19 Year Old Accomplished Texas Amateur Jordan Spieth Turns Pro

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 17th, 2012
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

During the HP Byron Nelson Classic last year I took the opportunity to follow Jordan Spieth.  At that time, Spieth was an amateur from Texas who was sure to be on the PGA Tour in four years.  Well, make that two years.  He’s turning pro.

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth – Photo © Tony Korologos

Spieth’s amateur career was very impressive. Here are a few of his accomplishments:

  • First team All-American at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Big 12 Player of the Year 2012
  • Led Texas Longhorns to a NCAA National Championship in 2012
  • Finalist for Ben Hogan Award, for the nations best college golfer
  • Two U.S. Junior Amateur titles (2009, 2011).  Tiger Woods the only other to win twice
  • Made the cut in 6 of 8 professional events including T21 at the 2012 U.S. Open

The future is bright for this one.  It will be fun to watch. The question will no doubt be whether or not turning pro at this point is a wise idea.  Time will tell.

Oakley Suing Rory McIlory & Nike For Breach Of Contract

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 17th, 2012
Categories: Rory McIlory

Rory McIlroyThis article on ESPN.com goes into detail about a federal law suit filed by Oakley in Santa Ana, California.  McIory’s contract is up with Oakley on 12/31/12, but they apparently have right of first refusal.  This means Oakley would have the right to match an offer, which would end up being 30% of the rumored $20-25 million per year Nike inked with McIlory.  They apparently were not given the opportunity to match.

This will be interesting to follow to say the least.

These conditions are not conducive to playing golf. Time to get the skis out.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Categories: LifeMiscellaneous

Yesterday we could see green grass here in Salt Lake, though it was quite cold.  This morning at 7:30am this is the view I had from the front porch of HOG World Headquarters:


Time to get the skis out, or head south to play golf.

First Look: Swing Tip – iPhone/Android Based Golf Swing Analysis System

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, December 14th, 2012
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf EquipmentGolf GearGolf InstructionInstructionMiscellaneousSite News

I can’t wait to test out the Swing Tip swing analysis system which arrived recently.  This system is comprised of two basic parts.  The first part is a bluetooth sensor which attaches to a golf club.  The 2nd is iOS or Android based software which receives the data and produces information about the swing, swing plane, club head speed, club face angle, impact zone and swing tempo.  The data is displayed on the phone, iPad, tablet or computer screen.

Swing Tip Golf Analysis System - click to buy

Swing Tip Golf Analysis System – click to buy

This would likely be a good golf Christmas gift, but I’ve already posted my two Christmas golf gift guides: Golf Gifts Under $30 and Golf Gifts Under $1,000,000.

It is really cold here so I may have to do some of my testing in the garage or the basement.  The “highs” are in the 40’s and the temp is dropping.  Stay tuned.


There are a couple more images in the Hooked On Golf Blog Swing Tip gallery here.

Golf On TV This Week – 5 Events

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Categories: Pro Golf

PNC Father-Son Challenge
Dates: Dec. 14-16
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes Orlando, Orlando, Fla.

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Friday 5-6 p.m. (Pro-Am Show)
Sunday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Day One Replay)
Sunday 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Day Two Replay)

NBC Airtimes (Eastern):
Saturday 4-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)

In the 18-team field: Larry Nelson, Steve Elkington, Nick Faldo, Ray Floyd, Hale Irwin, Lee Janzen, Bernhard Langer, Davis Love III, Sandy Lyle, Jack Nicklaus, Mark O’Meara, Arnold Palmer, Vijay Singh, Dave Stockton, Curtis Strange, Lee Trevino, Lanny Wadkins, Fuzzy Zoeller.

Australian PGA Championship
Dates: Dec. 12-15
Venue: Palmer Resort Coolum, Coolum Beach, Australia

Airtimes (Eastern):
Wednesday 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 6-8 a.m. (Thursday Replay)
Thursday 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live)
Friday 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)

In the field: Greg Norman, Greg Chalmers, 2008 champion Geoff Ogilvy, four-time winner Robert Allenby, 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke, Rory Sabbatini, John Senden, Marc Leishman and Brendan Jones.

Alfred Dunhill Championship
Dates: Dec. 13-16
Venue: Leopard Creek Country Club, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Friday 6:30-10:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 5:30 – 9:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 5:30 – 9:30 a.m. (Live)

In the Field: Defending champion Garth Mulroy, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, George Coetzee and Scott Jamieson.

Iskandar Johor Open
Dates: Dec. 13-16
Venue: Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 2-6 a.m. (Tape Delay) / 2-6 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 2-6 a.m. (Tape Delay) / 2-5 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-5 a.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-5 a.m. (Tape Delay) / 2-6 p.m. (Replay)

In the field: Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Michael Campbell, Thongchai Jaidee and John Daly.

The Royal Trophy
Dates: Dec. 14-16
Venue: The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Negara, Brunei

Airtimes (Eastern):
Friday 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Saturday 9:30 a.m.-Noon. (Tape Delay)
Sunday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Tape Delay)

Team Asia – Joe Ozaki (captain) leads an Asian team comprised of Y.E. Yang, Jeev Milkha Singh, K.T. Kim, Ryo Ishikawa, Liang Wen-chong, Bae Sang-moon, Yoshinori Fujimoto, Wu Ashun and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Team Europe – Jose Maria Olazabal (player captain) Nicolas Colsaerts, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Molinari, Marcel Siem and Henrik Stenson.

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