WEDNESDAY  | JANUARY 23, 2019
by Mike Purkey

As a rookie on the PGA Tour, Adam Long didn’t have a choice about playing where he wanted in the 2018-19 season. He qualified for the Tour by finishing 13th on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list last year. He held a Tour card but no guarantee of how many starts he’d get. That’s one of the little-known facts of life about being a Web.com Tour graduate. You play where you can, not necessarily where you want.

Only the No. 1 on the Web.com money list – last year, it was Sungjae Im – is fully exempt and can play where he wants, including the Players Championship. The rest are ranked in the order in which they finish in the top 50 on the combined money list from the regular season and the Web.com Finals. Long stood 26th on that ranking.

 



Don’t be so easily offended
If Robin Dea read all of the postings by Jim Kavanagh, she’d know that the one thing he does not have is a negative “underlying opinion of females” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 22).

Kavanagh has written many words to Morning Read about how to make the LPGA a better product and how men should give the female professionals more appreciation.

 


Confirmed: By Augusta National Golf Club, that 66 players have accepted invitations to compete in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The 54-hole event will be played April 3-6, with the first two rounds at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., followed by a 36-hole cut. A practice round will be held April 5 at Augusta National before the final 18 holes on April 6, the Saturday before the Masters. Lucy Li was among the players to have accepted an invitation, according to Augusta National. Li, 16, of Redwood Shores, Calif., is under investigation by the U.S. Golf Association for her participation in an Apple Watch advertisement (“In the news,” Jan. 7).

 


8

Number of consecutive winners of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego who started the week on Torrey Pines’ South Course, one of two used for the first 36 holes of play. Ben Crane, the 2010 champion, was the most recent winner to have started play on the North Course. Tiger Woods, whose eight victories at Torrey Pines include the 2008 U.S. Open, will tee off at 10:40 a.m. PST Thursday on No. 1 at the South Course (tee times).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Billy Casper Golf, a course owner and operator, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. The privately-held company was founded by Chairman and CEO Peter Hill, Vice Chairman Bob Morris and the late Billy Casper, a World Golf Hall of Fame member who won 51 times on the PGA Tour. BCG’s portfolio includes more than 150 properties in 29 states.

 

For the fifth consecutive year, Troon was named Management Company of the Year by BoardRoom magazine. Troon’s Caddiemaster division also was recognized with the magazine’s Caddie Company of the Year honor.

 

SmartGolf will exhibit the new Smart Putter and its motion-sensor technology during this week’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. SmartGolf will be located in booth No. 1986 today through Friday at the Orange County Convention Center.

 

Naughty Boy Golf will exhibit its new Tiger Growl Pro Collection of men’s apparel at the PGA Merchandise Show this week in Orlando, Fla. NBG will be located in booth No. 3893 today through Friday at the Orange County Convention Center.

 

Guided Knowledge will debut its digital coaching technology during this week’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. Guided Knowledge will exhibit its GK Smart Suit in booth No. 3595 today through Friday at the Orange County Convention Center.

 

Short Par 4 has signed a three-year deal with Global Golf Management to sponsor the Web.com Tour’s LECOM Suncoast Classic Pro-Am. The event will be held Feb. 13 at Lakewood National Golf Course in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., preceding the four-day Web.com Tour tournament.

 

Golf Business Solutions introduced a customizable technology platform for golf instructors, the company announced. Instructor Plus, which is supported by GolfNow’s Plus management and marketing service, will be available for demonstration at the PGA Merchandise Show this week in Orlando, Fla. Booth No. 2173 will be hosted by NBC Sports Group’s golf businesses and managed by Golf Channel.

 

Eleven assistant superintendent members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America have been selected for the EXCEL Leadership Program, the GCSAA announced. The training represents education, cross training, community, encouragement and leadership development.

 

Seven professional golfers on three major U.S. tours will represent Short Par 4, the company announced. Wesley Bryan, John Chin, Tyler Duncan and Rickie Fowler (PGA Tour), Kevin Dougherty and Kevin Lucas (Web.com Tour) and Tom Pernice (Champions Tour) will serve as spokesmen for the box-subscription service that ships golf apparel and gear to members.

 

The Heather at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Mich., has been named 2019 Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association. The announcement was made in advance of the NGCOA’s Golf Business Conference in San Diego next month.

 

Boot Hill Ranch reported a record $47.7 million in property sales in 2018 at the 2,080-acre community in Fredericksburg, Texas. The private-club community listed 67 closings, with unit voume up 26 percent from the previous year and dollar volume up 44 percent.

 

Al Geiberger, whose 59 at the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic was the first sub-60 score on the PGA Tour, will visit the Garmany Golf booth this week at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. Geiberger, known as “Mr. 59,” will appear in booth No. 3479 at 2-4 p.m. Thursday in the Orange County Convention Center.

 


CALENDAR
January 20-23
Web.com: Bahamas Great Abaco Classic

Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Great Abaco, Bahamas

January 22-25
Women’s amateur: Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur

Coral Ridge CC, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

January 23-25
Industry: PGA Merchandise Show

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

January 24-27
PGA Tour: Farmers Insurance Open

Torrey Pines (South) GC, San Diego

European: Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Emirates GC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


      
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