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World Am Final Post (for 2010)
By Kickntrue on 9/10/10
A week later... I'm still recovering from the World Am. "Technically" I've still played golf 4 times in the past 11 days, which seems like a great ratio... except all of those were over a week ago, and I'm DYING to get it. It feels like it's been forever!
With the fear of getting a little too "campy," I've got to tell you- it was amazing. I learned so much about myself and my golf game, specifically how it holds up under pressure. Honestly, I don't think I could've done it without oobgolf. If I hadn't been tracking my stats and following the rules to the letter of the law for the past 4 years, I think I would've fallen apart mentally from the "stupid rules."
Here's an easy example; last Thursday, when I was playing my best round of the week, I had to take a lost ball when I couldn't find a ball I KNEW was right around the green but had embedded. After I put my new ball in play, I walked up to the green and right over my first ball- completely embedded in the fringe. Instead of taking a 4 or at worst 5, I had to take a 7. While that penalty was the difference between be being Low Net winner of the day and not, it still could've been MUCH worse. The rules of golf aren't always fun, but they are the rules. It's irrelevant to my point- but I'd like to mention that I followed that disaster up by sticking an 8 iron to 5 feet on the 165 yard par 3 that followed (I don't want to mention that I missed the birdie putt).
The entire event really was top notch. Golf.com put their name behind it this year- and they didn't disappoint. I don't have past World Am's to draw from, but I can say from my brief experience in the golf industry, it was the most fun golf event I've seen or been a part of. Honestly- it was so much more fun being with actual golfers than industry professionals. Kevin and I have pumped the big Orlando Golf Show up each year, and while it's neat to see some of the new stuff- it's got NOTHING on this event as far as attending and participating. A few of the guys I played with mentioned that they participate in the Golf Channel Am Tour- but that it has NOTHING on this event. Think about it- where else can you find 4 days of competitive golf on amazing courses that allow everyone of all skills compete? There is nothing!
That last part, about playing with people your own skill level, is hard to overstate. With thousands of golfers playing- flights were down to 1 or 2 strokes of handicap so each day you got to play with guys who were exactly your skill level. No feeling inadaquite. No feeling like you're the one holding the group up. On the flip side- no feeling like your game was being pulled down by the others you were playing with.
Anyway- I hope some of you guys were inspired by this year's posts (to read them all- just click the "World Am" tab in the right navigation) and will start seriously considering coming next year. We estimated that around $1000-$1250 should do it (including travel), depending where you live and how much you like to spend when you're out on your own. With free booze and food each night though- you really can keep the costs down.
Here are a couple links from the World Am- including an interview with Roger Clemens, a few guys who played with Clemens, and the unfortunate story of the guy in the picture above. 27 handicaps... you have to be careful when standing in front of them!
We'll try to answer any questions you may have in the comments.
The World Am Grand Prize Winner
Roger Clemens Was There
Playing With Clemens
Ball To Forehead
An oober's Experience
An oober's Photos
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Duke of Hazards says:
Sounds awesome. I hope to attend some day. BTW - don't people yell 'fore!' anymore? That dude got nailed bad.
Are "oob" handicaps valid for the World Am or do you also have to have a "USGA approved service" handicap to apply?
@Bobcat66j- the past 3 years, they've accepted oob handicaps. I can't speak for next year, yet, but I don't know why it would be any different.
I guess that guy who hit the ball took the saying "golf is played on a 5 inch course between your ears" a little too literally. Good news is from the looks of it, he was hitting it right down the middle of the fairway. Glad the guys' ok tho.
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