The Squeeze will be released April 17.

“Caddy Shack,” “Tin Cup” and “Happy Gilmore” are three of the highest grossing golf movies of all time. With over 20 million Americans that enjoy the occasional round of golf, there is a sizable market that hungers to see golf scenarios acted out on the big screen.

Terry Jastrow and his wife, actress Anne Archer, were having dinner one evening in Las Vegas with Keith Fall and his wife, when Keith related an incredible story to the Jastrows.  Fall was an accomplished golfer as a youth and extolled them with a tale of high-stakes gambling that ended in a life-or-death $1 million match in Las Vegas.

Jastrow has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years and realized a good story, when he heard it. He was with ABC’s sports for 20 years and produced major championships, Indy 500’s, Super Bowls and the Olympics. He is also an actor and has been involved with other movies over the years.

He wrote the screen-play for the movie and along with his wife set out to get it onto film. Funds had to be raised, actors cast and filming locations chosen. Several old friends jumped in to help provide the necessary investment including, Hall of Fame golfers, Tom Watson and Judy Rankin.

Watson withheld his support until Jastrow could prove that he would cast an accomplished golfer in the lead role. Jeremy Sumpter (Peter Pan, Friday Night Lights) fit the bill nicely as “Augie,” the naive young player whisked into the ruthless world of gamblers and mobsters. Sumpter has 15 years of acting experience, but more importantly holds a +1.1 handicap at this home course in California.

Sleazy Gambler Riverboat lures a naive Augie with easy money.

When Watson viewed a video of Sumpter on the golf course, he was immediately all in. After viewing the film, he commented,

”Jastrow’s true understanding of the game (with 22 years sports directing experience) injects reality into the scenes with a stream of golf humor that golfers will find both familiar and believable, which are sadly lacking in all previous golf movies.”

18-time major champion, Jack Nicklaus weighed in with this review,

“I watched “The Squeeze” and really enjoyed it, It’s a fun movie that tells an interesting story, and the golf elements are so real you actually believe it could happen.”

Movie fans will recognize Riverboat (Christopher McDonald) as “Shooter McGavin” from Adam Sandler’s “Happy Gilmore.” McDonald is perfectly cast as the sleazy gambler that lures Augie with the promise of easy money. Katherine LaNasa is a veteran of cinema, as well as, television and steals the show as Riverboat’s girlfriend. Michael Nouri rounds out the main characters in the movie as a Las Vegas mobster, who loves to gamble, but always wants to tilt the odds in his favor.

“The Squeeze” becomes apparent, when Augie is caught between Jimmy Diamonds (Nouri), who threatens to kill him, if he doesn’t throw the match and Riverboat (McDonald), who threatens not only Augie, but his entire family.

The movie is being marketed in a unique method. It will be available for download via Groupon April 16. It will be released to selected theaters on April 17 and also becomes available for viewing on Video on Demand.

However you like to watch movies, “The Squeeze” is a must-see for golf fans.

 

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17-year-old Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open for the second time.

Lydia Ko won her 10th professional title on Sunday at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open. It was her second consecutive win after winning the Women’s Australian Open on the LPGA Tour the prior week at historic and difficult Royal Melbourne.

This was her second career win at the New Zealand Women’s Open. She won it in 2013 as a 15-year-old amateur.

Ko has won six LPGA Tour events, two more than both Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie.  Her 10 total professional wins are more than Thompson and Wie combined.

The 10 wins have all come before reaching the age of 18, breaking Jiyai Shin’s record of 19 years old. Others to have amassed 10 professional wins at a young age include, Nancy Lopez, aged 22, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who were all 24 years old, when they hit 10 wins, and Annika Sorenstam was 25 before she won 10 titles.

Ko has already won more than $2.4 million in just a little more than one year as a professional, plus she added the $1 million Race to the CME Globe bonus last season. She continues to increase her hold on the No. 1 spot on the Rolex Ranking and will not turn 18 until next month.

She will be in the field this week for the HSBC Women’s Champions from Singapore and will be looking for 3 in a row. By the way, Ko is paired with the aforementioned, Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie, for the first two rounds this week.

Ko is not only a prolific winner, she displays a maturity beyond her 17 years.

After she posed for pictures, met with media and signed autographs at the Women’s Australian Open last week, she entered the clubhouse to make a brief appearance at the champion’s cocktail party. She quietly slipped an envelope containing $500 into the hands of Andrea Watson, assistant general manager of the event. to kick-start the tournament staff’s party.

It was the New Zealander’s way of saying thanks to all those who helped make her triumph so memorable on one of her favorite courses.

A Women’s Australian Open spokesman said,

“I’ve worked in the golf industry for 40 years and I’ve never heard of anything like that, especially from a 17-year-old.” He went on to add, “She’s a class act, I can’t say enough about her. She was very approachable to all our members and talked to them. She’s just a great ambassador for the game and has a great appreciation of what makes clubs and tournaments work.”

Ko is a class act, but a baby-face killer on the golf course. Watching her mature and win is nearly as exciting as watching another teenager many years ago, named Tiger Woods.

 

 

Quotes taken from: http://www.golf.org.au/newsdisplay/classy-kos-cash-offering/84657

 

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