Andy Sands

Captain, Team 97


Often described as the patriarch of the Phi Alpha Cup, Team 97 Captain Andy Sands has helped make the Phi Alpha Cup what it is today. Credited along with Team 98 Captain David Johnson and former PAC player John Stubbs with organizing the inaugural Phi Alpha Cup in 2005, Sands has been the driving force behind the tournament’s growing popularity through his aggressive public relations efforts and ability to put together outside partnerships and celebrity appearances benefiting the annual event.

Sands was a late-comer to golf, devoting much of his time growing up in North Carolina to becoming a nationally-ranked tennis player as well as successful stints playing basketball and baseball. It wasn’t until his senior year in high school when he tried out and made the golf team, and his rapid success in the sport, that Sands decided to focus on golf full time.

Sands’ success in golf is even more improbable given his insistence on residing in New York City, where he has lived since 1999. Even though all four opposing members on Team 98 have moved south in order to train year-round, Sands has adopted a counterintuitive training approach that prevents him from practicing during the lead up to the PAC’s early May date. Instead, Sands uses Manhattan’s long, cold winters to work on advanced stretching techniques and mental visualization. To date, it is a regimen that has worked.

In 2013, Sands engaged in a much publicized Twitter exchange with Golf Channel personality Jason Sobel in which Sands called Sobel out for comments Sobel made on “Morning Drive” in reference to Hank Haney’s book on Tiger Woods, The Big Miss. Sands took issue with the fact that Sobel went on a prolonged rant bashing Haney while admitting he had not actually read the book. Sands later confirmed that Sobel had e-mailed him privately and the two were able to work out their differences.

What's In The Bag

Driver: Callaway Epic Sub Zero (9)
3 wood: Callaway XR (15)
Hybrid: Callaway X2 Pro (20)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro (4-P)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (52, 56, 60)
Putter: Ping Anser 2

Andy Sands News Stories

Teams “Gear Up” for 2012 Phi Alpha Cup

Teams “Gear Up” for 2012 Phi Alpha Cup

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Team 97 Captain Andy Sands stares down a Par 3 pin in the 2011 PAC Nike Announces Sands’ 2012 PAC…
Team 1997 Limps Into 2009 Cup

Team 1997 Limps Into 2009 Cup

Monday, April 27th, 2009
Team 1997 celebrates after their lone Phi Alpha Cup victory in 2007. SANDS INJURY REPORT LEAKED April 27, 2009 Mere…
Sands Hip Big Disappointment for Fans in 2008

Sands Hip Big Disappointment for Fans in 2008

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
The rumors proved to be true when it came to Team 1997’s Andy Sands’ physical condition heading into the 2008…
Sands Doubtful for 2008 Cup

Sands Doubtful for 2008 Cup

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
Pictures surfaced this week of Andy Sands on crutches, reminding many of the Tom Brady foot injury controversy prior to…

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