Tuesday, October 16, 2007

What Disparate LIves They Have

One Stanford attendee has suffered humiliation, criticism, and injuries this year. She has lost yet another agent -- her second in two years. She has a new caddy...her father.

The other Stanford attendee will have a drink brand named after him. Has nearly $1 billion in endorsement deals. The latest worth $100 Million from Pepsico to produce Gatorade Tiger. He no longer has a father that he misses dearly. But he gets to make his own blends of flavored sports drinks.

The tale of two Stanford attendees: I hope the former achieves even half the success of the other. Right now unfortunately the chances are pretty slim.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Can Wie Get a Wie Break?

Michelle Wie is back to playing at the Samsung World Championship. She's a student at Stanford, and you would think this is a time for new beginnings and opportunities.

Unfortunately, her parents are not only renting a home in Palo Alto, near the campus, but her Dad, BJ, is caddying for her at the Samsung tournament. How is she doing with her Dad on her bag? Or, should I say on her back?

She's dead last...19 over as she starts her final round today. At what point do you think the Wie family will say we're putting too much pressure on her...we need to back off and give her a chance to get her head together?

I don't see it happening any time soon, which is sad for Michelle. I wish her luck because she doesn't have to just conquer a golf course anymore, and win a tournament-- the bigger monkey on her back is her family.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Looking for the Ultimate Thank-You Gift for a Client

Your business golf rounds can be used to get to know someone better and deepen your business relationships. Or, you can also use it as a thank-you round for a client that just signed a large account with you.

You can take your client to your private club or a high-end local public golf course. But, if you want to give your client a thank-you that he or she will likely not forget, consider playing in a pro-am on the Wednesday of a PGA tournament.

The cost is considerable, of course, it'll be $4,000-5,000 per player, depending on the tournament, or about $10,000 for both of you. And, yes, you should be playing beside your client, so you and your client will have some shared memories. To read more about playing in a pro-am, click onto http://tinyurl.com/3ceupd.

A round with Tiger or Phil in a pro-am will make you memorable indeed.