely lady. Wine and a cigar later…