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The way the teams show pride for their countries and all of the drama that’s in it is simply incredible and the President’s Cup is also a terrific event in golf. In other news, Tiger Woods won PGA Tour Player of the Year. I was’t surprised though because he’s Tiger Woods. It’s a reputation thing and that’s why he won. I honestly thought Phil Mickelson or Adam Scott should have won the award to me, a major and a win looks much prettier and shinier than just five wins. Not to mention both of them had seven top 10’s so I thought one of those guys were more deserving but hey, it is what it is I guess. Anyway, thanks for reading my post/email and if you like my work you can always press the “Follow” button on the left side of your screen and also, please share the site with your friends on Twitter and Facebook, I’d appreciate any support I can get because without you guys I am absolutely nothing, nada, zero! You can also click any of the social media icons on the left of your screen to follow me on Twitter, “Like” the GP Golf Report on Facebook and follow the GP Golf Report on Google Plus! Thanks guys, always appreciate the support! Keep it real GP Nation! From Chicago with love!

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The Most Over Rated Player in Golf?

Who's the over rated golfer? Read on to Find Out More..,Unless you Skipped This Caption then Whatever.

Who’s the Over Rated Golfer? Read on to Find Out More….Unless you Skipped this Caption then Whatever Bro.

What has Spongebob Learned so Far from this Post?

What has Spongebob Learned so Far from this Post?

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, cats and dogs, Bears and Packers (Hey, the NFL season starts tomorrow so I just had to troll like that!). I present to you, the most over rated player in all of golf! His name? His name features that of an animal. Alright, you should already know by now who I’m talking about. Congratulations to none other than Tiger Woods for being the most over rated golfer in the world. Yes I understand he’s done a lot in the game and has won many tournaments and majors but the way the media talks about him is ridiculous in my opinion. He’s a favorite in every tournament and it’s just eye rolling. He’s had a great season but a favorite in every single tournament? Come on now son, that’s poor picking. The guy’s not going to win every tournament he plays in, the dude hasn’t even won a major in 7 years now (It will be 7 once 2013 is over) and people act like he’s back. Well he’s not folks. If he wants to be his original self like in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, then he has to win a major or two because that’s what he did, so that’s what he has to do. I’m just tired of people saying “He’s back” and I’m normally not a big ranting type of guy but it’s ridiculous. One of the other things that really bothers me is the fact that when someone wins a PGA Tour tournament, the first thing someone writes or mentions is “Tiger shot a 75 in the final round” or something like that. Ummm…excuse me, I would like to know who actually won the tournament here, not how Tiger Woods did.

They say you should always throw Tiger’s name in there first even if he wasn’t the winner of the tournament because “That’s what people want”. Alright, fair enough, but not everybody is a Tiger Woods fan and there’s some who can’t stand him. Honestly, if you seriously believe he’s the first name you got to put up there in every article or every story you mention on radio or on TV, then that’s bad journalism in my opinion and mine only. Give the player who won, a chance. If Tiger won the tournament then great, let’s talk about it but don’t ram it down people’s throats. If Matt Kuchar wins the event, you talk about Matt Kuchar first then the other players. If Henrik Stenson makes a phenomenal charge to win a tournament, then you should talk about him first then the other golfers. Because to me the key thing that every true golf fan wants to know is “Who won the golf tournament” not “How did Tiger do?”, not right off the bat anyway. Like I said, if he won, then that’s awesome let’s talk about his victory and talk about how the rest of the leaderboard fared.

Look, I love and appreciate everyone involved in golf media and have had the chance to interview some great golf media personalities but the obsessive Tiger talk and picking him for every tournament is getting tiresome. There are so many great golfers on Tour that a lot of people will miss the chance of seeing how good they really were because they were overshadowed by the endless hailstorm that is Tiger Woods. I also understand that some people talk about him a lot because he’s a revenue builder for the networks and such but I think talking about the players who are in the lead at the tournament matter the most at the time unless it’s Tiger in the lead. Obviously, a lot of the big network radio hosts who talk about all sports talk about him because they aren’t big in golf but need to talk about golf if it’s a major. They’re getting paid for it after all. Now sometimes, I hear things from people saying that some of the media talk bad about Tiger. I don’t think I never heard anything bad said about Tiger in the media. Whatever bad someone said about him, it must have been very harmless because if the media’s talking crap about him then how come he’s picked to win in almost every tournament? It’s silly and they say ratings go up when he’s playing. Really? Well I believe when Rory Mcilroy was playing out of his mind last year, the ratings were very good over at Golf Channel, one of the highest ratings they ever received if I’m not mistaken. Anyway, I hope the golfing world knows that there’s more to golf than Tiger Woods, so let’s cherish this beautiful game and what it has to offer on all levels and not just cover it up by talking about one person 24/7 365 days a year. Because last time I checked, the winners of the tournament matter.

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Which Major Champion was the Best this Year?

Phil Mickelson Gives a Thumbs Up After Winning the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Phil Mickelson Gives a Thumbs Up After Winning the Open Championship at Muirfield.

All four major championships have been completed this year and all were very good without question beginning with a classic Masters duel between Adam Scott and former Masters champion Angel Cabrera, following by a U.S. Open that featured a course that literally tore the players apart with Justin Rose taking the crown and throne. Then came a great Open Championship that saw Phil Mickelson come almost out of no where to dominate the field in the final two days to finish off a course that had every other player finishing over par besides Phil, making it two majors in the row that had the majority of the players finishing over par. The only player that was even at the Open Championship at Muirfield was former Players Championship winner Henrik Stenson but other than that the second and third majors of the year were devastating challenges for the golfers, and then you just had a PGA Championship that was a great battle between great control players in Jason Dufner, Adam Scott and Jim Furyk along with a recovery master in Matt Kuchar. It was anyone’s tournament to win and looked to be a classic and who knows, it very well could have went to a playoff but, “Duff” shot a PGA Championship record on that Saturday and went on from there to take the Wanamaker trophy for his first major title. So, four great major winners this year in Scott, Rose, Mickeslon and Dufner, so the question now is, which major winner this year preformed the best or which story was the best? There are four great choices here in players as they all played very well to win their major this year. You have a terrific driver in Adam Scott, all-around players in Phil and J-Rose, and then a masterful approach shot artist in “Duff” so the choice is kind of up in the air but I’m not finishing this piece until I say who I think was the best this year at their major. Adam Scott winning the Masters was very interesting.

Justin Rose Points to the Sky to his Father after Winning the U.S. Open at Merion, a Classic Image.

Justin Rose Points to the Sky to his Father after Winning the U.S. Open at Merion, a Classic Image.

It was the first time an Australian won the Masters so it was a huge story and a great one for the people over the great country of Australia and that’s one of the reasons why we love sports, because of the touching stories and how deep it is, especially in golf because there are endless amounts of players with many different stories and walks of life. Justin Rose, winning the U.S. Open was the first major of his career like Scott and Dufner, but Justin was able to take on arguably to toughest test in all of golf and proved why he is one of the greats in the game and looks to add another major shortly because if he can handle Merion, then he can tackle almost any course and he had a great season up to this point. Phil Mickelson added another major to his legendary career. The hall of fame lefty took down Muirfield and made sure he put himself in a position to take home the Claret Jug and put himself just one major shy of the career grand slam which would make him only the seventh player in golf history to accomplish one of the rarest milestones in all of sports. And then you have Jason Dufner winning the PGA Championship this year. As I mentioned before, he was a guy coming into the year with high expectations, and although he didn’t live up to the hype, he ended the year of majors out with a bang making this a great comeback kind of story not to mention one of the greatest rounds in PGA Championship history on that Saturday. So, who was the best major winner of 2013? Let’s do a process of elimination. As much as I hate to say it but Phil and Justin Rose are out on this one and here’s why. J-Rose played great golf on a tough course in a tough field but it wasn’t all Justin the whole way, it was Phil who led most of the way and Justin made a terrific charge up the leaderboard to take the crown and I love J-Rose.

Jason Dufner Clelebrates his PGA Championship Title with his Wife Amanda After Making a Fantastic Weekend Charge at Oak Hill.

Jason Dufner Clelebrates his PGA Championship Title with his Wife Amanda After Making a Fantastic Weekend Charge at Oak Hill.

Phil is out simply because, if he won the Open Championship to complete the career grand slam then that would be the best story hands down and he could have got it if he didn’t collapse at the U.S. Open, then again his mind set would probably be different if he did win the U.S. Open because there would be so much more pressure on him at the Open Championship. Although he played great, I just don’t see it if it wasn’t for a grand slam, however it was his first Open Championship victory. So that leaves us with Adam Scott and Jason Dufner. Now, I know I said Justin Rose didn’t lead the whole way at the U.S. Open but neither did Adam Scott at the Masters but the way he was hitting his shots was incredible and he was MASTERFUL (See what I did there?) from the fairway and off the tee. He went into a playoff against a former Masters champ in Angel Cabrera who is familiar with Augusta so Adam had unbelievable of taking down Augusta, taking down a former champ, and winning it for his home country that has never seen an Australian win the coveted Green Jacket. So now we’re down to our last choice and that would be Mr. Jason Dufner who as wek now just won the PGA Championship. The reason why “Duff” is a finalist is because he had very high expectations before the year started and people were putting him high in the world rankings and had him winning a couple of tournaments. However, he was fairly quiet most of the season with his best finish coincidentally being at another major at the U.S. Open where he finished tied for 4th. Before then though, things weren’t looking good for Jason as he didn’t even finish in the top 10 all year until the U.S. Open.

One of the Best Masters Photos in Recent Memory as Adam Scott Celebrates his First Major with the Fans.

One of the Best Masters Photos in Recent Memory as Adam Scott Celebrates his First Major with the Fans.

Many people thought he had a shot to reach no.1 in the world rankings after having a great season last year finishing with two victories and finishing in the top 10 in the rankings. Plus, he had was so close to winning the PGA Championship just two years ago when, then rookie Keegan Bradley took the title who is now good buddies with Jason. The pressure he was feeling was probably crazy (Then again it’s Jason Dufner…) coming into PGA Championship week. It’s the last major of the year, you’re trying to prove that you are one of the best in the world, you’re not leading up to expectations and you have an amazing looking wife watching you the whole way, now if THAT isn’t pressure then I don’t know what it is and my life is full of lies! Also, can’t forget the record performance he had on the weekend. So, on that note, I think it’s time to see who is the winner of the best major champion of 2013. The winner is…..hold on a sec…..alright I’m ready! No wait…… let me just take care of something real quick…..I’ll be RIGHT BACK I PROMISE!…….Okay NOW the moment we’ve been waiting for…the winner is….ADAM SCOTT! This was a very tough choice.

I was leaning towards Jason Dufner a bit but the way Adam Scott has had the potential his whole career to win a major and for him the finally win one at the most famous golf tournament in the world is truly a great story and for him to be the first Australian is really remarkable and will be something he will embrace for the rest of his life and then this was just a year after he lost a heartbreaker to Ernie Els at the Open Championship at St.Andrews. I think all the emotions that went into the Adam Scott victory touched a lot of lives of the fans of this great sport. We love it because it brings people together from all over the world and Adam gave an entire nation something celebrate and for him to do it at Augusta National, at the Masters, a place with so much rich history is truly one of the most beautiful things we have seen in golf in recent memory and for it to end in a dramatic playoff is special. So big ups to all of these major winners, they all played terrific golf and I know we are all looking forward to next year’s majors and the Ryder Cup as well! But there’s still some season left this season to enjoy thankfully!

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GP Golf Report Quickie: A “Fab Five” Kind of Leaderboard

Jason Dufner has a Great Chance to Win his First Major Title Unless he Collapses in Sunday.

Jason Dufner has a Great Chance to Win his First Major Title Unless he Collapses in Sunday.

Matt Kuchar is One of the Hottest Players in the World so he Could Easily Make a Charge but his Accuracy can Hurt him.

Matt Kuchar is One of the Hottest Players in the World so he Could Easily Make a Charge but his Accuracy can Hurt him.

Hello all, surprise! Didn’t think I was going to write while I’m on my “Vacay” (Vacation) in Alabama? Then guess again because I got a shorty for you here in regards to the interesting names in the top five on the leaderboard at the PGA Championship. Jason Dufner is your leader at 9- for the tournament and is playing like the Duf everyone predicted to be a true threat on the PGA Tour this year. He was my preseason pick to  win the Masters a while back even because the solid season he had a year ago made him much more attractive and respectful of the media in golf. Duf is already a very popular player among the Twitter world with well over 100 thousand followers. The thing that’s really helped Jason Dufner the fist couple of days is his incredible ability to hit the greens in regulations with such ease and if that’s not important then I don’t know what is. It’s his tournament to lose honestly because who else hits the greens like Duf? The one thing that will come back to get him is his putting ability and it’s very difficult to win a major if you can’t putt but if he can get some really good approach shots which he’s capable of then he’ll be in great shape.

The one guy that could come back and destroy him is Matt Kuchar who is 7- and we know how much of a monster he’s been this year and would like nothing else better then to get his first major championship under his belt. Matt could beat you in so many different shapes and forms and that’s what makes him dangerous so Jason better be ready for what’s ahead, not to mention you have two guys in the top five that one majors this year, those guys being Justin Rose and Adam Scott not to mention you have Jim Furyk who was the leader at first, who’s still playing terrific golf, being vintage Furyk. So, just look at these names and think of them as the “Fab Five” or at least for now because I’m sure the leaderboard will be bouncing around if ti isn’t already. Great golf is on the way! 

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Guys to Look Out for This Weekend at the PGA

Paul Casey, One of the More Popular Players Around the World Despite his Recent Struggles.

Paul Casey, One of the More Popular Players Around the World Despite his Recent Struggles.

Jim Furyk has Been One of the Most Accurate Drivers of the Past Decade and has an Impressive Resume that Includes a U.S. Open Victory.

Jim Furyk has Been One of the Most Accurate Drivers of the Past Decade and has an Impressive Resume that Includes a U.S. Open Victory.

Matt Kuchar has had the Season of his Life so Far and Now Looks for an Elusive Major Win.

Matt Kuchar has had the Season of his Life so Far and Now Looks for an Elusive Major Win.

Adam Scott already has a Major this Year Winning the Masters and has Been Close to Winning More Tourneys this Year. Could he Grab Another Major Title This Season?

Adam Scott Already has a Major this Year Winning the Masters and has Been Close to Winning More Tourneys this Year. Could he Grab Another Major Title This Season?

The PGA Championship is off to a hot start this season and the leaderboard is filled with likely and unlikely players which is already making this a really fun tourney. The reason I am writing about weekend guys to look out for so early is because I won’t be writing tomorrow as I will be out of town but without question it will be a great tournament at Oak Hill. Jim Furyk has been playing well, taking advantage of his accurate driving. There are several great players to look out for and the leaderboard is filled with so many different type of players whether they’e heavy hitters or putting masters or, it’s almost anybody’s title. At a course like Oak Hill, it’s always very important to have solid accuracy off the tee and soft touch around the greens. However, it’s both a course for power players and control players which is why Oak Hill is a terrific course to host a major championship and it already shows as there are several players within striking distance. As mentioned above, Jim Furyk is a great guy to look out for at this tournament this weekend as he is one of the most accurate hitters in golf history despite having arguably the lowest power. That’s why Jim Furyk is awesome because he figures out other ways to beat you even though he barely averages 270 yards off the tee. He’s a grinder, he has that trademark looping swing and can be a great putter when he’s on his game. The 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year is a great choice for a player to look out for.

Another player to look out for is Masters champ Adam Scott as he features a unique combination of power and solid putting so it could very well be possible that he can win another major this year. He is arguably the only all-around player within the top 10. He can easily tear this course apart but with so many other great players on the leaderboard, it will be tough for him to take the Wanamaker trophy and run, plus it’s tough to win two majors in one year unless maybe he changes his name to “Inbee Scott” (Sharing the name of LPGA star Inbee Park who won three majors this year). A surging Paul Casey is also a top player on the leaderboard and Paul hasn’t been a factor on Tour in quite some time. At one point he was one of the most dangerous players in all of golf and was also an all-around kind of player at one point but I feel like he doesn’t have it as much anymore but can still be a solid player.

He’s still one of the best power hitters on tour averaging 299 yards off the tee and if he can putt well the rest of this tournament then it will bid well for a popular player in Paul. Finally, one guy you just can’t help but watch is Matt Kuchar who has had the best season of his career to this point and looks to only get better. The amazing thing about “Kuch” is that he doesn’t have a lot of power or accuracy off the tee but he figures out other ways to win, whether it’s being clutch, having great touch around the greens or getting amazing sand saves. That’s a key thing. He always manages to get himself out of trouble and that’s what can make a player extremely dangerous because he can take advantage of mistake that other players can’t and that’s just one of the many reasons to look out for Matt Kuchar this weekend. Enjoy the rest of the tournament everyone!

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Tips for Aspiring Golf Journalists

Myself and the Legendary Sportswriter and Broadcaster Michael Wilbon (Left) at the Legendary Chicago Theater.

Myself and the Legendary Sportswriter and Broadcaster Michael Wilbon (Left) at the Legendary Chicago Theater. He has Covered Numerous Golf Events Including the Ryder Cup

Hall of Fame Golf Writer and One of Greatest Figures in Golf History.

Dan Jenkins: Hall of Fame Golf Writer and One of Greatest Figures in Golf History.

Journalism, to me is one of the most beautiful things in the world. It’s a combination of art and science and truly puts one’s words into the hearts of thousands, maybe millions worldwide. The way a writer puts his or her own words on to paper or on a webpage, it’s like looking at beautiful painting but, in the form of words where the reader will put pictures in his or her own head. The way the radio and television reporters report and speak through the mic. It’s like poetry. Probably the best feeling in the world is when you publish get an article published on a website or in a newspaper and when you do a radio show and you did some good producing and research before the show, to do a rich informative show for listeners and then when you book a guest on a show. When I was able to get legendary golf course architect Pete Dye (Creator of TPC Sawgrass) on, that was an incredible moment for me and I will never forget that for as long as I live.

Another great feeling is when you do a podcast and do some good producing with it to make it sound extra crisp before you send it out to the Program Director at the station like when I did some of my first Hot Corner Report podcasts and then to hear it live is an chilling feeling but in a good way and still get the joy to this day when I do the Hot Corner Report podcasts. The only thing I haven’t done yet but really want to do is film myself interviewing golfers and putting the videos up on YouTube (Hey, stay tuned *Wink Wink*) which I think would be cool and fun. But then you have a lot of people who dislike media. Oh really? Well, all of your favorite celebrities and athletes (Or so called future boyfriends and girlfriends) wouldn’t be NOTHING without the media, because how would they get themselves out there? They get discovered and the media puts them on TV, in the papers and on blogs. They would still be at home if it weren’t for everyone in the media who bust their butts off to do their jobs. Plus, people still read, watch and listen for news anyway so give it up, you’re addicted to what the media has to offer in your daily lives (Heheh!). One of the coolest thing about journalism is the fact that there are some sweet perks, for example, I went to cover a sports radio anniversary roast at the Chicago Theater for online radio station SportsTownChicago.com.

The ticket was between $50 and $100 I believe and I was able to get in for free with my credential. So, here I am, an 18 year old boy, just walking into one of the most legendary theaters in the world like “Hey! What’s good homie?” (Ok, I didn’t say that of course), seeing all of these big name sports journalists like Michael Wilbon of ESPN and Dan Mcneil (Who was the host of the event) as well as New York comedian Bobby Collins and NFL legend and Chicago Slaughter head coach Steve “Mongo” McMichael, and I’m just walking around like it’s no big deal and of course people were staring at me and I loved it. Was I nervous? Absolutely, but once I interviewed a few of the guys including Michael Wilbon and Dan Mcneil, it was getting comfortable to me and I was able to enjoy the roast for free which was a blast. Anytime, you see a big star in your journalism career, you’re going to a little nervous on the approach but when you go up to them, stay professional , do not get star struck because they’re people just like you and be respectful and have thick skin at the same time. Also, be aggressive with your interviews.

Don’t be afraid to get as many interviews as you can because sometimes you may not get the best answers from certain people and need better quotes for an article and the same goes for radio, get good soundbytes (quotes on the airwaves) as this helps readers look at what others have said with different thoughts in a sports article and gives the radio listeners a different voice in there and gives YOU, the host a bit of a break because you can save your breath when you play an interview or soundbyte from an interview which by the way, interviews are a great way to throw other voices and opinions on your radio show, podcast or YouTube show or vlog. You can also write blogs on sites like WordPress (Hmmm, never heard of that place before), Blogger and if you want to do your own podcasts, you can get USB microphones from places like Best Buy or Radio Shack and use websites like Pod-O-Matic where you can upload shows that you recorded on Adobe Audition or other sound recording programs or you can try Blog Talk Radio’s website where you can host a show through there.

Also, social media is very important when hosting a podcast, online radio show or blog because it extends your show or blog out to other networks which can build your audience. So even if you think you’re just a writer or radio host, try using YouTube for video reports, interviews and vlogs because YouTube is great with monetizing and building your audience but be sure to put links of your blog and/or podcast in the description after each upload so that way when people look at your videos, then they may spot your links and want to take a look, after all, new readers, listeners and viewers want to know more about you and if they like you then you never know, those readers, viewers or listeners could be potential employers. If you plan on doing interviews through YouTube, I’d say be sure to use a recorder while you interview your person even if the audio on your camera is good because it’s always good to have audio so you can put it on Adobe Audition for producing. Speaking of audio, Sound Cloud is a great way to upload any audio you recorded so you can share through social media sites and your blog and if you haven’t noticed yet, Sound Cloud is what I use when I upload sounds to this blog and it comes out nice and crisp.

You can also use Movie Maker to place a picture with your audio so you can save it as a movie file to upload to YouTube as an audio file but if you can, try to keep it 3 minutes or less since YouTube is meant for visuals, people may not want to hear ten minutes of just talk unless your audio becomes successful on YouTube then you can probably extend it because people want more. As for the writing side of things, try to write at least two to three times a week so you can keep your blog fresh for readers to come back for more of your writing excellence. Also, another thing you can do is have your own domain name so that it makes your blog look more professional and will look GREAT on business cards. The WordPress “Learn WordPress” link at the very bottom of the screen is a great way to learn how to build an audience and get more hits. Wait, what’s that? You want to get a gig right away? Ok, well, what i recommend is that if you’re into writing, contact your local newspaper and see if they let you cover golf for the local high schools or cover some local amateur tournaments which is a great way to cover fresh young talent that could be PGA Tour stars in the future.

They might also possibly let you write part time for their website but if you email them, be sure to give them anything you have, writing samples, demos, links to your blogs, resume etc. Show them why YOU are a good candidate so you can definitely contact the local paper’s sports editor to see if you get a shot at covering local area golf which will eventually build to bigger and better things and if they tell you that you have to cover other sports too then do it because you may end up covering golf anyway and this is a great way to network with other writers which can open the door to the next level because they know you and they can let their bosses know that you’re a good person to call or email for a sweet gig. As for radio and TV, the best way to get your foot in the door is contacting a local radio station or TV station to see if they would let you intern with them which can eventually lead to you covering golf if you let them know where your interests are and like with working with newspapers, this is a very good network opportunity.

The interning duties at a radio or TV station may include different tasks that aren’t wanted such as getting coffee for the hosts or doing other errands but then there are other great opportunities too such as helping out with production. Small town stations are a GREAT way too get a lot of hands on experience and get great contacts. Don’t get me wrong, interning at a big city station is great too because it gives you good city station experience and also gets you great contacts but you will get more hands on experience in a small town station and will probably get just as great of contacts as the bog city stations but if you want to contact a city station for an internship then go for it! There’s nothing wrong with it whatsoever. Finally, before you finish your internship or part time gig with a newspaper, website, TV or radio station, make sure to grab as many phone numbers (From employers and not hitting on girls…well maybe that too), emails, business cards and any other info possible from the people you worked with because they may have connections that can lead you to another great job and be sure to work hard and give %1781889919188 so that the employers you worked/interned for will remember you because they respected your hard work and effort. TRY YOUR BEST! Also, be sure to get info from the person who is in charge of sports at your newspaper or station because they may have connections with GOLF MEDIA PERSONALITIES and/or WRITERS and that’s what you wanted right? Sweet!

And while you’re at your internship/part time gig, be sure to enjoy it and have fun! This is a fun and rewarding business and remember that you’re blessed to be in the position that you’re in regardless if it’s a local newspaper or radio station because eventually you’ll rise up in the ranks anyway. So, try your best, work hard, persevere, NEVER let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do, never give up and always stay humble and the reward will be big. I hope this helped, I know this was a long post but I really want to get this out there for aspiring golf journalists and journalists in general because this really is a great industry and there are so many ways you can get involved with it and touch so many lives with the stories you write and the words you choose. Stay fresh WordPress. Colin, out.

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Is Golf Media Rising or Falling?

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As golf starts to get more popular as time goes on, the media remains a huge part of the action on and off the course. The question that must be asked is, is it rising or falling? If it’s rising then this
would be great for the game because without great media coverage, the game of golf would be nothing as with any other sport, but golf media is unique because to cover so many different events all around the world and that’s what makes it awesome because every approach of the coverage is different from another because each enviornment is changed and so does the list of players in the event. There are a lot of great broadcasters and writers in the golf industry and it shows with many great stories and analysis. The one thing that most people who think the game is boring may find interesting is that play-by-play on the radio for golf sounds better than ont TV even though, nothing against play-by-play on TV but the radio is just better because the broadcaster is more descriptive than on the TV because the action is right in front of his or her face.

The listener can just hear the swing of the club from tee to green and the sound of the wind blowing on a blade of grass not to mention it sometimes seems like there’s two color commentators out there as the play-by-play man will give his thoughts as well and be precise on stats and hole history at a certain just like the color guy although the color guy of course is extra precise on his thoughts. The writing side of golf media is like poetry, it flows with words and phrases that only golf can bring to writing. Fairways, greens, off the tee, touch around the greens, etc. Words or phrases like those help shape the way sportswriters write and that’s why golf media is so beautfiul and that’s way it should keep growing. The combimnation of great players, courses and tournaments make the game unique already, but throw in a guy with a microphone or somebody with a pen or laptop and fans get some of the best coverage in sports anywhere.

Golf media is very under rated and it’s obvious but the way the game is evolving , it looks to open the doors for future golden mics and platinum pens and keep the game as beautiful as it already is.

(Images above, David Feherty and Jason Sobel, writer for GolfChannel.com)


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