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This link will take you to the video on You Tube of the charity hair cut in aid of Reach Out. The total raised has now increased to €2200.
Mick The Grip
In The Bunker With Mick The Grip
Bing Crosby’s house at
BING CROSBY was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and a 2 handicap golfer.
To amuse his friends and to
support the golf professionals he
decided to hold his own pro am golf tournament in San Diego, putting up the $10,000 prize himself, and providing a Clambake afterwards. The first “Crosby Clambake” was won by Sam Snead. The weather was so atrocious that pro
golfers still call intermittent squalls and gales ‘Crosby Weather, ’ but it was
such a success it became an annual event.
put the Clambake on hold, but In
1947 Bing revived and expanded it to four rounds played on three courses on the Monterey Peninsula, near San Francisco. His Hollywood golfing buddies all
came to his eve of tournament party,
with guests like Dean Martin and Bob Hope doing a turn. After that the ‘Clambake’ was shown on TV across America. Naturally, having a bunch of extroverts in front of the
cameras meant the golf almost became secondary to the antics. When Johnny Weissmuller lost his ball in
a tree he swung from the branches giving a Tarzan yell. Bing’s pro am had become one of the golf events of the year,
and it raised millions for charity.
Bing died on a golf
course in Spain in 1977, and in 1986 the AT&T Corporation took over sponsorship, but his house still
overlooks the 13th hole, and to the pro golfing fraternity Pebble
Beach will always be ‘The Clambake.’
JIMMY WALKER, who won
this month’s Championship at Pebble Beach, credits his recent success to
renowned coach Butch Harmon. Walker, 35, has jumped out of the pack and achieved three
wins in his past eight starts. He told reporters: “The older you get, the harder it is to make changes, but I
decided to go to Butch with a blank slate and listen to his advice, and it’s
LEE WESTWOOD has split with his
coach Sean Foley after seven months.
Foley, who coaches Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Hunter Mahan, and has
probably got enough on his hands anyway, said: “Lee is a great guy and I really
wish him well.” Westwood said:
“Sean’s coaching didn’t fit in with what I wanted to do.” Perhaps he should have a chat with
WHEN THE ORIGINAL Callaway Big
Bertha appeared in 1991 everyone wanted one, including me. I couldn’t afford it. This month the reborn Big Bertha and
it’s big sister the Big Bertha Alpha, was launched. The Big Bertha now features a sliding weight, which can
be used to fine tune shots, and an adjustable hosel to alter loft and lie to
favour a draw or a fade. Of the
two drivers the Big Bertha is aimed at the higher handicap players, the ultra adjustable Alpha at the lower. I still can’t afford it. ($400.)
STADLER’S WIN at the Phoenix Open
(his first PGA Tour title) earned him a spot in the Masters, a tournament his dad
Craig won in 1982. The Stadlers will be the first father and son to play in the
same Masters. Proud Stadler Senior
commented: “I said, ‘When Kevin gets in,
that’ll be my final Masters,’ and this will be it.”
BUBBA WATSON’S incredible bunker shot into the hole at
Riviera reminded me of a good tip: Don’t hit the ball, hit the sand
behind the ball. The closer you hit to the ball, the
more the ball will spin, so even on the greenside bunker shot, you want to hit
the sand first.
this tip I equalled Bubba’s 39 holes with no bogeys. Then I woke up.
next time: Happy Golfing.
Mick for all your regripping and repairs.
Tel. 638 859 475.
Bing died on a golf course in Spain in 1977, and in 1986 the AT&T Corporation took over sponsorship, but his house still overlooks the 13th hole, and to the pro golfing fraternity Pebble Beach will always be ‘The Clambake.’