Welcome to The Fringe, Back9Network’s newest daily feature created to keep you up-to-date on the best stories happening in golf, social media and pop culture.
Jags Mascot Takes His Game To Sawgrass
Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson DeVille was on the links this past weekend for charity, bringing his game from the stadium to the course. He and kicker Josh Scobee took part in a charity challenge and at TPC Sawgrass’ famous 17th hole, the island green. No word on whether or not Scobee or DeVille made par, but it’s not every day you see an NFL mascot tackling the island green at Sawgrass.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) April 11, 2014
DeVille spent the NFL season taking on PGA Tour stars in a closest to the pin competition during halftime of each Jaguars home game. While his record against the pros wasn’t impressive, just the fact that he/it was making good swings with such a big, fuzzy head was impressive.
McDowell, Donald Getting Into The Heritage Spirit
Graeme McDowell returns to Harbour Town Golf Links this week as defending champion of the RBC Heritage, and he’s not the only one getting into the spirit. McDowell posted pics of his two pups wearing doggie-sized replicas of the tartan jacket traditionally awarded to the tournament winner.
McDowell wasn’t the only Habour Town favorite getting in the spirit. Luke Donald, owner of four top-three finishes in the RBC Heritage and an RBC staff member, took the time to pose with all the other RBC-sponsored players teeing it up this week in South Carolina.
Either of these two gentlemen would be solid choices to pick up a tartan jacket this week.
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Harold Varner III Mixes Golf With Baseball
As a former baseball player and a struggling golfer, I can tell you that golf and baseball swings don’t usually mix. That’s why pitchers make the best golfers, right? Anyway, Web.com Tour star Harold Varner III was messing around at the range with a buddy this week and decided to try to combine the two swings. He had a little more success than I’ve had.
Pretty impressive stuff, I must say. Maybe Varner should moonlight on the trick shot circuit with skills like that?
In Case You Missed It
Will Jordan Spieth and Annie Verret be Golf’s Next ‘It’ Couple?
The elite athlete dating the pretty girl isn’t anything new. It’s been going on as long as there have been pretty girls and elite athletes.
What has become a trend is the so-called “discovering” of these girls on social media. All it takes is a fleeting image from a TV camera to get people buzzing about the pretty face in the crowd and who they’re there for. Read More
Golf’s Too Hard? Michael Phelps Returning to Swimming
Michael Phelps will be at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Now, whether it’s as a swimmer, a golfer or a TV analyst, that’s still up in the air. But if you’re betting, put your money on swimmer.
The coach of the most-decorated Olympian of all time announced Monday that his prized pupil plans to compete at an upcoming Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz. (April 24-26). It will mark Phelps’ first competitive action since the 2012 London Olympics, where he brought his tally to 22 total Olympic medals, 18 of them gold. Read More
Out Of Bounds
Today in Out of Bounds, I bring you a moment of pure, unadulterated joy.
I love this. Good for her, finally enjoying this at age 78. Here’s to more moments like this for her and for all of us going forward. Find the joy in things, people.
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