Apple NewsJanuary 31, 2019

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Welcome to 2019. The PGA TOUR opened their year in Hawaii at Kapalua for the Sentry Tournament of Champions where Callaway Brand Ambassador Xander Shauffelle came from behind to win on the Plantation Course.  At Waialae Country Club, Matt Kuchar won the Sony Open for his 100th top 10 finish and ninth title on the PGA TOUR playing his Bridgestone Driver, Irons and B330S ball.

Back home in Orlando the LPGA opened their year at the Diamond Resorts International Tournament of Champions at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club playing along side celebrities and sports stars. Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz took home the title in the modified stableford competition and South Korean Eun Hee Ji won on the Trujillo golf course at the Four Seasons Resort. Proceeds from the th event were contributed to UF Health by Mike Flaskey, CEO of Diamond Resorts International.

Tour Edge Brand Ambassador Tom Lehman won the first event on the PGA TOUR Champions, the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Golf Club.

World #1 Justin Rose, playing a new set of Honma golf clubs with Lamkin grips, beat an outstanding field at Torrey Pines to win the Farmers Insurance Open.

Bryson DeChambeau won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by seven strokes with a full bag of same length Cobra irons, Cobra woods and a Bridgestone Tour BX ball, all decked out in the latest Puma wear. Way to Bring it Home Bry!

I spent a week at the PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center. The golf world continues to go high-tech with an array of new gadgets and technical advances. Unfortunately for the overall industry, they still have yet to find the solution to the loss of millennials joining the ranks of regular golfers while the baby-boomers are getting older and leaving the game. One thing I have noticed is in Florida many of our golf courses are making substantial improvements to their facilities. In the weeks ahead we will feature some of the new products and services we found at the Show.

Go out and play while the rest of the country is snowbound. It’s good to be a Floridian!

David J. Daubert – Editor