MONDAY  | JANUARY 14, 2019
by Julie Williams

The biggest hurdle of my first year coaching high school girls golf was in learning to talk about the game to beginners. I write about golf for a living, but with 15-year-olds, I was a little bit lost.

There’s a lesson in there about nuances of the game, but there are far more of them than I had ever considered. Golf being “a game of honor” certainly falls into that category. To a certain extent, that explains why honesty can be an issue in high school golf.

 


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Good clubs can do only so much for a golfer
Cheers to reader Bill Hutchins and his comments regarding the performance of various clubs, be they hot new technology or 20-year-old beaters (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 11).

I have the pleasure of watching my golf-professional son play each year with the hottest and most advanced products on the market. As he has moved positions, he has found himself playing with a host of the leading manufacturers’ clubs. Each new set elicits songs of joy and praise for a period of time and then equal sounds of dismay when suddenly they don't seem to work as well.

 


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Number of victories this season on the PGA Tour for American Matt Kuchar, who pulled away from the field for a four-stroke triumph Sunday at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Kuchar closed with a 4-under 66 for a 22-under 258 total at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Kuchar, 40, the 54-hole leader, birdied three of his final four holes – after having bogeyed three of his first five – to clinch his ninth Tour title. He won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November during the fall portion of the wraparound schedule. Andrew Putnam shot 68 and placed second at 18-under 262 (scores).

 


Closed: Houston’s Memorial Park, for a 10-month, $13.5 million renovation that officials hope will turn the municipal course into the new home of the PGA Tour’s Houston Open in 2020, the Houston Chronicle reported. The Astros Golf Foundation is paying for the renovation, to be overseen by architect Tom Doak and scheduled for a Nov. 1 completion.

 



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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Troon-managed properties are in the midst of hosting five tournaments on major professional tours in a four-week stretch. The sites are Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course in Hawaii, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates, Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas, Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Royal Green Golf and Country Club in Saudi Arabia.

 

Tour Edge signed Scott McCarron to an expanded endorsement deal, the company announced. McCarron, who competes on the Champions Tour, will add to his use of Tour Edge Exotics CBS hybrids and add metalwoods to his bag as part of the agreement.

 

Big Max will exhibit its line of push carts, bags and gloves at the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla., the company announced. Big Max will be set up in booth No. 1600 at the Orange County Convention Center.

 

A live runway fashion show will highlight the program at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., organizers announced. The show, to be held at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 24, will showcase top apparel and accessories on the PGA forum stage at the Orange County Convention Center.

 

V1 Sports will offer instructors the chance to film their own golf video content during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., the company announced. Instructors with an active V1 subscription can sign up for 30-minute time slots to be held Jan. 22-25 in room 313 at the Orange County Convention Center.

 

Sitfit will exhibit its fitness chair during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. Sitfit will be set up at the Demo Day on Jan. 22 at the Orange County National Golf Center in Winter Garden, Fla., and then Jan. 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

 

Licensed real estate agents seeking to participate in Golf Life Real Estate’s concierge referral program must have at least 10 years of experience in selling real estate, GLRE announced. Steve Pike, GLRE’s director of golf content, made the announcement ahead of the company’s Jan. 20 debut. GLRE seeks to help customers find, evaluate and select golf-lifestyle real estate experts.

 

Your Leaderboard will exhibit its products during the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla., said Marcus Neffield, the company’s national sales director. YL offers custom products from reclaimed wood, metal, leather and other materials. The company will exhibit in booth No. 3063 at the Orange County Convention Center.

 

Mission Inn Resort and Club announced its Golfers Getaway Package that includes play on the two courses at the resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The package, available from Jan. 12 to April 27, includes accommodations, breakfast and 18 holes daily plus other features, with prices beginning at $258 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.

 

ERG Golf announced plans to exhibit its custom golf components at the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla. ERG Golf will be based in booth No. 800 at the Orange County Convention Center.

 

The PGA Forum Stage will be the site of a diverse schedule of programming for the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., organizers announced. The stage will showcase virtually all areas of the game on Jan. 23-24 at the Orange County Convention Center.

 


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

Sandals Emerald Bay GC, Great Exuma, Bahamas

January 16-19
Women’s amateur: Women’s South Atlantic Amateur

Oceanside CC, Ormond Beach, Fla.

European: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) GC

January 17-19
Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Championship

Hualalai GC, Kaupulehu, Hawaii

January 17-20
PGA Tour: Desert Classic

Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif.

LPGA: Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

Four Seasons Golf & Sports Club Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Men’s amateur: Latin America Amateur

Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog), La Romana, Dominican Republic


      
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