THURSDAY  | OCTOBER 11, 2018
by Adam Barr

In a long-ago interview, I asked a very high-placed golf equipment executive how he got into the game. He waxed poetic about his youth golf experience.

“I was slapping sleeves [of balls] in the pro shop and pulling beers in the grill before I was old enough to drink myself,” he said with an appealing blend of brio and wistfulness.

 



Kaufman’s plan makes sense, if PGA would listen
I found Peter Kaufman’s comments to be very much on point (“Business-like plan could regain Ryder Cup,” Oct. 9). However, I am skeptical about the PGA of America’s desire and fortitude to pursue the two most important components of his plan: leadership selection and player selection (i.e., no automatic entries).

Despite the PGA’s selection of a business person, Seth Waugh, as its new chief executive, I am doubtful that the U.S. Ryder Cup team organizers will cede control to a non-golfer. History, the influence of players and TV and other sponsors’ desire for a recognizable figurehead (read popular star golfer) argue against this.

 


Announced: By the World Golf Hall of Fame, its 2019 class. Retief Goosen, a South African whose 33 worldwide victories include two U.S. Opens; Jan Stephenson, an Australian who won 16 times on the LPGA, including three major championships; the late Peggy Kirk Bell, a charter member of the LPGA; Billy Payne, the innovative former chairman of Augusta National Golf Club; and Dennis Walters, the paraplegic trick-shot artist who has conducted more than 3,000 worldwide golf exhibitions from a wheelchair.

 


3

Number of European Ryder Cup players who are paired today in the first round of the Sky Sports British Masters at Walton Heath Golf Club in Walton-on-the-Hill, England. Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, whose fabled “Moliwood” pairing racked up four points in as many matches en route to a team victory against the Americans in the recent Ryder Cup, will join European teammate Thorbjorn Olesen in the 12:25 p.m. BT pairing on the first tee (tee times).

 



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

The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy extended its contract with Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., for three years, officials announced. Namesake instructor Gary Gilchrist has been affiliated with the resort since 2008.

 

Three Pueblo Bonito resorts in Mexico have been recognized for excellence in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort in Los Cabos, Emerald Bay Resort and Spa in Mazatlan and Mazatlan Beach Resort were honored by the Conde Nast Traveler readers.

 

Buffalo.Agency has extended its marketing agreements with three clients, the Reston, Va.-based agency announced. Buffalo will manage marketing strategy and planning plus other related functions for Aquatrols, Tagmarshal and Thor Guard.

 

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa has been recognized for excellence in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. The resort, on the Islands of Loreto in Baja California Sur, Mexico, features the TPC Danzante Bay golf course.

 

Color Path Golf has retained Medi8 for its marketing communications, the company announced. Color Path Golf, a coaching method developed by British PGA professionals Kevin Merry and John Glenn, is used by more than 70 golf instructors in the United Kingdom.

 

K-Motion will sponsor the 2018 World Golf Fitness Summit this weekend in Orlando, Fla. The Oct. 12-14 summit will feature golf, fitness and medical professionals. K-Motion offers wearable three-dimensional, human-motion-training applications for golf and other activities.

 


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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