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Good Times Roll at “Suds on the Green”

September 25, 2007 Leave a comment

The rain far from spoiled the event that day. 

   

                   Sirens “FORE” Eagles

                      Casey of Sports Page Magazine zooms in on a key shot

Everyone was invited at the ninth hole where they were under the protection of tents with the best seats in  the house where ever they stood.  Everyone was mingling from other tents laughing and joking during tournament play.  The team members themselves got in with the crowd as cheering and hollaring was heard for that good shot from the tee.

Fun, Fans and Good Times was the atomosphere that filled the air at “Suds on the Green” Saturday at William Land Golf Course. 

 

The Sacramento Eagles hosted its third National Golf League tournament, by far the most fun this blogger has attended in the last three years of NGL Events.  I think this one may have marked a new direction for the league.  “It’s all about the fans” was a true statement that I will go on record saying again.  This particular event I was wearing three different hats.  The first, I was there representing the media, the second a Sacramento Sirens invited guest in support and in cheer for the Sacramento Eagles and the third as a representative for a visiting team that I put on hold until after the days event end.  Letting my guard down, while still maintaining a sense of professionalism as the camera was clicking for what entertained me the most.  This I hadn’t seen at any of the NGL Events in a long time.  The feeling of one with the fans and all the team members of the Eagles, Zone, Power, Breakers, Drivers and Spin.  Laughter and good times filled the air.   Yes, it also could have been due to the Unlimited Beer Tasting, Great Food, Good Music with sponsors such as Budweiser, Coca Cola, Lexus of Sacramento, Markstein Beverage Co., ESPN 1320 AM and Outback Steakhouse.

The crowd also got together cheering on 10 contestants as Lexus of Sacramento offered a $1000 giveaway to sink a 25 foot putt at the ninth hole.  Many other giveaways were also presented by other groups for Rhythm & Ribs tickets at Raley Field, sneak preview of the movie Game Plan, golf ball and tee giveaways at the spin the wheel drawing by Wachovia as well as golf tees provided by The First Tee to name just a few.

   

 

(Trying to Win that $1000 Prize)

Proceeds for “Suds on the Green” benefited The First Tee Greater Sacramento.  An organization that helps improve the lives of young people through the game of golf.   For more information visit www.tftgs.org.

Here’s a look at some player shots of the Day:

Media at Work:

Doug Powell, owner of the Sacramento Eagles (above)

Bob Aube, CEO & Founder of the National Golf League

For more information on the National Golf League and scheduled events, as well as teams in your area, visit www.ngl.tv.

With all the good time I had, I almost forgot to tell you the final score outcome:

East Bay Power came in First Place with 31 points & the Sacramento Eagles with 26 points came in Second.

Click Here for SLIDE SHOW  

Sirens Cheer on the Eagles at William Land Park

September 19, 2007 Leave a comment

Come out and meet the Sacramento Sirens , women’s professional tackle football team, this weekend at William Land Park Golf Course as they give their support to the Sacramento Eagles (www.sacramentoeagles.com), NGL Professional Golf Team.  The National Golf League (www.ngl.tv) is now in its third season.  

 From the NGL website:

“With a desire to cater to the fan at golf tournaments and provide a highly competitive venue for aspiring professional golfers, the National Golf League was creatively hatched”.

This weekend’s venue is going to be a little different.  The Arena Football concept comes alive this weekend for golf and beer enthusiasts as the Sacramento Eagles go against the five Northern California teams of the National Golf League in a golf tournament like no other.  Canopy suites, along with 40 breweries set the stage on the ninth hole with music and exciting “team golf” drama.

Enthusiasm and cheering is encouraged in the NGL.

Join the Sacramento Sirens out on the Ninth Hole and come cheer on the Sacramento Eagles, who have been very supportive of the Sirens team during the 2007 season.  The tournament begins on Saturday, September 22, at 11 a.m. and admission to the tournament is free.

The Brew Fest with unlimited beer tasting from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm in connection with this tournament and The First Tee of Sacramento benefits from proceeds.  Cost is $18 

 For more information on the event go to http://www.matsonian.com/suds/index.htm

Join the Sacramento Eagles this weekend…

September 19, 2007 Leave a comment

at William Land Park Golf Course for SUDS on the Green…….

 

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Suds on the Green is a unique concept conceived by the Sacramento Eagles Professional Golf Team & CreativeCats Presents.

What is it?
Suds on the Green is a full-fledge beerfest taking place at William Land Park in Sacramento.
BUT…
While you are enjoying the great variety of beer you will be able to watch the
Sacramento Eagles Professional Golf Team as they battle other divisional teams in the most uniquely exciting golf shootout around.

Unlimited Beer Tasting, Great Food, Cool Music& Awesome People… who could ask for anything more!

Tickets are only $18 prepay, so CLICK HERE to get yours today!

To learn more about the National Golf League
Click Here.

  

 

 

William Land Park GC to host “Suds on the Green”

September 18, 2007 Leave a comment

A Message from the Founder of the National Golf League:

Ninth hole will be rockin’ in the NGL

Sacramento, CA The Arena Football concept comes alive this weekend for golf and beer enthusiasts as the Sacramento Eagles go against the five Northern California teams of the National Golf League in a golf tournament like no other. Canopy suites, along with 40 breweries set the stage on the ninth hole with music and exciting “team golf” drama. Suites accommodate 20 adults with cover surrounding the ninth hole like an arena. Enthusiasm and cheering is encouraged in the NGL replacing the stuffiness and polite golf claps. Videographers will be stationed 30 feet high and eight speakers will be pumping music and adrenalin around the “Suds on the Green” event this Saturday at William Land Park GC. With sponsors like Anheuser Busch, Coca Cola, Lexus of Sacramento, Markstein Beverage and Outback Steakhouse, the party begins at 2:00. In the NGL, this ninth hole is worth one point in the best ball competition. It elevates to two points in the alternate shot and then three points in the scramble. The tournament is hosted by the Sacramento Eagles as they compete against the Sonoma Marin Breakers, Valley Zone, East Bay Power, Silicon Valley Drivers and the San Francisco Spin. More information about the event can be viewed at www.sacramentoeagles.com. The NGL website reveals the teams, live scoring and video clips and can be viewed at www.ngl.tv Sacramento’s William Land Park Golf Course, built in 1924, is excited to host this Saturday’s event. Along with the assistance from the Sacramento Eagles, the course has made dramatic changes in preparation for the event. Golf Course Superindendent Bob Cline has been with William Land GC for eight years and is passionate about the event.    Cline commented, “The NGL has prompted these new enhancements needed to support a professional event such as this. My staff has learned new skills in tournament preparation and it is a thrill to see this course now playing at a high standard. The rough has been uncut and has grown to over 5 inches. The fairways are contoured, cut low and the course has been significantly lengthened.”  Shaking his head with a smile, Cline summed it up, “In my eight years here at William Land Park, this course has never looked like it will on Saturday!” The NGL, created in the Sacramento area, now has 18 teams around the western states and has plans of national expansion. The Sacramento event will be the fourth event of the 2007 season in Northern California. 

For more information contact: 

Bob Aube(530) 756-8916

www.ngl.tv

baube@nationalgolfleague.com

NGL Opens its 3rd Season at Coyote Creek Golf Club

August 6, 2007 Leave a comment

The National Golf League had its season opener on Saturday, August 4 at Coyote Creek Golf Club,

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located in San Jose, CA.  Coyote Creek is tournament home to the Silicon Valley Drivers as well as home to golf pro Shawn McEntee,

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who has played in over 30 PGA Tour events, playing with the likes of Lee Trevino and Fred Couples.  Shawn is currently Director of Golf at Coyote Creek.  This is the first year that Coyote Creek has hosted a National Golf League event.  Special thanks goes out to Jerry, Tony, Mike and Dick, staff members of Coyote Creek Golf Club, whom were very hospitable and accomodating to the guests, players and spectators. 

The National Golf League was founded by Davis Businessman, Bob Aube.  Speaking with him on Saturday, I was captured by his enthusiam and potential for the NGL.  Listening to him talk with envision, I too could see how this league was unfolding and where he wanted it to go.  Mr. Aube talked about the expansion of the league and to what the current teams and team owners were anticipating in the upcoming events.  I have been a follower of the National Golf League since its early beginnings when they started with just six teams.  I know what this league is capable of and I am very excited for its growth and for its future.

The National Golf League promotes ‘team play’.  27 holes are played seperated by 3 rounds of golf.  The format includes Alternate Shot, Best Ball and The Scramble.  The fans are even encouraged to walk along side the golfers through every shot and every hole.

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Fans following the Silicon Valley Drivers and East Bay Power to the next hole 

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Sacramento Eagles player (Brian Tucker) makes his shot at the ninth hole while spectators and players watch

Here’s what the NGL site has to say about its league:

The idea of “team play” will enhance the game of golf with new strategies and innovative coaching techniques. It will establish new rivalries that mirror other sports. As the popularity increases, media will have a new, stimulating league to extend its coverage to increased audiences. Players are enthusiastic about a new venue, one that offers an alternative to the traditional tours. Like other professional leagues, the NGL will cater to its customer – the golf fan and create a new accessible stage.

The NGL also has a new feature, with a price tag of about $50,000, so I was told.  A new web site went live last week, www.NGL.tv.  On the site you can view Teams, Players, Events, and Live Scoring.  You will soon also be able to make bets with the Fantasy feature of the site. 

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Photo snapshots taken from the NGL.tv web site

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Live Scoring will not only be up to the minute electronic input hole by hole, but you will also be able to track the players ball as it is being hit.  Signals will be transmitted via the ball and be able to view to where it lies on the golf course from your computer.  This new technology was being tested on Saturday.  Golfers were being followed around and signals were being sent from their golf balls.  Aspects of this site are still being developed.

The NGL season opener fan base wasn’t as high as originally anticipated, but a wedding party soon crashed the event. 

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Tournament play met with success.  For the fans that did attend, they were immediately entertained by music playing at the ninth hole, located near the clubhouse.  Tents surrounded the hole as the golfers made their approach.  As each golfer made their shot, they made their way towards the announcer who greeted and introduced them to the fans.  Pictured below are team members from the East Bay Power and the Sacramento Eagles. 

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Here is a glimspe of other players of the day.

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East Bay Power

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San Francisco Spin

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Sacramento Eagles

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Davis Zone

The WIN of this event went to the East Bay Power, who were trailing in the number three position up until the last hole.  That is why this league is so EXCITING…..because it can be anyone’s game up until the very end.  In second place was the Silicon Valley Drivers and finishing in third place was the Davis Zone.

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Terry Moylan (Left, in white) , Owner of the East Bay Power, being congratulated by players of the Sacramento Eagles

To learn more about the National Golf League and the NGL Teams, visit www.NGL.tv .

08/08/07 Correction:  SacTown News has learned that there was a scoring error that wasn’t discovered until after the end of the tournament.  The Davis Zone took second place with 25 points and the Silicon Valley Drivers took third place with 24 points.  I was informed that the scoring process is being reviewed and modified to prevent this from happening again.

NGL Season Soon Begins

July 31, 2007 Leave a comment

The National Golf League (NGL) is gearing up for the start of its third season on August 4, 2007 at the Coyote Creek Golf Course, home to the Silicon Valley Drivers.  The NGL was founded by Bob Aube, who currently resides in Davis, California.  Mr. Aube, who is a successful businessman, is developing his league across the country, with much success.  When this league was originally formed, team ownership was at $18,000.  Team ownership is now tagged at approximately $75,000.  The league currently has four divisions, with expansion opportunities that are still available.  Division I consists of Northern California, home of the Silicon Valley Drivers, East Bay Power, Davis Zone (2005 Champions), San Francisco Spin, Sacramento Eagles and the Sonoma-Marin Breakers.  Division II consists of Southern California, home of the Channel Island Sharks (2006 Champions), Los Angeles Stars, Inland Empire Styx, Orange County Wedge, Palm Springs Extreme Heat and the San Diego Spikes.  Division III consists of Arizona, home of the Flagstaff Blades, Las Vegas Chips, Phoenix Fireballs, Scottsdale Screech, Tempe-Mesa Albatrase, and the Tucson Knights.  Division IV consists of the Fort Meyers Red Tide and the Orlando Links.  Teams for Division IV are still available in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa and West Palm Beach.  Mr. Aube is currently seeking leagues for the 2008 season in the Great Lakes Division of Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. 

The Silicon Valley Drivers will be kicking off the 2007 NGL season on Saturday, August 4 at the Coyote Creek Golf Course.  For Directions you can visit the Coyote Creek website or call 408-463-1400 for more information. 

Schedule of events are as follows (from the Silicon Valley Drivers website): 

12:00pm            NGL Event Starts                       

                       Round 1Best Ball 

2:00pm            Round 1 Ends/Intermission                       

                      Fan Contest 

2:30pm            Round 2 Begins – Alternate Shot 

4:00pm            Round 2 Ends / Intermission                       

                      Fan Contest 

4:30pm            Round 3 Begins – Scramble 

6:30pm            Exciting Finish – Don’t Miss it!!!                       

                      Tournament Ends                       

                      Awards Ceremony                       

                      Raffle and Auction                       

                      BBQ Dinner                       

                      Meet and interact with players, get Autographs, take pictures. 

“The NGL is committed to a total fan experience.  There are no ropes or quiet place signs and fans are encouraged to walk the fairways and watch the players up close………………………………………………all tailored to fan enjoyment  

SacTown News will be at this season opener on August 4, as well as all Division I golf tournaments taking pictures of your favorite Teams and Players.  SacTown News is currently seeking Volunteer Writers/and or Photographers to cover the National Golf League for the 2007 Season.  If you would like additional information, please email to Sports@SacTownNews.com.     

NGL Division I Schedule:

August 4 – Silicon Valley Drivers – Coyote Creek GC

August 25 – San Francisco Spin – Chardonnay GC

Septermber 8 – Sonoma Marin Breakers – Windsor GC

September 22 – Sacramento Eagles – William Land Park GC

October 6 – East Bay Power – Brentwood GC

October 20 – Davis Zone – Wildhorse GC 

For more information on teams and schedules, visit http:///www.nationalgolfleague.com.       

Writers/Photogs Wanted

July 2, 2007 Leave a comment

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Writers/Photogs Wanted

SacTown News is looking for Volunteer writers and/or photographers to cover the National Golf League Division I Professional Golf Team Tournaments for the 2007 season at these locations:
Aug 4th Silicon Valley Drivers – Coyote Creek GC
Aug 25th San Francisco Spin – Chardonnay GC
Sep 8th Sonoma Marin Breakers – Windsor GC
Sep 22nd Sacramento Eagles – William Land Park GC
Oct 6th East Bay Power – Brentwood GC
Oct 20th Davis Zone – Wildhorse GC
The NGL (National Golf League) is in its third season. The NGL is “A New Kind of Golf”. Be part of the Growth. I am looking for a minimum of One (writer or photographer) at each of these events.
Here’s what you will get in return for your service:
Free Entry to Event
Access anywhere on the course
Press Pass
Photoshoot or Interview(s) before or after the Event (if applicable)
Lunch
SacTown News email address
**Opportunity to be published in a National Accredited Sports Magazine web site.
 (** Upon article/photograph submission to SacTown News for publication, a submission will be made to an accredited National Sports Magazine web site upon approval.)

Please submit a letter of interest with background and/or experience in order to be considered.  Interns are encouraged to apply.  Email to : sports@sactownnews.com

“Sudden Death” author Michael Balkind Prize Giveaways

May 12, 2007 Leave a comment

I run an LPGA Fantasy Golf site on the internet from the Sacramento area.  I was fortunate enough to acquire an author, Michael Balkind, as one of our members.  He has graciously offered to give me 3 autographed copies of his upcoming book Sudden Death for prize giveaways.  Also Michael will be sending me an advanced copy of his book in June so I will have a review out on the site prior to its release in October.  Until the release of Sudden Death, Michael will be giving away an Odyssey Putter every month.  Also if you register on his site for an email notification of the book release, you have a chance to get your own FREE autograph copy of Sudden Death.  See his site for details. 

That’s not all.  Read the post below that I put out on my site www.golfblab.com .  

From: MSN NicknameGolfBlab Sent: 5/11/2007 1:08 PM
For EVERY Golf Blab member (new or old) that registers with Michael at www.michaelbalkind.com , shoot me back an email at19teenthhole@email.com  and on the subject line type in SUDDEN DEATH.  I will confirm your email with Michael and on August 15 Golf Blab will have its own Contest for a Custom Club Putter from Triangle Custom Clubs.  You must be confirmed as registered through Michael to qualify.  I will send you a confirmation that you are in the drawing.NOW YOU HAVE 3 Ways to WIN: 1.  Register with Michael at his website introducing his new book Sudden Death for a chance to win in the monthly drawing for an Odyssey Putter.2.  Submit 5 names to Michael’s site and if 4 of your friends register, you will receive an autograph copy of his book when it comes out in October.3.  Register with Michael and you will be entered in the drawing at Golf Blab for a Custom Club Putter (confirmation with Michael is required – see above for details).

If you have any questions, please email me at 19teenthhole@email.com

The “Davis Zone” Golf Team host July Clinic and Charity Event

June 29, 2006 Leave a comment

The Davis Zone, one of 12 teams playing this year in the National Golf League (http://www.nationalgolfleague.com) will host two scheduled events in July before their August 5 season opener. On July 9, the Davis Zone will host a Free Golf Clinic, between 10 a.m. and noon, that will be open to the public at the Wildhorse Golf Course in Davis, CA (2323 Rockwell Drive). On July 16, the Davis Zone will also host a Freedom from Hunger Charity Golf Tournament, which proceeds will benefit a local charity, Freedom from Hunger and the Davis Zone Golf Team. Please click on the flyers below for more details.

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Visit the Davis Zone website at http://www.daviszonegolf.com for times and locations of all upcoming events.

The National Golf League Gears for 2nd Season

May 30, 2006 Leave a comment

The National Golf League is gearing up to start its second season of play on August 5th.  Last year the NGL made its debut with six Northern California teams.  This year the NGL will have two Divisions, six Northern and six Southern California teams with talks of new teams forming in 2007 in Arizona, Florida and the Great Lake States. 

Maps below from the National Golf League site (http://www.nationalgolfleague.com/expansion/)

  • Current Divisions
    Northern California – Division I
    Southern California – Division II
  • 2007 Expansion TeamsArizona
    Florida Division Great Lakes Division


     

Expansion teams are up for sale and if your thinking about owning a team, this year is the time to buy.  Currently the going rate is $30,000.  Next year there are talks of stricter restrictions for owning a team.  Last year I did a short write up on the debut of the National Golf League. 

Here's a recap: 

"There's a new Pro Golf League in town.  Yesterday I attended the debut of the National Golf League here in the Sacramento area.  The first event took place at the Wildhorse Golf Course in Davis, California, which is home to Davis Zone.  The league is looking to expand to other parts of the California region.  At present, the National Golf League is home to the Silicon Valley Drivers, San Francisco Spin, Sacramento Eagles, East Bay Power, Sonoma-Marin Breakers and Davis Zone.

The National Golf League promotes golf team play.  27 holes of golf are played separated by 3 rounds of golf.  The format includes Alternate Shot, Best Ball and The Scramble. 

Here's what the site (http://www.nationalgolfleague.com) has to say about its new league:

The idea of “team play” will enhance the game of golf with new strategies and innovative coaching techniques. It will establish new rivalries that mirror other sports. As the popularity increases, media will have a new, stimulating league to extend its coverage to increased audiences. Players are enthusiastic about a new venue, one that offers an alternative to the traditional tours. Like other professional leagues, the NGL will cater to its customer – the golf fan and create a new accessible stage.

 You got to know I've already been thinking, "How can I make this into a Fantasy Golf Game".

It's exciting, it's energizing!  The teams are separated into two from each team and they are started out on different holes for each round of play until they all complete 9 holes.  Once they all come in, another round starts.  Some players played one or two rounds and others played three.  I got the opportunity to follow the Davis Zone team, which one of our very own members (Tee-it-Up1, Renee' MacDonald)  is a part of.  Not only was I impressed with her play, I was also impressed with her fellow teammates as well as all members of the National Golf League.  You couldn't help but cheer for the incredible shots made.  I got the opportunity to witness an amazing 50 foot putt shot and a shot made from under the trees hit right onto the green.  This is competitive golf at its finest, but played in a team play format.  A score cart followed a team of players so you were always in the loop to whom scored.  Throughout play only one point separated the top leading teams, which kept going back and forth.  With four holes remaining, darkness started to come into play while golfers were scrambling to their next hole.  The last hole of round three was worth 3 points.  That could either make a win or break a win.  As we headed towards the clubhouse no points had been tallied as they waited for all players to come in.  Interviews were taking place.  Dreams of PGA were voiced and expressed, and I was in ear shot of.  This was exciting and I got the opportunity to be a part of it.  As they completed their final scores, it left a tie between the East Bay Power and the Davis Zone, both with a total score of 30.  In the event of a tie, the winner is the one who has the most points scored in round 3.  East Bay Power had 13 and Davis Zone had 11.   I was only out there for 7 hours, while some of the golfers were out there for 11 and 12 hours.  You ask, was this exciting?……You better believe this was EXCITING!!!"

I will be more involved with one of the Northern California teams this year and will keep you informed of new developments.  Check out the web site for more information.  http://www.nationalgolfleague.com  

Division I   Division II
Silicon Valley DriversEast Bay PowerDavis ZoneSan Francisco Spin Sacramento Eagles

The Sonoma Marin Breakers 

  Channel Islands SharksLos Angeles StarsInland Empire StyxOC Wedge Palm Springs Extreme Heat

San Diego Spikes