My Story

Casey Jones Golf isn’t some big company that mass-produces golf awards.  

It’s just me.  Casey Jones.

One artist, using my talents to create colorful,
eye-catching artwork that commemorates special moments in golf.

And with the connections that my unique background has provided,  I’ve been able to put my artwork on the walls of today’s top TOUR Pros.

Here’s how it all started…

Casey Jones standing in front of the final round summary on his scoreboard.
One of my early tournaments…
some guy named Woods won?

My Story

Casey Jones Golf isn’t some big company that mass-produces golf awards.

It’s just me.  Casey Jones.

One artist, using my talents to create colorful, eye-catching artwork that commemorates special moments in golf.

And with the connections that my unique background has provided,  I’ve been able to put my artwork on the walls of today’s top TOUR Pros.

Here’s how it all started…

Casey Jones standing in front of the final round summary on his scoreboard.
One of my early tournaments…
some guy named Woods won?
Casey reads off scores to Irv as he writes them on the Scoreboard at the 1996 PLAYERS.

Helping out my mentor Irv Batten at the 1996 PLAYERS

Discovering a Niche

I was living in Orlando in 1995, trying (unsuccessfully) to work for Disney’s Animation Department. I was grinding out freelance artwork and wondering if I should get a “real” job.

That spring I attended the Bay Hill Invitational as a spectator.  I had played golf since my teenage years, and had been to several professional tournaments growing up.  But, this was the first time I noticed the “Calligraphy Board”.  Someone was writing up all of the players’ scores on a huge scoreboard, in perfect penmanship.  I immediately thought, “Is this a job?  I could do this!”  I had natural artistic ability, loved golf, and was very fond of scores and stats.  So I talked to the calligrapher, a man named Irv Batten, who gave me ideas on how to get involved.  And I had a sparkle of hope that I’d found my niche.

Discovering a Niche

I was living in Orlando in 1995, trying (unsuccessfully) to work for Disney’s Animation Department. I was grinding out freelance artwork and wondering if I should get a “real” job.

That spring I attended the Bay Hill Invitational as a spectator.  I had played golf since my teenage years, and had been to several professional tournaments growing up.  But, this was the first time I noticed the “Calligraphy Board”.  Someone was writing up all of the players’ scores on a huge scoreboard, in perfect penmanship.  I immediately thought, “Is this a job?  I could do this!”  I had natural artistic ability, loved golf, and was very fond of scores and stats.  So I talked to the calligrapher, a man named Irv Batten, who gave me ideas on how to get involved.  And I had a sparkle of hope that I’d found my niche.

Casey reads off scores to Irv as he writes them on the Scoreboard at the 1996 PLAYERS.

Helping out my mentor Irv Batten at the 1996 PLAYERS

Becoming the Scoreboard Guy

I volunteered at a couple of PGA TOUR events to be the Calligraphy Board Assistant, and after learning the ropes, I marketed myself to every professional and amateur golf association I could find.  Within two years I had a full schedule of events.

Handling the calligraphy board was no cake-walk.  I was standing there for the entire day, squatting low, stretching high, constantly writing…and writing…and writing!   But the up-side was fantastic.  I traveled the world, with a tackle-box full of markers and my golf clubs, meeting amazing people in the golf industry. I spent three-quarters of the year on the road, and loved every minute of it!

Casey chats with a spectator in front of his completed Scoreboard at the 2001 PGA Championship.

Standing on the “porch” of my board at the 2001 PGA Championship

Becoming the Scoreboard Guy

I volunteered at a couple of PGA TOUR events to be the Calligraphy Board Assistant, and after learning the ropes, I marketed myself to every professional and amateur golf association I could find.  Within two years I had a full schedule of events.

Handling the calligraphy board was no cake-walk.  I was standing there for the entire day, squatting low, stretching high, constantly writing…and writing…and writing!   But the up-side was fantastic.  I traveled the world, with a tackle-box full of markers and my golf clubs, meeting amazing people in the golf industry. I spent three-quarters of the year on the road, and loved every minute of it!

Casey chats with a spectator in front of his completed Scoreboard at the 2001 PGA Championship.

Standing on the “porch” of my board at the 2001 PGA Championship

Casey hands Justin Spieth his scorecard on the first tee.

Overseeing the tenth tee starting procedure at the WGC Mexico

A New Role

In 2003, the PGA TOUR offered me a different position that moved me off of the calligraphy board and into the scoring area.  The role of Scoring Official didn’t utilize my artistic talent, but it allowed me to become more involved with the Competitions side of the TOUR, working alongside an amazing crew of Rules Officials and operations staff.

I was now supervising all aspects of players teeing off to start their rounds, and double-checking their scorecards with them to finish their rounds.  I interacted with every player and every caddie in the field, and for a golf nut like me, it was a dream job.

A New Role

In 2003, the PGA TOUR offered me a different position that moved me off of the calligraphy board and into the scoring area.  The role of Scoring Official didn’t utilize my artistic talent, but it allowed me to become more involved with the Competitions side of the TOUR, working alongside an amazing crew of Rules Officials and operations staff.

I was now supervising all aspects of players teeing off to start their rounds, and double-checking their scorecards with them to finish their rounds.  I interacted with every player and every caddie in the field, and for a golf nut like me, it was a dream job.

Casey hands Justin Spieth his scorecard on the first tee.

Overseeing the tenth tee starting procedure at the WGC Mexico

Starting Casey Jones Golf

During my career, I kept getting requests from friends for personalized calligraphy pieces.  “I made a Hole-in-One!  Can you do something for me like you do for the pros?”  So in 2008, I started the business of drawing personalized golf artwork that emulated my style on the scoreboards.   Casey Jones Golf was born, and I haven’t looked back since.

Three Hole-In-One images: a drawing on the scoreboard, an early version, and today’s offering.

The evolution of my Hole-in-One Artwork, from the quick signage on an actual scoreboard to the refined commemoration I offer today

For the first time, I’m offering my coveted “Hole-in-One” Artwork to the golfing masses.  These are the same pieces that originated on the scoreboards and that I’ve drawn for dozens of TOUR Pros.  So if you’re fortunate enough to make an ace in your golf career, you should commemorate it in the most unique way possible…with personalized artwork by the same guy who’s been doing it for years at the highest level of the sport!

Keeping Up With Casey Jones Golf

Creating artwork through Casey Jones Golf has become my main focus over the years, but I continue to work part-time for the PGA TOUR as a Scoring Official at several tournaments annually.

And even though recent technology has forced the traditional calligraphy boards into near extinction, a few organizations like to go “old school”, and still desire my on-site handiwork at their tournaments.

As my travel and business adventures continue, you can keep up with my “Scoreboard Guy” anecdotes and observations on social media – @caseyjonesgolf.

As my travel and business adventures continue, you can keep up with my “Scoreboard Guy” anecdotes and observations on social media – @caseyjonesgolf.

I’m also close to offering more varieties of my golf artwork to the public, so stay tuned!

Coming Soon: an article in GOLF Magazine about the small fraternity of scoreboard calligraphers…