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MARCH 31, 2017
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By ADAM SCHUPAK

Sisters Megha and Sirina Ganne regularly hit balls into a net in the living room of their home in Holmdel, N.J., and practice putting on a foam green in their parents' bedroom. On Sunday, before the Masters begins in earnest, the Ganne (pronounced GAH-nay) girls will compete among the 80 finalists – 40 boys and 40 girls ages 7-15 – invited to the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club. Impressively, they are not the only sibling duo. Treed and Maye Huang of Katy, Texas, will compete, too. 

Megha, 13, is no stranger to Augusta National, having qualified in 2015. On her flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Augusta, she nearly jumped out of her skin when she realized that two-time major champion Martin Kaymer was seated in front of her. But she regained her composure, and utilizing some of the social skills learned in The First Tee program, asked for a photo with him. Then she casually added, "I'm actually playing at Augusta, too." Kaymer shared tips on the greens, asked about her tee time, and the then-reigning U.S. Open champion showed up to see her tee off.


By GARY VAN SICKLE

One-and-done is a popular phrase in college basketball for players who stay in school for only one year and then turn pro. One-and-done also applies to major-championship golf.

The list of great golfers who scored that first major but never got to No. 2 includes modern stars such as Fred Couples, David Duval, Davis Love III, Justin Leonard, Jim Furyk and Geoff Ogilvy.

You can’t chase history, or Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods, unless you get that second major title. Rory McIlroy has won four. Martin Kaymer, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson are the only other members of the under-40 set who have won two. The other active major winners qualify as one-hit wonders, not that there’s anything wrong with that. You’ve got to start somewhere. You may have noticed that the past five major championships were captured by first-time major winners.



Keeping score

5

Number of birdies that Rickie Fowler posted in his first seven holes Thursday en route to an 8-under 64 and the first-round lead in the Shell Houston Open, the final PGA Tour event before next week’s Masters. Fowler made more birdies – 8, including seven from 10 feet or closer – at the Golf Club of Houston than in any round this season. He owns three finishes of sixth or better in six starts this season, including a victory five weeks ago at the Honda Classic, and is No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking. South Korean Sung Kang missed a 5-foot putt and bogeyed the par-4 18th to place one stroke behind Fowler entering today’s second round.

43

Number of career top-10 finishes on the LPGA for Karine Icher, who shot 5-under 67 Thursday at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for the first-round lead in the ANA Inspiration before play was suspended because of wind. Icher, 38, of France, joined the LPGA in 2003 but has yet to win on the U.S. tour. She is a five-time winner on the Ladies European Tour. American Michelle Wie and South Korean Eun Jeong Seong, a 17-year-old amateur, were among four players tied at 68.

50

Percentage of respondents to a question on Morning Read’s Twitter account (@themorningread) who said that Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club should host an LPGA event.


In the news

Finished: The men’s and women’s state team championships, after this year’s event, the U.S. Golf Association announced. The biennial events, begun in 1995, involve non-collegiate amateurs from the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. This year’s women’s state team event will be played Sept. 26-28 at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M. Last year’s victory by Michigan in the men’s state team event was deemed by the USGA to be the men’s finale.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Billy Casper Golf has been retained to manage operations at The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland, Fla., effective immediately. The club and its 18-hole course, designed by Ron Garl and located between Tampa and Orlando, has been acquired by the Golden Lakes Community Development District Board of Supervisors from its original owners.

Keswick Hall & Golf Club announced its Full Cry Golf Package for guests of the Charlottesville, Va., resort, including play on the Pete Dye-designed Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club. The 600-acre boutique resort features 48 guest rooms.

PGA National Resort & Spa announced its Champion Package that includes play on the Champion Course, site of the PGA Tour’s annual Honda Classic, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. PGA National features five golf courses.



CALENDAR
March 30 - April 1
Symetra Tour: Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club
Mesa, Ariz.
March 30 - April 2
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
March 31 - April 2
Champions Tour: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.
April 1-2
College men: 3M Augusta Invitational
Forest Hills CC, Augusta, Ga.
April 2
Junior boys and girls: Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship
Augusta (Ga.) National GC
April 6-9
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament
Augusta (Ga.) National GC
April 7-9
Symetra Tour: Northern California Classic
Windsor (Calif.) GC
April 12-15
LPGA: Lotte Championship
Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii
April 13-16
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.
April 14-16
Champions Tour: Mitsubishi Electric Classic
TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.
April 19-22
Junior: Sage Valley Junior Invitational
Sage Valley Golf Club, Graniteville, S.C.
April 20-23
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)
April 21-23
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.
April 25-26
National Golf Day
Washington

      
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