by Mike Livingston; Host, The Clubhouse Radio Show
Sports phraselology is often metaphorical in nature. We’ve heard the sports vernacular our whole lives……”Leaving it all on the field”. “He’s a real gamer”….”He played like his life depended on it”…..well, there’s one place where that last statement really has teeth, where it isn’t the obsurd at all. In fact, it’s the best (or worst, if you’re one of them) reality shows there is….I’m speaking of the PGA Q-School which really isn’t a school at all, so much as it is the final stage (or tournament) or series of grueling tournaments by which those golfers without fully exempt status on the PGA Tour look to gain such for the coming year. Although this is actually the last year for this long-reviled system, it really has given new meaning to “playing for your life”.
That final stage of this year’s adventure was on display here in the desert this past week at the PGA West Stadium and Nicklaus Private Courses and what a treat it was for those of us here who had the opportunity to see it firsthand. As always, there were the heartbreaking stories like Ed Lohr who was sitting comfortably within the top 25 who would receive cards, only to hit balls in the water on both 17 and 18….oh no! This means another year on one of the minor league Tours for Lohr……
Then there were the great stories like D. H. Lee of South Korea who birdied the last three holes to tie for the win and $50,000 first place check. More important for sure however is that golden ticket to the show for a season. Locally, The Palms Jeff Gove was a qualifier, long a PGA Tour and mini-Tour veteran who played exceptionally well throughout the week.
In other news, shockingly Rory McIlroy was named the Player of the Year and there was one very big piece of news as it applies to the rules of the game. In this case, the usage of long putters or more aptly, “anchoring” the club…..apparently, you still have four years to use your long putter. Upon investigation the integrity of the game may be at stake….so we’ll address it four years from now…..like the B.C.S….
Locally, the big news in local sports talk radio continues to be “The Clubhouse with Mike Livingston” radio show on KNEWS 94.3 FM, Saturdays mornings from 6 – 8 a.m. Guests o‘ plenty with lots of big surprises ahead so join me as we talk sports here in the valley and across the globe! We’ll be looking for you in The Clubhouse on Saturday mornings from 6-8 a.m. on KNEWS 94.3 FM……Heads Up!
Mike Livingston is the Host of The Clubhouse Radio Show on KNEWS 94.3 FM on Saturday Mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m.; Additionally, Mike is the Director of Management for Personalized Property Management Company, in Cathedral City.