THURSDAY  | APRIL 12, 2018
by Mike Purkey

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that read, “I thought getting this old would take longer.” It was funny – for a minute.

I don’t feel 62. I’ve just been to the doctor for a physical. My blood pressure is perfect, my heart is great, my cholesterol and glucose are good. I’m a prostate cancer survivor. The doc didn’t even tell me I had to lose weight (although 10 pounds wouldn’t hurt). I’m so healthy, it ought to be against the law.

 



by Julie Williams

As golfers, we often do the unthinkable to set ourselves up for an exceptional round of golf. The hours-long pilgrimage through western Oregon to reach Bandon Dunes and the parking-lot camping expedition for a shot at getting on Bethpage are a currency that every player understands, regardless of skill level.

And it transcends the amateur game. That much was clear by the way a Masters-eve announcement of the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship was received by LPGA players (“‘Perfect marriage’: Augusta adds women’s event,” April 5).

 


Masters celebrates golf’s intrinsic good

Augusta National Golf Club is and always will be the premier American golf course. It demands attention on every shot played.

Bobby Jones commented that there isn't any hole that you can't birdie if you play to the correct positions, and there isn't any hole that you can't double bogey if you are out of position.

 


4

Number of champions from the past four years who are competing in the LPGA Lotte Championship, which was underway late Thursday at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii. Australian Minjee Lee, the 2016 winner, shot 2-under 70; American Cristie Kerr (2017) posted 71; American Michelle Wie (2014) matched par 72; and South Korean Sei Young Kim (2015) opened with 74. China’s Shanshan Feng, the No. 1 player in the Rolex Rankings, held the early lead at 5-under 67 (scores).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

The Grill Room Golf Show powered by Vertical Groove Golf

Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss Patrick Reed and his victory in the Masters, plus audio from Reed, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. Alex Miceli, the founder and publisher of Morning Read, offers his Masters analysis via the Vertical Groove Hotline, and winners of the "Pick the Winner" contest will be announced. Groove Up! with Vertical Groove Golf and a preview of the 50th edition of the RBC Heritage round out the show.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Pound Ridge (N.Y.) Golf Club celebrated its 10th anniversary by announcing rates for the Pete Dye-designed course in Westchester County. The early-season rate is good through May 6. The club also offers discounts via prepaid debit accounts for the Individual Golf Plan.

 

Swimmer Michael Phelps, who amassed 28 medals as the most decorated Olympian in history, joined Swiss watchmaker Omega on Tuesday at the Omega Golf Trophy event in Scottsdale, Ariz. Troon North played host to the sixth of 11 tournaments that make up the Omega Golf Trophy.

 


CALENDAR
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

April 19-22
LPGA: Hugel-JTBC Championship

Wilshire CC, Los Angeles

European Tour: Trophee Hassan II

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco

Web.com Tour: North Mississippi Classic

CC of Oxford (Miss.)

Ladies European Tour: Lalla Meryem Cup

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Blue), Rabat, Morocco

PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open

TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks), San Antonio

April 20-22
Champions: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.


      
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