2009 Hogan Award
Sunday, May 24, 2009
TOLDEO, Ohio – The other night I was at Colonial Country Club for the presentation of the Hogan Award, which I hope many of you go to see live right here on golfweek.com.
One of the highlights of the evening was the opportunity to hear the great CBS commentator Jim Nantz be the featured speaker. I already knew he had one of the greatest jobs in the world, but I was equally impressed with some of the comments he made.
When he took the podium he congratulated all the players on their great accomplishments for making it this far as finalists for the Hogan Award. Then he looked at each of the coaches and thanked them personally for the job they do to help these fine young men.
After he gave thanks, he took a moment to really get an impressive message across. Here is Jim Nantz, the voice of the Final Four, and CBS Sports telling everyone in the room that college golf is the one NCAA sport that does not get the appreciation or credit it deserves.
Now just think how impressive a statement that is coming from the one guy that has been to the last umpteen Final Fours, and has been to a handful of Super Bowls.
One last thing...
On Off Campus we often ask coaches and players for their dream foursome for a round of golf. Well, I think Jim Nantz has lived the dream. At the dinner he also told everyone how he was asked to join former presidents George H W. Bush and Bill Clinton for a round of golf.
He of course found the time to join those two, but he was then in charge of finding a fourth.
Who did he call? Tom Brady the quarterback of the New England Patriots.
Now that's a foursome.