WEDNESDAY  | OCTOBER 10, 2018
by Adam Barr

How much does it cost to raise a champion? What do you have to spend to get a kid good enough to earn a golf scholarship to an NCAA Division I college? Division II or III? Is there a Division IV? And do I really need to go broke when she’s 15 to avoid going broke when she’s 18?

Question is, are these even the right questions?

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER
by Mike Purkey

I had made a vow to stop chasing distance. My swing isn’t going to change. I’ve lost clubhead speed, and I’ve learned to accept what I have.

But when I was offered the chance to go through a driver fitting at Club Champion, I abandoned my vows because I just had to know: Can you get more distance with a proper club-fitting, even if you think you’ve maxed out?

 


We should be better than this
Peter S. Kaufman presented a brilliant business approach that every golfing CEO can see (“Business-like plan could regain Ryder Cup,” Oct. 9). This needs to be widely distributed for general golfing consumption and appreciation.

We cannot be characterized worldwide as unable to win the Ryder Cup. Change the plan and the man.

 


Voted: As the PGA Tour’s 2018 player of the year, American Brooks Koepka, in balloting among the Tour’s membership.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Writers on the storm
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts examine another fractious aftermath from the latest U.S. Ryder Cup loss, as 2016 hero Patrick Reed becomes the lead goat.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Participation in junior golf at Oglebay increased significantly this year, the resort in Wheeling, W.Va., reported. The First Tee of West Virginia welcomed 126 new players and increased its participation by 150 percent, according to organizers. Oglebay also hosted the PGA Junior League for its nine-hole team matches. The state high school boys tournaments recently were held at Speidel Golf Club’s Jones Course at Oglebay.

 

The Valley Toyota Dealers Association has extended its title sponsorship of the Patriot All-America Invitational for 2018, officials announced. The Patriot All-America, to be played Dec. 29-31 at Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz., attracts Ping All-American golfers from NCAA divisions I, II and III plus NAIA and NJCAA.

 

Insurance Office of America has been named a presenting sponsor for the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, organizers announced. The tournament, the 2019 season opener for the LPGA, will be played Jan. 17-20 at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, Fla.

 

The Lodge of Four Seasons Sweepstakes will award a trip to the resort in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., organizers announced. The winner will receive a four-day, three-night stay at the resort, including two rounds of golf, dining and other prizes. The drawing will take place on Oct. 31.

 


CALENDAR
October 6-11
Women’s amateur: U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club, Vero Beach, Fla.

October 11-14
European Tour: Sky Sports British Masters

Walton Heath GC, Walton-on-the-Hill, England

PGA Tour: CIMB Classic

TPC Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

LPGA: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship

Sky 72 GC (Ocean), Incheon, South Korea

October 12-14
Champions: SAS Championship

Prestonwood CC, Cary, N.C.


      
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