Scary Halloween Golf Tournament Format

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Categories: GolfMiscellaneous
Toilet golf

What a crappy pin placement! – click to magnify

As club president of my men’s association for 6-7 years, one of the best legacies I left on the club was the annual Halloween “Hell Day” tournament.  Other clubs call them different names like “Monster Mash,” or “Halloween Horror Tournament.”

The Format

In the Hell Day format we set the golf course up in the most crazy and difficult way possible.  We put the tees on sideslopes, behind trees, on roads, on the driving range mats… any devilish position we can think of.  We introduce odd rules, like having to hit pumpkins in the fairway, or having to knock a ball into a greenside bunker before one can hit it onto the green.

On the greens we have a lot of fun.  We put pumpkins in the fall line around the hole and call them rub of the green.  Can’t move them.  We put the pins in the absolute worst possible place, like on a severe slope at the edge of the green where a missed putt might roll away 40 feet or perhaps off the green into a bunker.


Perhaps even better than the tournament format itself, is the trophy my club awards.

Halloween Trophy

I want this trophy bad! Love the skulls. Click to zoom.

The Hell Day trophy has a skull or skulls on it like this really cool one above from the 2012 Hell Day putting contest.  I missed taking this baby home by one stroke. Maybe next year…

Meet my new son!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, October 29th, 2012
Categories: Life

It is time for some big news, counter to the early slogan of Hooked On Golf Blog, “golf, life. In that order.”  In today’s case it is “life, golf. In that order.”

I’m happy to announce that last night my lovely lass gave birth to our son “Seve.”

“Drive for show. Putt for dough, son.”

Yes, the name is inspired by the golf great Seve Ballesteros.  Unlike Mr. Ballesteros though, Seve is his full name and not an abbreviation of Severino.


Weight: 8 pounds, 6 ounces
Length: 22 inches
Date of birth: October 28, 2012
Time of birth: 6:24 p.m.
Club head speed: 126MPH
Ball speed: 212MPH
Launch angle: 8.7 degrees

Golf Gadget Review: KP Golf Measuring Tape

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, October 26th, 2012
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews
KP Golf Tape

KP Golf Tape in action – click to magnify

I play with two groups of golfers who have a “greenie” game.  Greenies are awarded to the player who is closest to the pin, usually on par-3’s or in the case of one of my groups on every hole.  Greenies are worth a buck in this group, but with carryovers they can add up.  So there have been some intense times when there’s a four hole greenie carryover and there’s a dispute as to who is really closer.  We’re talking big money here, $16 to the winner.

Now that I have a KP Golf Tape in the bag, those disputes are resolved perfectly and without any doubt.  KP Golf Tape is a 100 foot long measuring tape designed and built for golf.  Let’s take a look.

KP Golf Tape Features

  • Tape clip clamps around the flagstick and rotates 360 degrees.  One person can operate it.
  • Clip stays above the cup, eliminating any possible damage to the green.
  • Tape is 100 feet long. I walked it off to find out, then realized it said 100FT on the darn casing!  Duh.
  • Retractable handle extends to roll tape back up easily.
  • Made in the USA, so it will not fall apart like cheap golf junk from China.
  • All metal parts are stainless steel.
KP Golf Measuring Tape

KP Golf Tape – click to zoom


Like I mentioned, KP Golf Tape is great for measuring greenies.

The tape would make great use for golf course officials who need to determine who is away in match play.  While the USGA was here in town for the Amateur Public Links, I watched many USGA officials fuddling with regular tape measures and asking for someone to help out and hold the tape measure to the cup or stick.  That mess would be rectified easily with a KP Golf Tape unit.

Another usage is for practice drills.  One could use the tape to put tees or markers in a green at a certain distance from a pin.

With the clamp’s ability to rotate around the hole, a circle could be easily painted for competitions with the help of the KP Golf Tape.

KP Golf Tape

Clamps on flagstick – click to zoom


KP Golf Tape is a super solid unit.  Very well built.  At $49.95 it is an investment, but it will probably last longer than the investor.  If you or your organization finds the need for measurements around the green, KP Golf Tape is the ticket.


Hooked On Golf Blog KP Golf Tape photos

KP Golf Tape website

Shark hits golf course. Not Greg Norman. It fell from the sky.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Categories: Miscellaneous

Thanks to my friend Mary A for pointing out this interesting golf news nugget.  At San Juan Hills Golf Club in southern California a 2-foot long leopard shark fell from the sky near the 12th tee box.  It was still alive, but had some blood and puncture wounds near its dorsal fin, likely from the talons of a large predatory bird.

The course marshal and course employees rushed the shark back to the Pacific Ocean and kept it alive with makeshift salt water.

More details on the falling shark here.

Golf On TV This Week – Rory McIlory, Tiger Woods and many other big names in action around the world

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourLPGA TourPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Tour

PGA Tour LogoAsian Tour/PGA Tour

CIMB Classic
Dates: Oct. 25-28
Venue: The MINES Resort & Golf Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday Midnight-4 a.m. (Live, Wednesday night) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Friday Midnight-4 a.m. (Live, Thursday night) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Saturday Midnight-4 a.m. (Live, Friday night) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Sunday Midnight-4 a.m. (Live, Saturday night) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

In the field:
Tiger Woods, Jason Dufner, Nick Watney, defending champion Bo Van Pelt, Robert Garrigus, Ben Crane, Bill Haas, Pat Perez, J.B. Holmes, Martin Laird, John Senden, John Huh, Jeff Overton, Trevor Immelman, Kyle Stanley, Sean O’Hair, Ryan Palmer and Kevin Na. Tour Tour Tour Championship
Dates: Oct. 25-28
Venue: TPC Craig Ranch, McKinney, Texas

Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)


Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship
Dates: Oct. 25-28
Venue: Sunrise Golf & Country Club, Yang Mei, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 1-3 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Friday 1-3 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Saturday 1-3 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Tape Delay)

In The Field:
Yani Tseng, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer, Ai Miyazato, Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen, Morgan Pressel, Jiyai Shin, Na Yeon Choi, Inbee Park, Azahara Munoz, Christie Kerr, Beatriz Recari, So Yeon Rye, Sandra Gal and Jessica Korda.

Champions Tour

AT&T Championship

Oct. 26-28
Venue: AT&T Canyons Course, TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Airtimes (Eastern):
Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Saturday 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)

In The Field:
Tom Lehman, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, Mark Calcavecchia, Fred Funk, John Cook, Jay Haas, Mark O’Meara, Kenny Perry, Michael Allen, Jay Don Blake, Tom Kite, Russ Cochran, Willie Wood, Peter Senior, David Frost and Craig Stadler.

European Tour Logo - GolfEuropean Tour

BMW Masters
Dates: Oct. 25-28
Venue: Lake Malaren Golf Club, Shanghai, China

Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Tape Delay)

In The Field:
Rory McIlory

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