Sep
13
2015
Out of office: Gone golfing in Scotland and speaking in Amsterdam
By Stephanie Wei under Travel
Par-3 no. 8 at Royal Troon, aka the "Postage Stamp"

Par-3 no. 8 at Royal Troon, aka the “Postage Stamp”

Apologies for seemingly abandoning this space and not posting for over a week — I swear I meant to write this *before* I left the U.S., but I had a deadline for an article on proper course setups for women (stay tuned!) and then I had a crazed travel schedule. I finally have a minute (but not very many) to breathe and write on this space. It’s certainly been an eventful week or so…

Let’s see, I flew across the country from Seattle to NYC, where I was home for about 15 hours before I repacked and jumped on another flight to Glasgow, where I embarked on an awesome press trip to play the finest courses in the Ayrshire region of Scotland — it was one of the few places that I hadn’t explored in the country before.

We had a pretty fantastic lineup of courses to check out: Turnberry, Royal Troon (where the Open Championship is next year), Prestwick (birthplace of the Open), Dundonald (which will probably be added to the Scottish Open rota), and Western Gailes. They were all so different, fun and unique that it’s hard to pick a favorite. I’m not just saying that, but seriously, I’ve been trying to rank them and I’m having trouble with it because they were each awesome in their own way. If I had to pick, it’s probably a toss-up between Troon, which was perhaps the all-around best test, and Prestwick, which was simply a special place filled with history.

You’ll hear more about my trip later when I have more time to reflect and expand on my thoughts. For now, many thanks to Ayrshire Golf and Visit Scotland for the hospitality, which is always second to none.

Hopefully most of you were able to keep track of my adventures and travels via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and/or Periscope, etc.

If so, you’ll know that I’m now in Amsterdam for the IBC Conference, where I spoke on a panel earlier this afternoon about sports broadcasting. Here’s the description:

The world of sport is a leader in the surge towards over-the-top (OTT) broadcasting. Innovative sports content – traditional live games and pioneering new, companion programming – is now increasingly popular in opposition to conventional terrestrial or even pay TV platforms. There are MCN sports channels on YouTube like Copa90 and Whistle Sports; sports federation channels including cycling.tv or the lacrosse network; companies that help produce, distribute and package the OTT sport such as Perform and Seven League; and sports leagues themselves like the English Premier League, Major League Baseball and American football’s NFL. How is OTT sports content changing the broadcasting game and expanding its worldwide reach?

Many thanks to IBC for inviting me. It was truly an honor to be on a panel with such esteemed speakers (all of whom had much more impressive resumes than me).

Before I run off to my next engagement, congrats to Lydia Ko on capturing the Evian Championship to become the youngest major champion in history. Not to detract or take away anything from Ko’s amazing accomplishment, but there is room for some argument here on the “legitimacy” of this “youngest ever” feat. As most of you probably know, the LPGA added the Evian as a major just a few years ago, so the ladies’ game now has five of them per year. What Ko has achieved in her already-impressive career at just 18 years old is obviously incredible, but is it fair to claim that she’s the youngest in the history of the game to win a major? Just some food for thought.

WUP will return to its regular programming sometime next week. Enjoy the first Sunday of the NFL season!