' 2012 Executive Golfer: From Hardwoods to 3-Woods

by Staff  on Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2012 11:20 am  

Former Razorback player Pat Bradley has traded the hardwood for 3-wood. Bradley is now an avid golfer. (Photo by Gabriel Solis)

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Golf is the rare sport that can be picked up long after others have been played. Two former Arkansas Razorback basketball players talk about the transition in the latest issue of's Executive Golfer.

Pat Bradley was one of the top shooters under Nolan Richardson in the post-championship era at Arkansas. Though he learned the game of golf in Massachussets long before he made the move to the Ozarks, it's still a game he's catching up on:

It’s a game of mistakes and apologies, much like basketball. Some compare shooting free throws with putting. Find your line, get your distance and make the same smooth stroke. Free throws should be the same routine, form and rhythm every time.

One of the most difficult transitions for me has been learning to compete against the course. Most times I’m so fixated on trying to beat who I’m playing with or against, I lose sight of the true challenge — focusing on and managing my own game. Hmmm, is there a life lesson in there?

Blake Eddins played for Arkansas during Richardson's final seasons. Eddins, 31, is now a part of the executive class, working for the Razorback Sports Network as a consultant/color analyst. He says that if you want to find the best hole in Arkansas, look no further than Little Rock:

No. 15 at the Country Club of Little Rock, a par-5 with dramatic drop off. You can see the river down to your right. It’s just a really beautiful hole.

It's the digital edition of's Executive Golf Guide. Check it out in the digital edition links above, find the print edition inserted in this week's Arkansas Business or at your local newsstand. You can also find more Web content of the guide, including exclusive features available only on the Internet.



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