Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book Review: 'The Wichita Kid: a Caddies's Story'

I just finished a fantastic read this weekend, and I'd like to tell you a little about it.

The Wichita Kid: A Caddie's Story is a novel about a young man's journey as he moves from a suppressing home-life in Salina KS, to one of character development with his Grandparents in Cleveland Ohio.
The story takes place with the young man (Kevin) earning his summer break "keep" at a golf club that employs caddies...although his interest in doing this job is about the same as the clubs' interest in having a caddy shack...where golf carts are ready to replace this unruly band of misfits at any given notice.

What happens in the pages of this easy to read, very fine book, is a coming of age story that picks a sickly kid up from the ground, and pushes and pulls him thru adolescent...eventually freeing him of believing he has no choices.
This first novel of Rob Fisher's coincidentally puts us in that time of having a lot of first time experiences.

In his book, the golfer that takes a shine to Kevin memorably says "never leave a birdie putt short..."

The author..who had put the book unfinished down for 2 years before a friend pushed him to finish...did not leave this birdie putt short. After you read it, you'll be glad he didn't either.


Keep it in the short-grass,

JFB

Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Review "You Can't Make This Up"

Ok, so this is not a golf book. Why did I review it? Because this book is about the essence of one man being in the moment in sports. That is what it is all about, right. I mean Tiger Woods transcends golf because he gave us his all and was in the moment unlike only a handful of great golfers in the past. As sports fanatics, we eat that up!

That is why I read books like this. Al Michaels is a player with his voice. Only a few people are lucky in the media business to earn chops as reputable as his. The book You Can't Make This Up delves into his beginnings as a sports beat personality that transported him to Hawaii, on his way to events in the states, that have shaped the sports world and have made him a superstar. Along the way, the book sprinkles name-dropped vignettes onto us that keep the read fast-paced and thoroughly entertaining.

Al Michaels is a lucky guy, as he so often states in his book. The kind of luck we mere mortals can feel part of with this fabulous book.

Many great stories, but one that stood out was the historic Team USA Olympic game he called. He was chosen to do the play-by-play because he was the only broadcaster at the time who had an iota of experience calling hockey games....his experience? A game...(yes 1 game) he called in 1972, the gold medal game in Japan. How did he get that gig? Because the other announcers were busy with other assignments. Divine Intervention happens in may ways...there's one you can put in your pipe and smoke!

This book is fantastic, read it enjoy.

Keep it in the short-grass,

JFB

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Book Review: Church of Golf

A lot of us wish to have 2nd chances. Some are simple mulligans that we take on the golf course, but most mulligans don't come in life. So is the story revealed by the author of a very enlightened book: Church of Golf.

The main character resembles a close friend of his that got caught in the addiction spiral, and did not make it out at the other end.
The story is about a guy that had fame, lost it, then had an opportunity for a mulligan from an Aunt... if he lives on a religious communal village for 3 years...oh, that happens to be on a golf course...in Hawai'i...and after the 3 years he is bequeathed $3 million dollars.

Tap-in...right?!

Well, I'll leave you to find out what happens in this very engaging book that is light, yet allows you to think about the main character Donald, and take sides with him on deciding whether the grass is really greener over there

The real mulligan happens in the Postscript when the author reveals how he lost his friend, and decided to write this story, and model character Donald after him.
In doing so, the author Spencer Stephens got his mulligan in being able to think of his real friend Donald in a better place than where he ended.

That is a very cool story.

Keep it in the short-grass,

JFB

Monday, November 24, 2014

Book Review

I recently read How to Become a Scratch Golfer written by humorist Patrick Campbell. Written in the 60's, this Irish columnist for the London Times has a biting wit that takes the stuffinest out of golf.

This tongue-and-cheek look at what one needs to do to become a "Scratchman" is a very funny read, that suggests that golf for amateurs across the pond has the same satirical wit as it does in the States.

Chapter 6 is alone worth the read as it describes of how one must fake-it-to-make-it-mentality in golf...and realizing that not much has changed in today's terms.

You can find this book and other great classics at ClassicsOfGolf.com many of the best classic golf books—13 books by Bernard Darwin, books by Herbert Warren Wind, Bobby Jones, Hagen—and a new selection of architecture books—including MacKenzie’s Golf Architecture.

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 Keep it in the short-grass,

JFB 

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Plug for crowdfunding for golfers

My name is Justin Bryant and my company ProUknow.com just launched yesterday evening. We are a crowdfunding platform that specifically caters to funding the careers of aspiring professional golfers. Currently, we have 3 professionals with campaigns: Charlie Harrison, Christian Heavens, and Natalie Sheary. Harrison and Heavens are both current contestants on the Big Break Myrtle Beach and Sheary is an LPGA Tour Rookie, who was the ACC Individual Champion and ACC Player of the Year in 2009. 

All the players are offering exciting rewards in return for sponsor contributions including golf lessons, space for logos on their apparel and golf bags and Sheary is offering a sponsor a chance for 2 people to spend the day on the course with Natalie Sheary and Karren Stupples, Women's British Open Champion and Golf Channel Analyst.

*Next week we are launching a player's campaign who is offering the chance for 2 sponsors to spend the day with Webb Simpson!!

Thanks for your time http://www.prouknow.com/

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Book review

It hits me on page 118, when The Golf Book sums-up my reading experience. In writing about Augusta National, author Chris Millard offers-up MacKenzie's Thirteen Principals of Golf Course Architecture.

As I review these principles, I realize...as will anyone fortunate enough to own this book, that The Golf Book is  parallel to MacKenzie's beliefs...transitioning from golf course to book.

The Golf Book is a time-capsule of the last 20 years of golf, as documented by The Golf Channel...a crazy idea born out of an unbending belief that a singular channel of 24/7 golf-on-the-tube, had a chance in the fertile, early days of cable.

The book grazes through events that sparked heavy interest in the viewing audience, and thus defined the legacy of what is today the 100-pound gorilla of golf-viewing.

The gem of this book...to me, is the pages dedicated to golf courses, and the architects who sculpted these masterpieces of today...and tomorrow. Page-turning scenes of the most beautiful courses come alive and spur an inner desire to place each nugget in my bucket list.

Treat yourself to a walk down memory lane, and relive what has been a memorable 20 years of Golf Channel coverage.

As I read #12 of the Principles list: "There should be sufficient number of heroic carries"...I realize this book is filled with hero's that were carried by a heroic network.


Keep it in the short-grass,

JFB

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Guest Post

Why You Should Golf in Ohio
Ohio is a state known for many things – the very first professional baseball team in the Cincinnati Reds, producing eight US presidents (more than any other state), and having a university that dominates in many collegiate sports. It is also known for its temperate weather and its golf; with 44,828 square miles of land, there’s plenty of golf courses in Ohio on which to tee off.
Golf is a highly popular pastime in the Buckeye State. This can often be seen in the many Ohio golf tournaments that take place as well as the variety of the local courses. Ohio offers both upscale options for the seasoned pro as well as laidback possibilities for the golfing novice. Muirfield Village, for instance, is a signature Jack Nicklaus course that is mirrored after Muirfield, Scotland. This is one of the golf courses in Ohio that caters to those highly serious about their game. Maplecrest Golf Course, on the other hand, offers a more casual atmosphere.  And, of course, there are golf clubs that offer something for players of all levels and attitudes.
Longaberger Golf Club is one of these clubs: it is the ultimate of all golf courses in Ohio. Not only does it offer the best golf in Ohio, but it also offers a bucketful of amenities. From the restaurant (The Overlook) to the clubhouse, the practice facility to the staff’s willingness to help coordinate overnight accommodations, this is one of the few golf courses in Ohio that offers the complete package. Longaberger is also known for its special events – it’s home to many of the golf tournaments in Ohio that occur each year and offers members of the public the opportunity to have their wedding at a golf course – that scenery makes for amazing photographs. As a golf course, Longaberger offers a unique experience in fact, the course has many accolades to back up this claim: it was rated the number one public course in Ohio by Golfweek magazine and rated number fifty-one on Golf Digest’s 2014 list of one hundred greatest public courses in America. Longaberger golf, Ohio locals know, has offered the public upscale, quality golf since its inception in 1999.  The course was designed by the famous golf architect Arthur Hills and features a majestic mix of beautiful scenery, 340 acres of rolling terrain, and parkland-style play. Centrally located only 40 miles from downtown Columbus, Nashport is the go-to place for players who are serious about having a nine iron experience that’s truly a ten.
Thinking of coming out to golf in Ohio? Plan it out and book a tee time at The Longaberger Golf Club. 



Keep it in the short grass,
JFB