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Tom Edrington

Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    The worlds best pro am in the pure insurance championship. If the Dunhill included 81 of the best kids the it could be the best pro am. But it doesn’t.

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      Tom Edrington

      Baxter: Yes, I understand, I was basing it on my love for golf in Scotland……The Old Course and Carnoustie should be on EVERYONE’s bucket list…..from a standpoint of best in the world for juniors, Yes, the Pure is a winner.

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        baxter cepeda

        The atnt deserves recognition. I can only imagine how much I would enjoy the home of golf in person but pebbles pro am would always be in the race.


          Tom Edrington

          Baxter: It’s just something about Scotland, I fell in love with the country and the people on my first trip in 2017 and 2019 was like a reunion with that “special love” in your life…..the courses themselves are mystical when you realize that Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris played there along with every great in the history of the game…..the Pebble stuff cannot equal that….will always remember my first trip to the ancient cemetery on the outskirts of St. Andrews where so many of the towns famous residents rest including Old Tom and Young Tom…..I made it a point to visit Young Tom before I played the Old Course…’s a feeling I cannot describe — hallowed if you will, mysterious, you can feel the ghosts as you walk through the headstones….


            baxter cepeda

            No arguments there.
            It’s tough to beat Scotland and St Andrews in those categories. It’s cool you felt so spiritually engaged; it’s extremely motivating to get out there ASAP.

            Still we should note Jack Nicklaus has a lot Of things he is known for, from a flying right elbow to 18 majors to his statement that pebble would be his choice for his one final round of golf.
            I was surprised to hear the golden bear say that —would expect St Andrew’s or Augusta— but he chose Pebble.

            At pebble literally you can stink as a photographer and never take a bad picture.

            Side note The amateur celebrities and businessmen are bigger at Pebbles two pro ams.

            But as you say Tom the spiritual history of St. Andrews gives the home of golf an insurmountable spiritual head start; making it Nearly impossible for even Augusta National and Pebble Beach golf Links to compete with.

          2. Tom Edrington

            It’s also the very, very long history….when you walk through the St. Andrews cemetery you get goose bumps then you finally arrive at Young Tom’s resting place, next to Old Tom….

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