THURSDAY  | AUGUST 1, 2019
by Julie Williams

When Matthew Wolff won the 3M Open last month, hundreds of teenagers and twentysomethings likely were watching. Their inner dialogue might have sounded something like Blake Windred as he recently recounted a third-round pairing with Wolff early this year at the Australian Master of the Amateurs in Melbourne.

“It’s the mindset, obviously, because [his game] wasn’t anything I haven’t seen before,” Windred, 21, said thoughtfully during the Players Amateur. Windred shot 70 to Wolff’s 72 that day at Royal Melbourne. He finished third, one spot higher than Wolff on the final leaderboard.

 


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Pro tours must pick up pace, and time is urgent
Golf is suffering from a new generation that sees the sport as too time consuming and does not fit in today’s ultramodern, high-tech, overscheduled world. Future golfers are participating in multiple activities, and their parents are spending hours driving them from activity to activity, while also trying to make a living.

Let’s face it: If we don’t find a way to bring some kind of balance to this situation, golf will continue to lose players, golf courses will continue to be sold for new tract homes and PGA of America golf professionals will be put on the unemployment line. Something has to change.

 


Committed: Tiger Woods, to the first two FedEx Cup playoff events: next week’s Northern Trust and the following week’s BMW Championship. Woods, 43, has played only 10 PGA Tour events this season, with only four starts since he won the Masters in April. Woods missed the cut in the British Open two weeks ago. He ranks 27th in the FedEx Cup standings.

 


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Percentage change in rounds played in June, compared with the same month in 2018, according to Golf Datatech’s National Golf Rounds Played Report. For the first six months of 2019, rounds played were down 1 percent compared with the first half of 2018.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. salute Tom Watson, who retired from major-championship golf after racking up 14 major titles on the PGA and Champions tours. Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer notched his record 11th senior major title; Brooks Koepka claimed his first World Golf Championships victory; and recent college graduate Collin Morikawa won in only his sixth professional start on the PGA Tour.


Hawk & Rude: Koepka is king, but Langer reigns
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude reflect on Brooks Koepka’s latest tournament conquest and marvel at 61-year-old machine Bernhard Langer.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Big Max is extending a test-drive program of its push carts after 35 sites in 13 states accepted the initial offer. When a retailer buys two Big Max push carts at wholesale prices, the test-drive program allows for the purchase of a test cart at a reduced rate. If a retailer orders six carts in 12 months, the price of the test-drive cart is credited to the retailer’s account.

 

Lamkin Grips congratulated the winner of the PGA Tour’s recent Barracuda Championship. The champion used Lamkin’s EBL Pistol Grip on his putter.

 

Nine students have been awarded scholarships totaling $12,000 under the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants program. The winners are children or stepchildren of GCSAA members.

 

Eric Johnson has been named general manager of The Club at the Dunes in Naples, Fla. Johnson had been a hospitality-management consultant in Skaneateles, N.Y.

 

Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., is offering Labor Day packages to coincide with the opening of the club's 18-hole short course, El Dorado. The packages are available from Aug. 29 through Sept. 5.

 


CALENDAR
July 29 - August 1
Women’s amateur: Women’s Trans National Amateur

GC of Tennessee, Kingston Springs, Tenn.

July 30 - August 2
Junior boys: Junior PGA Championship

Keney Park GC, Hartford, Conn.

July 30 - August 3
Men’s amateur: Western Amateur

Point O’ Woods G&CC, Benton Harbor, Mich.

August 1-4
PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship

Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.

Korn Ferry: Ellie Mae Classic

TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif.

LPGA: AIG Women’s British Open

Woburn (England) GC


      
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