Why you should support Jordan Speith at Royal Birkdale

“You may have heard Zach say in his press conference about Jordan: ‘He is a phenomenal golfer, but he is a much better person.’ Here is a story that not a lot of people outside eastern Iowa know, and it tells you a lot about both men.

Zach conducts a charity golf event every summer on the Monday before the John Deere tournament in the Quad Cities. He holds the event at Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids, where he learned to play golf and where his parents are still members. Zach brings about a dozen golf professionals with him and invites a bunch of former athletes and coaches (e.g., Chuck Long, Dallas Clark, Kurt Warner) well-known to Iowans. Anyone can donate money to participate in a draft to pick the pro or celebrity with whom you then play. There also are silent and live auctions (Zach auctions a round of golf with him at Augusta; this goes for tens of thousands) on Sunday night during a banquet. At the end of the entire event, Zach writes a check to match all of the money generated by the auctions and the draft. Zach’s foundation distributes the money to public and private elementary and middle schools in the Cedar Rapids metro area. He also donated a lot of money to various charitable entities that were involved in relief and recovery efforts that are still occurring since the 2008 flood.

So when Zach says in his press conference that golf creates opportunities, he is not talking about opportunities for him to make money; he’s talking about opportunities to give money. He has been beyond generous and has never forgotten where he is from and where he received his start.

But the real story here is about Jordan Spieth. Zach invited Jordan to attend his 2014 event, and Jordan accepted. This was the year after Jordan beat Zach in a play-off to win the Deere, which was Jordan’s first win on the Tour. Jordan was a hot golfer (finished second in the Masters) and rising star in 2014, but he was not yet incandescent. Jordan attended Zach’s event, enjoyed himself, and told Zach that he wanted to return in 2015.

Turn the page to 2015: Jordan wins the Masters and wins the US Open. Jordan is one of the biggest stories in sports, and the conversation in the national media is whether Jordan should skip out of his commitment to play in the Deere (during the week immediately before The Open) so that he can leave early for Scotland and get acclimated. He has never seen the Old Course, let alone played it. Jordan announces that he is keeping his commitment to play in the Deere. Some people applaud him for that, and some question the wisdom of his decision.

What does not get mentioned in the national media is that Jordan also keeps his commitment to Zach. So, on Monday, July 6, two-consecutive-majors-winner Jordan Spieth is walking around Elmcrest Country Club in shorts and playing golf with four friends of mine who donated an obscene amount of money to get first position in the draft. Maybe it’s just me, but the notion that a 21-year-old young man from Texas who is trying to win the third of three majors in a row has kept his commitment to play in a charity golf tournament just 9 days before the next major starts on another continent, when that charity event benefits absolutely no one that he knows, is pretty remarkable.”

Paul Wenke
President
Sterling Development Group, LTD

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Stephen Gallacher Foundation

On Thursday the top names in Scottish golf descended on the beautiful Prestonfield House to raise funds for the Stephen Gallacher Foundation. Shot Scope were delighted to be there and supporting the great work of Stephen’s foundation.

Stephen Gallacher Foundation dinner 2017

The evening started off with a game of HIT or MISS, where we predicted the outcome of some tricky golf shots and some difficult rugby conversions, featuring Stuart Hogg himself, to win a magnum of champagne.

Stephen Gallacher Foundation dinner 2017

Stephen Gallacher Foundation dinner 2017

The rest of the evening was spent listening to the panel on stage talk about their careers, predictions for upcoming tournaments and a grilling of fellow Tour pros! The on-stage panel was made up of two winning Ryder Cup captains, Bernard Gallacher and Sam Torrance, alongside Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie who all took part in a Q&A hosted by Dougie Donnelly.

Dougie Donnelly asked each golfer who the greatest player they every played with was

Bernard Gallacher: Jack Nicklaus. He “only played to win Majors, not make money.”

Stephen Gallacher: Tiger Woods. “I could see in ’95 he was something special, he has revolutionised the game.” Gallacher hopes to see Woods return but isn’t convinced that the former World Number 1 will be able to make a comeback. “It all rests on the Masters” said Gallacher on the night, which doesn’t bode well now that Tiger has withdrawn from the tournament.

Sam Torrance: Jack Nicklaus. Torrance once told Nicklaus that “in the 400 Majors I’ve won in my sleep, you were the runner-up every time.”

Paul Lawrie: Tiger Woods was “the most talented I’ve ever played against.” Rory McIlroy is the “most talented of this generation.” Lawrie’s high praise echoes his previous comments at the Scottish Golf Show when he predicted McIlroy to win the 2017 Masters.

Stephen Gallacher Foundation dinner 2017

With over 400 guests, a live and a silent auction and such high profile speakers the night was always bound to be a success. In the end the evening raised nearly £85,000 for the foundation which will go a long way to continuing their fantastic work with junior golfers.

Stephen Gallacher Foundation dinner 2017

Thank you to Stephen for holding such a fantastic event, to our guests for joining us on the evening and the hosts who made the night such an enjoyable one! We were delighted to support the work of the foundation and contributing to the future of junior golf in Scotland.

Scottish Golf Awards 2017

Team Shot Scope at the Scottish Golf Awards 2017
Team Shot Scope on the red carpet at the Scottish Golf Awards 2017

Team Shot Scope were an official sponsor of the Scottish Golf Awards in Edinburgh on Friday the 24th of February for a fantastic evening celebrating the achievements of the Scottish golfing community.

Scottish Golf Awards 2017
Shot Scope CEO David Hunter presented the Women’s Order of Merit to Hannah McCook

Congratulations to Hannah McCook – the winner of the Women’s Order of Merit after a stunning 2016 performance with two top-10 finishes and a solid performance all season.

Scottish Golf Show 2017
Team Shot Scope got up close and personal with the Claret Jug

Was good to dream for a night that one of us was lifting the real Claret Jug in triumph…! Great to catch up with Scottish golfing legends who have brought so much success to the Home of Golf, from Paul Lawrie to Stephen Gallacher.

Huge thank you to Scottish Golf for a wonderful event, we’re looking forward to another fantastic golf season in 2017.