by Gary Van Sickle

Slow play: Everyone talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.

Why not? Because the truth hurts: The biggest cause of slow play in recreational golf (that’s you and me in the hack-worthy real world, not the PGA Tour) is bad play.

There are dozens of reasons why everyday golfers play too slowly and most, but not all, are connected to being not very skilled at golf.


by Vartan Kupelian

Let me introduce you to Rhett Roberts. He’s 11. He wears braces on both legs and a very cool Ben Hogan-style cap.

Rhett was diagnosed at age 3 with cerebral palsy. Six years later, while watching the 2015 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on television, he turned to his parents, Jeff and Telea, and said, “I want to do that.”

And in 2016, he competed in the DC&P at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. He didn’t go far in the competition, failing to advance from the field of 21 in his 10-11 age group, but what Rhett said immediately afterwards was the “thumbs up” moment.


In the news

Accepted: A spot in next week’s BMW PGA Championship, by Ian Poulter. The resurgent Poulter, who finished runner-up in last week’s Players Championship, has risen to No. 80 in the Official World Golf Ranking (“Poulter takes ‘massive step’ in comeback,” May 16, Poulter, 41, of England, has played in the European Tour’s flagship event 13 times but finished no better than a tie for 10th, in 2012.

Confirmed: That he has not reinjured his back, Rory McIlroy. He told Ewan Murray of The Guardian newspaper of London that a magnetic-resonance imaging done Monday indicated that he has a “low-grade response” to a broken rib that sidelined him earlier this year. McIlroy is scheduled to play the BMW PGA Championship next week at Wentworth Club near London. McIlroy, 28, who is No. 2 in the OWGR, has made only six starts worldwide in 2017, with four top 10s.

Appointed: As chief executive officer of Golf Canada, Laurence Applebaum. The Toronto native had been executive vice president of the Women’s Tennis Association, which is based in Florida. Applebaum will assume his duties with Golf Canada, the sport’s national governing body and headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, on July 10.


Number of top-10 finishes for Dallas native Jordan Spieth in six appearances at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, his hometown PGA Tour event. As a 16-year-old amateur in 2010, Spieth made his Tour debut at TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, where he tied for 16th. It remains his best finish at the Nelson.


Scoring average for Dustin Johnson in 24 rounds at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, dating to 2009. It’s the best average at the Nelson during that stretch, according to the PGA Tour. In six starts at TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas (he did not play in 2012 and ’13), Johnson owns four top 10s. He enters this week’s event at No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.



The average salary for golf course superintendents rose to more than $89,000 this year, according to a survey released by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. The biennial study showed a 4.7-percent increase from the 2015 report, to $89,189. Salaries for assistant superintendents and equipment managers also increased, by 4.2 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively, in the past two years. The salary information was compiled by research firm Industry Insights, which reported a 39.3-percent response rate.


Omni Hotels and Resorts introduced the Guys Golf Getaway package at its 11 golf properties. Package prices start at $275 per person for unlimited golf, based on a three-night stay.


Young-chan Kim, chairman of golf-simulator manufacturer Golfzon, has been named one of the game’s top 10 innovators and entrepreneurs,Golf Inc. magazine reported in its May-June issue. Kim, who launched Golfzon in his native South Korea in 2000, was recognized for being among the industry leaders “who are reshaping the face of golf.”


Galvin Green has hired Todd Fontaine as a sales representative for the Swedish outerwear manufacturer. Fontaine will be responsible for Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Florida and Tennessee.


May 15-17
College men: NCAA Division I regionals at six sites
Baton Rouge, La.; College Grove, Tenn.; West Lafayette, Ind.; Stanford, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Sammamish, Wash.
May 18-21
LPGA: Kingsmill Championship
Kingsmill Resort (River Course), Williamsburg, Va. Tour: BMW Charity Pro-Am
Thornblade Club, Greer, S.C.
Champions Tour: Regions Tradition
Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Ala.
PGA Tour: AT&T Byron Nelson
TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas
European Tour: The Rocco Forte Open
Verdura GC, Agrigento, Italy
May 19-24
College women: NCAA Division I championship
Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Ill.
May 21-25
Industry: ING Spring Conference
World Golf Village and Hall of Fame Museum, St. Augustine, Fla.
May 25-28
Champions Tour: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship
Trump National GC, Potomac Falls, Va.
LPGA: LPGA Volvik Championship
Travis Point CC, Ann Arbor, Mich.
PGA Tour: Dean & DeLuca Invitational
Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
European Tour: BMW PGA Championship
Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, England
May 25-31
College men: NCAA Division I championship
Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Ill.
May 26-29
Junior: AJGA Thunderbird International Junior
Grayhawk GC (Raptor), Scottsdale, Ariz.
May 27-31
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort Nos. 2 and 8 courses
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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