by Kevin Sylvester, Buffalo Sports Page

Lift

Thursday was a sad day for me. It snowed. That’s not a newsflash and not unusual for November in Buffalo,  a place where some people in this country think it snows year round. It’s not that I hate the change of seasons and snow all together, but it’s the confirmation that the golf clubs are done for the year.

I have a process each fall. It’s not complicated, just simple guidelines: If the temperature is above 40 degrees, then the golf clubs stay in the car. When thermometer dips below 40 (during mid-day readings) the golf clubs come out of the trunk, but are placed in the garage. The clubs are placed in front of my snowblower. When I have to move my clubs to use my snowblower, they head to the basement for hibernation. See, pretty simple. The snow overnight Thursday into Friday necessitated the snowblower being fired up for the first time, and my golf bag’s decent into the basement. Now, I do reserve the right to extricate them in case of emergency, i.e. a warm spell and email that the course is open!

Clean

When I do get my golf clubs to the basement, I go through my bag to clean out the remnants of the golf season. Each and every year us full of surprises, both good and not so good. Here’s a list of each itemized find by category.

Good–Pair of Oakley’s I thought I had lost, small bottle of whiskey, deck of cards, 4 dollars in singles, 1 pack of unopened peanuts, a pair of brand new rain gloves, a bottle of Motrin, and a few business cards of new contacts.

Bad–I bought another pair o Oakley’s because I had lost pair (now I have 2), the peanuts were expired (who knew they had an expiration date), a half eaten granola bar (How did I not finish it), and worst of all, a moldy towel that was buried underneath a wind jacket. Both were tossed, and it looks like the bag is going to get the heave ho too.

I clearly need to take better care and maintenance next season.

Place

If you’re looking for a place to watch Tiger vs Phil the day after Thanksgiving, I know of a few. First, ask your golf club if they are going to show it, I know mine is. Also, Tee 2 Green Radio parter Batavia Downs is going to show it inside of 34 Rush, and they always do a great job with events and prizes. I haven’t nailed down my plans just yet given it’s on at 3pm Eastern. I wish they would have pushed it a little later so we could watch it in the evening here on the East Coast. Either way, I hope it’s compelling and entertaining. TBS/TNT is going to try and make it that way with Ernie Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Charles Barkley providing the commentary.

Kevin Sylvester

Kevin Sylvester has over 20 years of experience in media, working for stations, professional sports teams, leagues, and national broadcast entities. This experience includes being an announcer for NHL, NBA, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Hockey, and The PGA Tour. Kevin also served as the producer for the Buffalo Sabres post-game show, executive producer for a Sabres radio show, and started his own media production company, All Square Media LLC in 2008. All Square Media serves as the executive producer of the Tee 2 Green TV and Radio shows (created by Kevin), handling distribution, sponsorship sales, fulfillment, and production of the shows.

Kevin's business background extends beyond broadcasting. He served as the Director of Amateur Athletics for WNY Arena LLC (Key Bank Center in Buffalo), procuring major amateur sporting events for Buffalo, NY. The major highlights include two sold out NCAA Tournaments First and Second Rounds (2007, 2010), and the 2011 IIHF U20 World Championships (Kevin co-wrote the winning bid, and served on the organizing committee for USA Hockey). Kevin created The Duster Challenge in 2016, a local 18 hole putting competition, and serves as an advisor to WNY golf ball company, OnCore Golf.

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