There’s usually a bit of an adjustment period for freshman golfers. They must get accustomed to campus life as well as a higher level of competition. Players who come to the States from overseas have even more adjustments to make, which is why they can be excused if their collegiate careers get off to a slow start.
PGA Tour players Keegan Bradley and Carl Pettersson have declared to fight the so-called "anchoring" ban that has been proposed by the game's governing bodies.
Defending champion Jay Don Blake birdied three of the final four holes for a 6-under 64 and the first-round lead Thursday in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Former Notre Dame standout Chris Walker is now a SpeedGolf World Champion. The first-ever SpeedGolf World Championships took place Oct. 20-21 at Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Ore., with 14 players from around the world competing for the inaugural title.
Hitting into a 40 mph headwind, Ryan Winther won the World Long Drive championship with a bomb of 343 yards, using a driver with only 4.5 degrees of loft.
The NCAA Championship sites for 2014 and 2015 have been announced. Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kan., will host the 2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Championship, while Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club will host the 2014 women’s championship.
Rock Creek tops this list.
The Asia-Pacific Amateur will leave the Asian for the first time in 2014, and for good reason. The tournament, conducted by Augusta National Golf Club, the R&A and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, is headed to historic Royal Melbourne in Australia.
China’s Tianlang Guan, who turned 14 last week, shot 6-under 66 Thursday at Amata Spring Country Club to take the first-round lead at the Asia-Pacific Amateur. The tournament’s winner earns an invitation to the 2013 Masters.
Notebook: With the fall events taking on new importance for the 2013-14 season, the tournament at Disney is noticeably absent from the current schedule.
While Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott picked up first-round, 7-under 65s, it was the play of Phil Mickelson that captured the most attention on Thursday at the HSBC Champions.