Tiger Woods visited Louisville, Kentucky back in 1999 to help dedicate new youth golf facilities located at the Shawnee Golf Course in Louisville's westend. During a demonstration on the driving range, Tiger teed off and struck the top of the Sherman Minton Bridge located approximately 350 yards away. According to D'Shawn Johnson, executive director of First Tee of Louisville, police who were present for the dedication requested Tiger to end his driving demonstration for fear that he may drive one over the top and into moving traffic.
Today, Tiger Woods continues his journey in the second round as he plays to win a second Masters Tournament championship. Despite stiff competition and personal challenges, Tiger could very well walk away with the win based on recent tournament performances.
Photographing a professional golf tournament is one of the most challenging assignments in sports photography. The physical demands of walking, standing and squatting over a four day tournament and along a 7,000+ yard golf course is tremendous. Long telephoto camera lenses are a requirement. Photography restrictions related to noise, body movement and shooting positions are tough. Weather conditions vary from hot and sunny to cold and cloudy; and from very dry to very rainy.
Golf photographers must have a shooting plan and be prepared in several different ways. For example, developing a basic knowledge of the game and course layout will help the photographer make quicker decisions on where to go next. Simply knowing whether a specific golfer is right or left-handed will determine which side of the fairway and green provides the best shooting position.
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The First Tee of Louisville program is an umbrella organization for three existing junior golf programs - Urban Youth Golf Program, Tee Swingers and the Shawnee Youth Golf Club. First Tee exists to provide golf and life skills to all participants. For more information, visit the First Tee Louisville website.
The Shawnee Golf Course is a Metro Parks public course that lies along the Ohio River in Louisville's westend. For more information, visit the Shawnee Golf Course webpage.