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APRIL 28, 2017
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By ADAM SCHUPAK

Mike Rodrigue doesn't need to be told that his description of Hurricane Katrina as "the perfect storm" could be deemed insensitive. After all, he lived through the 2005 catastrophe that arguably is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States.

Rodrigue owns the famed Acme Oyster House restaurant chain and in 1998-2006 served as board chairman of the Fore!Kids Foundation, the longtime charitable arm of the Zurich Classic. If not for Katrina, he says, public golf in New Orleans never would have gotten the shot in the arm that it so long deserved.


By GARY WOODLAND

It might seem clear as I sit in New Orleans after the first round of the Zurich Classic that I always knew I would play professional golf. It was not so clear to me when I decided to play basketball in college and shun golf, at the time also rejecting a person who would become my mentor, Coach Ross Randall of the University of Kansas.

Randall, who retired in 2009 from Kansas after 30 years with the men’s golf program, including 28 as head coach, died April 21 at his home in Boynton Beach, Fla. He was 71.



Put simply, it’s called ‘cheating’

You are wrong in your assessment of the effect of the new decision regarding the use of video replays (“Looser rules guidelines offer convenient excuses,” April 26, http://bit.ly/2oKWREu).

One of the founding principles in the rules of golf is equity, meaning all players are treated the same. Until all strokes of all players in a tournament can be recorded for later viewing, there is no equity.


Keeping score

0

Number of alternate-shot rounds that Ryan Ruffels played in competition before teaming with Kyle Stanley to shoot 6-under 66 on Thursday to share the lead with Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Ruffels, an Australian, and Stanley, of Gig Harbor, Wash., met in the 2014 Australian Masters. The Zurich Classic, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., is the first team event on the PGA Tour since 1981.

3

Days until the Seventh Annual World’s Largest Golf Outing, on May 1 at Bill Casper Golf-managed courses nationwide. Information:https://www.worldslargestgolfouting.com/

3

Score that Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz made on the par-5 18th hole at El Bosque Country Club to grab a share of the first-round lead with American Rob Oppenheim in the first round of the Web.com Tour’s El Bosque Mexico Championship in Leon.

6

Number of birdies that South Korea’s Mi Jung Hur made in shooting a 6-under 65 for the first-round lead in the LPGA’s Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas.

9

Strokes under par that Alexander Levy stands after one round to lead the European Tour’s Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & Country Club in Beijing. Levy, of France, played bogeyfree golf, including consecutive birdies on Nos. 2-5, to lead Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal by one stroke.

9,485

Number of entries received by the U.S. Golf Association for the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. (Tiger Woods was not one of them.) The entry total is the fifth-largest in history, behind the 10,127 received for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort.


In the news

Awarded: The 2019 Senior PGA Championship, to Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course in Pittsford, N.Y. Oak Hill, a Donald Ross design, already had been named to play host to the 2023 PGA. Oak Hill’s pedigree includes two U.S. Amateurs (1949, 1998), three PGA Championships (1980, 2003, 2013), three U.S. Opens (1956, 1968, 1989), a U.S. Senior Open (1984), a Senior PGA (2008) and the 1995 Ryder Cup.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Three golf courses in Kauai, Hawaii, have been recognized with Golfweek magazine’s “Best Courses You Can Play By State” designation. Princeville Makai, Poipu Bay and the Ocean Course at Hokuala Resort were listed among Hawaii’s best by the Golfweek course raters.

Golf Channel’s Morning Drive co-hosts will report live from Billy Casper Golf-managed courses during the seventh annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing” on May 1. Lauren Thompson, Matt Ginella and Bailey Mosier will cover the event, a simultaneous outing at more than 140 courses across North America, will benefit Fisher House Foundation and Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.

Golf clothier Galvin Green has hired Nielsen Agencies to manage territory sales in British Columbia, the company announced. Mark Lindsay and Jonathan Kadin will lead sales efforts for Nielsen, based in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Colonial Williamsburg has been honored by Golf Digest with an Editors’ Choice Award in the “best golf resorts in the Mid-Atlantic” category. This is the second year that Colonial Williamsburg has been honored by the magazine.



CALENDAR
April 27-30
Web.com Tour: El Bosque Mexico Championship
El Bosque CC, Leon, Mexico
LPGA: Volunteers of America Texas Shootout
Las Colinas CC, Irving, Texas
PGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.
European Tour: Volvo China Open
Topwin Golf and CC, Beijing
April 28-30
Symetra Tour: Symetra Classic
Atlanta National GC, Milton, Ga.
Industry: Haggin Oaks Golf Expo
Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, Calif.
May 4-7
Web.com Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship
Corales GC, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
LPGA: Lorena Ochoa Match Play
Mexico GC, Mexico City
Amateur: Lytham Trophy
Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Lytham, England
PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship
Eagle Point GC, Wilmington, N.C.
May 5-7
Champions Tour: Insperity Invitational
The Woodlands (Texas) CC
May 9-10
NGF Golf Business Symposium
Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla.
May 11-14
PGA Tour: The Players Championship
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
European Tour: Portugal Open
Morgado G&CC, Portimao, Portugal

      
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