THURSDAY  | JANUARY 10, 2019
by John Fischer

Wunderkind Lucy Li burst onto the world’s golf stage as the youngest qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2013 at age 10. The next year, she became the youngest qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open, at age 11.

Li continued to impress in 2018, playing on the Americans’ dominant Curtis Cup team, co-medaling at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and making the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open. It was a banner year. Now, 2019 could be a momentous year of another kind for Li, 16, of Redwood Shores, Calif. She might lose her amateur status after appearing in a TV ad for the Apple Watch.

 



by Alex Miceli

The “Big Three” is golf’s hierarchical zenith, a shared throne for the best.

It usually denotes some type of rivalry among three players, with the trio having stepped far ahead of all others. It started with Harry Vardon, Ted Ray and J.H Taylor, known at the turn of the 20th century as the “Great Triumvirate.”

 


$786 for a custom driver? No, thanks
Gary Van Sickle is spot-on regarding club pricing (“Soaring club prices ignore golf’s reality,” Jan. 8).

About a month ago, I was invited to have a fitting and evaluation at Club Champion. It was a freebie, so no harm there. But by the time I left, the pro fitting me had fitted me to my very own custom driver. When I looked at the slip, it was $786.

 


4

Number of consecutive years that LPGA player Morgan Pressel has raised more than $1 million for breast-cancer research at her annual Morgan & Friends charity event. The recent two-day fundraiser generated $1,000,622 to fight breast cancer, the disease that claimed the life of Pressel’s mother, Kathy, at age 39 in 2003. The 12th annual event was held at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., Pressel’s hometown, and featured many of the biggest names on the LPGA tour.

 


Announced: By the PGA of America, that the 2021 PGA Professional Championship will be played at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The tournament, the national championship for club professionals, will be played primarily on the Wanamaker and Ryder courses. The spring dates were not disclosed.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

The Grill Room Golf Show
Xander Schauffele started the PGA Tour's new year with a victory in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss the TOC and The Grill Room's Hawaiian travel adventure, including a preview of this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii. Also, the show includes a conversation with instructor Sean Foley and takes a look at Cameron Champ and his quick rise to the winner's circle.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Arnold Palmer Experience will debut at the late Palmer's namesake PGA Tour event in Orlando, Fla. The interactive exhibit, which will give fans a chance to learn more about Palmer's life on and off the course, will be set up at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, site of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 7-10. The exhibit, to be located next to the 10th hole, will be open to all ticket holders.

 

Stewart Cink has signed an endorsement deal to play Ping equipment, the Phoenix-based manufacturer announced. Cink, whose six PGA Tour victories include the 2009 British Open, will play Ping clubs beginning with today’s first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

 

Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., has selected Troon to manage the club’s operations, officials announced. Troon Golf, the company’s resort and daily-fee operations division, will oversee the golf, restaurant and club operations at Longbow.

 

Imperial Headwear will offer discounts to greenkeepers in a deal announced with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. An unspecified portion of proceeds from a limited-edition Superintendent Collection of products will be donated to the GCSAA’s philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf. Imperial Headwear will be exhibiting in booth No. 4473 at the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

 

The Annika Invitational will be played next weekend at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. The tournament, featuring 72 of the world’s top female golfers ages 12-19, will include defending champion Angelina Ye of Bradenton, Fla., and be played on the Slammer & Squire Course.

 

Nivo will exhibit its line of women’s active-wear clothing at the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla., officials said. The company will highlight its new summer and fall collections at the Orange County Convention Center.

 

Sligo intends to exhibit its men’s golf clothing at the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla., the company announced. Sligo will feature its Scorch, Shore and Glacier collections at the Orange County Convention Center.

 

K-Motion, which provides biofeedback for coaches and athletes, has released its K-Coach Evaluation technology. The platform uses three-dimensional swing data to help golfers and coaches evaluate performance.

 

V1 Sports will be providing an education and training workshop for instructors and other attendees at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. The V1 Education Workshop will be held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Jan. 24 in room W230D in the Orange County Convention Center. V1 Sports provides video swing-analysis software for golf instruction.

 

Garmany Golf has released its 2019 Hot List for golf travel destinations, the travel operator announced. Garmany Golf will be exhibiting at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 23-25. The company will occupy booth No. 3479 in the Orange County Convention Center.

 

Golf Life Real Estate has appointed Steve Pike as its director of golf content. Pike will be responsible for overseeing golf content for www.golfliferealestate.com, with a focus on gated golf communities in Florida. GLRE is a real estate technology-services company that focuses on golf-lifestyle properties.

 


CALENDAR
January 9-12
Women’s amateur: Harder Hall Women’s Invitational

Harder Hall CC, Sebring, Fla

January 10-13
PGA Tour: Sony Open in Hawaii

Waialae CC, Honolulu

January 13-16
Web.com: Bahamas Great Exuma Classic

Sandals Emerald Bay GC, Great Exuma, Bahamas


      
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