Category: J.J. Henry


January 04, 2013

Connecticut native J.J. Henry to honor Sandy Hook victims

Posted at 6:40 PM by Golf.com

Henry600J.J. Henry grew up about 20 minutes from Newtown, Conn., and he plans to honor the victims of last month's mass shooting in a special way this week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Instead of a corporate logo, Henry has "S.H.E.S." stitched across his hat in bold, black letters. It stands for Sandy Hook Elementary School, where last month 20 children and six faculty members were killed in one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history.

Henry told Golfweek.com, “Sitting at home (in the Fort Worth, Texas, area), I thought if I could be a small part in honoring those families, I wanted to do that. I went to that school system. I’ve always remembered where I came from.”

Henry also told Golfweek that he wants to do something bigger for the families impacted by the tragedy.

Henry said he has been in contact with Nathan Grube, tournament director of the Travelers Championship, one of the longest-running PGA Tour stops. When he won what passes as his hometown tournament in 2006, Henry rightfully felt as if he had captured a major championship, and it’s with great pride that he accepts the responsibility of flying the flag for Connecticut on the PGA Tour.

A tournament with massive neighborhood and local ties, the Travelers has always rallied around Connecticut causes. Henry knows that will happen again, and he vows to work with Grube and Tour officials to pay tribute to the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims.

“I’m not sure where all this is heading,” he said. “But we’ll do something.”

(Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP)

May 10, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Mini-choppers make debut over TPC Sawgrass

Posted at 3:17 PM by Golf.com

This week, stray shots aren't the only objects flying through the air at TPC Sawgrass.

Two small remote-controlled helicopters are also buzzing around the course. The mini-copters, created by Ben McClung and Jose Buezas, will take footage for the NBC and Golf Channel television broadcasts, reports Garry Smits of the Florida Times-Union.

It's cheaper than renting a real helicopter, and much more practical. Fans and players noticed O.B. 1 flying over the 18th hole Tuesday but it created only a slight buzzing noise as it flew back and forth from tee-to-green and landed on top of the hill overlooking the 18th tee.

Buezas explained that the TV networks wanted shots with fans and players on the hole. He and McClung had already filmed all 18 holes of the Stadium Course since last June, and have edited two hours of video to 20 minutes of flyover shots.

"We're getting a little attention today," McClung said. "But it's a lot more practical than a real helicopter, and you couldn't land one of those on this hill."

J.J. Henry's New Caddie
In an effort to kick start a disappointing 2012 season, J.J. Henry has a special guest caddying for him this week at TPC Sawgrass: 1996 PGA Champion Mark Brooks. Both pros live in the Fort Worth area, and Brooks has teed it up in 21 Players Championships as a competitor, which Henry hopes will help him this week, reports Brian Wacker at PGATour.com.

“I’ve always looked up to his work ethic and how he’s approached course management,” Henry said. “This course isn’t about how far to it, it’s about where to hit it. There’s probably nobody in the last 20 years who’s been so creative and articulate around these holes than him. For as good a career as he had, he never overpowered golf courses. He always worked his way around them, so to see that perspective is only going to help me.”

Ballybunion Fooled By McIlroy Hoax
Ireland's Ballybunion Golf Club received an unexpected phone call last weekend when Mark O'Meara's agent phoned to set up a tee time for his client and Rory McIlroy. Naturally, this created a lot of buzz at the course. There was just one problem...

Saturday rolled around and everything was in place for O'Meara and McIlroy's arrival. But there was just one problem: The entire phone conversation was part of an elaborate hoax that left course officials feeling silly, and young fans let down.

Well used to VIP visitors, Ballybunion saw nothing amiss and swept into action with their preparations. Extra catering arrangements were made, caddies took precise measurements to ensure their yardages were spot on, and the Old Course was in pristine condition for Rory and his entourage.

Except they never showed -- much to the disappointment of up to 100 young fans, club members and local media who had gathered from 7.30am. Most waited patiently until 11.30 when it became clear that McIlroy was a non-runner.

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April 04, 2008

Nice Shot, Wagnah!

Posted at 4:40 PM by Cameron Morfit

April4_wagnerhenry_pressten Here's a funny story I never got to tell in my January 2007 Golf Magazine profile of Johnson Wagner, who is leading the Shell Houston Open at 12 under par as of this posting on Friday afternoon. When Wagner qualified for the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock, he was relatively unknown, despite his accomplishments in the Met Section (Wagner grew up in Garrison, N.Y.). So, too, was J.J. Henry, who was also semi-local (Hartford, Conn.). This presumably is how the starter got the two mixed up. (They look nothing alike.)

As Henry stood on the tee, he was announced, "Now on the tee, Johnson Wagner!" The mistake was quickly corrected, but this being New York, not quickly forgotten. As Henry toured the course that day, any time he hit a good shot a wise guy in the crowd hollered, "Nice shot, Wagnah!" And, of course, I now say the same thing to Henry every time I see him.

(Photos: Wagner, top, and Henry at this week's Houston Open, by Getty Images Sport)





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