THURSDAY  | APRIL 19, 2018
by Alex Miceli

Anyone can do that job!

Or to be more specific, how much money should a commissioner of a major sports organization make?

 



by Adam Schupak

After the last putt drops Sunday at the Valero Texas Open, one could argue that the real work will be just beginning. That’s because the Monday after the tournament is probably the most important day of the year for tournament organizers.

If you think that tournament executive director Larson Segerdahl will be sleeping in once a champion has been crowned and he and his staff have 51 weeks to get ready to do it all over again, you’re dead wrong. Maybe Tuesday, but noton Monday.

 


The long and short of the ball debate

I read your article about possibly getting a ball just for the pros and am not sure whether it is or isn’t a good idea (“For aspiring pro, there’s no turning back,” April 18).

As an older golfer, I often have to hit three woods on a par 5. Recently, I moved up to the “senior tees” and found it a little easier to reach the par 5s, and the game was more enjoyable.

 


1-2

Ranking in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, respectively, for Wisconsin residents Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, who will be teammates in this week’s Champions Tour event, the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Play in the 36-team event begins today in a mix of alternate-shot and better-ball formats on three courses – Buffalo Ridge, Top of the Rock and Mountain Top – at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo. (tee times).

 



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The RBC Heritage boasts an emerging Japanese star as its champion. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss the PGA Tour’s newest winner and preview this week’s Valero Texas Open before turning their attention to a hot topic: gambling on golf. Alex Miceli, the founder and publisher of Morning Read, joins the discussion courtesy of the Vertical Groove Hotline. In Groove Up! with Vertical Groove Golf, we check in on the Champions Tour and welcome back John Daly and Kenny Perry. Also, Randolph interviews Tom Watson and takes a look at the eight-time major champion’s most memorable moments.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Troon announced the rollout of its Arizona Troon Card Summer Test Drive promotion. Starting at $99, the Troon card offers golfers preferred rates at some of Arizona’s top courses from May through September.

 

Weatherman has been named the official umbrella of the LPGA, the tour announced. A portion of the proceeds from the newly released LPGA co-branded Weatherman umbrella will benefit the LPGA Foundation.

 

Seven Dreamers Laboratories, a Japanese maker of high-end custom shafts, recently conducted its 100th demo day since arriving on the North American golf scene last year. The milestone event was held at The Grove in College Grove, Tenn.

 

Giants Ridge has received an “Editors’ Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Americas” category in the magazine’s May issue. Giants Ridge, in Biwabik, Minn., in the Mesabi Iron Range, features two courses: The Quarry and The Legend, both of which were designed by Jeffrey Brauer.

 


CALENDAR
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.

April 21-23
Junior boys: Sage Valley Invitational

Sage Valley GC, Graniteville, S.C.

April 25
Industry: National Golf Day

Capitol Hill, Washington

April 26-29
PGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.

LPGA: LPGA Mediheal Championship

Lake Merced GC, Daly City, Calif.

Web.com Tour: United Leasing and Finance Championship

Victoria National GC, Newburgh, Ind.

European Tour: Volvo China Open

Topwin GC, Beijing

April 28 - May 2
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball

El Caballero CC, Tarzana, Calif.


      
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