My role in life as a golf instructor definitely has its ups and downs. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change it for the world. But, there have been occasions when I woke up and for a few seconds couldn’t remember what city I was in. On the other hand, there have been times that I couldn’t believe I actually get paid for this. Take yesterday for example, when I was at the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
A number of years ago, the greens at East Lake were almost unputtable. As a result, tournament officials at the Tour Championship decided to eliminate the Wednesday Pro-Am to limit the number of footsteps on the green prior to tournament play which began on Thursday. Taking the place of the well-received Pro-Am event were a series of clinics packaged with breakfast/lunch/dinner with participating TOUR pros.
Tournament sponsors Southern Company and Coca Cola hosted friends, clients and various VIPs to a one and a half hour breakfast, lunch or dinner, and included was a short game and full swing clinics. The concept has been such a success that to this day the clinics still take the place of the Wednesday Pro-Am at the Tour Championship. At this year’s event, I handled the short game clinics, and David Leadbetter took the swing clinics. The meals had great participation, as Tiger, Phil, Padraig and other tour pros sat at tables with the sponsors and clinic participants. Tiger was gracious and fulfilled every request for an autograph.
Yesterday, I had some terrific PGA Tour guys lend me a hand. Hunter Mahan, Kevin Na and Steve Marino all put their short game skills on display throughout the day and really enhanced the amateurs’ experience. Thanks for all the help guys: “score low” this week.
I have posted several more pictures from the clinic at Eastlake on my Facebook Fan page. Fans can view those pictures at www.facebook.com/stanutley.