Suitcase Plans, Take Two

Remember a few weeks ago, when I wrote about how my travel schedule went from zero to hero in a 10-day span?

No? Well then this might trigger a memory…

Why the passport?

There was one trip I didn’t put on that blog post, because I didn’t have the 100% non-refundable plane ticket in my hand yet. But I’m pretty sure they won’t take it away from me now.

Drumroll, please…

In two weeks from today, I’ll be landing in Melbourne, Australia for two weeks for The Presidents Cup. (WOOOO!)  

I’ll be running point on the social media coverage throughout the week, on both the Presidents Cup and PGA TOUR brands. I’m still pinching myself, because it’s an incredibly opportunity and I’m grateful to be added to the tournament team after so much planning has already gone into this event. It’s part of the reason my October has flown by so quickly — even though the PGA TOUR Playoffs completed last month, the strategy and preparation for Presidents Cup has overtaken any free time I may have gained in the (not-so) off-season.

I wouldn’t be doing my job, if I didn’t ask you to follow @PresidentsCup on Twitter and “like” the event on Facebook — but I’ll leave the rest of the work-related items off the blog at this point.

Who has tips, suggestions and friends in/around Melbourne that will come in handy over the two weeks that I’m down under? I extended my trip for a few days after the tournament finishes (runs Nov 15-20) and am hoping to drink wine, hold a koala, take a tour, and get some good runs in while I’m there. I’ll fly back Nov25, the day after Thanksgiving with a stop over in DFW (save me leftovers, Maria!) on my way back to Jax.

I really hope I can keep blogging before I leave, and even a note or two while I’m there (at least pictures!). But in case I don’t, leave a comment here or get in touch to share any tips or stories you have about Australia.

Suitcase Plans, Take Two

Best Moments of 2008: PGA TOUR Highlights Edition

In end of the year spirit, I’m going to try a series of posts titled Best Moments of 2008, recapping the best of what I’ve done and experienced this year. I’m hoping it keeps me entertained enough to get back into blogging mode!If you have any suggestions (themes or actual moments), leave them in the comments.

I don’t just work for the PGA Tour, I’m also a fan!

In the spirit of continuing with the video posts I’ve been adding lately (I can write, I just haven’t), here are my favorite Best of 2008 videos from the PGA Tour’s YouTube channel.

I had a great time re-living some of the highlights from my first season at the TOUR through these Best of ’08 highlights. I also like the features on Sergio Garcia, Anthony Kim and Vijay Singh, each recapping their stellar seasons.

At, many of the staffers wrote about what they’ll remember about 2008. Since my first choice, stalking watching Sergio win the PLAYERS in person, was already spoken for, I wrote about the emergence of Camilo Villegas through the season. I first met, and watched, him during PLAYERS week, and he just got better throughout the season. The editors really polished my story (thanks y’all!) and you can read it here.

Best Moments of 2008: PGA TOUR Highlights Edition

Life without Tiger

The British Open last week was entertaining, given the ever-changing leaderboard (Duval who?), the Force 9 winds and Paddy’s 5 wood on the 71st hole. [Though it would’ve been nice to see Sergio, Phil, Adam Scott and others to have a good showing. Hopefully they’ll emerge in the PGA Championship.]

When I was reading the golf entries on Google Reader today, I came across this video, lamenting the TOUR season without Tiger. Though I don’t agree that golf isn’t worth watching till ’09, I can see why some people do. Take a look for a laugh.
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Life without Tiger

A Permanent Address

Big things happened this week here in Jacksonville. I found a place to live and the countdown to THE PLAYERS Championship fell under 100 hours. These are the two pieces of information that are taking up nearly every waking moment of my life this week and next.

First, the living situation: After many many Craigslist searches, I finally found a place that was affordable, within 15 minutes of Ponte Vedra Beach, and (most importantly) was available to move in ASAP. I actually moved in tonight, because doing so next week would’ve be too crazy to deal with. The house is owned by a girl who works up at the TPC Clubhouse who I had met on Monday, before I randomly found her Craigslist ad and emailed her. Small world! She has another (girl) roommate in the 3 bed/2 bath cute little house that she owns. She has renovated the house over the last couple years, which is something that I’d also like to do in the future. The only thing that’s missing is that its not on the beach…but ocean is only about 5-7 minutes driving and I’ll be there enough anyways.

I can tell I made a good choice with the new car (still nameless), because everything I own (until massive Target/IKEA sprees) fits into my car, which was surprising. Granted the golf clubs had to ride in the passenger seat, but it did all fit into one load. I packed it and loaded it all up tonight after work and brought it to the new place. I usually hate moving, but I don’t mind the moves that are about 5 miles away and most/all of your stuff is boxed up anyways. Goes much easier that way. I’ve hardly unpacked, but did enough to get out my quilt and a couple pictures and now it feels more like my space.

The PLAYERS Championship golf tournament hits Ponte Vedra Beach and TPC Sawgrass next week. We’re working on lots of different content for the website and pinpointing ways to reach out to fans online who want to feel like they’re here. The PLAYERS is one of the top PGA TOUR tournaments, sometimes called the “5th major” because it’s the one the TOUR puts on and it has the best field in golf (minus Tiger this year, unfortunately). I’ll be doing lots of behind-the-scenes things as part of some experiments on new ways to cover the event and for me to learn what we can do in the future. I’m super-excited and hope to have lots of stories to tell after next week is over.

That’s all from here because I need to get some sleep before the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation walk I’m doing tomorrow with some girls from work. It’s a six-mile walk in the morning, which should be interesting. Don’t think it will be as much elevation change as Portland to Coast, so I should be fine. I just have to remember that if I was golfing, I’d be walking that much anyways plus carrying a 25 pound bag on my back! (PS, I shot a 41 my first time out, Wednesday) If you’d like to make a donation for CFF in support of our team, you can do so at or you can send me a check.

Leave love below, talk to you soon!

A Permanent Address

I’m here

Just a quick note to let you know I made it to Jacksonville yesterday. Picked up my rental car, loaded it full of big suitcases & golf clubs, and drove straight out to Jax Beach to get some sand in between my toes. (The water is already warmer than it ever gets on the Oregon coast!)

Started work in the PGA TOUR offices today. So far, so good! I’m taking some time to get acquainted — with the people, the area and the technology. Not much to report on yet, but I wanted to make sure I got at least one post in this week and let y’all know that I’m here, safe and sound (and without any tears, crazy).

One more thing, I posted a link at the top of the sidebar (on the right side of the screen) so that you can subscribe to my blog via email. This is for all of you who like to get my emails — sign up to get the blog sent directly to your email anytime I post. Isn’t that cool? Then you don’t have to remember to check back to this site. I’d still love it if you left comments and replies here on the blog so we can keep talking.

Pictures and news to come soon. Ciao!

I’m here

Molalla Farewell Fri-Sat

From the Momma’s Vino Maria’s email:

Well I think Spring might finally be in the air (at least for the rest of this week). So let’s celebrate that along with a couple of other things this weekend.

For those of you who know our family and in particular our oldest daughter Lauren, we are taking this weekend to say goodbye to her. She is embarking on a new adventure that will take her across the US. She just recently accepted a job offer from PGA and will be re-locating to Florida.

She will be at the bar later Friday night and the early part of Saturday night for those who would like to wish her well and find out what she will actually be doing (since her mom still isn’t quite sure). Stop by if you can and say goodbye, she would love to see you all. (Yes, I would!)

Mary is also celebrating her birthday this weekend. Saturday night, 7:00pm, Hank Hirsh & Son will be here to play. They are a Sax & keyboard duo who are absolutely amazing. Since the Sax is one of her favorites, she thought it would be appropriate to have them this weekend.

So, if you’re around Molalla this weekend, please stop by and say hello and goodbye. If you can’t make it to the wine bar, give me a call — I’ll probably stop in at Arrowhead GC, downtown Molalla and other old stomping grounds one last time.

Molalla Farewell Fri-Sat

Front Page and Send-Offs

front page hit


Yay! My post, Dream Big Live Big, about the new job with the PGA TOUR and moving cross-country to Florida, has made the WordPress “Travel News” list for the day. Imagine my surprise when I logged into WordPress this morning and saw my face on the front page!

So welcome, everyone, who clicked on from the WordPress site. I hope you like what you see and come back again.

Also, an update for my “Farewell Tour” that starts this weekend and continues on until I actually get on the plane —

My friends in Corvallis are throwing a party tonight at Cloud 9, starting at 9 pm. You can RSVP on Facebook or just plain show up if you’re in the area. If 9 is too late for ya, join me for my last (tear) Crowbar happy hour after work, 5:30 or 6-ish. Last week Obama showed up, so you know it’s a happening crowd!

We’ll be cheering on the Blazers tomorrow night (Sat) at the Rose Garden, and then hitting downtown Portland afterward. If you’re Portland based, get at me and come out for some dancing and fun.

Lastly, the Momma is planning something, probably Vino Maria’s related, for next Friday night (the 4th). Family, friends, wine-lovers and everyone else are welcome. When I know more, I’ll make sure to post it here. I just want to make sure I say goodbye to everyone — my favorite and least-favorite part about leaving town is getting to see lots of friends, but also having to say goodbyes.

Thanks for all the great email notes and well-wishes. Someday I will figure out how to get you to post them here, in the comments, but know that your love and support is much appreciated and reciprocated!

Front Page and Send-Offs

Dream Big, Live Big

Last month, when putting together my Life List, I didn’t include a few more personal, big-dream items. The purpose of the life list was to include things I can work towards or try to make happen. I have other dreams that depend on a lot more than just me to fulfill. One of these, I’m very happy to announce, is coming true.


Wow. It’s cool enough that it deserves it’s own line. The PGA Tour is an organization I’ve always admired and loved, and one that I’ve always kept an eye on for a chance to become a part of. An opportunity came across their job postings that fit me well and I threw in my application, because you never know unless you try. Fast forward a couple months through lots of emails, phone calls and a great trip across the country to see the HQ and Jacksonville, Florida, and now I’m moving in two weeks. Wow.

The position is Social Media and Fan Outreach Coordinator in the PGATOUR.COM (“dot-com”) department. Someday I’ll come up with an easy-to-understand one-sentence explanation of what that means. Basically, it’s going to incorporate my skills in PR and Communications, my knowledge of online tools and user experience, and my love of golf all at once. (For more about what social media is all about, follow along on my other blog.)

Yes, it was quick. Yes, I’m sad to leave behind home, family, friends, a great job, a terrific network in Corvallis, my Blazers and the Beavs, no sales tax and lots of good memories. (No, I won’t miss the rain.) But yes, this is my dream and I am lucky enough to get to live it, now.

This blog will probably continue to evolve into all about my life, my travels and new experiences. What’s great about that is this can be a place my family, friends (and other people who care) can come, read about what I’m up to, see pictures and video and have conversations with me. It’s like the weekly emails from college, except they’ll all be in one spot (and not cluttering your inbox!). So make sure to bookmark this site ( and/or subscribe to the RSS feed to get my updates.

More to come soon, but I wanted to make sure this announcement wasn’t more overdue than it already is. Talk to you all soon. Leave love in the comments if you’d like!

Dream Big, Live Big