I enjoyed shooting the PGA Champions TOUR Regions Tradition Sunday Final Round again this year. I love shooting for Children’s of Alabama and that this amazing hospital right here in Birmingham, is the primary beneficiary of charitable contributions generated by the Regions Tradition. Jeff Maggert, 2015 Champion, took home the trophy after a sudden death playoff. Here are some of my favorite shots of the day…
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
Golf legend Hale Erwin enjoying the festivities at the Pairings Party on the front lawn of Shoal Creek Golf & Country Club
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
“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! )
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
I am thrilled to be photographing the Regions Tradition PGA Champions Tour golf tournament at the prestigious Shoal Creek Golf Club again this year. I love that this entire tournament event benefits Children’s Hospital of Alabama. In addition to tournament play, this year I will be photographing the Celebrity Pro-Am on Wednesday. Bo Jackson, Condoleezza Rice, Nick Saban, Paul Finebaum, Gus Malzahn, Wimp Sanderson and Bubba (from the Rick & Bubba Show) are just some of the celebrities I will be following, along with the Pros with whom they are paired, such as Tom Lehman the defending Champion, Fred Couples, Hale Irwin and more. It should be a really fun day of shooting on the course.
The Pairings Party is when the local amateurs find out which pros and celebrities they are paired with, and it was held Tuesday evening on the lawn in front of Shoal Creek clubhouse. The color palette? Regions green and white, of course. It was a beautiful event with a great show of support for the Regions Tradition and Children’s of Alabama.