Michigan PGA - Eastern Chapter - The Orchards Golf Club Pro-Am

Finished 25th with our team in the Michigan PGA's Eastern Chapter Pro-Am at The Orchards Golf Club in Washington, Michigan.

US Open - Local Qualifier - The Orchards Golf Club

Finished T-66th in the cold and rainy US Open - Local Qualifier held at The Orchards Golf Club in Washington, Michigan.

2022 US Open Local Qualifer The Orchards

2022 US Open Local Qualifer The Orchards Weather Forecast\

2022 US Open Local Qualifer The Orchards - Host Course

2022 US Open Local Qualifer The Orchards - Tee Sheet

2022 US Open Local Qualifer The Orchards - First Tee

Yamaha Golf Cars Plus / Sterling Cut Glass Pro - Pro Championship presented by Blue Tees Golf

Finished T-56th in the Yamaha Golf Cars Plus / Sterling Cut Glass Pro Pro Championship Presented by Blue Tees Golf at Barton Hills Country Club and Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Michigan PGA Eastern Chapter Tournament at Lyon Oaks

Played in the Michigan PGA's Eastern Chapter tournament at Lyon Oaks Golf Course in Wixom, Michigan.

Michigan PGA Spring Meeting Plus Teaching & Coaching Summit

In Bath, Michigan at Eagle Eye Golf Club today and tomorrow for the Michigan PGA Spring Meeting as well as the Teaching & Coaching Summit.

In Bath, Michigan at Eagle Eye Golf Club for the Michigan PGA Spring Meeting plus Teaching and Coaching Summit

GFAA Award Winners Virtual Networking Event

Please to have been selected as an award winner and to be invited as a winner to attend the Golf Fitness Association of America (GFAA) Award Winners Virtual Networking Event!

Please to have been selected as an award winner and to attend the Golf Fitness Association of America (GFAA) Award Winners Virtual Networking Event

Dad's Visitation & Funeral Service

I’m not sure how to start a post like this…so, here goes.

The short story is that my Dad Joe passed away in his sleep last night.

As for the slightly longer version…

Many of you know that since 2006’ish he’s had 3 primary battles with multiple myeloma which, for those that don’t know, is a cancer of plasma cells. Fortunately, over time the health care revolving around myeloma has improved during those years and he’s managed to find his way back to a state of remission each time.

However, each round certainly took its toll on him.

During his healthy adult life, he was 6’4” and generally ranged around 200-210, less in summer and more in winter. Lately, he’d been down in the 150’s and I think even the high 140’s. As you can imagine, that’s skin and bones for someone of that height.

In mid-January, he was working in his shop, went to sit down on the shop stool, slightly missed the stool, didn’t have the muscle any longer to catch himself, fell, and broke his hip. The hip surgery went seemingly well until his blood pressure dropped in rehab. After a few weeks of ups and downs in intensive care trying to locate the source of the sepsis (when the body basically attacks itself trying to deal with an infection) and dealing with a laundry list of various problems/complications, he took a turn and the doctor’s recommended transitioning him to the comfort of hospice this past week, where he stayed for about 4 days until finally passing Sunday evening during his sleep at 9:38 pm.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic-related hospital protocols, in the past few weeks my brother Aaron and I were fortunately both able to get some quality phone/visit time with him, along with my mom, plus his two brothers and two sisters.

Today has been a rough day all-around for the family with sorting out logistics amidst low sleep and dealing with our own individual emotions, but my supportive wife Jen has kindly put together the included flyer with details about the visitation and funeral, for those that are interested in going or sending regards.

The photo in the flyer is from 2013. Dad was several months out recovering from his 2nd bout with myeloma. He managed to recover strongly enough to fly out to Bandon Dunes in Oregon and watch me compete in the Speedgolf World Championships. Of course, I wanted to play well for him and tried too hard during the 1st round, but then he helped me relax for the 2nd round and I subsequently managed to tie the championship record for golf score. He was always there for me like that with my sports.

If you’ve got any photos of my Dad that you’d like us to share during the services, please send them to me and I’ll try to make sure they get included.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and words. I always try to respond to everyone that reaches out to me, but if I’m slow or don’t get to it right away, hopefully you’ll understand.

Joe Bowden's Visitation & Funeral Service Information

In Florida for a Week of Golf

Was able to play some golf in Florida this past week from February 13th to 19th.

Got to play a nice lineup of courses:

  • PGA National - Champion Course
  • Sandhill Crane Golf Club
  • The Breakers Rees Jones Course
  • Doral Golf Club
  • Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course (the favorite of the trip!)
  • PGA National - Palmer Course
  • Miami Lakes Hotel and Golf

In the St. Louis Area

In the St. Louis Area from February 10th to 12th.

Golf Fitness Association of America Winner

Seeing this message about Swing Man Golf in my Inbox from the Golf Fitness Association of America CEO this morning was a nice surprise and great way to start the day.

I showed it to my wife Jen and she proceeded to belt out her version of Tina Turner's The Best, haha.

Jaacob Bowden's Swing Man Golf won the 2021 Golf Fitness Association of America Award in the Off-Course Category