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Tuesday
Mar272007

Tavistock Cup Complete...

...charity wins and now the golf world can finally focus on the Masters.

Steve Elling reports on the affair, which I'm really sorry I forgot to TiVo...

The T-Cup begins every year with a drumbeat of helicopter blades overhead, when the visiting team is flown from their club across town. In this case, it was the team from Isleworth, including Woods, Appleby and Charles Howell, being dropped off in the 18th fairway. Stationed a few yards away was a massive hospitality tent that will next be used at the Kentucky Derby, by the Queen of England, a Tavistock official said. Get the picture?

 “People make fun, but you could also argue that they are raising some pretty good money here for charity,” said Lake Nona’s Chris DiMarco.
Uh huh.
There were hole-in-one prizes ranging from Cadillacs to jewelry. As for the latter, a pair of statuesque female Cartier representatives were stationed in the sixth tee, wearing skimping evening attire, in case somebody knocked the ball in the hole. One fan dubbed them “Cardiac girls,” and it was just another head-turning example of what makes the matches a little different. OK, a lot different.

 

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Reader Comments (6)

I felt guilty just watching a few holes of the replay last night...it is just too over the top. Exhibit A of why Pros vs. Joes was created.

Those helicopters are a long way from four of us hiking the last mile to a high school tourney after a VW squareback breaks down on the side of the freeway. No complaints, no cell phone calls for help or sympathy when we showed up. Just plenty of laughs and a little hustle to make sure we could get in 12 holes before dark. Half the fun is getting there, right?

03.27.2007 | Unregistered CommenterNRH
Two pages on the excess, one paragraph on the result. Yeah, long driving is what makes tour pros hard to relate to these days. But I'm really glad to find out that they are getting all the help they can to pay as little in taxes as possible.
03.28.2007 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
I just lost a lot of respect for DiMarco...think of how much more money these guys could raise for charity if they passed on all the gifts and prizes.

Not that I watch much anyway, but I may stop watching pro golf altogether as a result of reading this article.
03.28.2007 | Unregistered CommenterCAckerly
Geoff,
A buddy told me yesterday this tournament counts toward player's 15 minimum tournament elgibility, have you heard this?
03.28.2007 | Unregistered CommenterB.J. Thomas
I have to say, I don't see anything wrong with these guys having some fun their own way. In essence, what is wrong with capitalism? Not to diverge from the golf subject of this site (as started to happen the other day, see Vijay), but why must we expect SO much from athletes?

Many folks castigate them when they spend their own money and have fun their way, whenever their money isn't used for The Greater Good. Forgive me, but I thought Communism went the way of the dinosaur.

Is the helicopter use excessive and completely over the top? Sure. Is the whole event one big rich boy playtime. Absolutely. Do I hold it against them for spending their money as they see fit? Definitely not!

Many of the pro players do give a great deal of time and money to support charities. Yet many people think that whatever is done is not enough. Do we expect them to live in small suburban houses and give away all of their money and live on our block? Get real.

I am sure that I will get at least one response on the order of "Let them eat cake". Fine, I can deal with that.

We have all played a part in creating the financial monster that is the PGA, by watching and spending and supporting sponsors over the years. Now, we want to punish them if they don't use their winnings as the Common Man sees fit. I don't buy it.

Praise them for their winnings, thank them for their time and money in assisting charities. Let them spend their free time as they see fit, however they choose to do so.

03.28.2007 | Unregistered CommenterPete the Luddite
β€œIt kind of has a Ryder Cup atmosphere, but more fun.”

An American obviously :-)
03.28.2007 | Unregistered CommenterBrianE

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