MONDAY | OCTOBER 30, 2017
by Ted Bishop

No single factor will deter the growth of golf more than slow play with our current generation of juniors. It has reached epidemic proportions. Golf had better wake up fast and take some drastic measures before the sport dies a slow death – literally. 

Last month, my facility hosted an Indiana High School Athletic Association girls regional. The 18-hole pace of play for the final few groups was six hours and 45 minutes. As I patrolled the golf course, which was set up at 5,400 yards, I observed several blatant causes for the snail’s pace that had set in.

 



Gender dispute is off-base

I have to disagree with your single-sided view on this issue with the Massachusetts girl, Emily Nash, on winning the low-score title and moving on to the state tournament (“Gender bias sidelines Massachusetts girl,” Oct. 26, http://bit.ly/2xpwWrg).

This incident is not gender bias.

 


1

Number of PGA Tour victories for Ryan Armour, who won the Sanderson Farms Championship in his 105th career start. Armour shot 4-under 68 for a 19-under 269 total and five-stroke victory Sunday at Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi. At 41 years, 8 months and 2 days, Armour is the oldest Tour winner since Rod Pampling, 47, won the 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Chesson Hadley (68) finished second at 14-under 274. Jonathan Randolph (67), a native Mississippian who played at Ole Miss, placed third at 12-under 276 (scores: http://bit.ly/2wE1lpy).

 



Pleaded: Guilty, to a reduced charge of reckless driving in a deal that keeps him out of jail, Tiger Woods, on Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Woods was arrested at about 2 a.m. May 29 after being found by Jupiter police passed out behind the wheel of his idling and damaged Mercedes-Benz, with what was later disclosed to be prescription drugs and marijuana in his system. Woods, 41, spoke only briefly to answer a judge’s questions in a Palm Beach County courtroom and made no statement afterwards. Woods will enter a diversion program for first-time offenders and spend a year on probation, plus pay a $250 fine and court costs. He reportedly already has completed 50 hours of community service, a condition of the deal. Woods, whose 79 PGA Tour victories include 14 major championships, played only three competitive rounds this year before undergoing a fourth back surgery, in April. He recently resumed practice (“Woods needs help, and his life might depend on it,” May 31, http://bit.ly/2rFStwz).

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Sean Crocker agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with Srixon and Cleveland Golf, the equipment manufacturer announced. Crocker, 21, who recently turned professional after three college seasons at Southern California, will play Srixon irons, Cleveland wedges and a Srixon ball.

 

CALENDAR
November 2-5
LPGA: Toto Japan Classic
Taiheyo Club (Minori), Omitama City, Japan
PGA Tour: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas
European Tour: Turkish Airlines Open
Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort, Belek, Turkey

      
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