My work road took a detour late in April when the opportunity arose to photograph the KU men’s golf team during the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship. I welcomed that detour. Please understand that I love the game of golf even though I no longer play.
Even more, I love covering golf. I wrote once of “Life’s Fairways.” It is impossible for me to feel unhappy with cameras in hand while walking along a gorgeous fairway, whether at a PGA tournament, or for my current documentary, a high school tournament. However, nothing tops my times with the KU golf team. The friendships made will last my lifetime. My respect for head coach Jamie Bermel and assistant coach Chris Wilson is top shelf. The conversations and fun I’ve shared with team members will always be cherished. The same can be said of their parents and family members.
I thank the coaches and their sport supervisor, Dan Beckler, for letting me join the team in tiny Trinity, Texas, where the gorgeous Whispering Pines Golf Club surfaced on top of wetlands 80 miles north of Houston.
I share a sampling of the 121 final photographs sent to KU. They run in order from the Sunday practice round through the concluding day of the thunderstorm-shortened 54-hole championship.
As I prepare this post, I am anxiously following the Jayhawks’ scoring from the NCAA regional in Bryan, Texas, where KU is battling on day two-of-three to finish in the top five and advance to the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale next week. If KU advances, there should be some sweet fairways to walk at Grayhawk.
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About Jeff Jacobsen
Jeff Jacobsen has photographed practically every big event the sports world has to offer during a professional career that spans over 53 years. Jacobsen has seen things up close that only a diehard sports fan could in their dreams. His work for the Topeka Capital-Journal, Arizona Republic, Kansas Athletics, Inc., many national publications and now Action Images Photography, Inc., cemented his reputation as one of the nation’s finest sports photographers.