Welcome to The Fringe, Back9Network’s daily feature to keep you up-to-date on the best stories happening in golf, social media and pop culture.
Tennessee Golfer Makes Holes-in-One on Consecutive Days
Sometimes all it takes is one to get you on a roll. Whether it’s making that basket, finding a hole in the infield or making your first hole-in-one. Wait, hold on … hole-in-one? OK, well … maybe that’s only if you’re Dean McPherson.
Having played golf for nearly 22 years, McPherson, like most of us, had never experienced the unadulterated joy of sinking a hole-in-one. That all changed on June 27th, when he made a ace at Johnson City Country Club.
“Everybody got excited,” McPherson said. “I never really even thought about it that much. It’s not something you think about until it goes in. Then it was crazy.”
Crazy? No, crazy happened the next day when McPherson did the improbable. On the seventh hole at Johnson City Country Club, McPherson made another hole-in-one, his second in consecutive days.
“I was like ‘There’s no way this is happening twice,’ ” McPherson said. “When I turned around, seeing their faces was as cool as seeing the ball going in,” he said. “We all threw our clubs in the air. If we had a video, we could sell it.”
Well, it did happen again, against the 5.7 million to 1 odds.
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Henrik Stenson Pairs with Jumeirah
Rory McIlroy dropped one of his biggest sponsors Jumeirah for Nike in 2013. Now, the hotel giant is pairing with another star in the game of golf: Henrik Stenson.
“Today’s announcement of Henrik joining us as an Ambassador signals another positive stepping stone in the evolving development of Jumeirah Golf Estates,” said Yousuf Kazim, Jumeirah Golf Estates General Manager.
Stenson debuted the Jumeirah logo on his sleeve last week in Cologne and will continue to going forward. As part of his ambassador role, the world No. 2 will also make public appearances, do PR work and fulfill other media obligations.
“I’m delighted to be working with Jumeirah Golf Estates,” said Stenson in a press release. “I have a longstanding association with Dubai ever since living there with my family, and since this time Jumeirah Golf Estates has become one of the world’s leading golf developments. I’m proud to be an Ambassador for them.”
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Quicken Loans National Has a New Home in 2015
In 2015, Tiger Wood’s event will be moving from Congressional Country Club to the Robert Trent Jones Club. For the next five years, the tournament will bounce between Congressional and other courses in the Washington D.C. area.
While this will be the first time the course has hosted the Quicken Loans National, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t seen its share of history. The venue has held the Presidents Cup matches in 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2005.
Bill Craig, the chairman for next year’s Quicken Loans National, is excited about the venue.
“He [Robert Trent Jones] said in some of his interviews that this was the finest piece of ground he had ever seen,” Craig said. “It’s also one heck of a challenge.”
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Golfer Adds Name to Growing List of Horrible First Pitches
The number of golfers throwing out ceremonial first pitches at major league baseball games is surprisingly high and now you can add one more name to that list. Unfortunately, you can also add Mark Calcavecchia to the list of guys who didn’t quite find the plate. Read More
Tony Romo Gives Up Golf for Football, Health
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was once considered one of the best professional athlete golfers, but after two back surgeries, his game is likely a little rusty. Romo hasn’t played golf since having back surgery in April of 2013, a golf-less stretch no one would want to endure.
Out Of Bounds
The Fourth of July is right around the corner and that means a few things: cookouts, America, beer, day drinking and perhaps most importantly, fireworks.
Fireworks are awesome. They blow up, they’re bright and colorful and they’re illegal in a number of states because some people just don’t know how to have fun without killing each other.
That being said, there’s actually a lot more to fireworks than meets the eye. It’s a whole lot of chemistry, which is actually pretty cool. Like most awesome things, the how and why usually gets overlooked while we all fist pump and chant things. If you’ve got a couple minutes check out this video and learn something today. Heck, if you live in a state where fireworks are illegal, maybe you can take notes and make some yourself? You, know if you’re really stup-desperate:
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