FRIDAY  | APRIL 20, 2018
by Mike Purkey

It was no coincidence that Smylie Kaufman’s wedding was last weekend. In fact, it no doubt was planned with the PGA Tour schedule in mind. Shortly after Kaufman repeated his vows in Birmingham, Ala., and whooped it up at the reception, Satoshi Kodaira of Japan defeated South Korea’s Si Woo Kim in a playoff at the RBC Heritage.

Maybe Golf Channel and CBS should have televised the wedding instead of the Heritage. The nuptial ratings no doubt would have been higher. That’s because three of the top players in the world were in the wedding and not at the Heritage. Justin Thomas (No. 2), Jordan Spieth (No. 3) and Rickie Fowler (No. 6) are famously good friends of Kaufman’s. In fact, the spring-break foursome was back together, only this time as groom and groomsmen in tuxedos.

 



Simple solution to a simple-minded column

So, Alex Miceli wrote: “To question Finchem’s compensation is simple-minded, at best, and ludicrous, at worst” (“PGA Tour chief merits his millions,” April 19).

How easy is it to cherry-pick companies and statistics to “prove” a point? Miceli wonders what the shareholders of GE think. What about the shareholders of the PGA Tour? Oh, wait. That's right. There are none. Since the PGA Tour is a nonprofit, shouldn't a proper comparison be that which looks at the salary of executives of other nonprofits?  

 


5

Number of strokes under par for first-round leader Grayson Murray in the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course. Murray, 24, who won the 2017 Barbasol Championship as a PGA Tour rookie, birdied his last two holes to open a one-stroke lead on five other Americans: Matt Atkins, Keegan Bradley, Chesson Hadley, Billy Horschel and Ryan Moore. No. 10-ranked Sergio Garcia, the only contestant among the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking who is competing in San Antonio, shot 2-over 74 on a course where he served as a design consultant to architect Greg Norman (scores).

 


Announced: By the U.S. Golf Association, tee times for the fourth U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, to be played April 28-May 2 at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, Calif. After 36 holes, the 64 two-person teams will be cut to the low 32 for match play, starting April 30 (tee times).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Eight students from the Junior Players Golf Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C., have signed national letters of intent to play college golf, the school announced. The Class of 2018 signees: Jerry Christensen (Tampa), Deanna Confessore (Palm Beach Atlantic), Bunker Funderburgh (Mary Hardin Baylor), Lucy Hou (Cincinnati), Aiden McCloskey (High Point), Mikus Ming (Tennessee State), Alan Smith (Charleston Southern) and Vivian Yen (Cal State East Bay).

 

The Mystic Rock and Shepherd’s Rock courses at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort were listed by Golfweek magazine among its “Best Courses You Can Play” in Pennsylvania. Mystic Rock was selected as the top public-access course in the state for a fourth consecutive year. The Pete Dye design also is listed at No. 45 inGolfweek’s “Best Resort Courses in the U.S.”

 

ShoeTips will participate as an exhibitor at this week’s LPGA tournament, the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, the company announced. ShoeTips spokesman Joe Parent will be at the company’s booth from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday to meet with the public and talk about the mental approach to golf.

 

Two outdoors legends, golfer Tiger Woods and fisherman Bill Dance, kicked off the week of the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge with free golf and fishing clinics, respectively, for nearly 8,000 children and their families. Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris hosts the annual Champions Tour event in Ridgedale, Mo.

 

With the PGA Tour having recently left Hilton Head Island, S.C., the Sea Pines Resort introduced its Ultimate Buddy Trip package. Prices start at $383 per person, double occupancy for golf at Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes plus breakfast, accommodations and other features.

 

Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., has promoted Luis “Lou” Colon to head golf professional, the resort announced. Colon had served as the assistant pro since 2014 at Mission Inn, which features two courses: El Campeon and Las Colinas.

 


CALENDAR
April 19-22
LPGA: Hugel-JTBC Championship

Wilshire CC, Los Angeles

European Tour: Trophee Hassan II

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco

Web.com Tour: North Mississippi Classic

CC of Oxford (Miss.)

Ladies European Tour: Lalla Meryem Cup

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Blue), Rabat, Morocco

PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open

TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks), San Antonio

April 20-22
Champions: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.

April 21-23
Junior boys: Sage Valley Invitational

Sage Valley GC, Graniteville, S.C.

April 25
Industry: National Golf Day

Capitol Hill, Washington

April 26-29
PGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.

LPGA: LPGA Mediheal Championship

Lake Merced GC, Daly City, Calif.

Web.com Tour: United Leasing and Finance Championship

Victoria National GC, Newburgh, Ind.

European Tour: Volvo China Open

Topwin GC, Beijing

April 28 - May 2
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball

El Caballero CC, Tarzana, Calif.


      
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