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    Tas-Tee at our first Korn Ferry Tour Event

    Tas-Tee at our first Korn Ferry Tour Event

    The most successful things in life seem to come naturally for us and this event was another example.  The week started by volunteering at our local Texas Rangers Golf Course for the upcoming Korn Ferry Tour event hosted in Arlington, Texas.  The tour swapped the nines, which was a little confusing but I’ll be referring to each hole as they were during the tournament. 

    I was personally on site for most of the course setup. I helped out w signage, filling divots, roping off the course and player registration. I met so many wonderful golf people; volunteers, caddies, security, maintenance, and of course, the pros. 

    Golf side story- While registering the players, I noticed David Lingmerth’s  name on the list. Though he walked in with his mask on, I still recognized him right away. Somewhat startled he asked, “Do I know you?” I said, “2018, TPC Sawgrass, island green on Sat. You hit your tee shot right down the walkway to my feet. I had to move so you could hit.” Before saying another word, David said, “yeah, I flubbed the chip then got up & down for bogey, I remember you!” It’s crazy how the tour pros never forget a swing. It was good to catch up w David & I’m sure we’ll see him down the road. Here’s a direct link to that backstory: 

    On Wednesday there was a pro/am conducted in the “shamble” format. We followed the Mayor of Arlington, Jeff Williams and the Athletic Director of UTA, Jim Baker and their group around the beautifully manicured Texas Rangers GC.  Thursday started the Veritex Bank Championship and most eyes were on amateur Tony Romo playing on a sponsor’s exemption. The weather was a bit cool, esp in the morning. Although the weather eventually warmed up, our hero stayed cold throughout most the week. Tony actually started his week w his best highlight; he chipped in for eagled on his first hole! Here he is teeing off the 10th hole on Thursday morning: 

    A pulled tee shot at 11 was corrected by a beautifully played second but he missed the birdie putt. A missed green at the short par 3 12th but he recovered nicely w an up & down. From there Tony struggled to score but played to the home crowd whenever he could muster a smile. Here’s his tee shot on his final hole on Thursday. 

    Friday we were able to get some golf in before the rain came but once it started, there wasn’t much we could do to get it back to playable on Friday and the 2nd round day was cancelled until 730am on Saturday. 

    Brick, the course superintendent, and his relatively small crew worked tirelessly Fri night & Sat morning to get the course back in tournament shape. Huge props goes to them for being able to pull this off, it was epic!

    Saturday I was officially assigned “Tony Romo Duty” as my volunteer position for the day. Having met Tony a few days earlier, we had some laughs as he and his caddie, Mark, made their way around the course. I was there for every single shot, mostly kept fans quiet & out of his line of sight but I also helped find his ball on the 13th hole. As we’re walking up 18th fairway he asked if I had any more of those Lime flavored tees, to which I said, of course! I went live on IG from the 18th fairway and he had a Tas-Tee in his mouth when he hit his final approach of the tournament. 


    I’ve been a fan of Tony’s for a long time, since I took my dad for his 50th bday to see Tony debut on MNF at old Cowboys Stadium in 2006. I’m a bigger fan of him now that he’s pursuing another passion, a passion we both share, golf! With a Lime flavored golf tee in his mouth as he’s giving the classic Tony Romo smile, I’d say he’s a fan of Tas-Tee as well 😉 

    Tony finished 11 over and missed the cut but several other golfers made this track look easy. Anders Albertson started low on Thursday w a 62, highlighted by an ace at the 2nd! Erik Barnes had a double eagle on 18! By Sunday the tournament had taken shape and it looked as if Theo Humphrey would clinch the trophy but it was 12year tour veteran, Tyson Alexander that shot 7 under on Sunday to earn his first victory as a pro. What a moment for Tyson and his family. We could really see how much this meant to him, Ty didn’t stop smiling! Congrats to Tyson and good luck on your golf journey. 

    see y’all April 21-24th 2022!!!

    Captain America wins The Northern Trust Open.. Again!

    Captain America wins The Northern Trust Open.. Again!

    The NYC skyline was the appropriate backdrop for the first win of the season for our PGA work horse, Patrick Reed.  After struggling through the start of his year, Pat's wife Justine had David Ledbetter have a look at Pat's swing.  A few weeks later, unimpressed with his progress, Pat took off 10 days from golf.  I know that doesn't seem like much to you and me but Pat is in the prime of his career and it was during the golf season... 10 days is an eternity to PGA Players!  After being "unplugged" from golf he started again and found the swing that led him to the Masters just over a year ago.Pat Reed wins the Northern Trust Open

    We've followed Pat and his caddie, Kessler, for quite a while and have always admired their team/family dynamic as well as the individual fire that fuels Patrick's passion for the game.  Much is mentioned, especially on social media, about Pat's college days at Georgia Tech. Stories of falsifying scores and an alleged putter theft, whether true or not, tend to sway people to dislike the guy, a guy we literally witnessed approach a quadriplegic at The Players Championship and give him a moment to remember.  No crowd, no publicity, just a Masters Champion realizing he could put a smile on someone's face.  Whether or not the college stories are true, the man and father that Pat is today can be seen by anyone just about anywhere.  We have seen Patrick step up as a PGA professional to lead charitable causes and play the game as it is meant to be played, with passion.Kessler and Patrick Reed win again

      As for his caddie Kessler, dude puts in WORK as part of Team Reed.  On Sunday at Liberty National Golf Course, Kess helped read putts and run off geese from a fairway as well as the other caddie duties.  Team Reed played fantastic throughout Sunday's final round. When they missed greens, they got up and down.  When they missed putts, the second putt was hammered into the back.  It was quite satisfying for Reed's fans, he had opportunities to get beat but Capt ain't going down like that... Way to go Team Reed and we look forward to the rest of these FedEx Cup Playoffs!

     

    2019 Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial CC

    2019 Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial CC

    Thanks to the new sponsorship, our annual PGA Tour event at Colonial CC in Fort Worth is set for at least another 10 years.  We have thoroughly enjoyed our yearly trips to this venue.  Last year we had a front row seat to watching Justin Rose take home the trophy and this year we were excited to see hometown favorites, Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer playing well on the weekend.

    Tas-Tee with Ryan Palmer at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth Texas

    We made it out for 3 days this year, starting with the ProAm on Wednesday where last year we followed and chatted with an comedy icon, Bill Murray.  No such luck this year and we were disappointed to find out the ProAm was now charging $56 for the practice day versus free every year prior.  Luckily Tas-Tee has some friends in high places and we were able to get in for free on Wednesday.

    We walked with Ryan Palmer's group at first and could see the familiarity building with our Texas native.  From there, we watched Rickie Fowler, then Kevin Kisner, then met an Instagram celebrity at the driving range, Mr. Rory Blakilroy ;)

    Tas-Tee Team with RoryBlaklroy from Instagram

    "Rory" was telling us how excited he was to meet Kevin Na and how Kevin allowed him to walk with him during the practice round and even hit a tee shot!  Well there must've been some magic in their connection because Kevin Na proceeded to win the event and capped it off by giving his caddie, Kenny, the keys to a 1973 Dodge Challenger that was fully restored and on prominent display by the Clubhouse.

    We were especially humbled by the kids from The First Tee of Fort Worth. These kids were exuberant and knowledgeable about the great game of golf because of several dedicated golf mentors, including the chaperone I met.  It was fantastic to hear that the City of Fort Worth hosts the only public school driving range and we look forward to participating with First Tee on upcoming events.

    Tas-Tee with First Tee of Fort Worth at Colonial CC

    What a week of fun! We couldn't be happier for all involved and we so look forward to next year's event.

     

    Brooks is straight Gucci bruh

    Brooks is straight Gucci bruh
    Our Tas-Tee Team is so happy for Brooks Koepka and his team for winning the PGA Championship.  Hard work and a powerful golf swing enabled Brooks to distance himself from the rest of the PGA Tour and we can't wait to see the response from the rest of the competitors.

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    Happy Birthday John Daly!

    Happy Birthday John Daly!

    Those of you that have followed our Tas-Tee story know that I became captivated with the great game of golf when I was a young man attending my first golf tournament. My dad took me to The British Open at St. Andrews and once I saw John Daly hit a golf ball, I knew my life had to involve this great game.

    John Daly landed in Scotland in 1995, a figure that was bigger than life to me as a young man growing up abroad. He had blonde hair and a huge swing. He had baggy clothes and cigarettes. He had an "intoxicating" swagger and nonchalance that I picked up on, even having never before seen anything like it in person.

    His confidence was evident with every swing, even his wayward ones.  In his practice round on Wednesday, my dad and I positioned ourselves so far down the fairway on the par 5 14th that we could barely make out the shapes of people on the tee box.  The first shape wasted little time teeing up his ball and laying into it with every ounce of energy.  I eagerly watched the fairway awaiting the ball's landing, still not knowing who could've hit it.  Two people to our left stepped back at the same time and it caught my eye, a ball bouncing through the rough right at my dad and me.  As if plucked from a fairy tale, the ball quickly lost momentum and came to a stop by my dad's left foot.  We both looked down to see a maroon razorback logo looking right back at us and I'll never forget my dad saying, "it's his!"  

    The next 10 minutes were a blur to me, I recall him walking over, shaking hands and pulling a club that could reach the green but I think I was just in shock.  What kind of game allows its' players to be accessed so closely and why did these professionals feel the need to engage with the crowd?

    Over the next 5 days I learned that golf was different than any other sport experience I'd known.  I watched Jack tee off on a par 3, then throw me his half-tee.  I saw Freddie toss a ball to a kid that would never lose it.  This game is different and in so many ways, better.  I was hooked.

    I attribute my love of the game to that British Open at St. Andrews (who could've asked for more) and the two men that made that memory a lasting one for me, my dad and John Daly.  While I have had several conversations with my dad about how much that time meant to me, I have never had the pleasure of meeting John Daly and telling him how he changed my perception of golf, and in doing so, my life.  That conversation is a life goal that I am currently pursuing.

    Having said all of that, happy 53rd birthday to a man so great, he couldn't possibly fathom the positive impact he's made on some of us.  Thanks John!

     

    holy hell, I’ve got an entity actually taking issue with the google image I put on this tiny blog years ago. I’ve removed the picture in this blog so the powers that he can proceed to make their rightful money.  So sorry.