FRIDAY  | MAY 18, 2018
by Mike Purkey

Now that the door to legal gambling on golf has been flung open, naysayers are flooding in, warning of all sorts of dire consequences if the game succumbs to what heretofore has been occurring in the shadows and exposes it to the light of day.

The Supreme Court this week overturned a New Jersey law banning gambling on sports (“Court ruling opens door to golf gambling,” May 15). Before the ruling, Nevada was the only place in the country where you could legally place a bet on a sporting event. New Jersey led the fight to make sports gambling legal because the state wanted sports books in its casinos. Now, it will be legal all over the country, and it will be up to each state to decide whether it wants to participate.

 



The making of ‘Chip-meister’

To Dan O’Neill’s story (“Some golf records will stand test of time,” May 17), I’d like to add one I’ve never witnessed before or since.

My regular foursome of Stubs, Greg Blanton, Mike Swigart and I were playing Hueston Woods near Oxford, Ohio, one sunny spring day a few years ago when Swigart chipped in with sand wedge on the par-3 third hole for birdie. We congratulated him and teed off on the par-4 fourth. Swigart missed the green short right but chipped in again, with pitching wedge, to save par.

 


5

Number of strokes under par that Marc Leishman played the three par 5s at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas en route to a bogey-free 10-under 61 and the first-round lead Thursday in the PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson. Leishman rolled in a 3-foot eagle putt on the first hole, then sank a 14-foot birdie putt at No. 7 and holed a 13-foot eagle putt at the 14th. Leishman, 34, of Australia, a three-time winner on Tour, hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation. Americans J.J. Spaun and Jimmy Walker shot 64s. Jordan Spieth, a Dallas native and No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, shot 69 (scores).

 


Appointed: Guy Kinnings, as the European Tour’s deputy CEO and Ryder Cup director, the tour announced. Kinnings has been with management company IMG since 1989, most recently as senior vice president and chairman of golf. Kinnings will report to tour CEO Keith Pelley and take over the tour’s Ryder Cup duties after this fall’s biennial matches at Le Golf National in France.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Lone Star relaunch

Once upon a time, the Byron Nelson was the first big post-Masters event on the PGA Tour schedule, drawing premium fields in the heart of spring. After some lean years, the tournament gets a fresh start – at a stunning new venue.

 

The Grill Room Golf Show powered by Vertical Groove Golf

How would widespread legal sports gambling in the U.S. affect golf? Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling, and Morning Read's Alex Miceli shares his thoughts on the Vertical Groove Hotline.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Two more golf facilities have joined the eGull network of pay-by-the-hole transactions. The Traditions (18 holes) and The Players (nine holes) at Watters Creek in Plano, Texas, and Bolingbrook (Ill.) Golf Club have added eGull’s app.

 

Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich., site of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship later this month, will entertain families and children with numerous onsite activities. Juniors 17 and younger will be admitted free with an accompanying ticketed adult.

 

Blake Walker, the chief executive of Arcis Golf, has been named a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Southwest region. The award recognizes excellence in innovation, financial performance and commitment to business and community. Regional winners will be announced June 23 and be eligible for the national competition. Arcis Golf operates public and private golf clubs in the U.S.

 


CALENDAR
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.

May 18-23
Women’s college: NCAA Division I Championship

Karsten Creek GC, Stillwater, Okla.

May 19-23
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Jupiter Hills GC, Tequesta, Fla.

May 20-23
Industry: ING Spring Conference

IP Casino Resort and Spa, Biloxi, Miss.


      
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