Arnold Palmer opens NC State golf course

By Associated PressJuly 31, 2009, 4:00 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. – Arnold Palmer sent a wedge shot about 50 yards down the driving range Friday to open the golf course he designed at North Carolina State.
 
Palmer’s appearance marked the opening of the $12 million Lonnie Poole Golf Course, a par-71 layout on N.C. State’s campus that measures 7,358 yards.
 
“Only time will make it much, much better,” Palmer said. “With the maturity of the grasses and the things that are happening with the greens, I can’t tell you how good they are.”
Arnold Palmer, who played golf at Wake Forest, thinks the new course is good for the entire state of North Carolina.(Getty Images)

 
Palmer said he wasn’t surprised by the greens, adding, “They’ve come to where we think they should be.”
 
The course offers views of Raleigh’s skyline and is the first built inside the city’s Interstate 440 beltline since 1948. It will be used by the school’s turfgrass program and the Wolfpack’s men’s and women’s golf teams.
 
“What I would hope is (that) everybody recognizes what this means for the university,” Chancellor Jim Woodward said. “This is a tremendous asset for N.C. State but maybe even more importantly, a tremendous asset for this state and region.”
 
The opening marked the start of a busy few weeks for the course, which in two weeks will play host to the V Foundation’s annual celebrity tournament – one of the marquee events for the cancer-research group that bears former N.C. State basketball coach Jim Valvano’s nickname.
 
The event, which was held the last two years at Pinehurst after 13 years at a suburban Raleigh course, reunites N.C. State and the name of the coach who led the Wolfpack to an unlikely national title in 1983.
 
“I get goosebumps coming back to N.C. State, having the tournament in Jim’s name at State,” said Nick Valvano, the coach’s brother and the foundation’s chief executive. “This man’s name (Palmer) is a cherry on top of the whole thing.”
 
The 79-year-old Palmer flashed his trademark charisma.
 
Palmer played college golf at Wake Forest in the 1940s and 1950s, when the school called the city of Wake Forest home before it was moved across the state to Winston-Salem. Jokingly stoking the rivalry between the schools, he feigned reluctance before pressing his middle and ring fingers together with his thumb, forming the Wolfpack’s hand gesture.
 
“In this day and age, to have what North Carolina State will have in this golf course is something that is starting to spread,” Palmer said. “It’s so nice to see this happening here in Raleigh and for the university. You can’t take a thing away from what has been built out there. … From the standpoint of an architect, I’m very pleased and proud of what’s happened here.”
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm