MONDAY  | FEBRUARY 26, 2018
by Ted Bishop

Early in November, Jay Karen, the chief executive of the National Golf Course Owners Association, received an alarming call from a Washington lobbying group. Forbes Tate Partners, which represents We Are Golf, the coalition for golf’s leading organizations and their political interests, said the Tax and Jobs Act had been introduced to Congress on Nov. 2. The bill contained language that would eliminate the business-entertainment tax deduction – specifically, the 50-percent write-off for a round of golf.

Karen immediately reached out to his fellow We Are Golf members who had the most to lose with the proposed tax reforms. Besides the NGCOA, the Club Managers Association of America, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the National Club Association and the PGA of America are likely to see their memberships negatively affected if corporate spending were to decline because of the elimination of the write-off.  

 



by Alex Miceli

With a slight swagger and long hair reminiscent of football icon Joe Namath, Tommy Fleetwood showed his bottle, as they say in his native England, on Sunday at the Honda Classic.

Two strokes out of the lead while standing in the fairway on PGA National’s 18th hole, Fleetwood knew that he needed to make eagle to get into a possible playoff.

With 262 yards to the hole and water along the right side, Fleetwood took out a 5-wood and drew his ball into a greenside bunker, from which he got up and down for a birdie. Ultimately, Fleetwood ended up two shots out of a playoff with Luke List and eventual winner Justin Thomas (scores). Fleetwood placed fourth, his third finish of sixth or better in four worldwide starts in 2018.

 


An eye-opener for golf 

The identification of these four distinct personality traits has been around for a long time, but this is the first time I have seen it applied to golfers (“Personality dictates pace of play in golf,” Feb. 23). Very astute observations.

The story would be better, though, if it had addressed current players instead of the old guys.

By the way, there are a number of versions of a test available that helps identify each different personality. What a great way to determine who gets what tee times.

 


1

Number of European Tour titles for England’s Eddie Pepperell, who won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Sunday. In his 129th event on the tour, Pepperell closed with a 2-under 70 on Sunday for an 18-under 270 total at Doha Golf Club to hold off countryman Ross Fisher (71) by one stroke (scores).

2

Number of starts in major championships that Thai teen Atthaya Thitikul earned for winning the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific. Thitikul, 15, won with a par on the third hole of a playoff after having tied Japan’s Yuna Nishimura, the Philippines’ Yuka Saso and New Zealand’s Wenyung Keh at 8-under 276 at Sentosa Golf Club’s New Tanjong Course in Singapore (scores). Thitikul earned invitations to the ANA Inspiration and the Women’s British Open, plus a return to Sentosa Golf Club this week for the HSBC Women’s World Championship. In July, Thitikul, then 14, became the youngest winner in Ladies European Tour history when she won the Thailand Championship.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Swannies Apparel Co. announced a partnership with ChippoGolf, CutGolf, FlingGolf and GolfShot GPS to provide onsite and promotional support for the Swannies 2018 Party Scramble Series. The 16-city nationwide series, with scoring that combines golf and party games, will begin March 24 in Brea, Calif.

 

Mauna Lani Resort recently debuted Sunset Golf Cart Tours on the Hawaii resort’s South Course. The tours are designed to show visitors the property as the sun sets over the Pacific.

 

The Pete Dye Room in the Harbour Town clubhouse opens today at Sea Pines Resort with a multimedia exhibit that explores the course designer’s relationship with the resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., operators announced. Dye designed two courses at Sea Pines: Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s annual RBC Heritage, and Heron Point.

 


CALENDAR
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

March 8-11
European Tour: Indian Open

DLF GC, New Delhi

Web.com Tour: El Bosque Mexico Championship

El Bosque CC, Leon, Mexico

PGA Tour: Valspar Championship

Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Fla.

March 9-11
Champions: Toshiba Classic

Newport Beach (Calif.) CC

Symetra Tour: SGIC Kickoff Classic

Feather Sound CC, Clearwater, Fla.


      
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