MONDAY  | MAY 21, 2018
by Mike Purkey

The difference between college athletics and the pros is to compare street cars with Indy cars. The professional game is way bigger and goes miles faster. And while it’s rare for professional athletes to excel without first being accomplished college players, it’s no guarantee that greatness in college will translate to equal or greater success in the pro game.

Just look at Ryan Leaf, who was selected No. 2 in the 1998 NFL draft behind Peyton Manning and turned out to be one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history. Or Mark Sanchez, a star quarterback at Southern Cal who enjoyed early success with the New York Jets but has been little more than a backup in his last five seasons. Or Adam Morrison, who scored 28 points a game for Gonzaga in his junior year in 2006 but washed out of the NBA. Or Mateen Cleaves, who led Michigan State to the 2000 NCAA title but failed to stick in the NBA.

 



Bogie would agree

Asserting that gambling will ruin golf is akin to Captain Renault, in the legendary movie “Casablanca,” being shocked that gambling was happening at Rick’s Café (“Odds are good that gambling won’t mar Tour,” May 18).

You may remember that the good captain was an enthusiastic patron of the gaming that had long been a mainstay at Rick’s (video clip).

 


1

Number of career PGA Tour victories for Aaron Wise, who pulled away Sunday to win the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. Wise, 21, a Tour rookie, shot 6-under 65 for a 23-under 261 total and three-stroke victory. Wise, the 2016 NCAA champion out of Oregon, has won in three consecutive years on different tours since turning professional in late 2016: on Canada’s MacKenzie Tour two years ago, the Web.com Tour last year and now in the big leagues. Australian Marc Leishman (68) finished second at 20-under 264. Americans Keith Mitchell (63) and J.J. Spaun (63) shared third with South African Branden Grace (62) at 19-under 265 (scores).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has disclosed a master plan for upgrades to facilities at the 875-home community, which features 36 holes designed by George and Tom Fazio. The plan, to begin in 2019, will include a new recreation center, a short-game practice area and expansion of the practice range.

 


CALENDAR
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.

May 24-26
Symetra Tour: Valley Forge Invitational

Raven’s Claw GC, Pottstown, Pa.

May 24-27
LPGA: PGA Volvik Championship

Ann Arbor, Mich.

Champions: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

GC at Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor, Mich.

Web.com Tour: Nashville Golf Open

Nashville Golf and Athletic Club, Brentwood, Tenn.

PGA Tour: Dean and DeLuca Invitational

Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas

European Tour: BMW PGA Championship

Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, England


      
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