TWEETS STOP DAYS AFTER MANY PGA TOUR EVENTS

Wells Fargo Championship
Five months have gone by since the start of the 2011 PGA TOUR season and we have seen some surprises for sure. Some young guns have won and some old birds have been pushed aside. The young guys like @McIIroyRory, @Graeme_McDowell, @IanJamesPoulter, @CamiloVillegasR, @WestwoodLee and @trevorlmmelman all Tweet about their lives on the road and on the course. Just about everything you see today has a Twitter page to follow, providing the latest news on what is happening. Almost every PGA TOUR event these days has a Twitter page and a Facebook Fan Page to promote the tournament and to allow players to promote themselves during the event.
Doral Blue Moster #18 green
Some tournaments use Twitter to promote the sponsor, tickets sales, drinks, parking locations, weather delays, tee times, and fun facts during the event. I have noticed a very big pick up in Tweets from tournament organizers now that the PGA TOUR has relaxed the ban on cell phones at the events. The Tweet trend starts about four months before the tournament and picks up more every week until the event is over. Following the PGA TOUR events on Twitter leaves you high and dry when the tournament is over. I checked out some of the tournaments I’m following and it goes like this. This week Wells Fargo is lighting up Twitter and they are updating almost every hour. The Players Championship is following about the same Tweet speed. The Master’s has not Tweeted since April 7th, The Honda Tweeted March 6th, Cadillac Champ last Tweeted March 16th and The PGA Championship August 17, 2010. Why is it like that? Are they paying someone to ghost Tweet and the day after the event the tech guy goes home and we never hear from anyone again?

I think tournament organizers should give us a few Tweets after they use us to build a buzz for their events.  Tell us about the take down, clean up, course changes during the summer and promote the players who have played or won your event.  Pay the tech guy some jack and keep us interested.

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CAR DISPLAY’S PGA TOUR STYLE

Now that tax payers TARP money has been paid back and the economy is picking back up, we will see more of the car companies get back into bed with the PGA TOUR. Ten years ago there were 10 events sponsored by car companies. When things got bad a few years ago, it was not cool to spend money on a golf event. Car sponsorships dried up and ran for the hills. Different time and place today. I have hosted a few PGA TOUR events, like the Bob Hope Chyrsler Classic and the Ford Championship at Doral, and I have to say they spend the money to get their product on stage. Take a look at this video and see what goes into getting those cars and trucks ready to shine for Saturday and Sunday TV.

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College Roommates Prep Courses For Back To Back PGA TOUR Events


Ten years ago, Kurt von Hofen and Lukus Harvey were sitting next to each other in Turfgrass Management class at The Ohio State University. This month they are competing again, now on a national stage. Kurt, Golf Course Superintendent at El Camaleon, will be hosting the PGA TOUR’S Mayakoba Golf Classic on February 21, 2011, in Riviera Maya-Cancun Playa del Carmen, Mexico. On February 28, 2011, Lukus, Director of Agronomy at PGA National Resort & Spa, will be hosting The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Kurt von Hofen at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico

Kurt von Hofen at Mayakoba

Both Kurt and Lukus took similar but different paths to get where they are today. They both graduated from The Ohio State University, moved to Florida, worked hard and took some chances.  Kurt built his experience while holding the following positions:  2007-2010, Golf Course Superintendent, Jupiter Hills Club, Jupiter, Fla.; 2002-2007, Assistant Superintendent, The Bear’s Club, Jupiter, Fla.; 2001, Intern, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio. His pervious tournament preparation consists  of  the 2008 Florida State Golf Association 91st Amateur Championship, Jupiter Hills Club, Jupiter, Fla.; 2007-2008 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier, Jupiter Hills Club, Jupiter, Fla.; 2001 Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio.

Lukus Harvey, Seve Ballesteros and Eric von Hofen at Doral

Lukus Harvey, Seve Ballesteros and Eric von Hofen at Doral

Lukus built his background while holding the following positions: 2005-2010, Golf & Grounds Superintendent, The Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Jupiter, Fla.; 2003-2005, Golf Course Superintendent, Doral Resort & Spa (Blue Course), Miami, Fla.; 2002- 2003, Assistant Superintendent, John’s Island Club (West Course), Vero Beach, Fla.; 2001-2002, Assistant Superintendent, Calusa Pines Golf Club, Naples, Fla.; 2000, Intern, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.; 1994- 1999, Intern/Crew, Walden Golf & Tennis Club, Aurora, Ohio.  His previous tournament preparation consists of the 2004-2005 Ford Championship, Doral Resort & Spa, Miami, Fla.
PGA NATIONAL LUKUS HARVEY
The world will be watching, so I hope these two guys take some time to smell the roses and realize just how far and fast they have travelled together.  Best of luck boys and I will see you both at your events.

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