A Social Media, Global Golf Get-Together... And A Gracious Golf Ghost

                              Photo: © MikeBelindo
David Amezqueta... aka @MikeBelindo... was instantly recognizable as he stepped off the train in the quaint village of Brewster, NY last week.

Descending the stairs of the cement overpass with his tousled hair, easy grin and casual clothing, there was no mistaking him among legions of tired, stressed-out commuters in their uniformly cheerless business attire.

Though it was our first real-life, in-the-flesh encounter, David and I go way back when it comes to shared experiences and spirited exchanges. Thanks to social media the distance between Danbury, CT and Pamplona, Spain (or any physical distance for that matter) is just... geography.

                              Photo: ©MikeBelindo
I discovered Twitter in March of 2007, and that's where I first encountered David.  With a common passion for golf and a shared interest in art, we found ourselves communicating quite regularly... in 140 characters or less... over the years. So much so in fact, that when I found out David was to be spending some time in New York (after his awesome Ryder Cup adventure) it seemed only natural that we finally meet... and possibly get together on a golf course.

So that's exactly what brought SeƱor Amezqueta to Brewster... and on to our house (aka Golf Girl Media World Headquarters) in Danbury.  Once there, we had a celebratory cocktail, followed by a dinner of Bourbon Barbecued Ribs... with an ample side of Mac'n'Cheese. What could be more American than that, right?  The rest of the evening we spent talking; about David's experience in Medinah, about the golf industry on both sides of the Atlantic and about the amazing opportunities, and vexing challenges, presented by "new media" and a global economy.  Then there was the subject of our gracious golf ghost.

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