WEDNESDAY  | MARCH 21, 2018
by John Gordon

To all but one observer, two of the players who hooked up coincidentally for a practice round at the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open appeared to have very little in common.

At 50, Wisconsin’s Steve Stricker had won a dozen times on the PGA Tour and was a stalwart Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup veteran.

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER

One in a weekly series of stories about golf gear to run each Wednesday.

By Gary Van Sickle

It was going to be ugly, but I did it anyway. I put on a pair of IOFIT Smart Shoes to make a golf swing so sensors in those shoes could map the weight shift, pressure points and energy exchange in my feet during the shot. 

 


Raging against golf’s ‘ill-mannered idiot’

Rory McIlroy’s comments regarding the increasing fan heckling and jeering at golf tournaments are spot-on (“Beers, jeers on Tour: Time to tighten tap?” March 20). We probably see only a very small percentage of this inexcusable behavior that allows us to live up to the label of “ugly American.”

The fact that this horrid behavior is alcohol-induced no doubt is partially true. Without getting into behavioral psychology, let’s just say that the booze serves as a fuse for an already established ill-mannered idiot. 

 


Increased: Security at this week’s WGC Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas, where a serial bomber has been linked to four explosions in the state capital since March 2 that have killed two and injured four. Dylan Frittelli, a South African who lives in Austin and played on Texas’ 2012 NCAA champions, told Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard that he has seen “security officials on every corner of the clubhouse and on the exterior, as well.” In a statement, the PGA Tour would not comment on specific safety measures ahead of today’s opening matches at Austin Country Club.

 


58

Percentage of respondents to a Morning Read social-media poll who answered “Yes” to the question, “Based on Rory McIlroy’s comments regarding rowdy and unruly fans following Saturday's third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, should tournaments limit alcohol sales?”

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

A limited number of team spots remain available for Carr Golf’s 11th annual World Invitational Father and Daughter Tournament, the travel agency reported. The tournament will be held July 23-26 at Waterville (Ireland) Golf Links.

 

Ann Liguori, an author and radio/TV sports talk-show host, has been named a brand ambassador and marketing consultant for PeakVision. Liguori will be connecting professional golfers and celebrities with PeakVision’s brand of sunglasses.

 

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort announced its golf memberships for play on the 36-hole site in Farmington, Pa. Full golf memberships include play on the Mystic Rock and Shepherd’s Rock courses, use of practice facilities and other benefits. The Founders Club memberships come with extras including resort accommodations and other perks.

 

Wickenburg (Ariz.) Ranch will be running its Great Hole-in-One Challenge through April 22 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, the club announced. For a $10 donation on the Li’l Wick or Big Wick courses, golfers will have a chance to qualify to compete for a new home.

 

Brian Rashley has been named general manager at Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club in Ocean View, Del., according to Troon Golf, which manages the semi-private facility. Rashley spent three years as the general manager at Seaview Resort in Galloway, N.J.

 

Provision Events will work with Kia Motors America this year to activate the Kia Sorrento Swing Challenge at seven LPGA tour events. The activations are designed to highlight Kia’s sponsorship on the women’s tour and engage golf fans.

 

Three winners have been named from the Club Managers Association of America Show prize drawings, the International Club Suppliers announced. Desiree Nerwinski, the general manager at Ledges-Canyon View in St. George, Utah, and Nicholas Conlin, the general manager at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., won roundtrip tickets to the 2019 CMAA conference in Nashville, Tenn. Gregory Cincotta, the general manager at Concord (Mass.) Country Club, won a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio two-pod coffee machine.

 


CALENDAR
March 21-25
WGC Dell Technologies Match Play

Austin (Texas) CC

March 22-25
PGA Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship

Corales GC, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Men’s amateur: Azalea Invitational

CC of Charleston (S.C.)

LPGA: Kia Classic

Carlsbad, Calif.

Web.com Tour: Chitimacha Louisiana Open

Le Triomphe GC, Broussard, La.

March 23-25
Champions: Rapiscan Systems Classic

Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.

March 29 - April 1
LPGA: ANA Inspiration

Rancho Mirage, Calif.

PGA Tour: Houston Open

GC of Houston, Humble, Texas

Web.com Tour: Savannah Golf Championship

The Landings Club (Deer Creek), Savannah, Ga.

April 5-8
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament

Augusta (Ga.) National GC

April 6-8
Symetra Tour: IOA Championship

Beaumont, Calif.


      
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