I’ve had the good fortune of working with Holly Sonders on many occasions. The most memorable assignments were with Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell as a part of her “Playing Lessons” show.
Holly worked with Rickie at Medalist, his home course in Jupiter, Florida. Holly and Rickie played several holes together with a Golf Channel film crew. After the action, they filmed a closing scene and then posed for photos on the 18th hole.
Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell filmed their playing lessons on the same day at Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida. Lake Nona is a private community, home to many of golf’s greats. McDowell took the morning time slot. The duo talked on the practice range about preparation and then hit the course for putting, strategy and driving the ball.
It was Ian’s birthday on the day they were filming. Holly once again filmed on the practice facility at Lake Nona, then played a few different holes to talk about hitting driver, course maintenance, putting and goals. Make no mistake about it, Ian Poulter wants to win a major championship. In my opinion, Poulter is a breath of fresh air in a world of political correctness. I’ll be rooting for him.
Check out this video: Holly and Ian also had a friendly bunker competition. Holly chose the location, a 35 yard bunker shot, which wasn’t easy. Tune into the Golf Channel on April 16th to watch the first episode featuring Poulter. After the round, I took some photos of Holly and Ian together, which they both tweeted to their fans. And they were damn funny, including the one above. Gotta love the prom pose! When we were all done, everyone went back to the Lake Nona clubhouse and ate some birthday cake.
Congratulations to Sonders, who was recently featured on the cover of Golf Digest magazine for their May 2013 issue!
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