Tag Archives: Jamie Lovemark

Nov
16
2012

Tensions and emotions ran high on Friday in the final round at Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club in Plantation, Florida (near Fort Lauderdale), one of the six sites around the country holding the second stage of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament, known fondly as “Q-school.”

There’s always an enormous amount of pressure for players trying to advance to finals, but this year there seems to be even more than usual. Why? The reply was simple: “It’s the last year” or “It’s the last chance.” (Or as I like to call it: “Q-school deathwatch.”)

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Mar
2
2012

Rory's got fan boys

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A group of guys arrived at the Honda Classic wearing brown, curly wigs to cheer on Rory McIlroy. The front of their shirts said, “Kiss Me, I’m Rory.” The back had next Monday’s new world rankings, with McIlroy at the No. 1 spot.

He’s close.

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Jan
11
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

I made it!

What a difference a year makes — A year ago, Keegan Bradley, who was best known as LPGA great “Pat Bradley’s nephew,” was getting ready to tee off at the Sony Open, his first-ever PGA Tour event. He was a wide-eyed rookie, living largely in the shadow of good friend Jamie Lovemark (the 2010 Nationwide Tour money title winner and the one who was supposed to be the big star), but staying at a house with three other rookies (including Jamie) helped ease his transition from the NWT to the bigs.

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Mar
17
2011

*Update: I had to take down the pictures because I just discovered it’s against Tour policy to post photographs from practice rounds.

It only took 13 years, but I’ve finally returned to Innisbrook. You see, I played in a junior golf tournament when I was 14 (I think) and I had just started competing in national events. I saw my first alligator on the golf course — and got relief from one for the first time because my ball was too close to the gator, so it was deemed a “dangerous situation.” I also received relief from a flower bed on No. 9. Best of all, I broke 80 for the first time in competition. So, naturally, Innisbrook has always had a special place in my heart.

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Mar
3
2011

Spotted on Monday at the Honda Classic: Cheerleaders!

I’m quoting the great Charlie Sheen, who quoted the great Allen Iverson during an interview with Jeff Rossen of NBC’s Today. Sheen, who has been the talk of the town for, well, being Charlie Sheen, the many loony (yet so absurd, it’s addicting) things he’s been saying lately and suing CBS, was asked if he’d ever missed a day of work. “Not a day that cost anybody any money,” said Sheen, rolling his eyes. “I missed practice. I’m talking about practice, to quote the great Allen Iverson. Practice! Come on, guys, we’re talking about practice.”

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Feb
3
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Quiet please! Say what?

There’s nothing in golf that compares to the legendary 16th hole at the Phoenix Open. With the hole entirely enclosed by grandstands, it feels like you’re in a real stadium rather than a golf tournament. No. 16 is the only hole all year where heckling and loud cheering are not only acceptable, it’s expected. The atmosphere makes it seem like you’re at a football or baseball game — all the uptight, conservative customs synonymous to golf are thrown out the door. What’s most impressive is that the drunken yahoos in the stands actually do extensive research for material to use for their taunts at the players (and sometimes even their caddies).

Earlier this week, I caught up with several players for their thoughts on No. 16. The response? They love it. In fact, they’d like to see more of it in golf.

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Jan
19
2011

Rookies Keegan Bradley, Jamie Lovemark, Nate Smith play a practice round at Sony Open

Ask any PGA Tour player and 9 of 10 will tell you the PGA Tour can be a very lonely place, especially for rookies trying to adjust to life in the big leagues. Most guys travel with their significant others and families, which makes after-golf socializing rarer than you might think (unless you’re European, of course). But friendships forged on the Nationwide Tour, the minors, have created a strong bond between some players, making the transition easier right out the gate.

Take Jamie Lovemark (22), Keegan Bradley (24), Nate Smith (27) and Chris “Bobby” Baryla (28, who is still considered a rookie because he only made seven starts before taking a major medical exemption), for example. The four rookies, along with Lovemark’s babysitter manager, Ben Walter, rented an unbelievable house on the water in Honolulu for the week of the Sony Open.

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