TUESDAY  | MAY 8, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

There is an entire genre in science-fiction writing called alternative history. I read one alt-history novel about how the Civil War would’ve been different if the South had been outfitted with modern automatic weapons sent back from the future by some agenda-driven German racists.

Let me ruin the thick suspense: The South wins convincingly.


Quiet, please! Golfers at play

Music has no place on a golf course (“Trend could be music to golfers’ ears,” May 2).

It is distracting to all within earshot. Golf is a place of contemplation, where people should not even be talking while you are playing, either in your own group or those nearby. The cry of "fore" is used to shut people up.



Amount, in millions of dollars, of the purse for this week’s Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., with $1.98 million to be awarded to the winner. The Players purse equals the payout for the recent Masters. Only the U.S. Open, which awarded $12 million in prize money last year (including $2.16 million to winner Brooks Koepka), offers a larger purse. The prize money for next month’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills has yet to be announced.



The Exotics CBX Iron-Wood was played by the winner of the recent United Leasing and Finance Championship on the Web.com Tour, the company reported. The hollow-body design offers an option to replace traditional long irons.


Cobra Golf introduced a “Smart Life” video in which spokesman Rickie Fowler of the PGA Tour and instructor Claude Harmon III show how technology can make golf easier. The video provides a look at a day in the life of Fowler, including play with Cobra Connect clubs powered by Arccos.


In honor of its one-year anniversary under new ownership, PeakVision Sunglasses will celebrate Mother’s Day by offering a special discount in honor of moms. PeakVision will offer a 15-percent discount on four styles: GX5, AV1, JN5 and EOS. All other styles will be discounted 10 percent through 10 p.m. EDT Sunday at www.peakvision.com.


The winner of the recent Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in her irons and wedges, the Japanese manufacturer announced. The winner used the N.S. Pro 950 GH model in her irons and the N.S. Pro Modus Wedge shafts in her wedges.


Clothier Peter Millar collaborated with flip-flop brand Hari Mari on a premium sandal. The Hari Mari x Peter Millar line will be available at retail stores and online at PeterMillar.com and HariMari beginning this month.


May 7-9
Women’s college: NCAA Division I regionals

University of Texas GC, Austin, Texas; University Ridge GC, Madison, Wis.; Don Veller Seminole GC, Tallahassee, Fla.; TPC Harding Park, San Francisco

May 10-13
PGA Tour: Players Championship

TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Web.com Tour: Knoxville Open

Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.

Symetra Tour: Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic

Links at Stoney Point, Greenwood, S.C.

European Tour: Rocco Forte Sicilian Open

Verdura GC, Agrigento, Italy

May 14-16
Men’s college: NCAA Division I regionals

Reunion Resort Watson GC, Kissimmee, Fla.; Lonnie Poole GC, Raleigh, N.C.; OSU GC Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio; Jimmie Austin OU GC, Norman, Okla.; The Reserve at Spanos Park, Stockton, Calif.; Traditions Club, Bryan, Texas

May 17-19
Symetra Tour: Symetra Classic

River Run CC, Davidson, N.C.

May 17-20
PGA Tour: AT&T Byron Nelson

Trinity Forest GC, Dallas

Web.com Tour: BMW Charity Pro-Am

Thornblade Club, Greenville, S.C.

European Tour: Belgian Knockout

Rinkven International GC, Antwerp, Belgium

Champions: Regions Tradition

Greystone GC, Birmingham, Ala.

LPGA: Kingsmill Championship

Williamsburg, Va.

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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