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2018 Tour Championship Third Round Live Blog

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6:20 – Tiger cards a par on 18 and will have a three shot lead going into the final round. He will be playing with Rory McIlroy. I will be interested to see his reaction when Rory bombs a 350 yard drive 40 yards past him. Tomorrow will be fun.

6:13 – Tiger rips another one down the fairway. Looks likely that it could be Tiger and Rory in the final group. Tiger will have a four shot lead going into the final round if he can birdie 18.

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2018 Tour Championship Second Round Live Blog

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5:54 – Tiger gives it a run but it slides by. He will finish with a total of -7; tied with Rose. They will tee off last tomorrow.

5:44 – Tiger destroys one down the middle of the fairway on 18. He will have around 220 in. Rickie hits his a little left and gets held up by the rough. Rickie will likely need to lay up. Rose birdies 18 so he finishes at -7. Tiger needs a birdie on 18 to tie Rose. Tiger hits a good shot and will have about a 20 footer uphill for eagle. That would give him the lead alone at -8.

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2018 Tour Championship First Round Live Blog

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4:30 – Tiger gives a great interview with Steve Sands in which he thanks the fans for their encouragement. The ratings for the Golf Channel are about to drop precipitously now that Tiger is off the course. I will be tuning out myself. Until tomorrow.

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BMW Championship Final Round Live Blog

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2:39 – Rose misses his first putt inside of 5 feet all tournament. Keegan Bradley wins in the playoff. Justin Rose goes to #1 in the World Golf Rankings but is not happy to lose that way. He hit the lip on two straight putts to lose. The putt in the playoffs was a very poor putt though.

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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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