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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 157                                                       
Tuesday, August 20 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It doesn't matter what golf course it is. You give us soft good greens and soft fairways, we're going to tear it apart. It's just how it is.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player qualified for his 11th TOUR Championship; marks the most seasons qualifying for TOUR Championship by a player in FedExCup era. Who is he?

MONEY TALKS! Stephen Curry has pledged to support the establishment of Howard University’s first NCAA Division 1 golf program for the next six years. Inspired by Howard senior and golfer, Otis Ferguson IV, whom Curry met during a campus visit earlier this year, Curry was compelled to act when Ferguson shared that his impassioned solo crusade to get a golf team at Howard proved unsuccessful. Curry decided to help bridge the gap between talent and opportunity. He called howardon Under Armour, Callaway, Eat. Learn. Play., among others, for help with equipment, uniforms, and more for assistance to introduce and increase access to elite golf at a historically black college.

“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” said the NBA star. “It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University, and look forward to building their first men’s and women’s golf teams with them.”

Howard University aims to debut the first men’s and women’s golf teams in the 2020/2021 academic year. The university previously had a Division 2 golf team and various intercollegiate and intramural club teams.

“Howard University is honored to partner with NBA Champion Stephen Curry to launch what is sure to become one of the best golf programs in the country,” said President Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA. “This program will expose the campus to a game with numerous benefits. Golf is unique because it can be played through various ages of life. Grandfathers can play with granddaughters. Expanding the competitive opportunities for student athletes, especially in arenas where they are underrepresented, is consistent with the university’s strategic plan.” 

PERSPECTIVE: Tiger won’t be at East Lake to defend his title. Those likely missing him the most will be television. However, it’s a safe bet to suggest there will be plenty of reminders with highlights of his 2018 conquest. Woods finished T37 in the BMW Championship and No. 42 in the FedExCup standings and therefore did not advance to the TOUR Championship. It marks the 16th time in his career he has not defended a title (reasons include did not choose to play, injury, tournament no longer played, etc.). For comparison purposes, Rory McIlroy, Mark O’Meara and Tom Weiskopf each have 16 career PGA TOUR victories!

THE REAL WORLD: Golf offers a respite from reality. It gives people a chance to take a break from whatever may be troubling them and allow them to become engrossed in the game. For some that take it too seriously, the game can become a source of frustration. Throughout the years, if not decades, propaganda has been delivered to the industry that hasn’t turned out to be valid. Anyone recall the idea that golf needed to build a course a day to keep up with demand?! Or golf is bigger than the movie industry. The latter came from Joe Steranka, then PGA of American President back in 2007. Suppose for a moment that it was accurate. Then what does it say about the industry today? Case in point:

Disney is the first studio to have 5 films in one year that have generated more than $1 billion at the box office:

1) Endgame: $2.796 billion
2) Lion King: $1.345 billion
3) Capt Marvel: $1.128 billion
4) Aladdin: $1.035 billion
5) Toy Story 4: $1.001 billion

In 2018, Callaway Golf’s annual sales were nearly $1.24 billion. Acushnet, owner of Titleist and FootJoy brands, produced $1.63 billion in annual revenue. The combined companies represent the leaders in market share in all equipment categories. So if the golf industry is larger or was larger than the movie business, it must come from the course level. You decide whether it was or ever can be again.

WEB GEMS:

LIP SERVICE? European Tour players will incur a one-shot penalty from November if they are deemed to have breached slow play regulations twice in a single round. READ MORE>>>

ONE DIMENSIONAL: “They haven’t figured out yet that long means nothing to us'” Former world No1 Adam Scott says courses too easy for golf's best players. READ MORE>>>

ADIOS: The PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship is looking for a new home after the golf club that’s hosted the event since it began in Reno in 1999 pulled out. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “It doesn't matter what golf course it is. You give us soft good greens and soft fairways, we're going to tear it apart. It's just how it is.”--Justin Thomas

Dustin Johnson (14th in FedExCup) qualified for his 11th TOUR Championship; marks the most seasons qualifying for TOUR Championship by a player in FedExCup era.

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