Regions Tradition Golf Tournament, Sunday Final Round Highlights [Shoal Creek Golf Club]

Sunday was the final round of the Regions Tradition PGA Champions Tour golf tournament at Shoal Creek, and it was a tricky one to shoot. Scattered thunderstorms loomed over us throughout the day, with play being delayed several times. It was muggy and wet, and my protective rain covers kept going on and off my equipment. Twice I found myself sprinting for cover with all my gear when the bottom broke out all of a sudden. However, looking on the bright side…I was thankful that one of the storms hit right at lunch time!

Although the weather was not all sunshine and blue skies, our community came out in a big way to support the tournament. David Frost from South Africa took the win, one stroke under Fred Couples. Here are some highlights from the final round.

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David Frost was so kind to all the media! He wanted a champagne toast in the media center with everyone after his interviews. How nice is that?!

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My brother sacrificed a day with his family to join me out on the course. He loves the game of golf and is very good at it. I mean, really good! He was a huge help to me, checking weather radar, keeping me up to date on the leader board and navigating around the course. Plus, I can’t remember the last time we spent 12 hours straight together! What a fun day! Here’s a photo of us (waterlogged) with the champion.

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And I would like to give a shout out to David Frost Wine and Golf for the compliment of sharing my images on their Facebook page after the tournament.

Regions Tradition Golf Tournament, Saturday Highlights [Shoal Creek Golf Club]

Last weekend was the Regions Tradition PGA Champions Tour at Shoal Creek Golf Club and I had the great privilege and pleasure of being hired to cover it again this year. In addition to the fun of shooting a golf major, I was able to walk the course for two days with the PGA Tour’s senior staff photographer, Chris Condon. And oh, he wouldn’t want me to write about him in this blog because he’s very humble, but his images are amazing. He has shot golf’s greatest players for the PGA for over 15 years and he was kind enough to offer me lots of insight into shooting professional golf. I’m grateful to him for that.

Here are some highlights from Saturday’s round.

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Regions Tradition Celebrity Pro Am [Shoal Creek Golf Club]

Yesterday I had the best time photographing the Celebrity Pro-Am, as part of the Regions Tradition PGA Champions Tour, benefitting Children’s Hospital of Alabama. It was a privilege to walk the beautiful course at Shoal Creek with Bo Jackson, recently named ESPN’s greatest athlete of all time. I believe it. Even the pros were amazed at his skills on the golf course. And, the brains of the group was Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State for the Bush Administration. The comic relief was brought to the game by Bubba of the Rick & Bubba Show, while Paul Finebaum was there to set everyone straight on stats. Gus Malzhan, Steve Spurrier and Wimp Sanderson were also among the players. Unfortunately, Nick Saban never got to tee off due to the afternoon rain storm that cancelled play; but he did get to hit a few balls on the driving range, engage the press and sign some autographs. I’ll let the images tell the rest of the story of my day on the golf course…

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Here’s an iPhone image of Hale Irwin and me. Really liked getting to visit with him on the course. Super nice, humble and a golf legend.

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6.9.13 Update to this post: Excited to see a few of my images make it to the official Regions Tradition website home page scrolling header today…

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