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Raleigh Orthodontist Jason Gladwell Sponsors Ravenscroft Golf Tournament

On Monday, April 23rd, 2018, the Ravenscroft Golf Classic was played at North Ridge Country Club in North Raleigh. One of the sponsors of the event was Raleigh Orthodontist Dr. Jason Gladwell.

If you are looking to play in the event in 2019 or would like to be a sponsor, you can go to this link.

It is great to see local businesses giving back to the community, especially when it comes to education. There is always a need for a little extra money at high schools, middle schools and elementary schools.

Have you participated in a charity golf tournament? Have you or your business sponsored a golf tournament and played as a twosome or foursome?

Vehicle Sponsors in Golf

We all know that Mercedes, BMW and Audi are vying for sales when it comes to luxury vehicles. They also know that millions of people are watching and playing the game of golf therefore a large sponsorship is often worth it. Last week, at the BMW Championship in Chicago, all the players and announcers had the opportunity to drive around in brand new 2018 BMW models. This means BMW had about 100 new vehicles being test driven around the city of Chicago.

So, is it worth it? While luxury brands are pushing to the higher income customer brands like Honda are pushing first time car buyer discounts. It is amazing to see how these different marketing strategies are executed. We rarely see national TV commercials for Honda, Toyota, Ford and Chevy during golf tournaments. That said, we see a ton of those commercials during college football, NFL football and NASCAR.

Does seeing a brand new Mercedes or BMW driven by a PGA Tour professional make you want to go out and buy one? Does the fact that these golf championships are named after luxury car makers change your vehicle buying decision. Would you rather go get a Ford F150 and spend $50,000 or a BMW 3 series and spend $40,000?

At the end of the year, the luxury brands have to decide where to put their marketing dollars. Golf is obviously one of the best places to do so as they keep coming back for me.

Santa Barbara Golf Club Fight to Cure Blindness Tournament

On Saturday, May 20, 2017 over 100 golfers played a round at Santa Barbara Golf Club for a great cause. The event was hosted by Eye and Vision Care and the proceeds went to The California Project to Cure Blindness. The research is being completed at UC Santa Barbara.

A team of scientists are using stem cells to develop ground breaking treatments for diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Some of the participants of this event included vision impaired and blind golfers.

On one of the holes players were blindfolded showing just how hard it is to play golf with impaired vision. Six years ago this golf tournament started with just 24 golfers. In 2017, over 130 participants were signed up.

Anyone that has played golf that has less than stellar vision understands just how difficult the game can be. The importance of knowing distances and sitting the ball before it is hit can determine the success or failure of any golfer. Over the years, more and more golfers have elected to get LASIK eye surgery in hopes of improving their overall experience. In fact, Tiger Woods received LASIK eye surgery at a young age.

Hopefully, more and more country clubs and golf clubs host tournaments in which the proceeds will benefit research to cure blindness. As a golfer with very poor vision, I would be more than willing to donate my fair share to research.

How to Run a Member Member Tournament Calcutta

Over the last several years, my country club has not had a Calcutta for the Member Member or Fall Classic ye there was a huge Calcutta for the Member Guest. This year, I took it over myself as I want to up the ante when it comes to bragging rights at my country club. There were a few things I had to consider when setting up and running this years Calcutta.

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Are You a Good Member-Member Partner?

The Hasentree Spring Member-Member is coming up this weekend and all the guys are making their predictions as to who will win what flight. Obviously, part of it is luck but a large part of country club tournament golf is how well you play with your partner. I have been asked many times, “What does it take to be a good, or great, member-member partner?”

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Best Masters Pick a Pro Tournament Setup

The 2016 Masters Tournament is just around the corner as diehard fans are making their way to Augusta right now. Those that will not be watching the pros in Augusta will likely be playing in some type of Masters Pick a Pro tournament this weekend. There are a number of different ways these tournaments can be played. Here are some options:

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Will Jason Day, Jordan Speith or Rickie Fowler Win the 2016 Masters?

We may get to see one of the most exciting Masters tournaments in recent memory in less than a week. Jason Day is back to playing at the top of his game. Adam Scott has already won twice this year. Phil Mickelson has the lowest scoring average on tour. Rory McIlroy is seeking the career grand slam. Jordan Speith reached 20 under last year. Bubba Watson has won at Augusta the last two even years. I could go on and on.

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Can Jim Harman Make the Cut at the 2016 Masters?

Umm, no.

Jim Harman won the Shell Houston Open the week prior to the 2016 Masters but it is a completely different type of tournament – especially the putting. Jim Harman won a tournament that was championship bermuda and Augusta National is bentgrass.

In my opinion, Jim Harman won’t even come close to making the cut at Augusta National next week.

Do you think he has a chance to make the cut? Will he be under par at any point after the first round?

Hyundai Tournament of Champions 2015 Predictions

While the official 2015 FedEx Cup PGA Tour Season started in late 2014 the Calendar Year season will begin in Kapalua, Hawaii this week. On Thursday, January 8th, 2015 the PGA Tour pros will tee off at Kapalua Resort. This is the first time many have teed it up since October or November. For diehard golf fans, it will be fun to watch some of the big hitters drill the ball at the courses in Hawaii.


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Hero World Challenge 2014 Round 4 Sunday Live Blog

Per the usual, expect the timestamps all over the place as I am watching the DVR of the final round. I will, most likely, only blog about Tiger as I know Jordan Spieth ran away with it.

8:18 – I am going to head over to the Chargers vs Patriots December 2014 Live Blog now. I will finish this one at another time.

8:11 – Tiger is just left of the hole in two on a par 5. He hit the fairway again. Not a bad place to be if he were chipping normally. This week, he could take a double bogey from there. He hits a good chip and will tap in for his first birdie of the day. For those wondering, he has a new red Nike polo that has quite a bit of black on the front. There is also a vertical black stripe down the back. Not a bad looking polo. I am sure it will be like $85 or $100 at Golf Galaxy, Golfsmith or Dick’s Sporting Goods this winter.

8:09 – Does anyone else think Jordan Spieth looks like a young Steve Stricker?

8:05 – Tiger has a 30 footer for birdie after hitting the fairway and getting to the green in regulation. He will walk away with a par on the 6th hole. He has a par 5 coming up.

7:57 – Tiger hits a cut with a 5 wood off the tee at 6. His tee box play has been quite impressive the entire tournament.

7:51 – The par 3 5th here for Tiger. He is playing it 191 yards with a dead straight ball. This will be a good chance for a birdie. Wow, Tiger had an uphill putt that was left to right and he missed it to take a par.

7:48 – Tiger curls it in and gets a double sandy. Nice sand save for Tiger on the 4th hole.

7:47 – Rickie Fowler is staying with Bubba Watson as his Isleworth home this week. He and Bubba are playing together in the final round. These two are great friends.

7:46 – Tiger actually hits his drive in the bucker. He has 173 yards in and hits it into another bunker. He could get a double sandy if he can get up and down from the greenside bunker.

7:43 – Frank Nobilo and Terry Gannon are wearing the red golf shirts for the final round. I like it.

7:41 – Tiger hits a driver off 4 tee here. Swing looks great. Easily carried the bunkers but is in the rough. He swing isn’t going all the way to parallel so we will watch that in the 4th round of this tournament.

7:40 – Ok, we know Tiger is not going to win this one but it should be fun to watch his swing progress. Tiger is with Steve Stricker so he is already smiling. Hopefully he can stay happy this round.

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