Archive for July, 2009

Jinxy
Saturday, July 25, 2009

I don’t believe in jinxes. Just because you say something doesn’t mean you’re preventing it from happening.

That being said, what I did to Alex Prugh was wrong. I picked him to win the Cox Classic on my blog. I followed him during his practice round on Tuesday and did a story on him. At the end of the round, I jokingly said, “If by chance you have a bad weekend and miss the cut, give us (KETV) a call and we’ll show you the city!”

Alex Prugh missed the cut.

He was fifth on the money list.

Other top money-list players also missed the cut. Kevin Johnson (2), Roger Tambellini (3) and Cameron Percy (6) are done.

Kevin Johnson was supposed to golf with us in Tuesday’s practice round instead of Prugh, but Johnson teed off ahead of us. We interviewed Tambellini after his practice round.

But we never even said a word to Percy.

That’s all on him.

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Pushing for Prugh
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

On Tuesday I had an opportunity to follow Alex Prugh through nine holes of his practice round. He is much better at golf than I am.

Prugh finished in a tie for third in last year’s Cox Classic. He captured his first Nationwide Tour win back in March. The guy has been on a roll of late, and it’s easy to see why.

I know all of these guys are good and can put the ball wherever they want. But with a camera right in his face and a threesome of weekend hacks playing with him, Prugh was locked into each and every shot. Sure, this is what they do… they get paid to play and take hundreds of shots a day. But Prugh seems to be of a different breed. He’s one of the more down-to-earth professional golfers you will ever meet.

At 24-years-old, Prugh has amassed nearly $200,000 this year alone. To him, though, it’s not about the money. Sure, he says winning makes the game more fun. But to him it’s about holding that trophy and coming out on top, not receiving a big check at the end. He’s so competitive about the game, and at the same time he recognizes how fortunate he is to be able to play the game for a living. “It’s just a bonus,” he said.

His caddie is Zach Bixler, a former teammate of his at the University of Washington. Do a Google-search on Bixler and you’ll find that he tied an NCAA record with a single round 60 back in 2007. He told me he’s taking the path to the pros, and hopes to join Prugh on a professional tour someday. Now, he’ll settle for carrying his friend’s bag. These guys are fun, friendly, and have a chemistry on each shot that caters to success.

I’m picking Prugh this week.

Am I biased?

Of course. But why wouldn’t I be?

Back in the Saddle Again
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I received a comment from a viewer on my blog which spoke about the death of Michael Jackson and how much he will be missed.  That’s when I knew it was time to post another entry.

I was on vacation for about 10 days, travelling to Pittsburgh, PA, Oakland, MD and Rochester, NY.  Now, I’m back in Omaha, NE.

So, I’m gone for one week and miss the biggest event of the post-CWS doldrums:  the cameo appearance of Alex Gordon as an Omaha Royal.  I almost canceled my entire vacation when I heard he was going to be playing at Rosenblatt Stadium, but then decided the airline fee would be too great to justify it.

My favorite part about vacation is the total absence of exercise;  I’m pretty sure I gained about six pounds.  Visiting family usually entails a lot of sitting and eating.  Which makes it fairly similar to my everyday life.

Since someone posted a comment about it, I’ll throw in a thought about Michael Jackson.  I owned the “Thriller” single and we (sister and I) would play it on our little Fisher-Price record player, and run around in a circle in the family room during the entire song.  It was fun, but became a somewhat awkward diversion once I turned 21. 

In all seriousness, he was quite an entertainer.  We played his hits while driving up the east coast to Rochester. 

Most underrated/underplayed song on Mr. Jackson’s opus:  Speed Demon.

Hard to believe the college football season is creeping up on us.  Big 12 Media Days take place in Dallas in just two weeks.  Will the Huskers be returning there in December?  Plenty of fans I talk to seem to think so.  It would be the natural next step after coming within a win over Missouri of winning the North in 2008.  Kansas will have something to say about that.  Could the Huskers possibly lose in Lawrence for the third consecutive time?