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My 2008 Golf Retrospective
Written By: Steven Gribin on Nov 20 2008
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I am so excited to announce our December outing for The Golfers Home Golf Outing Presented by Hooters, Monday, December 8th, a noon shotgun at The TPC at Craig Ranch.  What a way to end the year with your chance to play one of the best courses in the Metroplex.  This event will sell out quickly, so please register immediately.  We will have plenty of special prizes and a few special events that we will announce over the next week.

I will miss so much …

Annika – I hate that she is leaving right in the middle of the best competition possible.  With all the economic upheaval, can you imagine how cool it would have been to see Lorena, Paula and Annika going at it next year?  We might have finally seen an increase in the number of male golfers watching the LPGA.

I will not miss – The Nick Faldo ego.  No matter how hard Nick tried to make it about the players, it was the Faldo mentality that was the only low part of the Ryder Cup. 

I will miss so much -- Not having a Ryder Cup in 2009 – No matter how much they try, the Presidents Cup is no Ryder Cup.  The competition might actually be a higher level, but it just misses the emotional highs and lows that we get from the Ryder Cup.  And after being in Louisville for the entire week, it will be something I truly miss from the 2009 schedule.

I will not miss – another season without Tiger Woods.  I know we don’t get all the Tiger we want, but some Tiger is better than no Tiger.  Every friend I have spoken to feels the same way.  Golf with out Tiger just is not as much fun.  I remember growing up and seeing Palmer play less and less; that wasn’t fun either.

I will miss so much – The old Charles Barkley Golf swing.  Rumor has it that he and Hank Haney has been working together on a new reality show to fix the worst swing in the history of golf.  Hell, can you imagine life without the Charles move? I can’t.

I will not miss – The Sergio misses.  I feel so bad for the guy.  I know how badly he wants it.  I know it eats at him each time it comes to that one putt or one shot and he does not pull it off.  I wish we did not have to watch it.  Hopefully 2009 will bring Sergio what he wants: a major championship.

I will miss so much – Seeing Lorena Ochoa’s face as she walked off the golf course this last week at her event in Mexico.  What a dream come true for this young lady that has an entire country on her shoulders.  She and her charity event (incidentally, congrats to our own Angela Stanford for winning) are what make golf so special.  I will just have to wait until next November to see that reaction again.

I will not miss – Boo Weekly on a horse.  Call me Mr. Conservative, but I just had a problem with the horse-ride.  I know it was in fun, but I think there is a time and place.  I also know I pretty much stand alone on my feeling about this.

I will miss so much – The tremendous finishes we saw in 2008.  Over the next few weeks as I do my year in review articles we will go through them more specifically, but 2008 saw so many dramatic moments.  I will never forget Tiger on one-leg or Padrig winning 2 majors.  Anthony Kim beginning to reach the potential I have spoken about for three years.  The PGA Tour and the majors brought tremendous entertainment in 2008 and I can’t wait for Hawaii to start it all again.

One last one –

I will not miss – John Daly articles.  Can we now all let John ride off into the sunset (this is of course assuming he could actually stay on the horse long enough to ride off.)  One year without a Daly debacle, how cool would that be?

See you at Craig Ranch.

 




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Nevada Wolf said:

STEVEN, YOU ARE RIGHT, AGAIN, REGARDING THE THINGS YOU WILL AND NOT MISS---BUT--

REGARDING JOHN DALY;

ISN'T THERE SOMEONE IN THE PGA THAT MIGHT DO THE 'ENTIRE GOLF GAME SOME GOOD' AND HELP 'BIG JOHN' BACK INTO 'REALITY'?  

I BELIEVE, THE PGA NEEDS NOT ONLY A 'TIGER WOODS', PHIL MICKLESON, ETC., BUT IT, ALSO

NEEDS A 'DUFFER'S MAN', LIKE 'BIG JOHN'!  HE IS A GOLF, THAT MOST WEEKEND GOLFERS CAN RELATE TO, IN THAT HE IS KNOWN TO--

DRINK BEER--

SMOKE--

LIKES TO PLAY "IN COMFORTABLE CLOTHING(OR LACK OF)--

JOHN CAN BE A GOOD GOLFER, ALSO, IF HE CAN JUST 'WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES', AS THE EXPRESSION GOES.

THE LPGS WILL SURLY MISS MS. SORENSON, AND I WILL, TOO!

WARMEST REGARDS,

NEVADA WOLF

November 23, 2008 4:56 AM

About Steven Gribin

Steven Gribin is one of golf’s premier analysts. His work for ESPN Radio, Yahoo Sports and XM’s PGA Tour Radio has led him to receiving a number of broadcasting awards including the International Network of Golf Radio Show of the year in 2007 and the PGA Bob Galt Media Award for Broadcast Excellence.

For 8 years, Gribin has brought a distinctive, professional and entertaining approach to golf. After a successful career in the radio business, Gribin chose to change his career path and move behind the microphone hosting a local golf radio program in Dallas/Fort Worth.

“I never thought I could make a living playing the game, as I am nowhere near good enough. But with over 20 years of radio background, I thought I could create an entertaining golf show,” Gribin said. “I also thought the metroplex was in dire need of a “real” golf program.” “Out Of Bounds” the golf show began airing in April of 2000.

In 2003, Gribin moved his show to ESPN Radio in Dallas. Over the last 5 years, “Sunday Tee Time” has grown from a local golf broadcast to being aired on over 350 ESPN Radio stations throughout America. Gribin brings his listeners the best in golf interviews including exclusive time with Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam and most of golf’s Top 50 players.

During the last year, Steven Gribin has brought his entertaining approach to golf to numerous new venues. He writes a weekly newsletter read by more than 25,000 golfers. He writes and creates video streaming for Yahoo.com/sports/golf and does a weekly 20 Q&A with different tour players.

For more than 20 years, Steven Gribin worked in radio sales and management. He spent the majority of his career in the area of sports marketing.

In addition to talking and writing about golf, Gribin owns The Golfers Home. The Golfers Home operates the radio shows as well as a golf membership program and a golfing division that takes over 3000 listeners to play golf annually.

He is married to CBS Entertainment Reporter, Sandie Newton. They have two boys that both play junior golf; Douglas, 18 and William, 13.

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