@TigerWoods was retweeting this note from @KyleLograsso: “10-year-old cancer survivor to play 100 holes of golf in one day: http:/Kylelograsso.org/f4s100/.”
Social media doing what it does best. Lograsso sent up a flare for support, and Tiger, with his 2,427,115 followers, came to the rescue.
And although I like Tiger’s selfless gesture, this post is not about Tiger the social savior; it’s about Kyle the courageous kid. And it’s about using a lot of golf in one day to raise money for a good cause.
New owners purchased the club in 2000. They then asked Watson, a lifelong KC resident, to determine if a second 18 could fit into a parcel of land -- a “hidden valley” -- right next door. Tom told them it had potential, so they bought it, too. But a second 18 never developed.
Ten years later, the owners contacted Tom again, this time asking if he could design nine holes in the hidden valley and link it to the existing back nine to create a new 18. With the help of his chief designer Bob Gibbons (a Purdue grad who’s been with Watson since 1991), a routing was developed, along with a recommendation that Watson be allowed to remodel that back nine as well.
Anyway, Mayo is just back from a bucket-list trip to Ireland, and she's eager to share anecdotes and images to the readers of this blog. Enjoy.
The first hole at County Sligo Golf Club is a straight par 4. Standing on the tee, I can see a narrow fairway guarded by three bunkers, a large, inviting green and, on a hill behind that green, a dozen sheep. The hole is out there for the taking, but it's not easy. A prevailing wind whipping off Sligo Bay makes it play more like a sharp dogleg right.
Deception defines golf on the northern coast of Ireland. What you see isn't what you get. And what you get are rounds of golf that are on seemingly untouched land, complete with ocean vistas, all four seasons of weather and sand dunes that have formed naturally over hundreds of years.
In one week at the end of June, I played six links courses on the northern coast of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Every one of them hugs either the Atlantic Ocean or the bays that feed into it, but they offer distinct personalities.
Here, I'll recap my experience in photos and captions.
“I wanted a guy under the radar, but who obviously had game,” says Thomson, 36, an attorney from Charleston, S.C. “Webb reminded me of Lucas Glover before he won at Bethpage Black in 2009.”
Thomson, a University of Virginia alum, is also partial to guys from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Webb Simpson was a two-time All-ACC golfer at Wake Forest.
Thomson is the third winner of Golf Digest’s Major Championship Challenge, our fantasy golf league in which readers try to choose the winner of each major championship (including the Players Championship).