MONDAY  | JANUARY 15, 2018
by Alex Miceli

As chief executive of the World Golf Foundation, Steve Mona plays a key role in the We Are Golf initiative.

In a story published Friday in Morning Read (“Golf will take big hit with tax reform,” Jan. 12), we indicated that Mona would not comment about the new tax reform bill and its effect on golf-course owners in the United States.

Mona was unavailable for comment when we called on Thursday, and the lines of communication between Morning Read and his staff got crossed.


Keep ‘real public golfer’ in mind

It's important to support the golf business (my son is part of it), and the tax laws affecting it are certainly important. But it is not just the business exemptions that impact courses (“Golf will take big hit with tax reform,” Jan. 12). Golf as an industry needs to do a better job of educating government as to who really plays golf, the numbers of jobs provided, financial impact on the local community and environmental impact. 

Many golfers play at municipal or municipal-like courses, for modest green fees. These courses will be unaffected by the business tax issue but do face problems concerning local property taxes, environmental regulations and water issues. A better understanding by Congress, state legislatures and local government bodies as to who really plays golf – voters such as Joe Six-Pack, not just rich white guys in ugly pants waving their club ties at one another – and the financial and environmental benefits to the local community. On the environmental issue, a lot has changed in course maintenance, but many still believe that courses hurt the environment rather than being a benefit. 



Margin of victory, in strokes, for Chris Paisley in the BMW SA Open at Ekurhuleni, South Africa. Paisley, 31, an Englishman who played college golf at Tennessee, closed with a 6-under 66 on Sunday at Glendower Golf Club for a 21-under 267 total. South Africa’s Branden Grace (68) placed second at 18-under 270, and countryman J.C. Ritchie (65) finished third at 16-under 272. American Chase Koepka, the younger brother of reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, was among a group tied for seventh at 13-under 275.


Walked: Union workers for video and audio production at Golf Channel, over stalled contract negotiations, which restricted coverage of Sunday’s final round at the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii, plus the Tour in the Bahamas and an exhibition in Orlando, Fla. The strike involves only tournaments produced by Golf Channel.



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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.


Seat Comfort Systems will introduce what it claims to be the first heated and cooled golf-car seat at the PGA Merchandise Show next week in Orlando, Fla. SCS recently introduced a similar product for motorcycles.


Jack MacKenzie has been named winner of the Excellence in Government Affairs Award by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. MacKenzie, a 36-year member of the GCSAA and a retired superintendent, has been executive director of the Minnesota GCSA for six years. He will be recognized Feb. 6 during the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio.


Big Max will display the fourth generation of its fold-flat push-cart technology during the PGA Merchandise Show next week in Orlando, Fla. The three-wheel Blade IP, which retails for $349.99 and is expected to be in stores by May, folds to 34½ by 24½ inches and a depth of less than 5 inches.


January 13-16 Tour: Bahamas Great Exuma Classic
Sandals Emerald Bay (Emerald Reef), Great Exuma, Bahamas
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
PGA Tour: CareerBuilder Challenge
Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif.
January 20-23
Men’s amateur: Latin America Amateur
Prince of Wales CC, Santiago, Chile
January 21-24 Tour: Bahamas Great Abaco Classic
Abaco Club, Great Abaco, Bahamas
January 23
Industry: PGA Show Demo Day
Orange County National Golf Center, Winter Garden, Fla.
January 24-26
Industry: PGA Merchandise Show
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
January 25-28
PGA Tour: Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines GC (South), La Jolla, Calif.
European Tour: Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Emirates GC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
LPGA: Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic
Paradise Island, Bahamas
January 26-28
Men’s amateur: Jones Cup
Ocean Forest GC, Sea Island, Ga.

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