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2011 Battle Of The Golf Blogs Movie Trailer Released

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Categories: BoneheadsGolf For WomenGolf VideosHackersHOG World TourSite News

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.


Separated my shoulder – I’m down but not out

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
Categories: BoneheadsLife

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.

Happy birthday to my Dad and also Ian Poulter!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, January 10th, 2011
Categories: Champions TourGolf VideosLifePGA Tour

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.

Skiing Video

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.


A Look Back At 2010 – HOG

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.


Tiger Woods Masters


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.

Vdara Las Vegas


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!

2010 Christmas Classic Tournament

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
Categories: GolfGolf VideosHackersMiscellaneous

Christmas GolfThe 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.

My Performance

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

New Champ

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.


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