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Winter 2010 : An Interview with the Chairman

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" got started.

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 ever since.

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.

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Golf Tips

Putting: 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!"

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Member News

Two Fables:

Legends Hole-in-One:

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 Titlest 260, 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.)

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Featured Courses

OLD WORKS
ANACONDA, MONTANA

This Jack Nicklaus course was built 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 protected areas.

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.

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