FRIDAY  | JANUARY 12, 2018
by Ted Bishop

When President Donald Trump signed a massive tax-reform package into law last month, pundits squared off to argue about winners and losers. Much of the discussion, like the partisan legislation itself, divided along party lines.

One unquestionable loser from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will be golf.

For a business that already has been assessed more than its share of penalty strokes in recent years, golf will be faced with an elimination of the 50-percent tax deduction for business expenses. That news follows a deduction that already had been halved during 1990s tax reform, when such business expenses had been fully deductible.

 



Don’t put a lid on technology

For every dude/dudette who can shoot 65, there are a million of us shooting 95 or worse. Pros are better than us in every sport. That’s the way it should be and why we eagerly watch: to get inspired to try and play better.

Keep that technology coming (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 11). You can manage a course to put a premium on shotmaking and scoring. We see it on the PGA Tour all the time, but we all like to see lots of bombers and birdies, eagles and, dare we say, little Louie Oosthuizen making an albatross at Augusta National.

 


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Number of eagles – all on par 5s – recorded by Branden Grace in a first-round 7-under 65 on Thursday as the South African grabbed a share of the lead with American Chase Koepka in the European Tour’s BMW South African Open. Grace eagled Nos. 2, 8 and 15 at Glendower Golf Club in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. England’s Chris Paisley is third at 66.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

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Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph discuss Dustin Johnson’s victory at the recent Sentry Tournament of Champions and preview this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii. The show will include features and interviews with Pete McPartland, Sentry’s president and chief executive officer, Golf Channel announcer Mark Rolfing and Bill Rees, the general manager of Kapalua Villas Maui.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Inventors Spotlight exhibit will showcase golf’s latest training and teaching aids, accessories and equipment for the anticipated 40,000 attendees at the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-26 in Orlando, Fla. A dedicated area on the show floor of the Orange County Convention Center will highlight the exhibitors.

 

Dune Jewelry will make its inaugural exhibit at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., the company announced. Radio/TV personality Ann Liguori, who collaborated on a new line for Dune Golf, will appear Wednesday and Thursday at Dune Jewelry’s booth at the Orange County Convention Center.

 

OnCore Golf will exhibit its Genius and Elixr models of golf balls during the PGA Merchandise Show, the company announced. The Genius, once fully developed, will utilize embedded-chip technology for real-time data. The Elixr, a tour ball that was released in March, is designed for predictable flight.

 

PerryGolf will participate in this month’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., the company announced. PerryGolf is based in Wilmington, N.C., and provides golf tours and cruises worldwide.

 

Provision Events has been commissioned by Oakley to provide an interactive brand experience for visitors to the company’s booth at the PGA Merchandise Show this month in Orlando, Fla. This will be the second year that Oakley has provided the interactive features at Provision Events’ booth.

 

Cobra Golf has introduced its King F8 and King F8+ drivers for sale online and at retail, the company announced. The clubs, which retail for $399, feature fully CNC-machined faces, 360 Aero Technology and Cobra Connect, Arccos’ data-driven technology.

 

The first phase of residences at Danzante Bay Golf Club on the Baja California coast of Mexico is available. The homes, which run from 4,591 to 10,700 square feet, are part of the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa.

 

Galvin Green will debut its Interface-1 hybrid jacket range at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., the apparel maker announced. The Interface-1 line emphasizes range of motion in a windproof, water-repellant, breathable design.

 

Classics of Golf, a publisher of golf books, will feature six of its leading authors during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. Ted Bishop, Brandel Chamblee, Garry D’Amato, Ann Liguori, Sidney Matthew and Randy Myers will appear in the Classics of Golf booth at the Orange County Convention Center on Jan. 24-26.

 

V1 Sports, a golf-swing video-instruction platform, will be attending the PGA Merchandise Show this month in Orlando, Fla. V1 Sports intends to display its new products, software and apps.

 


CALENDAR
January 10-13
Women’s amateur: South Atlantic Amateur
Oceanside CC, Ormond Beach, Fla.
January 11-14
PGA Tour: Sony Open in Hawaii
Waialae CC, Honolulu
European Tour: BMW SA Open
Glendower GC, Ekurhuleni, South Africa
January 12-14
European Tour: EurAsia Cup
Glenmarie GC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Celebrity: Diamond Resorts Invitational
Tranquilo GC at Four Seasons Resort, Orlando, Fla.
January 15-19
Women’s amateur: Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship
Coral Ridge CC, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
January 18-20
Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
Hualalai GC, Kaupulehu, Hawaii
January 18-21
European Tour: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) GC
Web.com Tour: Bahamas Great Exuma Classic
Sandals Emerald Bay (Emerald Reef), Great Exuma, Bahamas
PGA Tour: CareerBuilder Challenge
Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif.

      
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