Reporters and human-rights activists may not be welcome in North Korea, but golfers are about to get the red-carpet treatment. According to Alastair Gale of the The Wall Street Journal:
From April 26 to 30, the isolated nation will host the first ever North Korean Amateur Golf Open. The competition is open to amateur golfers from around the world willing to part with 999 euros to enter.
The venue is the Pyongyang Golf complex, North Korea’s only 18-hole golf course, where local legend has it that Kim Jong Il shot a world record 38 under par, including 11 holes in one, when he opened the course in 1991.
How cool would it be to tell your friends you broke that record?
According to the competition website the entry fee includes travel by train into the country from China, visas, meals and accommodation, as well as a 3 day tour of the country.
Freedom of speech not included.
Oklahoma State quarterback to join golf team
Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden announced Wednesday that he will return to OSU for another season. The real news? He’s also joining OSU's powerhouse golf team. Weeden, who has also played some minor league baseball, broke the news on Twitter:
"Proud to be part of something special!" he wrote. "Football and golf!!!!"
Mike McGraw, the Cowboy's golf coach, confirmed to The Oklahoman that Weeden is indeed the newest Cowboy golfer.
“He's going to walk on for us,” McGraw said in a phone interview. “He's a great leader, he loves golf and he's a great Cowboy.”
Weeden regularly plays golf with Kevin Tway [Bob’s son] and other OSU golfers. McGraw said Tway and the other golfers already have delivered scouting reports on Weeden's game.
“They like his game,” McGraw said. “Now am I saying he's going to lead us to a national championship? Probably not.”
Harrington endures Rocky-like workouts, grows beard
Remember Padraig Harrington, the guy who won three majors in 13 months? Don’t write him off just yet. Seems the Irishman is poised for a big year after putting himself through “a grueling winter training regime,” reports Brian Keogh at the Irish Golf Desk.
Ireland’s triple major winner—who was sporting a beard as he tackled Portmarnock Links in a charity Pro-Am on Thursday—says he worked harder than ever during his traditional six-week winter break, which will come to an end on Saturday when he jets out to desert for next week’s Abu Dhabi Championship.
That’s saying something considering Paddy's coach, Bob Torrance, is renowned for driving him harder than a plow mule.
“I had a serious hard-working winter,” said Harrington, who appears likely to remain in the Middle East for the inaugural Volvo Golf Champions in Bahrain from January 27-30. “I did a lot of work in the gym and hit more shots than in previous winters. Why? Because I enjoy doing it.”
Harrington has yet to set his schedule in stone but it appears likely that he will play eight events before the Masters by following his appearances in the desert with six tournaments in an eight-week spell on the PGA Tour.
Tweet of the Day
@Win McMurry: Released today: Tavistock 2011 to feature 4 teams. Joining Isleworth & Lake Nona, Albany (Bahamas) & Queenwood (London). Isleworth to host.
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