News for Monday, March 19, 2012
Edwin Watts Iowa market
Continuing to expand its national footprint, Edwin Watts Golf Shops LLC announced March 19 the establishment of its first location in Iowa.
Supply outpaces demand
According to the National Golf Foundation, 157 1/2 golf courses closed in 2011, compared with 19 openings, measured in 18-hole equivalents.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Callaway Match Play
Ethan Tracy and Arkansas will meet Duke, the defending champion, in the final match of the Callaway Match Play. Julie Williams
As a star of reality TV, Irvine can be seen on such Food Network staples as “Dinner: Impossible,” “Worst Cooks in America” and “Restaurant: Impossible.” Irvine, an Englishman, was on the grounds at last week’s Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., preparing his healthful cuisine for the patrons.
Tiger at Tavistock Cup
Tiger Woods looked healthy and strong as he partnered with Justin Rose to fire a 9-under 63 on Day 1 at the Tavistock Cup in Orlando, Fla. Tiger Tracker
Donald No. 1 again
Just as Rory McIlroy ascended to the top spot in the OWGR with a victory at the Honda Classic, Luke Donald reclaimed that position by winning the Transitions Championship.
Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa has decided to take special temporary membership on the PGA Tour, which allows him to accept as many sponsor exemptions as he wants for the rest of the 2012 season.
The Boilermakers junior shot a school- and tournament-record 8-under 64 in the final round and finished with a school-record 9-under 207 total to win the individual title by 10 shots and lead Purdue to a third-place finish March 17 at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate in Augusta, Ga.
Led by a 1-2-3 finish from Jessica Wallace, Alex Stewart and Emily Talley, respectively, the Buffaloes finished at 9-under 855 and rolled to a 31-shot victory over Oklahoma on March 18 at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz.
The Cavaliers senior captured medalist honors at the Schenkel Invitational with an 18-under 198 (65-66-67), three ahead of Auburn’s Blayne Barber (66-67-68).
The Crimson Tide placed four players in the top 5 – all at 10 under or better – and posted a school- and tournament-record 47-under 817 total March 18 on its way to a dominating victory at the Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga.
Adidas acquires Adams
In the latest round of industry consolidation, the Adidas Group, TaylorMade's parent, announced Monday it will acquire Adams Golf for $70 million.
Edoardo Molinari is planning to have surgery on his injured left wrist later this year. Molinari said after finishing with a share of 11th place in the Andalucian Open on Sunday that he has had the injury for four years.
Rude on Arnold Palmer
On the eve of his PGA Tour invitational, Arnold Palmer makes a connection that stands as a model for any era says our Jeff Rude.