Stars in Our Eyes
Posted Sep 08 2011, 10:54 AM by Cathy Erickson
Last week Sam Johnson wrote about golf Super Stars...or the lack thereof on the PGA Tour as the FedEx Cup playoffs get started. I give him credit for acknowledging that the definition of super star is in the eye of the beholder, because I think the measure of a star can be looked at in many ways.
It's hard to argue with Sam's list of stars...and when you have the opportunity to include a career's worth of accomplishments, it's going to take a lot be worthy of recognition. If we teleported ourselves back to say 1921 instead of 2011, would we still put Bobby Jones on the list of all time super stars back then?
Posted Mar 17 2011, 08:36 AM by Cathy Erickson
Oh, I'm there...and now my brain has burned into it the beautiful views from Augusta National since I visited http://www.masters.com/ and saw a nice flyover of part of the course. Can you smell the azaleas? I can.
As I say every year, Masters week is my favorite week of the year. I'm usually busy with our last curling event of the season and hopefully watching our final snow melting, but I can already guarantee you that I will be home on the couch for the duration of the final round and will not be answering my phone. Last year I had the TV on and my lap top streaming Augusta's live coverage just to make sure I didn't miss a thing.
There are already 98 players who have qualified to play this year (April 7-10, 2011), with 17 of them being first time Masters participants. There are 19 different categories in which player can qualify to play. Major winners, top money earners, PGA Tour winners, and top 16 finishers in last year's Masters are just some of the ways a player can get their invite. Tiger Woods still leads the pack by qualifying in 7 of the 19 categories. Zach Johnson is right behind him with 6 qualifying categories, followed by a small group, including Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker, meeting 5 of the qualifiers.
I love the Masters.
Posted Sep 23 2010, 05:42 AM by Cathy Erickson
There is really nothing better than having your favorite golfers being in contention coming into a Major or an end of season event like the Tour Championship...or the FedEx Cup finale. I'm thinking back to Greg Norman's hey days...it was like an emotional roller coaster for me - the highs of seeing him winning and crushing blows of seeing a few heart breaking losses.
It's sort of hilarious that I am STILL picturing Larry Mize in the purple striped shirt jumping and running after knocking his chip in at the Masters all those years ago. But that is what being a golf fan is all about.
Posted Dec 15 2009, 08:39 AM by Cathy Erickson
I thought it might be a good time to check out how I did on my predictions for the 2009 PGA Tour season. Back on January 6, 2009 I made the following guesses in italics (see the 2009 Predictions Thread in the forums):
I think I can only improve from my predictions from last year - they were not good -
This is a true story. I'm awful at making predictions, but there is something fun in getting the chance to guess right every once in awhile!
Posted Nov 19 2009, 05:13 PM by Cathy Erickson
We've hit the downward slide into November, and normally we're may-be following Q-school (and if you aren't you should - there are some Great stories there!) - but good heavens, all you have to do is browse some golf news...like Tees2Greens very own Golf International posts...and you'll see some big time golf stories...and it's November!!
Posted Jul 14 2009, 09:30 PM by Cathy Erickson
My brain is jumbled with golf thoughts this week. I think I'm finally recovered from our great golf scramble last Friday. It was a terrific day! Well, except for the fact that we didn't win...again. My team battled hard and we ended up tied for first place (-15) but the scorecard playoff didn't go our way (which reminds me, next year, sudden death playoff!). But the sun was out, I got to spend the afternoon with some of my favorite golf pals (who can really hit the ball and Jason's putter was hot!), I heard lots of cheers and laughter, and we were able to help out our golf course and our high school sports teams. I call that a success!
It's All About the Numbers
Posted Apr 02 2009, 07:59 AM by Cathy Erickson
I'm thinking about numbers today...actually, I think about numbers every day. My signature line on my emails at my old job was "Numbers are my Friends" (wow, that's probably got therapy session written all over it now that I see it!) Anyway, I've decided that one of the reasons I'm probably crazy about golf is that it's all about the numbers!
I've Found a Happy Place
Posted Mar 25 2009, 09:58 AM by Cathy Erickson
I needed to go to a happy place this week. We have had three days of rain, which turned into ice, and the gloomy weather has put a damper on my golf enthusiasm. It's easy to get depressed this time of year...the transition into spring can be very slow and it seems we become prisoners of Mother Nature. If it were golf season I'd make my way to my local course. Even walking around without a club in my hand is enough for me - I'm happy there. But the snow is still hanging around and the soggy ground needs time to dry up and prepare for the upcoming season - it's not ready to be my happy place.
When I found Tees2Greens website and forum I found a happy place. There were great people there and in 2009 they asked me if I wanted my own blog space. It was a dream come true!! The site is down now, but I was able to get all of my posts to be able to post here. I will always be grateful for all of the Tees2Greens folks!!