New golfers often feel overwhelmed when they begin to realize how seemingly much there is to learn – how to hold or grip the golf clubs, how to swing them, how far apart your feet should be, which club should you use for a given shot, and oh, by the way, what are all the zippered pockets on my golf bag for?
Some of the pockets are intended to hold the important things that help you step confidently onto the golf course and look fabulous doing it. You might not be a terrific golfer (yet), but you want to look like one!
Pack your pockets right and you’ll be ready for anything. Say you set out from home on a beautiful summer day. The sun is high in the sky and its rays wrap you in warmth. But you know it won’t last, as the weather forecast calls for change later in the day. You have no worries, though, because in one of your golf bag’s larger, zippered pockets you packed a beautiful piece of outerwear.
Frankly I’m a fan of fun outerwear and Antigua offers a variety to fit all occasions. Here are a few of my favorites:
- The Delta ¼ zip long-sleeve pullover with pockets. It has a self-collar and the accents along the sides are very slimming! Mine proved to be quite handy during the Golfweek Rater Challenge in Arizona. It snowed in Scottsdale!
- The Adventure is a lightweight windbreaker. There’s definitely room in your golf bag for this piece and room for you to feel comfortable swinging a club while wearing the jacket. With a full zipper and the contrasting accents you’ll even look sharp! There’s a bungie toggle to gather the bottom of the jacket so that it fits you to a tee.
- I can’t seem to keep the Serenity pullover in my golf bag. While playing golf with my daughter, I noticed her looking through the pockets in my golf bag. She found the Serenity, tried it on and then wouldn’t give it back! The raglan shoulders, ½ zip and spandex make it very easy to pull on and off, and it’s VERY comfortable. With the geometric jacquard pattern and stylish seaming on the back, you’ll look great – and slender! I personally like the blue – one of those universal colors that everyone can wear.
- The Divine Vest is not only classy, it’s reversible and waterproof! As a vest, you can swing freely and it has several pockets to hold everything you want with you on the course. With slendering lines, not surprisingly, my daughter “borrowed” the vest from my golf bag. I’m not holding my breath as I wait for her to return it!
Whichever style you choose, pullover, vest, full-zip windbreaker, you’ll have a stylish, functional piece of outerwear in your golf bag pockets and you’ll always be prepared – for weather and to look fabulous!
Debbie Waitkus is the President and Founder of Golf for Cause®, an innovative consultancy, fully committed to helping others Turn Golf into Gold® with a goal to provide services that encourage golf to be used as a strategic tool in business development. To learn more visit: http://www.golfforcause.com/. To schedule a Golf for Cause event (i.e. inspirational keynote speaker, clinic, and/or a Get Your Golf On! book signing) call 602. 840. 0607.Add a comment
Sporting my “perfect” polo out and about with Cori Matheson, LPGA USGA Girls Golf
As summer nears, my husband and I are planning our golf trips and are ready to start packing!
Two years ago, we enjoyed an amazing trip southwest Ireland. “Enjoyed” is quite the understatement—we’ve encouraged three more couples to join us for a repeat performance this June. As part of our preplanning, we gathered over lunch last weekend to review flight arrangements, golf courses, betting games, tourist attractions, songs to know, adult beverage preferences (Guinness vs Jamison) and, of course, wardrobe.
I turned to my girlfriend sitting next to me and said, “I have the perfect top to bring this time!” My “perfect” shirt is the new stretch stripe polo from Carnoustie. Right from the package it was comfortable—great lines and not boxy, which we women experience with some clothing lines that specialize in menswear. Yet after washing the shirt, wow!—even softer and more comfortable. It sports a unique three-quarter length sleeve and breathes well. It’s lightweight and, with a bit of spandex, doesn’t wrinkle.
I admit to being the practical packer. Clothing better not wrinkle—early morning tee times don’t accommodate pulling out the iron and ironing board in the hotel room. And, clothes should dry overnight after a quick wash so that I can wear them again.
Because we’re heading to Ireland, there’s a high probability of a raindrop or two. Living in the Arizona desert, I’m quite accustomed to layering—chilly mornings, warm days and the occasional cooler evenings. Layering with the intent to play golf in the rain is different. It adds the importance of not feeling constricted. My “perfect” Carnoustie polo is designed for performance so there’s no constricted movement under an outer rain shell. Like I said, perfect for Ireland, perfect for anywhere.
Make your summer plans, check out Carnoustie and start packing!Add a comment
Debbie Waitkus &
Lyn St. James
It always is interesting to hear successful women talk about their career paths and “how it all began.” At last year’s YWCA Women’s Empowerment Event in Phoenix, AZ, a panel of five, fabulous women shared their stories and discussed how participating in sports was instrumental in their personal and professional growth and development. As you read about these women, think about a dramatic connection between success and involvement in sports that was recently uncovered:
Ernst & Young research shows that among senior businesswomen in the C-suite today, 94 percent played sports and over half played at a university level.
Lyn St. James — 7-time Indy 500 Driver
"I like to drive fast. My mother said, ‘Lyn, the gas pedal can get you out of more trouble than the brake.’” Although she wasn’t considered a great athlete at most of the traditional sports, she was exposed to them at school in Grade 7 and became a great athlete by using her brain. She acknowledges that without sports she wouldn’t have the enviable life she’s been living. The 1992 Rookie of the Year (in her 40s!) and survivor of many crashes, including fireballs, Lyn says that when you find your passion, you don’t see the obstacles others see. “It’s all about where you focus.”
Ann Meyers-Drysdale —VP Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury
Ann grew up with 5 brothers and 5 sisters. Her parents wanted them out of the house (imagine that!), so they went outside and played sports. Hers was a sports oriented family. Dad played ball at Marquette, and both parents believed their daughters and sons could and should be participants. Ann says older sister Patty was her role model. “Sports opened doors for me, always,” Ann says. Her family is her biggest accomplishments, she believes. Ann and husband Don have three children; son DJ works for the AZ Diamondbacks.
“The biggest obstacle is insecurity,” she says. Echoing Marilynn Smith (LPGA Co-Founder), Ann observed that there always will be people out there trying to discourage you, suggesting that you should be at home, making babies.
Misty Hyman — Olympic Gold Medalist, 2000 Sydney Olympics (200m butterfly)
Diagnosed with asthma as a young child, Misty had a doctor who told her parents swimming would be good for her. Into the pool she went, at Roadrunner Park in Phoenix, AZ. Her first race gave no hint of the greatness to come. She dove in, swam a few strokes, then headed straight for the side of the pool and got out. After that, her first goal became simply to finish a race. Next goal?—not to finish last. She learned that by setting goals, things become possibilities.
“When I missed making the Olympic team by 3 one-hundredths of a second, I was heartbroken at first. It meant another four years before I could try again.” But she got in touch with why she really loved to swim and be in the pool (and today mentions the smell of chlorine and coffee together!). Her times became record times and she moved forward by overcoming adversity. “The angst and pressure melted away, and the love of swimming shined through.”
Linda Vollstedt — ASU Women’s Golf Coach 1980 - 2001
Linda believes her introduction to golf was destiny. When she was 10 her parents joined a country club in Portland, OR. It was family oriented, and she started playing. Growing up with boys, she loved to compete, but couldn’t compete in football and baseball. Golf was acceptable. She played in tournaments and enjoyed the competition and camaraderie. After earning a degree in Math Education from ASU, Linda went to work as a high school teacher. One day the school needed a golf coach. She said yes. “Destiny,” she says.
More “destiny” was to follow. The golf coach position opened up at ASU. She took it and left a job at the top of her pay grade ($30K, at the time) for a “part time” coaching job that paid $9K. The pay was not fair for a woman, clearly, but Linda made it work. She cashed in her 401K, sold property and did what she could to get by. A small voice kept telling her, “If you do this, you will be rewarded.” She truly believes she has been. During the Q & A portion of the program, Linda was asked about the wisdom of giving kids ribbons for merely showing up. She surprised a few people when she said she believes it’s okay, because kids should be encouraged. She reflected on Misty’s goals of finishing a race and not being last. “I think it’s good to give them something to build upon.”
Nona Lee — SVP & General Counsel, AZ Diamondbacks
Nona was an athlete growing up, playing in the streets with boys. She was a good athlete, but acknowledges she “wasn’t an elite athlete.” After college she worked as a litigator for a law firm, and wanted to start a sports law practice at the firm. She was told no. However, when the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) arrived on the scene, she was able to marry her passion for sports with her law background. One of her favorite memories is working at America West Arena and having a key to the Arena (before card keys were invented).
All of these women had to overcome challenges. Nona was a black, woman lawyer in a male-dominated industry. Today she is happily “where I’m supposed to be.”
You don’t have to be an elite athlete to derive the benefits of participating in sports. But you can challenge yourself, and by challenging yourself, improve yourself — mentally, emotionally and physically. Not everyone can win a gold medal, but anyone can turn golf into gold. Say ‘Yes!’ to sports!Add a comment
The other day, while working on details for Arizona Cardinals All-Pro Defensive Lineman Calais Campbell’s 4th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, I was reminded yet again that golf is so much more than just a game.
Campbell’s golf tournament supports his CRC Foundation, which is committed to the enhancement of our community through teaching critical life skills to young people, empowering them to become self-aware leaders for the future.
The tournament brings together hundreds of people — golfers, organizers, supporters and sponsors, volunteers and vendors. A great deal of planning takes place in advance of the event, this year to be held at Wild Horse Pass & Whirlwind Golf Club. On Thursday, May 19 there will be a VIP pairings party hosted by Campbell and attended by a who’s who of sports, entertainment, the Phoenix business community and local philanthropists. The tournament will be played the following day, rain or shine.
Even those who don’t play golf can support The CRC Foundation by purchasing a ball for the helicopter ball drop for just $20.
All these people, joining forces to support a charitable foundation…and many of them don’t even play golf. Yet, golf gives them the opportunity to participate in a worthwhile activity, to contribute their time and talent, to be involved in their community. It also opens the door to meeting new people, creating new friendships and perhaps discovering new business hook-ups.
I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but the importance of golf as a vehicle for bringing people together, enhancing life and promoting personal growth is something I never tire of promoting.
Golf. It’s a game and so much more — and anyone can get involved. How can you turn golf into gold?
For information about Calais Campbell’s CRC Foundation and the celebrity golf tournament, visit: www.thecrcfoundation.org.
Enjoy this video from EA Sports about Calais and how he channels his passion through The CRC Foundation and makes a difference in the community. https://vimeo.com/158266816