Coming up in two weeks I’ll be down covering and playing in the Mesquite Amateur, the 2nd largest amateur golf tournament in the USA.
I was recently down in Mesquite doing some course reviews in the area and caught up with my buddy Christian Adderson, director of the Mesquite Am. We buzzed out to the 8th hole at Casablanca Golf Club on a golf cart and did a quick and casual discussion about the Mesquite Amateur tournament, the format, how to get there, how to sign up, the activities and about Mesquite, Nevada.
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Hang with me for a day and you’ll know that if the weather isn’t warm enough to wear flip flops, I wear Vans. I love the comfort of that type of shoe.
At last year’s Masters practice round I stood next to Fred Couples and noticed that he wasn’t wearing “golf shoes.” He was wearing some sort of tenny. His reasoning was that the shoes were softer and easier on his back. That struck a nerve, pun intended, with me.
One of the biggest buzzes at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando was about Kikkor Golf. Everyone was stopping by their cool booth to see their line and have a frosty beverage. I made my stop there as well, and interviewed Kikkor’s James Lepp.
In my talks with James I loved this quote from him:
“Golf is an athletic sport. Why am I wearing dress shoes?”
Kikkor Tenny Clayburn
My first (and not last) pair of Kikkor’s are the Tenny Clayburns. They look similar to my loved Vans or a pair of Converses.
Kikkor Tenny Clayburn - click for more images
The construction of the shoe is quite serious though. Despite not having removable spikes, the Kikkor Diacon Embedded Spike System (DESS) does a fine job. I surprisingly have great traction.
Fred Funk has been on tour for over 30 years and is one of the most liked players ever, by both fans and fellow players. I’ve had the pleasure if interviewing Fred and I’m excited to post the interview below. First though, I’ll post a few funky career notes and highlights.
Fred Funk is not a long driver, but is well known as one of the most accurate drivers in the history of the game. He led the PGA Tour in driving accuracy seven times and was in the top five in that statistic 13 out of 14 years.
Fred has eight PGA Tour victories, the highlight which is the 2005 Players Championship. I still remember when he slammed his hat down on the 18th green in celebration of the victory, after making a fantastic sand save to win by one shot.
Since 2006, Funk has been racking up some wins on the Champions Tour. Six of them, including the U.S. Senior Open.
Nine Holes with Fred Funk – The back nine at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course
Hole #10 – Par 4 – 424 Yards
TK: Let’s talk first about how you started in golf. Who introduced you to the game, and how long did it take for you to realize it would be more than just a sport you play once or twice a month for fun?
FF: When I was 10, I caddied for my dad and I decided playing was better than caddying.
Hole #11 – Par 5 – 558 Yards
TK: You’ve been on tour for over 30 years now. When you’re not practicing or playing, what do you like to do in your free time?
FF: Because I am on the road so much I really just like being home. I go out on the boat and play and practice with my 15 year old son.
At the 2011 PGA Show I interview my buddy Simon from druh belts and buckles. Simon was unsatisfied with the available belts while playing on the European Tour, so he started his own belt line. Three years later, he’s got a successful company who has the #1 player in the world, Lee Westwood, wearing them. In the interview Simon suggests that a person near the booth should put one of his belts on in hopes to help him get laid. Ahem….