by Mike Purkey

I always read on airplanes because it efficiently passes the time on long and uncomfortable flights. I don’t fly much these days, but I recently returned from a media golf trip to the West Valley near Phoenix. I renewed some old friendships and cultivated some new ones during some brilliant days in the temperate desert.

The book I took along was “The Range Bucket List,” written by my good friend James Dodson. Jim and I go back to 1990, when he was a contributing editor to Golf Magazine and I had the privilege to be his editor.

Since then, Jim has authored 10 books, some of which were New York Times bestsellers. I ended a 13-year career at Golf Magazine and a few years later, had the best job in the world at Global Golf Post, the last couple as editor in chief. The best part was that I had the good fortune to work with a staff of great journalists and even better people.


by Alex Miceli

One in a series of stories about the participants at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.

The company Hedge is not what you might think. With its name, Hedge might seem suited for gardening. Co-founders Meagan Ouderkirk and Antonia DiPaolo, both New Yorkers – Ouderkirk in the city, DiPaolo in the Hamptons – saw a need in women’s apparel.

But the need was not in golf but rather in tennis.


Keep the ban on anchoring

I couldn't disagree more with revising the rules to allow anchoring the putter. It is cheating, straight and simple. And I believe Bernhard Langer and Scott McCarron are cheating (“For good of game, restore anchored stroke,” Dec. 11).

If Langer had to putt without anchoring, he never would win another tournament.


Named: As captain of the 2019 U.S. Walker Cup team, Nathaniel Crosby, 56, the 1981 U.S. Amateur champion and son of the late entertainer Bing Crosby. The biennial matches between the top U.S. male amateurs and their Great Britain and Ireland counterparts will be played Sept. 7-8 at Royal Liverpool (England) Golf Club. The Americans lead the series, 36-9-1.



Number of days until the PGA Tour restarts its 2017-18 season. The Sentry Tournament of Champions, which begins Thursday, Jan. 4 at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course on Maui, Hawaii, pits the winners from the previous calendar year. Defending champion Justin Thomas, who won five times last season en route to being named the Tour’s player of the year, will return.



Atlantic Dunes, the David Love III-designed course at Sea Pines Resort, is one of four layouts being considered for the National Course of the Year Award given by the National Golf Course Owners Association, the Hilton Head Island, S.C., resort announced. Earlier this year, Atlantic Dunes was honored as the top course of the year by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association. The award will be presented at the Golf Business Conference in San Antonio on Feb. 6-8.


The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Quivira Golf Club has reopened after restoration work, the oceanfront resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, reported. The renovations included lowering the fairway and eliminating a bunker along the left side of the par-4 fifth hole, creating a wide seaside plateau for tee shots. Selected areas on the 3-year-old layout also were replanted.


Arccos Golf selected GDO Sports as its distributor in Japan, with exclusive rights to sell Arccos products in the golf market. GDO Sports is a U.S. subsidiary of Golf Digest Online.


Club Champion continues to buck the retail trend of closings and retrenchment as the Chicago-based club fitter reports revenue growth at nearly 100 percent for 2017 and plans to open at least 30 stores in the next two years. Since 2014, the company reports, revenues have grown more than 330 percent.


Ahead introduced college styles of headwear in time for the football bowl season, the company announced. The designs span Ahead’s product line, including traditional caps, visors, straw hats, knit hats and headbands, for men and women.


Troon has been selected to manage The Golf Club at Southwind in Garden City, Kan., the club-management company announced. The Golf Club at Southwind, a 6,935-yard, par-71 Donald Sechrest design, has played host to the Kansas State Amateur. Troon Privé, the management company’s private-club operating division, will oversee the club.


Chase54, a golf lifestyle and apparel brand, launched a 12-day social-media giveaway sweepstakes to celebrate the holiday season. From Dec. 13 until 11:59 p.m. Dec. 24, social media followers will have 12 chances to win items from Chase54’s Fall Boundaries Unknown Collection. For information, visit


The second annual Scottsdale Golf Week will be held Jan. 8-14 at the suburban Phoenix golf destination. The week features special pricing, seasonal events and vacation packages at dozens of the city’s courses, resorts and attractions.


December 14-17
Exhibition: PNC Father/Son Challenge
Ritz-Carlton GC, Orlando, Fla.
December 19-22
Men’s amateur: South Beach International Amateur
Miami Beach (Fla.) GC
Women’s amateur: Dixie Women’s Amateur
Woodlands CC (East), Tamarac, Fla.
Men’s amateur: Dixie Amateur
Heron Bay GC, Coral Springs, Fla.

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