Countryway TUESDAY Golf
The World's Very FIRST Golfer
(Courtesy of Ric Wharton)
Countryway Golf in the News
(The Tampa Tribune- July, 2013)
- Some have been laughing at Jack Nicklaus - arguably the greatest player
in the history of golf - and his suggestion that some golf course
developers start building 12-hole courses instead of the traditional 18.
Golf has gone from a "good walk spoiled" - thanks, Mark Twain - to a plodding round that, even with golf carts, can now be five-hour affairs.
That's where places like Countryway Golf Club come in. Countryway is an executive course with few par-4s and lots of par-3s that run 125 yards or less. It's known as a great course for beginners, but it's also getting a strong reputation as a great course for experienced players who want to work on their short game. The sixth hole - that's the one you can see as you drive along Waters Avenue - is a 90-yard nightmare. There's water on the right that shouldn't come into play, but it's just in the corner of your peripheral vision when aiming for a postage stamp-sized green that has more undulations that any roller coaster at Busch Gardens.
Woody Austin is a Tampa Bay native and won the recent Sanderson Farms
Championship in Mississippi, his first PGA Tour win since 2007. Austin
spends a lot of time working on his game at Countryway and his short game
was impeccable when, with his recent win, he also earned a two-year Tour
"Tuesday Talkers about Famous Pros!"
19th Hole "ChatterBox" Club
|While Tiger Woods was recognized as a skillful
golfer, he never scored even one point for being a respectable, worthy,
friendly human being.
Since the beginning of golf, there's been an endless list of USA Professional Golfers that we've grown to admire and Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead are certainly ranked near the top of our list.
Two important names that were brought up after today's round were PHIL MICKELSON and PAYNE STEWART.
On May 7, 2012, Phil Mickelson will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, FL. (The requirements state you have to be over 40 years old for this honor.) Other golfers of The Class of 2012 include Hollis Stacy, Dan Jenkins, Sandy Lyle and Peter Alliss.
A limited number of 2012 Induction Ceremony & Gala tickets go on sale tomorrow, February 29, 2012. To put your name on a waiting list, visit their Website:
ESPN will televise the ceremony live on Monday May 7, 2012.
(January 30,1957 - October 25, 1999)
|William Payne Stewart won three majors in
his professional career (U.S. Open - 1991 & 1999) and (PGA
Championship - 1989). He won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst
No.2. just months before he died in an airplane accident at the young age
of 42. At the time of his death, he was ranked third on the all-time money
He was always popular with fans, especially for his clothing, and was reputed to have the biggest wardrobe of all professional golfers. He was a favorite of photographers because of his ivy caps and patterned pants, which were a cross between plus fours and knickerbockers.
Payne Stewart was a golfer who had style and found grace, and was always game for a good photo op. Here he posed, Gatsby-like. with flappers.
1987 - Stewart was photographed with Deena the chimp for a cover story about how he finally "got the monkey off his back."
changed his NFL knickers wardrobe depending on what city he was playing
Payne in costume as Hollywood adventure star Indiana Jones.
Payne in a black and white for a swing comparison with another stylist: Bobby Jones.
|Payne Stewart wasn't always a nice guy, and was sometimes ungracious in victory or defeat. His caddy noticed a big attitude change as he started reaching out to people. Baseball pitcher Orel Hershiser was Stewart's amateur partner at the AT & T, and may have been the one who reached out spiritually for Payne. Others say it was the children: Chelsea and Aaron, and his wife Tracey.|
Statue of Payne Stewart at the 18th
hole at Pinehurst. (1999 U.S. Open)
1999 South Dakota Learjet Crash
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