JANUARY 27, 2017

By Jim McCabe

When family and friends in the summer of 2008 decided to throw a surprise goodbye party for Jay Monahan — a Boston boy who had decided to move to Florida and work for the PGA Tour — the backdrop said everything about the guest of honor. It was at his father’s house adjacent to a golf course to which four generations of Monahans have belonged, and on the final day of a father-son tournament that is as precious to the family as the Masters is to Phil Mickelson.

“With Jay, it all starts with his family,” said Seth Waugh, the former chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank Americas.

But what probably ranks a close second with Monahan is golf. “It is in his DNA,” said close friend Sam Kennedy, the president of the Boston Red Sox.

By Gary Van Sickle

A million years ago during the Age of Persimmon, the 3-wood was my favorite Old Reliable club.

In the modern high-tech age of metal woods, I hadn’t truly loved a 3-wood in more than a decade. That changed when I obtained a Knuth Golf High Heat 3-wood late last year. Pardon my sulking, but while I struggled with every club in the bag, especially my fairway wood, the fact that I suddenly started pounding the High Heat 3-wood while still whiffing everything else was remarkable.

The High Heat 3-wood has a wide, low profile that hints at the image of a 1958 Corvette’s rear fender. It is painted a glowing blue. The ball jumps off the face so easily at impact, you almost don’t feel it. That reminded me of how it felt to hit the occasional home run in baseball, also a million years ago.

From the industry

Silvies Valley Ranch, a cattle ranch and resort in Silvies, Ore., will feature two reversible 18-hole courses and open in July, organizers announced.

Manufacturer John Deere has been named the official golf course turf equipment provider for the PGA of America, the association announced. The five-year deal includes support of the PGA Championship, Senior PGA and Women’s PGA.

USGA Tournament Management, a group of products designed to advance golf event management technology, has been introduced by the USGA. The products are designed to help golf staff manage competitions, from outings to tournaments.

Despite a flat golf economy, homes adjacent to golf courses continue to command higher prices, according to a Florida Atlantic University study of South Florida real estate transactions.

Scotty Cameron has added a new teardrop-shaped, heel-shafted mid-mallet to his Select line of putters: the Select Newport 3, Titleist announced. The club will be available March 17.

January 22-25 Tour: The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Great Abaco, Bahamas
January 24
PGA Merchandise Show Outdoor Demo Day
Orange County National Golf Center, Winter Garden, Fla.
January 26-29
LPGA: Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic
Ocean Club Golf Course, Paradise Island, Bahamas
European Tour: Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
Doha (Qatar) Golf Club
PGA Tour: Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines GC (South), La Jolla, Calif.
February 2-5
European Tour: Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
PGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.
February 3-5
Amateur: Jones Cup
Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island, Ga.
February 4-9
Golf Industry Show
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
February 7-11
Club Managers Association of America World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo
Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Fla.
February 9-12
PGA Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
European Tour: Maybank Championship
Saujana Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tour: Club Colombia Championship
Bogota (Colombia) Country Club
February 10-12
West Michigan Golf Show
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Champions Tour: Allianz Championship
The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla.
February 16-19
LPGA: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Grange, Australia
European Tour: ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth
Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia
PGA Tour: Genesis Open
Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif. Tour: Panama Claro Championship
Panama Golf Club, Panama City, Panama
February 17-19
Champions Tour: Chubb Classic
TwinEagles Golf Club (Talon), Naples. Fla.
February 23-26
European Tour: Joburg Open
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa
PGA Tour: The Honda Classic
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand
Siam Country Club (Pattaya Old), Chonburi, Thailand
February 24-26
Toronto Golf And Travel Show
The International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
February 27-28
Northern California Golf Rep Show
Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Pano Hall Lincoln, Calif.

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