Looking forward to throwing out the opening pitch at the @Marlins game tonight!!:)— Lexi Thompson (@Lexi) April 16, 2014
@MattFitz94 nice playing Matt— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) April 18, 2014
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By Alex Myers
From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:
1. The Masters: There wasn't the usual Sunday back-nine drama at Augusta National, but there was still plenty to talk about. Bubba Watson's perfect 366-yard slice drive on No. 13? Ridiculous. A 20-year-old making a run at the green jacket? Amazing. A bunch of 50-year-olds playing their way into contention? More amazing. Speaking of which, Miguel Angel Jimenez will join Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer again this week when he makes his Champions Tour debut. Watching old guys play golf has never seemed so cool.
2. The NBA Playoffs: The NBA's postseason begins this weekend with 16 teams believing they have a chance to win a title. Silly teams. In the East, it's a two-man show between the Heat and the Pacers, while the West is a little more open with four teams (Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, and Rockets) having a legit chance. Eh, make that three teams. Sorry, Rockets. Of course, if you don't get around to talking about the playoffs this week, it's OK. They go on for an eternity.
Chris Paul vs. Stephen Curry in the first round? Yes, please.
3. The NHL Playoffs: Pro hockey's postseason is just getting underway as well! (Disclaimer: I am only mentioning this because my boss is a HUGE hockey fan -- one of 17 in this country.) Unlike in the NBA, any of the 16 teams have a chance to "ride a hot goalie to a Stanley Cup," says [insert expert hockey analyst's name]. We're going with the New York Rangers to win it all (Another disclaimer: My boss is a HUGE Rangers fan) because we've
actually heard of heard good things about their goalie, Henrik Lundqvist.
4. "Transcendence": Apparently, this is the big movie opening in theaters this weekend. It's a sci-fi thriller involving experiments with human emotions. Wait, didn't this already come out? Ohh, that was "Inception." I guess the big twist here is that this movie stars Johnny Depp instead of Leonardo DiCaprio. I know, I shouldn't judge a movie by its title, especially when it's slim pickings out there. Hollywood must be in a post-Masters lull as well.
5. "Mrs. Doubtfire 2": Speaking of movies in the news, it seems as though a sequel of this 1993 film starring Robin Williams is in the works -- leading to so many questions. Why now? Would anyone actually miss that girl who said she doesn't want to be in it? Is Colin Montgomerie OK?! Poor guy. Just when he thought those Mrs. Doubtfire comparisons were finally dying down . . .
By Matthew Rudy
By Alex Myers
For the past month, Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Carter County, Tenn., has been dealing with stray golf balls on its runway. A lot of golf balls.
In the report, airport manager Dan Cogan said there have been "well over 100 balls" at the east end of the runway where planes take off and land. The balls have appeared on four different occasions during daily inspections for the airport, which handles about 100 flights per day.
So what's the big deal?
"An engine can suck a golf ball up into it causing engine failure or damage to the engine and can run into a lot of money right away. And then if it's a moving aircraft you could have a major incident causing up to loss of life," Cogan said.
In other words, as tempting as it is, don't use your nearest airport as a driving range.
Local authorities aren't categorizing this as a crime yet, but Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said there's potential for a "reckless endangerment" charge. Whoever is hitting the golf balls might not be doing it maliciously, but they don't seem to be getting there by accident. Especially considering the nearest golf course is seven miles away.
Here's the report from WJHL News Channel 11:
With numerous apps on the market designed to help you navigate the golf course, discerning one from another can be difficult. The new entry from Hole19 could add to the confusion, or it could make things easier thanks to its cool look and simple operation.
In addition to giving GPS yardages, the Hole19 app maps each shot you play, creating a graphic record similar to the PGA Tour's Shot Tracker (see larger below). The app uses map services to portray a satellite view of each hole, giving you a vivid picture of the dangers that lurk on the course. It can calculate your stats (GIR, fairways, etc.) to pinpoint areas for improvement.
Best of all is the price: It's free in the iTunes app store, and each course is free to download.
The weather is going to have to win my trust back one day at a time, beginning this afternoon (assuming I can finish a couple of things I’m supposed to be working on). Still, I have less reason to be upset than Mike Reilly, a reader and a member of the World’s Second-Best Golf Club, whose first trip to the Masters, on practice-round Monday, was rained out after two hours. “Their rain-out policy is ‘better luck next year,’ he wrote from a motel room in Augusta (the club offered refunds). “I understand why it is that way, but that was a long way to drive to watch eight guys tee off No. 1.”
While the weather was misbehaving, several of my friends conducted an email debate about the Sunday Morning Group’s hole-in-one policy, which Hacker (real name) implemented a couple of years ago. We collect $15 a man on Sundays, and three of those dollars go into the S.M.G. Slush Fund, with which we pay for things like community service, international relief efforts, and bottle openers. The Slush Fund also underwrites the S.M.G. hole-in-one prize, which is $500 if the hole-in-one occurs during our regular Sunday game, and $250 if it occurs during a sanctioned S.M.G. event on a different day or time. (A sanctioned event is any round of golf that the whole group knows about in advance, including the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday versions of our regular Sunday game.)
No one has ever won the $500 prize, and only Reese has won the $250 prize (which he spent on drinks for everyone -- see photo above). That means that, by now, the hole-in-one prize is probably over-endowed, at least in theory. David W. asked whether a hole-in-one on our ninth hole (a short par 4, which long hitters occasionally reach from the tee) would count. The answer to that one was yes, of course. Then Fritz asked about holing out on No. 2 (a par 4) with your tee shot on No. 7 (a par 3). The second green is slightly closer to the seventh tee than the seventh green is, although the shot is probably tougher, because there are pine trees in the way. Addison said he thought the shot ought to count as long as it was a genuine shank. In other words, you can’t just aim for it. Further study.
Meanwhile, the wind on Monday was so strong that it peeled the moss right off a stump:
It also sent Hacker's pushcart rolling into a bunker and tipped it over. (Maybe there should be a prize for that, too.)