with the Chairman
Legends Want to Know: An
Exclusive Interview with the Chairman of Legends In Our Own
We've all heard or read the stories: the birdies,
the holes in one, the tall tales around the barbecue, even the
infamous mooning of the clubhouse. As with any legend, some
tales are true, some are embellished. But we wanted to get the
real scoop, the truth about the beginnings of Legends in Our
Own Minds®. To learn the unadorned facts, we turned to the
Man, the Chairman of Legends, the one who is the first Legend
In His Own Mind: Dave Ginger.
Staff: Mr. Ginger, tell us briefly how "Legends"
Mr. Ginger: Legends In Our Own Minds actually
started about ten years ago with a group of us friends getting
together for a weekend of golf in Austin, Texas. It was primarily
my way of showing appreciation to those guys who helped me learn
the game. As the weekend came to a close, we decided that it
had been so much fun we would do it again the next year and
everybody would bring a friend. Therefore, the second year,
we had five foursomes to play, and it has remained that way
Staff: In an earlier conversation, you called
your Legends tournament more than just another golf outing.
You called it an event. Can you explain that comment?
Mr. Ginger: We have three days of golf, some
friendly bets, a Saturday night cookout with delicious steaks,
our favorite beverages, big cigars and a whole lot of "story
telling." However, the most important thing is that we
are all very good friends and the camaraderie that we have developed
through the past ten years is fantastic. It is truly an event
that we all look forward to each year.
Staff: You and your partner trademarked the
Legends In Our Own Minds. Can you tell us why?
Mr. Ginger: We always had some kind of token
for the guys to take home each year as a memento for each tournament.
Usually we bought shirts and caps and occasionally we had other
items like bag tags and even golf bags. We formed the company
originally to be able to buy our tournament mementos at discounted
prices. As time passed, it became clear to us that we were on
to something bigger than we first realized. The Legends In Our
Own Minds name attracted so much attention that we decided to
get our own trademark to prevent someone from using our ideas.
It's that simple.
Staff: Are you worried that Legends will become
too big, too "commercialized?"
Mr. Ginger: Never happen. Each
tournament is unique. While the mechanics may be similar, the
people involved, the atmosphere, the setting, the spirit of
each event is different. Even a national tournament doesn't
just happen out of thin air. Smaller, fun, individual tournaments
lead up to it.
When the stars align just right, you have to
act fast. This month is the start of summer and the primary
golf season, plus -- we managed to tie down the Chairman for
In honor of that, we decided to offer some hot
THIS MONTH ONLY and FOR MEMBERS ONLY:
** Golf Balls with the Legends® logo ---
20% off, limit two boxes.
** Schedule a Packaged Tournament (we do all the work, you
have all the fun) and each member of your group will receive
a complimentary Legends® bag towel.
** And show off them hairy legs - call the Legends® office
to find out about this season's coolest golf shorts - 10%
off the regular price.
These discounts are available to members only,
but be sure to visit our Pro Shop
for other discounts and specials.
of the Month:
From Lord Byron Nelson: The
Best Putting Tip I Ever Received:
After completing the first round of a PGA tournament
early in his career, Lord Byron returned with his wife to their
hotel room. He quickly took his putter from his bad, dropped
two golf balls on the floor and began stroking them across the
carpeted room. He declared that his putting was terrible and
that he made absolutely no putts during his round that day.
His wife was direct in her response. She said, "Well, Byron,
you just need to hit the ball closer to the hole!"
Visit the Golf Tips Archives in The Club Library
for more exciting and valuable advice.
Lloyd Draper reports that he made a hole-in-one
on the Dallas Bestest Golf Course. According to the local golf
pro, who verified the hole-in-one, Lloyd hit from the women's
tee and sliced it horribly. Miraculously though, the ball, a
Legends Slazenger Power Control, bounced off Lloyd's Big Bud
Beer cooler (he stashes them strategically throughout the course),
ricocheted over the sand trap, rolled through the rough, and
dropped right smack into the hole on the 14th green.
Congratulations to Member Lloyd Draper!!
(Although this Legends Hole-in-One story is
a tall tale, it's a myth sure to be embellished in the 19th
Hole for tournaments to come.)
Legends "Say What?":
Legends members love their golf, no doubt about
it. Take Member Robert Frey of Oakdale, Minnesota:
Apparently when he's secured a hard-to-get tee
time, nothing will keep Robert (known to friends as Rob-Bob)
from the course, even a late spring snow. He set off for his
morning round, ignoring the light flakes dotting his Legends
cap. Even when the snow began to fall in big puffy flakes and
fill his pull bag, he plowed on, literally. Rob-Bob managed
to play nine holes, before dragging himself and his snow-covered
bag back to the Pro Shop.
According to Jed Smith, the pro shop manager,
he was shocked to see Rob-Bob crawl in since he had no idea
anyone was still out on the course. When he asked Frey how he
did, Frey said, "How'd I do? Are you crazy, man? It's a
blizzard out there. Thank God for cleats, or I never would've
made it up that last hill on nine. But look at this--only seventeen
over. You try finding your balls in the snow."
(Hey! - send in your member news so I don't
have to keep making up this stuff.)
Look for Member News posted on the Legends web
site -- visit The Library in The Club.
"Highlights in Golf History":
Picture it: Mount Fuji rises snowcapped and
majestic in the background. Ahead of you, the 18th hole on the
Taiheiyo Club Gotemba in Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan. In front
of the green - a still, ominous pond. Behind the flag - three
bunkers, white and groomed. You hit your shot and the ball rolls
back into the pond. What do you do?
If you're Lee Westwood in the 1998 Sumitomo
VISA Taiheiyo Master, you see that your ball is still half visible,
so you climb into the pond and take your shot. Westwood hit
a lob wedge, made birdie, and won the tournament.
Sometimes you just have to take a chance and
go for it.
It's not just trivia; it's history.
This Jack Nicklaus course was
build on reclaimed land. When the Anaconda Copper Company
abandoned its smelting plant, it left behind huge mounds of
black, fine slag. From this "waste," a public course
emerged with 18 exquisite holes.
From the back, Old Works measures
7,705 yards; from the front, a little more than 5,300. The
links-style course wanders up and down through the mounds
of slag and the brownish green of the surrounding hills skirts
native grass, crosses lakes and creeks and runs alongside
Green fees are $33 in the summer,
$28 spring and fall. Perhaps the most extraordinary course
that Jack ever built
and the cheapest to play.
Each month, Legendary News will
highlight a golf course. All our features will be archived
for members to peruse. The Archives are stored in The Library
in The Club.
This month, we're highlighting two tournaments:
The 13th Texas Legends Tournament and the Colorado 2001 Invitational
Near Austin, Texas
Barton Creek, Lakeside
May 14-16, 2004
The Legends In Our Own Minds® 2004 Tournament
in Texas marked the Thirteenth Anniversary of our event.
For the celebration of this milestone, we extended the tournament
from a two-day event to a three-day competition. We also increased
the field of players from twenty to twenty-four.
Players came from as far away as Colorado
and Florida, as well as from all over Texas, to be part of our
annual Legends weekend. Adding the third day allowed us to play
one round at the Apple Rock Course in Horseshoe Bay as well
as our "home" course at Barton Creek Lakeside.
Be sure to check out the pictures from last
year's tournament in the Photo Gallery. We'll post blackmail-worthy
photographs from our 2010 National Tournament
as soon as possible after we sober - er, rest - up.
All Legends golfers know how to hit the balls and party. Break out the
clubs, the champagne and the cigars.
Happy Golfing to the Legends In Our Own Minds®
golfers. You're not only originals, you're true Legends.
A LOOK BACK:
Saddle Rock Golf Course
May 18, 2001
Legends In Our Own Minds® designed another
fun day on the beautiful Saddle Rock Golf Course in Aurora,
Colorado on May 18, 2001. The Colorado Open has been played
on the Saddle Rock Golf Course in 1999 and 2000.
The Invitational Tournament attracted some of
the best golfers in Colorado and many not so good golfers (but
we won't name names). However, we are always Legends In Our
The Legends In Our Own Minds® Colorado 2001
State Tournament awarded over $2000 in golf prizes, reduction
in golf fees, and other awards.
Be sure to visit the Legends website -- results
and photos are up and ready for viewing. What a great time everyone