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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 3                                                           
Friday, January 5, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It's that quote from Teddy Roosevelt, it's like my favorite quote from all time: In general there's going to be critics and people that disagree with the way you do things or whatever, but I feel like I'm in a great place of who I am and what I'm doing going forward. And starting 2018 I'm kind of ready for anything. I'm ready for failure, for success, and everything in between.”

BRAIN TEASER: You have to win to get in the Sentry Tournament of Champions but how many past champions of the event are playing in 2018?

HELPING HAND: The PGA TOUR has launched a fundraising effort, ‘January for Jarrod’ to help Jarrod Lyle and his family meet the significant costs he now faces after undergoing his third bone marrow transplant for acute myeloid leukemia on December 6. “It’s of utmost importance for the PGA TOUR family and the golf community to come together and help Jarrod and his family both spiritually and financially during ‘January for Jarrod’ month,” said PGA TOUR EVP and Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “Jarrod would be the first player to support others in their time of need, and now it’s our turn to help he and his wife Briony and their two young children, Lusi and Jemma.” READ MORE>>>

DIVERSIFICATION: Callaway Golf has added Si Woo Kim and Hudson Swafford to its Tour Staff. Kim has two career PGA TOUR victories. He is currently ranked 42nd in the official world golf rankings.  Swafford won the 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge for his only PGA TOUR victory and is currently ranked 93rd in the world.

“I’m joining Callaway because of the performance of their equipment,” Kim said. “I’ve had the opportunity to test a number of different brands, and without question Callaway was the best for me. Working with their driver technology is something I’m especially excited about.” The 22-year-old Kim became the youngest ever winner of the PLAYERS Championship last year, and competed for the 2017 International Presidents Cup team.

“I truly believe that Callaway makes the best golf equipment,” Swafford said. “I’ve been so impressed by their products and working with the dedicated Tour Team, and I’m very confident in the clubs that are in my bag.”

HAZARD? While President Donald Trump catches a lot of flak for his frequent trips to the golf course, a provision included in the recently approved tax reform bill could severely harm the U.S. golf industry. While a number of industries could feel the pressure as a result of the change in the tax code, likely none more so than golf courses. READ MORE>>>

BUILD A COURSE A DAY! Sadly these situations continue to persist within the golf industry. A financial analysis of three proposals to make the city’s golf courses financially stable found that a significant investment of funds to improve the quality of the courses would be needed even if some holes were to be closed. At its meeting Thursday, the city’s Golf Subcommittee received an analysis by the Madison Parks Division of three options proposed by the subcommittee: closing the nine-hole Monona Golf Course, closing 18 holes at Yahara Hills Gold Course or closing all 36 holes at Yahara Hills. The report concludes all three options would reduce the amount of money the public courses lost each year, but the operation would still see a net loss. Capital costs are estimated at $5 million to $8 million with up to $4 million needed for improvements at Yahara Hills alone.

“Even if the operational income issues were solved in the short run, without a serious plan to reinvest in the courses, they will continue to become less desirable to play and costlier to maintain,” the report states. The report says the enterprise would lose about $239,000 annually without closing holes or making capital improvements. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

ANTICIPATION! Tiger Woods is playing twice in California over the next six week as he begins another comeback on the PGA Tour from back surgery. READ MORE>>>

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING: For most players at Kapalua, preparations for the New Year included an online tutorial on the dangers of gambling in golf. It's part of the new ''Integrity Program'' that took effect Monday. The PGA Tour previously had a policy that banned players from betting at tour events. The new program, which comes with a mandatory tutorial, covers all six tours under the PGA Tour umbrella. READ MORE>>>

FOWLER’S BIG GOAL: “Goals going forward this year is, I would say, the biggest and main one, is to get a major.” READ MORE>>>

FAST START: Coming off his best year, Marc Leishman got off to an ideal start in 2018 with eight birdies and a 6-under 67 for a one-shot lead in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It's that quote from Teddy Roosevelt, it's like my favorite quote from all time: In general there's going to be critics and people that disagree with the way you do things or whatever, but I feel like I'm in a great place of who I am and what I'm doing going forward. And starting 2018 I'm kind of ready for anything. I'm ready for failure, for success, and everything in between.”--Jordan Spieth.

Roosevelt’s specific quote was: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

There are three past champions of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in the field this week: Justin Thomas (2017), Jordan Spieth (2016) and Dustin Johnson (2013).

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