by Alex Miceli

The women’s issue has troubled Augusta National for years, but new chairman Fred Ridley established Wednesday that he is in charge with a surprise announcement: women finally will have the opportunity to compete at Augusta National.

With the introduction of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship, any remaining vestiges of sexism by the club, which admitted its first female members only six years ago, have been removed.


by Steve Elling

This might represent the double-edged sword of success, defined.

Talent-laden UCLA is the No. 1 team in Golfstat’s NCAA Division I women’s rankings and is well-positioned to make a run at the title this year. So, when coach Carrie Forsyth’s phone blew up early Wednesday morning as the coaching grapevine learned that Augusta National had unexpectedly announced a new event for top female amateurs, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship, her initial reaction was somewhat mixed.



A membership at your local golf or country club comes with perks, among which is the reciprocity access you might get to other clubs and courses via your golf professional, or via a network of clubs and courses that are associated by common ownership or management group. Sure, it’s cool to be able to go play another private course every once in a while. To break the monotony of your regular game, you grab a couple friends from your club and head over to play the “sister” club, where you’re treated not unfairly or unkindly, and a memory or two might potentially be made. But really, the overall experience doesn’t feel much different than if you’d just stuck with your home club.


by Alex Miceli

The distance debate made its way inside the gates of Augusta National Golf Club on Wednesday in chairman Fred Ridley’s inaugural address to the media.

Ridley, 65, the 1975 U.S. Amateur champion who played in three Masters in 1976-78, discussed the evolving nature of Augusta National versus the ongoing developments of the game. Ridley, a former U.S. Golf Association president, is intent on protecting the shot values of original designers Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie.


An inspiration in Fort Worth, too

I was reading “A salute to Lindberg” from Maggie Brady (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 4). She nailed it.

I watched that tournament with my youngest daughter (she is 5), and we rooted for Pernilla Lindberg until the last playoff hole on Sunday.


by Michael Breed

By Wednesday of Masters week, players must be certain of the weapons with which they will attempt to slay Augusta National Golf Club.

As I wrote for Wednesday’s Morning Read (“Experience matters at Augusta National,” April 4), a high-apex shot shape at Augusta National is vitality important.



Score for Tom Watson, whose 6-under total won the nine-hole Par 3 Contest on Wednesday at Augusta National Golf Club (scores). Watson, 68, who won Masters titles in 1977 and 1981, became the oldest winner in the history of the short-course event, eclipsing the record of Sam Snead, who was 61 in 1974. Tommy Fleetwood and Thomas Pieters tied for second at 5-under 22. Six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus was among three players tied for fourth at 4-under 23. However, Hall of Famers Nicklaus, Watson and Gary Player, competing together, were upstaged on the final hole by Nicklaus’ grandson Gary Nicklaus Jr., who was summoned to hit a tee shot. Gary, 15, dressed in the traditional white caddie jumpsuit, aced the ninth hole.



Pasatiempo Golf Club, a celebrated Alister MacKenzie design in  Santa Cruz, Calif., will play host to the 72nd annual Transamerica-World Financial Group Western Intercollegiate Golf Championship this weekend. Many of the nation’s top men’s collegians, led by defending champion Justin Suh of 2017 team champion Southern California, will play 54 holes on April 7-8.


Carr Golf received an Editors’ Choice Award from Golf Digest magazine in the category of “Best Golf Tour Operators” for a third consecutive year. Carr Golf specializes in golf trips to Ireland and Scotland.


Global Turf Equipment announced promotions and a staff addition. GTE, a seller of used golf course equipment, has promoted Walt McMahon to executive vice president, hired Erin Hermann as director of service and promoted Christian Batts to facilities manager of its warehouse operations in San Antonio, Fla.


Troon has been selected to manage The Saticoy Club in Somis, Calif., the management company announced. Troon Prive, the private-club operating division, will oversee operations.


EGull announced the addition of five courses to its eGull Pay App. Pacific Springs Golf Club in Omaha, Neb.; Hawk’s Eye Golf Resort in Bellaire, Mich.; Foss Park Golf Course in North Chicago, Ill.; Collins Hill Golf Club in Lawrenceville, Ga.; and Siren National Golf Club in Siren, Wis., have added the pay-by-the-hole app.


April 5-8
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament

Augusta (Ga.) National GC

April 6-8
Symetra Tour: IOA Championship

Beaumont, Calif.

April 11-14
LPGA: Lotte Championship

Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii

April 12-15
PGA Tour: RBC Heritage

Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

European Tour: Spanish Open

National Golf Center, Madrid

April 13-15
Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Classic

TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.

Men’s amateur: Terra Cotta Invitational

Naples (Fla.) National GC

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