Somewhat in keeping with our tradition of a “Play of the week,” we’ll call this one a “Play of a lifetime.”

On March 11, 2018, Martin Trainer shoots -14 after SUNDAY QUALIFYING for the El Bosque Mexico Championship by Innova for his first win on the WEB.COM TOUR.  He’s the first player on the TOUR to complete this feet since 2016, and went from no status at all to fully exempt on the WEB.COM TOUR through 2019.  He’s also put himself in prime position to make it all the way to the PGA TOUR next year.  Truly a life-changing weekend.

Congrats, buddy!

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Play of the Week: AMTP

August 6, 2017

The PF solutes the Anonymous Mini-Tour Pro on his stellar performance at the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic event. Although we can’t tell you just who (since he’s anonymous), we wanted to make sure you knew–he’s out there and he’s doing well. Great job AMTP!

POTW: Flushing It

April 27, 2017

I’m not exactly sure how to write this kind of post, but it’s a good problem to have. This week’s (year’s?) POTW goes to me. Why would someone give himself an honor? Because I’m the king, and on Monday of this week, I earned my own throne.

On Monday I played in a 4-man scramble benefiting a local elementary school. Like most scrambles, the tournament featured close-to-the-pin contests and a long-drive competition.

However, the long-drive competition was unlike any I’d ever entered before. Not to brag, but I’ve won more than my fair share of long drive prizes, including one combo long + straight drive. But I had never won–or even entered–a challenge like the one presented on Monday. A donation to the school from a contractor prompted a special type of long drive competition, likely chosen by the donor. The challenge? See how far you can hit a ball–and here’s the important part–while sitting on a throne, and you win….

a throne.

A porcelain throne.

In other words… a toilet.

Yes, you read that right.

With installation.

In a scramble golf event, my long drive won me a toilet. On the par 4 tenth hole at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista, California, I hit–from a partial squat position with my posterior resting on a plastic toilet seat–a *flushed* (see what I did there) driver of almost 250 yards up the middle of the fairway. As I took the long drive card from its prior position and moved it to my ball, I only wished that someone had gotten it on video, because if you weren’t there, you wouldn’t have believed it.

And now, I’m curious from our readership–what weird stuff have you won at a golf tournament? Feel free to comment below. I bet it’s not as crappy as my prize =).

While we’ve recently written about the antics of Mr. 85, Jim Furyk showed us all exactly how to play the game on Sunday at the 2106 Travelers Championship by carding a ridiculous -12 par 58!!

Not only is Jim the first player to shoot 58 on the PGA TOUR, he’s also the first to break 60 twice!

Way to go, Jim!

This err.. week’s… play of the week goes to…. the PowerFade!

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Golf Top 18 recently named The PowerFade as one of the top 100 course reviewers online!  Here’s what they had to say about the PowerFade specifically:

“The Power Fade Golf Blog by JK and LG.  Fun golf blog written by friends LG, a California lawyer and JK, who just loves golf.  The purpose of the blog is to share some new opinions with the golfing world– though we love the golf course reviews, some conversations they record on their main blog are highly entertaining as well.”

Honestly, JK and weren’t even sure anyone else read the blog.  I was pretty sure people were just being misdirected here when they were trying to find a new putting tip.  All kidding aside, we’re very humbled to receive this honor and hope that our blogging has been entertaining and useful for those of you who take the time to read our thoughts.  If nothing else, this award has shamed JK and me into thinking of new items to post and into digging through old scorecards and iPhone pictures for courses to review.

Thank you, Golf Top 18, and to all of our readers.

Full article here: http://www.golftop18.com/golf-course-review-awards.html.  Check out the other honorees, but don’t read their stuff instead of ours.

-LG and JK

Play of the Week 38

December 8, 2013

Back to posting.

I know it’s been awhile since LG and I gave you something of substance, but this one is worth it.

The 2013 Northwestern Mutual World Challenge commenced today in stunning fashion. Zach Johnson, appearing to be in control on the 18th hole at Sherwood Country Club, dunked a ball into the water hazard on the 18th hole. Rather than playing safe or behaving like a weekend hacker, ZJ did what champions do–he holed out the next shot to save par. Tiger Woods saved par as well from a greenside bunker leading to a playoff in which ZJ took the title. See video of the shot found at http://www.pgatour.com/daily-wrapup/2013/12/08/WorldChallenge-4.html

It seems that many of the outlets are forgetting–ZJ did this in 2011 as well, the last time he went toe-to-toe with Tiger at Sherwood (ultimately losing in Tiger’s return to the victory circle following his scandal). See video at http://losangeles.sbnation.com/2011/12/3/2608852/chevron-world-challenge-2011-zach-johnson-hole-out-video-tiger-woods. I guess when a certain hole works for you, it works for you. It’s no wonder they’re moving “Tiger’s Tournament” away from this course next year, which appears by all accounts to be ZJ’s course.

Well done ZJ. Congrats on the spectacular finish and win.

now enjoy that trophy with the name and logo of the dude you just beat on it….

they did not plan for ZJ to win this event

they did not plan for ZJ to win this event

Play of the Week 37

December 5, 2012

This week’s POTW is LG.

I guess it’s really last week’s. LG made a special trip to Atlanta during his holiday vacation to put together a PF reunion at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, site of the Tour Championship by Coca Cola. Although neither PFer played worth a darn, it was still a great day. Many thanks to LG putting up with JK’s couch and making it work. Soon enough, there will be more of these types of things.

But no more Scotch ball…