How horrible Howard became truly humble—and a better golfer

Ezine #7—The breaking point for Howard Glassman came when he almost broke a club. After yet another crappy drive, his M1 driver was in imminent danger. “I came this close to hammering one of those rock tee blocks.” He had not broken 80 in about two weeks, which for a scratch player is an extended stay in golf hell. He was also worried about sliding back into being the "horrible" angry golfer that he was about 15 years ago. He asked me … [Read more...]

Gryphons hire Tim O’Connor as new Golf Team Head Coach

GUELPH, Ont. (April 3, 2017) -- The University of Guelph, Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of Tim O'Connor as the new head coach of the Gryphon Golf team. O'Connor has previously been with the team as an assistant coach since 2015. The decision to join the Gryphon family was an easy one for O'Connor. "I am excited by this opportunity to lead university age golfers in becoming better golfers, better teammates and … [Read more...]

Create your own anthemic moment

Ezine No. 6—One of the greatest pieces of music from the 20th Century is one of the noisiest, most controversial and least understood—a combination of ugliness and beauty, and one of the most powerful portrayals of a culture ever captured sonically. And learning about it can help you stick an iron shot tight to the flag on the final hole of a tournament and make the slippery four-foot downhill putt. It’s a circuitous route but I believe … [Read more...]

How Lou Reed taught me to play better golf

Ezine #4—I had the coolest job in the world. In my world, at least. In 1986, I was the music critic for the Canadian Press news agency in Toronto. I was paid to listen to albums, go to concerts and interview rock stars, and write about it all. Among the folks I interviewed one-on-one were David Bowie, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel and Joe Strummer. Usually, I was pretty cool about meeting these people, but every once in a while I’d get … [Read more...]

A blog about judgment; I hope you approve

Ezine #3—When my boys were in high school, I often suggested they join various clubs and participate in social activities beyond sports. Apparently, however, engaging in such things would be “uncool.” Of course, I translated uncool to mean, “I’d love to act on your great wisdom dear father, but I’m terribly afraid of being judged by my mean-spirited peers.” You don’t have to be a teenager to be concerned about what people think about you. … [Read more...]