Torrey Pines: South Course

March 21, 2016

Torrey Pines opened in 1957, the brainchild of legendary golf course architect William F. Bell (Dell Urich Golf Course in Tucson) on the site of Camp Callan, a naval training center during World War II. While Bell’s father, William P. Bell, sometimes get credit as an original architect on the project when in fact he’d been dead for four years at the time construction started. There are two 18-hole championship courses on…

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National Golf Foundation: 2015 Golf Participation

March 16, 2016

At the Golf Academy, we’re always talking about the state of the golf industry as a whole. But it means just a little bit more to those of us in our 4th and final semester. Why? Because in a little more than five weeks time, most of us are going to be diving right in… head first! So when the National Golf Foundation (NGF), the industry’s self-described “knowledge leader on…

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Best Practices in Tournament Operations

March 15, 2016

Today in Tournament Administration with PGA Professional Warren Pitman, we were discussing Best Practices in Tournament Operations. We’re responsible for running 12 tournaments at the Golf Academy this semester, so we’re always talking about ways we can improve. Warren handed out the following article published by the PGA of America several years back. It’s a little dated, but the information is still applicable: Best Practices in Tournament Operations PGA of America…

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For the first time since 2007, Arnold Palmer, 86, will not be hitting a ceremonial tee shot at the Masters because of a lingering shoulder injury.  

March 15, 2016
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USGA Rules Official: The Flagstick

March 14, 2016

Dr. Robin Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy and is widely regarded as one of the top USGA Rules Officials in the country. Each week he sends out an email featuring different Rules scenarios, and this week, the flagstick takes center stage: 1. Player A chips his ball from the fringe, and the ball rolls towards the flagstick, which had been removed from the hole and placed on the putting…

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Q: What’s ALTERNATE SHOT?

A: A partner event with an A and a B player. The partners must play alternately from the teeing grounds (one player tees off on the even holes, another on the odd holes) and alternately during the play of each hole. Penalty strokes do not affect the order of play. The team with the lowest score wins the match.

March 14, 2016
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After a heckler called him “garbage” on Instagram, world No. 1 Jordan Spieth responded by telling the “troll” to “go do research before hating.”

March 12, 2016
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Caddies filed an appeal in the U.S. District Court Northern District of California Monday, less than a month after their case against the PGA Tour was dismissed. The initial lawsuit demands compensation for the sponsor bibs caddies are forced to wear during competition.

March 10, 2016
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Advanced Teaching Field Trip: ASU Karsten Golf Course

March 9, 2016

Our final six Advanced Teaching classes of the semester are all off-campus. Now, the classroom setting shifts from inside to outdoors, where we’ll be interacting with students and giving actual golf lessons. Over the last 14 and-a-half months or so, we’ve learned a lot about how to teach the golf swing, but there’s no substitute for the real world experience of actually doing it. This is where the teaching rubber…

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