I’ve been in a blog break since the 22nd. This is the longest break I’ve taken, 7 days. I was going to be on blogbattical until the new year but I just can’t stay away.
On Christmas day, three buddies and I got together for the 3rd Annual Christmas Classic. This tournament takes place on the par-3 18th hole at River Oaks in Sandy, Utah. We each hit 12 balls, the 12 balls of Christmas. The closest to the pin is the champion for the year.
A few days ago I mentioned that an item arrived which got a reaction from me I’ve never experienced before. I had goose bumps. That item was a hand drawn commemorative scoreboard from my new pal Casey Jones at Casey Jones Golf.
Casey Jones scoreboard
A while back I sent in the details for my personal proudest moment in golf to Casey. That moment was my club championship in 2005. The club champ was a year long match play competition, single elimination. Lose one match and you are done for the year. Talk about pressure.
Casey took my data and created a beautiful commemorative scoreboard by hand. The scoreboard shows my hole by hole score, the status of the match and some other great info. That round of 70 under pressure is without a doubt my best round of golf, though I’ve shot lower scores. The scoreboard is framed up in a great looking frame.
This is one I’m happy to see up on my wall. I liked my scoreboard so much, it even bumped my favorite image of Bobby Jones to a different location. If something bumps Bobby Jones, that is a big deal.
Proudest moments preserved
A club championship is just one example of a possible candidate for a Casey Jones creation. Many other events would be great for having Casey work his magic:
• Hole in one round
• Lowest round
• First time you break 100, 90, 80, 70…
• A round at a famous course, like St. Andrews or Pebble Beach
I have several things in common with Padraig Harringon. We both have great golf swings (Padraig’s is perhaps slightly better than mine), we’re both damn handsome (I may have the advantage on that one), and we’ve both had Casey create commemorative scoreboards for us. Casey made a scoreboard for Padraig’s four winning rounds at the 2008 British Open Championship (image right). …and what a win that was.
Other famous clients for Casey include Adam Scott, Stewart Cink and Charles Howell III.
Casey has some serious talent. Casey has a gift. Man, even the address on the shipping label, written by Casey, is super cool looking.
I’ve received hundreds of golf products to evaluate over the last four years I’ve been golf blogging, and this may be THE coolest one yet. You can get a trophy at any old trophy shop, but you can only get something this cool from one guy, Casey Jones.
Tiger Woods’ caddie Steve Williams has been “dealt with” by Tiger regarding some inappropriate comments he made about Phil Mickelson. At a charity event, Williams made the following comment:
“I wouldn’t call Mickelson a great player … ‘cause I hate the prick.”
I’d say this is about the most obvious case of “pot calling the kettle black” I’ve ever seen.
The next day Williams told a newspaper that he was simply being honest:
“I was simply honest and said they (Mickelson and Woods) don’t get along. You know what it’s like. You’re at a charity event and you have a bit of fun. I don’t particularly like the guy (Mickelson) myself. He pays me no respect at all and hence I don’t pay him any respect. It’s no secret we don’t get along either.”
Well Steve, respect is earned. And comments like that are certainly not the way to earn respect.
Phil responded with a super classy and wise statement:
“After seeing Steve Williams’ comments, all I could think of was how lucky I am to have a class act like (caddie) Bones (Jim Mackay) on my bag and representing me.”
Back on February 14th 2006 I played a great match with my pal Luke Swilor. During that round we spotted an odd thing on the fairway, a porno dvd case. That was birth, and episode #1 of “Random stuff you find on the course.”
This past week I’ve stumbled across two items which have been submitted to the HOG Random stuff you find on the course archive. And, I’ve now created a sub gallery in the HOG Random photo gallery, Random Stuff You Find On The Course. Feel free to send me in images of odd things you find on your course.
Item one: The giant cookie
I feel sorry for the poor chap who bought this $3.00 cookie the size of a 10″ plate. He took two bites out of it and left it on the 7th tee. I’m sorry because:
A) He forgot the cookie and missed out on all the joy of eating it while walking down the 7th fairway.
B) The cookie sucked so bad he left it there.
Item two: Soiled underwear
Kudos to my friend Dan, who spotted this pair of soiled undies in the rough, right of #16 fairway last week.
What is the story behind these undies? What event occurred which caused someone to discard these undies? Was a guy golfing and had to discard them following an accident? Was a couple messing around on the green and had to take off when discovered?