FEBRUARY 23, 2017

By Ted Bishop

Shawna is 28 years old and grew up in a Los Angeles suburb. She attended an expensive California private college for two years before transferring to New York University, from which she earned bachelor’s and law degrees. Her student-loan debt is well into six figures.

Shawna (who asked that her last name be withheld) and her husband, Tom, consider themselves “avid” golfers but play only once a month in Washington, where they live and work. Shawna works in a federal-government job that doesn’t require a law degree but comes with student-loan assistance.

By Alex Miceli

Tiger Woods isn’t the only 41-year-old trying to make a return to golf. 

Englishman Ian Poulter, playing the Honda Classic this week, will be trying to work through a medical extension and keep a PGA Tour card that he has held since 2005.

Last May, Poulter received cortisone shots for an arthritic joint in his right foot. After consecutive missed cuts, he said that Dr. Ara Suppiah advised the European Ryder Cup star to take time off. The hiatus stretched to five months before Poulter returned to play the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in late October. 

Staff report

Three Morning Read contributors were honored during the Golf Writers Association of America’s annual writing contest, the GWAA announced.

Adam Schupak, formerly of Golfweek, claimed the top honor in the non-daily news category for his piece titled “Sunday shocker” about Danny Willett’s victory in the Masters (and Jordan Spieth’s collapse) that ran in the April 18 issue of the magazine. Schupak also won a runner-up award for non-daily features and an honorable mention in non-daily news for his Golfweek work.

Keeping score


Best finish, in six career starts at The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for Rickie Fowler, who lives in nearby Jupiter.



Consecutive years that American Honda Motor Co. has sponsored the PGA Tour’s event in southeast Florida, the longest-running streak on Tour.


It’s your honor

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From the industry

Arcis Golf and the Executive Women’s Golf Association have formed a national partnership to help encourage more women to play golf. Arcis Golf, which operates public and private golf clubs in the U.S., will offer reduced rates to EWGA members. The EWGA, with chapters in more than 100 communities nationwide, in turn will connect Arcis Golf with its programs and members.

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
Chicago Golf Show
Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.
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.
February 28 - March 2
Philadelphia Golf Merchandise Show
Embassy Suites Valley Forge, Chesterbrook, Pa.
February 28 - March 3
Scottish International Golf Course Architects Conference
Inverness, Scotland

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