A VISIT TO TPC BOSTON
Editor’s note: Capitalareagolf.com sent Stephen and Mary Ann Keeler to the second round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank this Labor Day Weekend. Here’s their “Deutsche Diary” as told by Mary Ann Keeler and seen by photographer Stephen Keeler. We hope you can get over there this weekend yourself to see some of what they did.
NORTON, MA – After a very early wake-up alarm, and a smooth trip east on I-90, we arrived at TPC Boston around 9:30AM Thursday, September 1, in plenty of time to park, check-in, and make it to hear the first player interview of the day.
Jordan Spieth shared his thoughts about being back at the Deutsche Bank Championship. When asked if he had any advice about how to handle being in a tough situation, such as at this year’s Masters, Spieth spoke of the need to “recognize the longevity of this career” when faced with a loss. He remarked on the importance of having confidence and building on that each week.
“The more you prevail, the less you think of those tough times,” Spieth said.
In preparing for the upcoming Ryder Cup, he is focused on having energy, strength and stamina: “I feel good about it.”
OUT ON THE COURSE
After the interview, we headed out to watch groups come in on the very challenging 18th hole. Today was the Pro-Am, a fundraiser for the Tiger Woods Foundation, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
There was a wide range of golf skill among the four amateurs and one professional in each group. The pros were mostly on this par-5 in two shots, while several amateurs took three or more to get home. No easy task considering they needed to avoid the rocks, pit bunkers and a wide hazard just in front of the green.
CAPITAL AREA CONNECTION
As we were waiting for Jason Day to arrive at the 15th hole, a gentleman noticed my Saratoga National Golf Club hat, saying he was from “up that way.” We chatted with Chris Giglio, an avid player from Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland, who had come out to spend the afternoon with his friend, and customer, Steve, who had tickets. Although he doesn’t get to go often, Chris also attended the PGA Championship this summer at Baltustrol in New Jersey.
“Any chance I get, I come to watch,” Giglio said, noting, “it’s very easy. Even at the PGA, as many people as there were there, it was very, very accommodating, with the transportation and such. Very nice!”
When I asked him if he would recommend the experience to others, he answered, “Absolutely!!”
Even though we had a little drizzle off-and-on throughout the day, it was fun to be here, surrounded by so many segments of the broader “Golf Community.” It was great to see the players interact with the fans, taking time to acknowledge encouraging sentiments from fans (“Way to go out there!”), and sign autographs for our community’s youngest members.
THE MORE THE MERRIER
We met some really nice folks, from the MANY volunteers, to the kind and professional Massachusetts State Police quietly guarding the grounds, to the people working the vendor/sponsor booths (Acura, Dave & Busters, Mohegan Sun Casino), to the young man in the merchandise tent whose dad grew up in Troy, NY. It is an incredibly welcoming environment at a PGA event.
I’m so glad we’re here.