Recently I was part of the media who attended the Media Day for the 2015 Volunteer Americas LPGA Shootout. Stacy Lewis, the 2014 LPGA Shootout Champion answered the question, Should the LPGA Stay in the North Texas area? Here is the video with Stacy’s answer.
If you were one of the many fans of the Mr Business Golf Show that was broadcasted live from the Las Colinas Country Club last year, well, we are going to be back in 2015. Stay Tuned…we will be announcing more details very soon.
Meanwhile, here is the wrap up show from last years North Texas LPGA Shootout.
It is no surprise North Texans natives have little concern with what the Groundhog has to say on Groundhog day. We know whatever he says it can’t stop the professional golf tours coming to the Dallas/Ft Worth area.
We are very fortunate here in North Texas to have three top ranked professional golf tour tournaments held here in within less than a four week period of time. That gives us avid golf fans plenty of opportunity to see golf played by the best players in the world.
First up for us is the 2015 Voluntees of America North Texas LPGA Shootout during the week of April 27 to May 3. This is when Stacy Lewis brings her gang of a few hundred women golfers from the LPGA to town to the Las Colinas Country Club to…well..‘Shoot it out’ to see who will walk away with the prize. In this case the shooting is done with golf shots instead of six shooters..well Ok..there could be a few shots of tequila made as well. This is Texas you know and we do love our Golf.
Where Plaid is Worn Proudly
Next up, from May 18 to 24th, we make a ride over south of Cowtown…that is Ft Worth to non-Texans…to this year’s 2015 Crown Plaza Invitational at the Colonial. This is the first time I can remember where the Colonial is before the Nelson. Oh how times have changed. But nonetheless, for the hard core, no nonsense, ‘watch every shot’, golf fan..the Colonial is a ‘U-Da-Man’ Free Zone. The only time you will hear ‘N-da-hole’ shouted at the Colonial is if there is a bomb raid and we haven’t had one of those in Ft Worth since…never. The Colonial is a Golfers Tournament and is the best place to see some awesome golf shots be made.
The Nelson is Still A Classic
This year, running the anchor leg of the North Texas swing of the PGA Tour events, from May 25 to May 31, is the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. This will be the last year “The Nelson”…as it will always be know to true Texans… will be held at the TPC at Four Seasons in Las Colinas. The 2016 ‘Nelson’ will move to…’The Bottoms’ or ‘The Grove’ as it is known to native Dallasites… newly built Trinity Forest Golf Club. But until then, the pros tee it up in Irving to show us who is really able to play Texas Golf. With this year’s event being further in the schedule it is a safe bet when the PGA players come to North Texas they will not only get a belly full of Hot Tex-Mex, but will fill the bite of the heat of our North Texas Summer.
There is a Whole Lotta awesome golf going to be played in May right here in North Texas. Dallas and Ft Worth will be the only place where for a solid month you can pull up a chair and watch the best golfers in the world parade by right in front of you. Make sure to get your tickets early….
I’ll be out at this North Texas LPGA Shootout this year…hope to see you there.
“DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., February, 3, 2015- The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced today that Volunteers of America, the national, nonprofit organization, will serve as the title sponsor for the Tour’s stop in North Texas. The Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout will be held April 27-May 3, 2015, and will be played at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas, for the third consecutive year.” Courtesy of LPGA Press Release
Yes, that is right. The North Texas LPGA Shootout has a Title Sponsor. So what is the big deal?
Here’s the Deal
The big deal is not just that one of the best LPGA events on the schedule has a title sponsor but more importantly who the sponsor is and what they represent.
The Volunteers of America “… organization is dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities.”
Having a title sponsor helps not just the survivability of the event but also makes an impact on the local community where the event is held through the boost to the area’s economy as well the fundraising for charity.
About Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith based organization dedicated to helping those in need to live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families of those recovering from additions and many others. Through hundreds of human services programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people ion over 400 communities. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirt of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. Lean more at www.voa.org
I will be back in the Media Center for my third year of coverage of the 2015 North Texas LPGA Shootout. I’ll also be part of the SyncLab Media operations who will offering insight on what is going on Outside the Ropes of the event that make if a great experience for the fans. If you attend the even let me know and I’ll see if I can meetup with you.
Why did I choose the LPGA Event to cover? Because it is an awesome event and one that allows fans the opportunity to get up close to world’s best women professional golfers.
Where can fans find MBG at the Event? There is no telling where I will be at the Las Colinas Country Club the week of the tournament. If you are interested in following my actions I will be exclusively on Google+..so put the Mr Business Golf Google+ Page in your Circles. I’ll be posting to my Mr Business Golf website throughout the event.
Why are you just on G+? Making a long story very short..I have been actively online in the social spaces for over 15 years now and have found from being in all of the spaces..Facebook, Twitter and so forth..that Google+ offers me more tools to use to satisfy my personal, social and professional interests all in one place. Google+ also has a stronger userbase of Real People. Other than that, it is just plan Awesome!!! Join me and I’ll show you why I am just on G+.
Let me know how I can help.
Ever since I can remember February brings to North Texas two things. First comes the Well-Digger’s-Shovel cold weather and then, secondly, the phone calls asking me the tee times at the golf course. Several times over the years they happen at the same time.
However, for the past three years there has been another natural occurrence taking place in February here in the Dallas/Ft Worth area of Texas. It comes in the form of an email inviting me to attend the Volunteer of America North Texas LPGA Shootout Media Day event.
This week that call to action was given and yesterday I drove up to the TopGolf facility in The Colony..which for those who are not familiar with North Texas, The Colony is located far, far North of Dallas up near to what seems when you take the North Dallas Tollway to be somewhere close to the Oklahoma border…to check out what can be expected at this year’s tournament.
But, for this trip, I didn’t mine the long haul because I was going to get to be in the same room with my favorite little girl..now a grown women…professional golfer, Stacy Lewis. If you didn’t know, Stacy is one of several Texas’ home grown players on the Ladies Professional Golf Associations (LPGA) tour. Stacy Lewis is also the reigning champion of the 2014 North Texas LPGA Shootout that is returning in 2015 for it’s third year at the Las Colinas Country Club in Las Colinas (Irving), Texas.
The Stacy Lewis Story
Back in 2007, two years after I started my adventure into blogging about Golf and how it works..or doesn’t work… in the business world, I was invited to attend the Kraft Nabisco Championship played at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA. My mission was to review how women business owners and executives were using major golf championships as business golf events.
However, that event also gave me the opportunity to unofficially meet Stacy Lewis..and her father who was at that event her caddie. My meeting of Stacy was far away from the official hoopla of the major golf championship. I was shopping for a deal on a golf shirt at Pete Carlsons Golf Shop in Palm Desert, and right next to me at the ‘Sales Rack’ was Stacy’s dad. As I looked around to see who he was talking to..there stood Stacy..still dressed in her on course attire telling her dad, “You will look better on camera if you wore green”. From what I overheard during that 10 minute of co-shopping with Stacy’s dad I learned he was going to be interviewed by the Golf Channel and he needed a new golf shirt. I was very impressed because if you are looking for a deal on golf shirts in Palm Springs..he was in the right place.
Back then Stacy’s natural Texas draw was much more pronounced than it is now, but after me spending nearly a week out in ‘Radio Voice’ California, Stacey’s voice coming from across the huge rounder of golf shirts at a run of the mill golf shop was like a call from home to me.
Stacey was just a kid then…an amateur..but on that day, she held a commanding lead of a LPGA (Big Girl) Major golf tournament…holding off the best women golfers of the WORLD. Also, on that day in the spring of 2007, Stacy became the pride of Texas…and she still is.
Though Stacey and I did not get to met officially then, nor did we even get to exchange pleasantries, it was one of the many special moments over the past 10 years I have had in my adventures into the world of professional golf.
North Texas LPGA Shootout Back in Town
But now, Stacey and I have met and hope to meet again at this year’s 2015 North Texas LPGA Shootout.