2005 Newport Cup: The Photos

Some pictures to remember the inaugural playing of the Newport Cup.

Newport CupThe Newport Cup may be over, but with the help of some images, it will live forever.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, you’re about to read one heckuva long story. It’s a story of sorrow (Red Team) and jubilation (Blue Team). It’s a tale of birdies and bogeys (and quadruple bogeys). Of water hazards, bunkers, and pine straw. It’s a story of net holes in one and five-hour rounds in some of the best golf weather to be found. For cryin’ out loud, it’s even got a llama!

Join us as we look back at the weekend that was the 2005 Newport Cup.

2005 Newport Cup Recap

The 2005 Newport Cup has come to an end, and with that come our scores. How close were the matches? Find out here.

Newport CupThe inaugural playing of the Newport Cup has come to a close, and with it, an 11½-8½ Blue Team victory. Though we’ll have coverage of the event in later posts, this story will share with the world some of the scoring.

As many know, our first two rounds at Talamore and Pine Needles were played in two-man best-ball competition, while our final round featured singles matches at Davis Love III’s Anderson Creek. Each member of the Newport Cup played with every member of his team and against every member of the opposing team at least once, and we all had a great time getting to know each other.

The Newport Cup

The 2005 Newport Cup kicks off on October 15-16, and we’re excited!

Newport CupOn October 15 and 16, The Sand Trap .com is holding the initial Newport Cup matches in the sandhills of North Carolina. The competition will be similar to the Ryder Cup (albeit with smaller teams) and should be great fun.

The Name
The Newport Cup is named after the location of the first U.S. Open, the Newport Golf and Country Club in Rhode Island. Held in 1895, professional golfer Horace Rawlins of England was the first champion.

We’ve yet to choose team names for the two competing teams, so this year they’ll simply be the Red and Blue teams. The ball supplies the “white” in a patriotic theme. We’ll choose team names at the event. Perhaps we’ll be in an irreverent mood and play Team McAvoy versus Team Spackler, or perhaps we’ll keep things historic. We shall see…

Logos and Artwork

The Sand Trap .com now has a new logo, in addition to Newport Cup logos and more. Get some JPEGs here.

Over the past few months, The Sand Trap has been working with Mike Rohde of Rohdesign to fashion a number of logos for The Sand Trap .com. No doubt you’ve seen the images that headline The Sand Trap’s regular columns, like The Numbers Game, Bag Drop, and Thrash Talk.

Today we’re pleased to announce that we’ve finished the logos. They’ll soon grace polo shirts, business cards, and more. If you’re looking to link to The Sand Trap, grab some of the JPEGs we’re offering below. If we’re working with you to provide a shirts, embroidery, or something similar, EPS images are included in a single .zip file. If you have requests for specific sizes, we can create them. Just let us know by emailing logo-request@thesandtrap.com.

Interview Columnist Needed!

We’re looking for someone to write an interview column. Could you be the next Sand Trap staff member?!

The Sand Trap .com is looking to add a columnist to our staff. Specifically, we’re looking to add an interviewer to complete a weekly interview with someone in the golf world (we’ve got a good number of contacts). The column would be published on Saturdays and would be read by hundreds of thousands of readers from all over the globe.

If you’re interested, contact me at my AIM screen name (“iacas”) or via email. My email address is listed on the Staff Page. Please, yes, you must know English fairly well. If you IM, please introduce yourself with more than “hello.” 🙂

The Sand Trap – A New Take

The Sand Trap: now with a tad less news and a bit more commentary on the news, right alongside a new schedule and a dose of new columns.

Over the past few months, The Sand Trap has wandered a bit off course. For example, our daily recaps of PGA and LPGA action. That’s news you can get elsewhere.

The Sand Trap is heading in a new direction. Instead of news, you’ll get commentary on the news. We’re moving to a new publishing schedule, and I’d like to step through it with you. Comments are welcome.

Review Policy

We may have sponsors, but they do NOT influence our reviews. If you’d like to hear that in more words, read on.

Sand Trap ManThe Sand Trap, located at http://thesandtrap.com/, is one of the premier websites for the avid golf fan. We feature reviews, opinions, and news as well as a user forum. With millions of page views per month, our content reaches a lot of golfers.

Erik J. Barzeski, Editor in Chief of The Sand Trap, has written reviews for print magazines such as MacAddict and served as technical editor for O’Reilly for several years. He published a successful computer e-zine for four years, one of the strengths of which were solid, thorough reviews.

Earnings per Start

MJ has come up with an “Earnings per Start” statistic, and we’re happy to post the information here on our site. Now you can too.

“MJ” of “MJonGolf” (mjongolf.com) has been tracking an interesting statistic: PGA Tour Earnings/Start. Such a statistic accounts for the fact that Vijay Singh, for example, enters ten or so more tournaments per year than Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, giving him a great advantage on the money list.

MJ has made the data available for others, and we have been helping to test the methodology for the past few days. You can find the information below our search box on the right side of every page here at The Sand Trap, or include it in your own blog if you wish. Just follow MJ’s simple instructions.

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Where the Site is Going

Tell us what you’d like to see from The Sand Trap.

The Sand Trap is now a few months old. The forum is nearing two months old. We’ve redesigned the site once already. Where are we going?

The answer is simple: nowhere and everywhere at once! In the coming weeks and months, we plan to publish more:

  • Reviews
  • Interviews
  • “Swing Thoughts” (opinion pieces)
  • More of the other stuff too!

We’ve got a great staff right now, and The Sand Trap is growing. We’re looking forward to bringing you tales from the tours and equipment news and views. We’re looking for a sponsor so we can advertise a wee bit (potential sponsors are welcome to contact us).

We’re also interested in what you have to say. What do you want to see from The Sand Trap? What can we do to make the site more interesting for you? Let us know – drop us a line and share your thoughts.

We don’t bite. But those Y-Cutters sure do