It was a privilege to once again shoot for the PGA TOUR at the 2014 Regions Tradition / Charles Schwabb Cup tournament at Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. Everyone involved, from the TOUR and Bruno Event Team to the Chairs and Members of Shoal Creek, is so hospitable and makes it such a pleasure to work at a major golf event.
The week of coverage consisted of the Pairings Party, Barefoot on the Green Party, Celebrity Pro-Am, Preakness Viewing Party and Tournament rounds. Some of the celebrities participating in the Pro-Am were Holly Sonders, Nick Saban, Bo Jackson and Charles Barkley. I’m so proud of Birmingham for hosting a major golf event year after year that I’ve been going to since I was in college. It’s a fantastic community event.
Here are a few of my favorite images. A big thanks to my friend Emily Kicklighter for helping me with coverage this year. I love that we were able to get the 18th hole of the final round from the grandstand and the ground.
Congratulations to 2014 Regions Tradition Champion, Kenny Perry, who won by one stroke.
Pairings Party on the lawn of Shoal Creek Golf & Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama
Holly Sonders of the Golf Channel and Morning Drive, mingled with guests at the Pairings Party
Golf legend Hale Erwin enjoying the festivities at the Pairings Party on the front lawn of Shoal Creek Golf & Country Club
Holly Sonders with Charles Barkley and Tournament Chairmen Matthew Dent and Mike Thompson
Nick Saban and Rocco Mediate’s team
Alabama Crimson Tide Head Football Coach, Nick Saban, heading down the fairway at hole #1 after teeing off.
Fred Couples and “Bubba” from the Rick and Bubba Show sharing a laughGuests watched the Preakness on the lawn after Saturday’s tournament round.
Bernhard Langer calling it a day.
Last year’s champion, David Frost on the 18th fairway
Mark Calvecchia came in 2nd place.
Tom Pernice, Jr. looking over his scorecard
The legendary Tom Watson on the 18th green.
John Cook checking out the wind before teeing off on Sunday.
Jeff Maggert teeing off
John Inman checking out his shot
Steve Elkington tipping his hat to the crowd on the 18th green
Amazing crowds came out to support this event in our city.
Kenny Perry evaluating with wind with his putter
Huge crowd on the 18 hole of the final round awaiting the leaders to approach the green
“Regions Tradition winner Kenny Perry sported stylish patterned pants in hues of gray and pink for the final round of competition.
When asked about the fashion choice, Perry said it was a conscientious one. ‘ lost my mom to multiple myeloma cancer and I lost my sister to breast cancer. I know Christy Kite has had two rounds with cancer and now she’s got a third bout going,” he said.
“It’s just for the gals. I’ve lost a lot of ladies and I like pink.’” (Source: al.com)
Kenny Perry reacting after missing a put
The winning moment shot from the grandstand vantage point
The winning moment shot from the ground
I love this shot of Kenny Perry celebrating his win with is caddy.
Kenny Perry scooping up his grandson for a hug after his win.
Trophy Ceremony on the 18th green
Charity proceeds from the tournament benefit Children’s Hospital of Alabama.
Kenny Perry with Children’s of Alabama CEO, Mike Warren.
Autograph sessions are always a highlight for fans and kids to get up close to the pros.
A champagne toast in the clubhouse with Kenny Perry, Shoal Creek tournament chairmen and members.
Emily took this photo of me, double-weaponed with my Nikons, starting the day at the final round on Sunday morning.
All I have to say is, after 8 hours of walking around a golf course with all my gear, there is no need to hit the gym!
(And no! That is NOT a fanny pack. The official manufacturer’s name is a Street & Field Belt and I’m sticking to it! )