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Callaway Golf, Ben & Jerry's Create Big Bertha-Inspired Ice Cream
Throughout history there have been things that paired well together: baseball and Cracker Jacks, spaghetti and meatballs, Bonnie and Clyde, golf and ... ice cream ?
All right, maybe that last one isn't a classic pairing but hey, it might be soon? Callaway Golf and Ben & Jerry's have partnered to create a Big Bertha-inspired ice cream called "Big Bertha's Birdies Galore" core ice cream.
— Ben & Jerry's Truck (@BenJerrysWest) May 1, 2014
— Callaway Golf (@CallawayGolf) May 1, 2014
The flavor plays on the fact that both companies are pushing products involving "cores." For Callaway, it is its gravity core in the new Big Bertha driver and for Ben & Jerry's, it's the "core treats" ice cream. No word on whether or not this will ever actually be a flavor but it is fun to think about.
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Graham DeLaet's Beard Gets Immortalized
Graham DeLaet has one of the best beards in all of professional sports. He looks like part of the Boston Red Sox World Series champion team from 2013, or like a long-lost Duck Dynasty brother. But the truth is that DeLaet is just Canadian and in the midst of the NHL playoffs. And now, his wonderful beard is being immortalized in the greatest way anything can be: with its own T-shirt.
— PUMA GOLF (@PUMAGolf) April 30, 2014
Listen, Cobra/PUMA golf: I don't know why you're simply offering these as prizes and not selling them at retail shops. These things would sell out in a heartbeat. I know I'd own one.
Going, Going, Gone
How much would you pay for a piece of Ryder Cup history? For one buyer, the answer to that was $34, 375.
The 1997 Ryder Cup in Valderrama, Spain was the first Ryder Cup contested in continental Europe and saw the Europeans defeat the Americans, 14.5 to 13.5 to retain the cup. Valderrama Golf Club founder Jamie Ortiz-Patino had a personalized replica trophy made to commemorate the event.
That replica was up for grabs in a monthly, online auction and sold for a whopping $34, 375. The prize was available directly from Ortiz-Patino's personal estate. Perhaps the most indelible memory from the 1997 matches were that Spanish golfing legend Seve Ballesteros got to captain the Europeans to victory in his native country.
In Case You Missed It
Tiger Woods Set to Design his First U.S. Course
Tiger Woods may be sidelined from competition due to a back injury, but he’s found a way to stay on the course until he’s healthy enough to play again. Woods announced on his website Wednesday that he will be designing a new golf course at Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas, the first Tiger Woods Design course to open in the United States. Construction of the course is set to begin this summer, and the completion date is slated for fall of 2015. Read More
Dwight Freeney Tackles the Links with New Callaway Clubs
San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Dwight Freeney made a stop at Callaway Golf’s headquarters in California recently to get set up with some new golf clubs.
The NFL veteran and Callaway tweeted a number of pictures and videos from his experience at the golf equipment powerhouse recently. In addition to getting fit for a new Odyssey putter and Big Bertha Alpha driver, Freeney also tried out a few iron sets to round out his golf bag. Read More
Out Of Bounds
Comedian and impersonator extraordinaire, Frank Caliendo took some time to poke fun at ESPN personality and Super Bowl-champion head coach Jon Gruden. The final copy was pretty good, but the outtakes were even better:
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