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First Purgatory Men’s Night of 2014 season teed off with The Masters

By: Tony Adragna on April 11th, 2014

04_TennaMerchent_20110602_0197r-LThe first Men’s Night of the 2014 season, April 10, had a definite Masters theme as a ball skipping across the pond contest preceded a Par 3 course set up on the back nine. Also, the after play buffet included a Clifford Roberts favorite from the Augusta National clubhouse menu.

A total of 50 golfers came out on the balmy 70 degree evening.  Mike Alyea won the event’s low score with a one over, 29.  Closest to the Pin contests were taken by Steve Hurst and Mark Pratt. Skillful skippers of a golf ball across the putting green pond were: Andrew Fleenor, Dick Peck, Kevin Sears, and Marty Schmidt.

Chef Shane surprised the golfers adding peach cobbler and ice cream, an Augusta National favorite, to the buffet table.

The next Men’s Night is Thursday, May 8th, first night of the Tour Players Championship. Play gets under way at 6 pm, preceded by a 3-Putt contest on the putting green. Call the pro shop, 317-776-4653, to book your spot in our next men’s night!

 

First Men’s Night of the Season is on Thursday

By: Tony Adragna on April 9th, 2014
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The first event is scheduled at 5:30 pm, April 10, the first day of the Masters.
The monthly nine hole event is open to all and begins with a shotgun start. Golfers set their own groups, play their own tees and select their own game. Singles and twosomes can be paired. Players return to the clubhouse for complimentary food.
Men’s Nights at Purgatory i
nclude free range balls, nine holes of golf with cart, complimentary food, beverage specials, door prizes, course contests and a chance to win a free round in the golf pool. The fee is $35.
“We have shaken up the April Masters Men’s Night with a decidedly Augusta National flavor,” said head pro Jon Stutz.  “A ball skipping contest across the putting green pond mimics the Hole 16 fun during the Masters practice round.  Play then follows on a unique 9 hole Par Three course set up on the back nine. Back at the clubhouse, Chef Shane has added a favorite directly from the Augusta National clubhouse menu,” added Stutz.
Call the pro shop at 776-4653 no later than the Wednesday before the event to reserve a tee slot.

Local Junior Golfer will play at Augusta National

By: Tony Adragna on April 1st, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 1.40.34 PMNels Surtani, a Junior Golfer from Noblesville, will be participating in the National Drive, Chip, and Putt contest at August National on Sunday, April 6th.

The Golf Channel will dedicate an entire five hour, live production as 88 junior golfers from North America compete to be the Drive, Chip, and Putt National Champion.

Nels Surtani will be one of the 88 participants, but the road he was forced to take there is anything out of the ordinary.

The Golf Channel highlighted Nels in their “Overcoming the Odds” video series.  The video can be seen in its entirety below.

You can also find out more information about the Drive, Chip, and Putt contest by clicking this link.

Purgatory Golf heads to Golf 365

By: Tony Adragna on March 27th, 2014

As we all know, Indiana winters can be brutal, especially for golfers who want to get out and practice their game. But now, with Golf365 in Noblesville, you no longer have to take four months off from golf.

Junior Golfer, Clay Merchent, and Purgatory’s Director of Golf, Mike Merchent, show you around the indoor golf facility, from the putting greens and target rooms to the golf simulator, in the video below.

Picking the Perfect NCAA Tournament Bracket

By: Tony Adragna on March 18th, 2014

Last May, the Players Championship in Ponte Verdra Beach had the richest purse of any tournament on the PGA Tour at $9.5 million in total prize money, according to Forbes Magazine. But that is nothing compared to the purse Warren Buffett is offering to anyone who can pick a perfect NCAA Tournament Bracket – $1 Billion Dollars.  With a top prize like that, it’s not just college basketball fans who are trying to figure out how to pick the winning teams. Quicken Loans also is giving $100,000 for the 20 highest-scoring imperfect brackets.

Here is a helpful infographic from Quicken Loans with several tips to help YOU win the money!


An infographic from the team at the Quicken Loans Zing Blog.

Stop-Motion Video of Hole #1

By: Tony Adragna on March 11th, 2014

Earlier this morning, I headed out to the course with just my iPhone in hand and knew I wanted to do something unique, but I wasn’t really sure what.  After toying with a few ideas, I got the idea to take a stop-motion video (stop-motion means taking a bunch of pictures and putting them together, pretty much like a flipbook).

I decided to walk the entire first hole while I took the stop-motion video.  By the time I arrived at the hole, I was pleased with the turnout of the stop-motion video.  It’s something I wouldn’t mind doing for each hole, but for now, hole #1 will do.  Below is a the stop-motion video that I took.

What is the likelihood of hitting a hole in one?

By: Tony Adragna on March 7th, 2014

Have you ever wondered what the odds are of hitting a hole in one?  It depends on your golf skill, but this infographic supplied by Golf Digest has all of the odds and facts on holes in one!

Hole In One FA

FedEx Cup Infographic

By: Tony Adragna on February 24th, 2014

Shown below is an infographic on everything you would want to know about the FedEx Cup.

FedExCup: PGA Golf Trophy

Produced by Aford Awards] a UK manufacturer of golf trophies as well as other glass sports trophies.

Alan Hinds on Love and Golf

By: Tony Adragna on February 7th, 2014

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Alan Hinds, the Hamilton County Amateur Tournament Chairman, wrote a very interesting piece on the Visit Hamilton County blog.

His post spoke of the increase of couples playing golf together, and thoughts from both males and females about it.

To read the entire post, click here.

Clay Merchent Riding a Golf Skate Caddy

By: Tony Adragna on January 24th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 1.03.29 PMJunior Golfer, Clay Merchent, was able to ride a golf skate caddy, which were officially released at the 2014 PGA’s Merchandising Show in Orlando, Florida.

The Golf Skate Caddy is “gentler on the course, quieter than a traditional golf cart, more decadently decked out than most cars, and oh-so-easy-to-drive.”

To find out more information about the Golf Skate Caddy, visit their website at http://golfskatecaddy.com.

To view the video of Clay riding the Golf Skate Caddy, see below: