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2013 Year in Review – Part Uno

2013 was quite a year for Hooked On Golf Blog and me, Tony Korologos. This article is part one of two (part two tomorrow), looking back at 2013 from at HOG viewpoint.

Rory McIlroy NikeJanuary

Ah the beginning of a new year and the hopes that my short game would improve. There’s always 2014…

Rory McIlory switched to Nike Golf. Personal issues, business issues, and perhaps the equipment switch would contribute to a less-than-satisfying year on the course for Rory.

Attended the PGA Show for the billionth time. Orlando hates me and my body. Had a great time seeing the new gear, meeting old golf friends and battling in the Battle of the Golf Blogs.

Mike and Kevin Foley & MeFebruary

February I posted a bunch of golf videos from the PGA Merchandise Show.

Asher Golf’s James Roundy, a local friend, passed. Sad.

The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour traveled to Bogota, Colombia. What a fantastic trip! I got to play golf with Web.com Tour star Kevin Foley in the Web.com Tour Colombia Championship Pro-Am. Kevin would later gain his PGA Tour card for 2014! He must have learned from my dual chicken wing granny over the top swing.

La Cima Club de Golf - Click to enlarge

March

While in Colombia I played golf at La Cima Golf Course, 10,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains. Wow. Ball go far.

Met Web.com Tour player Dusty Fielding. Nice kid.

A fun blog post was “Filtering Out the Noise: Golf Social Networking’s Top 10 Overused Status Updates.

I reviewed the Cobra Amp Cell driver.

Cobra Amp Cell Irons - click for more

April

Bubba’s Hover was the video rage. Bubba Watson released a golf cart hovercraft!

Of course, April is Masters month. Not a month is busier for me or HOG. Lots of Masters related articles. Adam Scott won the Masters in dramatic fashion. Angel Cabrera hit what I consider the shot of the year with his approach on the final hole to about two feet. That shot resulted in a birdie to tie Adam Scott and force a playoff.

I reviewed the Cobra Amp Cell irons.

Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip Golf Shoes - click to see more

May

Ecco Golf came out with hybrid wingtip shoes. Some of the coolest crossover shoes ever.

Tiger Woods won THE PLAYERS (always write “The Players” in ALL CAPS, it is what they do). Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods had a little tiff which the media went into a feeding frenzy over. Sergio eventually apologized for some not-so-nice comments.

HOG poll results told us that Delta Airlines is the worst airline for golf travel.

Good thing Adam Scott won the Masters when he did. The USGA and R&A announced the ban on anchored golf clubs, beginning January 1st, 2016. Bye bye belly.

Eric/Tom sent in some great fan mail, calling me an “asshole who sucks at golf and couldn’t break 100” all because of a golf bag I reviewed. Thanks Eric/Tom!

I fell down a volcano and suffered volcanic road rash. Thankfully my Nikon survived.

Sand BagJune

I played in the Salt Lake Amateur golf tournament. I was right in the mix through 27 holes until my back went out on the 10th tee.  I finished, but the last nine was not pretty. Bugger. Kill me.

HOG readers voted Southwest Airlines as the best airline for golf travel by a landslide.

I reviewed a very cool book: An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course.

Posted an article on golf CHEATERS. That’s what sandbaggers are.

Justin Rose won the U.S. Open in amazing fashion. That was one of the best ball striking displays I’ve ever seen.

On June 30, I boarded an airplane bound for St. Andrews, Scotland.


Local Utahn Tony Finau Gains Web.com Tour Exemption

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Categories: Pro GolfWeb.com Tour
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Tony Finau with Bud Cauley in the background – 2011 Web.com Utah Championship

The Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament finished today.  Six grueling rounds of high pressure golf at PGA West Stadium Course to see who gets their 2014 tour cards for the Web.com.

I’m happy to report that a local named Tony (not me unfortunately) finished T3 and has earned an exemption, good until the third reshuffle of the 2014 season, which occurs after 12th event.  You may recognize Tony Finau from an appearance on Golf Channel’s Big Break Disney or a couple of Tour events.

This is a huge deal for him.  It will be fun to see how Tony does.  Looking forward to watching his (hopeful) progression onto the PGA Tour.


Golf Apparel Review: Dunning Golf Stretch Thermal 1/4-Zip

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, October 18th, 2013
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf GearGolf LifeGolf LifestyleReviewsWeb.com Tour
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Dunning Stretch Thermal 1/4-Zip Pullover

Dunning Stretch Thermal 1/4-Zip Pullover – click to zoom

When the Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour was in Bogota, Colombia earlier this year, I had the great opportunity to play a round of golf with Kevin Foley.  Kevin had just won the Panama Championship the week before on the Web.com Tour.  That win would help propel Kevin to attaining a 2014 PGA Tour card.

During that round I couldn’t help notice the fantastic apparel setup Kevin was sporting.  I saw the Dunning label on the trousers and wasn’t familiar with the brand at that time.  A few months later, now that I’m becoming familiar with the line, Dunning is in the running (so to speak) to be my favorite apparel company. Read on for another reason why.

Stretch Thermal 1/4-Zip

I’m reviewing Dunning’s Stretch Thermal 1/4-Zip product.  This is a beautiful garment.  The photos can’t do it justice.  This pullover is meant for insulation but still provides breathability.  The 1/4-Zip is perfect for fall golf in north america.  Right now a bit of insulation and protection from the cold and wind is needed.

Specs

The 1/4-Zip is made from 88% polyester and 12% spandex.  Thank goodness.  No cotton.  Not a fan of cotton with the wrinkles, shrinking and such.  With a spandex/poly combo, we’re talking very little care required and ironing only if needed.  I haven’t needed to yet.

The pullover has a drawstring waist which helps to seal out the cold as well as keep it out of the way of the golf swing.  In my case, sometimes outerwear gets in the way of my putting stroke because I bend over quite a bit.  The 1/4-Zip allows me to bury my opponents with my deadly putting without worrying about the putter snagging or the garment resisting.

The sleeves are a trimmer fit too, to aid in playability.

Dunning Golf

“I’ll get the stick, and I’ll enjoy holding it since I’m so warm and comfortable in my Dunning pullover!”

Sizes/Colors

The Dunning Stretch Thermal 1/4-Zip comes in six colors: Reef (pictured), Black, Charcoal, Halo, White, Zephyr.

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large, Double Extra Large.

On The Course – On The Town

Playing golf with the 1/4-Zip is a breeze, and it keeps the breeze from cooling me off too much. The full game from tee to green is a pleasure.  No binding, pulling…zero restriction.

I love wearing the Stretch Thermal around town too.  Anything from driving to chilling out at a local establishment enjoying frosty beverages.

Conclusion

I’m a big Dunning Golf fan in the early stages of addiction…

The Stretch Thermal performs perfectly on the course, yet is nice enough to wear in the clubhouse, and I’m talking about the fancy restaurant, not just the cafe.

Related Links

Hooked On Golf Blog Dunning Photos

Dunning Stretch Pique Multi Strip Polo Review

Dunning Golf Website

 


Golf on TV This Week – BMW Championship – FedEx Cup Playoffs 3rd Round

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Categories: European TourLPGA TourPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger WoodsWeb.com Tour
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BMW ChampionshipPGA Tour
BMW Championship – 3rd FedEx Cup Playoff Event
Dates: Sept. 12-15
Venue: Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, Ill.

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (NBC Replay)
Sunday Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (NBC Replay)

NBC Airtimes (Eastern)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 1:30-6 p.m. (Live)Evian Championship

LPGA TourLPGA Tour
Evian Championship
Dates: Sept. 12-15
Venue: Route du Golf. The Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 6:30-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 8:30 a.m.-Noon (Tape Delay) / 9-11 p.m. (Replay)

NBC Airtimes (Eastern)
Sunday Noon-1:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)

Web.com Tour LogoWeb.com Tour – 3rd Playoff Event
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
Dates: Sept. 12-15
Venue: The Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Saturday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday 7-9 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 5-7 a.m. (Replay)

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KLM Open
Dates: Sept. 12-15
Venue: Kennemer Golf & Country Club, Zandvoort, Netherlands

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Friday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday 2-6 a.m. (Tape Delay)
Monday 2:30-5 a.m. (Tape Delay)


PGA Championship Network TV Schedule & Interactive DirecTV Experience

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Categories: Champions TourFedEx CupPGA ChampionshipPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger WoodsWeb.com Tour

2013 PGA ChampionshipBelow is the regular network TV coverage of the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill:

Thu, Aug 08 TNT 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Fri, Aug 09 TNT 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Sat, Aug 10 TNT 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
Sat, Aug 10 CBS 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Sun, Aug 11 TNT 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
Sun, Aug 11 CBS 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
All times eastern.

In addition to the regular network coverage, DirecTV has some great interactive coverage like featured groups and live coverage of all par-3 holes. See the press release below:

The PGA Championship Experience Only on DIRECTV

Golf fans will have one last shot at in-depth, expanded TV coverage of a Major this year when DIRECTV’s 2013 PGA Championship Experience begins four-cell Mix Channel coverage of all the action at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. Aug. 8-11.

DIRECTV’s exclusive Mix Channel (Ch. 701) coverage of the last of the four majors this year will feature the main broadcast from TNT or CBS (Ch. 702); a featured group channel (703); a dedicated channel for par 3 holes on the Oak Hill Country Club East course (704); and a PGA Championship In Depth channel (705). They can all be watched at the same time or selected and tuned to full screen. The service is all in HD and free of charge to customers.

Viewers can also use interactive features forreal time updates by pressing the red button on their remote while watching any of the PGA Championship channels to see: Leaderboard ­ for information on all golfers in the field; Scorecard – hole by hole stats for each player, including driving distance, fairways hit; and Top Five Leaders ­ a quick view of the real-time scores of the top five players. For more information visit www.directv.com/golf<http://www.directv.com/golf>


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