Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Roundup: A "Closed" Course Re-Opens, and more

A few weeks back we told you that Quail Run Golf Course in La Vernia shut down, and apparently for good. We were never able to get anyone on the phone, or to get a reply from anyone via email, confirming or explaining the move - whether a sale might be involved, whether a re-opening might be in the offing. And as far as I know, the local newspaper still hasn't reported anything about Quail Run's situation.

But thanks to Texas Golf readers, we now know that Quail Run is open again, as of last Saturday. New ownership? New marketing or membership plan? New stability in the operation? We'll have to wait and see on all that.

Elsewhere:

  • Kings Crossing Country Club in Corpus Christi has officialy been placed up for sale. This has been rumored for a while, and it's possible that the City of Corpus Christi might consider Kings Crossing as a replacement for Oso Beach Municipal Golf Course, should the city's plan to give Oso to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi University go through.
  • Rising LPGA star Brittany Lang of McKinney has been signed to the tour staff at Plano-based Adams Golf. Texas synergy.
  • There's some updated info on the Golf Foundation of Texas Web site about that organization's Austin Golf Expo at the Palmer Events Center March 9-11. Long-drive champ Sean "The Beast" Fister (from now on, I want to be known as Bogey "The Beast" McDuff) will be there, and among the teaching professionals on hand is the well-known Barbara Puett. Check the Web site for info on tickets, vendors and the schedule of exhibitions and instructional presentations.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

World's Best Clubfitters

Each year, KZ Golf (a k a KZG) surveys industry experts to come up with a list of the Top 100 Clubfitters in the world. The 2007 list was recently released, and several Texans made the grade. Congratulations to the following individuals, each one of the Top 100 clubfitters in the world:

  • Bill Choung, CompuGolf Training Center, Carrollton
  • Tim Brantley, The Golf Station, Euless
  • Larry Gibson, Custom Clubs by Larry Gibson, Houston
  • David Weikman, Custom Clubs by Larry Gibson, Houston
  • Deryl Jay, Saturn Golf, Lubbock

Regional Four Ball Results

Here are the results of the Texas Golf Association's regional four-ball tournaments from last weekend:

South Region Four-Ball
Trevor Hyde and Shawn Westacott of Kerrville posted the low round of the tournament, an eight under par 63, to successfully defend their title in the South Region Four-Ball. Hyde and Westacott were two shots off the lead after an opening round 67, but caught fire over the final nine holes to win the championship for the second straight year at River Ridge Golf Club in Sealy. Three teams tied for second, three shots back. They were: John Dowdall and Seth Thornton, Jimmy Burke and Hunter Nelson, all from Houston, and Austin Williams and Chris Davis from Beaumont .

David Moore and Steve Bueltel of Kingwood, leading the tournament after the opening round, easily won the Senior Division with a second round 72 and a 36-hole total of five under par 137. They were in the hunt for the overall title until stumbling over the final nine holes. Tied for second in the Senior Division, nine shots back, were the teams of Doug Escue and Bob Smith and Chris Larsen and Dan Alpha.

Complete final round results are provided below and attached, and are also available on the TGA web site by clicking on the South Sout-Ball home page and going to the “Pairings/Results” link at the top of the page. For additional information you can contact the Texas Golf Association South Region office at (281) 454-6300.

For Westacott it was a bitter-sweet victory of sorts as it was his last time to play in a TGA tournament. The golf course superintendent at Riverhill County Club in Kerrville has accepted the same position at Jackson Country Club in Jackson , TN and will be moving to the Volunteer state to assume his new duties soon. Hyde, the General Manager at The Club at Comanche Trace in Kerrville , and Westacott opened last year’s championship with a 63 in heavy rains, surviving a four hour weather delay. They matched that score in the final round of the 2007 with nine birdies and a bogey.

Dowdall and Thornton, playing in the last group, were one shot ahead of Hyde and Westacott after the first round. They posted a final round 67 to slip back into a second place tie with two teams that took advantage of the ideal weather and scoring conditions. Chris Davis and Austin Williams of Beaumont had a 64 and Hunter Nelson and Jimmy Burke of Houston had a 65 to leave all three at nine under par 133.

North Region Four-Ball
Bullard TX: Final round action of the 2007 North Four-Ball got under way to clear skies mid wilds. After taking on gale force winds in round one, players were pleased to be greeted by friendly scoring conditions in the final round. .

First round leaders Jason Felps of China Springs & Ken Patterson of Waco took a two stroke lead into final round of play at Eagles Bluffs CC and never looked back. The Waco based team rallied on the front side with birdies on 8 and 9 to fire a two under par 34 on the front, giving them a two shot cushion over there nearest competitors. Felps and Patterson continued there stellar play on the back side by firing even par 35 giving them a second straight round of 69 and the tournament championship. Finishing in a tie for second place was the team of Brain McCoy of Mansfield and Hal Story of Roanoke who picked ground late with a strong two under par 33 on the back nine to finish just one shot back of the eventual champions. Grabbing a share of second place was the team of Steve Galko of Dallas and Jim Neumann of Frisco firing rounds of 71 and 68. Defending champions Joe Owen & Stephen Love put up a valiant effort in defense of there title and finished in sole possession of 4th place.

Recaps from the TGA.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Roundup: Houston Mayor Saving Gus Wortham?

As we noted a few posts down below, one plan for building a new soccer complex in Houston for that city's MLS soccer franchise involved plowing under the historic Gus Wortham municipal golf course and replacing it with a youth soccer facility.

Since we wrote that, Houston mayor Bill White has announced that he won't support converting the golf course to a soccer field after the area's council representative made it clear that she and her constituents strongly oppose the move.

So Gus Wortham Golf Course appears safe for now.

Elsewhere:

  • Weatherford native and former TCU golf star D'Rae Ward will be playing on the Futures Tour in 2007. And she's taking a novel approach to raising money to cover expenses: she's auctioning sponsorship opportunities on eBay.
  • Professional long driver Mathew Vilade of Hideaway finished third last weekend at the 2007 Diamond in the Desert Classic in Mesquite, Nev. But at the following Desert Launch, he set a new event record with a drive of 473 yards.
  • A Texan won the Nationwide Tour Jacob's Creek Open in Australia last weekend. Scott Sterling is a Beaumont native who played collegiately at Louisiana State University. It was Sterling's first career win on the Nationwide Tour. In 2006, he led the Texas-based Tight Lies Tour in earnings, finishing in the Top 10 in all 10 tour events he played, including a pair of wins.
  • The city of San Antonio is looking for a golf course architect to lead renovations at its Brackenridge, Cedar Creek and San Pedro facilities. No timetable, however, for getting the work done.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

2007 STPGA Junior Programs Gearing Up

The Southern Texas PGA's 2007 Junior Tour and Little Linksters programs are now open for online registration via the STPGA Web site.

Both programs run throughout the STPGA coverage area in south and southeast Texas, with seven cities serving as hubs for local/regional administration: Austin, Beaumont, Bryan/College Station, Corpus Christi, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. This is the first year that the Bryan/College Station area has been included.

The scoop from the STPGA:

STPGA Little Linksters
The Southern Texas PGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Little Linksters program is for junior golfers between the ages of 7 and 12 and of any skill level.

Little Linksters is an instructional-based program targeting the Rules of Golf, golf etiquette, the basic fundamentals of putting, chipping, the full swing and on-course play. Little Linksters are also given the opportunity to play in professionally-organized tournaments.

The STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Little Linksters program is open to all juniors ages 7-12 as of August 7, 2007. All members must establish tournament eligibility by successfully completing an STPGA Instructional Clinic, Approved Clinic or Advanced Clinic.

The membership fee for the STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Little Linksters program is $65— clinic fees vary, depending upon type and location. Individual tournament entry fees are $15 to $17, depending upon the “area” in which they are held.

Competition in STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Little Linksters tournaments is broken into eight age and skill divisions. Every Little Linksters event features awards for the top competitors in each division.

In addition to instruction and tournament eligibility, all Little Linksters members receive a $10 Academy Sports & Outdoors gift card, a USGA Rules of Golf Book, a STPGA Junior Golf Cap and Bag Tag and free admittance to the 2007 Valero Texas Open in San Antonio and to the 2008 Shell Houston Open upon presentation of their STPGA Junior Golf bag tag, and on-line statistical analysis.

Full details regarding the STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Little Linksters are available in the Little Linksters handbook, which may be downloaded from the “Junior Golf & Scholarships” page of the STPGA web site (www.stpga.com).

STPGA Junior Tour
The Southern Texas PGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour consists of competitive one- and two-day weekly tournaments throughout June and July. It is open to STPGA Junior members who are ages 12 to 18 as of August 9, 2007. Juniors who are 18 are eligible provided they have not attended a regular semester of college and do not reach their 19th birthday prior to August 10, 2007.

STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour members are eligible for all Junior Tour events and receive a $10 Academy Sports & Outdoors gift card, a USGA Rules of Golf Book, a STPGA Junior Golf Cap and Bag Tag, a USGA GHIN handicap, free admittance to the 2007 Valero Texas Open in San Antonio and to the 2008 Shell Houston Open upon presentation of their STPGA Junior Tour bag tag, and on-line statistical analysis and scoring.

Every STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour event features awards for the top competitors in each division. Competition is broken into five age and/or gender divisions at each tournament.

The membership fee for the STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour is $65. Entry fees for individual tournaments range from $15 to $65, depending upon area and length of tournament (18 or 36 holes).

All first-year members, unless exempt due to participation in the HGA Junior Golf Program, the STPGA Little Linksters program, the 2006 Summer Central Texas Junior Golf League, or the Texas Legends Junior Tour, must successfully complete a STPGA Skills Test to establish tournament eligibility— the fee for the Skills Test is $25.

Full details regarding the STPGA Academy Sports & Outdoors Junior Tour are available in the Junior Tour handbook. The handbook may be downloaded from the “Junior Golf & Scholarships” page of the STPGA web site (www.stpga.com).

Byron Nelson Championship Qualifying

Want to take a shot at qualifying for the Byron Nelson Championship? Entry forms are now available on the Northern Texas PGA Web site. There's a pre-qualifier on April 17 and then Open Qualifying on April 23. Timarron Country Club in Southlake is the site of both qualifiers.

You have to play the pre-qualifier is you are not a PGA Tour or Nationwide Tour member, or have not made a combined 150 cuts in your career between both tours. Yep, that's the category I'd be in. Only 149 cuts made for ol' Bogey, darn the luck. The top 50 golfers from the pre-qualifier advance to Open Qualifying.

Check the Web site above for entry fees and other info.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Del Rio Course May Be Expanding

Seems to have been a lot of news lately about courses closing, and other courses opening, and still other courses expanding.

One of the expansions might be taking place soon in Del Rio, where the only public course is the city-owned San Felipe Country Club. This course operates like many small-town courses do: a private club offers memberships and has its own private facilities, but the golf course itself is open to the public.

Well, turns out that private club also owns acreage adjacent to the city-owned land the golf course sits on. The Del Rio newspaper reports:

SFCC proposes to give the city about 55 acres of land north of and adjacent to the course for development as a nine-hole golf course – as an addition to the existing nine holes – or to hold in perpetuity as a protective buffer for San Felipe Springs. In various presentations made by John Plumb, investment banker at The Bank & Trust, on behalf of the project, the triphammer message has been that the city should grab this opportunity quickly.

Beavan repeated the message Tuesday, stressing the Economic Development Advisory Committee’s unanimous stance that a full, 18-hole golf course would be an economic asset to the entire community. “This opportunity is here now,” Beavan warned, saying that the country club is at liberty to sell the land offered to the city if the swap is not consummated.

Plumb echoed Beavan’s message, saying his message to council remains unchanged. “We were asking you to very quickly approve the land swap … or we will go through with our plans to sell, and operate like a business.”

Beavan reminded council members that SFCC has requested the land swap only, but is in no way pressuring the city to develop a golf course. But, in addition to the swap’s inherent potential to help preserve the San Felipe Creek corridor and add protection to the city’s chief water source, Beavan reiterated the economic advantages of having a regulation golf course, as enjoyed in many other cities.

Yes, many other cities do enjoy an 18-hole public golf course. Sounds like a no-brainer for the Del Rio city council.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Houston's Gus Wortham Muny In Danger

Another day, another story about a golf course in danger of being plowed under. This time, it's the Gus Wortham municipal golf course in Houston's East End. The city is considering turning the golf course into a youth soccer complex.

Why? Because that's what the Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer team is requesting. The Dynamo want a new stadium, and they are in demand by surburban Houston cities seeking to lure the team away from Houston proper. So team owners have asked the City of Houston for a deal that includes not only a new stadium for their games, but also new soccer facilities to help turn young Houstonians into soccer players and fans.

And that's where Gus Wortham might come in. Some folks in the neighborhood don't appeared too enamored with the idea, however. From the Houston Chronicle:

City officials quietly have been looking into converting the old East End course into a soccer-oriented youth facility, which the Dynamo is requesting along with its own stadium as a condition for staying.

Several suburban cities also are kicking around proposals to land the championship soccer team. That's putting pressure on Houston to make a move.

The proposed sports complex, however, would mean the end of existing operations at Gus Wortham Park, which is in a heavily Hispanic community and is one of only four golf courses inside the Loop.

So some community leaders and residents of surrounding neighborhoods want to nix the plan.

Councilwoman Carol Alvarado, who represents the area, said the city should renovate the course, as the National Golf Foundation recommended in 2005, not abandon it.

"Lately, we've prided ourselves so much on historical preservation," Alvarado said. "The golf course itself is a piece of the East End's history, and I don't want to see that destroyed."


The city plans to present an offer to the Dynamo within a month.

What's a Nice Texan Like Crenshaw Doing In a Place Like Long Island?

Designing, with his partner Bill Coore, outstanding golf courses. That's what. Here's Friars Head, on the East End of Long Island:


friars head
The Web site Hamptons Online has a good article about Crenshaw. How this Texan, this golfer who never even played a tournament on Long Island in his long golf career, has wound up having such a huge impact on the East End golf scene.

Now, if we could just get Crenshaw and Coore to start doing more courses in Texas .... On the other hand, really, what's the point? The people who can afford to pay Crenshaw and Coore to design courses such as Friars Head are people who want only the most exclusive and expensive club. It's not like any of us would ever get to play such courses.





Monday, February 12, 2007

Emergence of Stockholders, Heirs Awaited in Oso Giveaway

As we've reported several times, Oso Beach Municipal Golf Course in Corpus Christi is likely to be given away by the city to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi University for that school's expansion. The city would then either build a new municipal golf course, or buy an existing private or semi-private course and open it to the public.

But there's a potential complication brought about by the history of Oso golf course. Oso began as a private club, a club whose deed included restrictions, who members owned stock, and whose owners had heirs.

The emergence of those heirs and stockholders in the long-ago private club could make things interesting. The Corpus Christi newspaper has an article on the subject today:

When a private country club donated the Oso Beach Municipal Golf Course to the city in 1942, it left behind an unknown number of stockholders - and possible heirs - who could play big roles in the city's plan to donate the course for university growth.

Mike Carrell, regional president of Frost Bank, is fairly certain some of the people who could lay claim to the land if it no longer is a golf course will come forward. He has a direct interest in the matter because Frost Bank would be their trustee.

"I believe that we're eventually going to find who the stockholders are," Carrell said.

Their identities, or their existence, are among the enticing mysteries of the deed restriction. When the Caller-Times contacted local lawyers who are board certified in real estate law to inquire about the legal intricacies, two lawyers said they couldn't comment because they were involved in the case. They would not disclose how. One other real estate lawyer said he couldn't comment because the city had consulted him about the case.

People move, die, give birth and alter their wills - all complications in the process to find heirs through possibly generations of wills.

Companies also go through complications, such as splits and acquisitions, which is why Frost Bank is the trustee. The bank, under a previous name, acquired some assets of the title company that handled the 1942 transaction. The former Guaranty Title and Trust Co. now exists in fragments belonging to Frost and San Jacinto Title Services.

The stockholders and heirs, if they are found, might have final say whether the city can donate the 271-acre course to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for expansion. The corporation added a deed restriction in 1944 stating the land must be used as a golf course or public park, or else it would revert back to the title company to act as a trustee for the stockholders or their heirs.

Read the full article. It's pretty interesting stuff.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

STPGA Scholarships

Young golfers who have completed high school or enrolled in a certified college or university by Sept. 1, 2007, and live in South Texas, can now obtain applications for scholarships offered by the Southern Texas PGA Foundation.

Applications (and more info) are available at www.stpga.com, and must be submitted by April 4. Here's a rundown, from the STPGA, on the scholarships available:

  • The Nicholas Battle Scholarship, named after a junior golfer who passed away in an accident, is valued at $3,000 and is available to all applicants.
  • Three Tommy Aycock Scholarships, named after the late PGA Professional who won the STPGA Section Championship six times, will be presented in 2006. Valued at $1,000 each, the Tommy Aycock scholarships will be awarded to students residing in the five-county area (Nueces, San Patricio, Aransas, Kleberg, Wells, Bee and Refugio counties) around which Aycock spent much of his career.
  • A $1,500 Hardy Loudermilk Scholarship, named for a long-time San Antonio golf professional who earned national PGA Golf Professional of the Year honors in 1968. The Hardy Loudermilk Scholarship will be presented to a student who resides in Bexar County or one of the five counties adjacent to Bexar County.
  • The Warren Smith Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who resides in Bexar County or one of the five counties adjacent to Bexar County. It is named after PGA professional Warren Smith and is valued at $1,500. Smith is a past head golf professional at San Antonio’s Country Club.
  • The Joe Finger Scholarship, valued at $1,000, was created last year by the members of Riverhill Country Club in Kerrville, and Mark Caldwell, the club’s head golf professional. It is named in honor of the late golf course architect, Joe Finger— Riverhill is one of many course designed by Finger. The scholarship will be awarded to a resident of Kerr County.
    The Byron Nelson Scholarship was created in 2004 by members of Riverhill Country Club— Mark Caldwell, Riverhill’s head golf professional, heads up fundraising efforts for the scholarship. The scholarship is named for the record-setting Hall of Fame professional golf, who teamed with Joe Finger to design Riverhill’s golf course. The scholarship, valued at $1,000, will be presented to a resident of Kerr County.
  • The Joe Moore Scholarship, valued at $1,000, is available to all STPGA Foundation Scholarship applicants. It is named for and was created by a San Antonio golfer whose history includes two San Antonio Amateur Championships and a role on a late-1940s NCAA Championship team at Louisiana State University. Moore, a member at San Antonio’s Woodlake Country Club, was the head golf professional at Lackland Air Force Base’s golf course when he retired in the 1980s and played on the PGA Tour for several years.
  • A pair of George Hannon Scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, will be presented to students whose primary residence lies with the Austin area (Travis County and the counties contiguous to Travis County). The George Hannon Scholarships are named for the former University of Texas golf coach who served as the president of the Southern Texas PGA in 1972-73 and was twice honored as the STPGA Golf Professional of the Year. Hannon is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Preview of El Paso's Butterfield Trail

butterfield trail golf club el paso
Butterfield Trail Golf Club is scheduled to open in May as the newest public course in El Paso.

Owned by the city's Department of Aviation and managed by Kemper Sports, Butterfield Trail Golf Club was designed by famed architect Tom Fazio. The course sits near El Paso International Airport and will be the centerpiece of an area that is being developed to include a resort hotel and industrial park. (Now that's what I call a "mixed use" community.)

The club is named for the trail followed by the Butterfield Overland Mail Route, which was in operation from 1858-61. Part of the trail's 700 miles in Texas and 2,800 miles total runs through the golf course property.

The golf course is a par 72 that will tip out at just under 7,300 yards, with other tees playing to 6,850, 6,501, 6,071 and 5,119 yards.

More info about the course is available on its Web site at www.butterfieldtrailgolf.com.




butterfield trail golf club el paso
butterfield trail golf club el paso

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Houston's Inwood Forest Closing

And another one bites the dust.

Inwood Forest Country Club in Houston is shutting down after more than 40 years of operation. Inwood Forest members received a letter from club management in the past few days alerting them to the closure. The course is expected to be open only for about another month.

No word on the identity of the company purchasing Inwood Forest, but the plan is apparently to redevelop the property for new homes.

Thomas Flynn, Inwood Forest's head professional, told me that Hearthstone Country Club - like Inwood, a 27-hole facility - is offering Inwood Forest members a zero-initiation fee to join Hearthstone. Flynn has membership packets for Hearthstone at Inwood Forest for members to pick up, if interested.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

No Tough Courses in Texas?

Via Waggle Room, I stumbled across the Golf Digest America's 50 Toughest Golf Courses rankings. And sad to see that nary a Texas golf course made the list. Not even Dallas National, which was built to the owner's request that it have the maximum 155 slope rating.

But something Waggle Room author Mulligan Stu's post caught my eye. This:

I supposed the Golf Digest raters have never visited my local muny, where hardpan is the rule, tobacco spit is the drool, the greens have boot marks instead of spike marks, an old man in boxer shorts and black socks yells at golfers from his backyard along the 15th fairway, and a wild turkey roams the third fairway. And that sucker is mean (the turkey and the old man).


That sounds just like the Sinton Municipal. Anyone out there played Sinton Muni? If you have, back me up on this. Right down to the turkey.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Want to Write About Texas Golf?

I'm looking for a few good men (or women) who are interested in posting here at Texas Golf. What are the requirements? A passion for golf, deep knowledge of the golf scene in your part of the state, the ability to spell and the ability to string sentences together. Do you get paid? Oh, that's funny!

No, you'll just have to be satisfied with sharing your opinions, sharing news, and helping your fellow Texas golfers find good information.

What's expected of you?

  • Post golf course news and golf course updates. Golf course news means openings and closings, renovations, and so on. Golf course updates means course condition reports, golf course reviews, and could include information about things such as new head pros at important courses.
  • Post tournament info. This usually means providing a couple paragraphs recap of a big local or regional tournament played in your part of the state. It could also mean posting a report on the professional tournament that you attended as a fan; or publicizing, in advance, an upcoming tournament if it's a big enough event.
  • Point readers to interesting articles about Texas golf, when you see them in your local paper, other periodicals, or elsewhere on the Web. (This means posting a short synopsis and linking to the article, or posting a roundup of such articles.)
  • Share anything else you feel is of value to readers, so long as it is related to Texas golf. (Which could include your opinions on any matter of subjects, such as equipment released by Texas companies or the play of tour pros from Texas.)

If you're interested, drop me a line at bogeymcduff - at - yahoo(dot)com. If you have any writing samples available on the Web, include links. Otherwise, just let me know why you're interested, where you're from and some of the things you might write about.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Turning Over an Old Leaf

Quarterback Peyton Manning was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. The No. 2 pick was quarterback Ryan Leaf.

Leaf turned out to be one of the biggest busts in NFL Draft history. He was a terrible quarterback with the San Diego Chargers, and an even worse teammate. He was out of the league pretty quick.

Where is Ryan Leaf now? You're not going to believe it: He's the new men's golf coach at West Texas A&M University.

Leaf spent last season as quarterbacks coach for the Buffaloes' football team, his first. But when the school - located in Canyon, just outside Amarillo - needed a new head golf coach, the athletic director turned over an old Leaf.

I would have guessed that Leaf was a club-thrower on the course, as big a jerk on the links as he was off them. But apparently Leaf has mellowed and, more importantly, matured since 1998.

West Texas A&M athletic director Michael McBroom explained his choice in a posting on the school Web site:


“I asked Ryan to take on this additional responsibility based on his performance with WT thus far in his career.

“He has a great passion for working with student-athletes and motivating them to achieve their full potential. He is a great competitor with a tremendous work ethic. He embodies many of the qualities we look for in coaches.

“Coach Leaf understands the concept of team golf and, more importantly, understands how to build a team mind-set and to get a group of young men to work toward a common goal.”

Understands the concept of team golf? Well, that's the first team concept Ryan Leaf has understood.

But I'll take the AD's word for it. If he says Leaf is all grown up, then let's assume it to be true.

How good a golfer is Leaf? I can't find any accounts of his golf game. Except that USA Today reported he would not be working with the golfers on their swings, but rather would concentrate on team unity, hard work, and motivations. All those things Leaf show himself to be completely devoid of in the NFL.