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I have a new gig

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf ApparelGolf EquipmentLife

Last year during the PGA Show my last product interview was with Sumi-g, a very hip golf accessory company which had just launched.  As I talked to the president of the company Marius, I’d found out that we had a lot in common.  First, we’re both golf junkies with similar handicap levels.  Second, we lived in the same town.  Third, we’d been playing the same course every Thursday for years, our tee times about 45 minutes apart.

Over the last year I’ve done numerous posts and product reviews about Sumi-g head covers, belts and other accessories.  I’ve played dozens of rounds of golf with Marius, and our friendship developed over the year.

Toward the end of 2009 I’d started looking for a new gig, as my other business world, the media duplication industry, was on life support.  Technological advances (digital downloads etc) and the economy were putting that business model to sleep.  I knew I had to jump ship before the boat sank.  Then one day Marius approached me and asked if I’d join Sumi-g.  I guess he’d gotten to know me well enough and through seeing how excited I was about the product line in person and on my web sites, saw some value in what I could offer.  I decided to take a leap of faith and jump from my sinking ship into a new position as national sales manager for the company.

Not To Worry

My web ventures like Hooked On Golf Blog and The Golf Space are happy and healthy and it aren’t going anywhere.

As far as a conflict of interest goes that is an interesting thing to ponder.  If some company who competes with Sumi-g sends me a head cover or a belt or accessory to review, what will I say?  I’ve gone over that in my head for a while.  It really comes down to what I’ve always done, which is call ’em like I see ’em.  If the thing is awesome, I’ll write about it.  If it sucks, then I’ll write that too.

2010 PGA Show

Yes I’ll be at this year’s PGA Show.  But most of that time will be spent working the booth.  I’ll throw my press credential on a run a round a bit, but this year I won’t be able to do the massive coverage I’ve done in previous years.  I will be blogging about the show regardless so there will be plenty of info to chomp on.  I’ll also have other insights on what it is like behind the scenes and what is up at the Wednesday demo day.  I’ll be attending that for the first time.

So if you want to come by and say hello, ask for me me in booth #3629.  That’s where I’ll be most of the show.


Guess what I’m doing tomorrow…

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, January 9th, 2010
Categories: Life

Wrong… You figured I’d be golfing tomorrow.

I’M GOING SKIING!  No hope of golf so for the first time in about five years, I’m strapping flat sticks on my feet and sliding down a hill, trying not to impale myself on a pine tree.

A report will follow.


Happy New Year

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, January 1st, 2010
Categories: LifeSite News

I’m returning from my golf blogging break.  I haven’t posted anything since last year.  Back to blogging and this infuriatingly wonderful game called golf.

Happy New Year.  I look forward to 2010.  There is a LOT of stuff coming for this year so stay tuned!


Goodbye 2009

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, December 31st, 2009
Categories: BoneheadsGolfGolf LifeHackersLifeMiscellaneous

Well it has been an interesting year for me in the world of golf and in my personal life.

    My golf game got worse technically, from a 1 to a 3.8, probably due to lack of concentration on my part. That’s because of non golf related issues getting in the way. I hope to bring that handi back down in ’10 and have a better year on and off the course.
    Anna Rawson never returned my phone calls…
    Tiger didn’t win a major, but won 6 times.
    Tiger’s mistresses surface and a media frenzy happens.
    TGS’s new dedicated server worked great. I went through a couple of format/template changes (hopefully improving the site).
    The TGS Shop got up and running and made a few sales over the year.
    My University of Utah Utes football team won the Sugar Bowl and ended up #2 in the country.
    My best friend Alan played golf at St. Andrews with Boynie as his caddie. They called me from a pub! Alan called me from the 1st tee and told me “I’m touching the 1st tee with my hand.” I said “Take a picture.” He said, ” Every great the game has seen in its history has stood at this spot.”
    I played the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course.
    This year I met Anna Rawson, Rocco Mediate, Fuzzy Zoeller, Hale Irwin, David Leadbetter, Duffy Waldorf, Smokey Robinson.
    TGS membership grew from 3800 to 4900 over the year (no advertising).
    TGS visitors went from 4.3 million to over 7 million.
    I had a bout of the shanks, changed irons 3 times.
    I shot a 65 in my men’s league on “ladies’ day” where we played from the ladies’ tees.
    Withdrew from the city amateur on my home course because of back problems.
    A guy hit me in the ass from 3 feet with his driver on the driving range.
    My youtube video views topped 1 million, then 2 million.
    I vowed to play a golf hole naked if Sergio Garcia won the Masters. Pretty safe bet.
    I won the money title in my men’s club.

HOG SPACE 2009 YEAR END AWARDS

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
Categories: GolfGolf AccessoriesGolf ApparelGolf BallsGolf ClubsGolf CoursesGolf EquipmentGolf For WomenGolf GearGolf LifeGolf LifestyleGolf MediaHackersSite NewsTravel
As 2009 comes to a close it is time for my annual HOG SPACE awards. For those new readers, HOG is short for my blog Hooked On Golf Blog. SPACE is short for my golf networking site called The Golf Space.

The awards come in no particular order. Just how they leak out of my cranium. Drum roll please…

Player of the year & “Playa” of the year
Tiger Woods
Best golf course I played in 2009 Black Mesa in New Mexico, pictured below. And yes I played TPC Sawgrass this year and like Black Mesa better…
Black Mesa, New Mexico
Best new driver
TaylorMade r9. I would have picked the Nike STR8-Fit, but since my STR8-Fit head caved in and Nike wouldn’t replace it, I’m awarding the best new driver to TaylorMade’s r9.
Best new golf accessory

Sumi-G Head Covers

Best putter I played in 2009
rife putter
Best irons
Best new golf ball

Bridgestone B330-RX

Best golf shoe (tie)

FootJoy Icon and Puma Swing GTX tie for best golf shoe of 2009. Tough choice.

Best resort, mud bath and spa I reviewed
Best new golf apparel item

Sumi-g Dormy Belt

Best new golf company Winner of the best new apparel item and best new accessory, SUMI-G is hands down the best new golf company for 2009!
Funniest, yet useful golf gag item
Best new golf site Home of Golf by Andy Brown. Andy is great and does great video interviews from Scotland.
Best golf site for women The Golf Girl (needs new URL)
Best golf blog (tie) This is a tie between Geoff Shackelford and Armchair Golf Blog
Shot of the year I hole out a 5-iron for eagle on a par-4.

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