THURSDAY  | APRIL 26, 2018
by Juan Luis Guillen

The events and meetings surrounding the 11th National Golf Day here Wednesday revealed an unexpected and little-known fact: More than 3 million Hispanics play golf in the United States.

According to the World Golf Foundation, 32 million participate in golf in the U.S. Of that total, 24 million regularly play on traditional courses and a steadily growing total of 8 million use off-course facilities such as driving ranges and the booming Topgolf entertainment formula.

 



Notified: Members of the Golf Club of Houston, via email Tuesday from the club in Humble, Texas, that the club’s Tournament Course no longer will host the PGA Tour’s Houston Open, which was played four weeks ago without a title sponsor. The club, which includes the private Member Course and the public Tournament Course, intends to transition eventually to a fully private facility, according to the email, a copy of which was obtained by Morning Read. The future of the Houston Open, which dates to 1946, remains uncertain.

 


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Number of the top-5 hardest holes on the Web.com Tour from last season that competitors in this week’s United Leasing and Finance Championship will face at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind. Hole Nos. 14, 17 and 18 ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in relation to par on the developmental tour last season. No. 14 played to a 4.555 stroke average, followed by No. 17 (4.432) and No. 18 (4.429). Play begins today (tee times).

 


It’s your honor

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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Rounds 4 Research will hold an online auction April 30-May 6 at www.Rounds4Research.com, with more than 1,200 rounds of golf available at courses in 41 states and four foreign nations. Among the destinations available are PGA Tour hosts Sea Island (Ga.) Resort, Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., and TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. The auction helps support research-related activities of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

 

Golf-industry leaders participated in 230 meetings with members of Congress representing 40 states Wednesday during the 11th annual National Golf Day on Capitol Hill in Washington. The golf industry discussed the game’s economic, social and environmental contributions.

 

Popticals, a maker of compact performance eyewear, will participate in the 2018 Haggin Oaks Golf Expo on April 27-29 at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Calif. Popticals will exhibit in Booth 126 and display its NYDEF Golf Sunglasses.

 


CALENDAR
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.

May 3-6
LPGA: Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic

The Colony, Texas

PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.

May 4-6
Symetra Tour: IOA Invitational

Atlanta National GC, Milton, Ga.

Champions: Insperity Invitational

The Woodlands (Texas) CC

May 5-6
European Tour: GolfSixes

Centurion Club, St. Albans, England


      
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