6/24- Global GGG Show> US Open Amateur Phenom Cameron Champ

6/24- Global GGG Show> US Open Amateur Phenom Cameron Champ
Last week’s US Open served as the unveiling of a new bambino in golf.  Cameron Champ who hales from Sacramento and has one more year left at Texas A&M, was the talk of our National Championship. He bombed drives by all the longest of touring pros.  He also made the cut and finished second as low AM. Gig Em!!
Cameron had a great week as he celebrated his 22nd birthday with family and friends at Erin Hills.  He played practice rounds with Rory McElroy and Louis Oosthuizen and blew it by them off the tee.
Cameron’s ball speed is nearly 200 mph and is 10 mph faster than the longest driver on tour. The average on tour is 168 mph. Ball speed is more important than swing speed because it measures the smash factor that occurs when you hit it on the sweet spot. For every 1 mph extra it translates to 2 yards more per mph. That math’s out to 20 yards longer than the longest and 60 yards longer than the PGA Tour average according to Trackman.
Pam Wood & myself tee it up with Cameron and his dad Jeff @ 11 AM(CT) on FB Live.  They will have just arrived in North Carolina for the prestigious 117th playing of the North & South Amateur Championship @ Pinehurst Resort.
Cameron’s grandfather Mack got him started in golf at the age of 2 1/2 with plastic clubs. His sister Madison, who has autism keeps the whole family grounded, much like Jordan Spieth and his sister Ellie. Both Cam and Madison are proud of their development in The First Tee of Sacramento.
There’s much more to this story so tune in……

Tom Kees

Executive Producer & Co-Host

www.golfgrapegrub.com

6/17- Global GGG Show> 117th US Open, Dad’s Day & Wayne Player

6/17- Global GGG Show> 117th US Open, Dad’s Day & Wayne Player

Happy Father’s Day to All the Dad’s Out There!!!

They’ve become synonymous- Father’s Day and the US Open. With all the great families in golf, the Golf, Grape & Grub Show loves the Father/Son stories.

Particularly, the home grown ones like Cameron Champ and his dad Jeff. Cameron shot a 2 under 70 in the first round of the US Open with dad & family watching.  The Champ family hails from Sacramento and Cameron plays for Texas A&M.  Gig Em Cam!!

Pam Wood & myself tee it up in our 19th hole this Saturday at 11 AM (CT) on FB Live. So glad were not teeing it up at Erin Hills with all that knee high fescue, er prairie grass.

It’s a Gigantic course that will play over 7800 yards and could be stretched to over 8200 yards!!! After some complaints by the pros & some wet weather, they harvested some hay. Actually, the best players wanted it there because the fairways are wide–a US Open anomaly. First round scores are the lowest ever.

Since it is Father’s Day on Sunday we thought it would be FUN to catch up with globetrotting Wayne Player, son of Hall of Famer Gary Player.  Wayne is just returning from a trip to his home country of South Africa and Pebble Beach. Want to go on a great trip, go to wayneplayerenterprises.com. His fave place is Pebble Beach, so we have something in common. He does lots of sit ups like dad and I do curls with a wine glass.

Please check out our newly renovated website listed below with “live” feeds to our Tweets. Birdies are always good!!  

Tom Kees

Executive Producer & Co-Host

www.golfgrapegrub.com

 

 

6/10-Global GGG Show> More Hogan Stories from Two Who Really Knew

6/10-Global GGG Show> More Hogan Stories from Two Who Really Knew

No one won more US Opens than Ben Hogan. The Hawk as he was known, won four, which ties him with Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones and Willie Anderson. He was also known to be very callous and private.

We’ve now learned he was quite compassionate and had a keen sense of humor from author Tim Scott, who joined us a few weeks ago. We didn’t get a chance to hear all the wonderful stories from him, so we’ve invited him back to the Golf, Grape & Grub Show.

We are also joined by Marty Leonard, the daughter of the man who first sponsored Hogan and developed Colonial CC and Shady Oaks CC in Fort Worth.

Pam Wood & myself tee it up from our 19th hole at 11 AM (CT) on FB Live.

Tim, as you may remember​ wrote the book “Ben Hogan-The Myths Everyone Knows, The Man No One Knew.” He worked directly for Mr. Hogan @ Shady Oaks CC and wanted to reveal the real person he was, which most consider to be a steely faced golf icon. ​He ​worked for 14 years with Mr. Hogan​.​

​From the 1920’s to the 1970’s Leonard’s Department Store was widely know for it’s size and selection. As big as a suburban mall, it had it’s own subway and Santa’s rocket express. ​Many of you know my background in retailing so get a load of this: the store carried everything from pianos to petticoats & pumpkin seeds; fur coats & windmills; they made there own pasta, candy, coffee & had it’s own dairy products & baked bread. It included a beauty salon, groceries, auto service (with Leonard’s oil of course) and also some Leonard’s cigars.  It even had it’s own script.​

Marvin Leonard developed it with his brother and his daughter caught the genes for golf and the outdoors.

Marty’s accomplishments are many in golf, nature and charity. She built and owns Leonard Golf Links, the Nike Research Center and has served on the boards of both Colonial & Shady Oaks. She’s in the Texas Golf HOF, won the North Texas PGA Byron Nelson Award and served as the Chair of the USGA’s Women’s Advisory Committee. She literally is one of the Great Women of Texas.

Please check out our newly renovated website listed below with “live” feeds to our Tweets. Birdies are always good!!

Please check out our newly renovated website listed below with “live” feeds to our Tweets. Birdies are always good!!

Tom Kees

Executive Producer & Co-Host

www.golfgrapegrub.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/3-Global GGG Show> Pioneer Broadcaster Ann Liguori + Hogan Winner Maverick McNealy

6/3-Global GGG Show> Pioneer Broadcaster Ann Liguori + Hogan Winner Maverick McNealy

The Golf, Grape & Grub Show is all about pursuing and enjoying your passions. Our two guests this week embody that.

Certainly, Ann Liguori has followed hers for a long time. She is the first female to host a call in talk show on the first all sports radio station WFAN in New York. She continues in her 24th year covering Majors for both golf and tennis on both WFAN and the CBS Radio Network.

We also welcome back recent Ben Hogan Award winner Maverick McNealy of Stanford who shares the passion as well. He has maintained that he may not go pro and stay an amateur.  He just loves the gemme. Maverick has been consistently ranked as the #1 or 2 amateur in the country. He was a three time nominee for the annual collegiate golfer of the year award and won the coveted Hogan award as he completed his senior year.

This past year McNealy won the Nike Collegiate at Colonial, which was his 11th victory at Stanford tying him with Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers. This season he averaged 69.7 in 29 competitive starts. He will be playing in the Arnold Palmer Cup June 9-12 @ Atlanta Athletic Club in an amateur Ryder Cup competition between the USA and Europe.

Pam Wood & myself tee it up with Ann & Maverick from our 19th hole this Saturday at 11 AM(CT) on FB Live.

We will chat with Ann about her book “A Passion for Golf, Celebrity Musings About the Game”. The book has some zesty info on Hollywood, music and sports.

Some names you might recognize who she’s interviewed include Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Wilt Chamberlin, Jim Brown, Billie Jean King, Gordie Howe, Brett Favre. Kevin Costner, Sylvester Stallone, Celine Dion & Vince Gill to name a handful.

Ann was also an original host on the Golf Channel producing and hosting her own weekly show in prime time. She’s also covered 6 Olympic games.

We’ll also chat with her about her philanthropy work. This year she will again conduct her golf tournament that has raised over $1.5 million over the past 19 years. Her foundation focuses on cancer prevention, research and awareness.

 

Stay Thirsty, Eat Responsibly & Please Find the Sweet Spot​!!

Tom Kees

Executive Producer & Co-Host

www.golfgrapegrub.com

The Hogan Book You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

This week and next, we celebrate the two golf legends from the DFW area, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan. I recently discovered the author of a Hogan book who just happens to live in my neighborhood.  Talk about small world.

Tim Scott walks around the corner to join Pam Wood & I this Saturday at 11 AM(CT) on FB Live. Tim wrote the book “Ben Hogan-The Myths Everyone Knows, The Man No One Knew.”
 
He worked directly for Mr. Hogan @ Shady Oaks CC and wanted to reveal the real person he was, which most consider to be a steely faced golf icon. Tim worked for 14 years with Mr. Hogan beginning in 1969.  Sports media at the time and even today consistently paints a picture of a meticulous golfer & dresser, but a brusque, unapproachable solitary man.
While working with the 9 time major champion, Tim discovered a very compassionate and selfless man. And to cap it off, there’s a great dog story amongst many others in our 19th hole.
Of course we’ll update you on the talented fields in the LPGA Kingsmill event and the ATT Byron Nelson. Next week we’ll broadcast from the famed Colonial CC @ the Dean & Deluca Invitational and Pam turns total plaid.

Stay Thirsty, Eat Responsibly & Please Find the Sweet Spot!!

 

Tom Kees

Executive Producer & Co-Host

www.golfgrapegrub.com