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There is an accepted theory that once you own one dog, you’ll never be without. As soon as there is understanding of the unequaled, unqualified love and companionship that dogs provide, they will be a staple in your life forever. For ten to (God-willing) fifteen years, they will fill your heart with joy that can’t be diminished by ‘accidents’ inside or chewed shoes.

 

Picking a name is a big responsibility. It will be a defining characteristic of your companion. Enter the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ rule. The ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ is quite possibly the greatest television show ever. Originally running from 1979 to 1985, it was about Bo and Luke Duke, their iconic 1969 orange Dodge Charger – the ‘General Lee’ – and their escapades in Hazzard County, Georgia.

 

The ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ rule is that most dogs that require more than ten point test line for a leash can be named from characters on the show. Bo, Luke, Duke, and Boss are perfect names for male dogs – anything from a smaller Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or a Boykin Spaniel to a larger Labrador Retriever, a German Shorthaired Pointer, or a Golden Retriever. For female versions of the same breeds, Daisy, Dixie, or Jesse work perfectly.

 

Some other options: Roscoe is a great option for a male dog that might enjoy finding some trouble – like a Jack Russell or a Border Collie. Cooter is a good choice, but be careful here; a good dog shouldn’t offend anyone. Make sure it’s a male dog – a Bluetick Coonhound would enjoy that name. Flash is the perfect name for a basset hound, exactly as it was on the show. For a light-colored female dog such as a Yellow Lab, a White Golden Retriever, or a Brittany, Shine is a great name. That’s what the Duke boys were running, so why not?

 

Got a dog that followed the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ rule? Send a picture to Hillary@onwardreserve.com and we’ll post it over on Instagram & Facebook.

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James Farmer's Pimento Cheese

4/8/2015 11:39 AM

 

One of the best part of The Masters are the concessions…and not only the concessions, but the prices of the concessions. We’re talking a buck fifty to two-fifty for a sandwich, a dollar-fifty for a coke, $4.00 for a beer, and a dollar for a candy bar. That’s cheaper than most gas stations.

 

 

One of the most famous items on the menu is the Pimento Cheese sandwich. They are delicious, and only $1.50 a piece. For those that have experienced a Pimento Cheese sandwich from Augusta, you know you can’t eat just one. Double up with a cold beer and a bag of chips, and you are good to go for about eight bucks.

 

The Pimento Cheese recipe at Augusta National is a huge secret, as there is a secret ingredient that no one – not even the club – knows (thanks to Pimento-Gate). While this exact recipe isn’t available to the public, there are millions of variations. One of the best comes from the resident Onward Reserve food expert James Farmer. His recipe is relatively ‘plain Jane’ as he calls it, but it does call for the chefs to add some of their own flavor (more mayo vs. less mayo, black pepper and/or sea salt to taste, etc.).

 

Here we go: Farmer’s Style Pimento Cheese

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup of finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup of finely shredded sharp Vermont white cheddar cheese

Half to three quarters cup of mayo…depends on how “creamy” you like it

Half a jar of Lindsay’s pimento pieces with some juice

Squirt of lemon juice

Lawry’s Season All to taste…about a dash

Morton’s Nature’s Seasoning to taste…about a dash

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Cracked black pepper to taste

Cracked sea salt to taste

 

Directions:

 

Shred the cheeses (this makes a difference too…the already shredded is fine but shredding your own really does make a difference) and combine with seasonings and mayo until blended.

 

How easy is that my friends? Enjoy this as a sandwich on good white bread, toasted or plain, or on crackers. Make a batch or two and eat this while you are watching The Masters this weekend along with a cold beer or some sweet tea. It’ll help get you a little closer to the action in Augusta.

 

Posted By Onward Reserve

 

The time has finally arrived. The Masters is upon us in all its glory. Apparently there is a national championship basketball game on Monday night, but that game will be trumped by the Masters practice round highlights (at least in this universe).

 

Why is The Masters so great? Well, because it’s The Masters. The tournament is NOT governed by anyone except the members of Augusta National Golf Club. They are obsessive about the game of golf, and renewing their vigor each year to provide golfers and golf fans the perfect golf experience.

 

Augusta National Golf Club is a monster in itself. The par-72 slice of heaven measures in at just over 7400 yards, complete with tight fairways and nooks and crannies that make you ponder every shot like a geometry equation. The greens are so fast it’s like putting on a frozen lake. Oh, and there’s only a couple hundred million folks watching every shot…

 

To the tournament: There are currently 99 players qualified for the 2015 Masters (which tops out at 100 invitations), and 47 of them are from the United States. There are currently 19 ways to qualify for The Masters:

 

1. Masters Tournament Champions (Lifetime)

2. US Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)

3. British Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)

4. PGA Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)

5. Winners of The Players Championship (Three years)

6. Current US Amateur Champion and U.S. Amateur runner-up

7. Current British Amateur Champion

8. Current Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion

9. Current Latin America Amateur Champion

10. Current US Amateur Public Links Champion

11. Current US Mid-Amateur Champion

12. The first 12 players (and ties) in the previous year's Masters

13. The first 4 players (and ties) in the previous year's US Open Championship

14. The first 4 players (and ties) in the previous year's British Open Championship

15. The first 4 players (and ties) in the previous year's PGA Championship

16. Winners of PGA Tour events (full FedExCup allotment only) from previous Masters to current Masters

17. Those qualifying for the previous year's season-ending Tour Championship

18. Top 50 in final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year

19. Top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking published during the week before the Masters

 

The field is stacked this year, but the favorites are not the usual suspects:

 

Tiger Woods: Tiger has decided to make Augusta National his first course back from a hiatus. It’s obvious that he likes a challenge.

 

Phil Mickelson: His putting is ‘off’, shall we say?

 

Who’s looking good:

 

Jordan Speith: The young Texan is firing on all cylinders, and is poised to make a run at the Green Jacket.

 

Rory McElroy: Is this finally Rory’s year? Will his neon outfits clash with the Green Jacket?

 

Johnny Walker: There isn’t a better unknown golfer than Johnny Walker. Watch out for the unassuming…

 

Fred Couples: Yep, seriously. He has finished in the top 20 every year since 2010. His swing is so smooth it leaves you wondering if anything really happened.

 

Bubba Watson: He’s got the game for Augusta…if he can keep it on the fairway, look out.

 

If you are headed down to Augusta, enjoy yourself. Be courteous to the other patrons as well as the course. Take in the beauty that is “The National”. Enjoy extremely inexpensive pimento cheese sandwiches and beer. DO NOT ask for a Pepsi.

 

The official Onward Reserve Masters Pick: Jason Dufner. Why not…newly single and ready to mingle? You bet he’d wear that green jacket to Daly’s party at the Hooters on Washington Road.

 

Who you got?

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Monthly Edit: April

4/2/2015 10:51 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted By TJ Callaway

 

This morning I turned on my television and ESPN was promoting their coverage of the first rounds of the MASTERS. For the next 30 seconds, while watching the promotion, I felt like a kid again. I am not sure if it is the first true sign of spring, the motivation to get my own golf game in order, or just the respect for the game and course that does it for me. However, when they pan across those meticulous fairways towards the exploding azaleas under shadows of colossal Georgia pines, it is nothing short of magical for me. There are so many memories that surround the Masters for me and for anyone with any connection to the world of golf. The most magical of all my memories is now my first trip to play Augusta National.

 

Growing up in Georgia, Masters week was always a big deal. I remember dreaming that one day I would be able to attend the Masters. In college, that dream came true and I was nothing short of giddy. I became an instant expert on Bobby Jones and on everything Augusta National. I was obsessed. My dream had come true…or so I thought.

 

Bubba Watson was asked if winning the 2012 Masters was like he imagined it in his dreams. He replied “I never got that far in my dreams.” That is exactly how I felt driving my old Tahoe down Magnolia Lane towards the Clubhouse. I couldn’t help but laugh to myself. The feeling that overcame me was true, pure happiness.

 

 

We checked into our cabin along #10 fairway and I stood on the back porch imagining all the people that I was used to seeing around #18 green during tournament play. It was surreal to have the place seemingly all to myself. I was about to play Augusta National…twice!

                                         

 

The highlight of my experience was that I got to play Augusta or “the National” for the first time with my brother and my dad and that our host was one of my dad’s dearest friends from college. Aside from our host, none of us had ever played the course and it was amazing to share that experience with my family. We hit balls on the range and then headed out to #1. Everyone hit decent drives and then I stuck my approach to 3 feet to tap in for Birdie. I won’t say much more about my score that day other than I did break 100 and that I had a couple of more pars. My score was the least of my concerns.

 

 

 

 

 

After our first round on the big course, we got to play the famous Par 3 course. What a blast! I will note that I also birdied #1 on the Par 3 course. However, I will not divulge any further scorecard information on that round either.

 

 

Anytime you have the opportunity to play a well-known golf course, it is fantastic. Half of the experience is seeing and playing the course and the remaining half is being able to dive into the culture of the club and its membership. You learn so much by hanging around a clubhouse for a couple of days listening to stories and enjoying the hospitality. From the top of the crows nest to the bottom of the wine cellar – there is no lack of subject matter at Augusta. The full set of clubs used by Bobby Jones to win the Grand Slam is hanging in the dining room and near the Champions Locker Room there is a ballot box that was given to Augusta National by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews. On an old shelf in the wine cellar you will see General Eisenhower’s name in pencil staking his claim on the spot. There are Masters Tournament programs and badges from the past as well as clubs used by some of the most famous golfers in the world – past and present. It is heaven for anyone who enjoys golf or history.

 

 

When I asked our host what it was like to be a member he replied “you don’t ask many questions, you just sort-of enjoy the ride.” That is what I decided to do with the rest of my trip. I proceeded to take 1 million pictures and try to soak up every story I could. I pinched myself regularly to make sure it was real life.

 

 

 

 

 

The people at Augusta could not be any more delightful. From the gatekeeper on Washington Road to the caddies on the course, everyone was so welcoming and fun. The pro shop, dining room, kitchen, bar and locker room staff all truly seemed happy to be there and to be a part of it all. Although, how could you not? The food was fantastic and the wine was even better. The members were all so cordial and respectful of the club, the other members, and their guests. When I left I felt like my caddie was an old friend.

 

 

 

                          “The Caddy Kickstand”

 

I should note that the attitude and ambiance of Augusta National and its membership exude mainly one thing: an immense respect and love for the game of golf. Augusta does more for the game of golf globally than I ever realized. They are constantly improving their course, their facilities and their people. They believe that things can always be better.

 

It was interesting to be at the National only a few months after they admitted their first female members. I think it is fantastic that they allowed female members and even more fantastic that they did so on their own terms rather than caving to the intense media pressure of year’s past. I also think it is noteworthy that the focus and the first priority of the Club has and always will be on the game of golf.

 

Posted By TJ Callaway
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