Part two of my look back at 2010. This one is from the HOG (Hooked On Golf Blog) perspective. What big events and happenings happened to, with or by HOG this last year? Check out part one, A Look Back At 2010 – The Golf World.
In January 2010 I was able to nail down sponsors for the year’s fantasy golf. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get Rife Putters to come through with a prize at the end of the season after my contact left the company.
Of course, the buzz was the Tiger Woods scandal and I blogged about it a lot.
I started a new gig, working as national sales manager for Sumi-G. Over the course of the year I’d build up a rep force in the USA for the company, as well as work on many media related items like the company web site etc. That gig ended (on good terms so no worries) in October.
January saw me traveling to the PGA Merchandise show with Sumi-G and experiencing a perspective to the PGA Show which I hadn’t seen before. That was one of working very hard for 15 hour days on and in the booth, meeting and talking with potential customers.
February I continued to blog and review gear.
Tried to tune in to Pebble Beach but couldn’t stand all the hack “stars” like George Lopez.
March was huge. On March 1st I found a letter from Augusta National, letting me know that I had tickets to the Tuesday practice round at the Masters! My life would forever be changed.
Sand Hollow Golf Course
On March 3rd I posted a review of Sand Hollow Golf Course, one of the coolest courses I’ve EVER played.
On March 12 I was in Puerto Rico, covering the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open. On my first night there I got to hang out with one of the coolest cats ever in golf, Chi Chi Rodriguez. The next night I met Stefania Fernandez, Miss Universe. What a gig. During the off hours of tournament I hung out in the casino with Rocco Mediate and Rory Sabbatini for about an hour.
While in Puerto Rico, I shot a two part series of videos, interviews and photos of The Golf Channel. It was a very cool “behind the scenes” look at a live broadcast by TGC and the people who make it happen. Months later, I was contacted and asked to pull it because nobody had “permission.” Party poopers if you ask me.
In April I started the first ever “HOG Putter Week” where I reviewed putters like the Nike Method, Heavy Putter Mid Weight K4-M, Double Duty Divot Repair Putter, Bob Burns Roll-In Putter, Bettinardi BB32 Putter,
On April 7 my “Dream Foursome” attended the Tuesday Masters Tournament practice round at Augusta National Golf Club. I’ll never be the same and it was SO cool to have my best friend, my son and my dad there with me! Man that was cool.
We saw the birth of the new category “How Not To.”
May 22 I married the most awesome lady in the universe! The day before I won my own tournament, the Non Annual Korologos Wedding Invitational Golf Tournament.
Started playing with the new Bridgestone B330-RX and B330-RXS golf balls. One of my favorites now.
Speaking of Bridgestone, I had my first Bridgestone ball fitting on June 6th.
Tiger Woods divorce and scandal was still the big talk. Divorce wasn’t confirmed yet, but rumors were flying that Elin was going to get $750 million. That estimate was a little off.
On June 21st, my pop and I won the club’s annual Father’s Day tournament.
Graeme McDowell won the US OPEN.
In possibly my best work ever, I posted the Potty Putter Review.
For the first time in 10 years plus, I finished in the money in the Salt Lake City Amateur golf tournament, despite finishing bogey double-bogey on the 35th and 36th holes.
Summer heat, the altitude of Salt Lake, and no moisture in the air added up to the longest shots of the year. 350 yard drives, 205 yard 7-irons, 150 yard gap wedges…
I post my lowest round of the year on my home course on July 11th, a 69 from the black tees (tips).
My friend and St. Andrews caddy John Boyne posts an awesome three part guide to St. Andrews for the British Open.
Hooked On Golf Blog gets a new logo. I like skulls.
HOG moves to a new, faster, bigger dedicated server because the site is getting so much traffic the old server was melting down!
Played in a great charity tournament for Homes For Our Troops, an organization which builds homes for disabled veterans.
In a move which rarely happens, I put a new putter in the bag. My Dornoch Putter by Grant Mackay is the best putter EVER.
I shoot my best score ever at Wingpointe Golf Course, an Arthur Hills design. That 70 topped my previous lowest round of the year because it was -2 for 18 while my 69 at River Oaks as -1 (par 70). Needless to say, my opponents were hurting pretty bad that day.
I review the fanciest golf shoes I’ve ever worn, Royal Albatross’ hand made Italian leather Black Jack Nero Golf Shoes.
I travel to Colonial Williamsburg to review the two great courses there, Golden Horseshoe Green Course and Gold Course. I also do a review on the Historic Area in Colonial Williamsburg.
After six years, I retire as president of my local men’s club at the final tournament of the year, Hell Day.
I reviewed the Vdara Hotel and Spa in Las Vegas.
I started a new food and drink web site called MegaChomp.
Posted a bunch of Ryder Cup blogs.
In October my working relationship with Sumi-G ended, but my golfing relationship continues!
On November 16th my YouTube golf channel topped 3,000,000 views.
Posted the annual HOG Turkey Awards, featuring the year’s biggest boneheads in the golf world.
On November 30th, I posted my 3000th golf blog.
I travel to Notre Dame University to watch my Utah Utes football team. Despite the Utes terrible performance on the field, visiting Notre Dame with my best friends and my dad was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had.
I find a picture of myself sitting on the potty, in the men’s restroom at a local golf course.
I travel to Puerto Rico, Mexico. There I review Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club, Palmilla Golf Club and the One And Only Palmilla Resort. I also happen to enjoy the 83 degree weather while my friends back home were freezing to death.
I post my look back at the golf world in 2010.
On 12/22 I review the new Nike Sport Cart Bag.
On 12/11 the HOG Golf Photo Gallery went over the 13,000 image mark.
On 12/31/10 I vowed to blog my golf ass off in 2011!
The sixth annual Christmas Classic golf tournament was originally scheduled for December 25, 2010. Due to favorable weather, the tournament was postponed and could not be played until the course was closed and covered with snow.
The snow flew last week and buried the course, and thus we were able to get the tournament completed today.
The tournament went well, and the tournament organizers did a fine job with snow removal, green preparation and best of all bringing some frosty beverages. When golfing in sub freezing temperatures (especially wearing shorts like me), a cold beer can really hit the spot. The staff at Augusta National would be envious and could learn a lot about tournament and course preparation from the Christmas Classic organizing committee.
I haven’t swung a golf club since 12/21/10. Once I go past a week or two my swing starts to go bad fast. My granny, over-the-top chicken wing epileptic on crack seizure swing put me in a position where I almost defended my 2009 championship, but not quite. As each swing happened I got hack-like. Still, it was nice to hit any kind of shot whatsoever.
2010 Christmas Classic Champion: Dan
We had three former Christmas Classic champions in the 2010 field, but despite that star power a new winner emerged. A new heavyweight rose above the snow capped 18th hole and shined upon River Oaks Golf Course. The most positive guy I know; a guy who could find the positive in hitting his thumb with a hammer; a guy who could find positive in a three putt, came through. Dan delivered in the clutch and delivered a knock out golf shot which ended up about six feet from from the snowy double pin. Winner winner chicken dinner.
2010 Christmas Classic Photo Gallery
I’ve uploaded about 60 images to the HOG 2010 Christmas Classic Photo Gallery for you to enjoy.
Christmas Classic Video
I put together a little video of today’s tournament and posted it to the HOG/TGS YouTube channel. YouTube videos slow down my home page, so I put them on the 2nd page of articles to speed up load times. If you don’t see a video below, click the read more link.
2010 Annual Christmas Classic golf tournament has been rescheduled and will take place on the 18th hole at River Oaks at 2:00pm TODAY!
I’ve got my snow boots on and I’ll be happy to defend my championship today. I hope to become the first player to successfully defend a Christmas Classic Championship.
Pictures and video to follow.
It has been great, but I’m looking forward to the end of the holiday season and the beginning of 2011!
The year is ending and the chaos of all the holiday parties and running around from function to function is finally coming to a close. January 2nd will mark the first non-chaotic day in my household since mid November. Lack of sleep, too much food, too many adult beverages over the last month have compromised my cerebral cortex and caused me to not be able to deduce that 50 divided by 52 is not 2.1….
Can’t see too good (Ah the Jerky Boys. What memories)
On one of my recent trips to some golf travel destination I think I left my glasses in the seat pocket in front of me on the plane. I used to rely on glasses for reading now and then, or when I got tired they’d help me focus. But over the last few months or so my vision has declined to the point where I find that I can’t read the letters on the signs over the isles in the grocery store, or see the golf ball in the air or on the ground beyond about 150 yards.
I went to the eye doc and had a new exam. It was quite funny, or at least I thought it was:
Eye doctor: “So why are you here?”
Me: “Rectal exam?”
Eye doctor: “Haha.”
Me: (In the voice of the Jerky Boys’ Sol Rosenberg, a whining sounding New York Jew with a high pitched voice) “I can’t see too good.”
So I have a new prescription coming and two new pairs of hip RayBan specs on the way. They were supposed to be done Monday and it is now Wednesday. So until then I will only take partial credit for any typos or mathematical calculations which go awry.
I wonder how or if my golf game will change when I can see better. My putting is pretty damn good, so I hope it doesn’t make that worse. Being able to see certainly won’t make my iron game any worse than it already is.
Can’t do contacts
I’m very sensitive with my eyes or I would have tried contacts. I can’t touch my eyes or have anything in them. I can barely watch when someone else puts in contacts or takes them out without getting the creeps.
I heard a very odd quote from my buddy Brad, co-creator of the Annual Christmas Classic golf tournament, when I called him two days ago on Christmas day:
“This year’s Annual Christmas Classic has been canceled due to favorable weather conditions.”
Yes, the tournament which takes place in the deep snow of the Olympic venue and ski town of Salt Lake on Christmas day was canceled because the golf course was open!
Retaining the championship for another year
The good news is that I get to retain the championship trophy which I won last year, and all the accompanying privileges of being the champion for the next year. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to convince the powers that be at Augusta National Golf Club to award an invitation to the Masters Tournament for the current CCC (Christmas Classic Champ). Perhaps next year.