Apr 1, 2015

What Size Is A Winner? Masters Champions Come in Many Sizes.

Professional golfers come in an impressive array of shapes and sizes. 

One need only look at the men who've won The Masters to see the disparity:20th Century extremes were 6'6" George Archer, the
1965 champion, and 5'4" Ian Woosnam, who donned his green jacket in 1991.

The size disparity hasn't been quite so massive in recent years, but there's been a fair amount of variation. 

Modern Masters champions range from the diminutive to the statuesque... with a bit of portly thrown in for good measure. 

And speaking of measureHave you ever wondered how a perfectly sized green jacket always manages to be available to the winner... almost the minute he sinks his winning putt?  Well wonder no more, Brent Kelley at About Sports has the answer to that and other pressing green jacket questions. 

So how do you measure up when it comes to golfers and their green jackets? Can you accurately size up the 21st Century Masters champions? Why not test your skill with my little match game above. 

The answers can be found on this brilliant interactive Masters infographic created by our partners at Ticket City. Enjoy the challenge.

Mar 28, 2015

Women in Green Jackets - How to Master an Augusta-Inspired Look

Some years ago, golf writer Doug Ferguson posted one of the first photos of Condoleezza Rice in her green jacket. The accompanying tweet read, "Condi looking rather dapper in green."

I don't think there are many women out there... and correct me if I'm wrong... who'd take kindly to being called dapper. To me it's a word you'd use to a describe stylish elderly gentleman, and quite frankly the basic green jacket that corresponds to Augusta National and the Masters is somewhat boxy and quite masculine looking.

That said, there are many other ways to wear a green jacket, and with a bit of inspiration from Pinterest and Tumbler it shouldn't be hard to come up with something more stylish. However, if you're heading to Augusta National in your emerald frock, you'll probably want to adhere to the tenants of a not-overly-sexy, not-in-any-way sloppy, golf casual aesthetic. This basic dress code leaves plenty of room for sartorial creativity and will ensure that you avoid unwelcome consternation on the part of more traditional patrons.

Mar 26, 2015

A Timely Auction of Masters Memorabilia and Vintage Golf Collectibles

The month of March is on the wane and Masters week is fast approaching.  A select group of golf fans will soon be heading to Augusta, while many others look forward to viewing parties and local Masters events... or maybe just a relaxing weekend on the couch, taking in televised views of lush green fairways and trying out the occasional introspective Jim Nantz impression.

The social networks are alive with Masters chatter as final plans are being made, and desperate fans look for a last minute ticket... or two.  And with all this anticipation of the imminent April orgy of azaleas and undulating greens, the timing is perfectly optimal for a golf auction.

As specialists in the authentication, appraisal and auctioning of golf antiques and collectibles this would clearly be a moment for Green Jacket Auctions to shine, and to that end an auction of amazing golf memorabilia went live there yesterday and will run through April 11.

Just a few of the fabulous... and curious... items on the block in the current Green Jacket Auction are: an original Augusta National club member's green jacket, rare Masters programs from golf's golden age and a selection of highly collectible, multi-chromatic Masters Badges... the ones that sometimes festoon the hats of longtime patrons.

Several months ago I wrote about Green Jacket Auctions in reference to a whimsical tee marker I missed out on. This time I have my eye on something which I will not name (why draw attention/competition to my coveted... item) suffice to say it will be perfect in my garden, and I intend to win it.

I'll definitely be keeping up with the bidding from Augusta, where I'll be spending a few days. I've just got to remember not to let any old golf tournaments distract me too much.

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Mar 17, 2015

In Town & On Course With A Marvelous, Multi-Tasking Little Black Dress

 The LBD, a staple in the city, can work just as well on the golf course. This one from TheDailyLook is a perfect multi-tasker.

Here in New England, we're finally emerging from what seemed like an interminable winter, and for most of us frost-bitten Yankees, Spring can't come quickly enough.  

In fact, I'm guessing there'll be a record number of northerners taking Spring Breaks over the next several weeks as even the most die-hard snow bunnies seek to enjoy a prelude to the kind of balmy days and blossoming landscapes that won't grace our region till the end of April. If we're lucky.

For readers of this publication, golf may well be part of the incentive to head south for an avant goût of warmer climes.  If it is... and if you're anything like me... you're probably pondering over ways you can keep your baggage at a minimum, because who needs the inconvenience... and, these days, the expense... of superfluous luggage. 

There are numerous variables to consider, particularly concerning golf clubs and whether to bring them, ship them or rent them at your destination.  I won't go into that in this particular post, but will definitely be obsessing writing about it as I plan my own upcoming trip; a trip that'll likely include a couple of evenings out, a day or two at the beach and a few rounds of golf... including a practice round at Augusta National where, needless to say, I myself will be spectating, not practicing (insert ultra-disappointed emoji here).  READ MORE -->

Mar 10, 2015

Sleep Awareness Week - Catching Up With LPGA Golfer Nicole Jeray

When it comes to athletic performance... particularly in a sport like golf... an ample amount of good quality sleep is an essential element. Because concentration, coordination, focus and energy are dependent on the regular acquisition of adequate Zs.

That's what makes professional golfer, Nicole Jeray's story so extraordinary.  The naturally athletic Illinois native began playing golf at age 11. She quickly excelled at the sport and it wasn't long before she was being encouraged to aim for a professional golf career.

"I had a lot of success on my way to becoming a professional player on the LPGA in 1994. I won the 1990 Ohio Girls Invitational and was a semifinalist at the 1991-1992 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships. I also won eight titles while playing collegiate golf at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and won the MVP award from 1989-1992. In 1998, NIU inducted me in the University Hall of Fame. I was the youngest person ever to be inducted"

The thing is, as Nicole was enjoying her substantial on-course successes she was also experiencing some disconcerting physical symptoms.  Many of them were, sleep-related... things we can all relate to to some extent... daytime sleepiness, interrupted sleep and a kind of chronic exhaustion. At the time, the physicians Nicole saw chalked her complaints up to "being a typical college student; burning the candle at both ends and never getting enough rest".  As time went on however, Nicole's symptoms became more extreme; she began to experience sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucinations. Cataplexy, a temporary muscle paralysis triggered by strong emotions, kicked in as well. It was only after the aspiring professional golfer connected with a sleep specialist and underwent some specialized studies that a definitive diagnosis was reached, a diagnosis that would become a huge part of her life.  Nicole had a classic, text-book case of Narcolepsy, the chronic neurological disorder involving loss of the brain's ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. 

Last week was National Sleep Awareness Week.  On Friday, as we prepared to set our clocks forward for daylight savings time, I had the opportunity to talk to Nicole about Narcolepsy and about how it's affected her health, her golf career and her outlook on life.  Nicole is an inspiring and entertaining speaker and our conversation was fun and revealing.  Here are some of the highlights: -->

Mar 4, 2015

The Masters: An Historic Event, An Iconic Course, A Coveted Ticket

This post is in partnership with Ticket City. 

Tickets to the Masters are, by their very nature, elusive.

Though certainly one of the world's best known sporting events and most loved golf tournaments, there's a persistent element of mystery surrounding the Masters.

Augusta National, the cloistered course that hosts the tournament each year,  is a real life Brigadoon; an enchanted place with a frozen-in-time feeling, that opens itself for just a few fleeting days a year to the outside world.  

The fact that only a select few manage to gain entry during each annual ouverture, makes a visit to the Masters a wildly sought after experience for both golfers and non-golfers alike. Not surprisingly this collective longing has only deepened the mystery... and enhanced the mythology... surrounding the coveted tickets.  How then, does one manage to get in?

Since I started writing about golf nearly a decade ago, I've been asked that question more times than I can remember, and to be honest it took me a couple of years of sifting through fact and folklore to arrive at an understanding of the process and its possibilities. So here's the deal.  -------> READ MORE ->

Feb 26, 2015

Golf Logos: Where Marketing & Design Meet Fairways & Greens

Just a few of my favorite golf logos                                                via Patricia Hannigan on Pinterest
The silhouette of a golfer with the scales of justice suspended from his iron... a wicker-topped flagstick set against a tuft of Scotch Broom... and a scotty dog decked out in red argyle: These are three of my favorite golf logos. Though, truth be told, I have lots of favorite golf logos.

Some are refreshingly whimsical while others feature more traditional aesthetic. What they have in common however is the ability to convey their golf brand's message in a way that's visually engaging and... memorable.

When writers weigh in on golf's best logos, as they sometimes will, the focus is often on golf courses, with Winged Foot, Pine Valley, Kapalua and the aforementioned Merion garnering frequent praise. However the most popular golf course logo has got to belong to Whistling Straits. It features a foreboding bearded face seemingly carved in stone. The inspiration is said by some to have been Herbert Kohler Jr, the colorful Kohler Company CEO who engaged Pete Dye to design the challenging Wisconsin course. Golf.com called the Whistling Straits logo badass, which is probably an apt description.

Personally, I tend to favor lesser known golf logos, the ones that represent innovative golf brands... startups with distinctive identities;  Black Girl's Golf, Tee to Table and Practical Golf are good examples.  

A brand's logo can be a key element in establishing its identity and differentiating itself from competition. They're also a great way for a brand to showcase it's creativity. To see a wide variety of golf logos and find out more about the companies behind them, head over to Pinterest where you'll find golf logos by the hundreds.