On TOUR: Spieth’s epic hole-out & my White House tour

What a way to kick off the summer! From Jordan Spieth’s shot of the year at the Travelers Championship, straight to Quicken Loans National where I got a special White House tour. Not sure it gets much better than that…

It’s only fitting that I write about my trip to our nation’s capital over the Independence Day holiday. But before I get to my special behind-the-scenes tour of the White House, we HAVE to talk about the most epic highlight I’ve ever seen in person.

Yes, I was sitting there – right off the 18th green, while Jordan Spieth pulled off the most Tiger-like shot I’ve ever seen in person. The entire sports world was buzzing about how the 10-time PGA TOUR winner slammed the door shut on his playoff with Daniel Berger on the 18th hole at TPC Potomac. I don’t know why I decided to video his shot all the way across the green from me out of the bunker, but I did and it was EPIC.

I bet his shot will be nominated among the best sports highlights of the year. I’m not sure how much more clutch it gets than that.

From my week in Hartford, I went straight to Washington D.C. the following Monday morning – where I had the chance to be a tourist for the afternoon. I wanted to cram in as much as I could in one afternoon – my only shot to really get downtown (so I thought) – and boy did I see a lot.

I began at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, where I breezed through the rotunda with the giant elephant, raced up to Harry Winston’s exhibit to catch a glimmer of the breathtaking Hope Diamond and wandered through the displays of our earth’s natural wonders.

From there, I headed down Congressional to the National Art Museum where I saw the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in North America, awed at the brush strokes of some of my personal favorites like Monet, Degas & van Gogh. A sparkling tunnel of twinkling lights connects you to the art museum’s East Building, where modern artwork from the likes of Picasso, Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe grace the sleek white walls.

Across the street we headed over to the National Archives, where PGA TOUR Media Official, Amanda Herrington and I began our D.C. journey together (not knowing we would eventually end up INSIDE the White House a few days later!) We weren’t allowed to take photos of our nation’s Charters of Freedom, but let me tell you – they were larger than anticipated and there’s no way Nicolas Cage’s character in National Treasure could’ve gotten close to stealing the Declaration of Independence.

After that, we wrapped up our trek around downtown D.C. with a stroll to Capital Hill and a walk to the White House through the National Mall. We ended our night at our favorite – Hamilton’s. (Get the crab cakes or the sushi – to die for!)

But enough of that, let’s talk about our trip to the White House! We got a behind-the-scenes tour of the West Wing and I can’t stop talking about it! It was hard for us to put this once-in-a-lifetime experience into words, but we tried in the first Facebook Live installment of “About Last Night…”

From the White House to the Crab House. We had a blast bashing crabs at the Bethesda Crab House Saturday night and I put a bow on my trip by attending church at the National Cathedral Sunday morning – a wonderful experience, all it’s own. I highly recommend taking a trip to either tour the church, or attend a service (or both like I did.)

My two straight weeks on the road for the PGA TOUR were a blast, but it’s great to be back home at the beach for a few fun days with the family for my favorite holiday.

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I’ll see you for my first bout as a play-by-play announcer this week on PGA TOUR LIVE! Can’t wait!

About Teryn Gregson

Teryn Gregson (formerly Schaefer) is an award-winning journalist, golf presenter, on-camera host, wife and blogger. Connecting with golf fans world-wide, Teryn is best known for her role as a broadcaster for the PGA TOUR.