So having just watched the NHL Winter Classic (and yes- the humour of being a diehard fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and a diehard golfer isn’t lost on me), there’s one thing that they did today that could translate to golf- the announcement of Ryder Cup teams.
During the 2nd intermission the US Women’s Olympic team was announced and the men’s team was announced after the game.
The women’s team were at the game; the men’s team were announced using kids wearing each player’s sweater (except for the three players who played in the game who made the US team who came out of the dressing room to be announced). Great stuff.
So rather than have a press conference during midweek to announce the team (which ends up getting lost in the shuffle), why not announce the team after the US PGA Championship (on the broadcast)? Since the PGA of America runs the tournament (and the Ryder Cup) you’d have perfect synergy. I know- NBC has the Ryder Cup rights and CBS has the US PGA Championship…but CBS can give up 10 minutes after the tournament trophy presentation (during August when 60 minutes is in reruns) to announce the Ryder Cup team.
Have the US Ryder Cup captain announce the roster. If a player can’t make it, have one of the kids from the local First Tee program “stand in” for said player (have each player with their Ryder Cup staff bag with their name on it). You’re announcing a US team in front of an American audience. You’re telling me people won’t watch on TV? You already have a captive audience, and the people at the tournament get a little extra.
You’re telling me the players would object to having to hang around a couple hours (those that are on the team and finished earlier) to get a round of applause (at most)? If that’s the case then that says a lot about how they really feel about it.
Oh, and for the love of 30 foot birdies can we stop with the number of captain’s picks changing every match? Pick a number. 3 seems good. Or 2. Or 4. Just pick a number and leave it the hell alone.
Played at Redgate in Rockville yesterday…despite a cold wind it was a nice day. Course was, for the most part, in good shape (the cold March and some pretty bad t-storms on Friday evening aren’t anyone’s fault). The old SGWC played with a rare friend who doesn’t give me the stink-eye (in fact I think I contributed to him getting the golf bug as bad as he did…you’re welcome).
A full review to follow, but a few mentions about Redgate Golf Course:
-Folks in the pro shop were very polite and friendly and not the “whaddya want” attitude I’ve experienced a few years ago. The gentleman who was working was apologetic about it being “cart path only” (given we had strong t-storms on Friday night, it’s understandable- several bunkers had standing water and there were at least half a dozen not small puddles in fairway and greenside areas).
-The starter was a nice guy as well. Look- we’re playing golf! It’s supposed to be fun so starters that see themselves as some kind of “Checkpoint Charlie” types…ugh.
-Played (as is my want) as part of the dawn patrol. I play fast (our twosome wasn’t trying to set a speed record, but by playing ready golf and having a reasonable “circle of friendship” on conceded putts) and we got around in 3 1/2 hours; saw the group in front of us a couple times and only saw the group in back of us a couple times.
-Billy Casper Golf is managing it; I won’t pretend to know or care about the politics of the course (at one point the city of Rockville ran it). If the course continues to be viable (and honestly it’s a great traditional course) then that helps everyone.
-I played average. Did something to my middle finger (those that know me would say it’s from overuse) so the back nine wasn’t exactly great. Unlike last year I didn’t have a chance to do a lot of gym work early so I feel like I’m behind the 8-ball a bit. Played really good on the front nine but missed more than a few makeable putts. Maybe not having feeling in my hands didn’t help (and having people and animals look at me weird for choosing to wear shorts).