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'Augusta’ – The Sound of the Masters

The 14th Hole At Augusta National, Known As 'Chinese Fir' Provided Some Inspiration For Dave Loggins To Pen The Words For The Song 'Augusta - Image Used With Permission

By Michael Cunningham

‘Augusta’ is the iconic music of the Masters of which musician Dave Loggins, second cousin to Kenny composed both the song and lyrics. It has become one of sports most notable refrains.  This memorable composition will infuse your soul with the warmth of spring and the feeling, that for many, signals golf season is about to begin.

“Well it’s springtime in the valley
On Magnolia Lane
It’s the Augusta National
And the Master of the game …”

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Dave is best known for his hit ‘Please Come to Boston’ and venerated by his peers for his composing skills. He fashioned the words for ‘Augusta’ while attending the 1981 Tournament and described how the beauty of the course overwhelmed him.

He recalled the lyrics came to him on the par 4-440 yard 14th hole [Chinese Fir]. The 8th most difficult hole at Augusta, and the only hole without a bunker, it has been the setting of many incredible displays of shot execution.

As a spectator, Loggins was introduced to Frank Chirkinian, the respected producer of CBS Sports. Chirkinian had been looking at developing a theme song for his treasured sporting event while Dave had been imagining a sound that could reflect his experience. The stars were aligned!

This concept and lyrics are rightfully Dave’s as he was one of the most accomplished songwriters in the early 80’s, but the sound became more than just one man, and includes Norbert Putnam, who Kris Kristofferson said, “is the most gifted, clear-eyed, unpretentious artist I have ever met”. Musician, arranger and producer, Norbert is an original Muscle Shoal’s Fame Studio member and has worked with the likes of Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt and Ray Charles.

                                                   Norbert Putnam

Norbert remembers receiving a call from Dave, following his meeting with Chirkinian asking if he could record at Norbert’s Bennett House Studio in Franklin Tennessee. Dave would ‘put down the song’ on guitar and Norbert would provide the bass for harmony.

“What’s your budget?” asked Norbert. “$1,000 dollars!’” Dave replied

As they were arranging what they thought was a track ready to send to Chirkinian, Mike Hanna, music director for Dan Fogelberg and Donna Summer, paid a chance visit to the studio. “He was watching the two of us and said he could really hear a two bar piano sound going into Dave’s guitar part. On a seven-foot Yamaha piano, in a few minutes, he composed the intro. It was perfect!” Norbert recalls.

In an hour the music was completed and sounded great. Norbert opened a bottle of wine to celebrate and at that moment Hanna said, “I’ve been thinking about this and I really think it needs a string quartet. We can improve the sound even more and a string section would be the way,” however there was no budget.

As coincidences go a symphony was recording next door and an offer was made to the conductor to borrow four classical string musicians. For an investment of fifty dollars each for thirty minutes of their time, Mike, Norbert and Dave emptied their pockets to pay for the quartet.

​T​he 16th Hole Redbud Augusta National Golf Course
​- ​Image courtesy Linda Hartough artist​

“Television was recorded in mono in those days. It wasn’t any fun as there were no right or left channels,” said Putnam. Vocals and harmony were then completed and the track was delivered to Chirkinian, who then said, “Let’s use it without the vocals as I want it to also be a backing track in and out of the commercials.” “Backing track with no melody in the first verse! So what you hear is just Dave doing the finger picking and I slide in with the bass and the quartet comes in and it is just a lovely little piece of background music.”

Mike and Norbert never received a royalty and Norbert believes Dave receives a small amount every year. All of the rights to the music belong to The Masters Tournament and not to CBS.

Norbert has recently completed his first book, ‘Music Lessons’. Mike is in Las Vegas performing and Dave is planning to update some of the words to ‘Augusta.’

It’s the music of inspiration that evokes a sense of anticipation for the four days of rivalry and friendship, played out on a masterful landscape on which the world’s leading golfers vie for the coveted green jacket.

Augusta is the collaboration of three respected musicians, who for very little money and for two of them minimal recognition, created one of the world’s most memorable sports anthems.

"Augusta" by Dave Loggins lyrics

Well, it's springtime in the valley
On Magnolia Lane
It's the Augusta National
And the Master of the game

Who'll wear that green coat
On Sunday afternoon
Who'll walk that eighteenth fairway
Singin' this tune

Oh, Augusta
Your dogwoods and pines
They play on my mind like a song
Oh, Augusta
It's you that I love
It's you that I miss when I'm gone

Well, it's Watson and Byron Nelson
And Demaret, and Player, and Snead
And it's Amen's Corner
It's Hogan's perfect swing
It's Sarazen's double eagle
At the fifteenth In Thirty-Five
And the spirit of Clifford Roberts
That keeps it alive

Oh, Augusta
Your dogwoods and pines
They play on my mind like a song
Oh, Augusta
It's you that I love
It's you that I miss when I'm gone

It's the legions of Arnie's Army
And the Golden Bear's throne
The wooden-shafted legend of Bobby Jones

You Too Can Play Like A PGA TOUR Pro

Image Courtesy YouTube/Mark Crossfield

by Ian Fabian

I have come to the realization that it's not too late to make a major career change. Following a few simple instructions, I can live the glamorous life of a PGA TOUR golfer. All I have to do is purchase all of the golf aids advertised on TV, practice with them for a very short period of time (in some cases less than 10 minutes) and my distance and accuracy will increase dramatically!

Not only will my distance and accuracy improve but my handicap will decrease as rapidly as my cash does at the race track!

I'm willing to admit that, on more than one occasion, I have purchased golf aids in an effort to improve my swing. Please don't get the mental picture of Kevin Costner standing in his trailer wearing all of Renee Rousseau's golf paraphernalia when she walks in, it's never been quite that bad.

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The New Rules Of Golf …Or The New 'Suggestions' Of Golf?

By Ian Fabian (iG Contributor)

Along with many of you my initial reaction to the anticipated changes to the rules of golf was to applaud the governing bodies for moving forward. As time has gone on and I’ve had some time to digest what’s taken place some questions have arisen.

Why has it taken the governing bodies so long to make what, for the most part, seem to be logical and common-sense changes to the current rules?

While I appreciate the move forward on their part, are the governing bodies so hamstrung by tradition that creating any precedent requires decades of study and innumerable meetings? I don’t believe that’s how to “grow the game” which seems to be the current war-cry.

Let’s examine a couple of the rule changes scheduled to take effect and one that has been glaringly left out.

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Electrician Reportedly Golfs 140 Times Over Two Years During Work Hours

BY JEFF SUTHERLAND

An enterprising Aussie used a potato chip bag to mask his GPS locator while allegedly teeing it up one work day out of three.

Tom Colella, aged 60, employed by Aroona Alliance in Perth, Australia for the past 20+ years was accused of using a "Twisties" chip bag's metallic nature to act as Farady machine (a device that blocks electromagnetic current) to cloak his location.
 
Even though there were records indicating the man who has been Club Captain at the Lakelands Golf Club did play during work hours, the work commission who examined the case did not find enough evidence to support that claim. There was conclusive evidence however that he had not been at job sites where he supposed to have been.
 
Colella denied the golf allegations in an interview withe the Australian newspaper the Daily Mail, "The reason why this all started is because a person put in a complaint saying I'd been playing golf all the time. That was all refuted... this person's allegations were found to be false - then they decided to go into other information.'
 
Mr Colella, whose annual salary was around $110,000, said he plans to seek permission to appeal the commission's decision. He now makes just a few hundred dollars a week as an Uber driver."I'm not working at the moment. I do some Ubering, but at 61 it's pretty tough," he said. 
 
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Making Time For Pace Of Play

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By Ian Fabian

I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to watch a golf television broadcast or read an article pertaining to golf these days without the “Pace of Play” topic being brought up.

The topic has been directly linked to the subject of “Growing the Game” which is in itself another buzz phrase of the day. One of the main problems, in my estimation, is that absolutely no one believes they’re a slow player and therefore the pace of play has nothing to do with them.

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Video: European Tour Challenge - The Heckle!

We've all heard the promotional line from the PGA TOUR "These Guys Are Good"...and very true it is. Meanwhile, based on the antics the fellows on the European Tour get up to, perhaps their tag line should be "These Guys Are Nuts"...

The RSM and European Tour Player Performance Study explores time spent from address to impact and the effects of pre-shot routine.

So, to put this to the test, Andy Sullivan and Thorbjorn Olesen challenged Nicolas Colsaerts and Paul Waring to a hole of golf. But no ordinary hole of golf. Awash with heckles to distract their opponents - expect megaphones, water fights, blindfolds and much more.

Check out the latest video put out by the European Tour....  

The Rules Of Golf And Why You Should (Or Shouldn’t) Know Them

By Ian Fabian (iG Contributor)

It’s been several years now, but it seems like only yesterday. My good golfing buddy Dave, who was Club Captain of the Men’s Club at the course we were members of, was attempting to convince me I should join the Board and contribute my ideas to the general benefit of the membership.

There was alcohol involved and after some debate back and forth I asked what position Dave thought I might be suited for. Dave replied there was an opening for the Chair of Rules and Discipline he thought I’d be perfect for.

This article will (eventually) deal with the Rules aspect of the position, but allow me to pause here and state that when you’re the Chair of the Discipline committee people are very friendly to you on a regular basis whether they’ve done anything to worry about or not.

Read more: The Rules Of Golf And Why You Should (Or Shouldn’t) Know Them

The Key To Your Best Round Of Golf - Think About It

by Ian Fabian (iG contributor)

There is no doubt in my mind that the key to your best round of golf ever is the “swing thought.”

We constantly hear that the game is far more mental than physical and therein lies the power of the swing thought. For those who may be new to the game let me endeavour to explain exactly how the swing thought works (or, in some cases, doesn’t work).

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Golfer Hits Into Group In Front, Then Beats Man Unconscious With A Club

Michael Plumlee Of Texas Is In Critical Condition After Being Attacked By Another Golfer With A Club. (Photo/Brandi Plumlee)

CARROLLTON, Texas (Golf Wire) -- A Texas man is in critical condition after being attacked with a golf club while finishing a round at Indian Creek Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas, last Friday.

Michael Plumlee and three friends were putting out on the 17th hole a day after Thanksgiving when the group behind hit into them.

According to local news, Plumlee reacted by throwing the group’s balls off the green, prompting one of the men to respond violently in anger.

Read more: Golfer Hits Into Group In Front, Then Beats Man Unconscious With A Club