MONDAY  | APRIL 30, 2018
by Barry Salberg

Lake Merced Golf Club is an unusual situation. Located within that magical quadrant, just a mile or so inland off the Pacific near the San Francisco-Daly City border, it routinely gets overshadowed by its more famous neighbors Olympic, San Francisco and TPC Harding Park. But make no mistake: Lake Merced also is one of the top courses in California, and clearly one of the upper-echelon private clubs in the West.

But while other clubs of this caliber are often highly exclusive and elite, Lake Merced has an almost century-old mission and tradition of being particularly inclusive, liberal and diverse in its membership. Oh, these folks are well-heeled all right, but they also are keenly representative of the genuine diversity of San Francisco, be it race, religion or lifestyle choice.

 



It’s not about the fans

The PGA Tour leaving Houston for Detroit is no different than the NFL's Chargers leaving San Diego for L.A., or the Rams leaving St. Louis for L.A., or any of the other sports franchise moves (“Nothing lasts forever on PGA Tour,” April 27).

Forget the fans. They can still follow us on TV. We'll follow the money.

 


1

Number of strokes by which Americans Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy teamed to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Horschel and Piercy shot a final-round 5-under 67 in the foursomes (alternate shot) format in the final round at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. Their 22-under 266 total clipped Americans Jason Dufner and Pat Perez, who closed with 68 for a 21-under 267 total. South Africans Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen (68) placed third at 20-under 268. Horschel, who won the 2013 New Orleans event when it was a stroke-play event, owns five Tour victories; Piercy has four (scores).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., has extended a recent promotional offer. With the Stay Two Nights, Get One Night Free promotion, guests can get two nights priced at the resort’s best available rate and get a third night at no cost. The offer is good through May 31, excluding May 23-25 arrivals.

 

EGull has added eight courses in the Midwest to its pay-by-the-hole app. Courses in Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin have added the eGull app.

 


CALENDAR
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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