Golf Notes 5/7/18

Keep Sending Your Input

Last week I asked for your input on golf gear/gadgets/equipment to either review or share opinions with everyone here. The response has been good and expensive! Keep sending them to me either in comments on any of the social media outlets or via email: kevin@buffalosportspage.com.

Jason Day

What a performance down the stretch (have to use that for a golf tournament the same weekend as the Kentucky Derby) for Jason Day at The Wells Fargo Championship. He birdied 16 and 17 (a near ace) en route to his second victory of the season. Quail Hollow is not an easy golf course, and the finishing three holes are pretty difficult. The 16th hole was one of the toughest par 4’s I’ve every played BEFORE they renovated it a few years ago. The 17th is very demanding off of the tee due to water all down the left, and a hill to navigate on the right. 

For Jason Day, picking up his second win on the season (Farmers Insurance Open back in January) is enormous. He’s on a quest to regain the number 1 ranking in the world that he held a few years ago. Injuries and family illness have taken away from his game (understandably), but he has the ability to regain that position. He now heads to The Players with a ton of confidence, and the ability to win at TPC Sawgrass, as he did 2 years ago. 

A Harder 17th

The 17th at Quail Hollow is tough, but it’s not the 17th at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course. You know the hole, it’s famous. The island green is great theatre all week long. If you have not been there, I’ll tell you TV does not do it justice! Last year was my first time assigned to work The Players for PGA Tour Radio, and it was a treat. One of the first things I did was head out to 17 to check it out. Wow! Standing on the tee box with the fans, grandstands, and giant video board is an experience. The green looks incredibly small from the tee box, and the levels on the green are tough to notice on television. 

The front hole location is just a few paces from the front of the green and water. It’s at the bottom of a downslope. The traditional back right hole location is a “no go” zone, which makes Rickie Fowler’s performance in the playoff a few years ago even more impressive. 

Thank goodness, I didn’t have to hit a shot there! 

Hole In One

A fellow golfer at Fox Valley Club in Lancaster stopped me in the locker room to tell me the great news, he had a hole-in-one that day! He made it on the 6th hole, a down hill par 3.  I said congrats, and then remembered he had one last year too. I said “Wow, that’s 2 now! Awesome!”.  He then crushed me with the news, “Actually, it’s my 5th overall”. 

That’s still awesome, but I quickly became jealous since I don’t have one yet. I’ve done everything you can possibly do to come close to an ace, but haven’t had the luck of the ball finding the bottom. I think if I play more…….that’s my plan at least.

Thank Your Super

The weather has flat out stunk this year (read here), but that hasn’t stopped local members of the GCSAA from doing their work to get us out on the golf course. So, when you see your course Superintendent, thank him or her and staff for the great work they do to have the course ready for play.

Name For This  

I need to come up with a name for this column. That will commit me to staying consistent with it every week! The old standards: Chip Shots, Clean Lies, On The Tee, The Clubhouse, The Grill Room……..done before. I’ll think of something, but for now, golf notes (so, original).

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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