Bob Wilber grew up aspiring to follow in his father’s baseball footsteps, and while he was able to secure a full college scholarship and later spend parts of six years in professional ball, as a player, coach, and scout, his mother’s writing, communications, and public relations skills were what eventually defined his career. After a successful and adventurous sports-marketing trek through the sports-apparel business, agency work, and professional indoor soccer, he saw his first drag race as he closed in on his 40th birthday. Little did he know that he’d go on to spend 20 consecutive years as a team manager and PR representative for Del Worsham and then Tim Wilkerson, two of the most popular Funny Car drivers on the NHRA tour. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Bob ended his drag racing run in order to take on an important personal assignment. Over the course of 2016 he wrote his autobiography, entitled “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” and submitted it to the publisher in early February. It was released in late May, 2017 and is available on Amazon.com and other major online book retailers, in both printed and digital formats.

Goodbye Kauai, Hello Winter…
Dec 29, 2015   //   by bwilber

Well, that was spectacular. As much as Barbara and I both love Hawaii (as evidenced by the fact we got married there, 18 years ago) it has become clear that Kauai has taken its place atop the leader board in the “Our Favorite Island” rankings. The Big Island of Hawaii ranks second. We love us some Oahu and Maui (which is the island that hosted our small wedding in 1997, on a beach near Kihei), but the rustic laid-back charms and the incredible scenery presented by Kauai is both relaxing and breathtaking at the same time. Having a dear sister, her hubby, and a wonderful niece all living there doesn’t hurt, either.

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Aloha! Kauai bound…
Dec 21, 2015   //   by bwilber

I’m still getting used to the fact that I can sit down, open my laptop, and write this blog without having to go through the step of writing and then sending it as an email, to the NHRA.com staff. And then I would have to send the photos, in a specific size, in another email. This way is what you’d call “one-stop shopping” and I dig it, but it is taking some getting used to.

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And we begin with a Kickstart!
Dec 14, 2015   //   by bwilber

Welcome! Most of you have been with me at NHRA.com for a long time, and now we begin the next chapter (pun fully intended).

Today seems like the right day to start blogging here in a legit fashion. Last night, with the support and help of my wonderful wife, I dove headlong into the building of a Kickstarter campaign to hopefully raise not only some funding, but also awareness for my upcoming book “Bats, Balls, and Burnouts” and in less than 12 hours my campaign was approved and launched.

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Time To Transition
Nov 11, 2015   //   by bwilber

It would not be inappropriate for there to be a yellow sign on this blog, with the wording “Under Construction” upon it. I’ve been writing “Bob On Baseball” here for more than four and a half years, while simultaneously also writing a completely different blog over at NHRA.com, and in 2016 I’ll be stepping away from drag racing in order to write a book. That’s a lot of writing, and something had to give, so here’s the plan:

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Q & A with Jay Dufty
Jun 23, 2013   //   by rhireynolds

TPGF: Jay – could you tell us a bit about where you grew up/went to school and got started in the golf business? I grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. My father was an avid golfer, and like many people in North Dakota, we were forced to play as much golf as possible in our short window of summer.  Fargo has produced a lot of talented players and I was fortunate to grow up with friends that went on to play college golf.  I began working at Moorhead Country Club in high school under PGA Professional Larry Murphy.  Larry was a great mentor and peaked my interest about making golf my career.  I attended New Mexico State University and enrolled in their Professional Golf Management Program.  It’s been a fun journey traveling the country and meeting great people.  I have now worked for the PGA Tour and the TPC Network for 15 years. TPGF: As the Head Golf Professional at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm how do you spend a typical day? No day is typical.  The neat part of this job is variety of what my days brings.  The consistent part of my day is managing staff and executing our strategic plan for the next day/week/month.  I have become more involved in my PGA Section and with The First Tee of Montgomery County so my time management has become heightened so I don’t miss a beat with my members and staff. TPGF: What is the most rewarding part of your job? The relationships I have developed with staff, members, and people within the golf industry.  My passion is developing staff and it is great to watch people that have been a part of your team become successful. TPGF: You are a Board Member of The First Tee – tell […]

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