Category Archives: Fashion

The Toucan Shirt: It Could Have Been Worse

I’m guessing that years from now guys will still be talking about the Seattle Team’s 2019 Sunday shirt.  Known as “Toucan Sam,” the shirt is one of roughly a dozen or so sold by a startup apparel company called Waggle Golf.

I quite liked the Toucan.  Not everyone else did — and they let me know it.

I didn’t think it was even in the running for worst shirt of the week — the World Team’s gray, “morse code” rag was my easy winner in that category.

For some inexplicable reason, the World Team’s gray Friday shirts had what appeared to be morse code on them.

But it did get me to thinking: could I have done worse?

And after a little bit of research into what’s out there in the golf shirt world these days, I reached a clear conclusion.

Yes I could have.

There are any of these offerings from Loudmouth (and there were plenty more I could have added here):

Or any of these from Iliac:

Or these from Bad Birdie:

Or these from William Murray:

So the next time a Seattle Team member complains about his Toucan shirt, he’d do well to remember — it could have had feathers on it.

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The Return of the One Club Open

The Willow Run par 3 course just minutes before we teed off.

Today twenty guys and one gal (Stephanie Secretario) braved what turned out to be surprisingly pleasant December elements for the fourth rendition of the Greenspan Cup One Club Open. (Pics.) This was the first time we’ve played the event since 2004 or 2005 — I don’t remember which, but it’s been a while. Most guys played the Willows Run par 3 course with an 8- or 9-iron. Tony O’Malley used a 6-iron — didn’t work.

Englishman Simon Wilks fired a gross 54 to beat ...

Tony Secretario by one.

Adam Waalkes (shown here with West Seattle Golf legend R.J. Spangenberg) fired a net 50 to take home second-place low net cash.


Seattle vet Jeff Benezra won in the three-man flashiest dressed contest ...

Simon Wilks’ 8-iron worked quite well for him. The 10 handicap and longtime friend of World Team vet Leo Madden shot an incredible 54 (26-28) to win low gross by one over Seattle vet Tony Secretario, who had a career day but still came up one short. (Tony was none too pleased at subsequently being compared to Bob May.) Willows Run owner and tournament host Brian Patten won low net honors (again) with a net 48.5. Adam Waalkes’ net 50 was good enough for second.

edging out me ...

and our Seattle Team teammate Max Anderson, who went with a college co-ed/Michelin Man look.

Next up: Greenspan Cup 2011. Unfortunately, it’s eight months away.

RESULTS
Simon Wilks 26-28=54
Tony Secretario 30-25=55
Mike Waldner 30-29=59
Brian Patten 31-28=59 (low net)
Leo Madden 29-31=60
John Harrison 33-29=62
Kevin McCarthy 30-32=62
R.J. Spangenberg 31-31=62
Norman Cheuk 32-31=63
Adam Waalkes 31-32=63 (second low net)
Nick Jenkins 34-30=64
Tim O’Brien 32-32=64
Peter Sarrensen 32-36=68
Joel Aro 35-33=68
Jeff Benezra 35-34=69
Jeff (last name unknown) 35-34=69
Jack Laidlaw 34-40=74
Max Anderson 35-40=75
Stephanie Secretario 39-42=81
Jordan Ramos 35-46=81
Tony O’Malley 46-46=92

Thirteen Years of Greenspan Cup Logos

While the Greenspan Cup has been an unbridled success and a great addition to the lives of its players, it hasn’t been without its problems. Our inevitable rules controversies are the stuff of legend. As controversial, but more behind the scenes, has been our struggle to come up with the perfect logo.

We didn’t need an identifier in 1998, when we all brought “matching” shirts from home. But when we started doing “the shirts” in 1999 and followed soon thereafter with a website, we needed a good logo. No one came up with a swoosh as it were, and for the last twelve years we’ve struggled to find just the right logo.

I look back at how things progressed:

This number, shown on the infamous Seattle salmon shirt, lasted from 1999 to 2003.

This one, which reminded some of The Jetsons, was so small I'm not sure why we bothered.

The Seattle Team's logo for 2010 -- simplicity inspired by Dunning.

The World Team logo, 2010.

The new Seattle Team logo for 2011.

Still nothing perfect. Indeed, so imperfect that we’re now doing our own separate logos. Here’s hoping that one of these days, one of the teams gets it right.

A Preview of the Seattle Team’s Bandon Threads

Put this one in the “someone’s way too excited about Bandon” category. Since Puma is doing it for Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson, I figured I’d put together a preview at the Seattle Team’s looks for Bandon:

Here’s what’s planned:

Friday. Our old back luck Antigua white shirt, white belt, black slacks, white shoes, gray Izod pullover.

Saturday. Two-tone zip front polo from Via Europa. Stone pants, black belt, matching shoes, navy blue Izod pullover.

Sunday. Blue-and-white striped polo from Lands End. Stone pants, black belt, matching shoes.

The open question, of course, is whether guys will actually wear what they’re supposed to.

Twelve Years of Seattle Team Greenspan Garb

I don’t know which is worse. That after twelve years of Greenspan shirts (we didn’t do shirts in year one) I still have so many hanging in my closet:

Or that, after all these years, I’m still able to remember the order we wore them in — and hang them accordingly.

Not all of them are here, to be sure. Those horrid rags from the Johnson captaincy years are gone — as is Johnson. And a few of the Cutter & Bucks Benezra picked out in in ’03 or so didn’t survive many washes. Still, I’ve managed to hang on to most of them and still wear them from time to time.

Twelve years of great memories hanging on that rod.

Can’t wait for the next twelve. The first start happening about a month from now.

Best and Worst Shirts Ever

For a bunch of guys, we Greenspanners certainly have fun with our annual uniforms. The captains have hit an occasional home run. Of course, we’ve hit a few sideways, too:

BEST

Tiger reds (World 2009)

Tiger wore this to win at Bay Hill AND Memorial in '09.  The magic rubbed off on the World, although not OB.

Tiger wore this to win at Bay Hill AND Memorial in '09. The magic rubbed off on the World, although not OB.

Antigua whites (Seattle 2006)

Nothing spectacular, but these white Antiguas are very affordable and get lots of wear.

Nothing spectacular, but these white Antiguas are very affordable and get lots of wear.

Nike blues (both teams 2005).

These 2005 Nike duds were so sweet ...

These 2005 Nike duds were so sweet ...

that both teams got 'em.

that both teams got 'em.

WORST


World’s Village People/gay sailor shirts (1998)

No buttons on that collar, and check out the logo.

No buttons on that collar, and check out the logo.

World’s orange road crews (2007)

Looks like he should be spinning a sign.

Looks like he should be spinning a sign.

Seattle’s pee yellow Ashworths (2001)

Ugly color, sleeves too long, thick as a sweater, ran about two sizes too big...

Ugly color, sleeves too long, thick as a sweater, ran about two sizes too big...



World Hawaiian camp shirts (2003)

For some reason, Sharkey thought the Worlds would be able to play golf in Hawaiian camp shirts (btw: those are short sleeves)

For some reason, Sharkey thought the Worlds would be able to play golf in Hawaiian camp shirts (btw: those are short sleeves)



Seattle salmon shirts (2003)

We won by 9, but the salmon thing didn't work out.

We won by 9, but the salmon thing didn't work out.

World bubble shirts (2008)Check ’em out on my family blog, because . . .

this pic doesn't do it justice.

this pic doesn't do it justice.

We make mistakes, but so do the real guys. (1I2.)

Best and Worst Looks

We’re supposed to be uniformed during Greenspan Cup. But occasionally, especially during the practice rounds, guys go for their own flare. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

BEST

Anderson’s Bing Crosby lid

Gotta give the guy credit -- he pulled it off.

Gotta give the guy credit -- he pulled it off.



Mike Waldner’s Miami Dolphins pants (2005)

Dan Marino called -- he wants his pants back.

Dan Marino called -- he wants his pants back.



Rob Stonesifer’s “Cabo Chick” hat (2006)

Not my look, but very Rob.

Not my look, but very Rob.

Jeff Haight’s hat (2006 – present)

This '06 lid isn't bad . . .

This '06 lid isn't bad . . .

WORST

Jeff Haight’s hat (2005)

but this one ...?

but this one ...?

Brad Nelson’s C. Everett Koop beard patch (2001)

Not really sure what Nelson was thinking here.

Not really sure what Nelson was thinking here.

Joel Aro’s shorts (2009)

Did Aro steal John Daly's underwear?

Did Aro steal John Daly's underwear?

Jack Laidlaw’s camo’ look (2007 — present)

Why?

Why?



Paul Sharkey’s Rosellini Cup shirt (2005)

Why wear a Rosellini Cup shirt to the Greenspan Cup?

Why wear a Rosellini Cup shirt to the Greenspan Cup?