David Jones takes the “look good, play good” mentality actually.
The superintendent at Indian Springs Nation Membership in Damaged Arrow, Oklahoma, has performed each golf course in Sooner State and is thought for his brightly coloured and distinctive outfit decisions whereas doing it.
“It form of began with my grandfather in Minnesota,” Jones says. “We’d play golf and he would all the time put on extravagant clothes and every thing, even when he wasn’t enjoying golf. I acquired some hand-me-downs from him and that was the place it began.”
At first of David’s trend journey virtually twenty years in the past, he needed to get a bit extra inventive chasing down his appears to be like. “I’d go to eBay or thrift shops to attempt to discover a number of the older clothes that was brilliant colours and every thing however now all people appears to be promoting them so it’s nice,” he says.
Making it simpler to buy could come at a price of closet area in his dwelling, although, one thing him and his spouse, Erin, can agree on.
“I all the time blame her as a result of she form of began this, too,” Jones says. “Any time I’d have a birthday or for Christmas, she would purchase me some Loudmouth pants or no matter. She doesn’t do it anymore as a result of I’ve truly most likely acquired two closets filled with stuff in comparison with her half a closet so it’s fairly unhealthy.”
“I used to be working at dwelling throughout the pandemic and packages simply saved arriving like each single day,” Erin Jones says. “I keep in mind saying to him like, ‘When is sufficient, sufficient? You’re already busting out of our closet, our storage is filled with footwear.’” Erin compares her husband to Imelda Marcos, a Filipina politician who left behind over 2,700 pairs of footwear when she handed.
Regardless of perhaps dropping some closet area of her personal, Erin is totally supportive when his wardrobe will get recognition from fellow golfers.
“I feel it’s humorous, like I actually assume it’s humorous,” she says. “So, I’ll provide to take an image, like have that individual be in an image with David. I feel the primary time I noticed that was after we have been on the PGA Championship right here in Tulsa at Southern Hills, and I can not inform you after we walked over to the merchandise tent and again, the variety of people who stopped him.
“There was one man that stopped him and stated, ‘Hey, you’re David Jones it’s so good to fulfill you, I observe you on Twitter.’ Individuals get actually amped by it,” she says.
Jones has greater than 2,100 followers on Twitter, the place he’ll submit his outfits, canine, and each day superintendent duties on his @GolfsoupJones account. He not too long ago shared his expertise at The Open Championship at St. Andrews.
“I simply acquired again from the Open and there have been a number of instances when folks even took my image as a result of my outfit they usually simply needed an image to point out family and friends or whoever,” he says. “My spouse, it form of embarrasses her as a result of about each 20 or 30 folks will say, “Hey, good outfit!” or “Good colours!” so it’s kinda enjoyable.”
However enjoyable is what it’s all about for Jones.
“I simply kinda prefer to be totally different,” he says. “I hate seeing guys which can be simply sporting the traditional, you already know, bland colours. That was once me once I was in highschool and every thing and I used to be like, ‘You already know what, I simply wish to be totally different,’ so I began doing that.”
Though Jones could not put on sweet corn pants and a neon orange prime when he reveals up for work or simply lounging round the home, he does nonetheless discover small methods to make his on a regular basis put on distinctive.
“I nonetheless form of put on brilliant colours, not fairly as extravagant as I do once I’m enjoying golf,” Jones says. “After I’m at dwelling, it’s often simply shorts and a T shirt. I’m making an attempt to be snug.”
“We have been at a marriage … he truly wore this floral button-up shirt and I noticed when he went to the meals desk, you already know all people was commenting on his shirt,” Erin says. “However he appeared actually good! He was sporting a plain pair of trousers after which this florally shirt. It was actually enjoyable.”
For these additionally prepared to be daring and specific themselves by means of their clothes, Jones says you shouldn’t be afraid to match every thing.
“I wish to see extra folks match extra stuff as an alternative of simply sporting a loopy shirt or no matter,” he says. “Decorate and you already know, make every thing match, actually stand out since you’ll be amazed at what number of feedback – and it makes you’re feeling good too. To me, it makes me play higher.”
Though Jones won’t come near 2,700 pairs of footwear (or perhaps he’ll?), you possibly can’t put a quantity on fashion.
“I wish to be distinctive and that’s why I do it, to form of stand out a bit bit I suppose,” he says. “You might most likely name it a illness, however I prefer to name it a ardour.”
Cassidy Gladieux is a Kent State College senior and frequent Golf Course Business contributor.