I’ve known Luke Swilor for many years now. We’ve had some epic matches, most of which he has come out on top. But I hang my hat on the one where I had a great day and he had a bad day and I kicked his butt.
Anyway, a hearty congratulations to Luke and wife on the birth of their new son Zac.
Zac will be taking my money on the golf course soon.
I just got back from a great and fun tournament for Homes For Our Troops. My buddy Bryant Jacobs did an awesome job putting it together and raising money for wounded veterans.
I met and played in the tournament with two vets, one is Travis (right below) and the other was a vet from Vietnam.
Left to right above: Guy Lester (director of golf at River Oaks), Bryant Jacobs, Tony (me) Korologos, Travis Wood
Travis was blown up in Afghanistan and lost a leg and function of many parts of his body. He’s had 84, YES 84 surgeries and was in the hospital for 2.5 years. He could be down with all of that, but he wasn’t. He was very positive and energetic and quite fun to be around.
Tip o’ the hat to Travis, Bryant and Homes For Our Troops. The tournament was great and judging from the big crowd I’d say it was a great success.
To see all of the photos visit this gallery.
Anyone in Utah or close enough to come here for a golf tournament Thursday, I’m calling you out right now! My good friend, severely wounded Iraq war veteran and golf buddy Bryant Jacobs is hosting a charity golf tournament. This tournament is in association with Homes For Our Troops, an organization which builds homes for injured veterans at no cost to the vet. The organization provided my buddy Bryant a beautiful, handicap accessible home and simply handed him the key. That is in credible. Now Bryant is turning the tables and helping Homes For Our Troops raise money to provide the same great service to other wounded veterans. He’s playing it forward so to speak.
My foursome will include the Director of Golf at River Oaks and my good friend Guy Lester and two wounded war veterans. We’re going to be tough to beat!
For more information, visit this link at the Homes For Our Troops web site.
For my story on my pal Bryant, you can find it at The Golf Space or Hooked On Golf Blog.
There’s also a recent feature on Bryant and the tournament in the Salt Lake Tribune.
I had just make a great birdie on #3 at Wingpointe (by the Salt Lake Airport). That hole is a tough par-3 over water, usually into a head wind. I’d stuck my B330-RXS to about three feet and drained the putt with a putter I’d accidentally left in my bag from equipment testing yesterday. After making that putt I may have a new putter but I definitely have a new pal.
Walking off the green I nearly stepped on this guy. I picked him up to put him in a safer place but had to snap a pic first because he was so cool.
Yesterday’s round at Hidden Valley with my dad was glorious. 8:15am, long shadows, cool air, beautiful course. The greens were as smooth and fast as they’ve been all year. In fact, the speed was so much faster than I’m used to I gagged away three shots in the first few holes while trying to adjust. One was a 3-footer which I sent six feet by and two others were 3-putts for bogey when birdie was looking possible.
Once I adjusted to the speed I started making putts and on the 10th, saw a 20 foot birdie putt roll in with the purest and straightest roll I’ve ever seen come off my putter. There is nothing better than putting on smooth and fast greens.
I shot +3 on the front. I had it down to +1 after going -2 on the back for a while but gave up one coming home. A fantastic and near impossible up-and-down on the 18th gave me a final score of 74.
The new swing didn’t work perfectly. I had some timing issues and a few pulls and pushes. But the shots were still controlled and not wild at all. The worst scores I carded were a four bogeys. The new swing took double out of the equation.