Friday, February 10, 2017 10:21:00 AM America/North_Dakota/Center
To many, the definitions of love and family are almost interchangeable. When you work in a family business, there are days where this is definitely true but to be perfectly frank, there are also days where we can’t seem to agree on anything. In that respect, a family business is just like any other except for the fact that we probably yell a little louder and give each other a little more crap and at the end of the day, we all get together for a big family dinner and play board games.
At Austad’s, we are a true third generation family business with Dave Austad at the helm, Ryan Austad steering the strategic vision for our retail stores and Sara Austad overseeing the website and marketing. Most days are a lot of fun and with our distinct opinions on everything from the product mix to the beverages in the fridge, it’s always interesting. Here’s your chance to get to know the Austad family a little better. This is what Dave, Ryan and Sara are loving right now:
What Dave is Loving Right Now:
Dave enjoys pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. He also loves Lord of the Rings, 80’s soft rock and the Minnesota Vikings. He is a trivia and game nut and is always a bit sad after getting the smack laid on him by his kids. Dave is a 15 handicapper on the course, but has been known to string together up to 7 pars in a row. Here are a few other things Dave is loving right now:
1. Ping G Driver 2. Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metal Irons 3. FootJoy Hyperflex II Golf Shoe 4. Bag Boy Chiller Cart Bag 5. Sun Mountain Speed Cart GT 6. Ogio Layover Suitcase 7. 2Undr Swing Shift Boxer Briefs 8. Golf Club Wine Rack 9. Mazuma Golf Game
What Ryan is Loving Right Now:
Ryan Austad really enjoys taking long walks on the beach and talking about feelings while cuddling kittens. He also likes drinking a Fernson beer while watching the Huskers dominate the Big 10. He quotes Portlandia regularly and loves serenading his children on guitar. Ryan is a 9 handicapper and relishes beating his dad on the course regularly. Here are a few other things Ryan is loving right now:
1. Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Driver 2. Cobra King F7 One Length Irons 3. Adidas Crossknit Boost Golf Shoe 4. Callaway Mack Daddy Forged Wedges 5. Travis Mathew Brown Fitted Cap 6. Ogio Stinger Stand Bag 7. Vintage Golf Club Bottle Opener 8. Under Armour Velocity Sunglasses 9. Hot Shot Slam Dunk Putting Cup
What Sara is Loving Right Now:
Sara loves many things but her biggest passions include hardcore MMA cage fighting and death metal. Actually, that may not be 100% accurate. Sara really loves beating the boys at fantasy football, watching Murder She Wrote reruns and singing really loud in the car. She also enjoys any food that she can eat with her hands and playing board games. Here are a few other things that Sara is loving at the moment:
1. Cobra Women’s King F7 Driver 2. Cobra Women’s King F7 Combo Irons 3. Callaway 2017 Hyper-Lite 3 Stand Bag 4. Bag Boy C3 Compact Push Cart 5. Oakley Women’s Feedback Sunglasses 6. Adidas Women’s Climacool Knit Golf Shoe 7. Pom Pom Headcover 8. Golo Dice Game 9. Live Laugh Golf Sign
Whatever you're digging right now, we're sure it's awesome. You can find all these great items and more at any one of our nine retail locations or shop online at Austads.com anytime.
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Monday, January 2, 2017 10:35:11 AM America/North_Dakota/Center
The advent of a new year brings with it the idea of a fresh start. It’s a time where we can step back and reevaluate what we’ve accomplished and also the perfect time to set some goals for upcoming days. At Austad’s, we’re pretty much all golfers (some much better than others) so we thought we’d put together our own list of golf resolutions for 2017.
1. Play More Golf – I don’t care who you are, unless you’re a golf pro, you probably don’t play as much golf as you’d like. This year, we resolve to make more time for golf. We resolve to take a few hours to sneak in a quick nine or grab our buddies and play hooky on a Wednesday afternoon. We will play more golf in 2017.
2. Walk more – If you’re like the vast majority of Americans, reducing your waistline by a few inches is probably one of your top New Year’s Resolutions. Good news – you burn over 700 calories when you walk just nine holes. Make walking the golf course a regular part of your routine and you’ll easily be able to cross two resolutions off your list this year.
3. Get Custom Fit – If you’ve never been custom fit for golf clubs, make 2017 your year. Golf clubs with the right length, flex, lie and grip size can make a dramatic difference in the quality of golf you play. The certified fitting pros at any Austad’s Golf location can help you determine exactly what you need to play better golf and enjoy your time on the golf course a little more.
4. Play a New Course – Most golfers have some kind of a golf course bucket list of courses they want to play. Make 2017 the year that you play one of those courses you’ve been dreaming about. And if it’s not the year to play one of the big courses, go play a round at a local course you’ve never tried. One of the reasons golf is so fun is that every golf course offers something different. Spice up your golf game and give something new a try this year!
5. Focus Less on the Score – While most golfers resolve to break 80 or 90 or whatever the next level, we’re setting our eyes on something different this year. In 2017, we resolve to focus less on the score and more on just playing the game. We resolve to throw the scorecard out every now and then and just enjoy the feel of swinging a golf club. Life offers more than enough stress and playing golf should be one of the things that helps you relax and have a little fun.
Whatever your goals are for 2017, we wish you the best of luck on your journey. Remember that golf should be fun – if we all resolve to take ourselves a little less seriously, golf could actually be the thing that brings you some joy. If you are interested in custom fitting, the team at Austad’s Golf can help you find the specs and clubs that will take your game to the next level. Find out more about our custom golf club fitting process and why Austad's is a Golf Digest Top 100 Club Fitter for 2017.
BONUS! Check out Dave Austad's predictions for golf in 2017 and his own golfing resolutions:
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Monday, October 31, 2016 1:06:57 PM America/North_Dakota/Center
Whether you're buying them as a gift for your favorite golf buddy or ordering a dozen for yourself, personalized golf balls are the ultimate way to own the golf course. With most personalized golf balls you get 3 lines and up to 17 characters per line to show the world your personality. Many golfers opt for something simple and straightforward like a name or nickname, however, here at Austad's, we like to be a bit more creative and have come up with a list of 105 hilarious ways to personalize your golf balls. Feel free to use any or all of these when you place your order!
1. If found, please return to David B Austad
2. Come on son
3, This is not your ball
4. This ball is broken. Left where found.
5. Don’t touch my balls
6. This ball will explode in 3…2…1
7. It's in the hole
8. Lost my Balls when I got married
9. Return to sender.
12. I’m 80. What’s your excuse?
13. I’m not lost, I’m hiding from Ryan.
14. No one can resist my Schweddy Balls.
15. Return to Joe in the bar for a FREE DRINK.
16. Pick it up.
17. Show me the money.
18. You’re lost too!
20. Dave Austad lost this golf ball.
21. Playing through!
23. My wife has the other one
24. Dustin hit this beauty
25. NOT a Cinderella story
28. Just find a hole
29. Only John Smith’s wife can touch his balls
30. Yeah, it really went that far.
31. This ball paid for with other golfers’ money.
32. FREEZE GOPHER!
33. My kids’ inheritance spent well
34. I’m not lost…I’m on a recon mission.
35. Take me to your leader!
36. Birdie maker, money taker.
37. In Soviet Russia, ball hits you!
38. I hit it too pure.
39. Give me an 8
40. You hit it here too?!
41. Find the Fairway
42. Bad Motherf$#!er
43. I'm free let me be.
44. If found return to your momma
45. FORE wasn't enough strokes
46. Return to pro shop for a free round of golf
47. Where's the beer cart
48. Did anyone get the number of that driver that hit me?
49. Obviously you suck too if your over here.
50. Free golf ball compliments of Dave Austad
51. I once was lost but now I’m found.
52. I like big putts and I cannot lie.
53. Eric hit this ball to far…now it’s yours.
54. Help! I can’t swim!
55. May the course be with you.
56. Oops…another shank!
57. Be the ball.
58. I said Tees, not TREES.
59. Mulligan…And again, and again and again.
60. I see a lot of horticulture in your future.
61. Go ahead, make my day.
62. W A S H M E
63. Just broke 70. That’s a lot of clubs.
64. Can you help me find the fairway?
65. Like my dimples?
66. I didn’t want this ball anyway – you can have it.
67. That’s how I roll.
68. This ball belongs to (un)lucky Joe.
69. I’m too good for my home.
70. Gambling is illegal at Bushwood, sir. And I NEVER slice.
71. Left for dead.
72. Will you treat me better than my previous owner?
73. Oh yeah…FORE!
74. My balls are dimpled.
76. Birdie Hunter
77. Call 605-555-5555 for a free lesson!
78. This was my “practice shot”
79. If you’re going to play with my balls, you should at least buy me a beer first!
80. Yours is 30 yards back.
81. Please drop in hole.
82. World’s Greatest Duffer
83. World’s Greatest Sandbagger
84. Look out trees…here I come!
85. My balls stink!
86. Dear Mr. Cheapo – find your own ball!
87. You have one ball. Now you know how Lance Armstrong feels.
88. Does this Pro V1 look like your Pink Flying Lady?
89. Hazard Magnet
91. Swing Hard
92. Hiding from Mrs. Titleist
93. Buy balls…Lose balls…Circle of Golf.
94. SUCK IT!!!!!!
95. I love to PAR-TEE!
96. One under today! 1 under a bush.
97. Smile! Remember you paid to do this.
98. Who’s your caddy?
99. Nice shot. You’re still away.
100. Show me the money!
101. Early to bed, early to rise. Golf all day and make up lies.
102. The golf gods are always watching.
103. Please let my ball R.I.P.
104. OB is the place to be!
105. Hello friend
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:40:09 PM America/North_Dakota/Center
You may or may not have seen that moderately awful movie, “The Bucket List” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Even if you haven’t seen it, you’re probably familiar with the concept of a bucket list. As golfers, there are infinite numbers of goals and acheivements that we can add to a bucket list, but we thought it would be fun to put together a golfing bucket list for the ordinary man. These are 25 things that every golfer should do at some point:
1. Play Some Night Golf
While some golfers may frown on night golf or look at it as a bit of a joke, night golf can be seriously fun. It adds a whole new dimension to the game and makes you look at the golf course from new angles. Plus when you’re wearing a headlamp and hitting a glow in the dark ball, there’s virtually no way that you and your buddies aren’t going to have fun.
2. “Hire” a Caddy for a round
Caddies don’t have to be just for pros and the country club elite. Grab a buddy who knows the game well and have him or her carry your bag, help you line up putts and mark off distance. You may find that getting a second opinion helps you play better, and at the very least, you’ll gain a little insight into the caddy/pro relationship.
3. Play a round with old school clubs
In a lot of attics and garages are beautiful old clubs just gathering dust. Why not take them out on the course and see how you fare with some antique persimmon woods and blade irons. If anything, the antiques will probably give you a new appreciation for how far golf club technology has come.
4. Party at the Waste Management Open
From the outside, the Waste Management Open down in Phoenix looks about as far away from a traditional golf atmosphere as you can get. It’s loud, it’s raucous and it is an all-out party on the golf course. This makes a great golfer’s bucket list addition because who wouldn’t want to attend golf’s biggest party?
5. Sneak onto your local country club
Alright, so this might be pushing it, but if you aren’t a country club member, why not sneak out some night and play a few holes? We’re definitely not advocating breaking and entering here and the worst that’ll probably happen is that they tell you to get lost. But the excitement of playing golf somewhere exclusive will be something that you’ll likely remember for a long time.
6. Go on a pilgrimage to Scotland
This is one golf bucket list item that may be a little out of reach for some people since overseas travel is expensive, but if you really love the game and appreciate the history, you should absolutely travel to Scotland. Visiting and maybe even playing at St. Andrews or Carnoustie or any number of the other fantastic golf courses from the birthplace of the game should certainly be a part of any golfer’s bucket list.
7. Build your own backyard golf hole
If you have the space, building your own backyard golf hole can be a fantastic way to play more golf without actually playing more golf. Designs can run from the elaborate to the basic, but adding something to your home that allows you to play the game more is definitely a win.
Pro Tip: If you don’t actually want to build a golf hole, grab some wiffle balls and create your own golf course around your front and back yards. Set targets and par levels and compete with your family and friends. You’ll be surprised how much fun you can have on your own golf course.
8. Hit golf balls at the Chelsea Pier
As a Midwesterner, I’ll admit that when someone suggested this, I kind of scoffed. I mean, how cool could it actually be? The answer is very cool. There is just something completely unique about being in Manhattan and hitting balls out into the Hudson Bay from four stories up. It’s definitely worth the trip and worth an addition to your golfing bucket list.
9. Play some Cross Country Golf
If you have never heard of cross country golf, let us enlighten you about one of the fastest growing trends in the sport. Instead of playing the golf course in the traditional order of holes, you pick a point for the next hole (it can be any green on the course) and play to it in as few strokes as possible. This means that you may be taking some really creative routes around the golf course and you’ll likely play from some angles and spots that never even crossed your mind. It also means that you are creating an entirely new golf course from scratch when you play and that is very very cool.
10. Successfully execute a Happy Gilmore swing
I’m just going to assume that since you’re reading this list, you’re probably familiar with Happy Gilmore and his infamous swing. Something that should be on every golfer’s bucket list is a perfect execution of the “wind up and smack it” Happy Gilmore swing. Better yet, if you can make it into a contest with your buddies to see who can get the best result, you’ll really be having fun.
11. Engage in some competitive match play
If you really want to find out who you are as a golfer and as a person, give competitive match play a try. Every hole presents a new opportunity to gain or lose ground and if you’re playing against a strong competitor, it’ll take all your focus and mettle to hold on until the end.
12. Play an intense putt putt match
While this one may not be for every golfer, putt putt or mini golf is the ultimate golfing game of the masses and you haven’t really lived until you’re trying to match your buddy’s hole in one through a windmill. While most people have played mini golf before, this one gets really fun once you decide to take the competition up a notch.
13. Do a golfing marathon
Playing 54 holes in one day sounds like a dream for a lot of golfers and it definitely can be amazing. When you play a lot of golf in a short amount of time, you’ll quickly find that your stress level and focus on individual hole scores quickly falls by the wayside. With so many holes to play, you start to focus on this bigger picture, so marathon golf can be a great way to get out of your own head if you get obsessed with each stroke. To execute marathon golf correctly, you’re going to want to shoot for at least 54 holes in a day and make sure you hydrate!
14. Play in a real tournament
I’m not talking about some best ball scramble your co-worker signed you up for here. Your golfing bucket list should definitely include playing in a real stroke or match play tournament. Most clubs and cities host various tournaments throughout the year. Do yourself a favor – sign up for one and do your best.
15. Play a top 100 course
There are so many fantastic golf courses in this world that it would be a shame to have gone through life not playing any of the best. Some of the Top 100 Golf Courses will be virtually impossible for the average Joe to play (Augusta National), but others like Bandon Dunes, are refreshingly accessible and even affordable. Do some research and find out what great courses are in your area and make it a point to get there and play.
16. Score a hole-in-one
This is one bucket list item that can elude even the best golfers in the world. Alternatively, there are other people who have gotten multiple hole in one’s and you just want to say, “he man, share the wealth!” There is no question – getting a hole in one is something that should be on every golfer’s bucket list.
17. Experience a Ryder Cup in person
The Ryder Cup is arguably the best event in all of golf and one of the best sporting events in the world. Every other year, the best golfers from the United States and Europe come together to see which team can emerge victorious. The Ryder Cup atmosphere is electric with fans from both side showing pride for their homeland and for their teams. You also get to see normally staid and calm pro golfers exhibit a lot more personality and excitement.
18. Watch the Par-3 Contest at the Masters
The Par 3 Contest at the Masters occurs every year on the Wednesday before the Masters kicks off and it is bar-none one of the coolest events in golf. Many golfers bring their kids and wives and they just have fun with it. Plus, since it’s before the actual tournament begins, spectators can take photos, so you make actually get to take home some photographic proof of your experience.
19. Shoot your age
Shooting your age obviously becomes substantially easier as you get older, but nonetheless it can and should be a goal for all golfers to do at some point. If you’re on the south side of 40, you can always try shooting your age for 9 holes.
20. Break 80 (or 70 or 100 or whatever your stretch score is)
Most golfers have a score that always just seems a little out of reach. This varies by golfer, but most feel that playing just one round in the 60’s or 70’s or 80’s or 90’s would be something to be proud of. Whatever that score is for you, mark it down and put it on your bucket list and buy yourself a drink on the day that you actually break that score.
21. Play a round of golf in all 50 states
This is a golfing bucket list goal that will definitely take you awhile to achieve. Playing a round of golf in all 50 states is something that not many people have done, however it’s something that is one of those “Ultimate Bucket List” challenges that everyone should shoot for. After all, even if you don’t get all 50 states, you’ll have still played a lot of great golf in a lot of great places.
22. Play a high-stakes money match
While we definitely don’t advocate high-stakes gambling becoming a part of most people’s regular routine, standing over a 4-footer for par when you’ve got real cold, hard cash on the line will certainly challenge you in a new way. And when we say “high-stakes”, know that the amount of money doesn’t have to be big to feel the pressure. You may sweat it out over $20 while others may want to go for more big money bets. Only do what is comfortable for you.
23. Play a round with only three clubs
Here’s a challenge for you: grab one wood, an iron and a putter and play a full round. Having only three clubs at your disposal will force you to think creatively about golf course management and how you use your golf clubs.
24. Take a golf road trip with your buddies
A golfing road trip with friends is something that every golfer should do at least once in their lifetime. Map out your route, book your tee times and get ready to have a great time with people you love.
25. Create and play your own Bucket List of golf courses
This list is intended to provide you with some inspiration for adding some fun and excitement into your golf game. Why not put together your own list of golf courses you want to play and put together a plan to play them all. Incorporate your friends and family and make it a yearly event. After all, the whole point of playing golf is to have fun.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 12:30:00 PM America/North_Dakota/Center
Just because the weather is cool, that doesn't mean you can't look hot on the course! Women's golf apparel style has evolved a lot over the years and there are so many stylish options that are jam packed with technology to keep you warm and dry. On top of that there are serious rain suits and gloves that are essential if you play fall golf and don't mind a little wind and rain. Here are 9 awesome pieces of women's outerwear to help you look good and play great golf this fall:
If you're going to play golf in the fall, you're going to need a few great layering pieces. This women's Rangewear jacket from Adidas is the perfect addition to your golf bag, yoga bag or diaper bag. Designed with a soft-cotton-like fabric, the stretch material is ridiculously comfortable and is the perfect weight to keep you warm but not too hot. As an added bonus, this jacket comes with thumb holes to give your hands a little extra warmth.
The number one unwritten rule of fall golf is that you've got to protect your hands! Having a great pair of winter golf gloves can mean the difference between really enjoying yourself on the course and throwing in the towel early because of frozen digits. These Women's FootJoy WinterSof Gloves are ideal for cold-weather golf or for chilly football games.
Don't let Mother Nature get you down! This awesome women's rain suit from Nike is 100% waterproof and 100% packable. If you play any amount of fall golf, a great rainsuit is essential and getting one that is as stylish as this one is just an added bonus.
This is one of our absolute favorite pieces of women's apparel for Fall 2016. The fantastic, subtle print adds a nice flare to this cool and comfortable pullover. Equipped with Puma's WARM CELL technology, you'll easily stay warm in windy conditions without overheating. The best part is that this awesome women's pullover is available in 3 fantastic colors. Stock up - you won't regret it!
If you've never tried out a pair of cart mitts before, let me enlighten you - they are awesome! Designed to be ultra warm and easy to slip on and off, these Cart Mitts from Titleist are perfect for cold-weather rounds. They are also perfect to throw in your car for those really cold days that you might need to scrape some ice off your windows.
Nike does a lot of things really well and one of those is make great looking women's outerwear. This Therma-Fit Pullover just rocks in so many ways. The flattering cut and thermal material work together to give you a pullover that is as stylish as it is comfortable and this is one piece that you'll probably end up wearing multiple times per week.
Levelwear calls the fleece material that this vest is made out of "luxury fleece" and you'll look and feel like a million bucks when you wear it. Incredibly comfortable and surprisingly warm, this women's vest is one that you'll want to keep on hand whether you're golfing, running errands or watching your kid's soccer game.
The wind won't blow you away when you wear this awesome women's current jacket from Levelwear. Designed with Flexlite Windwear Technology, this lightweight jacket is perfect for windy days where you don't want to overheat with layers. It's also available in three awesome colors.
If you're a modern woman, you probably have a few pairs off black leggings already in your closet, but let me assure you that they aren't like these! Designed with Adidas' Climawarm technology, these leggings are equipped to handle whatever Mother Nature throws and you and keep you looking great in the process.
This fall, don't just brave the elements, embrace them. Austad's has all the women's outerwear to keep you warm and looking great so that you can stay active even when the weather isn't perfect.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:57:33 PM America/North_Dakota/Center
As far as blog posts go, this one was exceptionally interesting to research. For those who don't know, the Ryder Cup has a long and storied history that goes back to 1927. Virtually every important figure in golf from America or Europe has played in the Ryder Cup for the past 89 years and it's history provides us with an amazing treasure trove of stories, photographs and competition.
When I had the idea for this post, I was originally going to do a history of Ryder Cup fashion, but when I saw some of the incredibly ugly outfits from some of the teams, I knew that a ranking of the Ugliest Ryder Cup Outfits in History would be much more fun. Some interesting things to note:
1. Early Ryder Cup fashions were very solid. Perhaps it's because I was looking at these photos through the lens of history, but most of the ensembles from 1927 through the mid-60's were really fantastic-looking. It just so happens that those years also coincide with what many people think of as a "golden age" in men's fashion, but overwhelmingly, the tailored looks from the first 40 years of Ryder Cup play were excellent.
2. Some of these looks really haven't aged well. For the most part, Ryder Cup fashion and golf fashion in general has been pretty conservative throughout the years. And to be honest, those are the looks that have held up well. A lot of the looks that made this list are ones that were "trendy" at the time, but fell out of favor soon after.
3. These are my opinions. I am not a fashion critic, nor even a particularly fashionable person. This posts contains a list of what I consider to be the ugliest outfits in Ryder Cup history. These are my opinions. However, my opinions also happen to be correct, so you can probably just assume that this list is definitive. Enjoy!
15. Team USA 1991
As far as ugly Ryder Cup outfits go, this is not entirely terrible. I mean, it's definitely not good, but the worst you can say is that those jackets definitely have an early 90's Miami Vice feel. Or maybe that's just the beach in the background and all of the tousled wind-blown hair. On a related note, I was never able to find a full head to toe picture of this outfit and I for one, really hope that these guys are all barefoot on that beach.
14. Team USA 2014
Oh USA, why did you have to wear these ugly, arrogant and self-aggrandizing sweaters. It's like you were asking for a complete meltdown in your normally-dominant final day singles matches. To be honest, this look isn't entirely bad, but as a U.S. Citizen and patriot, I am a firm believer that these trophy sweaters single-handedly caused the demise of the 2014 US Ryder Cup Team, which is why they earned the number 14 spot on this list. #justsaying
13. Team USA 2006
These lovely brown sweater vests worn by Team USA at the 2006 Ryder Cup are pretty much the definition of a "Cosby Sweater". You've got the pattern running across the vest, and you can tell that they really tried hard to tie the whole look together with those complimentary tan slacks. Maybe it's sweater vests in general or these specific vests, but the team honestly looked like a bunch of kindergartners on picture day.
12. Team Europe 2014
I'll be the first to admit that I don't always appreciate the more flashy styles of European golfers. The nuances of a skin-tight golf apparel will probably never really appeal to a simple Midwest gal like me. However, I don't think I'm stepping out of line here when I say that the purple/navy sweaters worn by the Europeans at the 2014 Ryder Cup were butt-ugly. Too tight and featuring a weird design, these sweaters should have been benched.
11. Team Europe 2014...again
I can absolutely appreciate someone who is adventurous enough to take a fashion risk. I can also appreciate drawing on the history of fashion to create a look that moves you forward while paying homage to the past. These atrocious plaid jackets worn by Team Europe in 2014 did neither and man were they ugly. Half the problem is that you've got so many guys in plaid in this shot that it just looks like some plaid monster barfed all over. However, the Ryder Cup is a team event and this team look just doesn't fly.
10. Team Europe 1995
Tell me honestly, because I'm a little on the young side to truly know. Is there anything more 80's than an oversize suit jacket? Everything from the cut of this jacket to the color to the baggy pants is all wrong. Maybe they were rehearsing for a Talking Heads video. That's really the only logical explanation as to why you would dress a Ryder Cup team like this.
9. Team USA - 1993
USA - what are you doing with the trophy sweaters? They obviously didn't jinx the Americans in '93 like they did in 2014, but good Lord, this brown on tan on ivory color scheme is so vanilla and "golfy" that I can hardly stand it. And don't even get me started with the turtleneck/sweater combo. There is no justifiable reason for anyone to need that many layers around their neck. Just stop.
8. Team USA 1983
Oh boy, where do I start here? The first thing I'll call out are those lovely camel brown pants. I mean if there is a less flattering color in the world, please tell me because I really don't think there is. Secondly, I'm pretty sure that my mom had a set of pillows and curtains in our formal living room growing up that would coordinate perfectly with those salmon-y polos. And finally, I'm not sure who had the brilliant idea to tie camel brown pants and a salmon shirt together with a grey jacket, but kudos to you, because that's a combo that has never been seen before or never should be seen again. Nice work Team USA.
7. Team USA 1983...again
I'm just going to put this out there - 1983 was not the height of men's golf fashion. This blue plaid suit jacket and blue pants combo is really...something. Plaid jackets are just way too much when you've got 13 of them on one picture. Too bad the 2014 European Ryder Cup team didn't take a look at this shot before they tried to pull a repeat of this fashion flop. On the other hand, Curtis Strange's hair looks amazing, so there's that.
6. Team USA - 1985
When I first saw this picture, I would have put cold hard cash on the fact that this was from the 70's. Imagine my surprise when I found out that this amazing schoolboy uniform look was shown at the 1985 Ryder Cup! Those stunning rust-colored pants and 4-button placket on the navy shirt really help these guys look like a unified team of golf course superintendents.
5. Team Great Britain & Ireland 1973
I have to be honest. I have a real love/hate relationship with this look from the 1973 Ryder Cup. The jackets are actually pretty cool looking with the (I'm hoping black velvet) trimmed lapels. I'm pretty sure it's the funky print of the shirt underneath those suave sweaters that is throwing the whole thing off for me. So much potential here, but in the end this look, like an Italian guy with a blonde American girl, is just a little too forward and a little too European.
4. Team Great Britain 1969
I don't have any way to prove it, but I'm pretty sure that this is the most British picture ever taken. All it really needs is an English Bulldog and a Union Jack hanging in the background and I think even the Queen would acknowledge my assertion. Those insane hats make the 1969 British Ryder Cup Team look like a bunch of Bobbies...or a troupe of Vaudeville performers. What's crazy about this getup is that the core of the outfit - the pants, sweater and jacket - is really solid. It's the accessories that land this ensemble in the number four spot. From the baby blue socks (which coordinate with the sweater) to the black and white wing-tips to the jaunty cap, these guys look like they are gearing up for a local theater production rather than an intense golf match.
3. Team Europe 2002
Um Europe, I hate to tell you this because you must be so embarrassed, but I think someone threw up all over your 2002 Ryder Cup Uniforms. I mean there is just so. much. brown. That being said, the shoes look pretty snazzy and I enjoy the look of the sweater/slacks combo. Unfortunately, the colors for this outfit are so bad that you may want to just never wear this look again.
2. Team Europe 2006
Holy turtleneck Batman! This stunningly bad Ryder Cup look from the 2006 European team narrowly missed out on the number one spot but you could probably make a pretty strong case for it being the ugliest Ryder Cup outfit in history. I'm not quite sure who I should credit with coming up with the pink salmon colored suit jacket and white mock turtleneck look, but if you know the person, please tell them that based on this photo alone, their right to dress themselves or others has been revoked...forever. On a related note 2006 will go down in history as the year of the mock turtleneck. Thank you Tiger Woods for your most important contribution to the game of golf. #RIPmockturtleneck
1. Team USA 1999
If you've been a fan of golf for any amount of time, the selection of Team USA's 1999 Ryder Cup Polo as the ugliest of all time should come as no surprise. These maroon-based polos with dozens of framed pictures were so bad that in a celebratory frenzy after Team USA came from behind to win, they burned them on the 18th green. Alright, that didn't actually happen...but it should have. Congratulations 1999 US Ryder Cup Team - your ugly shirts are the ultimate winners. Here's a couple more shots, just so you get the look really locked in your brain:
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Monday, September 26, 2016 9:24:49 AM America/North_Dakota/Center
Golfing great Arnold Palmer was a titan in the sport of golf and was loved around the world by fans and members of Arnie's Army. Not only was Palmer instrumental in popularizing and bringing golf to a mainstream audience, he was truly one of the biggest crossover stars from any sport. Incredibly charismatic, people felt like they really knew Arnie, whether they were just watching him on TV or getting a free autograph from him in person. His love for the game of golf and for life has always been respected and admired and Palmer left a legacy through his many charities and larger than life personality that will be remembered and missed for years to come.
Here are 101 things you may or may not know about the man, the myth, the legend - Arnold Palmer:
1. Arnold Daniel Palmer was born September 10, 1929.
2. He was the first of four children born to Milfred “Deacon” and Doris Palmer in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
3. At the age of three, his father, who was the head pro and golf course superintendent at Latrobe Country Club, gave him a cutdown set of golf clubs and introduced Arnie to the game.
4. Because his father was “just a golf pro”, Arnie wasn’t allowed to swim in the club pool.
5. He swam in the creek that supplied the pool water and joked that he urinated in it.
6. In 1971, Arnie bought the Latrobe Golf Club. He’s been welcome to use the swimming pool ever since.
7. He broke 100 for a round of golf when he was 7.
8. He went to the same high school as Fred Rogers from Mister Rogers Neighborhood.
9. Arnold Palmer shot 71 in his first high-school golf match.
10. By the time he was 17, he'd already captured two state interscholastic championships.
11. He eventually earned a golf scholarship to Wake Forest University, where he won three Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.
12. Palmer quit Wake Forest and joined the US Coast Guard after his roommate, Bud Worsham, was killed in a car accident in 1951.
13. He stayed in the Coast Guard for 3 years.
14. By 1954, Palmer had returned to golf and quickly resumed his old form. That year, he won the second of two consecutive Ohio Amateur Championships as well as the U.S. Amateur title.
15. Arnie Turned pro in the fall of 1954.
16. But it was the 1958 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, that launched the young golfer to fame. Palmer took home the title—making him the tournament's youngest champion at the time—and ended up finishing the year No. 1 on the money list, with $40,000.
17. That win also marked the first time a PGA Pro won a 5-figure sum in any major golf tournament. Palmer took home $11,250.
18. In his Ryder Cup debut in 1961, Arnie earned two points on first day, teaming with Billy Casper in morning and afternoon foursomes
19. Between 1960 and 1963, he won an astounding 29 titles and took home more than $400,000 in prize money.
20. Palmer is also credited by many for securing the status of The Open Championship (British Open) among U.S. players. Before Ben Hogan won that championship in 1953, few American professionals had traveled to play in The Open, due to its travel requirements, relatively small prize purses, and the style of its links courses
21. Palmer traveled to Scotland in 1960, having already won both the Masters and U.S. Open, to try to emulate Hogan's feat of 1953, of winning all three in a single year. He failed, losing out to Kel Nagle by a single shot
22. After his loss in 1963, he came back and won The Open Championship in 1961 and 1962, solidifying for American golfers the importance of winning in Britain.
23. It took him 13 years to become the first golfer to win $1 million in career earnings.
24. In 49 years, he made $1,784,497 on the PGA Tour.
25. In 2014, he made $42 million in endorsements and other income, according to Forbes.
26. Arnold Palmer has 62 PGA Tour wins.
27. He played in 50 Masters.
28. Arnold Palmer was the first golfer to win the Masters Tournament four times. He won in 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1964. Talk about dominance!
29. He came up with the concept of modern Grand Slam in 1960.
30. He rallied from seven shots behind on the final day to win the 1960 U.S. Open.
31. Nicknamed "the King," Palmer won 93 tournaments during his career (62 were PGA Tour victories).
32. He won seven majors.
33. Arnold Palmer is credited with bringing golf into the mainstream and making it popular with people outside of country clubs.
34. Palmer's fans were known as Arnie's Army and followed him on the weekly PGA Tour events.
35. Arnold Palmer has a Congressional Gold Medal.
36. He also has a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
37. He’s the only sports figure to have both.
38. In 2013, he also received Congressional Gold Medal, the sixth sportsman so honored
39. JFK sent him film of his golf swing to critique.
40. You can order an Arnold Palmer and restaurants worldwide will pour you a half-iced tea, half-lemonade.
41. When Palmer turned 37, Dwight D. Eisenhower flew to Latrobe to deliver a surprise birthday greeting.
42. He met his first wife, Winnie, on a Tuesday and asked her to marry him four days later.
43. Arnie’s would-be father-in-law boycotted the wedding because he doubted Palmer could make enough to support a family.
44. Arnold and Winne Palmer were married 45 years until her death in 1999.
45. They had two daughters together – Amy and Peggy.
46. He helped found a nature preserve named after Winnie in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
47. In 1989, the couple helped found the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando, Florida.
48. At the time, it was the only hospital in the Southeast (and one of only six in the nation) dedicated to serving the unique needs of women and children.
49. The Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies delivered 13,800 newborns in 2014.
50. The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is ranked among Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
51. The Arnold Palmer Medical Center is the largest facility in the U.S. dedicated to children and women.
52. In 2005, Arnie married Kathleen “Kit” Gawthrop at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, Hawaii
53. His grandkids called him ‘Dumpy.’
54. He gave Kate Upton her first golf lesson.
55. He helped found the Golf Channel.
56. As co-founder of Golf Channel, Palmer ceremoniously flipped the switch as the cable network makes its on-air debut.
57. He was honorary national chairman of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation for 20 years.
58. Richard Nixon asked his advice on how to end the Vietnam War.
59. He was Associated Press Athlete of the Decade for 1960's.
60. Kirk Douglas was asked of all his famous acquaintances, who had the most personal magnetism’ His answer: Arnie.
61. He loves bologna.
62. He worked as a paint salesman briefly after getting out of the Coast Guard.
63. He has 13 streets named after him.
64. He has his own winery.
65. While many have tried to convince him, Arnie has never wanted to create a Chardonney/Cabernet wine blend. A so-called “Arnold Palmer” for the wine industry.
66. Arnie became a pilot to help overcome his fear of flying.
67. In 1976, he set a round-the-world speed record in a Learjet that still stands 57 hours, 25 minutes, 42 seconds.
68. His around-the-world record flight would have finished sooner, but he stopped to refuel in Sri Lanka and rode an elephant.
69. He flew a Boeing 747 before they were in commercial service.
70. The Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History is home to the world’s leading collection of golf artifacts.
71. He expects men to take off their hats when they go indoors.
72. Gerald Ford’s first act after leaving the presidency was playing a round of golf with Palmer.
73. He often cries during the national anthem.
74. After a lifetime of signing autographs for free, he finally charged for his signature during the 1994 Bay Hill tournament when his grandchildren told him business was slow at their lemonade stand. Palmer agreed to sign for anyone who’d buy a $1.50 glass. The kids made a quick $50 before running out of lemonade.
75. For years, the trophy at his Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament in Orlando was a sword.
76. Arnold Palmer designed more than 300 golf courses around the world.
77. He designed the first golf course built in China.
78. Arnie was part of the inaugural class for the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
79. There is a 9-foot tall statue of Palmer at the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex on the Wake Forest campus in Winston-Salem, N.C.
80. The golfing great Arnold Palmrock appeared in the animated ‘The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show’ in 1971.
81. Arnold Palmer once filled in for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show in 1970. His performance wasn’t great, but the audience, as one might expect, loved him.
82. Arnie’s best friend is Howdy Giles, who wrote a book about their friendship called The King and I. Giles is also his dentist.
83. Nike’s ‘LeBronold Palmer’ sneakers are named for him and LeBron James.
84. He led the campaign to prevent golf courses from being built in Florida’s state parks.
85. After first seeing Palmer’s jerky swing, Gene Sarazen said Palmer wouldn’t amount to much of a golfer.
86. His dog’s name was Mulligan.
87. But he WILL NOT have a cat as a pet.
88. His review of Bill Clinton’s golf game: ‘He can hit a long way, he just doesn’t have a ZIP code.’
89. He smoked his last cigarette in 1973.
90. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus eventually became good friends, but their relationship started off very competitive and a bit rocky.
91. After the 1975 US Open at Medinah, where Jack and Arnie were paired together on the last day, Jack was bemoaning his three closing bogeys to finish the round. Arnold finally jumped in and said, "Why don't you just sashay your ass back out there and play them over?"
92. In 2010, Esquire named Arnold Palmer one of The 75 Best Dressed Men of All Time.
93. He loves to watch westerns on TV.
94. Arnold really likes oysters and has been known to pack away as many as 4 dozen in one sitting.
95. He considers a drive more than 5 miles a major journey.
96. Arnold Palmer loves country western music.
97. Dark chocolate is his all-time favorite snack.
98. Arnie built a financial empire in advertising, architecture, clothes, cars, motor oil, catsup, dry cleaners, umbrellas, drinks and pretty much anything else you can think of.
99. Palmer is ranked third on Forbes' 2016 list of The Highest-Paid Retired Athletes, with estimated earnings of $40 million in 2015.
100. His net worth in 2015 was an estimated $680 million.
101. Palmer passed away on September 25, 2016. The King’s legacy of golf, charity and love will live on for many decades to come.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:23:27 AM America/North_Dakota/Center
Bobby Jones is a legendary and towering figure in the world of golf and for good reason. The man was a lifelong ameteur, playing golf only in spurts in late teens and 20's while picking up various Ivy League degrees. Between 1923 and 1930, Jones entered 20 major championships and won a stunning 13 of them. Going out on top, Bobby Jones retired from championship golf at the age of 28. Perhaps his most lasting legacy is Augusta National Golf Course, which he founded and helped design. Here are some words of wisdom from Bobby Jones, a titan of golf:
Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.
"Golf is a game that is played on a 5-inch course."
You might as well praise a man for not robbing a bank as to praise him for playing by the rules.
"You swing best when you have the fewest things to think about."
"The real way to play golf is to take pleasure not in the score, but in the execution of strokes."
The object of golf is to beat someone. Make sure that someone is not yourself.
"Golf is the only game I know of that actually gets harder the longer you play it."
"The difference between a sand trap and water hazard is the difference between a car crash and an airplane crash. You have a chance of recovering from a car crash."
I never learned anything from a match that I won.
"Golf is assuredly a mystifying game. It would seem that if a person has hit a golf ball correctly a thousand times, he should be able to duplicate the performance at will. But such is certainly not the case."
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 9:43:12 AM America/North_Dakota/Center
Two of the hottest golfers on tour - Dustin Johnson and Jason Day, have been sporting awesome looks from Adidas all season long. Some of Adidas' fall line has just landed and it's the perfect combo of Adidas' classic sporty style with bold colors that will have you looking good both on and off the golf course. Here's what we've got lined up:
1. If you haven't tried an adidas Climacool shirt yet, this should definitely be the one. The adidas Climacool Tipped Polo features the awesomely-cool, moisture-wicking Climacool material and this particular polo is styled with a bold pink color that will help you stand out in all the right ways. Dave Austad can personally attest to the awesome power of Climacool since he owns about 20 of these shirts.
2. Adidas doesn't call these the "ultimate" pants just for the fun of it. These pants were designed to keep you comfortable whether you're hitting a quick nine or putting in nine hours at the office. The stretch waistband combined with the moisture-wicking stretch fabric pull double-duty to help you stay cool. The print on the adidas Ultimate Chino Pant is one that is interesting enough to call you stylish, but subtle enough that you can wear these slacks anywhere.
3. The adidas Climaheat Prime Quilted Jacket is one that you'll probably recognize if you've seen Jason Day lighting up the PGA Tour this year. We are absolutely crazy about the style and fit of this jacket. It's the perfect piece to take you into fall and can pretty much be worn anywhere. Packed with Climaheat Insulation, you'll be toasty warm whether you're tailgating on a Saturday morning or catching a quick 18 on the weekend.
4. Adidas debuted their Boost shoe earlier this year and it has quickly become a huge favorite among the Austad's Golf staff and customers. Extremely comfortable with a stable base and sporty adidas style, it's hard not to fall in love with the adidas Tour360 Boost Shoe. As an added bonus, the silver/white combo is awesome because it works with just about anything you wear.
5. You know that old baseball cap that looks like it's about to fall off your head every time you wear it? Yeah, it's time for an update. The TaylorMade Tour Cage Fitted Cap is cool, comfortable and will be a massive upgrade from what you've got on your head now.
6. Last but not least, we've got the perfect accessory to tie this whole look together. The Adidas Reversible Leather Belt is cool, functional and is one accessory that you'll definitely wear all the time. Crafted with genuine leather, this baby is one size fits most (up to 42 inches - sorry big boys!). The reversible design means that you've got a new go-to belt to go with everything in your closet.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 5:30:00 AM America/North_Dakota/Center
It's one for the ladies this week with our featured apparel ensemble and I for one am absolutely loving this look. Puma Golf's sporty, athletic style combined with some bold prints and colors will have you all set to play some fantastic fall golf in style. Tie in the picture-perfect accessories and you've got an outfit that is ready to rock! Here's what we've got:
1. The super-cool Woven Block Sleeveless Golf Polo will easily take your style game up a notch. Featuring the dark blue on the front, it's complimented by a color block lighter blue on the back. The way the color block works creates a slimming and flattering look. Add in Puma's dryCELL technology and UV Resistant finish and you've got a polo that works hard and looks fantastic.
2. This skort may be called the "glitch print", but trust us when we say that there is nothing off about it. The subtle and unique pattern coordinates perfectly with the Woven Block Polo and the stretch fabric makes this one of the most comfortable skorts you've ever seen. The Puma Ladies Glitch Print Skort is also moisture-wicking and comes equipped with dryCELL technology to keep you cool and dry.
3. The stunning Puma Ladies Bloom Popover is one of our favorite new looks for Fall 2016. Not only does the Bloom Pullover feature UPF 40 and WARMCELL technology, but the subtle flower print is eye-catching and cleverly executed. Another bonus here are the thumbholes, which have quickly become a staple in ladies layering pieces. This pullover is also available in Periscope and Sharp Green colors.
4. Every stylish woman knows that if you really want to complete your ensemble, you simply forgo a great hat. Think Audry Hepburn in My Fair Lady but at a size that won't scare people off. The Puma Ladies Tech Cat Cap is the perfect topper to any outfit. Fully adjustable, moisture-wicking and the white color goes with literally anything. Bottom line, this is a cap you'll wear over and over.
5. This 5-Pack of Elastic Headbands from Puma is a no-brainer for women who like to keep their hair out of their faces and their heads in the game. My personal testimonial is that these headbands are awesome. The fit is good, the colors are great and the price is one that is hard to pass up. It's a must-have accessory for any active woman.
6. We're going to finish this outfit off with every woman's favorite article of clothing - the shoes. The Puma Ladies BioFly Golf Shoes are the perfect one-two punch of technology and style. These golf shoes are designed to be comfortable, waterproof and to help you focus on swinging strong and having fun on the course. The interchangable laces are just an added bonus.