JUPITER, FLORIDA | In the middle of the ninth fairway at Dye Preserve Golf Club, Mark Loomis has his hands raised to the heavens.
His last full swing on a warm winter day at the National Senior-Junior was a low, penetrating effort from 157 yards that finished 6 feet from the hole. Loomis, who makes his living as an Emmy-winning TV producer for USGA tournaments on Fox Sports, knows his job requires understanding how to attract and sustain an audience. With a club in his hand, Loomis is that audience. This last crisp strike is his parting gift, the nugget of perfection that will lure him back to the course for another try. He wouldn’t dare change the channel.
The 52-year-old man affectionately called “Loomie” is known in golf circles for what he does in a production truck, but few would recognize this other side. He grew up in Larchmont, N.Y., playing the East and West courses at Winged Foot, soaking in each U.S. Open contested on the venerable grounds. Six months from now, he will be the storytelling architect when the even...
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