MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017
by Adam Schupak

he Kirkland Signature golf ball craze at Costco that swept the golf world late last year seems to have cooled down as the supply has dwindled. But the concept of a tour-performance golf ball at an affordable price is the business model espoused by Dean Snell, who launched Snell Golf in 2015 after spending 28 years in the ball business at Titleist and TaylorMade.

"The Kirkland ball opened some eyes that there are some choices other than the big guys, where you can get tour performance at an affordable price," he said.

Costco, the wholesale membership club, emerged as a disruptor breaking into the highly profitable golf ball industry from the lower end of the price curve ($15.99 per dozen), but could Snell Golf be the long-term winner? 


Stubborn retirees won’t pick up pace

Your article is exactly right (“Bad golf amplifies slow play, and you’re likely at fault,” May 17, It’s frustrating.

When I retired, I thought I would go out there and play fast, because nobody would be on the course compared with Saturday afternoons.



Keeping score


Number of eagles that Stephan Jaeger made in the third – and ultimately final – round Saturday of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C. Jaeger shot 7-under 65 to get to 19-under 195 before heavy rain washed out Sunday’s final round at nearby Thornblade Club and Jaeger was declared the winner. Jaeger, 27, of Munich, Germany, had missed a PGA Tour card last year by $3,234 after finishing 28th on the regular-season money list. With $126,000 for his BMW Charity Pro-Am victory, he moves inside the top 25.


Number of consecutive cuts that Billy Horschel had missed before he survived a one-hole playoff against Jason Day to win the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas. Horschel birdied two of his final five holes to shoot 69 and tie Day at 12-under 268. Horschel won when Day three-putted the par-4 18th hole for bogey. The victory was expected to move Horschel inside the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking and earn an exemption into next month’s U.S. Open.


Number of years since Alvaro Quiros had won on the European Tour before the Spaniard prevailed at the Rocco Forte Open at Verdura Resort on the Italian island of Sicily. Quiros held a seven-stroke lead at one point in the final round but struggled to a 1-over 73 as Zander Lombard of South Africa pulled even with a 68 and 14-under 274 total. Lombard missed a 3-foot par putt on the second playoff hole. With his seventh European Tour title, Quiros, 34, who started the week at No. 703 in the world, ended a slide in which he had not won since the 2011 Dubai World Championship.


Number of Champions Tour major titles won by Bernhard Langer, who shot a final-round 8-under 64 Sunday for a 20-under 268 total and five-stroke victory in the Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club’s Founders Course in Birmingham, Ala. Langer stands tied with Jack Nicklaus for most major titles on the 50-and-older tour. With 31 victories on the senior tour, Langer ranks second all-time  to Hale Irwin’s 45.


72-hole total for Lexi Thompson, a tournament record, in winning the Kingsmill Championship on Sunday at Kingsmill Resort’s River Course in Williamsburg, Va. Thompson led wire-to-wire in shooting 20 under for a five-stroke victory. Thompson made 23 starts since her previous victory, the 2016 Honda LPGA Thailand. Most notable during that stretch was her runner-up finish in the ANA Inspiration, the season’s first major championship (“4-stroke penalty stuns Thompson at ANA,” April 3, With her eighth career LPGA victory, Thompson, 22, is the third American to win in 11 events this season, after Brittany Lincicome (Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic) and Cristie Kerr (Lotte Championship).

In the news

Withdrew: Rory McIlroy, from this week’s BMW PGA Championship, because of an ongoing rib injury. "It’s a disappointing decision to have to make, but I have to ensure I make a full recovery,” McIlroy said in a statement. “I will now continue the process of preparing my game for the U.S. Open and the rest of the season.” McIlroy, No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has played in six tournaments worldwide this year, with four finishes of seventh or better. Most recently, he tied for 35th at The Players Championship, during which he disclosed persistent back troubles. He missed two months of competition earlier in the year.

Reduced: To 54 holes of stroke play because of inclement weather, the NCAA Division I Women’s National Championship at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill ( Northwestern, located 60 miles away in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, leads the 24-team final at 23-over 599 entering today’s final round to determine the individual medalist and the eight teams for match play, which will be played Tuesday and Wednesday. Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho, competing as an individual from a non-qualifying team, leads at even-par 144, one stroke ahead of Purdue’s August Kim.


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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.
June 1-4 Tour: Rex Hospital Open
TPC Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C.
PGA Tour: The Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
European Tour: Nordea Masters
Barseback G&CC, Malmo, Sweden
June 2-4
Symetra Tour: Fuccillo Kia Classic of NY
Capital Hills at Albany (N.Y.)
LPGA: ShopRite LPGA Classic
Stockton Seaview Hotel & GC, Galloway, N.J.
June 5
U.S. Open sectional qualifying
(10 sites)
June 6
Industry: Women’s Golf Day
various golf facilities worldwide
June 7-10
Men’s amateur: Monroe Invitational
Monroe GC, Pittsford, N.Y.
June 8-11
European Tour: Lyoness Open
Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria
LPGA: Manulife LPGA Classic
Whistle Bear GC, Cambridge, Ontario
Men’s amateur: Palmer Cup
Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga.
PGA Tour: FedEx St. Jude Classic
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn. Tour: Rust-Oleum Championship
Ivanhoe (Ill.) Club
June 9-11
Symetra Tour: Four Winds Invitational
Blackthorn GC, South Bend, Ind.
Champions Tour: Principal Charity Classic
Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa

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