Responsibilities of the Tournament Committee

September 11, 2015

Rule 33 is expressly reserved for The Committee. When hosting a tournament, the Committee is responsible for several items, all of which are described in detail in the USGA Rules of Golf. Here are the duties of the Committee in layman’s terms: Rule 33-1. Conditions; Waiving Rule Establish conditions of competition; Committee cannot waive a Rule of Golf Rule 33-2. The Course Define bounds and margins, new holes, practice ground,…


True Parallel vs. Optical Parallel

September 10, 2015

What if I told you that the golf shot your prefer to hit, whether it’s a draw or a fade, may be based purely on your perception of parallel? Allow me to explain. What I’m about to tell you isn’t in any textbook, and I haven’t read it anywhere on the internet. But it’s scientific fact. There are two kinds of parallel, true parallel and optical parallel. True parallel is easy…


Weekly Rules Puzzle

September 9, 2015

Advanced Rules of Golf meets every Wednesday, and during each class, we complete a Rules Puzzle. Here is this week’s puzzle: Ok = Permitted by the Rules Not Ok = Not permitted by the Rules Q1: A player in a stroke play event event asks his fellow-competitor the distance from the teeing ground to clear a fairway bunker. A1: Ok – Information on the Rules, distance or matter of public…


Club Fitting: An Industry Differentiator

September 8, 2015

When you get to the Golf Academy, the sand in the hourglass starts flowing. You keep your head down for 16 months, and then it’s time to jettison out into the real world so you can start paying back some of those student loans. We’re always talking about ways to differentiate ourselves once we get that first job in the golf industry, and one of the ways to do that is by…


Dell Urich Golf Course

September 7, 2015

Dell Urich (formerly Randolph South) re-opened in the spring of 1996 following a dramatic makeover by Ken Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is famous for designing Longbow Golf Club in Mesa and Gold Canyon Golf Resort, but he still had some big shoes to fill – Randolph South was designed in 1961 by William F. Bell, the man who designed and built Torrey Pines in San Diego. The overhaul was long overdue, and you can tell…


dbg on Golf

Jordan Spieth (+6) missed the cut for the 2nd straight event, the 1st time as a pro he’s missed consecutive cuts. Spieth has now shot over par in four straight rounds, the 2nd-longest streak of his career (5 in 2013).

September 5, 2015

A Friday Worth Remembering

September 4, 2015

I love it when our instructors open up about their playing days because we have some real sticks working at the Phoenix campus – guys who have played in major championships. PGA Professional Gary Balliet played in the 1984 PGA Championship at Shoal Creek Club in Alabama, and PGA Professional Jay Friedman played in the 2005 Senior PGA Championship at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Pennsylvania. But in our eight months at the…


Why CBS’ Decision to Let Feherty Go Is a Mistake

September 4, 2015

So after 19 years of walking the fairways, controversial golf analyst David Feherty and CBS have parted ways because they couldn’t reach an agreement on the sportscaster’s “role on the network’s golf coverage.” Multiple sources confirm the situation went south because Feherty wanted a booth job for his three-piece suit, a network role Nick Faldo already shares with Jim Nantz, and because Feherty was asking for too much money. CBS should’ve paid the…


Hectic Day at the Academy

September 3, 2015

Even though we only had three classes, today was a lot crazier than yesterday. The day started with Denise Duarte’s Essentials of Food Service Management. This is an elective, but if you want to pursue a management career in the golf industry, you better know a thing or two about food and beverage. I decided a long time ago that I was going to take as many classes as I could while attending the Golf Academy….


3rd Semester Tees Off

September 2, 2015

The Golf Academy of America is back in session for the Fall Semester. After eight months, we are now halfway through our program, and it’s time to get serious. It’s time to start thinking about what we want to do when we graduate in April of 2016. Now, we’re upperclassmen. The start of this semester reminds me of the start of my 3rd year at Arizona State. That’s when I…