Appreciating our Members, talking Phil with Alan, and breaking tees from Denver to Denmark (and beyond). It’s our weekly Bump&Run.
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member appreciation day
We’re celebrating five years of reader-supported independent golf journalism with our Member Appreciation Day. This Wednesday, head to the TGJ Store to double your usual Member discount on all Broken Tee merch.
This means 20% for Members and an incredible 40% for Premium Members, starting at midnight ET on Wednesday. And if you’re wondering, yes, you can upgrade your membership and receive that 40% number instantly.
It’s our small, yet sincere way of saying thanks.
sundays with alan
Our Broken Tee Society Book Club received a special guest appearance Sunday night from Alan Shipnuck, author of Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar.
Shipnuck, top left
let's break some tees
charleston muni mondays
From Member Stephen Edwards, Vice Captain of our Carolinas region:
“One of the coolest nights of golf I have experienced to date, so I’m gonna explain in full detail so if anybody else is interested in playing they can give it a go!
My brother and fellow BTS member and I are down in SC on family beach trip and thanks to a tip from the GREAT Benny Mosiman we played in The Muni Monday Blitz this evening! $160 a team scramble, cash prizes, enormous VIBES including a steak dinner afterwards with everyone haha.
18 total teams and you play in 8somes and get to meet so many cool people. The work Troy Miller and his team did on the renovation is really great and so damn fun! Was awesome to meet Benny in person and Tripp Whatley (who I met through Discord) joined as our fourth. While we didn’t win any prizes we were paired with a team of four caddies from Kiawah/Cassique that could not have been cooler.
I will be thinking about this evening often, and how to help replicate in my own community. Everything I want in golf.”
50 years of friendship
From new friends to longstanding relationships. Here’s George Vogt checking in from Pebble Beach:
“The average age of this foursome is 67 years old. That wasn’t really hard to calculate; we’re all the same age. We met the first day of our freshman year of college, joined the same fraternity, and have stayed in touch for the last almost-50 years. We get together for trips like this every few years and other than moving a little slower each time, for a few days it feels like nothing has changed.”
- Aussies’ Day Out: A dream Sunday turned into a magical Monday for Australian Michael Dole. After watching Cam Smith conquer the Open Championship, Michael snagged a tee time at The Old Course (and captured this newsletter’s featured photo).
- PNW IRL: The Pacific Northwest crew braved 90-degree temperatures for a 36-hole day at The Reserve GC in Aloha, OR. Vice Captain Cody Davenport snagged tee times on both of The Reserve’s 18s in the same day, a rare feat that deserves commendation.
- Denmark to Denver: Members of our tribe offer comprehensive golf recs across the globe. Head to the Europe channel for a breakdown of Copenhagen’s best golf, and jump into the Denver channel to find out where to play in the Mile High City.
- Nature vs. Nurture: Most GCA enthusiasts agree that a golf course should endeavor to reflect its native environment. But what if its native environment is the manmade glitz and glamor of Vegas? A thought-provoking architecture discussion.
- Augusta Bound: Scott Nylund receives a long-hoped-for email from ANGC.
- Lake Merced’s Glow Up: In advance of our event there in December, Lake Merced GC reopens after a stunning restoration
We end this newsletter on a somber note, with the tragic news that beloved Waterville local and club caddie Tristan Huggard O’Shea passed away last week. Tristan appeared in TGJ No. 9, and much more importantly, served as a vibrant member of the Waterville community and a bright light in the lives of all golfers who played those links.
Those who wish can leave a message for Tristan’s family here, or make a donation in his memory to a local mental health support foundation here.
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