Some well-known names from both inside and outside of the Canadian golf industry offered some interesting and off-beat observations during GNN’s first year of operation.
As we head towards our first anniversary on Sept. 15, let’s look back at a few:
Justin Timberlake, a non-traditional name endorsing golf products, in November, 2008, about attracting younger people and new golfers through his association with Callaway Golf.
“Well, it makes sense because it doesn’t make sense – if that makes sense.”
Kevin Costner, at the Mike Weir Charity Classic prior to the RBC Canadian Open in July, about how one of his best-known movies put unrealistic expectations on his golf game from fans.
“Tin Cup ruined my life.”
GNN blogger Kyle German agreeing that he was just like Costner’s longshot character in Tin Cup as German prepared to play in the RBC Canadian Open.
“I promise not to fill my bag with range balls.”
German recalling a previous visit to Toronto from B.C. before he left for Glen Abbey in July.
“We got caught up in the whole collector thing, not being in the collector lanes and trying to exit off the highway. We learned that one in a real hurry.”
German on playing in his first-ever PGA Tour event at the Open.
“I don’t really know anyone in the field and I actually thought of going on Twitter and asking some guys if they want to go out and play a practice round.”
Ernie Els on the wine interests of his Presidents Cup teammates on the International side and what that could mean to team meetings,
“We could have a major piss-up if everybody brings their wine and we could be there for awhile.”
LPGA Tour veteran and noted hockey fan Dawn Coe-Jones of Lake Cowichan, B.C., on what she planned to do after retiring from the tour last year.
“I do really want to learn how to drive a Zamboni.”
Renowned teacher Jim Flick on avoiding cookie-cutter methods of teaching the game.
“This is my 54th year of teaching golf. Every year, I feel like I understand the swing better. The job of a teacher is to teach the students in front of him so that he plays better. It’s not to try to fit every student into a system. That’s my concern.”
Another renowned teacher, Jim McLean, on fighting his natural instincts while caddying for son Jon at the Canadian Tour’s Roxul Jane Rogers Championship.
“I try not to be intrusive at all, but it’s not easy as a teacher to shut up.”