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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Officials postpone Vermont Amateur golf championship

In a joint decision between the Country Club of Barre and the Vermont Golf Association, the Vermont Amateur men’s championship has been postponed, pushing the annual tournament into August.
As Barre and VGA officials spent Monday assessing the par-71, 6,365-yard course, additional rainfall made the course unplayable. Originally slated to start Tuesday, the 107th event is rescheduled for Aug. 5-7 at Barre.
“The golf course is too wet to be played,” said Colin O’Brien, Barre’s assistant pro. “We were borderline as far as playable and the rain we got (Monday) just pushed it way over the edge.
“We tried to do everything we could, but we were left with no options other than to reschedule.”
The field of 101 golfers includes former Essex High School standout Evan Russell, who agreed with the decision to postpone after playing eight holes at Barre on Monday. Russell got caught in a 20-minute downpour.
“It’s a little disappointing, but it really wouldn’t have been golf. It was definitely a smart move,” Russell said. “It was just so saturated — greens were flooded and fairways were more like lakes.”
If the tournament went on as planned, “it would have just destroyed the course,” Russell said.
Scheduling conflicts at Barre and with the VGA — the New England Amateur is July 16-18 at Green Mountain National — also factored into pushing the Vermont Am until the first week of August, according to O’Brien.
Contact Alex Abrami at 660-1848 oraabrami@burlingtonfreepress.com. Follow Abrami on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/aabrami5.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Rory vs. The Robot

The banter is almost better than the shot quality!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Golf Boys 2.0

Published on Mar 4, 2013
Brought to you by PGA Tour stars Ben Crane, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan, the Golf Boys' encore performance, "2.Oh", is here. Proceeds benefiting charity:water. Please visit http://mycharitywater.org/GolfBoys for more information about the cause and Golf Boys campaign. Available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gol.... Music and lyrics by Mat Kearney. Directed by Ty Andre.



Saturday, October 20, 2012

Spain Golf Vacation

A few years ago one of the Fore!Site's followers and I dabbled with a book idea "The Mechanic: Tuning Up For The Masters". We would propose to Miguel Angel Jimenez's "people" that we follow The Mechanic around for a few months leading up to the Master's. The premise is obvious, hang out in Spain with The Most Interesting Man In The World, drink great wine, enjoy world class dining and in general have the time of our lives "preparing" for the Master's tournament.

This idea, sadly, never came to fruition and Jimenez' invitation to Augusta may not be in the mail anymore. However, from those of my friends who have been to Spain they all say it is THE place to visit. Recently I found bookyourgolf.net and started dreaming of a Spanish stay and play sans the Mechanic. For anyone interested book a Spain golf holiday and tell them The Fore!Site sent you...Who knows they might hook me up with a trip too!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

TEAM O'BRIEN WINS 3RD ANNUAL CCB CUP!

For the third year in a row the team captained by Colin O'Brien won the CCB Cup, 83-52. The Ryder Cup style tournament is put on every year to sponsor Colin's PGA PGM fees and PGA dues. You can Click Here to see the entire weekend results and the two years prior. Here are Sunday's Singles results and overall point total (note a familiar name on the last slide before the Overall):

Sunday, September 30, 2012

2012 Ryder Cup Sunday Singles

Here are today's singles matches:

Bubba Watson
Luke Donald


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Webb Simpson
Ian Poulter



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Keegan Bradley
Rory McIlroy


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Phil Mickelson
Justin Rose



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Brandt Snedeker
Paul Lawrie



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Dustin Johnson
Nicolas Colsaerts




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Graeme McDowell

Zach Johnson





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Jim Furyk
Sergio Garcia



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Jason Dufner
Peter Hanson



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Matt Kuchar
Lee Westwood



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Steve Stricker
Martin Kaymer




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Tiger Woods
Francesco Molinari



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Oh how close we were to a what I think would have been the most explosive singles match in Ryder Cup history had Keegan Bradley moved up one slot to face Ian Poulter. As it happens Bradley drew Rory McIlroy which should be a terrific one, but how cool would it have been to have the two most excitable Ryder Cuppers facing off in the early going?

Looking at the setup my thought is if the US gets swept in the first four matches they are going to cough up the cup. The Americans best chance to close this thing out lies with Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson at least halving the first four points of the day. If those four lose to their respective opponents Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose the life will be sucked out of the crowds and the Euros will "Brookline" the Americans. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Ryder Cup Eve!

For those that read this blog with any regularity (thanks you two) you know that my favorite sporting event is the Ryder Cup. Every two years we are treated to golf as a true team sport. On the eve of the matches getting under way here is what the Fore!Site is looking for:

Ryder Cup Rookies To Factor Most:

Team USA - Keegan Bradley
I know, I know, Brandt Snedeker just won the FedEx Cup but, Keegan seems to me to have been built for this event. He has infectious passion for the game and loves to play from behind which is an invaluable asset when down in a match.

Team Europe - Nicolas Colsaerts
Only one rookie for Europe made this an easy pick. Colsaerts is Europe's version of Dustin Johnson in that he is a freak of an athlete that probably could have been pro at a number of sports and absolutely bombs it.



Ryder Cup Veterans To Factor Most:

Team USA - Jim Furyk
Furyk is obviously playing well this year and no one grinds the way Jim does. If I am Captaining the US side and it is close going into Sunday singles I probably use Furyk as my all important first out or anchor. When clutch putts or scrambling pars that rip the heart out of an opponent need to be made I look to Furyk.

Team Europe - Sergio Garcia
After Seve, this guy was team Europe. In Ryder Cups past Sergio could be coming in playing well or be off his game and it made no difference, when the matches got underway he was the best player in the field. The part that should be scaring the US side the most about El Nino is that the putter is working again. In Foursomes (Alternate Shot) matches Sergio is undefeated at 8-0-1 (W-L-H) and 5-2-3 in Four Ball matches for 15 points out of a possible 19 in team matches. Think this guy is going to play all 5 matches this week?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

2012 Fore!Site PGA Tour Prediction Review

1.Young Gun You May Never Have Heard Of To Watch Out For: Ryo Ishikawa


Okay, so this potential noise maker turned into a dog whistle.






2. Most Likely To Have An Even Better 2012 After A Very Good 2011: Steve Stricker


This prediction looked really good when Stricker won the tournament of champions to kick off the season. He could only sprinkle in a few top five finishes throughout the rest of the season so a good year, but certainly not better than the 2011 campaign.


3. Player To Win His First Major And Where: Rickie Fowler at The PGA Championship
Do I get any credit for getting part of this prediction right? As part of the prediction I wrote "I wouldn't be surprised if he picked up his first win earlier this season..." which came true at Quail Hollow. Rather than gain confidence from the win the back half of Rickie's season was a total dud leaving him not only without a major but off the Ryder Cup team as well.

4. 2012 Comeback Player Of the Year: Tiger Woods

Let's get real, no one had a better shot at this award. Three wins after two years of futility should lock this down.


5. 2012 Ryder Cup Captains' Picks:
Europe - 1. Ian Poulter  2. Alvaro Quiros
USA - 1. Gary Woodland 2. Matt Kuchar 3. Justin Leonard 4. Lucas Glover

At least I got Ian Poulter right and Matt Kuchar automatically qualified. Other than that I couldn't have been more wrong.

6. 2012 PGA Tour Rookie Of The Year: Bud Cauley
Cauley played very well this season and if not for out of nowhere rookie John Huh, Bud could have won the award. Huh ended the season with a win and a trip to the Tour Championship so that should be all for that.

 


7. 2011 Major Winner Most Likely To Win Another In 2012: Rory McIlroy
PGA Championship by 8 strokes...Done! 







8. 2012 FedEx Cup Champion: Hunter Mahan

What happened? Two wins early in the year basically got him into the Tour championship but he almost hacked his way out of that. Like Fowler, Mahan played terribly the last half of the season and got bumped from the Ryder Cup team as a result.




9. Best Major Of 2012: The Masters

This is usually such a grey area category that it's impossible to tell if I got it right. That being said I nailed it! Oosthuizen had the albatross, it came down to a playoff and Bubba Watson hit the shot of the year. 





10. 2012 PGA Tour Player Of The Year: Steve Stricker
Oops.