TUESDAY  | MAY 22, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Prepare for golf culture shock in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The PGA Tour moves from sprawling, links-like, tree-less Trinity Forest Golf Club, the new course that hosted last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson, to Colonial Country Club, the classic, tree-lined, slightly claustrophobic, stately place where Ben Hogan made Colonial’s reputation just as much as Colonial made Hogan’s.

 



by Mike Purkey

Questions from an unquiet golf mind:

Which would be the better story from the U.S. Open: Tiger Woods wins or Phil Mickelson wins?

Does anyone besides the media care about Patrick Reed’s back story?

 


Be sure to play with a smile

Is golf a game? Is golf supposed to be fun? A lot of people don't seem to think so. In fact, many seem to think that it is some sort of sacred kabuki ritual requiring that all participants perform the correct motions and intone only approved incantations. No hymns, though. Music is forbidden. 

I have a good friend like this. Every putt must be holed, no beer may be imbibed during the round and only discussion (in detail) of the last shot, hole or state of the player's (his) game overall is allowed. Golf for him is a very serious endeavor. 

 


Died: Carol Mann, a World Golf Hall of Fame member whose 38 LPGA victories included two major championships, on Sunday at her home in The Woodlands, Texas, according to the LPGA. She was 77. No cause of death was disclosed. Mann served as LPGA president in 1973-76, founded Carol Mann Golf Services, a management and course-design company, and worked as a network-TV analyst for men’s and women’s golf on ABC, NBC and ESPN. “Carol has been part of the fabric of the LPGA for more than 55 years,” commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. “She most certainly left the game and the LPGA better than she found it.”

 


8

Number of strokes under par that Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho scored in winning the NCAA Division I women’s golf title Monday. Kupcho, a junior from Westminster, Colo., closed with a 1-under 71 for a 280 total and two-stroke victory at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Stanford’s Andrea Lee shot a final-round 65 to grab a share of second place with Arizona’s Bianca Pagdanganan (72) at 6-under 282. The top eight teams, led by co-leaders UCLA and Alabama at 9-over 1,161, advanced to match play, which begins today. The others: Southern California, Northwestern, Stanford, Duke, Kent State and Arizona (scores).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., will introduce a promotion next week that allows juniors ages 17 and younger to play for free with a paying adult. The offer runs May 28 through Sept. 3 at the 54-hole facility.

 

Casa de Campo will play host to the Competitive Edge PGA Junior Golf Camp for golfers ages 12-17. Suzy Whaley, a PGA professional and former LPGA player, will lead instruction for the July 29-Aug. 3 camp at the resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Prices start at $3,395.

 

Nippon Shaft claimed a victory at the recent Regions Tradition on the Champions Tour. The winner played the N.S. Pro Modus Tour 105 steel shafts.

 

For the ninth consecutive year, Ahead will stage the merchandise tent at Colonial Country in Fort Worth, Texas, site of this week’s Fort Worth Invitational on the PGA Tour. More than 200,000 customers are expected to visit the tent.

 


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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