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!!!
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.
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.
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!