Start of Year

In Pebble Beach

In Pebble Beach

For the past few weeks iv’e been in Florida prepping my game for the year. I can’t say it’s been all fun and games, because I haven’t qualified or played in a tournament yet. Sometimes it’s discouraging,so I keep reminding myself that it’s a long year and that I’ll be ready when the opportunity presents itself. One thing that has made the year start  off slowly is that in December I transformed my whole equipment into the newest, and most dynamic Callaway irons and woods available. Everything is so much better, however, to get the playability where it needs to be takes a little more time than you would first think. I love the new Razor Fit Irons because the flange is thinner and is more playable in all circumstances. Also the driver and three metal are one step better than last year, due to a better face design which kicks up the ball speed. For example, the three wood is longer with a very good flight which enables me to play it off a tee very well. Having a stronger three wood enables me to reach the par fives with a little more ease, but also, helps me reach the long, tight par fours with a little shorter club. In the long run, I’m setting up my year to be very successful.

On a very engaging note, I was honored to be invited to play in two charity events hosted by two great players of the game. Bobby Nichols, his family, and Fiddlesticks Country Club run the Nichols Cup which raises money for three children’s charities in the Ft. Myers, Florida area. The money’s are split amongst the charities allowing them to keep their doors open to abused, homeless, and hungry children. With 125 volunteers from Fiddlesticks Country Club the group raises somewhere in the million dollar mark, which truly is heart warming and so  necessary to keep children from suffering and falling through the social cracks.

Jack and Barbara Nicklaus also hosted an event at Lost Tree Country Club in North Palm Beach, Fl. Helping local children through the  Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. Participants feel so moved by how many children are helped through the Nicklaus Children’s wing at the Miami Hospital that their event raises more and more money each year. I’ so moved myself that I too feel honored to help as well.

Congratulations to both events, I’m so happy that golf has these charity events which enable me as a player to feel gratitude-thankfulness about my profession, allowing me to give back.  Also, whats so nice as a player, through these type events over the years I’ve met some of my best friends. I would have to say charity events are the backbone of our sport setting it apart from most every other profession.

I’m headed home for a few days in the hopes to get recharged and start looking forward to my travel to California for the Toshiba Classic at Newport Country Club in Irvine, which is near Los Angeles. So until later, have a look at your equipment to make sure you are keeping current with all the latest improvements, which will help you play better in the spring. Thanks for keeping me posted on all your latest golf stories through my website. I promise I’ll do better keeping you updated as well. Sincerely, Chip

7 Comments to Start of Year

  1. Steve Boyduy's Gravatar Steve Boyduy
    February 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Keep hitting the green in ’13.

    Have a Great Year!


  2. Bob Sherba's Gravatar Bob Sherba
    March 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Permalink


    Hope you, Karen and the family are doing great! I am excited for you this year!

    God Bless you and here’s hoping for a great season!

    Bob Sherba

  3. mike krokos's Gravatar mike krokos
    March 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Know it will be a great year for you, Chip.

    Enjoy the St. Patrick School gig in Fayetteville in May! Great to see you getting back home and giving back.

    God bless,

    Mike K.

  4. Fr. Robert Barron's Gravatar Fr. Robert Barron
    March 8, 2013 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    Chip, I’ll be praying for you in Rome. I head off to cover the Conclave for NBC News tomorrow morning.

    God bless you this season.

    Fr. Bob

  5. Les Bradstreet's Gravatar Les Bradstreet
    March 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Good luck with your new clubs and the 2013 season. Maybe I’ll see you on the range at Fort Jackson. I would like to see you at Royal Birkdale this summer.

    Kind regards,

    Les & Liz

  6. Bud Meadows's Gravatar Bud Meadows
    June 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Chip: It was a pleasure meeting you at the Regions Tradition Pro Am and chatting with you. It’s a shame we got rained out, but I’ll gladly take you up on your generous offer of playing at your home course. Being retired, I’m available on short notice to join you in a round of golf. Shoot me an email when you get back to Chicago and we can have a fun round and talk some moe fishing. Bud Meadows

  7. Bud Meadows's Gravatar Bud Meadows
    June 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    It was a pleasure meeting you at the Regions Traditions Pro-Am. Although we got rained out, it was most kind of you to sit down and spend a few minutes chatting with me. I’ll take you up on your generous offer of playing a round of golf together when you get back in Chicago. Thanks again for chatting with a fellow golfer and fisherman.

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