FRIDAY  | JANUARY 11, 2019
by Mike Purkey

If you’re a golf sentimentalist like I am, we’ve longed for the sheer romance of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, known forever as Q-School and less affectionately by the players as the Fall Classic.

Jobs and careers were at stake each November, fueled by six rounds of hell that frayed already raw nerves and upset stomachs that ended in determining whether players had a place to compete for the coming year. It was great theater and a compelling must-watch at the end of each year.



by Alex Miceli

The PGA Tour clearly is growing younger and, in many ways, unrecognizable.

Twentysomethings Adam Svensson and Andrew Putnam set the pace Thursday in the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. Svensson, 25, of Canada, shot 9-under 61 at Waialae Country Club to hold a one-stroke lead over Putnam, 29, an American. They top a leaderboard dotted with fresh faces in the Tour’s first full-field event of the year (scores).


Golf etiquette mirrors real-world decorum
Reader Daniel Cahill is so right when he suggests that etiquette is vital to maintain the standing of golf (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 10). Golf should be an example of how to behave in the real world. Repairing divots, and making sure the green is in its best condition as you leave are, of course, part of that courtesy to other players.

However, even if every player does this, there still would be many occasions when the carefully replaced divot has been tossed aside by a crow looking for lunch, and it isn't always possible to tamp down all of your spike marks as you walk off the green, though these are more likely to be soft-spike depressions these days. So, I agree with reader Dave Richner (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 7) in saying that there should be relief from fairway divots, but only to the extent that you may roll the ball to the nearest point of relief.



Number of strokes under par that Canadian Adam Svensson played the two par-5 holes Thursday during the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. Svensson, 25, a PGA Tour rookie, rolled in a 5½-foot putt for eagle at the ninth before sinking a 10-footer at the 18th to shoot 9-under 61 at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. He missed the cut in three of five starts in the fall, with a best finish of T-39 (scores).



Hawk & Rude: New Year’s revolution
John Hawkins and Jeff Rude kick off 2019 with the sparks flying and opinions frying. This is hardly your run-of-the-mill look at the golf season ahead.

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 this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii. Also, the show includes a conversation with instructor Sean Foley and examines PGA Tour rookie Cameron Champ's quick rise to the winner's circle.


Color Path Golf has reached an agreement with for an expansion into the U.S. market, officials announced. Color Path Golf, a coaching method developed by British PGA professionals Kevin Merry and John Glenn, is based in the U.K.


Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke, Va., a member of the Dormie Network of private golf facilities, stands as designer Lester George’s vision for a 400-acre property in the Blue Ridge Mountains. George called the property “the prettiest piece of land in the entire Shenandoah Valley for a golf course.”


Vessel will introduce its new line of golf bags, including an expansion of its women’s offerings, at the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla. Vessel will exhibit in booth No. 4288 at the Orange County Convention Center.


Mauna Lani’s South Course was voted the No. 1 course in Hawaii in recent rankings by Golf Advisor. Mauna Lani’s North and South courses also rated among the top courses in a number of other categories in Golf Advisor’s annual survey of its recreational players.


Global Value Commerce, which sells new and used golf equipment online, will team with Affirm to offer customers addition payment options for gear bought on Affirm provides finance options and payment plans.


Golf instructor David Leadbetter will be featured by Golfzon at a media breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. Leadbetter will be at booth No. 2409 as part of the golf simulator’s exhibition in the Orange County Convention Center.


Six guides at Reynolds Lake Oconee have become certified shooting instructors, the resort in Greensboro, Ga., announced. The instructors – Thomas Condon, April Evans, Lewis Gasaway, Jeff Lorenzini, Wayne Smith and Gary Wolf – recently completed a two-day National Sporting Clays Association recreational instructor course.


The inaugural Global Golf Innovation Competition for golf startups announced the finalists and judges who will participate at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. The Shark Tank-style event will begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 in room 414D at the Orange County Convention Center.


Selfie Golf will participate in the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla., the company announced. Selfie Golf, which helps golfers simplify videos of their swing, will exhibit in booth 3083 in the Orange County Convention Center.


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 Bahamas Great Exuma Classic

Sandals Emerald Bay GC, Great Exuma, Bahamas

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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