MARCH 8, 2017

By John Gordon

Can you grow the game by shrinking the golf course?

That’s the thinking behind the Longleaf Tee System, the brainchild of U.S. Kids Golf founder Dan Van Horn and now a joint initiative of the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation and the American Society of Golf Course Architects. 

Several years ago, Van Horn started “scaling” the length of courses that hosted his tournaments to make them playable for all participants, no matter what their ability or skill level.

Idea of pros in shorts cuts decorum at the knees

I agree on the look (or not) of professionalism (“PGA of America’s relaxed attire seems shortsighted,” March 6,

The pros at the course where I play never wear shorts on either the lesson tees or when giving an on-course/playing lesson. And, this is a public/municipal course, so if those pros, who are pretty much occupied with their duties for the full day (more than eight hours, in every kind of weather) can make the effort to retain the decorum, I feel a touring pro should be held to a similar standard.

In the news

Named: As the fourth assistant captains for this fall’s Presidents Cup matches, Jim Furyk (U.S.) and Mike Weir (International). Furyk will join Fred Couples, Davis Love III and Tiger Woods on captain Steve Stricker’s staff; Weir will join Ernie Els, Tony Johnstone and Geoff Ogilvy for captain Nick Price. The matches will be played Sept. 26-Oct. 1 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

Announced: A 12-tournament schedule for the Mackenzie Tour, the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit in Canada. The season begins with the Freedom 55 Financial Open on June 1-4 at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia. The season’s top five money winners earn status on next year’s Tour.

Keeping score


The Official World Golf Ranking of Henrik Stenson, the highest-ranked player entered in this week’s Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla.


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.
March 10-12
Michigan Golf Show
Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Mich.
March 16-19
PGA Tour: Arnold Palmer Invitational
Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla.
LPGA: Bank of Hope Founders Cup
Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix
March 17-19
Champions Tour: Tucson Conquistadores Classic
Omni Tucson National, Tucson, Ariz.
March 18-19
Portland Golf Expo
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine
March 22-26
PGA/European tours: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin (Texas) Country Club
March 23-26
PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open
Coco Beach Golf Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
LPGA: Kia Classic
Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, Calif. Tour: Chitimacha Louisiana Open
Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club, Broussard, La.

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