The coldest company golf outing on record
Alex Myers discusses an annual Golf Digest tradition that Mother Nature put to the ultimate test.
Released on 11/11/2019
So the PGA Tour took a rare break last week,
but we here at Golf Digest filled the void
by holding the coldest company golf outing ever.
At least it felt that way.
As is tradition, the powers that be
waited way too long to schedule the Annual Seitz Cup,
and this time we caught a particularly rough Friday
with a high of 35 and consistent 15-mile per hour plus winds
that made it feel closer to the teens.
Leonardo DiCaprio's character in the Revenant
didn't have it this tough.
But spoiler alert, as you can tell by me telling you
about this tale of bravery,
I survived the elements.
Although it took a couple days to get
full feeling in my fingers back.
As someone who basically puts the clubs away
once the temperature drops below 65,
I wore seven layers up top and never thought about
shedding one the entire five hours.
Seven layers, well, eight if you count
getting an early start at the bar to warm my belly.
Yes, all the clothing made my backswing shorter
than Bill Belichick's stint as head coach of the Jets.
But I was willing to sacrifice
some distance for avoiding hyperthermia.
I'm happy to report
all of my tough co-workers made it as well.
In an incredible display of grit
and really the human spirit,
there were no WD's from the 36-person field.
In fact we had a 37th person,
Golf Digest executive producer Christian loos,
who recently broke his leg,
show up just to document the event.
Talk about guts.
And what an event it turned out to be
at lovely Rockridge Country Club.
As I mentioned last week, I was upset over being bumped
to the old team and losing my spot
as the last of the millennials in this annual age clash
named after former Editor-in-Chief, Nick Seitz,
but it's nice to be on the winning side for once.
Ryan Harrington and I took care of business
in an epic 18-hole match.
And the old team won 16 to 11.
Here's Ryan's fantastic reaction
to draining the winning putt.
What a putt.
[Man] That's unbelievable.
What a putt.
Old guys, geezers, boomers, you can call this
scrappy, crafty bunch whatever you want
as long as you also call us winners.
We're basically like Team Europe at the Ryder Cup,
just minus the matching blue outfits
and Ian Poulter blood-curdling screams.
Anyway, what an amazing effort all around
and I've never been prouder to wear the GD logo,
then again, we are called Golf Digest for a reason,
we love golf and we're fortunate this wonderful game
brings us together on a daily basis.
On this particular day, though, we became closer than ever.
No matter our ages.
All right, all right, enough of the sappy stuff.
The main take-away was that it was freaking freezing
and I'll tell you one thing, I've never been so excited
for that post round chili.