Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tiger Woods Scandal

This week the top PGA tour players are competing in the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, California. Many of the top players in the world are competing, but one name you will not find on the top of the leader board is Tiger Woods. Tiger has got himself into a little dilemma which will need some time for healing.

On November 22, 2009, Tiger struck a fire hydrant and a neighbor’s tree around 2:30 am Friday morning. There was no alcohol or drugs involved in the wreck, and there were minor injuries. The accident was a big deal to the media, but the fact that he was not answering questions made it even bigger. News began to spread and the world now knows that Tiger Woods was having an affair with multiple women. It is sad and disheartening to know that one of the worlds best athletes would act in such a terrible manner. Tiger is a role model to so many aspiring golfers including myself.

One question I have been asking my peers since the accident is: What will this do to golf? When you mention the game of golf, the first thing that comes to mind is Tiger Woods. He has absolutely dominated the game and has never been involved with the law. He had one slip-up and now the media is bombarding him with questions. How long do you think it will take for the world to forgive Tiger for his actions? Currently Tiger is working on keeping his family together and paying the price for his wrongful actions.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

SCJGA Players Championship

The 12th Annual SCJGA Players Championship was held at Hartsville Country Club November 21-22, 2009. This is a junior tournament that has a lot of talent in the field every year. The fun began November, 19th after the players completed their practice rounds. Hartsville Country Club arranged a buffet of great food that brought friends and family together. Everyone really enjoyed their meals and had a great time. After the players finished dinner, there was an evening glow ball competition, sponsored by Wal-Mart. The kids had a blast and it made this year even more special. This year’s Players Championship was very well organized thanks to the Hartsville community, the SCJGA, and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Brown. This year, the Browns conducted a wonderful tournament and devoted countless hours of hard work to this event. I noticed them working hard on the course months before it even started!

Day one of the tournament was cold and windy. The playing conditions were not conducive to low scoring, but solid scores were still posted in all age groups. I asked participants what their favorite part of the tournament was, and they all answered the “French Fry Guys”. This is a group of guys who make amazing food, but best of all for this golfing crowd ---- the home made French Fries. So, I would like to say thank you to the French Fry Guys for their hard work and great food.

Bad weather also plagued the second and final day. The morning tee-times had to contend with the cold weather, and those later in the day had to manage the rain. But, good scores were still posted, and champions were still crowned.

This is a great junior tournament for Hartsville. It showcases the high level of talent in the state of South Carolina. This is the second year I have helped out along with my fellow Coker teammates, and I enjoy it every year. Finally, kudos to Chris Miller and his SCJGA staff. Great job as usual with this tournament!

Stay tuned for my next blog!

Jared Crane