MONDAY  | AUGUST 19, 2019
by Adam Schupak

U.S. Amateur champion Andy Ogletree’s hometown is straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Little Rock, Miss., is so small – population less than 2,000 – that it is an unincorporated community out in the country, with no stoplight, its post office housed in a trailer and its gas station featuring a seafood buffet on Friday nights.

“Yeah, food is incredible,” said Ogletree, who recommends the fried catfish and the boiled shrimp at Chesney’s Grocery.

Ogletree, a 21-year-old senior at Georgia Tech, overcame a 4-down deficit after five holes at Pinehurst No. 4 in the scheduled 36-hole final, but rallied in the afternoon session at Pinehurst No. 2 to defeat John Augenstein, 2 and 1, in an All-American finale (scores).

 


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A sure-fire cure to resolve fairway cogitating
There have been several simple, common-sense ideas provided in this space lately for improving pace of play (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 13, Aug. 14, Aug. 15, Aug. 16). “Ready golf” is one that makes the most sense, as it clearly will identify those slowpokes cogitating in the fairway while their playing partners are waiting at the green.

The USGA promotes ready golf for recreational golfers. I've seen it work in high school matches, and it surely can work at the professional levels, too.

 


Announced: The final seven selections for the 10-man U.S. Walker Cup team that will play Great Britain and Ireland’s top amateurs next month, the U.S. Golf Association said.

 


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Number of strokes by which Justin Thomas will lead this week’s Tour Championship before a shot has been struck at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. By virtue of his three-stroke victory Sunday in the BMW Championship at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club’s No. 3 Course (scores), Thomas moved to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup season points standings.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: The 900-pound gorilla
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude offer a comprehensive analysis of yet another reprisal of the slow-play issue, this time featuring young star Bryson DeChambeau.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

TecTecTec has appointed Constance Mitchell as the marketing manager for the manufacturer of laser rangefinders. Mitchell has spent more than 12 years in marketing, most recently as the marketing coordinator for The JNE Group of Companies.

 

Tour Edge announced the launch of its redesigned website at www.touredge.com. The site features a streamlined desktop, mobile and tablet experience, the equipment manufacturer said.

 

Troon and PGA Tour spokesman Gary Woodland made a $5,000 donation to the Folds of Honor’s Chicagoland chapter, the management company announced. The donation will fund one Folds of Honor scholarship for the spouse or child of a wounded or deceased service member.

 

El Conquistador Golf & Tennis in Oro Valley, Ariz., will be the new site of The First Tee of Tucson, the club announced. Children ages 5-17 can join The First Tee for a $25 annual fee, and a typical six-week session costs $10.

 


CALENDAR
August 22-25
European: Scandinavian Invitation

Hills Golf & Sports Club, Gothenburg, Sweden

Korn Ferry: Albertsons Boise Open

Hillcrest CC, Boise, Idaho

LPGA: CP Women’s Open

Magna GC, Aurora, Ontario

PGA Tour: Tour Championship

East Lake GC, Atlanta

August 23-25
Champions: Boeing Classic

Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

August 24-29
Men’s amateur: U.S. Senior Amateur

Old Chatham GC, Durham, N.C.

Women’s amateur: U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Cedar Rapids (Iowa) CC


      
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