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Justin Timberlake Championship Pro-Am

October 16, 2009

On Wednesday, I was lucky enough to be able to duck out of work early and head over to the TPC Summerlin Golf Course to catch some of the Justin Timberlake Championship Pro-Am. We spent most of the afternoon on “The Hill” which is basically a 22,000 square foot tent on a hill that over looks 16th, 17th and 18th holes. Towards the end of the day we headed down to the 18th fairway, by the bunkers on the right hand side, to watch the last few groups through. The groups we saw finish up their round were:

Group 19:

Pro – Anthony Kim
Amateurs – Justin Timberlake, Sal Masekela, David Bomar
Group 20:
Pro – Rich Beam
Amateurs – Oscar De La Hoya, George Lopez, Bhupesh Wadhawan

Group 21:
Pro – Nick Watney
Amateurs – Natalie Gulbis (shwing), Ray Peterson, Stacey Shiew

Group 22:
Pro – Davis Love, III
Amateurs – Don Wordell, Ed Wagner, Jeremy Guthrie

Here some pictures I snapped since we were allowed to have our cameras on the course on Wednesday…

The Hill

Antony Kim hitting out of the Bunker on 18

Justin Timberlake heading to the 18th green

De La Hoya after missing the green from the bunker: “This is like a 12 round fight”.

George Lopez draining his putt on 18

Natalie Gulbis walking off 18 after finishing her round

Maria Menounous interviewing Justin Timberlake where she offered to put him in a headlock…seriously.

Maria Menounous post interview with Justin

The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

October 12, 2009

This week marks the annual fall PGA Tour event here in Las Vegas at the famed TPC Summerlin Golf Course. The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open enters it second year and looks to be bigger and better than last year. The events kicked off on Sunday with a free youth clinic that was put on by Justin Timberlake, Greg Maddux and famed swing coach, Butch Harmon. Timberlake has a 6 handicap, so I’m sure this would be a great tandem to get pointers from. On Monday, Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman will present the “Key to the City” to the Shriners. Monday will also be the first day for practice rounds. Tuesday, there will be a press conference with Justin Timberlake and a pairings party for the Celebrity Pro-Am in the evening. Wednesday, starting early at 6 a.m. will be the Celebrity Pro-Am tournament. The Pro-Am will feature Justin Timberlake, Alice Cooper, Kenny G., Daniel Negreanu, Phil Helmuth & Natalie Gulbis among others. I look forward to seeing Kenny G. in action…seriously…his handicap is a .6! Maniac. Thursday thru Sunday are the professional tournament rounds with Justin Timberlake presenting the trophy to the winner on the 18th green Sunday afternoon. They have a great field this year with big names such as Rocco Mediate, Anthony Kim, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, Rory Sabbatini, Davis Love III, David Duval, David Toms and Nick Watney plus many many more. Saturday night at Mandalay Bay is Justin Timberlake and Friends Concert Benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. Artists scheduled to perform are Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Snoop, Ciara, TLC and of course host, Justin Timberlake. This weeks looks to be an exciting one to be in Las Vegas. Anyone in town attending the World Blog Expo is encouraged to attend at least the Celebrity Pro-Am on Wednesday as it promises to be a good time. I know I will be on the course on Wednesday and Saturday, rocking my Thunder Treats t-shirt. You will probably be able to find me on “The Hill”, the 22,000 square foot elevated tent that overlooks the 16th, 17th and 18th holes. There are plenty of plasmas to keep up with the action on the course as well as the college football games on Saturday. If you can make it out to the course, keep your eyes peeled for the Thunder Treats tee and come and say hi. I hope everyone that is able takes advantage of this great tournament benefiting these great hospitals. It’s a great cause and Thunder Treats fully supports it. See ya on the links.

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