Putter Magic by Frank LaRosa, Golf to Go ESPN 1320

Over a round of golf many years ago, Mr. Sacramento, Stan Atkinson and I traded putters…and I began a love affair with my long neck Scotty Cameron Teryllium Newport 2 putter.


The black finish would glisten in the sun as I stood over a putt and I always felt confident about drawing it back and making a birdie. Years later, it began to show its age with scratches, nicks, faded paint, rust, and a depressed top line from dropping it into my golf bag for all those years. Little by little, my putting became less consistent and (horrors) I began to look at newer models.


Then I learned about Scotty’s Custom Shop and their ability to completely restore Cameron putters. The custom shop can stamp initials, apply paint fills, create additional sight dots and lines, add a new grip or head cover, restore your putter’s finish, add weight and even authenticate your putter.


I sent my putter back to the Custom Shop with instructions and personal preferences. When the box arrived about six weeks later, I was like a kid on Christmas morning. The secure packaging was an indication of the treasure I was about to unwrap. Now I know what the phrase “good as new” truly means.


My completely restored, personalized, authenticated Scotty Cameron Teryllium Long-Neck Newport 2 putter looks as though I was pulling it off the shelf for the first time. It boasts a new finish, new shaft, new grip, new head cover, and it’s re-set to original specifications.  I can’t say enough about the staff and the personal service I received which matched the extraordinary craftsmanship on the putter.


The team is so proud of their work that every day on their website, they spotlight one putter that has been sent for restoration or customization. Check out what has been done by other customers and maybe get some great ideas for yourself.


Recapture the magic at www.scottycameron.com.

January 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

An Invitation to Play Well and Feel Good!

Sacramento City Councilmember Rob Fong loves golf almost as much as he loves giving back to his community. Now, he has found a way to do both—at the same time!


Fong’s third annual Faith and Homeless Families charity golf tournament supports families that need a helping hand out of homelessness through the gift of housing, and mentors to guide them along the way.


The golf tournament is scheduled for the Alister MacKenzie Golf Course at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex on September 9, 2011. The shotgun start begins at 1:30pm.


Fong would welcome both new players and sponsors for the four person Callaway scramble event. Your $125 entry fee also entitles you to a great dinner after golf. Your sponsorship entitles you to know that you’ve helped families re-build their lives. Seems like a win-win to me!


For more information, please contact Nora Benavides at (916) 281-6930 or n_bb@comcast.net.

August 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

Caddie Wins Bridgestone.. Oh Wait…

As far as I could tell, he didn’t hit a single drive, nail an approach shot or sink any putts.  But the unquestioned media darling coming off the green at Bridgestone was Stevie Williams. I know you’re the world’s greatest caddie… I get it.  Yes, you wanted everyone to know how badly Tiger treated you.. Okay.  But when the media horde surrounded you, I was hoping that you’d try and squeeze in the fact that this was Adam Scott’s day… that he played really well and beat a terrific field.  That didn’t happen.  It was all about ME.  MY vindication, MY tournament win.  I was actually embarrassed.  The irony is… had you shown a little humility, I think your status as “caddie-hero” would have been even more enhanced.  So much for the Three Caddie Rules:   Wake up; Keep up; and Shut Up.

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August 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

“24-Hour Membership” at Poppy Hills Golf Course

Golfers who would like to sample a membership in the Northern California Golf Association can now join the “24-Hour Members Club” that provides benefits at Poppy Hills Golf Course normally reserved for NCGA members.

Available weekdays now through December, the “24-Hour Members Club” includes a round of golf on the Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship course, use of a golf cart, unlimited access to the practice facility for the day of play and Poppy Hills/NCGA golf accessories pack.  Guests may reserve a tee time as a single, a twosome, or however they wish; as “members,” it’s their choice.

The specialty priced offer is $130 per player, which is a savings of $90.

For golfers who would like to extend their visit, accommodations for the “24-Hour Members Club” are available at Monterey’s newest boutique hotel, Hotel Abrego in the heart of Downtown Monterey.  A partner property with the NCGA, the Hotel Abrego is extending its “NCGA Rate” for this offer, which is an additional benefit.  (Reservations based on availability.)

A “must play” when visiting the Monterey Peninsula, Poppy Hills is an award-winning design that has served as a venue for the PGA Tour and NCAA Championships.  Opened in 1986, Poppy Hills is the home course for the NCGA and made history as the first course in the United States to be owned and operated by an amateur golf association.

For more information about the “24-Hour Members Club” visit www.poppyhillsgolf.com/specials or call the Poppy Hills golf shop at (831) 622-8239.

June 29, 2011 at 9:31 am | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

Award for the Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links

The Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links — the world-class, 36-hole public golf resort set against the dramatic cliffs of the Pacific Ocean – debuts on the “Platinum List” for Celebrated Living, the official publication of American Airlines Premium Class passengers.


Half Moon Bay Golf Links is featured in the magazine’s June issue for “Top 20 U.S. Golf Courses” alongside PGA and LPGA TOUR venues Pebble Beach Golf Links, Bay Hill and Harbour Town Golf Links.


Located 40 minutes south of San Francisco, the Ocean Course is ranked No.7 by Celebrated Living. The Arthur Hills links-land design stretches 6,649 yards and provides a dash of Scottish flair. In late May, it was named to “America’s Top 50 Courses for Women” by Golf Digest.


The Ocean Course opened in 1997 after an 11-year design and build process. It was quickly bestowed with numerous awards and accolades, including Golf Digest’s “Top Ten Best New Upscale” list in 1998.


For more information about Half Moon Bay Golf Links, please visit www.halfmoonbaygolf.com or call 650.726.1800.   

June 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

Sacramento’s Marissa Mar, Stanford Freshman, Playing Varsity Golf.

Photo courtesy Gigi Mar

Noted local orthopedic surgeon, Tim Mar is the kind of player you want on your scramble golf team. He always finds a way to win. But now that his daughter Marissa is a freshman playing on the varsity golf team at Stanford, Dr. Mar is the number three-seeded golfer in the family.


Marissa began her collegiate career draining a left-to-right 15-footer for birdie on her first hole of competition in Arizona. She previously played on Sacramento’s celebrated St. Francis High School golf team and developed a remarkable weight and cardio workout regimen influenced by her mother Gigi, a former All-American gymnast at UCLA who represented Canada in the 1984 Olympics.



Marissa is planning on a major in Management Science and Engineering with a concentration in Financial and Decision Engineering. Wow. Beauty…athleticism…and brains!


The best advice she would give recreational golfers is to say, “Grip it and rip it…and at some point get the ball in the hole.” Great advice from a well grounded young woman who has her eye on the 2016 Olympics.


It runs in the family!

April 7, 2011 at 11:30 am | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

Amateur Players have a chance to tee it up at College-Am with standout Collegiate Golfers

The 65th Western Intercollegiate (“WI”), a premiere golf event revered by top-notch collegiate players, is set for April 15-17, 2011 at the majestic Alister MacKenzie-designed Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, CA.


The “WI” has attracted high-profile teams starting with the Augusta State Jaguars, the defending NCAA Division I champion. Oregon returns with hopes of winning a third consecutive Western Intercollegiate team title.  Arizona State, San Diego State, Stanford, Cal, UCLA, Southern California and Washington are top-25 nationally-ranked teams in a star-studded 15-team field.


The “WI” is one of the longest-running collegiate competitions in the nation and is contested at a venue that is ranked amongst the best by GolfWeek, Golf Magazine and the Zagat Survey. 


Mark your calendar now for the “WI” College-Am set for Friday, April 15 where amateur golfers (alumni, business and community leaders) can tee it up with talented collegiate golfers on one of the world’s finest courses.


As for the 54-hole Western Intercollegiate Tournament (April 16-17), spectators are invited to be a part of the gallery and follow their favorite six-man team throughout a magnificently  restored Pasatiempo golf course.


Over the years, noted players met the challenge and claimed title to “The Western” at Pasatiempo including Bobby Clampett, Peter Jacobson, Mark Lye, Johnny Miller, Arron Oberholser, Mark O’Meara and Ken Venturi.


For information about the Western Intercollegiate and for College-Am entry registration, contact Host Coach John Kennaday with San Jose State University Spartan Men’s Golf at (408) 892-4911 or visit http://www.westernintercollegiate.net/

April 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | 1 comment

Interesting Masters Facts

It’s that time of year. Azaleas, mint juleps, and pimento cheese sandwiches…along with the golf world’s head bowing to “a tradition like no other.” It’s Masters Week at Augusta National Golf Course.

My friend and writer, Bob Fagan of the A-List, put together a great compendium of little known Masters facts and trivia that you can commit to memory and impress your friends as you sit and enjoy the drama of the Masters Golf Tournament.

I’m picking Phil!

April 4, 2011 at 9:30 am | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

David Feherty Kicks-Off Tavistock Cup

David Feherty is quite possibly the funniest man in golf. Here’s a link to a youtube video of him doing introductions at this year’s Tavistock Cup.



March 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

Gary McCord with Golf To Go’s Frank LaRosa Part 2

Gary McCord and I continue our interview about him, the nature of the game, and what is really funny. Click to see.

January 25, 2011 at 4:49 am | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

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