A pair of loyal Team Titleist members got to experience life (and, of course, golf) inside the ropes last month at the inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.
A couple weeks before the event, Team Titleist members Neil Hicks and Michael Young received e-mails notifying them of their selection to play in the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup's Thursday Pro-Am at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa and attend the tournament's pairings party that same night – courtesy of Team Titleist and the LPGA.
Neil would later describe it as "an experience of a lifetime," from the conditions to the coaching to the camaraderie.
The results weren't bad either: With some help from Pro V1 loyalist Grace Park, Neil and Michael's team shot 12-under 60 (29-31) and finished in third place.
You can check out some pictures from the day in the slideshow at the bottom of the page. Neil also passed along the following note to Team Titleist about the experience:
Thank you so much – it was a great time!
It was so much fun playing with fellow Team Titleist member Michael Young – we played great and actually became pretty close by the end of the round. We have a round set up together real soon!
Grace was so much fun to play with. She gave pointers, shared laughs and just had a great time.
The caddies were hilarious, helping us with yardages and giving us some angles and lines just like they would for their pros in competition. That made the experience so much fun as well.
These girls are good!
I have played competitive golf for many years, and to see the lines that the pros and their caddies see was unbelievable. Maybe it's because they do it on a daily basis - but it is truly a gift, something that I would love to chase!
Luckily enough Michael's parents followed us all day long with an excellent camera and took pictures! It was a great addition to the day.
Wednesday night the pairings party was fun. Arrived at the resort, and checked in. The gifts that we received for participating in the event were amazing. Fresh pair of FootJoys! Some wine glasses, new shirt, towel, etc. Overall the pairings party was a great experience to interact with the golfers off the course and just have a great time.
The overall experience was amazing! It was so much fun being on the inside of the ropes playing just like the PGA and LPGA tour players. Treated like royalty! Food, drinks, all kinds of goodies.
I have been to numerous PGA and LPGA tournaments over the years. It is amazing how well they prep the course for the tour players. Let me tell you firsthand that the fairways are PERFECT! The rough is truly ROUGH! And the greens roll so true it is crazy.
I wish that I could play on those conditions every day! I am envious of all tour players that get to play on those conditions day-in and day-out. Has always been a longtime dream of mine to play with the pros.
I could keep going on and on...
Thanks again to everyone at Team Titleist!