That’s Golf! 9/15/13

by Al Pastor

Inside the congenial shag-encrusted studios. Glamorous, isn't it?

Inside the congenial shag-encrusted studios. Glamorous, isn’t it?

GOOD SUNDAY MORNING, FRIENDS. WELCOME ONCE AGAIN. THIS IS THE 8 O’CLOCK SERVICE. YOUR PERSONAL PRONATION HOUR OF POWER BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPORTSTALK AM 1300 THE ZONE IN COOPERATION WITH YOUR AUSTIN COMMUNITY CHURCH OF THE INVETERATE DUFFER. PLEASE BE SEATED. I THOUGHT WE MIGHT OPEN THESE PROCEEDINGS WITH A SHORT READING FROM THE BOOK OF HOGAN, CHAPTER ONE, VERSE ONE: “YE WHO SO DIGGETH THE SPHERE FROM THE EARTH SHALL REAPETH THEIR REWARD AS THE SUN CROSSETH THE HEAVENS.”

 (CUE RELIGIOUS MUSIC…)

 I DO HAVE A LITTLE TRUE INSPIRATION TO PASS ALONG FROM BEN HOGAN. IT COMES COURTESY OF AUSTIN-BASED TEACHER CHUCK COOK, WHOSE STUDENTS INCLUDE FIVE MEN WHO CAPTURED THE HOLY GRAIL OF SEVEN MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. CHUCK ONCE APPARENTLY ASKED HOGAN WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT IN THE GREAT MAN’S LEGENDARY CAREER. AND BEN SHARED THIS INSIGHT WITH THE FUTURE ACCOMPLISHED INSTRUCTOR. A LITTLE ADVICE FROM BEN’S WIFE, VALERIE.  . . .JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU’VE HEARD IT ALL ABOUT HOGAN, THERE’S MORE. IN FACT, THERE’S A NEW BOOK, ABOUT HIS PUTTING, OF ALL THINGS. BUT THE ADVICE GOES LIKE THIS, VERY SIMPLE WORDS – AS OFTEN THE CASE FROM THE GREAT WORKS – VALERIE TOLD HER HUSBAND, QUOTE: “IF IT IS TO BE, IT IS UP TO ME. . .” END QUOTE. “IF IT IS TO BE, IT IS UP TO ME.” THAT FROM JEFF RUDE’S RECENT COLUMN IN GOLFWEEK: ““DUFNER’S TEACHER TRACES WISDOM TO HOGAN SESSION.”

ALSO, THIS WEEK, I SUPPOSE YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THIS: A WISCONSIN GOLF COURSE RECEIVED A TORRENT OF NEGATIVE PUBLICITY OVER AN ILL-ADVISED PROMOTION. NINE HOLES WITH CART FOR ONLY $9.11. SOUNDS LIKE A DEAL. THIS, HOWEVER, WAS OFFERED ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS. TALK ABOUT POOR TASTE. TUMBLEDOWN TRAILS – THAT’S THE NAME OF THE COURSE – WAS SURPRISED AT THE ADVERSE REACTION TO THEIR 9/11 SPECIAL, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THEIR “SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER” BIRTHDAY SALE HAD BEEN SO WELL RECEIVED. . !!!

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