As the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am #ATTPROAM gets underway, fans have a unique new way to follow the tournament: through the eyes of four extraordinary golf fans.
Throughout the week, military veteran Tim Lang, First Tee Mentor Katie Horsford, Dan McLaughlin of The Dan Plan and Tiffany Fitzgerald of Black Girls Golf will share their experiences at the #ATTPROAM using social media via their HTC devices on the AT&T network. They’ll be “inside the ropes” throughout the tournament.
For biographies of the Foursome, see my previous post.
Earlier this week, the Foursome attended a charitable event for the Veteran’s Transition Center of Monterey County, and played in the Boys and Girls Club Pro-Am. The Foursome also received a Video Swing Analysis with Laird Small, Director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy; worked with the Robotic Swing Trainer with Scot Nei, widely recognized as one of golf’s most innovative instructors, and; got an analysis at the Science and Motion PuttLab with Kevin Hanssen, PGA Member and the Lead Instructor at the Pebble Beach Golf Academy.
In a tweet ( @thedanplan ) , Dan McLaughlin noted that the PuttLab revealed he had too much loft on his putts. While a putter needs loft, too much can slow the transition to a roll, which makes the putt less accurate. In his quest to play professionally, Dan will need to adjust his putter accordingly.
@TimLangGolf tweeted a photo from the beautiful Monterey Peninsula Country club during the #ATTPROAM Boys and Girls Club Charity Pro Am.
And Tiffany Fitzgerald ( @BlackGirlsGolf ) was excited about the chance to improve her golf swing with a Robotic Swing Trainer.
All of these events are examples of what goes on behind the scenes at a PGA TOUR tournament like the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro- Am. On television, fans see the on-course action, but so much more happens before the cameras roll and out of sight of the announcers. There are hospitality pavilions, eateries, souvenir tents, corporate exhibits and entertainment. The competition is preceded by social events, charity galas, pro-ams, player meet-and-greets, and often things such as equipment demonstrations, club-fittings, lessons and demonstrations from the pros. At one pro am I played in, I was fitted with an entire set of clubs.
If you’re ever in the neighborhood for an event like the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro- Am, you’re really cheating yourself if you don’t spend at least one day on site.
During their week at Pebble Beach, the Foursome will walk the course with the Pebble Beach historian, watch the 3M Celebrity Challenge from AT&T’s Sky Box, meet Jordan Spieth, follow the tournament form inside the ropes, and—best of all, have their own chance to play Pebble Beach.
As the week at the #ATTPROAM continues, you can follow the Foursome’s on-the-ground experiences by following the #ATTProAm hashtag and through their Twitter handles:
This post is brought to you by AT&T, celebrating 30 years of the #ATTPROAM. All opinions are my own. #ATTBLOGGER