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Commerce Bank Championship July 1, 2008

Posted by Mike C. in Golf, Personal, Sports, TV.

On Sunday, I attended the final round of the Champions Tour’s Commerce Bank Championship at Eisenhower Park Red [Golf] Course in East Meadow, New York.  This was the third year in a row I attended.  Each year, I showed up a few times in the background of a camera shot during the Golf Channel’s telecast.  The previous two years, I sat in the bleachers by the 18th green, watching the last 10 groups (approximately) finish their rounds and then watch the trophy presentation.  This time, I stood by the fairway at 18 until the last three groups.  After that, I stood by the green until the trophy presentation.  As eventual champion Loren Roberts was lining up for a putt, this is what you saw on the HD telecast (I’ve highlighted myself):
Mike Chimeri in the background in HD
I had a vidcap, but got a better shot from my digital camera off my TV.

I also appeared in a wider crowd shot as David Eger (“Eager”) had a tap-in putt:
Mike Chimeri in background again

Here’s the same picture cropped:
Mike Chimeri in background again

I could be seen in HD and SD in that shot.  Eger took the lead from Roberts early in the round, but faded after the 11th hole.

For the record, Scott Simpson was also in that final group.

“Newsday” reported that this may have been the last Commerce Bank Championship after 22 tournaments.  If that’s the case, it went out on a high note.  And I don’t mean because I was in crowd shots.

7/2 UPDATE: I’m surprised at how many golf blogs are linking to this post.  Thank you for the publicity.  Feel free to check out the rest of my blog.

7/22 UPDATE: I think it was only two blogs, but still, thank you.

11/6 UPDATE: Last Friday, October 31, Commerce Bank was renamed TD Bank.



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