Monday, August 30, 2010


Saturday I ventured out to New Jersey to Ridgewood Country Club for The Barclays golf tournament. It is a spectacularly beautiful country club and I had the privileged of playing there once at an advertising industry event - I set the course record for poor play.

Besides being a great way to spend your Saturday I made a few observations:

A.) Tiger Woods seemed especially intense this Saturday, and the kids who adore him seemed a little disappointed with his stone-faced intensity while entering and leaving the practice tee, and practice putting green. Many of the other golfers would give a wink and a nod to their well-wishers. It was peculiar to see the most famous athlete in the world less than three feet away from me, munching on a whole wheat sandwich on the practice green. He is the only golfer I always see munching away on the golf course - I find that quite interesting. I was rooting for Stuart Cink and Padraig Harrington - both class acts of the PGA. And my guy Mickelson had an early exit so I was unable to see him.

B.) On the 5th hole Harrington's tee shot landed just a few feet from where I stood with my friends. It was on the cart path and as he waited for the PGA official so he could get relief for his ball he was close enough for me to notice a black band around his torso through his white shirt. Turns out Padraig has lost 12 pounds this year and now he is really interested in how many calories he is burning up so he wears a heart monitor during tournaments. Interesting. He saved par by the way.

C.) The concessions were your typical fare - soda, hamburgers, hot dogs, candy, and beer. They did have a turkey wrap which looked like it was left over from the last tournament. Sadly, the only thing that I enjoyed(except for a cold beer on a hot day) were the bananas. Maybe I should start my own sports concession company -- save the unhealthy classics, but at least offer one, just one, healthy option!

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