Monthly Archives: July 2007

Mr Business Golf takes Sabbatical!

mr-business-golf-straight-up-small.jpgSay Business Golfers and Mr Business Golf fans,

I wanted to let you know I am taking a sabbatical to work on my second book. I am not leaving the blogsphere just pulling back to my IBGS site..

I will still be out here for ya if you need me…here is where you can find me until I get back.

Happy Blogging and let me know how I can help.

IBGS Web-Blog-Everything Site


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Golf: Take Care in the Sun

I am going to be heading out for my annual Scottsdale Golf outing soon and one thing I always prepare for is the SUN.   Years ago I really took for granted the suns effects on my skin and ran around like a fool with hardly any sun screen on.  Today it is a HUGE concern.  It doesn’t take 15 minutes in the sun before you are burned.  In the desert, you can amp the effects up and in five minutes you could look like something that comes with fries at the Sonic.

I am packing in the sun screen now.  Testing out what is new on the market.  I hate to feel like I just put a layer of lard on…I like the stuff that soaks in. 

Callaway use to make some great stuff that felt like a powder and kept your hands from getting greasy, which keeps your grips from getting greasy. 

I guess I will have to saddle the Nordstrums Card to go see if I can find some of the Callaway stuff.

Another thing I do is put on a base of the 100,000 IU Vitamin E Cream before I put on the sun screen.  The Vitamin E keeps my skin hydrated while I am out in the blazing sun and soaks in so I am not greasy feeling. 

It is smart to think ahead on what you are going to need for the sun.  There are some other products I will review as I test them out here in Texas before I leave to go to Scottsdale.


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Charity Golf Tournaments: Where Some Go Wrong

In my travels around the country I get asked frequently about my charity Pro-AM golf tournament, Screen Door Open Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament and how the SDO became associated with the PGA. I am quiet proud of that accomplishment and I take it rather seriously since the PGA does not just hand out the honor of an event being officially sanctioned to just any golf tournament… plus they came to me asking and not me asking them.

pro-am-logo.jpgThere are a number of reasons I have been told why they PGA of America North Texas Section sanctioned the SDO charity golf tournament as an event they encourage their members to participate in. The main reason I have been told is I never lose sight of the Golf.

The other reasons they choice the SDO ranged from the quality, timing and effective communications plus The SDO mirrors how a PGA event is organized.

I have played in a large number of charity golf tournaments in the past 15 years. On the most part 99% of the charity organizations have lose complete sight of the golf and focus completely on the amount of money they can make off golfers. This has caused a huge backlash amongst towards charity golf tournaments by charity golfer community. These upset golfers now ask about the format of golf they will be playing before they ask about the charity.

True, charity golfers are a giving bunch, but being thrown onto a course with 150 other players for six or seven hundred dollars a person to play a 8 hour round of golf is asking too much from the charity golfers. Plus taking away of any chance to test their golf skills or even have a remote chance of winning is leaving a lot of golfers with a bad taste in their mouth towards charity golf events.

Even if the golfer has nothing else to do for the rest of his/her day, golf was not made to take more than five hours to play.

I have previously written on the affects poorly run golf tournaments have on charity golf.

Charity Golf Sponsors: Learn Before Asking for Money

What causes the problem is the charity or event planners wanting to maximize the funds raised by putting as many paying people on the golf course as they can. Notice I said PEOPLE, since a large number of the players are non-golfers or only play golf in this one event each year. What takes place…. well, I can safely say that the combination of too many players on the course and a large number of players who are not able to hit the golf ball effectively makes for a long day.

Now the charity golfers are turning away from playing in any charity golf tournament in fear of getting stuck in playing in another fiasco. Some of these very upset golfers feel there is something that needs to be done with poorly run or under organized golf tournaments. These concerned golfers funnel their frustrations to the PGA, who has nothing to do with any of the events that are causing the tremendous problems in golf.

Here is where my event caught the attention of the PGA. The SDO is organized with the golfer in mind first and the amount of funds raised secondary. Plus the charity chosen is golf related and impacts the future of the game of golf which serves clear purpose for those who play golf and for those who want to learn golf. It makes sense to golfers to be playing in a golf tournament to raise funds for golf related charity than playing in a golf tournament to raise funds for a bowling league or a walk-a-thon.

There are many more facets the SDO offers golfers, business people and sponsors that only getting involved with as a volunteer, sponsor or player you will ever understand.

The PGA came to me because the SDO set an example of how a charity golf tournament should be run. It is the SDO’s mission to think quality before quantity and to never lose sight of the golf. That is why the SDO is Not Just Another Charity Golf Tournament™

sdo-inc-jpg-50.gifScreen Door Open Charity Golf, Inc. a 501c3 tax exempted non-profit organization whose mission is to raise funds for junior golf programs. For more information on becoming a sponsor, a volunteer or to receive an official invitation to enter a team into the Screen Door Open Charity Pro-AM Golf Tournament email More details are at

Mr Duke is available for consulting on charity golf tournaments. For more details, Contact him at

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Golf: Improves Your Health and Business

When it comes time to mixing business with fun golf is the best way to go about it.  When it comes time to get that blood pressure down and loose a few pounds while doing business then golf again comes up as a way to accomplish both.

As in everything you do for business, fun or health you need to know what you are doing in order to make sure you are doing right.  You would not go into business not knowing how and you would not go play golf without taking a lesson or two.

The same is true when you combine golf with business.  Get experienced before trying something new or retrying some that did not work.

That is the fun part of golf; it is one of the only activities that offers more than just a sport or game.

Find out how to use golf as a business tool and you will see improvements in your health as well as your bottom-line.  Where do you go to learn more… see my blogroll.

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LPGA: HSBC Match Play Produces Smiles

I love the Match Play format.  Unfortunately, TV and sponsors hate the format because it is unpredictable.  That makes it a tough sell for the LPGA or PGA to get more Match Play events on TV so the public can see there is more to golf than Tiger or Lorena winning by 12 strokes.

hsbc.gifThis weekend’s LPGA HSBC was played in the shadow of The Open Championship, but for those of us who are dedicated to watching everything in golf the LPGA match play finals produced a great alternative to watching Sergio’s crash and burn.

What I like about Match play is each hole is played like a separate game.  Then, what I like to watch with the LPGA Match Play is the competition.  These ladies go at it graciously but very methodical.

seon.jpgThis year’s battle between Korea and Japan produced a show of how to dismantle a golf course…and what a match… Seon Hwa Lee no stranger to the LPGA went 17 holes to win against Japan’s superstar,  Ai Miyazato  ai.jpg

Of course, the part I like is the post event interviews of Ai and Seon.  I applaud these ladies’ learning to speak English and appreciate how nervous they are during these interviews.  I am afraid I could not attempt to speak Korean or Japanese anywhere to their level of English.  Plus, the big smiles they have to show they are enjoying the opportunity is very refreshing.  Their efforts to speak to us in our native tongue showed respect and that they truly want to fit in the LPGA here in America.  As far as respect from the golfing world, in this event, if you can take down the world’s best women golfers, you have earned respect.

Keep those smiles ladies…we are loving it.


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If You’re Looking for Rex Dixon

For those fans of Rex Dixon, you may be having a hard time finding him since his server has been down for more than a day.

Here is what Rex provided me to post to his fans.

Soct, Dude,

Can ya let my fans know I am OK, but my server is down… is my latest for them to read while I find the guy who is hosting my site.,

RexDixon – Rex’s Link Blog – Feed URL –> about 3 hours ago from Facebook
RexDixon… – no blogging but SplashCast works well! 😉 that is my SplashCast (FB) feed about 3 hours ago from Facebook

RexDixon wondering where my web host is for (DOWN!)… about 4 hours ago from Facebook

I also posted this on Facebook about my new show – – you probably have to be a member of FB to see that one.

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British Open is True to Form

I got up early this morning to watch The Open and it did not let me down on the quality of play the players were demonstrating.  It also is entertaining to see the crowds who seem to sometimes have had a few too many tips of the flask.   It is sad but then was funny to watch Monty back off a putt two times while one of the fans sang the Scotland National anthem.  Or at least that was what they though he was signing….it seem to me that the guy must of though he was sitting in the pub after a football match.

Tiger was off today…who knows what the frig that was all about.  Sergio streaking into the clubhouse with the lead with the entire pack chasing him…at least for awhile…there are some very hot golf being played on over there.

It is pretty refreshing to see the guys in their rain suites and walking down the fairway wearing their winter gloves…all while I am here in 99 degree weather with humidity around 55%…

Now I am going to have to take an emergency nap to make to the range this evening to get ready for my match in the morning…OH, it is hell being a golfer…yaw right….I love it.

Speaking of Table of Content…the Table of content is now available at IBGS…check it out.

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