Bump&Run: 10/3/22

It’s a PNW-heavy week, with a spot up for grabs in The Showcase @ Wing Point and a breakdown of the region’s year-long ladder challenge.

Geographical balance comes from a future St. Louis member meetup, a BTS-wide vintage club challenge, and Shane Bacon’s new children’s book!

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wing point, anyone?

After a strong showing in the season-long Pacific Northwest Ladder Challenge (see below), member Ian O’Brien has found himself with an extra ticket to Saturday’s Showcase @ Wing Point. 

If you’re interested, DM him at @IanOBrien or email community@golfersjournal.com. It’s shaping up to be a day you won’t want to miss.

wing point






Speaking of our nation’s upper left corner, last week saw the close of our season-long Pacific Northwest Ladder Challenge. PNW Vice Captain Cody Davenport created the showdown, which saw nine participants vie for supremacy in a series of asynchronous matches across the region. 

Cody doled out some honors in the thread, which we’ve included below. A hearty round of congratulations to the winners, and we’ll see you on Bainbridge Island!

Winner: Justin Kaiser
Runner Up:
Ian O’Brien

Highest Climber – This honor goes to for climbing the most spots in the ladder – from #10 to #1!

Scrappy Award – Giving this one to for the wildest record. He ended 2-4, but both his wins came in defense of his spot. He refused to get dropped!

Most Matches and I tied at 6 matches a piece (albeit there were a few against each other).

Best Record – at 5-1 this season (and a lot of defense), yours truly was ended with the best record. Low Net – This honor goes to for taking finishing the season in the highest spot on the ladder relative to handicap.

Read the full Ladder breakdown here.

what's old is new

As if the game wasn’t challenging enough, SoCal’s Cory Olson has set up a vintage clubs score challenge for all interested participants. Ditch those space-age musclebacks, scope out a set of butter knives from the neighborhood yard sale, and join a crew hell-bent on punch-cutting their way to a target score. 

Vintage blade irons
Michael Urann (@urannimal) shows off his weapons of choice

Join the fun here.

swinging through st. louis

Our BTS St. Louis crew is setting up a meet-up at the historic and lovely Forest Park Golf Course, and you’re invited! Head to the St. Louis channel to cast a vote for your preferred date, and join the squad for some shoulder-season golf.

Time's running out

The deadline for our year-long referral game is in sight. You have until Halloween to share your link and pick up more entries for the greatest sweepstakes in golf. The game is simple:

  • Head to your referral dashboard (linked below)
  • Copy your URL
  • Share it with your golfing tribe.

Every time someone subscribes to TGJ using your link, you’ll receive another entry into the contest. That means nothing is off the table – brothers, brothers in law, group chats, Instagram stories, graffiti on sidewalks… you get the picture.

One lucky referrer will go home with a full bag of custom-fitted Titleist clubs. That means TSRs, T-series irons, SM9 wedges, and a Scotty Cameron putter, tuned to your specs. 


Grab your link here.

promotional consideration

The 🚀│promote-your-stuff channel consistently delivers, proving that this community’s creativity and passion remain unmatched. Two pieces that caught our eye this week:

The Golfer’s Zoo

Friend of TGJ Shane Bacon is a published author! Shane dropped his first children’s book, The Golfer’s Zoo, an ode to the flora and fauna surrounding us as we play the game. 

Shane Bacon Golfer's Zoo

Pick up your copy here.

TGJ No. 6, by hand

Jeremy Koons continues to churn out gold. This time, it’s a hand-quilted 5″x7″ pouch, perfect for holding a few as-yet-unbroken tees. Want yours? DM Jeremy here.

Jeremy Koons quilt

Jeremy Koons quilt

punch shots

The best of the BTS from the week that was: 

  • The Champ is Here: Vermont’s Ross Evans (@rossmevans) takes down his club’s match play club championship!
  • Ace Club Alert: Zach Anderson joins the hole-in-one squad.
  • The Sims—BTS Edition: A deep dive into the world of residential golf simulators… with copious photographic evidence.
  • What Are You Playing? ProV1, V1X, AVX, Left Dash… your questions are answered here.
  • Wild Horses@TomnKC hit up Nebraska’s Wild Horse, and his photos suggest that it just might be, as he puts it, one of the best public golf courses in America.
  • Chambers vs Gamble Sands vs Bandon: A PNW-heavy newsletter closes with an excellent discussion on the merits of these big three.

on the tee

October 13
Inside the Titleist Golf Ball

An in-depth discussion about the most important piece of equipment in your bag. We’ll dive into the construction, specs, and improvements of Titleist’s ball offerings with Jeremy Stone, VP of Golf Ball Marketing.


October 23
Book Club: Barbarian Days

Our next BTS Book Club discussion, covering William Finnegan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life”