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APRIL 14, 2017
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By ADAM SCHUPAK

Even Jim Furyk, the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, conceded that he got a little misty-eyed during a preview screening of the golf film "Tommy's Honour" at the World Golf Village IMAX Theater. Furyk rhapsodized about what St. Andrews means to golfers, encouraging the audience to make a pilgrimage if they haven't, and said, "It's a magical place."

The “Home of Golf” should be credited as a co-star in this film that tells the story of Scotland's Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern era of golf. How the great linksland is depicted captures the love, care and attention to detail given to the making of the film, which opens today in 45 cities.


Disturbing trend among juniors

I've been coaching a high school girls’ JV golf team for the last eight years. Before that, both of my daughters played for the same high school. One went on to play college golf. When my daughters were part of the team, the program had close to 20 players each year. The varsity and JV teams each had eight to nine players, and an instructional team had four to five players. Members of the instructional team didn't compete in matches but practiced and played at a par-3 course on Sundays. Most of them were freshmen and usually improved enough to make the JV team the following year. The league this school belongs to is still formidable. Three teams have won state championships. Our own varsity team qualified for the state tournament this past fall.

Considering the growth of the LPGA, the burgeoning young talent, the success of teams in our league, and initiatives such as the Drive, Chip, and Putt competition, you'd think girls’ golf would be thriving, but the truth is, our program has shrunk to the point that we may not have a JV team this fall. Two other schools in our league did not have JV teams last year, and most likely neither will have teams this fall.



Keeping score

2

Number of players tied atop the leaderboard in the LPGA’s Lotte Championship when play was suspended Thursday because of weather. South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn stood at 9-under 135 after 36 holes at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii.

3rd

Career-best finish in 107 previous starts on the PGA Tour for Bud Cauley, who shot 8-under 63 Thursday to open a two-stroke lead in the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Cauley, 27, hit 12 of 14 fairways, 17 of 18 greens and needed only 28 putts in his bogeyfree round. He missed 15 months of competition after undergoing surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder in September 2014.

5

Number of bogeys made by Lucas Bjerregaard, who nonetheless shares the first-round lead in the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco. Bjerregaard, of Denmark, offset the handful of bogeys with six birdies and an eagle to shoot 3-under 70 and join Frenchmen Gregory Havret and Gary Stal and England’s James Morrison atop the leaderboard.

20

Percentage decline in rounds played in March in the U.S., according to Pellucid Corp., which tracks industry trends. Poor weather in March eliminated most of the gains in rounds played for the first two months of the year. After three months, the year-to-date figure is up 2 percent from the first quarter of 2016.

87

Percentage of respondents who answered “No” to a Morning Read online poll that asked, “Will Tiger Woods return to play in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills?”


In the news

Announced: By the Wells Fargo Championship, that Dustin Johnson would play in the May 4-7 event at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C. Johnson, No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, slipped and fell down stairs at his rented house in Augusta, Ga., on the eve of the Masters, prompting him to cite back pain in withdrawing from the season’s first major championship, in which he was favored by oddsmakers. Johnson, the reigning U.S. Open champion, won his first three starts this season on the PGA Tour. The Wells Fargo event moved this year because its customary home at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte will play host to the PGA Championship in August.

Died: Vicki Martz, a fellow with the American Society of Golf Course Architects, on April 13. She was 72. Martz, who worked for McCumber Golf and then Arnold Palmer Course Design earlier in her career, was president of Victoria Martz Golf Design in Jacksonville, Fla. Among her design credits: Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch in Bradenton, Fla.; King’s North at Myrtle Beach National in Conway, S.C.; and TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

After nearly a half-century of testing the game’s greatest players, Harbour Town Golf Links enters a new era with an extensive makeover. PGA Tour players, who are on Hilton Head Island for this week’s RBC Heritage tournament, raved about the renovated Pete Dye-designed layout in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Tee boxes, fairways and roughs were regrassed with Celebration Bermudagrass, and greens were redone with TifEagle Bermudagrass.

Golf clothier Galvin Green has been awarded a Golf Digest 2017 Editors’ Choice Award for “best golf raingear.” It is the second consecutive year that Galvin Green has been honored in the outerwear category.



CALENDAR
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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