Monday, September 22
I WISH YOU COULD HAVE COME to my DRAW IN THE DUNES book party last Thursday evening in Floyd, Virginia, my one-stoplight town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. What I can do is share a small part of it here.
About 50 folks turned out, including two friends who drove four hours (round trip) for a two-hour party. That's friendship! We had a great time.
Colleen Redman covered it for the Floyd Press, and she also shot the above video. You can read more and see party photos at Colleen's blog.
A huge thank to noteBooks and Black Water Loft (and Red Rooster Coffee) for hosting my book party. They were incredible in every way, with a creative golf theme for the evening, from the slide show, to the food (cupcakes combined to look like a golf course as just one example), to the prizes, to the giving back (10 percent of proceeds from book sales is going to the Floyd County High School golf team).
We sold all the books! I was told more are on order.
From Sky Sports PR. For my golf friends on the eastern side of the pond.
SKY SPORTS will offer more Ryder Cup coverage than ever before, including a dedicated channel broadcasting over 300 hours of programming.
Sky Sports 4 has become ‘Sky Sports Ryder Cup’ for two weeks around The Ryder Cup. In addition to exclusively live coverage of all three days’ play, the Sky Sports Ryder Cup channel will offer round-the-clock golf programming including the opening ceremony, build-up shows, documentaries, player interviews, plus highlights and analysis of the day’s matches and a preview of the following day’s between 7pm and 10pm Friday to Sunday.
The channel is part of unparalleled coverage across TV, mobile and online which also includes Sky Sports News HQ, apps, skysports.com and the On Demand service, giving fans even more Ryder Cup content, wherever they are.
Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: “The Ryder Cup is one of the biggest events in sport and we’re offering our viewers coverage to match. Our dedicated channel will tell the complete story; fascinating features, comprehensive build up, and of course live coverage of all three days. We can’t wait.”
The schedule of coverage across all platforms includes:
RYDER CUP LIVE: Coverage of the entire Ryder Cup from Gleneagles including the opening ceremony which is also live on Sky 2, all three days’ play and the trophy presentation on the 18th green on Sunday evening across TV, online and mobile via Sky Go.
DOCUMENTARIES: Ian Poulter discusses his 2012 winning putt in Ian Poulter: Europe’s Postman, available on On Demand, Sky Sports and Sky 1. Other shows include USA captain Tom Watson in Lessons of a Lifetime, Sporting Greats: Seve Ballesteros, and Paul McGinley – Europe’s Captain.
SKY SPORTS NEWS HQ: Round-the-clock coverage live from Gleneagles including breaking news, live press conferences and player and Sky Sports talent interviews. Kirsty Gallacher will anchor coverage from and James Haddock and Charles Patterson report.
VIDEO ON DEMAND: Official films, countdowns and Ryder Cup programming, daily highlights, player interviews and analysis, team previews, course guides and documentaries.
DIGITAL: For the first time, Sky Sports will screen the Exhibition Match live on YouTube. Sky Sports website and apps will offer build-up, a live blog, near-live video clips, player tracker, and a companion player via the iPad app, plus extended highlights and a round up programme.
Live coverage will be presented by David Livingstone, who will be joined in the studio overlooking the first tee by Darren Clarke, who has appeared in seven Ryder Cups either as player or vice-captain, winning European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and coach to US Ryder Cup stars Butch Harmon.
Providing commentary will be Royal Television Society award winners Ewen Murray and Bruce Critchley as well as Rob Lee and Mark Roe. On-course reporting comes from Howard Clark, who played in six European Ryder Cup teams between 1977 and 1995, Richard Boxall and Tim Barter, and highlights programming will be presented by Sarah Stirk who will be joined each day in the studio by Andrew Coltart and Nick Dougherty to review the key moments in the previous’ days matches.
The full schedule on Sky Sports Ryder Cup channel (channel 405) is as follows:
Ian Poulter: Europe’s Postman
Sporting Greats – Seve Ballesteros
Paul McGinley – Europe’s Captain
How The Ryder Cup Was Won 2002
History of The Ryder Cup
Sporting Rivalries – The Ryder Cup
Sporting Heroes – Paul McGinley
Sporting Rivalries – The Big Three
Live Fourballs matches
Wednesday 1st October
Saturday, September 20
|Yours truly at book party on Thursday.|
"I'm really, really enjoying your book, not only for the fact that it chronicles and details what happened in 1969 at that Ryder Cup, but because you provided context and history in essence for ... how we got to there. Very, very well done. I'm very much enjoying the read."
—Matt Adams, host of Fairways of Life on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, during September 18 interview with author
Click link to listen> Interview with Matt Adams, Fairways of Life, SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio
When you click the above link, you'll see Tom Watson. Then scroll at right to my interview (Neil Sagebiel, Golf Author) with Matt.
Golfweek review (September 20):
"In 'Draw in the Dunes,' Neil Sagebiel has authored a faithful account of a match of which only 3 minutes of TV footage exists. By speaking to many of the ’69 Cup participants, Sagebiel has breathed fresh life into the rich story of a competition that had been reduced to that one charitable act." Read entire review
Click link to listen> Interview with Gene Marrano of WFIR News Talk Radio
Play by Play story (September 22 issue):
"For the non-golf fan, 'Draw in the Dunes' may require a learning curve to read, but the Floyd author does a good job of explaining the Ryder Cup format and the sport's lingo. Then he builds drama throughout 'Draw' as it heads towards The Concession." Read entire article