WEDNESDAY  | APRIL 3, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

The great thrill of the Masters Tournament is the threat of The Others.

The risk-reward nature of Augusta National Golf Club’s iconic layout is that a golfer can charge with eagles and birdies and can plummet out of contention with bogeys, doubles and The Others – dreaded big numbers.

No hole in major-championship golf is more dangerous than Golden Bell, the name given to Augusta National’s 155-yard, par-3 12th.

 


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by Ron Kroichick

Fifty years ago, George Archer joined one of golf’s most exclusive and prestigious clubs. He conquered a parade of obstacles in his life to win the Masters, the crowning achievement of a career in which he pocketed 13 PGA Tour victories.

Archer would be equally proud of his legacy off the course. Maybe prouder.

He was illiterate, a lifelong secret that he allowed his wife, Donna, to share publicly only after he died of cancer in 2005. She went one step further, turning that painful, haunting secret into a form of community service.

 


Masters offers lesson in how to treat customers
NFL and Major League Baseball owners could learn a lot about how to treat their fans from the Masters (“Masters stands alone as best sports event,” April 2).

Not only does the Masters offer a world-class venue in Augusta National Golf Club, but the tournament hosts go out of their way to offer “patrons” an amazing experience coated in Southern hospitality and charm at every turn.

 


Closed: The Rory Foundation, the charitable organization established in 2013 by Rory McIlroy to support children’s charities, according to The Irish News.

 


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Number of spots available in next week’s Masters from the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open, which begins Thursday at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks course. The winner, if not already qualified, would be the 87th and final qualifier for Augusta National.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

The U.S. Amateur’s 36-hole match-play final will be played on two courses for the first time this summer, Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort and the USGA announced. On Aug. 18, Pinehurst’s No. 4 course will host the morning 18 holes before the finalists move to the No. 2 course for the scheduled afternoon 18 holes. Both courses will host the two stroke-play rounds to trim the field from 312 players to 64 for match play in the Aug. 12-18 event. The first five rounds of match play – through the semifinals – will be played on No. 2, a Donald Ross design that was restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011.

 

To signal the arrival of spring and Masters week, PeakVision Sunglasses is offering a 15-percent discount on eyewear purchased through the company’s website. PeakVision offers the LX2, GX5, AV1, DG1 and EOS models.

 

Short Par 4 announced a business agreement with Future Champions Golf, an association that develops junior golfers through classes, camps and tournaments. For the rest of the year, Future Champions tournament participants will receive a fairway-level membership for Short Par 4’s golf apparel and accessories.

 

The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., will play host to the U.S. Kids Golf Ozarks Open on May 10-12. The tournament, one of 11 U.S. Kids Golf regional championships, will be played at The Cove and The Club at Porto Cima courses.

 

TGA Premier Golf has expanded its recreational youth-golf programs into three markets. Franchises were introduced in Cleveland, Denver and Long Beach, Calif., increasing TGA Premier Golf’s network to 125 locations in 28 states.

 


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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