MARCH 1, 2017

By Steve Elling

The unusual sights and sounds this week at the longtime PGA Tour venue located just outside Miami would be familiar to generations of fans. 

Those on the grounds over the next few days at Trump National Doral surely will hear staccato gunfire from the nearby shooting range and the roar of airliners landing at Miami International. As ever, exotic birds in banyan trees seemingly will be everywhere.

Yet for the first time in more than a half-century, there won’t be a Tour event staged in March on the Blue Monster. After a 10-year run as a World Golf Championships venue, and a tournament history that dates to 1962, the event was shipped off to Mexico City, where it will be played this week as the Mexico Championship at Chapultepec Golf Club.

Keeping score


Number of top-50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking who are entered in this week’s WGC-Mexico Championship in Mexico City. Only Jason Day, who pulled out with an illness, will be absent from the $9.75 million event that begins Thursday at Chapultepec Golf Club.



Gross score compiled by partners Alan Fadel and Bo Hoag in winning the annual Seminole Pro-Member against a who’s-who of Tour stars and industry titans Monday at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla. Fadel, a reinstated amateur from Toledo, Ohio, and Hoag, an Ohio State alumnus who plays on golf’s developmental tours, edged Mark Loomis and Steve Flesch by one stroke. Seth Waugh and Justin Rose, last year’s gross-division winners, shot 61 to claim the net title in the 192-player field.


It’s your honor

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From the industry

Marlton Golf Course, a public facility owned by four black Americans in Upper Marlboro, Md., and superintendent Brian Judd are working to help diversify the game. Craig Kirby runs the nonprofit organization "Golf. My Future. My Game.” that introduces about 80 youths via a 12-week class that covers everything from putting to soil erosion.

Galvin Green introduced its C-Knit Backer collection of ultralight, three-layer stretch Gore-Tex fabric golf clothing. The Swedish company supplies outerwear to the European Ryder Cup team. 

18Birdies, a mobile golf-technology startup, has identified opportunities to expand golf participation through technology and gaming, notably among younger generations, according to a study by KRC Research. 

The Swing Coach Club training aid vows to help golfers get into the swing of things this spring with instant feedback and a path to fast improvement.

Perennial national collegiate power Alabama will return to Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga., to defend its team title in the 12th annual Linger Longer Invitational on March 19-21. The 54-hole event will be played on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Great Waters course.

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
March 2-5
European Tour: Tshwane Open
Pretoria Country Club, Waterkloof, South Africa
LPGA: HSBC Women’s Champions
Sentosa Golf Club (Tanjong), Singapore
PGA/European tours: WGC-Mexico Championship
Chapultepec Golf Club, Mexico City
March 3-5
National Golf Expo
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
March 7-8
Mid Atlantic Golf Merchandise Show
Marriott Residence Inn, Gaithersburg, Md.
March 9-12
European Tour: Hero Indian Open
DLF Golf and Country Club, New Delhi
PGA Tour: Valspar Championship
Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Fla.

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