Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I went to the right place. But I'm not sure the contestants felt that way when they stepped out of their blacked out van to face alligators galore.
Let's hear from Keri on what it was like...
Well, if you remember the intro into "The Swamp" football field scene, you may have noticed that Keri Murphy can strut her stuff just about anywhere. I guess that's why she's so successful in running her own modelling company. Did you see how she walked to the camera? I wish I could walk like that. I bet your wondering how she looks swinging a golf club. But I doubt the result of the shot would matter because no one would be looking at the ball. :)
This week was no exception...
So...we're in for a twist next week. I'm looking forward to that. This week was a bit repetitive of last week's competition with the trivia then a "choose a hole" match, but I still liked it. But a change is as good as a rest and a change of venue and a change in script will be good - but I doubt very much we'll see a change in pace. As we know...Slow is not an option on Highway 18.
I wasn't going to blog about Michelle Wie's decision in play in yet another PGA tour event because the story is soooo old, but I came across this article in SPORT where Leadbetter holds nothing back in his criticism of Michelle's choice (or perhaps her parent's choice) to skip the chance to play in an LPGA Major to play with the boys on a 2nd-tier PGA tournament. Why would she do that when she is finally starting to regain some respect in her sport?
Please tell me it's not the money. Doesn't she have enough?
Did you know that Ms. Wie beat out Annika Soremstam AND Lorena Ochao for sponsor money last year? According to Forbes magazine, Wie earned $ 12M in deals last year, Sorenstam $11M and Ochoa $10M.
She’s the fifth highest paid woman in world sport, behind Maria Sharapova ($26M), Serena Williams ($14M), Venus Williams ($13M) and Justine Henin ($ 12.5M).
Is there something completely out of whack here? I am the first person to say there needs to be more money in women's sport, but not like this.
Michelle was expected to try to qualify for the Women’s British Open at Sunningdale Golf Club. But because she wasn't guaranteed a spot, she pulled out of the qualifier and accepted another sponsor’s exemption for the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open at Reno, Nev. It is her eighth PGA Tour event. She's never made the cut before, but maybe she thinks with a sub-par field she might have a chance. Even if she makes the cut (which I predict she won't) - it's a really really dumb idea.
According to Michelle...‘‘There are going to be criticisms in entering this tournament,but I’m just doing what I feel like I want to do.’’ You bet there are lady and the one who should be in your court just can't stand to watch...
“I’ve put too much time and effort into Michelle to be able to sit by and watch this happening without saying something,” Leadbetter said. “If she doesn’t stick to doing what’s sensible, we could see one of the greatest potential talents the game has ever known going to waste. There’s far too much negative energy surrounding her at the moment. She’s getting slated by players on the LPGA Tour and the men’s tour. She’s going to be like a pariah if she’s not careful.”
I expect we'll be seeing Leadbetter get the boot very soon by the Wie's, but I'm sure he'll be happy to wash his hands of this whole mess.
I think it's time for a Michelle Wie intervention.
Leadbetter warns Wie
By Lewine Mair
30 Jul 2008
DAVID LEADBETTER, the world’s leading teaching professional, yesterday criticised Michelle Wie’s decision to play among the men in this week’s Reno Tahao Open in Nevada. “It’s a shock to me and to her agents that this is happening,” said Leadbetter,...read more...
Michelle skips Major for PGA again! "Wie" just don't get it.
Sorenstam slams Wie for playing men’s tour
30 Jul 2008
SUNNINGDALE, England — Annika Sorenstam cannot understand why Michelle Wie is continuing to play events on the U.S. men’s tour. Sorenstam, who on Thursday starts her final women’s British Open before retirement, believes the American teenager should...read more...
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tonight we watched quite a bit of golf - from a 60 yard pitch shot to an "F is for Frustrating" Gator's logo to speed golf at Golden Ocala Golf Club where 5 tribute holes are patterned after famous courses like Augusta, Royal Troon and St. Andrews. I thought that was a pretty cool idea and I've made a note to add that course to my golf course "bucket list".
Course management is done in seconds on this show and I'm sure Ashleigh and Ashley would love to grab back just a few of those seconds and make some different decisions. Let's hear what the ladies had to say about their hole selection, club selection, laying up instead of going for the green from 150 yards and much more...
We all know that hindsight is 20/20, but it's also a great teacher and I'm sure that Trouble and Sunshine have learned a lot from this episode. I have no doubt that those hard knocks and a strike against them are probably going to make them stronger, smarter and sneakier going into next week's show.
I can't wait to watch!
Monday, July 28, 2008
But before we get there, I wanted to share with you the interviews I did with Jameica Duncombe and her partner Raul Cendoya about their "first strike" on last week's show and how they feel about heading into Gator Country.
It was great to talk to Jameica because she shared what it felt like to be the first one "on the chopping block" and having the axe not fall. And she talked about what their strategy was going to be going into this week's show.
Raul, meanwhile, shared some behind the scenes information that might surprise you. It certainly was news to me.
Jameica and Raul are expected to show their true personalities in this week's show according to Keri's blog. And Ashley said Jameica would be "fiesty" this week. Hmmm...
I guess with one strike against them, they're determined to leave some other team in the dust. No more "playing by the rules"!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
It was refreshing to see someone with so much energy and enthusiasm on GC. I get pretty tired of the old guys who want to talk more about themselves and each other rather than about the PGA/LPGA players (but that's another rant I'll have at another time :)).
Last night was Keri's debut and she deserves all the applause and kudos.
I was lucky to catch Keri today during her very busy schedule to find out what she thought of last night's show...
I think it is going to be a really entertaining series and I can't wait to find out what happens next week and where. Never knowing where the contestants may end up is half the fun.
See you then!
photos courtesy of Golf Channel
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Soooo....how did you like episode one of Highway 18? I must admit that I loved it. I know it's not "real golf", but hey... we can get all the real golf we want these days on the Golf Channel and the Internet. So let's have some fun and not take life and golf too seriously. Highway 18 was a very entertaining show and one I will definitely watch each week.
One of the things I like about it is the fact that these are just ordinary people who are being put through challenges and experiences that test their emotional, mental and physical strength. Unlike the Big Break series, which often has golfers who have competed in US Opens, Highway 18 is a show with regular Joes and Josephines like you and me. On HW18, you can put yourself in a contestant's place and so it almost feels more real to me because hey...it could be me!
The blonde babes, Ashley and Asheigh were quite the team out there tonight and although they certainly showed their feminine sides with a few tears upon meeting Arnold Palmer, they also showed that they are more than just pretty faces - these chix with stix are very competitive athletes. They sure gave the boys a "run" for their money right from the get-go.
I chatted with both the ladies after the show to get their perspective on Episode 1. Here's what they had to say...
I'll be interviewing these gals throughout the series and also some of the other contestants, so I hope you'll send me some questions to ask them.
Meanwhile, I look forward to all the debates, rants and raves that will continue throughout the series on all the forums. The more the merrier!
Photos courtesy of GOLF CHANNEL
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Now, we're going to meet her partner in crime, Little Miss Sunshine, Ashleigh Korzack. I can see why Ashley Davis chose her childhood best friend as her partner on Highway 18.
Little Miss SunShine would certainly light up any room she enters and she has that "try anything once" attitude that makes her a fearless competitor. Nothing seems to phase this girl.
I bet her mom was tearing out her hair watching her and her best friend push the limits with their dare devil antics. I can't wait to see these two together on Highway 18. I expect we'll be saying things like, "Can you believe she just did that!"
I had a great time chatting with this spunky 24 year old from Toronto, Canada earlier this week. Ashley has personality-plus! Not only did I get some insights into the series, I found it really interesting to learn why Ashley avoided golf at all costs growing up in Toronto and how this blonde haired, blue eyed babe won the 2003 PGA Minority Collegiate Championship while attending of Tennessee State University...
Ashley and Ashleigh are definitely ones watch on this series. Something tells me that when we start watching the blonde leading the blonde in Highway 18, we'll see that these 2 Crazy Canucks are not the ditzy blondes they would like the other competitors to think they are.
Are you as excited to watch the first episode of Highway 18 as I am?
Usually, I spend the summers watching reruns of Big Breaks inbetween tournaments and it can get a little repetitive, especially if you are an avid BB watcher who's already seen all the originals. So I think it's great that the Golf Channel has come up with another "reality-like" series that pushes our buttons all summer long.
I can just hear the comments coming from all the forum members out there sharing their 2 cents on this series - some will love it - some will cheer on favorite players while ragging on others - some will say they hate it because it's not "real golf", but then they'll watch it every week and rant and rave about why they won't watch it again. But next week...they're all back. LOL!
These shows are just so much fun! Sure, the drama can get a little over the top, but hey...that just gives us more to rant about. But what's even more fun for me is talking to the participants after each show and hear how they feel about what they experienced and what they thought of the final production. So...just like Big Break Ka'anapali, I'm going to talk to as many of them as I can after each week's episode and share their interviews with you. I hope you'll send me questions to ask them as well - always love to hear from you.
This week, I am very pleased to be able to kick off the premier with interviews with 3 very memorable people from the show. The first, is the stunningly beautiful and talented, Keri Murphy. Keri is the new host of Highway 18 and she shares a little bit about what we can expect to see over the next 12 weeks on the show.
Okay, let's all now go watch Keri's bloopers on Golfnow.com :)
Highway 18 will begin this Tuesday at 10 PM EST on the Golf Channel in the nation's oldest city where the contestants will meet a "golf legend". Wonder who that will be? I guess we'll have to watch and see.
And stay tuned...the Ashley/Ashleigh interviews are coming up soon and you won't want to miss those wacky, crazy gals.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Years later my brother left home and my dad got lonely on the course. Suddenly I was given a full set of golf clubs, shoes, hat, glove…the whole kit and caboodle. It was now time for women to play golf in my family. Haha…I hated it and my clubs spent more time in my dad’s garage than on the golf course.
25 years later, I decided (after much pressure for coworkers) to take some lessons that my company was offering and I discovered a new love -- golf! I don’t know what happened, but I’m now a golf addict.
Today, I want more women to feel the same love for this game that I discovered 5 years ago. But the numbers say that we have a long way to go.
According to The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), 5.95 million Canadians play golf – representing a national golf participation rate of 21.5%, among the highest golf participation rate of any country in the world (88% men and 12% women – after rounding).
In the USA, there are over 26 million golfers and ~22 percent are women – better than Canada by a long shot, but still pretty low.
What is the problem? Why don’t more women play golf? Why are there only 6 Canadian women players on the LPGA out of 121 active International players? South Korea has 45! Sure, it’s cold in Canada a lot of the year, but look at Sweden…they have 15 players on the tour.
When I read these statistics, I decided to talk to people of all ages and vocations who love this game and want to see more women fall in love with it too and make successful careers out of their passion. I decided to start with the University of British Columbia Women’s Golf Team.
I was introduced to a lovely young woman by the name of Kyla Inaba (second from the right). She’s the captain of the UBC’s Women’s Golf Team and has made quite an impression on those who work with her.
According to Coach Chris MacDonald, "Kyla was our hardest working player the last two months of the year. The fall term she was adjusting and settling into her new role as captain. She lead by example, her individual runner-up result at the NAIA Championships at Lake San Marcos in San Diego was one of the best performances for a UBC women's golfer in our programs history. Kyla's leadership and playing ability will be counted on to create her goal of another NAIA team championship for UBC this season." [BTW...UBC won the women's NAIA title in both 2001 & 2004.]
Although Kyla didn’t jump on the game when she first tried it at the age of 6, she found herself drawn back to it when she was in grade 9 or 10. She started entering tournaments and got pretty competitive, and so a good golf program was one of her requirements when choosing a university.
I spoke to Kyla about her experience as a young female golfer and what golf has meant to her in school and in life.
Kyla, thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me about golf for women in North America, and more specifically Canada. It was great to hear that your dad introduced you to golf at a young age and encouraged you to play. When did you win your first tournament?
It was a Western Canadian Tour event which is now the Maple Leaf Junior Tour. It was so amazing. I had played a few competitions before that and I was working very hard. There was a bunch of other girls and we were all at about the same level. It was a really really tight race coming into the last round. We all shot really good rounds, but I won by a couple strokes.
What programs are available to young women in Canada today? I know there is the First Tee Program in the US. What Canadian programs are there for young people?
RCGA runs something called Junior Linksters and there are local programs at most clubs for young people. Many clubs will also run junior camps throughout the year.
Did you ever do any of those programs?
I definitely did. I attended the junior camp at my home course, Gallagher’s Canyon, in Kelowna for about 4 or 5 years. It was so much fun because you had all these big pros who were there to help you learn golf. You were surrounded by a bunch of other kids your age, and when you hit just one good shot you’d think, “Oh wow, it’s so amazing!” It was so much fun.
What was the percentage of girls versus boys at those camps?
There used to be more boys for sure, but today it’s actually pretty equal. I coach the junior camp every year now and the percentage is getting close to 50/50.
For high school graduates, what are the golf scholarship programs like in Canada?
About 5 years ago, the RCGA offered scholarships to some universities in Canada to try and keep more golfers in Canada because so many where going to the US.
[Side note... In 2007, 65 scholarships were handed out to Canadian students – Kyla was one of them. Amounts ranged from $1000 up to $5000 depending on the specific scholarship]Right now the strongest two programs in Canada are at UBC and the University of Victoria (both BC universities). UBC is also fortunate to have the support of local business people who want to see Canadian golfers go to school in Canada…
[In the mid-80s Martin Zlotnik, a former UBC golf team captain, entrepreneur and community leader and a group of like-minded alumni founded the Thunderbird Golf Society which has raised enough money to build a sizable and growing endowment fund for scholarships, coaching honoraria and travel for UBC's men's and women's teams. Zlotnik also hosts the Millennium Breakfast, an annual event which in just two years has raised more than a million dollars for athletic scholarships.
"We can't stand idly by and watch so many academically qualified student-athletes go to the United States because they don't have the same scholarship opportunities here," says Zlotnik. "Alumni have to get involved and we have to get excited."]
What are your plans after university – golf or a career based on your degree?
I always want to pursue golf, but the thing is, it requires a lot of financial support and time and commitment. So for me to turn pro and play in the US tours, I’d have to be spending most of my time on my game. It’s pretty much a fulltime job in itself.
So what I am going to do is apply for the Pharmacy Program at UBC at the end of this year, and if I get in, I’ll focus on that. If I don’t get in, I’ll just work and play golf.
I read once that for the Duramed Futures Tour you have to set aside $35,000 in order to play (includes fees, travel, etc). Saving $35K as a new graduate seems almost an impossible task, even if you had your tuition paid by scholarship. How do you study, play collegiate golf and work to save that kind of money?
Essentially when you are playing collegiate golf and studying at a school with academic excellence like UBC, it’s really hard to excel at one or the other. It’s a tough job to maintain a good balance.
In Kelowna we have two girls who are trying to make it in the pro circuit right now and they are doing okay, but I don’t know if they are even breaking even.
It seems like such a shame that there is so much money in sport and in golf, but women can’t afford to even try and enter the pro ranks because the sponsorship money just isn’t there for them. How can we change that and enable more women to follow their dream?
I think there needs to be, exactly what you are doing, bringing more attention to the issue. It’s an expensive sport and it’s a great sport and sometimes people just don’t realize that. It’s great what people like Marty Zlotnik are doing bringing attention to it and working hard to raise funds for us so that we can play.
You look at the LPGA and you’ll see half the page of the leader board is Korean. But they take golf so seriously over there. I think the Korean girls actually have to take a golfing course in high school.
But I do think that Canada is making a better effort these days and it is getting bigger every year, even though it is on a smaller scale than the US. The RCGA is trying really hard to try and keep collegiate golfers in Canada and they do have quite a little circuit for “Team Canada” girls and guys to play for.
In our RCGA college championships we see the fields getting stronger and stronger every year. It is usually a race between UBC and UVic, but we’re seeing other Canadian colleges get closer on our heels every year. So it is getting better.
What % of the ladies who do play in college go on to make golf their career.
Not very many - probably less than 25%, I’d say. Lots of girls get CPGA-certified and try teaching so they can make money that way. But as far as playing competitively and trying to make it on the circuit, very few can afford to do it.
Do the major golf manufacturers support you?
They do help out a little bit. We get deals on equipment from sponsors who are affiliated with the club we are practicing at or they make a deal with the coach. For instance at UBC, I was provided with a whole bag of Cleveland golf clubs because they decided to give out one set of clubs to 1 player on the team every year. And they give a pretty good deal on clubs to the rest of the team members as well.
How has golf impacted your life?
I think it has been tremendous in helping me grow and mature. This year at UBC we worked with a mental coach and he has helped us a lot not only in golf but also in life – in gaining perspective on why we play golf and why we do the things we do and why we love the game.
Through golf, I’ve learned that everything happens for a reason. So when I went out and shot 90 this year on a difficult day on a very difficult course, I realized I had to embrace that round just as much as I embrace shooting a round of 70.
You can apply so much of the mental game of golf into your own life. I’ve learned so much, especially with the college golfing aspect of it, but also just growing up - you have to learn about commitment and keep practicing to get better. I have learned time management and how to maintain balance with playing golf and still getting my homework done.
How about anger management?
So today you’re cool headed, but what about when you were younger - did you get angry at yourself?
If you shank a shot in the woods, maybe you will hit a shot that ricochets off two trees and goes in the hole. You just never know. Everything happens for reason.
Golfers seem to have a “never give up – never surrender” attitude.
Definitely. You always hear in interviews, “It was a grind out there.” Or “I was grinding hard today just trying to make my 5-footers..” It’s kind of a characteristic of successful golfers. The people who never give up have a lot of heart. They know that if you keep grinding it out there, something good is eventually going to happen.
How much did your parents play in instilling that kind of perseverance in you?
Oh my…110%! When I was about 6, my parents put me in ballet and I hated it. I cried every Saturday morning before I had to go and they said, “Kyla, you are going to finish what you started.” And I still cried every time I had to go, but I finished out the year and that taught me I have to finish what I start, no matter what.
My parents have always supported me. Anything I wanted to try, they’d let me try it. And so if I wanted to play soccer I would do it and finish out the season even if I found I hated it after I started.
What message would you like to give to young ladies out there who are thinking about golf?
Golf is something you can do all your life. So even if you dabble in it here and there, you can play golf one Saturday afternoon instead of going to the mall and spending money you don’t have
It is something you can enjoy for a lifetime. It is a great competitive sport – it always challenges you and you can play at any level. You can play for fun or competition. It’s just an all around great sport.
It’s also a great sport where men and women can play together, unlike contact sports, isn't it?
Absolutely. As a junior I would go out and play with whoever was playing at the time and I ended up playing with a lot of old men and a lot of junior boys. That’s how you build character and learn to communicate.
Women always feel "naked on the first tee". Have you ever felt that way and what advice do you have for girls who feel like that.
What’s your favorite course to play?
We get to train at Shaughnessy in Vancouver and sometimes in the winter we tend to overlook it, but I think it is one of the most beautiful courses I have ever played.
What course would you love to play that you haven’t played?
That’s tough, but I guess after watching the US Open, I’d love to play at Torrey Pines.
Thanks so much Kyla for chatting with me today. Any closing remarks for the readers?
Regarding Canadian golf – I chose UBC so I could get a Canadian education and play golf. At UBC we still get a fantastic playing schedule. We play in most NCAA events so we head down to California or Arizona, play in those tournaments, come back to UBC and practice. Sometimes the practice isn’t all that much fun because of the rain or the snow, but we still get to practice all year round and we get a Canadian education and we get to go down to the sun to play our tournaments.
We have tons of opportunities as well. We have our own fitness trainer at UBC who provides a bunch of golf-specific training programs. We have a coach, an assistant coach and two other swing coaches and a mental coach.
I think I get the best of both worlds. Lots of my friends head down to the states and they really don’t know what they’re going to get. If you are not getting a full ride, sometimes you end up paying more than you would here.
I also think that if you can get a Canadian education, in the end you will be able to do more things with your degree afterwards. That’s one of the biggest reasons I chose to stay in Canada and go to UBC.
I believe that there are still a lot of opportunities in Canada. It really is the best of both worlds.
Ah ha! Now there’s that positive attitude again! :).
You know, when you meet young people like Kyla, with talent, determination and heart, you start to believe what she says, "If you keep grinding it out there, something good is eventually going to happen."
Well, maybe that's true of women's golf in North American. If we continue to grind at promoting it, it just might get the support it needs. I sure hope it happens soon, so talented ladies like Kyla can follow their dream and make a successful career in the pro ranks.
Best of luck to you Kyla and your team! You make Vancouverites like me proud!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I probably blog more about Colin Montgomery's tantrums than I do about any other golfer's quirks. But that's because he's such a great target.
They say he's a charmer at home, but you have to wonder....Is he Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde? He definitely is NOT a good role model for golf when it comes to patience, kindness and being a gentleman on the course.
This latest run-in with golf analyst Ewen Murray seems even a bit over the top for the great Scot. It is said that Murray was so upset by Monty’s remarks at last week's European Open that he called the incident ‘the most sickening minute I have experienced on a golf course.’
Can you imagine the arrogance of a golfer saying to someone on the course, "I am the reason you are here, and don’t forget that!"
So he apologized...big deal! I think that sort of behavior in a "more than grown" man is just inexcusible. It's one thing to get mad at yourself, but to take it out on others is just so immature. When will he grow up?
What bothers me the most is that he said, "You know what I’m like. I do things in the heat of the moment that I later regret. I was clearly out of line on this occasion." "This occassion????" And what number is this! You're out of line almost every week.
I think my disappointment is stronger than most because I really like Colin Montgomery and want him in the Ryder Cup this year. He's always been a favorite and I try to laugh off his conduct, but he's starting to lose my undying support.
Time to grow up, not out, Monty. Your fans are getting a little impatient with you...
Monty the serial offender sorry for ‘sickening’abuse
by DEREK LAWRENSON Golf Correspondent
10 Jul 2008
COLINMONTGOMERIE issued an apology last night to a Sky Sports sound technician he verbally abused during the European Open last week. Bad behaviour and the Scot are no strangers, of course, but this episode was the worst yet, according to Sky’s main...read more...
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Just when I thought that women's golf was on its way up, this happens and it makes me realize that we have a long way to go baby!
I hope that the publishers will continue to support the website. Sure, I want to continue blogging on it, but it's more important that women golfers have a place that they can find what they need and read what they like.
It's not like Golf Digest and Golf magazine aren't great reads as well. I subscribe to both, but they don't have nearly enough content for women.
Women and men may be equal, but they are different. We need to keep the best women's golf site in the world alive and kicking!
Hey, it kicked butt last month - they had record-breaking traffic in June. I'm not sure I can share how many page views they clocked (that may be confidential), but I can tell you that I was impressed and I'm an Internet marketing consultant.
It's time for golf fans, male and female, to stand up and say, "Long Live GFW.com!"
Are you with me?
Then go to GFW's forum page and start making some noise!
Conde’s golf mag won’t stay the course
By KEITH J. KELLY
New York Post
08 Jul 2008
Condé Nast pulled the plug on Golf for Women, only hours after its editorinSusan Reed said she was jumping ship to become the new editor of O, the Oprah Magazine at rival publishing house Hearst Corp. It was positive news for Hearst, which last week...read more...
Friday, July 4, 2008
I was recently accused on a golf forum of regurgitating already written stories in the news. Guilty as charged. But hey…that’s my shtick. I like presenting articles I read that I think are interesting and stories I think others might never get the chance to read. And then I add my 2 cents to it. So...yup...I'm a regurgitating blogger :)
Here's some more backwash for you. The great debate - Is golf a sport?
That argument has been rehashed over and over, but it never gets resolved because everyone's biased. There's really no objectivity. If you love golf, then it's a sport. If you hate golf, then it's just a boring game. Funny how you either love it or hate it. I wonder why that is? It's like beer - I hate beer, but my golfgal loves nothing better than a cold beer after a round of golf. Me?...I’ll stick to Smirnoff.
Anyway...back to the golf/sport debate...I came across this article below in the Economic Times in India from a writer who obviously sits on the "con" side of the argument. I found the article entertaining even though I live on the opposite side of the fence.
Every time someone wants to put down golf, they have to find clever analogies to use to make their point. They actually don't have any facts to substantiate their claim, so they try to do it with humor. And it is funny - it's just wrong.
Enter Mr. Lewis...he says golf is more like bird watching than basketball. He also says (in reference to Tiger's performance at the US Open with a fractured leg) that "you can get hurt playing darts, too. Or hiking. Bowling can be seriously hazardous, if you don’t know what you’re doing. Play with enough passion and you can even injure yourself in a spirited game of Monopoly. (I once cut my finger grabbing Park Place.)"
Haha...yes, Mr. Lewis, you have a way with words. I wonder how you feel about Sumo wrestling...
After reading this piece of humor, I thought I'd browse around the Internet for other arguments about golf NOT being a sport and came across this one from Dave Hollander of The Huffington Post.
"Just because it's difficult doesn't mean it's a sport. Computer programming and brain surgery are difficult. They are not sports. Just because you compete doesn't make it a sport either. Pretzel vendors compete. Art galleries compete. Hell, a spelling bee is a competition. Golf is recreation--something to pass the time. It is no more a sport than marbles or cat's cradle."
And then, one of my heros, Ichiro Suzuki told USA Today last year, "Tiger is a great golfer, but ... when you say athlete, I think of Carl Lewis. When you talk about (golfers or race-car drivers), I don't want to see them run. It's the same if you were to meet a beautiful girl and go bowling. If she's an ugly bowler, you are going to be disappointed."
LOL...I think there may have some language issues with this quote - but I guess the bottom line is that Ichiro doesn't think golf qualifies as a sport. I can understand why he says that...I watched him play a hole at my local course a year ago. First, he's not a very good golfer and second, he drove a cart on a course that is walked by 75 year old women at my club! Yup...he drove a golf cart instead of walking. That was pretty funny. I guess if it's not a sport, why bother walking the 5 miles.
Anyway, it seems like a big part of the golf/sport debate centers around walking versus running. It's okay to chase down a ball or a puck or a frisbee. But you better do it quickly because if you move too slowly, you're disqualified from the world of sport.
Of course, the Olympic Committee calls curling a sport and I haven't seen too many curlers sprint to sweep. Maybe we golfers should run from shot to shot and add the time it takes to play to our scores. Not a bad idea (except for the poor caddies) because pace of play would surely improve and we could huff and puff our way into the hard hearts of "real athletes" and the Olympic Committee.
There’s too much social pressure for golf to assume an honest place in human activities, says Michael Lewis
25 Jun 2008
ONE of the amazing things about golf is how many people have been fooled into believing it is actually a real sport. All over the world people now talk and think about golf as if it’s more like football or basketball than, say, bird-watching. The first...read more...