After an all night session of cutting up HD video tape with a dull razor blade and splicing it back together with impact tape, I’ve finally published the promo trailer for the soon to be hit movie Battle Of The Golf Blogs.
This year was to be a tie breaker year between myself and Dave Lair, the Orlando Golf Blogger. Unfortunately I had to withdraw from the tournament. I didn’t withdraw because of personal and PR issues with me and Natalie Gulbis like Dustin Johnson did, I withdrew because I separated my shoulder in a freak ski crash five feet from my car in the parking lot at Alta.
Competitor #2 was my buddy John Duval from Into The Grain. John is a hell of a stick, and can hit a long ball.
Competitor #3 was my pal Rob Hayashida from Sandbox8, one of the web’s best. Rob is a good guy and a great golf blogger.
Many thanks to our hosts for the 2nd year in a row, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club, for putting up with our taking over the golf course. Thanks to the course marshal Anthony for not kicking me out when he caught me chasing the indigenous life forms around with one arm in a sling and a GoPro HD cam in the opposite hand.
For those golf bloggers who were going to come and couldn’t make it, your loss. Start planning on BOGB4, “Golf Bloginator Four – The Redemption” next year.
About 20 years ago while skiing with my cousin at Alta, I did a feat nobody had ever done before, and survived. From the top of Mt. Baldy, I fell 1100 feet down one of the “Baldy Chutes,” got up and skied away with only a dislocated shoulder. The Baldy Chutes are narrow and rock lined tubes in the mountain with a very extreme vertical drop. The entrance of the chutes is off of a cornice which is higher than 11,000 feet. My feat of “living” through falling the entire length of the chute made me a legend at Alta for years go come.
Yesterday I sustained my 2nd skiing injury at Alta, and this one is also a shoulder. Unfortunately I’m not adding to the legend of my insane yard sale crash of 20 years ago. Yesterday I crashed hard, separating my shoulder in no other place than the parking lot. I was skiing to my car to leave for the day, when I hit a small bump and both my skis came off. I hit the sheet of ice with my entire (massive) body weight smashing my shoulder.
I’m now in a sling. I can’t currently do many simple things like putting a shirt on or opening a jar of peanut butter.
I’ll blog the best I can with one hand. Needless to say, next week’s PGA Show will be a true test of my one-armed patience.
I’m very sad to be missing “The Battle of the Blogs” golf outing with eight other great golf bloggers in Orlando after the PGA Show as well. BOO HOO.
Today happens to be the birthday of two really good golfers. One golfer has partnered with me for many tournament wins and plays golf with me just about every week of the summer. That golfer is not Ian Poulter, whose birthday is today. I’m referring to my Dad who turns 74 today.
My Dad has been a huge influence on me and is a very respectable and liked individual in many professional and personal genres. At 74, he is as active as imaginable with skiing in the winter and golfing in the summer. I can only hope I make it to his age, let alone being that active.
I picked up a new GoPro HD video camera recently and I made a little video of my Dad and me skiing at Alta last week. If you don’t see the video below, click the read more as putting YouTube videos on my home page slows it down.
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.
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.
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.
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.