2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by Frank LaRosa

The 110th U.S. Open Championship returns to the 91 year-old Pebble Beach Golf Links June 14th to 20th. This is the fifth time in five decades that the U.S. Open has been hosted on the Monterey Peninsula public venue. In 1972, Jack Nicklaus’ tee shot hit the flagstick on 17 which led to a birdie and a three stroke win. Nicklaus’ total of 18 majors remains the record chased by Tiger Woods.

 

In 1982, again at the critical 17th hole, Tom Watson rose to the occasion miraculously chipping in from an impossible lie in the greenside rough. In ‘92, Tom Kite battled howling winds on the final day to shoot even par for his only Major victory. And in 2000, Tiger Woods dominated the field in record fashion for his first U.S. Open Championship. He became the first player to ever finish double digits under par at -12, beating the field by a mind-numbing 15 strokes. This was truly a four-day performance for the ages.

 

No matter the winner, history proves that the U.S. Open will produce memorable moments and with the tournament in our backyard, this is a great opportunity to see the best up close if you’re one of the fortunate who hold tickets to the event.

May 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa, Uncategorized | No comment

Make a Golf Movie by Frank LaRosa

Cleveland Golf is encouraging golfers to get out your cell phones, video cameras or anything else in your film making arsenals and sign up for their video contest. This is your chance to make a Cleveland Golf commercial and win up to $1,000 in Cleveland Golf products.

 

If you own a new Launcher DST driver, have tried a DST driver, or even if your brother’s uncle’s third cousin from Ketchikan caddied for someone that used a DST, make a quick video of the experience and post it to YouTube.

The more interesting your video, coupled with the number of viewers who watch it will help determine whether you’re one of the winners of First, Second or Third place winnings of $1,000, $500, or $300 in Cleveland Golf products.

 

Entry deadline is June 30th but the quicker you submit your video, the more time viewers have to see it and vote for it. Learn more at www.clevelandgolf.com/dstvideocontest.  

 

Whether you inform the caddie from Ketchikan is up to you.   

May 12, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa, Uncategorized | No comment

Bengie Molina Holds Firm-Says He’ll Retire Next Season

Bengie Molina said it earlier this season. Now he’s saying it again. After a hot start, where he is 9th in the league in batting, he’s telling anyone who will listen, if he isn’t starting for the San Francisco Giants next season, he’s retiring. It’s hard to argue with what he’s done so far. He’s been so impressive that he’s been moved back to cleanup spot in the batting order. Even his defense has improved this year. It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion, Buster Posey lurks just around the corner.

May 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Birthday Wishes For the Say Hey Kid

I guess I didn’t realize it at the time, but I grew up in baseball’s “golden era.”  My friends and I lived for those sun-drenched, wind-blown afternoons at Candlestick Park…. watching the likes of Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and the greatest of them all… Willie Mays.  Yup, we got to see Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Henry Aaron and Roberto Clemente in their primes.  Boy, were we spoiled.  Mr. Mays, still my idol, was the greatest of them all…  and he celebrates his 79th birthday today.  The Say Hey Kid is the subject of a terrific new biography, ‘Willie Mays:  The Life, the Legend’ by James S. Hirsch.  Here’s a wonderful review by David Takami of the Seattle Times.

May 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

More than 9,000 Entries Accepted for U.S. Open

The United States Golf Association has accepted 9,052 entries for the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The USGA received entries from golfers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 68 foreign countries, including 783 applicants who listed foreign addresses.

 

Nine past champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the upcoming championship. They are: Angel Cabrera (2007), Michael Campbell (2005), Ernie Els (1994, 1997), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Retief Goosen (2001, 2004), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Tom Watson (1982) and Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008).

 

Ninety-five percent of the entries were received online, including 662 on the last day applications were accepted (April 28). The USGA received 118 entries online in the final hour. Brent Hurt, 30, of Lockhart, Texas, submitted his entry online at 4:59:47 p.m., just 13 seconds before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT. Joseph Saladino, a 30-year-old amateur from Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., was the first entrant on March 3.

 

The youngest golfer to enter was 10-year-old Mick Huffman of Maurice, La. The oldest applicant was 81-year-old Harris Moore Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif. To be eligible, a player must have a Handicap Index® no higher than 1.4, or be a professional.

 

Local qualifying, which will be played over 18 holes at 111 sites, will take place in the Sacramento area at Serrano CC. Sectional qualifying, the next step, will be hosted June 7 at Del Paso Country Club one of thirteen national sites.

 

More information about the U.S. Open before, during and after the championship can be found at www.USOPEN.com

 

May 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa, Uncategorized | No comment

Don’t Tase Me Bro

We’ve all seen this before… game gets disrupted by a fan who runs onto the field. But I was a little surprised to see a police officer use a Taser gun to take the guy down during a Phillies game.  Was that a little too much force?  Maybe.  But if you don’t wanna get rocked, stay off the damn field. I think umpires should carry tasers as well.  It might cut down on complaints.  “Get back in the box, meat.”

May 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

That Giants Chair Kicking Incident Will Cost Ryan Madson

Remember when Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ryan Madson decided to blow another save against the Giants last week? Maybe you noticed that he kicked a chair that was sitting in the tunnel. Well, the genius has now broken his toe because of it. A pin and a plate inserted into his toe! You think it may be time for a little anger management?

May 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

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