TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
by Ward Clayton

This isn’t a “Where’s Waldo” experience, because Bobby Jones is pretty easy to spot in these parts, stretching from urban Atlanta east to Augusta.

Day trip two hours east on I-20 from Atlanta to Augusta in spring and ingest the spirit that Jones left with Augusta National and the Masters Tournament, his most lasting legacy even beyond his 1930 Grand Slam triumph. It’s where golf starts each year for most of the world.

 



by Alex Miceli

After Sergio Garcia plodded through a 20-minute ruling Sunday on the final hole of the BMW Championship, ultimately taking a drop onto a rock in a stream, the PGA Tour seemingly should have addressed the bizarre Rules of Golf on Monday.

Instead, the Tour implemented a new program focused on gambling.

The Integrity Program prohibits players, their support staff, caddies, Tour staff, the Tour’s Policy Board and tournament volunteers from wagering on the PGA Tour. 

 


Working women lack time for golf 

The bottom line, from this working woman’s standpoint, is that women are too busy to make golf a top priority – or any priority, for that matter (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 14, http://bit.ly/2jsdvM2).

If playing golf means I have to set up appointments to take lessons and then practice, practice, practice, forget it. Working women don’t have the time, especially if they have children. 

 



Keeping score

30

Number of players who qualified for the Tour Championship, which begins Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The tournament, the finale to the Tour season, is the fourth and final FedEx Cup playoff event. Every player has a mathematical chance to win the $10 million bonus that goes to the FedEx Cup champion, but only the top five entering East Lake control their destiny. If No. 1 Jordan Spieth, No. 2 Justin Thomas, No. 3 Dustin Johnson, No. 4 Marc Leishman or No. 5 Jon Rahm were to win the $1.575 million first-place prize in the Tour Championship, he also would claim the bonus (tee times: http://bit.ly/2d5pHyV).



FROM THE INDUSTRY

The ORCA Report will be offered at a discount to National Golf Course Owners Association members in a deal announced by the NGCOA and ORCA. The ORCA Report provides information on occupancy, revenue, channel mix and average rate per round for golf courses.

 

Casa de Campo Resort and Villas will host Senior Golfers Week on Nov. 4-11. Rates start at $379 per person, per night and include play at the Pete Dye-designed Teeth of the Dog course at the resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

 

Jesse Mueller won the 60th Annual Ping Southwest PGA Championship recently at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz. In winning the section title, Mueller, the golf course director at Grand Canyon University, earned $7,000 and an exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

 

Kapalua Golf has named Tim Dietrich as assistant general manager, the resort on the Hawaiian island of Maui announced. Dietrich had spent the past nine years as general manager at Mid Pacific Country Club on Oahu.

 

Tiburon Golf Club’s Gold Course in Naples, Fla., was scheduled to reopen today after enduring the effects of Hurricane Irma last week, the club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort announced. Tiburon’s Black Course, which is undergoing renovations, is scheduled to reopen Nov. 1.

 

Justin Collins, the head golf professional at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, recently won two Tri-State PGA Section titles, the resort in Farmington, Pa., announced. Collins won the Tri-State PGA Section Club Car Match Play title after having claimed the Tri-State PGA Section Championship, which was held at Nemacolin. Collins qualified for the 2018 PGA Professional Championship.

 

The winner of the BMW Championship played clubs with Nippon Shaft products, the company reported. It was the Japanese shaftmaker’s seventh victory on the PGA Tour this season, according to Nippon Shaft.

 

PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., has reopened after having sustained minimal damage from Hurricane Irma, the PGA of America-owned club reported. The Dye Course, Wanamaker Course, St. Lucie Trail Golf Club and the PGA Learning Center have resumed normal operations.

 

CALENDAR
September 15-19
Club pros: PGA of America PGA Cup
Foxhills Club and Resort, Longcross Course, Ottershaw, England
September 21-24
European Tour: Portugal Masters
Dom Pedro Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal
PGA Tour: Tour Championship
East Lake GC, Atlanta
Men’s amateur
Crump Cup, Pine Valley (N.J.) GC
Web.com Tour: DAP Championship
Canterbury GC, Beachwood, Ohio
September 22-24
Champions Tour: Pure Insurance Championship
Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
Symetra Tour: Guardian Championship
Capitol Hill GC, Prattville, Ala.

      
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