MONDAY  | APRIL 1, 2019
by Alex Miceli

What did we learn last week in Austin, Texas? A number of things:

1. Kevin Kisner and Francesco Molinari are the real deals.

2. Matt Kuchar has a split personality.

3. Tiger Woods is not quite ready for prime time. Woods’ loss to Lucas Bjerregaard was not a fluke, nor was it the biggest upset in golf since Jack Fleck beat Ben Hogan.

4. The golf fans of Austin would benefit from some etiquette lessons.

 



by Dan O’Neill

True, the current PGA Tour schedule actually started in October – who can forget that Safeway Open, heh? Also true, the Players Championship conducted three weeks ago featured a major-championship field and an amusement park for a 17th hole.

But it’s not until the ball goes in the air next week at Augusta National that you’ll know it’s safe, that spring is here, that golf is in full bloom. You’ll see the azaleas and dogwoods, you’ll hear the tinkling piano, you’ll breathe the Southern air. And you’ll know where you are immediately, in the land of egg salad, where the Krispy Kremes flow and the corners cry “Amen.”

 


Another ‘Masters miss’ for the record books
I enjoyed John Hawkins’ article about the players who came painfully close to winning the Masters (“Masters misses that still make us wince,” March 29).

Another player to remember is Ed Sneed. He had one of the most beautiful golf swings in the history of the game. As far as beauty, gracefulness, and fluidity, Sneed’s swing was right up there with Bobby Jones’ and Sam Snead’s. It was that good.

 


3 and 2

Final score as Kevin Kisner defeated fellow American Matt Kuchar in the scheduled 18-hole final Sunday at the WGC Match Play at Austin (Texas) Country Club. Kisner never trailed in the match as he earned his first World Golf Championships title and his third career victory on the PGA Tour.

 


Withdrew: Lucy Li, from the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur, citing an unspecified injury, Augusta National Golf Club reported. Earlier this year, Li, 16, was cleared by the USGA after her amateur status was questioned because of her appearance in an Apple Watch ad (“In the news,” Feb. 15).

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Masters memories
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude kick off their run-up to Masters week by reliving three of the best tournaments that they covered at Augusta National: 2004, 1998 and 1997.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

McConnell Golf reported that eight of its courses were listed among the top 100 in the North Carolina Golf Panel’s state rankings, including the top two in the Piedmont Triad region. Old North State Club in New London, was listed at No. 7 in the state and No. 1 in the Triad by the panel. Sedgefield Country Club’s Ross Course in Greensboro was the No. 11 pick in the state and No. 2 in the Triad. The rankings are listed in the April issue of Business North Carolina magazine and at NCGolfPanel.com.

 

Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Ala., has retained Inntopia to sell lodging and tee times online. Inntopia connects the software systems that manage golf and other resort destinations into coordinated shopping and marketing.

 

PGA Value Guide has launched its National Trade-in Event, during which golfers can receive additional credit on equipment exchanges plus other prizes through May 31. Golfers who trade used equipment through the PGA Value Guide’s website will receive up to a 15-percent credit bonus.

 

Troon announced that it has acquired OB Sports Golf Management. OB Sports manages more than 70 golf courses and private clubs in the U.S. and abroad. With the acquisition, Troon manages more than 460 18-hole equivalents at 440-plus locations around the world.

 

Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., announced the dates for its Johnny Miller Golf Academy’s two-day schools. Miller, the World Golf Hall of Fame member, co-owns the resort. The schools will be held once per month in April-November, with prices starting at $1,665 per person, including lodging and meals.

 

Youth on Course will bring its program of subsidized golf to the Rochester (N.Y.) District Golf Association. YOC offers golf for $5 or less per round plus other programs for youngsters ages 6-18 at 1,000 facilities in 29 states, including 10 in the Rochester area.

 

Youth on Course has added the New Hampshire Golf Association to its network that provides subsidized golf to youngsters. Golfers ages 6-18 will have access to discounted rounds of golf for $5 or less, plus other programs. The NHGA will be part of the YOC network that covers 1,000 facilities in 29 states.

 

Cobra Golf introduced its King F9 Speedback Special Edition Camo driver in time for the Masters, the season’s first men’s major championship. The camouflage color scheme matches a similar apparel script and bag design that Rickie Fowler will display next week during the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.

 


CALENDAR
April 3-6
Women’s amateur: Augusta National Women’s Amateur

Champions Retreat and Augusta (Ga.) National GC

April 4-7
LPGA: ANA Inspiration

Mission Hills CC (Dinah Shore Tournament), Rancho Mirage, Calif.

PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open

TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks), San Antonio

April 5-7
Symetra: Windsor Golf Classic

Windsor (Calif.) GC


      
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