TUESDAY  | FEBRUARY 20, 2018
by Julie Williams

In the time that it took Anne Moon to describe the latest project she has in the works for her local golf shop, Moon Golf, she took two phone calls, regripped a set of golf clubs, sold a putter grip and applied it, too. Moon’s wheels are always turning just as her hands are always moving. It’s lucky for the women’s golf community that she has a constant eye out for ways to use her business as a platform to introduce more females to the game.

This week, Moon is hosting 13 NCAA Division I women’s golf teams in Melbourne, about 70 miles southeast of Orlando, on the Atlantic coast, for the inaugural Moon Golf Invitational. The event was born from a friendship with Louisville head coach Courtney Trimble – the two women were teammates at Auburn from 1999 to 2003, under their maiden names, Anne Hutto and Courtney Swaim. During that time, Auburn finished sixth, fourth, second and ninth, respectively, at the NCAA Championship.

 



Watson’s victory will boost fan interest

Thank you, golf gods, for bringing Bubba Watson back to relevance (“Keeping score,” Feb. 19).

His game always is entertaining, and it was fun to see the lighter side of Watson, for a change. He showed emotion (oft-displayed post-win tears not withstanding). Watson smiled and even laughed a few times on Sunday.

Finally, a victory. That can only elevate fan interest, especially with the Masters, where he has won twice, coming up. 

 


17

The number of top-20 players in the Rolex Rankings, including the top six in the world, who are entered in this week’s Honda LPGA Thailand tournament at Siam Country Club in Chonburi. China’s Shanshan Feng, who is No. 1 in the world for a 15th consecutive week, headlines the limited-field, 70-player event (ranking).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

The Grill Room Golf Show powered by Vertical Groove Golf

Pebble Beach Golf Links must have inspired Ted Potter Jr. He outplayed the world’s best golfers to win his second PGA Tour event, and first in six years. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph discuss the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. With Tiger Woods on the prowl again, The Grill Room previews the Genesis Open. Feature interviews: The secret of Secret Golf, and “Mr. 59” Chip Beck talks about PitchFix. Groove Up! with Vertical Groove Golf rounds out the show.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Cobra Golf introduced its King Forged TEC Black irons today. The clubs will be available in traditional shaft lengths or in same-length models and will feature the Cobra Connect analytics from Arccos.

 

Lamkin’s Crossline grips were used by the winner of the European Tour’s recent NBO Oman Open, the manufacturer announced. The Crossline has been Lamkin’s best-selling grip for more than a decade.

 

Wickenburg (Ariz.) Ranch Golf and Social Club’s Big Wick Course has been honored by Golf Advisor. Big Wick was voted by golfers in the ratings service as the No. 1 course in the U.S. for course conditions and No. 1 in Arizona and No. 9 in the nation in Golf Advisor’s top 50 courses in the U.S.

 

Villa del Palmar Beach Resprt and Spa announced packages that involve golf at Danzante Bay Golf Club in Loreto on the Baja California Sur in Mexico. The golf and spa packages are available through May 30 but must be reserved by Feb. 28.

 

The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Md., is offering a preview of the Links at Perry Cabin, the Pete Dye-designed golf course scheduled to open in the spring. The package is valid through April 30.

 

Rock Creek Golf Club in Fairhope, Ala., has been recognized by Golf Advisor as one of the top courses to play in the state. Rock Creek was ranked No. 11 in the feature “Top 15 golf courses to play in Alabama.”

 


CALENDAR
February 21-24
Women’s amateur: Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific

Sentosa GC (New Tanjong), Singapore

February 22-25
Ladies European Tour: Australian Ladies Classic Bonville

Bonville (Australia) Golf Resort

European Tour: Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Doha (Qatar) GC

PGA Tour: Honda Classic

PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand

Chonburi, Thailand

March 1-4
LPGA: HSBC Women’s World Championship

Sentosa GC (Tanjong), Singapore

PGA/European tours: WGC Mexico Championship

Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City

European Tour: Tshwane Open

Pretoria CC, Waterkloof, South Africa

Ladies European Tour: NSW Women’s Open

Coffs Harbour (Australia) GC

PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open Charity Day

Coco Beach GC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

March 2-4
Champions: Cologuard Classic

Omni Tucson (Ariz.) National


      
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