APRIL 18, 2017

Lee Elder's life still revolves around golf.

The first black man to compete in the Masters, in 1975, Elder, 82, complained that he forgot his brace and his right knee ached, so he begged off when asked by participants in a shotgun outing to poke a few drives. He was at the World Golf Hall of Fame recently for a Q&A and reception, which followed afternoon golf at The Slammer & The Squire. It was part of a concerted and well-intentioned effort by the hall to honor February’s Black History Month, but it couldn't disguise the fact that only one of the 150 hall members is black. That won't change when the five newest inductees are honored Sept. 26 at the biennial ceremony in New York.

That’s more than enough, Duf

Totally agree with you on Jason Dufner (“When it comes to sportsmanship, Dufner is a slouch,” April 17, bit.ly/2nWXI9T). All of the guys at our club do not like him because of his poor attitude, boring look, and he is just not exciting to watch. 

Dufner comes across as being unappreciative of his fortunate lifestyle. 

He thinks his cavalier look is cool, but it is really stupid. Not getting excited about an eagle, great birdie or tough par-saving putt is his mantra, and it gets old to watch. Give me Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and others any time. They are fun to watch, and we can relate to these guys. 

Keeping score


Number of starts that Charley Hoffman has made in the Valero Texas Open, where he has never missed the cut and returns to TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course this week as the defending champion. Hoffman has finished nine times among the top 15 in San Antonio.


Three of the Omni Hotels & Resorts' golf properties have been recognized with top regional honors in Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Awards. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas (Southwest), The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. (Mid-Atlantic), and Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H. (Northeast/New England), were honored.

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
April 27-30
Web.com Tour: El Bosque Mexico Championship
El Bosque CC, Leon, Mexico
LPGA: Volunteers of America Texas Shootout
Las Colinas CC, Irving, Texas
PGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.
European Tour: Volvo China Open
Topwin Golf and CC, Beijing
April 28-30
Symetra Tour: Symetra Classic
Atlanta National GC, Milton, Ga.
Industry: Haggin Oaks Golf Expo
Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, Calif.

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