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By Kris Fay on 1/29/2009
This weekend's FBR Open is always one of the most exciting events on the TOUR schedule.  If you're looking to get your golf fix, I highly recommend tuning in at some point.I've been in Phoenix for this event several times and I can say that it's a golf experience like no other.  Since it's not a major, the players are typically a little more relaxed and interact with the galleries throughout the weekend.  The course, the TPC Scottsdale, is setup perfectly to get the crowds involved.It seems like some unknown rookie will put up a good number and be at or near the top of the leaderboard after the first day or two, but it's the veterans that always shine on the weekend.This year, the highest-ranked player in the field is Phil Mickelson, the hometown boy and two-time FBR winner.  He got off to a rocky start Thursday, so you'll have to tune in to see if he even makes the cut.If you're gonna watch one tournament outside the majors and the FedEx Cup, I'd vote for the FBR Open....
By Kris Fay on 1/27/2009
I'd like to start by saying that I think Colin Montgomery is a fine golfer, one who probably should have won a major or two while in his prime.  I'm just not sure that he should have been named the next Ryder Cup captain for Europe.Despite Monty's own support for Sandy Lyle, the European committee decided they wanted an active TOUR player to lead the next squad.  The choices came down to Monty and Jose Maria Olazabal.  After being left off the 2008 squad, I think Montgomerie would have been out to prove something in 2010.  He'll only be 47 when the competition starts next year (making him Europe's youngest captain ever), and while he may not contend in many majors, he's still a fierce team competitor and match play golfer.  I think Europe would have been wise to stash Monty for another couple of years, allowing him the opportunity to play his way onto the 2010 team.  He could have come back and captained when the Ryder Cup was set to played in Scotland.To his credit, Monty has said all the right things.  He's...
By Kris Fay on 1/25/2009
People who play golf love the game for different reasons.  Some folks like to get away from things for a few hours, some like the competition and sometimes it's the comraderie you get out of a round with friends.  One aspect you might not have thought of is the fact that golf is good for the community.I'm not talking about the financial benefits that can come from having a popular resort or course in your area.  I'm talking about the money that the game of golf gives to charities on a number of different levels.The USGA released information today that it had dispersed $5.1 million in grants to help over 230,000 kids and disabled people play golf in 2008.  It was all part of the organization's 'For the Good of the Game' and 'First Tee' initiatives, programs now in their 12th years.In addition to seeing this kind of money come from the USGA, professional events also endow large sums of money upon the charities in areas around their tournament sites.  In Portland, the Touranment Golf Foundation has given $13 million...
By Kris Fay on 1/23/2009
My wife and I had to drive to Leavenworth, Washington for a wedding this weekend.  Now you're probably wondering how I could come up with a golf related blog entry for a place like Leavenworth, a town covered in ice and snow throughout the Winter.I wouldn't have thought I could come up with anything, especially with the courses in the area closed to golfers.  But, standing outside our condo and looking out over the playing fields below, I found inspiration.  Standing in the middle of the snow covered field were a man and his two black labradors.  At his side, an old-school push cart and a bag of golf clubs.  I watched this guy hit ball after ball off the frozen ground, relying on the dogs to run out and bring the balls back.  With the temperature hovering around 27 degrees, it seemed insane that someone would spend over an hour hittings golf balls.  But it actually made me feel guilty for all the times I decided it was just too cold to play golf at home when it was probably well above freezing and there wasn't...
By Kris Fay on 1/22/2009
As a total golf junkie, I'm on just about every mailing and newsletter list in the region.  I get updates from courses I've played a lot, courses I've played a couple of times and even from a courses I've never been to.  Right now, they're all sending out invites to winter golf tournaments.Last week, with the weather forecast looking good (for me, that means not raining), my dad and I signed up for the Re-Gifter Tournament at Oki's Hawks Prairie facility.  We had such a good time that it reminded me how great it is to get out and place competitive golf again.Now, not every course in the Northwest will be ideal for this kind of thing.  You need to find events to play at courses that have good drainage.  With a few dry days, those courses can firm up and even give you a little bounce and roll.  I know, it's shocking.The best thing about playing in tournaments throughout the Winter is that you're getting a jump on everyone in your club who doesn't.  Pounding balls at the range each week can only do so much for your...
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In addition to owning Northwest Golf Adventures, I've been writing golf and travel articles since 2000. My main focus has always been golf in the Pacific Northwest, but I've had stories appear in association magazines across the country, several national publications and on radio and television. I'm always looking for great stories to write about!

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