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Chatting with Ben Crenshaw

by Jeff Skinner I just spent a few minutes with one of the heroes of the game. Ben Crenshaw was smoozing around the practice green talking with players, caddies and just about anyone who wanted a word with the two time Masters Champion. He was generous enough to take a second and accept my congratulations for the great reception his Pinehurst restoration is receiving. He was gracious and kind and he actually took a second to reflect on what he… Continue Reading

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A Cure for The Golfer’s Winter Blues

by Jeff Skinner Another day in the Hudson Valley and another forecast for more snow.  I am sitting here watching it come down again with a possible 3-5 inches expected.  It is ironic that we are snowbound and frosty over here while the Winter Olympics in Sochi are troubled by warm temperatures and lack of snow.  Maybe the Hudson Valley can put in a bid for the Winter Olympics?  I for one can’t want to see bare ground again. In… Continue Reading

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My “Summer of Golf” Comes to an End

by Jeff Skinner With the start of autumn this Sunday I can’t help but reflect on this past summer and all the golf I was privileged to see.  Summer of ’13 was a grand season for me as I spent days on the road traveling the northeast following the world’s best golfers. This past August I had the good fortune to see plenty of golf as I ping-ponged from tournament to tournament catching both professionals and amateurs alike. I started… Continue Reading

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2013 Walker Cup Returns to National Golf Links of America

by Jeff Skinner This week brings us to one of the most special places in golf as The 2013 Walker Cup is played at The National Golf Links of America.  National Golf Links is one of America’s iconic courses. C.B. Macdonald, the father of golf architecture in America, designed National on that classic piece of real estate, Southampton, Long Island. Macdonald used some of the greatest golf holes in Scotland as inspiration for his most significant design.  He changed golf… Continue Reading

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A Spiritual Experience at The U.S. Amateur

by Jeff Skinner Amateur golfers seem to be getting some well deserved exposure this past week.  Sixteen year old Lydia Ko has continued her astounding performance in professional events.  The recent CN Canadian Open repeat winner has made the cut in all fourteen of the professional tournaments she entered. Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick won the grueling U.S. Amateur to continue his very successful summer.  He was the low amateur at the Open Championship and will lead the GB&I Walker Cup Team… Continue Reading

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Amateurs Look to Make History at The Country Club

by Jeff Skinner The last time most of us saw The Country Club in Brookline Ma. the American Ryder Cup Team was sprinting across the green as they celebrated Justin Leonard’s remarkable putt.  It was 1999 and the U.S. had completed an amazing comeback against the European Team. This week the world’s top amateurs will try and write their own chapter in the history of one of America’s most historic clubs as the USGA has returned to the scene of… Continue Reading

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U.S. Open History…Start Here

by Jeff Skinner U.S. Open Countdown: 23 days As the U.S. Open at Merion grows closer you may want to bone up on your U.S. Open history or just relive some of the greatest moments in golf.  Here are three books that should be able to get you through to the Open. Who know more about the U.S. Open than the folks at the USGA?  No one I suspect and the first book is from three of the USGA’s own. … Continue Reading

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Mike Davis, Merion and The USGA Museum

by Jeff Skinner U.S. Open Countdown: 44 days Today was Media Day for the 113th U.S. Open to be held at Merion Golf Club in June.  USGA Executive Director Mike Davis spoke to the Morning Drive this morning and you could hear the excitement in his voice. Returning The Open to Merion is one of “the highlights of my career” he said and he used the word “magical” many times when speaking of the iconic course which has an unparalleled… Continue Reading

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Masters Preview: Dan Jenkins Does The Masters

by Jeff Skinner  Masters Countdown: 22 days The dean of American sportswriting and King of sarcasm, Dan Jenkins will be covering his 63rd consecutive Masters this year.  Few have see more at Augusta and even less have written about it. And absolutely no one has the biting wit of our favorite curmudgeon. In  Golf Digest’s Masters Preview edition Jenkins recalls his best memories of The Masters which he started attending in 1951 when he was a sophomore in college.  It’s… Continue Reading

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LLG Award Season: Major of the Year

by Jeff Skinner The 2012 major season gave us plenty to cheer about.  From Bubba to Webb to Ernie and Rory we were treated to some great golf and some amazing theater. Rory McIlroy won his second major at The PGA Championship and in doing so put to rest any doubt about who was the man.  Rory became the man with that win as he cruised to an eight stroke win.  The only thing that even rivaled Rory that week… Continue Reading

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