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The 2018 Ryder Cup played near Paris, France is complete. Le Golf National Albatros course, a Robert Von-Hagge original design, was a fitting setting with its stadium atmosphere for fantastique viewing for the fans. The USA got whooped by the Europeans! Well Played Euros! Enough said.
At Pebble Beach Golf Links, Ken Tanigawa secured his first win on the PGA Tour Champions at the PURE Insurance Championship. The 50-year old rookie played a Tour Edge Exotics CBX 3-wood to help garner his victory. First Tee youth played along side Champions Tour golfers. Matthew Sutherland, PGA Champions Kevin Sutherland’s nephew, a First Tee of Greater Sacramento student, won the title among 81 competitors from around the country. Congratulations to Ken & Matthew.
It was a Tway Day at Safeway. Kevin Tway, son of PGA Major Champion Bob Tway, won his first PGA TOUR event at the Safeway Open at Johnny Miller’s Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, California at the age of 30. Bernhard Langer won the SAS Championship in Cary, North Carolina to take the lead of the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs.
At Incheon, South Korea, the home team prevailed in the UL International Crown played at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club to the delight of the fantastic supporting crowds of Womens Golf. England and the USA tied for second in the four day match play event with eight countries represented. Great Golf Ladies!
Dame Laura Davies won the LPGA Senior Championship at age 55 played at beautiful French Lick Resort in Indiana. Laura played a whole bag of Lynx clubs.
Brooks Koepka, a West Palm Beach native and FSU graduate, has won the PGA TOUR Player of the Year. With 2018 US Open & PGA Championship wins, he was a sure fit for the award. Congrats Brooks.
Justin Thomas won the Arnold Palmer Award(2018 money title) at over $8mm for the second year in a row matching Tiger’s feat in 2006 & 2007.
Mark Leishman unleashed a barrage of birdies to take charge in Kuala Lampur to win the CIMB Classic and start his quest in 2018-2019 season. The Australian tied the lowest score record using his Callaway Rogue clubs and Chrome Soft golf ball. Gooday Top Bloke!
Sergio Garcia won the Andalusia Masters at the Real Club Valderrama for the third time also playing a full bag of Callaway Rogues and Chrome Soft ball. Felicedades Sergio!
Woodie Austin won his fourth Champions Tour event at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond to take home the trophy from the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
Brooks Koepka has become the new #1 in the world with his win at the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges in South Korea, kicking DJ to the curb.
Shanghai, China was the scene of the Inaugural Buick LPGA Shanghai where Danielle Kang won for the second time on the LPGA Tour. In Taiwan, Nellie Korda secured her first win at the LPGA Swinging Skirts Championship at beautiful Ta Shan golf club.
Xander Schauffele won his third PGA Tournament in a playoff versus Tony Finau In Shanghai, China at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Back in the USA, Cameron Champ won the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi.
On the Champions Tour Road to the Charles Schwab Cup, Scott Parel took the 2nd leg at the Invesco qqq Championship at the Sherwood Country Club in California.
Johnny Miller announced his retirement. He has been at it a long time and his style will be missed. I had the good fortune of dining with Johnny at the Hyatt Orlando Airport and interviewing him a few years ago. I like his style and says what he feels commentary. He is really a good guy and loves to hunt and fish with his family. Have a great retirement Johnny. Paul Azinger will replace Miller as the lead analyst for NBC, who does not shy away from being controversial.
THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING! Good times for golf courses and golfers are now abundant in Central Florida. Many courses that were falling prey to poor management and tiny agronomy budgets are back in business with new greens, redone fairways and bunkers, improved irrigation and upgrades in their clubhouses. It is beginning to look like the early 2000’s again when new golf courses were popping up like weeds in the fairway. Now, it’s much improved courses to attract the local and visiting golfers.
I recently visited an unnamed golf course in Polk County. Upon arriving, I noticed all new landscaping in the parking lot and around the newly painted clubhouse. Inside the carpeting was being removed and new flooring was about to be installed. Playing the course was another matter. Tee boxes were still full of weeds and not maintained very well. The fairways were much better with mostly bermuda grass throughout. The greens were half bad and half good. Bunkers needed maintenance. When I returned to the clubhouse, I went in the Pro Shop to voice my opinion about all the new work around the clubhouse and lack of improvements on the course. I was directed to a board that had all the dates and next work to be done, which included irrigation work, new grass on greens, new sand in bunkers and so forth. There was a new menu and the service and food was much better than in the past. In November, I will return and maybe even mention the name of the club if what I read really happens.
Go Play a different course before the winter pricing kicks in. I think you might be pleasantly surprised on the conditions.
One of Central Florida’s finest golf courses, Eagle Creek Golf Club, has gone through a rework recently to upgrade the playability and aesthetics of the
The PGA TOUR Champions returns to Naples in 2019 to challenge the award-winning Classics course at the beautiful Lely Resort Golf & Country Club, designed
SAILFISH POINT- the 532-acre oceanfront luxury community located on the southern tip of Hutchinson Island, a barrier island on the east coast of Florida, less
The Frog Golf Club at The Georgian in Villa Rica has reached an exciting milestone as it celebrates the 20th anniversary this November. In honor
The Hidden Treasure on the Treasure Coast I went treasure hunting recently on the Treasure Coast of Florida, a section of coastal communities from Sebastian
Boca Lago Country Club is nearing completion of a total golf course renovation, part of a comprehensive transformation of member amenities designed to position the
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in the Dominican Republic is home to the Caribbean’s premier luxury golf experiences, including the iconic Pete Dye Signature
Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club – the 27-hole oasis nestled in beautiful Bonita Springs, Fla. – is in the final stages of a $1.5
Offering its best values of the season, during the most favorable weather of the year, The Sea Pines Resort’s Getaway Package offers great lodging and
The Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa, the home of the Honda Classic since 2007, is reopening this fall with all new greens.
2 Towels in 1 – Plush Fleece and Textured Microfiber Devant Sport Towels is pleased to introduce the all-new Rival Towel, a revolutionary designed 2-in-1
In commemoration of the company’s 20th Anniversary and in appreciation of its over 1 million customers, SkyGolf®, maker of SkyCaddie®, the most trusted Rangefinder in
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The Vokey WedgeWorks Limited 60°T Grind comes directly from Bob Vokey’s early days on tour and remains just as relevant today. This low bounce wedge
Mizuno, the global leader in golf equipment renowned for its expertise in irons, has unveiled the next evolution of JPX-the JPX919 Series. Highly engineered, the
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The Bag Boy Company, the industry leader in golf travel covers, is proud to introduce the latest design for 2019 – the patented Freestyle Six-Wheel
Bridgestone Golf, innovator and manufacturer of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories, unveiled the next generation of its popular JGR club lines, which is available
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Portion of Proceeds Donated to Audubon International STATE APPAREL- creators of functional golf wear made with a unique Wiping System has introduced the ‘Green Collar’
SwingU, the golf technology and media company, announced a strategic partnership with top instructors, Michael Breed and Hank Haney which includes the development of the
The Reunion Resort & Spa, one of the luxury Salamander Collection of Hotels and Resorts, located in Central Florida, has opened the Reunion Golf Academy
By combining proven instructional expertise, a personalized training approach and superior technology, Marriott Golf Academy℠ offers a menu of golf instruction and custom club fitting
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The Golf Academy at Celebration Golf Club has expanded its services with the recent opening of the new Florida Elite Fitting Studio. The Golf Academy
Diamond Resorts, a global leader in the hospitality, vacation ownership and entertainment industries, announced today it has partnered with Insurance Office of America to name
PGA Master Professional Warren Bottke has been inducted into the South Florida Hall of Fame November 13th at Parkland Golf and Country Club. Warren is
Atlanta-based national club management firm Mosaic Clubs is pleased to announce Kevin Cartledge as the newly appointed General Manager of Harlingen Country Club in Harlingen,
Eighteen-time major champion Jack Nicklaus and his grandson, GT Nicklaus, headline a field of golf’s greatest champions, teeing it up alongside their family members at
The Yamaha Golf-Car Company is expanding the award-winning success of their QuieTech Electronic Fuel Injection(EFI) car by making the EFI system the sole source of
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LPGA veterans Shelley Hamlin and Sherri Turner will enter the Legends Hall of Fame this fall as the newestinductees. Hamlin, a native of San Mateo, Calif., and
Bobby Weed Golf Design announced that its renovation of the golf course at Long Cove Club, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. is now complete. The course,