Mar 29, 2015

Golf Movie Review: The Squeeze

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/29/2015 09:12:00 PM   No comments
"The Squeeze" is plain and simple a fun golf movie. From one of the first scenes where "Augie" played by Jeremy Sumpter and his girlfriend, Natalie and best friend John Tom set out on a morning of cross country golf where some young poolside spectators beckon, "I love golf". The movie has you hooked from there. Most golfers and non-golfers are going to love this film.

Jeremy Sumpter is great as the likable "Augie" with "jaw dropping talent" out on the links. Augie is an easy target for Riverboat and the lure of money it's easy for Augie to say yes to "just playing golf". Why he's doing it, well for his Mom and sister of course and a better life(won't mention the spoiler about the sister, better to see the movie).

At times the movie is predictable but that's okay the director knows how to film a golf movie with great shots of some of the best courses in and nearby the Wilmington, North Carolina area including Beau Rivage Golf Club & Resort, Wilmington Municipal G.C. and Eagle Point Golf Club. I know I want to go back to this area again and golf after seeing the movie.

The movie did a great job at casting the lead role "Augie" with Jeremy Sumpter. When Augie makes a side bet that he can put the ball on the green with "this here putter". You just know he's going to make that shot with his ever trusty Scotty Cameron putter.

The villains, Riverboat played by Christopher McDonald and Jimmy Diamonds played by Michael Nouri are perfect to lure Augie to the dark side. You're cheering for Augie to come out on top because the good guy wins all the time, right? You're going to have to watch the movie to find out.

Available in Theaters, VOD and iTunes: April 17, 2015

Cast: Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Jillian Murray, Michael Nouri, Jason Dohring, Katherine LaNasa
Directed by: Terry Jastrow
Written by: Terry Jastrow

Synopsis:THE SQUEEZE is a caper about a notorious gambler who discovers a modest young man in a small rural town with uncommon golf skills. Seeing his potential, the gambler convinces him to abandon his dreams of winning the US Open and start playing in high-stakes matches. They don’t lose. The stakes grow higher and higher until the game becomes “life or death.”

Genre: Action/ Adventure

Runtime: 95 Minutes

Rating: PG-13

Distributor: ARC Entertainment

Quotes about THE SQUEEZE from notable figures: 

Jack Nicklaus, Greatest Golfer of All Time: “I watched THE SQUEEZE with Barbara and really enjoyed it. It’s a fun movie that tells an interesting story, and the golf elements are so real you actually believe it could happen.”

Tom Watson, 8 Major Championship Wins: THE SQUEEZE depicts actors who are truly believable as pro quality golfers. Director Jastrow’s true understanding of the game (with 22 years directing sports) injects reality into the scenes with a stream of golf humor that golfers will find both familiar and believable, which are sadly lacking in all previous golf movies. The catalyst for the film is the character “Riverboat”, whose role is wonderfully played by Christopher McDonald. His guile and salesmanship together make for an intriguing surprise ending. THE SQUEEZE is indeed an enjoyable adventure into golf and big time gambling.”

Phil Mickelson, 5 Major Championship Wins: “THE SQUEEZE is a wonderful golf movie because it’s so authentic. It hooks you in the beginning and stays interesting and entertaining right to the end. I’m looking forward to seeing it again.”

Steve Wynn, Chairman, Wynn Resorts: “THE SQUEEZE is a rare movie in that I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next, and I was sad when it ended. The dialogue is snappy, the cast and performances are wonderful, and it has the best poker scene I’ve ever seen in a movie. If you like gambling, golf, and Las Vegas, you’ll love this movie.”

Judy Rankin, Top Female Golf Commentator: “I was fascinated by the story from the first time I heard it! You keep saying to yourself "and this is based on a true story!" Incredible. A must see movie.”

Tom Roy, Senior Producer Golf, NBC Sports: "THE SQUEEZE is fabulously shot and edited. It's the first golf movie ever that depicts the game authentically. The actors have tour-quality games which make us believe the narrative, which by the way has lots of twists and turns. Finally, a thoroughly enjoyable golf-themed drama!"

Greg Maddux, Hall of Fame Baseball Player: "I had almost as much fun watching THE SQUEEZE as I did winning the World Series! The movie is based on the true story of a buddy I've played golf with for decades. So great to see his incredible story turned into a movie. See it, you'll like it!"

Chris McDonald, ‘Riverboat’: “Terry Jastrow is an actor’s director. He knows just what to say and just when to say it.”

Michael Nouri, ‘Jimmy Diamonds’: “I’ve been acting for 45 years and I’ve never had such a nice and polite director as Terry. He creates an environment for actors, indeed all artists, to be as great as they can be.”

Jim Nantz, CBS Sports Top Announcer: “We had the chance to have a wonderful sneak preview of this movie that will be coming out April 17th called THE SQUEEZE. It’s written and directed by the legendary golf producer Terry Jastrow, and produced by his wife Anne Archer. It’s a good one too. Very impressive.”

Al Michaels, NBC Sports Top Announcer: “THE SQUEEZE and it was very entertaining! The script is wonderful, especially the end which came as a surprise! The setting and shots, just beautiful. Christopher McDonald and Michael Nouri turn in boffo performances. Sign them up for the sequel - now.”

Bob Costas, NBC Sports Host Announcer: “Perfect cast, cleverly written, beautifully shot… I loved it from the first tee to the 18 th green.”

Mar 27, 2015

Best Masters Golf Pool 2015

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/27/2015 09:31:00 PM   No comments
With the Masters 10 days away I like to figure out which golf pools I'm going to be testing my luck with winning the much coveted cash prizes. With so many out there I always seem to come back to my friend Seamus Maher annual Masters Pool. He gets lots of golf fans, it's only $20 and it's easy to enter. He also has two other pools that start with the Masters.

The top 70 ranked players from the tournament field will be selected and divided into 4 performance groups based on World Tour Rankings. You select 1 payer from each performance group.

The Contest is stroke play, meaning the aggregate score for the contestant's four golfers will determine their position relative to the other contestants. If any of the golfers selected misses the cut, the contestant will be eliminated from the contest.
The lower the contestant's aggregate score, the higher the ranking. The top contestants, ranked from lowest to highest aggregate score, at the end of official play will be the Final Prize winners.

The entry fee for this contest is $20 and payable before start of play.

The Masters usually always falls near my birthday on April 13th and this year it just falls a bit short but that's okay as I'll be vacationing in Spain, France and Belgium for three weeks starting in a week. So I'll be watching from afar this year. Good Luck everyone!

Mar 21, 2015

Snedeker finally changes Bridgestone irons, makes incredible shot at Bay Hill - Video

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/21/2015 01:01:00 PM   No comments
Brandt Snedeker has finally changed his four year old Bridgestone J40 irons. Having admitted that: “I don’t like changing equipment.” Sneds has switched to a new set of Bridgestone J15CBs for this weeks Bay Hill Invitational.

“Best I hit my irons all year long,” he said, adding that he's hitting his new clubs higher, longer and straighter.

Something is clicking for sure as he's finishing up his third round and shooting a 66 and inching closer to the lead.

A little luck never hurts either.

Snedeker’s incredibly lucky shot at Bay Hill’s 18th hole

Mar 17, 2015

ECCO Golf Launches Fred Couples ‘Signature Edition 1992’ Commemorative Golf Shoe - Masters 1992 Win

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/17/2015 10:03:00 PM   No comments
ECCO flat out makes great golf shoes and I love the fact they just announced a Freddie Couples 'Signature Edition 1992' model of its Casual Hybrid golf shoes. Designed to commemorate Couples' victory at the 1992 Masters, a limited-edition 1,992 pairs will be available in April at select retail locations.

Press Release

ECCO® Golf Launches Fred Couples ‘Signature Edition 1992’ Commemorative Shoe

(MARKHAM, ONTARIO) – Danish company ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – announces that a Fred Couples ‘Signature Edition 1992’ version of its acclaimed Casual Hybrid model will be available at select retailers worldwide beginning early April.

Co-designed by Couples, the shoe commemorates his two-stroke victory at the 1992 Masters. Produced in a limited run of 1,992 pairs, it boasts an eye-catching white/green color combination and is laser-engraved with Couples’ distinctive autograph on the lateral (outer) side.

“The Masters is a really special tournament for me and I always appreciate the support ECCO provides,” says Couples. “I thought we could do something really fun with the Casual Hybrid this year and am thrilled by the design we created.”

Retailing for $250, the Fred Couples ‘Signature Edition 1992’ model combines a sleek sneaker look with a premium leather upper and advanced performance technologies. Highly water repellent via the proprietary ECCO HYDROMAX™ treatment, the shoe is built atop the patented E-DTS outsole. This boasts approximately 100 moulded traction bars that deliver nearly 800 traction angles to promote superb grip in a variety of conditions.

“Fred and the Masters are a magical pairing and each year the world tunes in to see his performance at Augusta National,” says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. “None have been better than when he slipped on the Green Jacket, so it’s fitting to celebrate that exceptional victory with a very distinctive shoe.”

Like all ECCO golf shoes, this new Casual Hybrid is crafted at company-owned factories using the Direct-injection Process. This bonds the upper and outsole unit, creating a one-piece shoe construction without the use of glue or stitching. Benefits include a firm, water-tight seal, lightweight flexibility and out-of-the-box comfort.

The ECCO Golf collection is also endorsed by scores of other Tour stars worldwide, including Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjørn, Marcel Siem, Thongchai Jaidee, Will Wilcox, Na Yeon Choi, Caroline Masson, Jennifer Johnson, Sadena Parks, Kendall Dye, Line Vedel Hansen, Pernilla Lindberg, Therese Koelbaek, Sophie Giquel-Bettan, Liz Young, Sally Watson, Linda Wessberg, Emily Kristine Pedersen and Nanna Madsen, among others.

About ECCO

More than 350 million pairs of ECCO shoes have walked the earth since 1963, when Karl Toosbuy founded the company in Denmark. ECCO is one of the few major shoe manufacturers in the world to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process - from leather production through manufacturing in its own factories and all the way to its stores. ECCO's Scandinavian design philosophy, "The shoe must follow the foot", is guiding the company.  ECCO creates high-comfort, functional, stylish shoes and timeless bags, accessories, small leather goods and shoe care products. Still family owned, ECCO is headquartered in Denmark and employs more than 19,500 people of 57 nationalities worldwide. ECCO products can be found in the 1,100 ECCO stores and 14,000 other sales locations in 85 countries.

ECCO retail locations in Canada include Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Along with ECCO retail stores, there are more than 400 retailers across Canada that carry the ECCO brand.

ECCO Shoes Canada Inc. is based in Markham, Ontario. For more information, please visit or call 1.800.358.3226.

Mar 7, 2015

Rory Throws Club Into Water - Diver Fishes It Out

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/07/2015 10:08:00 PM   No comments
Probably not the best example for the young golfer on golf etiquette. Rory McIlroy sends his 3-iron in the lake on the par 5 No. 8 at Trump National Doral after hitting his second shot in the water. What`s your opinion? He did manage to salvage his round with a 2 under round of seventy and a T11. A diver managed to fish out Rory`s 3-iron, bonus!

“Felt good at the time,” McIlroy said. “Look, I just let frustration get the better of me. It was heat of the moment, and I mean, if it had been any other club I probably wouldn’t have but I didn’t need a 3-iron for the rest of the round so I thought, why not?”

Feb 24, 2015

Lydia Ko Gets A Tattoo To Celebrate First Win

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  2/24/2015 10:15:00 PM   No comments
Love golf, love tattoos. So hearing about Lydia Ko getting some ink in celebration of her first professional win, the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic last spring. I think it's great, getting the date (April 27, 2014) -- in Roman numerals on her wrist.

Some would said she's just a crazy seventeen year old but the LPGA top-ranked woman golfer in the world is a pretty cool golfer if you ask me. Well done Lydia.

Here's the transcript of Lydia discussing the tatt.

ISPS HANDA Women's Australian Open

Lydia Ko - Sunday transcript

23 Feb 2015

by Golf Australia

Q: Can you talk us through the ink that you’ve got on your arm?

A: “It’s the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic tournament win date last year in April. It’s my first win on the LPGA as a LPGA tour member. My parents were there and I felt like it was a very memorable win so I got that tatted up.”

Feb 23, 2015

Book Review - Golf Etiquette Quick Reference

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  2/23/2015 09:32:00 PM   No comments

While not your conventional "golf" book Yves C. Ton-That, a leading rules experts has put together a great reference tool when it comes to golf etiquette. "Golf Etiquette Quick Reference" is the perfect guide for those looking to brush up on the correct conduct on the golf course. Etiquette can sometimes be intimidating but Yves goes through many points in a clear and concise manner making it ideal for those new to the game plus the season veteran golfer looking to brush up on this highly addictive sport.

Neatly arranged in 8 color coded sections it's easy to flip through to sections involving conduct before a round or conduct in and around hazards. This isn't a book your going to read from start to finish but more of a book you can flip through and become acquainted with different sections.

I really liked the fact the book is small, just a little larger than my iPhone and can be easily stored safely in my golf bag because of the hard plastic cover.

I could definitely see this being a great guide and reference tool when I have any of my three kids on the golf course. Not referring to it all the time but using it once a round to refer to a certain point of etiquette of golf. Plus it would be a great refresher for me as well.

Reasonable priced at $12.95 USD.

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