A small world

By |  August 21, 2013

I snuck out of the office early last Friday afternoon in order to play 18 holes with a friend who I used to work with at GCSAA.

Quick aside: It’s easy to “sneak out” of the office to play golf when;

  1. I work remotely in Kansas while everyone else is in Cleveland and


    Photo: Golfdom Staff

  2. It’s encouraged by my boss to get in as much golf as I can!

So I’m standing in the pro shop, paying my greens fee. I look down at the counter top, and on a notepad facing me, there’s one word scribbled down… “GOLFDOM.”

I have to ask about it, right? I mean, why would that be there, looking at me? I have to find out.

So I point down at the notepad and I say, “That’s a great magazine.” (Clever, huh?)

The cashier looks down, and says, “Yeah, it’s good. …They just called here.”

Uh-oh, I think. “Were they looking for me?”

The cashier gives me a confused look, then shouts to the guy hanging up shirts. “Randy! Why did Golfdom call?”

“…oh! Yeah. They called to see if we wanted to renew our subscription.”

“Well, did you renew it?”

“Of course we did! It’s free!”

I laughed and then had to tell them I was the EIC of the magazine.

A stupid story, I know, but I just thought… how weird is that, how small a world is it, that we have some 16,000+ subscribers out there, and it just so happens they call my local course 10 minutes before I arrive?

You know what would have been really horrifying? If I had been there when the call came in. And the guy said, “Golfdom? No, no, CANCEL THAT THING!!!”

I would have probably had a heart attack right on the spot.

The course looked great, by the way. Photo included of No. 15 fairway.

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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at sjones@northcoastmedia.net.

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