By Dan O’Neill
Jim Holtgrieve remembers it as a most-difficult conversation. As captain of the 2011 U.S. Walker Cup team, he telephoned Jani and Mike Thomas in Goshen, Ky., to explain why 18-year-old Jordan Spieth would be on his team and why their 18-year-old son would not.
Justin Thomas needed more time to grow up, to mesh an unbridled spirit with a dynamic talent.
“I had a long talk with (Thomas’) parents,” Holtgrieve recalled. “And I said, ‘He’s really got some talent, but he’s just too inexperienced right now. He’s not focused. There’s no doubt he’s got the talent, but he’s got to mature a little bit.’
Steve Brady, the head professional at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., won the Golfzon $1 Million Shootout last week to wrap up the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. No hole-in-one was made in a three-man finale Jan. 27, so the grand prize went unclaimed. But Brady, 58, hit his shot at the deciding 172-yard hole to 10.86 feet to win a golf simulator worth approximately $50,000.
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Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
Club Managers Association of America World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo
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West Michigan Golf Show
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The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla.
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Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Grange, Australia
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Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia
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Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Web.com Tour: Panama Claro Championship
Panama Golf Club, Panama City, Panama
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TwinEagles Golf Club (Talon), Naples. Fla.
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Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Pano Hall Lincoln, Calif.
Scottish International Golf Course Architects Conference
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