Monday, January 28, 2013



Tommy Limbaugh is a great man.  Tommy is the founder and CEO of 4U Management, a sports marketing company.  Tommy also married way, way up to his sweet wife Marcia.  Here is some scoop on Tommy:

“Tommy was Coach Limbaugh for 21 years at the Division I level before entering the business of professional sports. Tommy began his collegiate career at Texas Tech University in 1975. He then moved to the University of Mississippi serving as recruiting coordinator and assistant football coach. In only his second year in that position, he led Ole Miss in signing its first ever top-10 recruiting class in football.

After stints in the SWC and SEC, Tommy moved to the ACC as a member of Duke University's football staff. Once again he was recruiting coordinator and served as an assistant coach. Those years at Duke laid the groundwork for the first ACC Football Championship in 29 years. In 1986, recruiting guru, Max Emfinger, said during signing week that "Duke is vying for a top 5 berth" in terms of national success.

In 1987, Tommy left Duke for his alma mater the University of Alabama. While at Alabama, Tommy helped recruit the nucleus of the 1992 national championship team. Tommy also served as associate athletic director at Alabama. Among his many duties in that position was the implementation of a ticket marketing program for football. The program "Tide Pride" has been the most successful in the history of intercollegiate athletics. "Tide Pride" has generated more than $150 million for the University of Alabama Athletic Department. He also helped to successfully negotiate a multi-million dollar radio contract between the University of Alabama and Host Communications.

Tommy then moved to Lexington, Kentucky and the University of Kentucky as assistant head football coach and recruiting coordinator. While at Kentucky, four of five recruiting classes were ranked in the top 15 nationally.”

I have walked many a golf course with Tommy, sat in meetings, and shared meals.  Today I want to just give you 5 ways that I see Tommy is above so many people I meet in how he STANDS OUT FROM THE CROWD!

Tommy is nicer than 99% of the people out there.  I have run into Tommy at a lot of golf tournaments.  I have people with me almost all of the time.  We run into each other, talk for a bit, and then separate.  The person I am with always says something like, “Wow, that Tommy is so nice.”  How does he do it?

Tommy asks questions.  Tommy remembers your name.  Tommy takes an interest in who you are and what you are about.  As the day continues forward he will check in again, and once he has met you, it appears you are friends for life.

Tommy is motivational in how he communicates.  There is no question that Tommy was an athlete.  He just exudes a “get it done” mentality.  He will be the first to say, “You can do it!”  Just walking next to him and talking makes you feel that you can do more than you thought you could.

Tommy also keeps the “main thing the main thing.”  He has helped many an athlete keep on task and target.  There is a sense of security that comes from his confidence.

Tommy is a family man first.   Yesterday I heard about Tommy’s mothers house.  I heard that they had every Christmas there up to even this year.  (His mother passed last April and they kept the house to have one final Christmas.)  He said, it didn’t matter where I was in the football bowl schedule – “if I had to drive 20 hours from Lubbock to get to Mom’s, I was there!  Family is that important.”

Tommy is a great story teller.  This is one way to assist any dinner, lunch, or meeting.  Be a good story teller.  Yes, you have to have the material, and yes, you have to deliver the goods.  Tommy can do both.  I remember one night hearing a story of Tommy’s recruiting days for Alabama – everyone was on the edge of their seat, drawn back into that moment, and it was riveting.

Tommy works hard, is available, and shows up.  Tommy comes from the cloth of “get it done.”  A late night phone call, a last minute flight, a flurry of texts, calls, and emails to get a situation under control.  Tommy knows that we “vote with our feet.”  He makes sure he is there in the flesh when it’s important.

I learn a lot of how I want to be as a leader.  I think that this list helps me and I am thankful to Tommy for giving me some things to “shoot for.”  Thanks Tommy!



ericscofield | January 19, 2013 at 8:43 am | Categories: Transformation Friday | URL:
From July 2012...

Two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen is a special man.  I have represented him since 1995.  My respect for him has grown each year.

The USGA did not give an exemption to Lee this year when the U.S. Open returned to The Olympic Club in San Francisco for the first time since Janzen won his 2nd U.S. Open there in 1998.  He defeated his close friend Payne Stewart by 1 shot.  This is the same Payne Stewart he went head-to-head with in 1993 winning his 1st U.S. Open at Baltusrol by 2 strokes.

Lee, in my opinion, deserved the exemption.  He is still in his 40's and is an active golfer on the PGA Tour.  He has played every your on the PGA Tour since 1990.  He represents the TOUR with class.  When he did not receive the exemption to this year's U.S. Open he was hurt and disappointed.  He did not say that to me but I felt those emotions from him.  Lee said all of the right things.  My opinion is Lee made a decision at this time to go full speed on the Web.Com Tour for the remainder of the 2012.  He believed this to be his best chance to get his PGA Tour card back.  He was playing on a past champions catagory which gave him only limited access in his attempt to move into the top 125 on the money list.  He is currently 174 on that money list with one top 10 finish at the John Deere Classic and has made 8 of 11 cuts on the PGA Tour this year.

The Tour is in Jacksonville this week at Dye's Valley Course.  Janzen has two top tens, an 2nd and 9th, in his 14 events on this tour 1n 2012.  He enters this week 61st on the money list.  The top 60 move on to next weeks


PING signs short-game expert

Stan Utley to represent company


PHOENIX (January 22, 2013) – Stan Utley, a renowned short-game instructor and author, has contracted with PING to represent the club maker in various capacities, beginning with an appearance in PING’s exclusive custom-fitting area at this week’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.

“We’ve known Stan since his college days at the University of Missouri,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “He played and won with PING® equipment on tour and we’ve since watched him evolve into one of the most trusted short-game instructors in golf. We’re excited to have Stan back as part of the PING family as we share the same goals. We both want to help golfers play better and enjoy the game more. He’ll be a great asset to PING in a number of ways.”

Utley, who teaches out of Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., played PING equipment during his years competing on the PGA Tour. In the time since, he’s been coaching tour players, conducting short-game clinics worldwide, giving private lessons and entertaining corporate clients. He’s also on the instruction staff at Golf Digest magazine.  

“I’ve had great admiration for PING clubs ever since I played my first set in college,” Utley said. “In particular, PING’s fitting systems are the most thorough and precise in golf. As an instructor, it makes my job much easier because students improve faster when they’re properly fitted for their clubs. Their advancements in putter fitting with the iPING® putting app and adjustable-length putters not only improve performance, but they open tremendous opportunities from a teaching and practice perspective. That’s especially exciting for me because helping golfers improve their putting is one of my passions.”

Utley, 51, was a two-time All-American at the University of Missouri and turned professional in 1984. He won the PGA Tour’s 1989 Chattanooga Classic, and three times on what is today the Tour. He still holds the PGA Tour record for fewest putts in nine holes with six at the 2002 Air Canada Championship. Utley is the author of four instructional books, “The Art of Putting,” “The Art of the Short Game,” “The Art of Scoring” and “The Art of the Swing.”