Thursday, September 25, 2008

Lee Janzen Parners With Feed The Children

Oklahoma City, Okla. (Sept. 22, 2008) International hunger relief organization Feed The Children is pleased to announce a partnership with two-time U.S. Open Golf Champion Lee Janzen.

Janzen will travel to various Feed The Children food distribution events in the United States with Founder and President Larry Jones, and will also visit the Frances Jones Abandoned Baby Center, located in Nairobi, Kenya as part of a multi-year agreement to represent Feed The Children and raise awareness of hunger issues worldwide.

Since June, Janzen has been proudly displaying his support by wearing Feed The Children branded apparel at golf tournaments.

“We are incredibly thankful that Lee Janzen has partnered with Feed The Children,” said Larry Jones. “His compassion and gracious support will go a long way to help children and families in need worldwide.”

“To be involved with Feed The Children is amazing. My family and I are excited about being a part of reaching out to those in need and our hope is to help Feed The Children assist even more children and families” said Janzen.

“We are proud to be partnered with such a meaningful organization,” adds Janzen’s agent Tommy Limbaugh, President of 4U Management, LLC.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Highly Regarded Amateur Golfer Makes Successful Debut in Professional Golf

Golfer Mark Harrell made a succesful transition from amateur to the professional ranks this week. One week ago Harrell signed a representation agreement with 4U Management in Orlando, Florida. Sunday afternoon he concluded his 1st professional tournament by posting a final round 72 and finishing 23rd in Dothan, Alabama at the Dothan Classic. This was the Hooter's Tour stop this week at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Highland Oaks. Harrell took home his first pay check from his new profession. Harrell's 67 on Friday afternoon tied him for the lowest score of the day.

The Hooter's Tour heads to Hawkinsville, Georgia this week for the ComSouth Classic to be contested over the Southern Hills Golf Club.

Champion Golfers Lee Janzen and Ben Crane in FedExCup Play-offs

Two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen and two-time PGA TOUR Champion Ben Crane advance to this week's FedExCup Play-offs. Janzen posted his 4th consecutive score in the 60's (67,66,67,67) Sunday afternoon in the Wyndham Championship. His score of 67 was good enough to tie him for 15th at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Janzen and Crane are both represented by 4U Management in Orlando, Florida. Crane shot a final round 68 and tied for 41st.

Both Janzen and Crane head north tonight for Paramus, New Jersey for the Barclay's Classic. The opening round of the 2008 FedExCup Play-offs will be held in Paramus at famed Ridgewood Country Club. The top 144 golfers in the FedExCup points chase will be competing for the FedEx Cup Championship.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Champion Amateur Golfer Makes Cut in 1st Professional Tournament

Mark Harrell had an outstanding amateur career. He just completed his senior year at the University of Alabama where he helped lead the Crimson Tide to it's 1st ever #1 ranking in the nation in each of the last 2 years. The Tide won their 1st SEC Championship this year when Harrell fired a final round 66. Following the Western Amateur last week, Harrell signed a representation agreement with 4U Management in Orlando, Florida.

He entered his 1st tournament as a professional tournament this week at the Hooter's Tour event, the Dothan Classic. This event is being held on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Highland Oaks. Harrell fired a 5-under 67 Friday to back up his opening round 71. Mark not only made the cut in his 1st tournament as a professional but is t-10th entering the weekend.

Two=time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen fires a 66 and is tied for 12th in Wyndham Championship

The Wyndham Championship reached the halfway mark Friday evening following a 1 hour and 11 minute rain delay. Despite two bogeys on his scorecard, Carl Pettersson shot a tournament record 9 under 61 and soared to a 3 shot lead. 4U Management has 3 clients participating this week at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. All 3 fired a 66 Friday. Two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen shot 66 to back up his opening round 67 to finish the day at 7-under par and is tied for 12th entering the weekend. Two-time PGA TOUR Champion Ben Crane also shot 66 and is tied for 18th at 6-under par. The cut came at 3-under 137, with 78 players advancing to the weekend. The 3rd 4U Management client, Jason Allred, shot 66 as well. It was a day for 66's for 4U Management. Jason missed the cut by one shot.

Two-time PGA TOUR Champion Ben Crane post a 66 in 2nd round of the Wyndham Championship

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Lee Janzen and Ben Crane have good opening day at theWyndham Championship

Two 4u Management clients had a good first round in the Wyndham Championship in Greesboro, North Carolina today. Two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen fired a 66. Ben Crane, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR opened with a 66.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Mark Harrell turns professional and signs with 4U Management, LLC

Mark Harrell turned professional today with his signing of a representation agreement with 4U Management, LLC in Orlando, Florida. Harrell is the 20th ranked amateur player in the USA and 49th ranked amateur in the world according to this week’s GOLFWEEK World Amateur Rankings.

Harrell ended an impressive 4 year career at the University of Alabama in June. He was instrumental in the Crimson Tide’s first-ever number 1 ranking in the nation for 2006-2007. The Tide again was ranked number 1 in the nation most of 2007-2008 and won their first Southeastern Conference Championship in 29 years when Mark fired a bogey-free 56 in the final round in the SEC Championship. Two weeks ago, Harrell finished tied for 6th in the prestigious Southern Amateur. It was his third consecutive top 10 in this event.

“We are thrilled to have Mark Harrell join us at 4U Management, which includes professional golfers Lee Janzen, Ben Crane, Jason Allred and Martin Ureta. Mark is a tremendous person with a bright future,” commented Tommy Limbaugh, President of 4U Management.

“I am excited and thrilled to be a part of 4U Management family and look forward to a long relationship full of success,” said Mark Harrell.

Harrell will begin his professional career at the Dothan Classic on the Hooters Tour August 11, 2008.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Legend's Reno-Tahoe Open

4U Management has 3 clients participating in this week's Legend's Reno-Tahoe Open. Ben Crane, Jason Allred, and Lee Janzen will tee it up Thursday at the Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada which was designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Jason Allred flew from the Canadian Open in Toronto after he completed his final round this afternoon to Portland, Oregon. He will be there for one full day as a participant tomorrow (Monday) in the 2008 Legend's Golf Classic hosted by Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for the legendary rock group KISS. This event will feature famous music, sports and entertainment stars from the PGA TOUR, the NFL, Major League Baseball, and NASCAR. The host course for this classic is The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Oregon. He will then fly from Portland to Reno-Tahoe. The life on the PGA Tour is often times very hectic with a great deal of travel and not much rest.

Another example of what most fans consider to be an off day that really is a work day is Lee Janzen's day Monday. Lee will participate tomorrow in a 4 player exhibition for one of his sponsors, IMI. The exhibition will be held at IMI's Martis Camp Project in North Lake Tahoe, California. The other 3 PGA TOUR golfers attending this exhibition are D.J. Trahan, Rickt Barnes and Tim Clark. He flew there from the Canadian Open.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

RBC Canadian Open

Lee Janzen and Jason Allred are the two 4U Management clients participating in this week's RBC Canadian Open which got under way this morning. This stop on the PGA TOUR is held at Glen Abbey Golf Club*Oakville, Ontario, Canada. The purse for this year's Canadian open is $5 million and the winner's share is $900,000.

Ben Crane, another 4U client will rejoin the tour next week at the Legend's Reno-Tahoe Open in Reno, Nevada after taking a few weeks off in the great Northwest. He has been in Idaho, Montana and Portland, Oregon. Rumor has it that he has sneaked in a little fly-fishing.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Dan Rountree

This is a happy day for me. Dan Rountree has agreed to allow Tommy Limbaugh and my company, 4U Management, to represent his business career. This is a completely new arena for me. My world has always been the world of sports. Dan and I became friends when I was Associate Athletic Director at the University of Alabama in 1987-88-89. We had known each other prior to that time.

Dan walked into my office in the Athletic Department in October 1988 and gave me a print of a water color he had painted, "Coming Home". It was a gift I cherish to this day. Alabama played all home football games in Birmingham in 1987 while we were expanding Bryant-Denny Stadium by upper-decking the west side of the stadium. The painting captured all of the color and pageantry of the opening game of the 1988 season in newly renovated Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Dan told me last week that head football coach Nick Saban had commissioned him to reintroduced the 1988 original water color "Coming Home". The painting now serves as a fund raiser for Coach Saban's personal charity, "Nick's Kids".

I hope this new relationship will be a good one for this good man, Dan Rountree. He has shown his art in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center to the Blu Gallery in San Jose, California as well as the Gallery on Fifth in Naples, Florida and the Crimson Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. He is a great artist!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The 102nd Southern Amateur Championship

Wet conditions greeted the players when they arrived at Lake Nona Golf Club for the 1st round of the 102nd Southern Amateur Championship Wednesday. Overcast skies prevailed and at times heavy rains halted play with half the field still on the course. The wet weather allowed the greens to be more receptive allowing golfers to be more aggressive. Three golfers fired 7 under par 65's and are the leaders in the clubhouse. Tim McKinney from Scottsdale, Arizona as well as Hudson Swafford from Tallahassee, Florida and Tim Schaetzel all share the lead.

This tournament has four players whose fathers won major championships on the PGA TOUR. The late Payne Stewart's son (Aaron), Greg Norman's son (Greg), Mark O'Meara's son (Shaun) and Lanny Wadkin's son (Travis) are in the field as well as Sam Saunders who is Arnold Palmers's grandson. The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Acushnet and one of the most powerful men in golf also has a son in the field (Peter).

Monday, July 14, 2008

Southern Amateur at Lake Nona

Practice rounds began today and will continue tomorrow at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Florida for the 102nd Southern Amateur Championship. The participants are some of the top amateurs in the world. A large number of PGA TOUR Major Champion winners are past winners of this event. Lake Nona is the current home of numerous major champion winners most of whom are across the pond at the Open Championship this week. History says that a number of players in this Southern Amateur will become major champions on the PGA TOUR. Warm and humid conditions promise to greet these amateurs. The course and conditions should produce an outstanding champion.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Martin Ureta

4U client Martin Ureta finished the Southern Open tied for 18th with a total of 10 under par. Ted Brown shot a strong 62 at Cabarrus Country Club in Concord, North Carolina to win the Tar Heel Tour event with an impressive 16 under par and pocketed $22,000 prize money. The Tar Heel Tour moves next week to Lake Wylie, South Carolina for the River Hills Open.
Lee Janzen fired a bogey-free 5 under par 66 and is tied for 27th entering Sunday's final round of the John Deere Classic.

Monday, July 7, 2008

John Deere Classic

4U Management has three golfers participating in this week's PGA TOUR event the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois this week.

Ben Crane enters this week after making his 14th cut out of 15 events he has played in 2008. He has 3 top 10's and 7 top 25 finishes as he currently sits in the 48th position in FedEx Cup point standings. His winnings for the year total $1,227,393. He is ranked # 1 on tour in scrambling from inside 30 yards and in average distance of putts made. Ben is # 6 in total putting and # 8 in scoring average.

Jason Allred is making his 12th appearance in a PGA TOUR event this week. He is a native of Oregon as is Ben Crane. Jason was born in Ashland, Oregon on April 6, 1980 while Ben Crane was born in Portland, Oregon on March 6, 1976. Jason went to Pepperdine University while Ben went to the University of Oregon.

Two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen is participating in his 16th event of the 2008 PGA TOUR season. He also won the Player's Championship in 1995 which is considered to be the 5th major by many. His 8 victories have propelled him to 50th on the all-time money list at $13,711,503.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

AT&T National

4U Mnagement has two clients participating in this week's Tiger Woods AT&T National, Lee Janzen and Ben Crane.

Dr. Dick Coop

Success seems to be Dr. Dick Coop's middle name. He is recognized by many as the top Sport's Psychologist in the world. He has mentored PGA Tour golfers who have won dozens of major championships. His successes include many other sports including Major League Baseball, the NBA, NASCAR, NCAA football National Championship teams and NCAA basketball National Championship teams and many others.

He continues to work with champions. Early this year after working with Dr. Coop for a short period of time, Steve Lowery, won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at age 46. This was followed in June with a victory by another of Dr. Coop's clients, Justin Leonard. Justin won the St. Jude Championship in Memphis the week prior to this year's U.S. Open. This was Justin's 2nd win since he began working with Dick Coop a year and a half ago. The first was the Valero Texas Open last fall.

"I know the work I have put in with (teacher) Randy Smith and Dick Coop and my caddy, Brian Smith, and the support I've gotten at home from my wife and kids and parents and friends," said Justin Leonard after his victory in Memphis, "and when you can justify to them, you're sharing this victory with those people that pushed me to get better."

Dr. Dick Coop

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Ben Crane finished round 4 of the Buick Classic in Warwick Hills, Michigan this afternoon with a 5 under par 67. He birdied 5 consecutive holes on the back nine ( holes 12-16) He also birdied # 10 to give him 6 birdies on the back 9.

Lee Janzen Final round

Lee Janzen finished today's final round at the Buick Open with a 3 under par 69. That gives him a final score of 9 under par 279.

Buick Open Final Round

Ben Crane tees off this morning in the final round of Buick Open at 10:41 EDST tied for 42nd. Lee Janzen tees off 18 minutes earlier at 6 under par and tied for 45th. Ben is 7 under par. The other 4U Management client in the Buick Open, Jason Allred missed the cut Friday afternoon by 2 shots after posting scores of 70 and 73 Thursday and Friday.

Daniel Chopra begins the final round with a 2 shot lead at 16 under par.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Buick Open

Three 4U Golfers had good opening rounds in the PGA Tour's stop in Warwick Hills, Michigan in the Buick Open Thursday. Lee Janzen led the tournament most of the morning after posting birdies on 5 of his 1st 6 holes before turning in a scorecard of 5 under 67. He is tied for 10th after the 1st round of play. Ben Crane is 1 shot behind Lee at 68 and is tied for 19th. Jason Allred finished at 2 under (70) and is tied for 48th entering Friday's second round.

Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Inks with 4U

Scott Johnson, Olympic Gold Medalist, three-time National Champion gymnast and a member of the USA Olympic Hall of Fame inked a representation agreement with 4U Management, LLC this week to increase his awareness and marketability.

Heading into the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, everyone assumed that China would take the men's gymnastic gold medal after they won the 1983 World Championship. That was before they ran into Scott Johnson and the USA men's team, the "Boys of Summer" as they became called, who emerged from nowhere to win the title. This historic win marked the first team medal of any kind since the early 1930's. Scott Johnson was also a member of the 1968 Seoul Olympic Men's Gymnastics team where he served as captain of the USA team.

Following the Seoul Olymoics, Johnson was a finalist as one of the 10 amateur athletes nominated for the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award. This award is known as the OSCAR of sports awards and is presented annually by the United States Amateur Athletic Union to the most outstanding amateur athlete from any sport in the United States. The 2008 recipient of the Sullivan Award was Tim Tebow of the University of Florida.

"4U Management and Tommy Limbaugh affords me the opportunity to reach every professional goal I currently have" commented Scott from his Winter Park, Florida home Wednesday afternoon.

"Scott Johnson is a true champion and we have a history of representing champions" added Tommy Limbaugh, President of 4U Management. "This has all of the markings of a perfect marriage."

Friday, June 13, 2008

U.S. Open

While walking the South Course at Torrey Pines yesterday, I witnessed golfer after golfer trying to figure out the kikuyu grass. This grass is thick, nasty and without question, unpredictable. The golfer is never quite sure what his ball will do.

The setting was spectacular and the crowd electric. My day began standing behind the #1 tee watching the world’s top 3 players; Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott begin their round. Lee Janzen teed off in the group behind Tiger, Phil and Adam, which afforded me an incredible view of events seldom witnessed on the golf course. The spectator numbers were enormous, maybe 10,000 following that group.

Lee played well the front 9 with a +1, then fell back to +4, tied for 64th. I followed Ben Crane 9 holes after having followed Lee for his first 9 holes and will do the same today. Ben was playing well at 2 under through 12 holes and 1 shot out of the lead, but finished at 4 over for the day.

The weather today is similar to yesterday, as good as it gets! Beautiful, blue skies, slight breeze off the Pacific, and in the high 60’s. Should be another exciting day on the course.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

U.S. Open

The U.S. Open begins Thursday morning from beautiful Torrey Pines South Course in LaJolla, California. Wednesday was a near perfect weather day with sunny skies and the temperature was in the 60's. There was a huge gallery on hand.

I planned to meet Dr. Dick Coop at the practice green at 11:30. The problem with that plan is that Tiger Woods walked onto the practice green at 11:20. When he appeared it seemed as though half of the fans at Torrey Pines showed up and clogged the pathways around the green where there was no movement. Cameras, which are allowed on practice days, were snapping pictures from every angle possible. It was difficult to Find Dr. Coop. We both emerged from the crowd at about the same time.

I will be following Lee Janzen for 9 holes Thursday and Ben Crane for 9 holes. They both tee off Thursday morning. Lee is playing in the group right behind Tiger, Phil Mickelson, and Adam Scott. I am so glad he is right behind instead of being right ahead of this group. The stampede of people would be too much. The predictions are that this threesome will have more spectators following them than any pairing in golf history.

We had dinner with Lee and Bev Janzen tonight. It still interesting to see how many people want Lee's autograph or picture taken with him when he goes out to eat. He is looking forward to this tournament, having finished tied for 13th last year and holding two U.S. Open victories.
Lee really likes the setup of the golf course and thinks it is going to be a great tournament.

Stay tuned..............

Monday, June 9, 2008

Tommy's US Open Blog

Welcome to 4U Management’s New Blog Site! We hope this will be a place you visit frequently.

This first blog comes to you from La Jolla, California. I am here for the 108th United States Open Golf Championship. The United States Golf Association is conducting the 2008 US Open on the beautiful south course at Torrey Pines, which overlooks the dramatic coastline of San Diego, California.

4U has two clients, Lee Janzen and Ben Crane, participating in this year’s US Open. Lee is a two-time winner of the US Open, while Ben enters this week’s event ranked 41st on the PGA TOUR money list and 41st in the regular season FedEx Cup points race. His earnings for 2008 thus far are $1,153,709. Ben also is 5th in scoring and 7th in all-around ranking on the PGA TOUR for 2008.

Lee tees off Thursday at 8:17am on hole #1. Ben’s tee-time on Thursday is at 8:50am on hole #10. They both have afternoon tee times on Friday.

Dr. Dick Coop, another client of 4U Management, is also here at the US Open. Dr. Coop is one of the top sports psychologists in the world. He is working with several PGA TOUR golfers this week at the US Open. Other Major Champions Dr. Coop has worked with include Nike Faldo (3 Masters, 3 British Opens), Larry Mize (Masters), Payne Stewart (2 US Opens, PGA Championship), Mark O’Meara (Masters, British Open) and Corey Pavin (US Open).

The south course at Torrey Pines promises to be an extreme challenge for the world’s top players. It is the longest course in US Open history - 7,643 yards.

I’ll be here for the duration of the tournament, so check back for more news from this week’s US Open.

Tommy Limbaugh,