Archive for April, 2016

Junior Golf: The Masters

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we take a look at the men’s 1st major championship of the year and play starts tomorrow. Just to show you how nearly everybody in the world of golf is trying to tie in to The Masters, here are some examples of what’s available this week. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)img_0102-1

1st and foremost, record the golf and the related talk shows like the Golf Channel’s Live From The Masters which airs all week long from Augusta National Golf Club. These “Live From” shows are great with amazing interviews and insights that your son can’t get anywhere else. If you don’t have a TiVo or some sort of recorder for your tv, please consider adding 1 to your tv provider package. Yes, I know it’s extra money, but if you and your son are serious about junior golf, this should be part of your budget. And yes, you need to get a tv package that includes The Golf Channel.

We have used DirecTV for years and they are a superior provider. For the majors they air extra broadcast channels and for The Masters it’s channels 701-705, showing featured holes, featured groups, etc., great stuff! ESPN, DirecTV channel 206, airs the tournament on Thursday and Friday starting at 2:00pm central time. Then CBS, DirecTV channel 5 here in San Antonio, airs it Saturday and Sunday also starting at 2:00pm central time. For Sunday, the final round, always records at least 2 hours extra after the end of scheduled broadcast time to capture any playoffs or just overrunning of time. This happens more often than you would expect.image

Just about every golf entity is relating their week’s activities to The Masters, and why wouldn’t they, certainly we are doing it here. Golf World, Golf Digest and the other big golf media companies are loaded with posts and featured articles about this tournament. Some are historical, some are current events and some are barely filler material, but all are worth at least a glance. Your son can get a grasp on some of the great moments in golf history and you can enjoy learning these things together. Quality time. This fires most kids up! S3 would be ready to get in the car and leave right now to go watch in person! It’s good for your Junior golfer to be excited about his sport. (image wplgroup.com)

Future Champions Golf in California is offering some discounts for event sign-ups when you do it through April 10, relating to The Masters. Big golf retailer Golfsmith is having a Par 3 Sale relating to the famous Masters Par 3 event. GolfNow also is using Masters references in their ads and emails promoting their discounted green fees. Masters mania is everywhere this week and you might take advantage of some of these specials and save a few bucks. Enjoy!

See you on #1 tee ready for a major round of golf… Sam

Junior Golf: The Majors

In this Friday Flop Shot we will introduce you and your son to The Majors, the men’s major golf championships. Yes, The Houston Open is in progress and it’s an excellent tournament but for today’s purpose, it is the event the week before the 1st major of the year. (photo offcoursegolf.com)image

What are “major championships”? Well, they are rare since there are only 4 men’s majors in a year. They are prestigious as each major has its own strict qualifications to be able to enter. You don’t just go sign up. They are also prestigious because every course is set up to be a rigid test of a professional golfer’s skills. So the courses are tough. They are prestigious because they have a mental pressure far greater than a regular PGA tour stop. They are difficult to finish out to win because frankly the thought of being in a position to win a major can blow a player’s mind. So they are 1 of the ultimate mental tests. And of course winning a major puts a golfer into the extremely rare air of a very elite status. Winning majors and how many a golfer has won is how the greatest golfers are measured. And a professional golfer with no majors won will find it difficult, if not impossible to get into the World Golf Hall of Fame, in fact it may be that 2 major victories are now required to be considered for induction.image

The 1st major is The Masters, played at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, starting Monday. It is unique among the majors because it is played at the same course every year. Previous champions have an advantage and it’s not uncommon to win this event more than once. Of course the pro must get that 1st Master’s win. (wghof photo by golfscene.ca)

The 2nd major each year is The U S Open, to be played this year at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania near Pittsburg, June 13-19. The US Open is also commonly called the US National Championship since amateurs as well as pros can qualify to enter. It changes courses every year but a number of sites have hosted more than 1 US Open. This is another tough event folks as testified by Oakmont Country Club regarded as perhaps the most difficult golf course in America is hosting its record 9th US Open. Now that’s impressive and it shows you the USGA, who runs the US Open, isn’t kidding around when it crowns a national champion!

The 3rd major of the year is The Open Championship, formerly called The British Open. 14 different courses have hosted this event. This year the 145th version of The Open Championship will be played at Royal Troon on the rugged awe-inspiring coastline of the West of Scotland, July 10-17. And since Scotland is the birthplace of golf, winning The Open Championship has a prestige and historical significance all it’s own. Also, the winner is called The Champion Golfer of The Year, which sounds really cool!

The 4th and final major is the PGA Championship which this year will be held at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, July 25-31. Since the PGA Championship’s inception in 1916, Baltusrol is 1 of the very few courses to host this event more than once. This tournament is unique in that only PGA professionals are eligible to enter. And there are entry slots available for PGA pros who are not on the tour. No amateurs.

See you on #1 tee looking ready for a major win… Sam

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