Young Indian Golfers Welcome a Global Field to The Women’s Indian Open

The “Indian Challenge” striving to win at the Hero Woman’s Indian Open               photos via golfingindian.com    

The Hero Women’s Indian Open will take place from December 4th through 6th at the historic Delhi Golf Club.  In addition to a stellar global field including players from 25 countries, a strong contingent of Indian golfers will be competing.

In India, golf is growing at a steady pace with Indian men increasingly making their mark in International events.

Women’s golf is also growing in India, having come into its own over the past decade.  The Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI), founded in 2005, has been empowering young players to build their competitive skills, while the Hero Women’s Indian Open, established in 2007, provides a perfect platform for young home-grown golfers to test ttheir skills against top players from around the world.

The “Indian Challenge” promises to be stronger than ever this year, with several young players poised to win.  Among them,  the spotlight is shining particularly brightly on:

Sharmila Nicollet,  She’s already made a name for herself at home and around the world, becoming the youngest golfer to win the All India Ladies Amateur Championship, and the youngest Indian golfer to qualify for the Ladies European Tour.

Gauri Monga, after an impressive 5th place finish as an amateur in 2013, this 21year-old is making her professional debut at this year’s Women’s Indian Open… with home course advantage.



Vani Kapoor, She’s a multiple Hero Women’s Golf Tour winner coming off of a dream season and currently leading the Hero Order of Merit.

For regular updates on the Hero Women’s Indian Open, in depth information on Indian golfers and informed, entertaining insight on golf in India I highly recommend golfingindian.com .  You’ll find exclusive articles and interviews, original videos and the latest news from the rapidly evolving world of Indian golf.

Female Golfers With Social Media Savvy: Pitch to Play With Team Poodle

Enter the PoodlePitch Contest to win a 10-Piece Golf Wardrobe!

Our innovative partner, Poodle is holding the first ever Poodle Pitch Contest!

Known for distinctive fairway fashions that combine athletic functionality with cosmopolitain chic, Poodle is a global golf apparel company and a dedicated supporter of women’s golf. They regularly sponsor women’s professional golf events as well as a roster of Poodle Pros and the Russian National Golf Team.

This year, for the first time Poodle is looking to add five recreational golfers… one from each of five countries… to the team.

The PoodlePitch Contest is open to female golfers 18 and over, who play at least 12 rounds a year. There are no handicap requirements but contestants need to reside The Netherlands, Germany, France, the UK or the US. Those chosen will win a 10 piece Poodle wardrobe from the PoodleGolf online store.  The contest has a unique social media sharing component that’ll be fun and inspiring for socially networked golfers.

Enteries will be accepted through May 1, and full details… plus the entry form… can be found on the PoodlePitch page. Team Poodle is looking forward to welcoming its new members.

Female Golfers With Social Media Savvy: Pitch to Play With Team Poodle

Enter the PoodlePitch Contest to win a 10-Piece Golf Wardrobe!

Our innovative partner, Poodle is holding the first ever Poodle Pitch Contest!

Known for distinctive fairway fashions that combine athletic functionality with cosmopolitain chic, Poodle is a global golf apparel company and a dedicated supporter of women’s golf. They regularly sponsor women’s professional golf events as well as a roster of Poodle Pros and… the Russian National Women’s Golf Team.

This year, for the first time Poodle is looking to add five recreational golfers… one from each of five countries… to the team.

The PoodlePitch Contest is open to female golfers 18 and over, who play at least 12 rounds a year. There are no handicap requirements but contestants need to reside in The Netherlands, Germany, France, the UK or the US. Those chosen will win a 10 piece golf wardrobe from the PoodleGolf online store.  The contest has a unique social media sharing component that will be fun and inspiring for socially networked golfers.

Entries will be accepted through May 1, and full details… plus the entry form… can be found on the PoodlePitch page. So… if you’re a social media savvy woman who plays golf… prepare your pitch! Team Poodle is looking forward to welcoming its new members.

Hello Kitty’s Midlife Crisis, And Unlikely Liaison With… Playboy?

Several years ago a familiar feline began to appear on the fairways and greens of the world's golf courses.  The diminutive bobtail cat was already famous… a fixture on everything from toys and accessories to school supplies and stationery items.

Kitty White, the cat behind Hello Kitty is one of the world's most recognizable… and lucrative… branded characters. An ultra-basic design… her eyes are simple black dots and she doesn't even have a mouth… allows her to resonate with consumers across the globe.

Her unabashed "cuteness" first charmed children then transcended to teens before celebrities, designers… and a new breed of pink-possessed girly girls… made Hello Kitty a pop-culture phenomenon embraced by many different demographics.  Hence her association with household appliances, motor vehicles and a surprising array of food products. It was inevitable she'd find her way onto a golf course eventually,  and she did. Currently, an image search for Hello Kitty golf will produce a plethora of predominantly pink products. Virtually anything one might need to practice the sport, is available emblazoned with the now iconic logo.

Since she first appeared on a small vinyl change purse in 1974, Japanese company Sanrio has created tens of thousands of Hello Kitty products and licensed her image to hundreds of firms around the world.  The only boundary, being that the iconic kitten would not do anything that might upset mothers and wives, such as holding a gun or drinking spirits.   READ MORE —>

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Multichromatic Magic – Probably the Most Inspired Golf Gift Ever

Father’s Day has a special significance when it comes to golf.  Dads and golf often go together, particularly in suburban America, where on summer weekends the average course sees a disproportionate number of such pairings. In addition, Father’s Day is traditionally when the US Open is decided.

It’s totally natural therefore, that when the subject is Father’s Day gifts, many Dads will be hoping for golf gifts.

That said, the most inspired golf gift I’ve ever seen comes from France, where gift giving is taken very seriously.  Having lived in Paris for several years… and having been married to a French man for a couple of decades… I know this to be true.  So, when storied French sportswear company Lacoste celebrated its 80 birthday recently I wasn’t surprised when I heard that, the gifts were epic.

In that spirit, I invite you to check out this ultra-impressive, multi-chromatic example: Twenty-seven golf tees in colors inspired by Lacoste’s own iconic polo shirts.  The set was gifted by Bernardaud, venerable French purveyor of exquisite porcelain and was bought to my attention by Jean-henri Bernard, a French friend who lives golf on course and through his writing, photography and art.  Happy Father’s Day.

 

Meeting Wendy Byrne, Top Dog at Global Golf Apparel Brand "Poodle Golf"

With Wendy Byrne at Golf Girl Media World HQ

A couple of weeks ago… as the Masters was getting underway in Augusta… Wendy Byrne was traversing New England.

On a whirlwind trip from her adopted home in the Netherlands, Wendy was visiting family and friends in Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut, and by the time she pulled into my driveway she’d covered hundreds of miles.

Wendy grew up in New Milford, CT just down the road from my home here in Danbury. A transfer to Holland to manage operations at an international language academy took her across the Atlantic over a decade ago for what was meant to be a temporary stint, but additional opportunities presented themselves.

These days Wendy lives in Amsterdam where, in 2008, she founded Poodle Golf, which has quickly become a leading independent provider of ultra-stylish, highly functional women’s golf apparel.

I first wrote about Poodle Golf when the company was a sponsor at the 2010 Tenerife Ladies Open. That’s when I got to know Wendy… virtually… and found out about her CT origins. Since then Poodle has been present at LET events all over Europe and beyond. They proudly… and tirelessly… support women’s golf with tournament, team and player sponsorships. Recently in a multi-year agreement with the Russian Golf Association Poodle Golf became the apparel sponsor for the Russian National Team.  

Then there’s Dogleg Media. Wendy’s husband, Robin, is a stellar photographer who shares his wife’s commitment to the global growth of women’s golf.  Together they created DogLeg Media to promote and provide targeted, high quality media coverage for professional and amateur women’s golf.  Their archives contain thousands of extraordinary photos from tournaments and events, that they provide to businesses and publishers at very reasonable fees. Both Wendy and Chris are extremely skilled in graphic arts and content creation, and they’ve created  a unique, highly engaging brand.

My Poodle Golf Ivy is Perfect for Spring

Needless to say I welcomed the opportunity to have Wendy visit Golf Girl Media World Headquarters on her recent trip stateside, and when she arrived that chilly spring morning it was quickly clear that we had more in common than the shared geography of our childhoods and our mutual affinity for golf and fashion.

We consumed multiple cups of coffee in front of the fireplace that morning. Wendy shared some of Poodle’s latest designs as well as some of the marketing initiatives she’s planning.  Expect to see ice blue and lemon yellow, plush outerwear, and some unique customer events, among other things. As far as expanding Poodle Golf’s distribution in North America, that’s something that’s in the cards as well… and something that’ll make golfing ladies in these parts very happy.  Wendy’s stay was brief, as she had to catch a flight back to Amsterdam that afternoon, but I have little doubt I’ll be seeing her again soon, and in the meantime I look forward to keeping up with her… and her stellar global golf brand… where we originally met, on the internet.

Poodle Golf on Facebook • • • @poodlegolf • • •  Poodle Golf on Pinterest
DogLeg Media on Facebook • • • @DogLegMedia • • • DogLeg Media on Pinterest 

Offbeat Awesomeness: The Ryder Cup Chronicles of @MikeBelindo

The adventure is well underway for David Amezqueta (aka @MikeBelindo).

He’s the spunky Spanish golf scribe with Ryder Cup dreams we told you about last week, and it seems those dreams are already coming true… and then some… as evidenced below. The clip is in Spanish but one needn’t understand the language to see that David has excellent access.

I wonder how many US golf bloggers get to kiss their captain (0:02)? This clip certainly begs the question.

Anyway, David is telling his story at Ryder Cup by Schweppes, an elegant microsite on Cronica Golf, sponsored by the global beverage brand.

If you’re able to read/understand Spanish… and you’re looking for a fresh, fun, first hand view of this most spirited and exciting of golf events… you’ll definitely want to follow @MikeBelindo .

One For the Road to the Ryder Cup: A Brandt Snedeker Breakthrough

photo credit: GorillaGolfBlog via photopin cc 

Five years ago the Fedex Cup was in its infancy, and regarded by many with the kind of skepticism that so often accompanies change.

Half a decade later however, the once ridiculed change-up is seen by most to have been positive, and few could deny that in these past several weeks it’s provided masses of exciting golf. 

But let’s for a moment go back to those early years; 2007 to be exact. That’s when this blog held a Fedex Cup Cocktail Contest in honor of golf’s brave new postseason.  Interestingly enough, the winning drink was a concoction called the Snedeker Snickers Cocktail, inspired by none other than this year’s Fedex Cup… and Tour Championship… winner: Brandt Snedeker.  I’ve reprinted the 2007 story… and the drink recipe… below.  And here’s to hoping Lord Brandt and team USA can take back the Ryder Cup next weekend.

The Fedex Cup – Tiger Isn’t The Only Winner

photo credit: Navaboo via photopin cc

September 16, 2007 – As the dust settles on the the first ever Fedex Cup I see more than one winner emerging.

There’s Tiger Woods, that’s for sure. Clinching the Tour Championship… and The Cup… with characteristic ease, he confirmed (as if confirmation was needed) that he’s simply the best.

Then there’s the event itself. Much maligned over the past months, in retrospect, even early doubters and naysayers now admit it produced some awesome late season golf and just about everyone agrees it’s here to stay.

Finally, there’s proud golf grandmom, Abby Clausen from Nashville, TN. She submitted the winning recipe in the Fedex Cup Cocktail Contest.  

Inspired by her hometown hero Brandt Snedeker, the PGA tour rookie who made it to the final 30. “Brandt is a sweet and delightful young man” Abby wrote, “...and this drink matches his fun-loving personality“. She then told us an endearing tale of Brandt signing autographs at a local tournament and joking with her grandson, who, at that moment, decided to pursue golf seriously. Now he’s co-captain of his high school golf team.

So The Snedeker Snickers Cocktail won for its imaginative combination of ingredients and for its compelling connection to the golfer who inspired it. 

Snedeker Snickers Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 ounce vodka
1 ounce white creme de cacao
1 ounce dark creme de cacao
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon chocolate syrup
Crushed ice

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth, serve in an old fashioned glass.

Many thanks to everyone who entered. All 48 recipes, and notes on the golfers who inspired them, will be featured in my book, Fedex Cup Cocktails. Look for it here later this year.

Tenerife Open de España – The Sunshine & The Stars at Golf Las Americas

The 18th at Golf Las Americas    photo: John Beckley via Instagram

{UPDATE BELOW} The warmth of the Iberian sun, the heady scent of hibiscus and the gracious conviviality of Canarian hosts,  those are are some of the things that make the Tenerife Open de España one of the most anticipated events on the LET schedule.

The LET ladies clearly look forward to playing in Tenerife, and this year the island’s warmth was particularly welcome, as this Canary Island stop comes on the heels of  a cold and blustery British Open.   The climatic contrast was noted in myriad tweets, as players arrived at Golf Las Americas a couple of days ago:


… and speaking of Nikki Garrett, the accomplished Aussie…who won 2007 Tenerife Ladies Open at Golf Del Sur… set an sizzling pace today, with a career low round of eight under par 64.

The Ladies European Tour website has all the details… plus numerous photos that’ll undoubtedly make you wish you were there.

The sun soaked images sure have me feeling wistful, as I was invited to attend the awesome event… and play in the ProAm.  Sadly, state-side obligations have me stuck in the NYC area this week, so I’m following from afar… and resolved to make it to Tenerife for the next Open de España Femenino.

Thanks to social media, fresh updates and behind-the-scenes photos are being posted regularly on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, giving fans an inside look at this exciting event and its awesome venue.  For those of us on the other side of the proverbial pond, it’s also a chance to see some ultra-talented players we don’t see enough of.  For a start check out the links below:

Websites: Ladies European Tour  • • • Tenerife Open de Espana • • •  Golf Las Americas  • • • TenerifeGolf • • • GolfBlogger  • • • Mike Belindo
Facebook: Ladies European Tour • • • Sir Old Golfer • • • Brendan Breen • • • Tenerife Open de Espana
Twitter: @LETgolf • • • @OpenFemenino • • • @golftenerife • • • @GolfAmericas • • • @JohnBeckley • • • @TJonesphoto   • • • @poodlegolf • • • @mikebelindo • • • @ovidiov • • • @SirOldGolfer • • • @Nikgarrett  • • • • • •

UPDATE: From the final round, c/o the beautiful @BecsHudson :

#RyderBelindo – Spanish Golf Scribe Strives to Live Ryder Cup Dream

Fifty gargantuan golf balls… each embellished by an area artist… will be on display in Chicago for the coming month as part of Tartan Art on the Avenue, an outdoor art exhibit celebrating the 2012 Ryder Cup. They’ll rest on imaginary fairways along North Michigan Avenue, and around the windy city, greeting golfers and fans in town for the biennial competition that’s been called, golf’s greatest event.

Meanwhile, a few thousand miles away in Pamplona, Spain, David Lopez Amezqueta is counting down the days and revving up the efforts. Amezqueta, who many of us know by his pen name, Mike Belindo, has transformed an unbridled passion for golf… and some stellar social media skills… into a campaign to achieve his ultimate golf goal: David hopes to be in Chicago… at Medinah, to be exact… for the 2012 Ryder Cup, providing the uniquely creative, multi-faceted coverage he’s known for.

The 40-something Spaniard, with an infectious smile and perpetually tousled mane, has worked tirelessly over the past several years to promote the inclusive, engaging, enjoyable side of golf… the one that squelches traditional stereotypes.  An admitted handicap alto (high handicap golfer), with an unwavering respect for the game and its history… and an obvious appreciation for the 19th hole… David is like many of of us; he works on his game, enjoys his outings and never looses sight of that one shot.  Like many of us, he’s hooked on a game he’ll probably possibly never get good at.

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And that’s what makes @MikeBelindo so relat-able.  His highly visual, ultra-engaging, mediatic style tends to transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries… and his humor, energy and passion will surely result in a Ryder Cup chronicle like no other.  That is, if he can make it happen.  And that’s where #RyderBelindo comes in. It’s the name of the initiative that’ll tell the story and as of now, David has his media credentials and some stellar sponsors… but is in need of additional support to carry out his dream. If you’d like to be part of this exuberant undertaking consider making a donation. Whatever the size, it’ll go towards the story and it’ll be much appreciated. Not only by David but by those who are looking forward to a exuberant, independent, less-than-traditional look at what promises to be a stellar event.

I’ll be writing more about David’s singular sueno as the countdown continues… and perhaps beyond: David may just be making a stop here in Danbury after Medinah… for a recreational round or two in Connecticut.

#RyderBelindo – Spanish Golf Scribe Strives to Live Ryder Cup Dream

Fifty gargantuan golf balls… each embellished by an area artist… will be on display in Chicago for the coming month as part of Tartan Art on the Avenue, an outdoor art exhibit celebrating the 2012 Ryder Cup. They’ll rest on imaginary fairways along North Michigan Avenue, and around the windy city, greeting golfers and fans in town for the biennial competition that’s been called, golf’s greatest event.

Meanwhile, a few thousand miles away in Pamplona, Spain, David Lopez Amezqueta is counting down the days and revving up the efforts. Amezqueta, who many of us know by his pen name, Mike Belindo, has transformed an unbridled passion for golf… and some stellar social media skills… into a campaign to achieve his ultimate golf goal: David hopes to be in Chicago… at Medinah, to be exact… for the 2012 Ryder Cup, providing the kind of uniquely creative, multi-faceted coverage he’s known for.

The 40-something Spaniard, with an infectious smile and perpetually tousled mane, has worked tirelessly over the past several years to promote the inclusive, engaging, enjoyable side of golf… the one that squelches traditional stereotypes.  An admitted handicap alto (high handicap golfer), with an unwavering respect for the game and its history… and an obvious appreciation for the 19th hole… David is like many of of us; he works on his game, enjoys his outings and never looses sight of that one shot.  Like many of us, he’s hooked on a game he’ll probably possibly never get good at.

Donate Here! (*-*)/’

And that’s what makes @MikeBelindo so relat-able.  His highly visual, ultra-engaging, mediatic style tends to transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries… and his humor, energy and passion will surely result in a Ryder Cup chronicle like no other.  That is, if he can make it happen.  And that’s where #RyderBelindo comes in. It’s the name of the initiative that’ll tell the story and as of now, David has his media credentials and some stellar sponsors… but is in need of additional support to carry out his dream. If you’d like to be part of this exuberant undertaking consider making a donation. Whatever the size, it’ll go towards the story and it’ll be much appreciated. Not only by David but by those who are looking forward to a exuberant, independent, less-than-traditional look at what promises to be a stellar event.

I’ll be writing more about David’s singular sueno as the countdown continues… and perhaps beyond: David may just be making a stop here in Danbury after Medinah… for a recreational round or two in Connecticut.

Rory Stories – The Rapid Ascent of the World’s Number One Golfer

Photograph by: Jim Rogash , Getty Images        via leaderpost.com

To ardent golf observers, it sometimes seems that Rory McIlroy’s been around for ages.

We watched his cherubic traits take on the more angular edge of adulthood as his game evolved into something so impressive as to leave us with little doubt we’d be watching an Ulsterman golfer on Sunday afternoons for years to come.

There were, in fact, periods of mental malaise, the most recent of which came earlier this summer with a string of missed cuts, but as the summer waned, McIlroy staged an assertive comeback, winning the 2012 PGA Championship by a record eight shots and displaying an astonishing consistency on the greens. Yesterday it was the Deutsche Bank Championship and a follow-up win that had more than a few golf writers celebrating the dawning of the McIlroy era. Tiger Woods shot a 66 yesterday to finish two strokes back in third while third round leader Louis Oosthuizen settled for second.  Not surprisingly others saw yesterday’s outcome from a slightly different perspective calling it the end of the Tiger era.

Meanwhile for hopeful golf fans the world over, yesterday’s outcome signaled the tantalizing possibility of golf’s next great rivalry.

For now however, I’ll leave you with a few Rory stories from the past …stories I posted during the rapid ascent of Mr. McIlroy.

Rory Mcilroy’s Weekend… Under Monty’s Watchful Eye

Final Note from Dunhill Links: A Stellar Day for Dyson

Dubai Golf – Lee Westwood Wins, Rory McIlroy Reacts

Amusement Over Accuracy – A Golf Infographic for a Manic Monday

It’s been one of those Mondays. I won’t elaborate, except to say that this comely little golf infographic seemed like a perfectly appropriate thing to post.

A few of the facts seem questionable.  I mean isn’t the world’s highest golf course in Bolivia… and wouldn’t Sawgrass be better represented by a gator than a sea monster? Such minor details notwithstanding,  the visual depiction is cute and lighthearted.  It breaks the game’s history down into easily digestible parts… and the Tiger woods baby picture is quite cute.  Then there’s the fact that on a Monday, the 19th hole is almost alway a fortuitous place to end… an infographic.

I found it at Golf Lifestyle Asia, an engaging Filipina blog that seems to be enormously somewhat inspired by Golf Girl’s Diary. Up-to-and-including its fun, flirty, fashionable tagline.


These are the days when imitation really does seem like the sincerest form of flattery.

Fan-Friendly Freddie Determined to Defend Travelers Title

Fredrik Jacobsen Greets Fans at Wednesday’s ProAm 

When it comes to golf, consistency is key. Whether you’re talking about set-up, swing or putting technique an enduring routine tends to produce a positive outcome. 
Fredrik Jacobson… aka “the painter hat guy“… took that adage one step further as he grabbed the second round lead today at the 2012 Travelers Championship
A year ago at the same tournament, the affable Swede presented the same 36 hole total (-9) …and went on to capture his first PGA Tour win. Positive outcome indeed. Our Connecticut climate, however, is not being nearly so consistent as Mr. Jacobson.  It’s been sweltering in the nutmeg state for the past several days, and today’s thunders storms have twice caused play to be suspended.  The good news is that those same storms are going to have a cooling effect and are expected to produce some stellar (and much less steamy) weekend weather.

At the Travelers Celebrity ProAm on Wednesday, in the aforementioned heat and humidity, I watched Fredrik Jacobson greet fans and sign autographs in the afternoon sun… with a consistent smile. Fan-friendliness is another area where the soft-spoken Swedish player seems to shine.
A number of players (77) will complete their second rounds tomorrow morning.  Only then will moving day actually begin.  Phil Mickelson is the only player who’s ever successfully defended a win at this event (2002)… over the next couple of days we’ll see if Fredrik Jacobson can keep up the consistency and become the second.

Dylan Harris’ Axis of Eagle Circuit Continues in North Korea

A couple of months ago Dylan Harris, and a small group of European golfers, made their way to Iran to play in the Inaugural Iranian Open at Enghelab Golf Course in Teheran.  Despite the political tensions and subsequent media-fear mongering that have shaped the way westerners view Iran for years, the tournament took place without a hitch… and additional Iran events are currently in the works.

Meanwhile, last week in in Pyongyang, North Korea, Harris was on the scene with 15 intrepid westerners and one North Korean for the second annual North Korea Amateur Open.  Again, the universal spirit of golf allowed participants to transcend the noise of rattling sabers.

Dylan Harris, with his company, Lupine Travel, is becoming one of the world’s top providers of affordable, adventure travel to “extreme destinations”, i.e. the kinds of places one might find on the Current Travel Warnings list.   Lupine tours garner enthusiastic accolades from travelers due to the research and relationship building Harris does on-site and in-country prior to the trip.

For a glimpse at the way an international amateur event unfolds in the so-called “Hermit Kingdom” check out the North Korea Amateur Golf Open 2012 photo gallery Dylan’s always amusing, sometimes irreverent Facebook page. The recent North Korea tour also made the pages of UK tabloid, The Sun and Golfing in North Korea: The Hermit Kingdom’s New Pastime an article on the tournament was featured in Time Magazine.

So that’s two legs of the Axis… of Eagle… accomplished, and one to go.  Putting people and places before politics has allowed Dylan Harris to take travelers… and golfers… to regions sometimes seen as off limits, with nothing but positive results.  I’m quite sure he’ll continue venture to such places, and we’ll be sure to let you know about them.

The Global Golf Infographic – The Game’s Expanding Horizons

The PGA Tour’s Leaderboard at the Memorial Tournament this morning reflects it… the one at the LPGA ShopRite Classic, yet more so: golf is global. And because we love infographics, here’s a global golf visualization from the travel gurus at mydestination.com
 
Golf around the Globe with My Destination
Made by My Destination, locally informed, globally inspired travel guides and information.

Ryo Ishikawa on Marrying Young, Juggling Golf and Family

Ryo Ishikawa (Photo by Issei Sakakibara)

In the final installment of “Straight Talk With Ryo“… his revealing column for The Asahi Shimbun… Japan’s top golfer discusses his decision to “get married early“.

As you may remember, news broke last year that the once Bashful Prince had gotten engaged to a former Junior High School classmate, creating something of a media frenzy.

In this remarkably honest piece the Japanese champion reveals that as far back as 2007… when he was just 15-years-old… he was becoming aware the eventual challenges of creating a quality family life in the intense world of professional golf.

Ryo Ishikawa is only twenty but he displays, in his column, the “maturity-beyond-his-years”, that we’ve witnessed since he won the Munsingwear Open five years ago, becoming the youngest winner ever on the Japan Golf Tour .

The legendary Ishikawa integrity does not however preclude a romantic spirit that also comes through in his writing.  When explaining his decision to marry young he says, simply “I’ve always felt that my fiancee is the only woman I could imagine marrying”.

We’ll be seeing a lot of Ryo Ishikawa on this side of the Atlantic in the coming weeks. A schedule that includes this week’s Crown Plaza Invitational, The Memorial Tournament, the Fedex St. Jude Classic and The US Open at The Olympic Club, will give the newly-fianced golf star and his bride-to-be a kind of dress rehearsal for what the future might hold.

The final stop on this US swing will be the Travelers Championship here in CT where we’ll be looking forward to see our favorite golfer competing at TPC River Highlands for the first time.

Thank you again Noriko Imano for your unique insights… and if you’d like to read more about Ryo, we’ve got a lot.

Ryo Ishikawa on Marrying Young, Juggling Golf and Family

Ryo Ishikawa (Photo by Issei Sakakibara)

In the final installment of “Straight Talk With Ryo“… his revealing column for The Asahi Shimbun… Japan’s top golfer discusses his decision to “get married early“.

As you may remember, news broke last year that the once Bashful Prince had gotten engaged to a former Junior High School classmate, creating something of a media frenzy.

In this remarkably honest piece the Japanese champion reveals that as far back as 2007… when he was just 15-years-old… he was becoming aware the eventual challenges of creating a quality family life in the intense world of professional golf.

Ryo Ishikawa is only twenty but he displays, in his column, the “maturity-beyond-his-years”, that we’ve witnessed since he won the Munsingwear Open five years ago, becoming the youngest winner ever on the Japan Golf Tour .

The legendary Ishikawa integrity does not however preclude a romantic spirit that also comes through in his writing.  When explaining his decision to marry young he says, simply “I’ve always felt that my fiancee is the only woman I could imagine marrying”.

We’ll be seeing a lot of Ryo Ishikawa on this side of the Atlantic in the coming weeks. A schedule that includes this week’s Crown Plaza Invitational, The Memorial Tournament, the Fedex St. Jude Classic and The US Open at The Olympic Club, will give the newly-fianced golf star and his bride-to-be a kind of dress rehearsal for what the future might hold.

The final stop on this US swing will be the Travelers Championship here in CT where we’ll be looking forward to see our favorite golfer competing at TPC River Highlands for the first time.

Thank you again Noriko Imano for your unique insights… and if you’d like to read more about Ryo, we’ve got a lot.

"Two Good Rounds" = One Great Gift For Your Favorite Dad(s)

Hundreds of golf books are released each year. They run the gamut, from no-nonsense instructional manuals to coffee table tomes on the country’s most iconic courses.  Golf history has been the subject of numerous books as well, giving us insights into the origins of the game and allowing us to relive the excitement of golf tournaments that changed lives.

Many avid golfers are also voracious readers.  When they can’t spend a day on the links, a good golf book is the next best thing.

As wonderful as these books are and as much as a “golf geek” (like me) might enjoy them, I’m guessing a good number of them might have limited appeal to the average recreational golfer and/or golf fan.  Happily, this isn’t the case with “Two Good Rounds”.

Elisa Gaudet’s new book is as much about the “golf lifestyle” as it is about the game itself.  In fact, the two good rounds in the title refer to the round one plays on the course and the round of distilled libations one often enjoys afterwards with fellow golfers.  Elisa herself is something of an expert in both, having spent numerous years in the golf industry and having raised a glass with some of the world’s most exciting players.

The book’s subtitle: “19th Hole Stories from the World’s Greatest Golfers” is what Two Good Rounds is based upon.  It’s comprised of a series of interviews Elisa conducted with 36 of the game’s greats, interviews that are uniquely entertaining on a level any and all golfers can relate to because they actually channel the social spirit of the game and reveal the all-too-rarely-seen human side of these revered players.

Two Good Rounds would make a stellar Father’s Day gift… for both the golf-obsessed Dad and the one who’s occasionally enjoys the sport from the confines of his armchair.  You can purchase it on Amazon or Elisa’s website where you’ll also find a link to her highly entertaining column. The former model and actress also has a new line of gift items featuring a sparkly version of the TGR martini glass logo.  Personally, I’ve got my eye on the wine holder.

Whether the golfer in your life prefers the sport’s competition or its conviviality… or a little of both… they’re sure to enjoy Two Good Rounds.

"Two Good Rounds" = One Great Gift For Your Favorite Dad(s)

Hundreds of golf books are released each year. They run the gamut, from no-nonsense instructional manuals to coffee table tomes on the country’s most iconic courses.  Golf history has been the subject of numerous books as well, giving us insights into the origins of the game and allowing us to relive the excitement of golf tournaments that changed lives.

Many avid golfers are also voracious readers.  When they can’t spend a day on the links, a good golf book is the next best thing.

As wonderful as these books are and as much as a “golf geek” (like me) might enjoy them, I’m guessing a good number of them might have limited appeal to the average recreational golfer and/or golf fan.  Happily, this isn’t the case with “Two Good Rounds”.

Elisa Gaudet’s new book is as much about the “golf lifestyle” as it is about the game itself.  In fact, the two good rounds in the title refer to the round one plays on the course and the round of distilled libations one often enjoys afterwards with fellow golfers.  Elisa herself is something of an expert in both, having spent numerous years in the golf industry and having raised a glass with some of the world’s most exciting players.

The book’s subtitle: “19th Hole Stories from the World’s Greatest Golfers” is what Two Good Rounds is based upon.  It’s comprised of a series of interviews Elisa conducted with 36 of the game’s greats, interviews that are uniquely entertaining on a level any and all golfers can relate to because they actually channel the social spirit of the game and reveal the all-too-rarely-seen human side of these revered players.

Two Good Rounds would make a stellar Father’s Day gift… for both the golf-obsessed Dad and the one who’s occasionally enjoys the sport from the confines of his armchair.  You can purchase it on Amazon or Elisa’s website where you’ll also find a link to her highly entertaining column. The former model and actress also has a new line of gift items featuring a sparkly version of the TGR martini glass logo.  Personally, I’ve got my eye on the wine holder.

Whether the golfer in your life prefers the sport’s competition or its conviviality… or a little of both… they’re sure to enjoy Two Good Rounds.