Halloween Fun – Monster Mash

HellDay2006_7Imagine this post with the music of the Monster Mash (gooooooo) playing in the background…

A very fun golf tournament format is one played during this time of year for Halloween. The format is the Monster Mash but can go by other names like “tournament from hell” or “hell day” etc. The concept is fun and scary, to set up the golf course in as “scary” a way as possible. Here are a few course modifications which make for a great Monster Mash tournament.

Tees

Tees are placed in any place except what would be considered normal. Scary tee placements include on upslopes, behind trees, behind bushes, 50-100 yards behind the longest tee sets… Think of any way to place the tee in such a manner as to make the tee shot nearly impossible.

Fairways

Hard to make a fairway tougher without some serious work by the grounds crew. One option is to force players to hit into fairway bunkers before they can proceed with their approach shots to the green. Other Monster Mash tournaments put pumpkins or a single pumpkin in the fairway which must be hit by the golf ball before the player can proceed to the green.

Greens

This is where the real fun happens. Think of all the horrible and frightening places one can put the hole on a green. Perhaps putting the hole in the middle of a steep slope, sidehill, fringe, are some ideas. Think 10-putt!

A few other variations for the green include putting pumpkins serving as immovable obstructions which must be putted around or perhaps adding more than one hole to a green.

Be Creative

The Monster Mash is the best time for the committee to be creative and do all sorts of fun and crazy things to the course and the tournament format.

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Winds Blow Pilot off Fairway into Hazard

How many times have we all hit a shot which looked like it was going to hit the fairway, but the wind blew it into the lake?  Tough times on the course no doubt.  It is a little more serious when you’re flying a plane with engine trouble and trying to land on a local golf course fairway and the wind blows you into the water hazard!  That’s what happened in West Plano, Texas to a small plane pilot.  

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The pilot experienced engine trouble and was attempting to perform an emergency landing on the 2nd fairway at Prestonwood Golf Course.  Winds were strong enough to blow the plane off line and into the water hazard.

Fortunately the pilot walked away unharmed and no golfers or nearby residents were injured.

No word as to whether the pilot yelled “fore” before attempting to play through the group on the 2nd fairway.

Tuesday Tip – Line on Golf Ball

Golf Ball Line

Line up the ball and putter lines, then perform the stroke along those lines…

One of the biggest keys to making putts is getting the ball to roll true and straight. If the golfer is not able to get the ball rolling true, and on the proper line, the best read and analysis in the world is worthless.

A great way to make sure your putts are rolling true is to mark the golf ball with a straight line. Many of the world’s top professional golfers, like Tiger Woods, do this. Most golf shops or stores have a ball marking device which can help you mark a straight line on the ball. The line can be on just a side of the ball, or all the way around.

The line on the ball helps in two ways. First, the line helps the golfer align himself, the putter, and the stroke on the target line. The line on the ball should be the same line of the putt, not necessarily the line to the hole. If it is a straight putt, the line should point straight at the hole. If the putt breaks one foot to the left, the line should be aimed one foot right of the hole.

Second, the line on the ball will show if the ball is rolling straight and true. Putts which come through the impact area off the proper line will result in a wobble in the line on the ball as it is rolling. Putts which are stroked on the proper line will result in a straight and clean line appearing in the roll of the ball.

Such a simple tip can help reduce strokes drastically and all it takes is a black marker!

Weekend Wrap

HPBNC_2011_068PGA Tour
The McGladrey Classic
Seaside Course
Sea Island, GA

A duck-hook on the first hole of the tournament meant that Robert Streb was more worried about making the cut than winning the tournament. But Streb kept his cool and finished the first round with a 1-under par 69. Streb followed the 69 with three more rounds in the 60’s, capped off with a final round 63. But he was not the only player playing well and finishing atop the leader board at 14-under par.

Three players entered a playoff at the Seaside Course, Brendon de Jonge, Will MacKenzie, and Robert Streb. Streb and de Jone made par to continue the playoff. MacKenzie’s bogey on the first playoff hole eliminated him.

On the par-3 17th Robert Streb carded a birdie two to claim the victory by hitting a fabulous 8-iron to four feet. The spoils of his first PGA Tour victory include the winner’s share of $1,0008,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points. Even more valuable for Streb is the now pending invitation to the Masters Tournament, as well at the Tournament of Champions.

LPGA Tour
Blue Bay LPGA
Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course
Hainan Island, China

The three-round Blue Bay LPGA is one of the last few events on the 2014 LPGA Tour’s season.

South African golfer Lee-Anne Pace came into the Blue Bay LPGA on a high note. The previous week she had won her ninth career Ladies European Tour (LET) event. With three rounds of 67 or better, she claimed victory at the Blue Bay LPGA by three shots over 2nd place finisher Caroline Masson and two 3rd place finishers Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda.

Though not necessary, Pace rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to finish in style.

Friday Fun – Golf Videos of the Week

Some very entertaining videos have popped up in the golf world this week. With so many mobile devices out there capable of capturing video, the world is a treasure chest of entertainment and the golf world is no exception!

Below a golfer makes the longest shortest birdie putt in the world, about a 3-foot 100-footer!

Speaking of 3-footers for birdie… Ever barely miss a 3-foot birdie putt and have to run to the golf bag and get your sand wedge? This guy did.

Here’s an odd video where a golf instructing panda beats up his student for missing a putt. That’s some tough instruction.

And in the most impressive video of the week, a three year old boy with one arm hits a driver with the ball teed up in a man’s mouth. Well played.

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2015 PGA Tour Schedule – Schedule Page Updated

Below you will find the full 2015 PGA Tour season schedule, complete with locations and TV networks as available on 10/23/14.  This useful information is also always available on the Frogger Blogger PGA Tour Schedule page.  The PGA Tour schedule page can be found by clicking the link in the previous line, or by clicking on on the “Tours” menun in the blog, and the PGA Tour Schedule sub-menu item.

2015 PGA TOUR SCHEDULE
DATE TOURNAMENT LOCATION COURSE PURSE NETWORK
Oct 9-12 Frys.com Open Napa, California Silverado Resort and Spa – North Course $6,000,000 The Golf Channel
Oct 16-19 Shriners Las Vegas, Nevada TPC Summerlin $6,200,000 The Golf Channel
Oct 23-26 McGladrey Classic Sea Island, Georgia Sea Island Golf Club – Seaside Course $5,600,000
Oct 30-Nov 2 CIMB Classic Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur G & CC $7,000,000
Nov 6-9 WGC-HSBC Champ Shanghai, China Sheshan International $8,500,000
Nov 6-9 Sanderson Farms Jackson, Mississippi Country Club of Jackson $4,000,000 The Golf Channel
Nov 13-16 OHL Classic Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo El Camaleon Golf Club $6,100,000 The Golf Channel
Jan 9-12 Hyundai Tourn Kapalua, Hawaii Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course $5,700,000 The Golf Channel
Jan 15-18 Sony Open Honolulu, Hawaii Waialae Golf Course $5,600,000 The Golf Channel
Jan 22-25 Humana Challenge La Quinta, California Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West, Jack Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West, La Quinta CC $5,700,000 The Golf Channel
Jan 29-Feb 1 Phoenix Open Scottsdale, Arizona TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course $6,300,000 The Golf Channel
Feb 5-8 Farmers Insurance La Jolla, California Torrey Pines – South Course, Torrey Pines – North Course $6,300,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Feb 12-15 Pebble Beach Pebble Beach, California Pebble Beach, MPCC – Shore Course, Spyglass Hill $6,800,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Feb 19-22 Northern Trust Pacific Palisades, California Riviera Country Club $6,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Feb 26-Mar 1 Honda Classic Palm Beach Gardens, Florida PGA National Resort & Spa – The Champion Course $6,100,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 5-8 Puerto Rico Open Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Trump International – Puerto Rico $3,000,000 The Golf Channel
Mar 5-8 WGC-Cadillac Doral, Florida TPC Blue Monster at Doral $9,250,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 12-15 Valspar Champ Palm Harbor, Florida Innisbrook – Copperhead Course $5,900,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 19-22 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard , Bay Hill Course $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 26-29 Texas Open San Antonio, Texas AT&T Oaks Course $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Apr 2-5 Houston Open Humble, Texas Golf Club of Houston – Tournament Course $6,600,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Apr 9-12 The Masters Augusta, Georgia Augusta National $9,000,000 ESPN/CBS
Apr 16-19 RBC Heritage Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Harbour Town Golf Links $5,900,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Apr 23-26 Zurich Classic Avondale, Louisiana TPC Louisiana $6,900,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Apr 29-May 3 WGC Match Play San Francisco, California TPC Harding Park $9,250,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
May 7-10 PLAYERS Champ Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida THE PLAYERS Stadium Course $10,000,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
May 14-17 Wells Fargo Charlotte, North Carolina Quail Hollow Club $7,100,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
May 21-24 Crowne Plaza Fort Worth, Texas Colonial Country Club Course $6,500,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
May 28-31 Byron Nelson Irving, Texas TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas $7,100,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 4-7 Memorial Tourn Dublin, Ohio Muirfield Village Golf Course $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 11-14 St. Jude Classic Memphis, Tennessee TPC Southwind $6,000,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 18-21 US Open University Place, Washington Chambers Bay $9,000,000 ESPN/NBC
Jun 25-28 Travelers Champ Cromwell, Connecticut TPC River Highlands $6,400,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 2-5 Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia The Old White TPC $6,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 9-12 J Deere Classic Silvis, Illinois TPC Deere Run $4,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 16-19 Barbasol Champ Opelika, Alabama Robert Trent Jones at Grand National – Lake Course $3,500,000
Jul 16-19 British Open Gullane, St. Andrews – The Old Course $9,200,000 ESPN
Jul 23-26 RBC Canadian Open Oakville, Ontario Glen Abbey $5,800,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 30-Aug 2 QuickLoans Nat Gainesville, Virginia Robert Trent Jones Golf Club $6,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Aug 6-9 Barracuda Champ Reno, Nevada Montreux Golf and Country Club $3,100,000 The Golf Channel
Aug 6-9 World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational Akron, OH Firestone Country Club $9,250,000 CBS – HD National/The Golf Channel
Aug 13-16 PGA Champ Kohler, Wisconsin Whistling Straits-Straits Course $10,000,000 TNT/CBS – HD National
Aug 20-23 Wyndham Champ Greensboro, North Carolina Sedgefield Country Club $5,400,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Aug 27-30 The Barclays Edison, New Jersey Plainfield Country Club $8,250,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Sep 4-7 Deutsche Bank Norton, Massachusetts TPC Boston $8,250,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Sep 17-20 BMW Champ Lake Forest, Illinois Conway Farms Golf Club $8,250,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Sep 24-27 THE TOUR Champ Atlanta, Georgia East Lake Golf Course $8,250,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Oct 9-11 Presidents Cup Incheon City, South Korea Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea TBA The Golf Channel/NBC

Tuesday Tip – Grain

TNGCEver hit a putt which broke one direction but the slope of the green read to break in the other direction? Ever hit a putt which you thought should be fast but was much slower, even though it was downhill? Ever hit a putt which should have been slow, but for some unknown reason is was considerably faster?

If you’ve run into the above scenarios, or similar, you may need to learn a bit about “grain.” Some grass types on greens have a “grain” to them. Grain occurs when the blads of grass lay down in a certain direction. The ball rolls faster “with the grain,” meaning rolling in the direction the blades are laying down. The ball rolls slower “against the grain,” or “into the grain.”

Grain can affect the break of putts as well. If you read a putt to break from left-to-right, but the grain is laying right-to-left, the putt may roll straight. This can be quite puzzling to see.

Conversely, if the grain and the break were in the same direction, the putt will break more than the read would indicate.

Seeing Grain

How does one see the grain to read it? The color of the grain will be lighter or darker depending on which direction the grain is laying. “Down grain” views will be shiny and brighter as the sun is reflecting off the tops of the grass blades. “Up grain” views will be darker as the sun is not reflecting as much in the tips of the blades.

A putt may have several different grains to it, depending on the drainage of the green and the angle of the sun. Looking at a 50 foot putt one may see several light and dark areas, indicating different grain directions.

Conclusion

Now that you know a little more about grain you can hopefully make a few more putts. If a putt puzzles you as to why it broke or didn’t break, or perhaps is off on the speed, look back and try to find light and dark areas. More than likely, the miscalculation was due to the direction of the grain.

Weekend Wrap

HPBNC_2011_068PGA Tour
Shriners Hospital for Children Open
TPC Summerlin
Las Vegas, Nevada

During this part of the new PGA Tour season, aspiring pros and unknowns have big opportunities to secure victories, FedEx Cup points, and exemptions, as many of the bigger names are taking the time off for fall and winter.

Now is the time to cash in and take advantage.

That’s just what Ben Martin did this past weekend. The young Clemson graduate and 2010 built up a four shot lead by the 10th hole on Sunday. But nerves caused an errant shot U.S. Amateur runner-up on the 11th tee, resulting in a stuck position behind a tree. Combined with Martin’s bogey at #11, Kevin Streelman rattled off five birdies to overtake Martin and capture the lead.

In an “awesome way to finish,” according to Martin, he finished the final four holes in four-under-par to secure a two-shot margin of victory.

Win the win Martin punched his ticket to the Masters for the first time as a professional. He had played in the Masters as an amateur in 2010. Marin also takes the very early FedEx Cup points race lead, but the playoffs will not start for nearly a year from now so much can happen between now and then.

Three players tied for fourth place, four shots back: Brooks Koepka, Jimmy Walker, Webb Simpson.

European Tour
World Match Play Championship
Ash, England

In 2012 Mikko Ilonen was ranked 334th in the world. On Sunday, he defeated the #1 seed and top five player Henrik Stenson in the World Match Play Championship.

Ilonen was one down after four holes, but eventually won the match 3&1 (three up with one to play).

I didn’t make any mistakes this afternoon against Henrik,” said Ilonen. “(I) felt like I had a good chance to beat him and I did.”

A Bad Eagle in Golf?

An eagle in golf is generally considered a good thing. Many higher handicap amateur golfers hope to make an eagle once in their lifetimes and if they do, it is a memorable occasion.

In the video below a golfer experiences a bad eagle. As he approaches the green he notices an eagle who is there, messing around with his golf ball. After batting the ball around a bit, the eagle grabs the ball and flys away.

Ruling

The rules of golf provide a ruling for this scenario.  The eagle is an “outside agency.”  The player does not have to chase the eagle down and play the ball where it lies, in the eagle’s nest!

18-1. By Outside Agency
If a ball at rest is moved by an outside agency, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced.

Note: It is a question of fact whether a ball has been moved by an outside agency. In order to apply this Rule, it must be known or virtually certain that an outside agency has moved the ball. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the player must play the ball as it lies or, if the ball is not found, proceed under Rule 27-1.

Can You Swing Opposite of Your Regular Orientation?

Every so often we are faced with the tough situation where we could get to the ball with a club, but only if we turned around backwards.  For us right-handed players, there is the occasion that only a left-handed shot is the option.  Golf is hard enough with our regular orientation, but having to turn a club upside down and swing backwards?  Even tougher.  Many players hit the shot poorly, or miss the ball entirely.

As a demonstration of the immense talent of PGA Tour players, check out Rory McIlory’s left handed shot from this week’s PGA Grand Slam of Golf:

McIlory’s backswing looked great, but the follow-through was a little off. He did manage to get the ball extracated from the hazard, but not without splashing mud on his white pants. No worries about the pants though. Nike will certainly take care of a new pair.

Martin Kaymer would eventually be crowned champion of the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.