By Adam Schupak
Ben Crenshaw, a World Golf Hall of Famer and Austin native, calls himself just one of the many "sentimental golfers" supporting an effort to "Save Muny."
Lions Municipal Golf Course, affectionately known as Muny, is located on the west side of the city on land given to the University of Texas in 1910 by then-Regent George Washington Brackenridge. Muny is where Crenshaw scored his first hole-in-one – "with my mom's Patty Berg 5-iron," he said – earned his first trophy and later won the Firecracker Open, Austin's longest-running amateur championship, twice.
The course was constructed by the Lions Club and opened to the public in 1924. In 1951, it became the first desegregated golf course in the South when it adopted a policy that anyone could play there.
By Gary Van Sickle
Last year, a man I called The Anonymous Gambler said one of his sleeper picks to win the Masters “was the best player in the world whose name rhymes with skillet.”
Since he nailed it and Danny Willett did, indeed, win the Masters, I asked him to return for an encore wagering preview. He agreed on the condition of anonymity and the promise to swear in court, if it comes up, that he died in a fiery 2012 car crash in New Mexico.
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Number of Americans tied for the lead after the first round of the LPGA’s Kia Classic. Cristie Kerr and Mo Martin shot 6-under 66s Thursday to set the pace with South Korean In Gee Chun at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif. Kerr, whose 18 LPGA victories include two major championships, has not won since 2015. Martin’s lone victory was the 2014 Women’s British Open.
Number of days after PGA Tour rookie Trey Mullinax married his high school sweetheart that he shot a bogey-free 9-under 63 to take the first-round lead Thursday in the Puerto Rico Open. Mullinax and his bride, Abi Essman, might want to temper any thoughts about spending the $540,000 winner’s share just yet. The first-round leader has won only four of 18 times on Tour this season. The most recent: Justin Thomas, Mullinax’s former teammate at Alabama, at the Sony Open in Hawaii. But, hey, it’s a fantastic start regardless for the newlyweds.
Total number of holes that Brooks Koepka has played in two matches in the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. Koepka defeated Jason Dufner, 6 and 5, on Thursday, the same score by which Koepka beat Kevin Kisner a day earlier. Koepka has made 12 birdies in 26 holes at Austin (Texas) Country Club. He faces Patrick Reed today.
Number of days since Nate Lashley underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. After three weeks of rehabilitation in which he did not play or practice, Lashley shot 9-under 62 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Web.com Tour’s Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
The percentage rate of contraction in the number of golf courses in the U.S. from 2006 to 2016, according to a National Golf Foundation study. Last year, 211.5 courses closed compared with 15.5 that opened. Contrast that recent trend with 1986-2005, when the U.S. course supply expanded by 44 percent. In the past decade, $3 billion has been spent on major course renovations, the NGF disclosed.
Reynolds Lake Oconee is offering new packages of golf vacations, for the single, couple or group of players. The packages include a variety of golf and accommodation options for visitors to the Greensboro, Ga., resort.
PGA/European tours: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin (Texas) Country Club
PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open
Coco Beach Golf Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
LPGA: Kia Classic
Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, Calif.
Web.com Tour: Chitimacha Louisiana Open
Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club, Broussard, La.
Symetra Tour: IOA Championship
Morongo GC at Tukwet Canyon, Beaumont, Calif.
Symetra Tour: Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club
Amateur: Azalea Invitational
Country Club of Charleston (S.C.)
LPGA: ANA Inspiration
Mission Hills CC (Dinah Shore), Rancho Mirage, Calif.
PGA Tour: Shell Houston Open
Golf Club of Houston, Humble, Texas
Champions Tour: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.
College men: 3M Augusta Invitational
Forest Hills CC, Augusta, Ga.
Junior boys and girls: Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship
Augusta (Ga.) National GC
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament
Augusta (Ga.) National GC
Symetra Tour: Northern California Classic
Windsor (Calif.) GC
LPGA: Lotte Championship
Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii
European Tour: Trophee Hassan II
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco
PGA Tour: RBC Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Champions Tour: Mitsubishi Electric Classic
TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.
Junior: Sage Valley Junior Invitational
Sage Valley Golf Club, Graniteville, S.C.
European Tour: Shenzhen International
Genzon GC, Shenzhen, China
Web.com Tour: United Leasing and Finance Championship
Victoria National GC, Newburgh, Ind.
PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open
TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course)
Champions Tour: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge
Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.
Symetra Tour: Sara Bay Classic
Sara Bay CC, Sarasota, Fla.
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