The Waste Management Phoenix Open Is The Greenest Show On Grass

The Waste Management Phoenix Open Is The Greenest Show On Grass

And one of the rowdiest golf tournaments known to fans.


This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend one of the rowdiest golf tournaments in history. This tournament has the word "fun" written all over it. The event itself was amazing, but the people watching was even better. Below, I have added some tips and tricks for attending the event and the amazing experience I had.

Come Prepared

One thing that I wish I had done before the Phoenix Open is known what I was walking into. In the past, I have attended the PGA Tour and the Ryder Cup, the Phoenix Open is a completely different setting. The fans are definitely the rowdiest ones I have ever seen and make the event just that more exciting. When you first arrive, you can park in one of the many parking lots and take a shuttle to the course. Remember your parking lot because, after a long day at the tournament, you do not want to be the one setting off your key fob because you can't find your car. The bag policy at the Phoenix open allows bags that do not exceed 6" X 6" X 6" in their natural state.

Clear bags are highly recommended so you don't have any issues when going through security. Another thing to make sure you do prior to arriving at the event is to make sure you check the weather. The event goes on rain or shine and I would make sure to dress appropriately. Please, do not be that girl that walks around in heels, be comfortable instead so this way you are not struggling to walk around the course all day.

View from the 16th HoleShona Namie

The Infamous 16th Hole

The par-3 16th hole is definitely the most iconic feature the course has to offer. It is the only fully-enclosed golf hole on the PGA Tour, allowing you to take in the high energy all around. The hole itself houses 20,000 spectators and is open to general admission. Personally, I waited in line for around 40 minutes in order to get into the 16th hole and I wouldn't take back any second. The crowd goes insane when a tee shot lands on the green, yet when it misses, the crowd results in boos. Although the Marshalls job is to shush the fans as the golfers tee off, they are not able to control fans engagement as the excitement builds. This hole is one that everyone wants to get into to and if you have the opportunity, I say take it.

The Golfers

This year, many big named professional golfers took on the course. Some such as Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, and Rickie Fowler. Fans have the opportunity to get an autograph or interact with the golfers up by the clubhouse where the golfers get interviewed by news sources. Some golfers hype up the fans after a smooth swing which only makes the event more exciting. This year Rickie Fowler took the lead and won the tournament with a 17-under 267 for the week. Branden Grace fell short of being claimed champion with -15 and Justin Thomas with a -14. Watching the golfers first hand is one of the coolest experiences and allows the fans to check this off their bucket list!

TPC Scottsdale CoursePascale Bushaw

All There Is To Offer

Aside from the golfing itself, there are many other booths and events the WMO has to offer. Right when you walk through the gates, there are many different vendors lined up in the tent that give out free goodies and allow the fans opportunities to win free stuff. There are also multiple food and drink tents that are spread out around the course in order for fans to get through the day. There are also exclusive Skyboxes offered that are housed at the top of certain hole structures yet have a high price range. Another thing that the Phoenix Open has to offer is the Birds Nest. The Birds Nest is 21+ and offers a concert for four nights. This is definitely the party scene that you do not want to miss. This year's headliners included Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Lee Brice, Michael Ray, The Chainsmokers, Snoop Dog, Kelley James, Martin Garrix, DJ Vice, and Justin Mylo. The Birds Nest offers food, drink, and amazing performers taking place as an after party for the tournament.

Saying Goodbye to the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix OpenPascale Bushaw

Overall, this golf tournament is one you do not want to miss. The golf, the fans, the excitement, no wonder why the Phoenix Open is on the top of many fans bucket list. Special thanks to the Director of Communications for giving me the opportunity to attend the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Everything The Student Athlete Loses When They Move On From Sports

Enjoy it while it lasts.


We used to call it "flipping the switch." You would go through eight hours of school (somehow) and then your mentality would automatically change. The worries and stress from the school day would dwindle as you put on your cleats and begin to warm up. Anything that was going on in your life didn't matter when you hit the dirt. You create lifelong friendships with the girls you spent every day with for months at a time. Teammates who see you susceptible after a bad game and on cloud nine after one of your bests.

You develop a routine and superstitions. Hitting your bat on the inside of your cleat before you hit, chewing a certain type of gum on the volleyball court, how many times you spin the ball before you shoot a free throw, whatever your quirk was, you 100% believed it would make you play better. You practice in your free time with your dad, devote three to five months of your school year to a team, and play all summer long with your travel team as you live off hotel breakfast. Then one day, it's all over.

It is a feeling that nobody can prepare you for. They say enjoy it while it lasts but you never really understand what you'll be walking away from when you play your last game and hang it up for good. You lose a part of yourself when you're no longer an athlete. I forgot what it feels like to be competitive and be a part of something that is bigger than myself. It has been two years since I've played my last softball game and not a day goes by when I don't miss it. I didn't play because I wanted to go pro or even to the collegiate level, but I played because it was an escape and helped me become who I am.

You begin to forget what it felt like to hit the sweet spot on a bat, what it sounded like to have an audience cheer for you as you stand alone on second base and see your family in the stands, to hear the metal spikes of your cleats on concrete when walking in the dugout. It's simple things about the game you love that brought you pure joy and an escape from the world and the thoughts in your head. Batting practice was always mine. Focusing on nothing but the next pitch and how hard I could hit it.

When you have to watch the game from the other side of the fence, you realize how much pressure you put on yourself when you played. It's just a game. Make as many memories as you can and enjoy every inning because when you leave sports behind you have to find your inner athlete in other things. Create a workout routine, joining a club sport or intramurals, or even becoming a coach. As much as I miss the sport, I am thankful for everything it brought me. It taught me how to be a good friend, respect others around me, and to push myself to discover what I was capable of.

So, enjoy it while it lasts.

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The First Time My Mistakes No Longer Controlled My Life

Mistakes suck, and though I've conquered a few, I'm still learning.


The whistle blows as the team cheers on.

My heart pounds as if it will burst out of my chest at any given moment and I taste the salty sweat trickling down my face. I must serve over the net, I must get it in, I must ace my opponent or I will fail. Fear.

In his first inaugural speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously stated, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Such a statement proves powerful to the matured minds of society; however, in the minds of some adolescents, this declaration appears somewhat foolish, as numerous "threats" ignite fear, thus causing teens to grow anxious.

A major cause for fear in the rising generation takes form in failure. In the eyes of these people, making a simple mistake paves the way towards absolute failure; therefore, perfectionists constantly walk on eggshells attempting to do the impossible: avoid human error. This mentality gives way to constant stress and overall disappointment, as perfection does not apply to human beings. If one can come to the realization that not one person can attain perfection, they can choose to live life in ease, for they no longer have to apply constant pressure upon themselves to master excellence. The fear of failure will no longer encumber their existence, and they can overcome situations that initially brought great anxiety. I too once put great pressure on myself to maintain perfection, and as a result, felt constantly burdened by my mistakes. However, when I realized the inevitability of those mistakes, it opened the door for great opportunities. The first time I recognized that failure serves as a tool for growth allowed me to no longer fear my mistakes, and instead utilize them for my own personal growth.

The whistle blows as the team cheers on. My heart pounds as if it will burst out of my chest at any given moment, and I taste the salty sweat trickling down my face. I must serve over the net, I must get it in, I must ace my opponent. As hard as I try, I fail; as the ball flies straight into the net and thuds obnoxiously onto the gym floor, so does my confidence. I feel utter defeat, as I know my fate. My eyes water as my coach immediately pulls me from the game, sits me on the bench, and tells me to "get my head into the game" instead of dwindling on past errors. From then on I rarely step foot on the court, and instead, ride the bench for the remainder of the season. I feel defeated. However, life does not end, and much to my surprise, this mistake does not cause failure in every aspect of my life. Over time, I gradually realize that life does not end just because of failure. Instead, mistakes and failure pave the way toward emotional development and allows one to build character. In recognizing that simple slip-ups do not lead to utter failure, I gain perspective: one's single mistake does not cause their final downfall. Thus, this epiphany allowed for my mental growth and led me to overcome once challenging obstacles.

Instead of viewing mistakes as burdens, one should utilize them as motivation for future endeavors. The lesson proves simple: all can learn from their mistakes. However, it is a matter of choosing to learn from these mistakes that decide one's future growth. Instead of pushing faults away, I now acknowledge them in order to progress. Before coming to such a realization, I constantly "played it safe" in sports, fearing that giving my best effort would lead to greater error. I did not try, and as a result, I rarely failed.

Although such a mentality brought forth limited loss in terms of overall team success, it also brought forth limited, individual success. Today, fear of failure no longer controls life on the court. I use my mistakes as motivation to get better; instead of dwindling on an error made five minutes prior, I focus on the form needed to correct it. As a result, skills will constantly improve, instead of regress. Thus, errors serve as blessings, as it is through these errors in which one can possess the motivation to better themselves.

For some, fear acts as an ever-present force that controls every aspect of life. In particular, the fear of failure encumbers perfectionists, as the mere thought of failing causes great anxieties. In the past, I have fell victim to the fear of committing a mistake, and as a result, could not go through life without feeling an overwhelming sense of defeat. However, in a moment of what appeared to be a great failure, I finally recognized that life does not end due to one mistake, let alone one million. Instead, mistakes pave the way toward personal development and provide essential motivation to succeed in everyday life. Without mistakes, it proves difficult to grow in character. One must first learn to accept their faults before they can appreciate their best qualities. Thus, the fear of failure inhibits the growth of an individual; therefore, all must come to the realization that essentialness of mistakes, as they allow for the further development of overall character.

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