Billy Casper Golf to manage Bay Creek Resort Club in Cape Charles Va

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2008, 5:00 pm

(VIENNA, Va.) ' Billy Casper Golf (BCG) has been selected to manage the two award-winning, signature golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer at Bay Creek Resort & Club near Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
At Bay Creek, BCG will direct all golf operations, including course maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse management (food and beverage, merchandising, special events), golf instruction, marketing, public relations and accounting.
Bay Creeks Nicklaus and Palmer layouts were both named among Golf Digests Top 10 Best New Upscale Public Courses (2006 and 2003, respectively). They are prominent within Bay Creeks 1,729-acre, master-planned community with wooded estates, marina homes and golf- course condominiums. Nine distinct villages are situated alongside the expansive golf courses, 110 acres of lakes, 63 acres of beachfront, and retail, dining and open space.
Billy Casper Golf operating Bay Creek will further establish the resort as a world-class destination for golfers and homebuyers, said Oral Lambert, CEO of Bay Creek. The company brings proven success, first-class customer service and sound business judgment.
In addition to his unwavering admiration for the Palmer Course, BCG Chairman and CEO Peter Hill is thoroughly impressed with Nicklaus only Signature Design in Virginia.
Bay Creeks two distinctive courses are in the upper echelon of the Billy Casper Golf portfolio, says Hill. By enhancing the already muscular golf and social offerings at Bay Creek, the resort is poised to be a crown jewel of the region.
Under four hours southeast of Washington, D.C. and two hours east of Richmond ' on a sliver of land at the southwestern corner of the Delmarva Peninsula ' Bay Creek is an easy weekend getaway year-round. In addition to championship golf, Bay Creek boasts enjoyable activities, including a deepwater marina, boutique shopping, exquisite dining, walking trails, beaches and the endless natural beauty of Virginias Eastern Shore.
With many holes along the Chesapeake Bay and Old Plantation Creek, both layouts are lauded as players courses, providing diverse challenges for all skill levels. At 7,204 yards, the Palmer Course spoils golfers with a calming seaside feel, natural sand dunes, five sets of tees and perfectly manicured fairways and greens. The 7,216-yard Nicklaus Course features the same impeccable landscaping and is characterized by large waste bunkers and more than 100 formal bunkers. Natural beauty ' with azaleas blooming, shell cart paths, sea breezes, gulls swooping and the rare bald eagle ' are a feast for the senses over all 36 holes.
Opened along with the Nicklaus course in 2006, the training facilities at Bay Creek provide a bevy of lesson programs from PGA-certified instructors at its state-of-the-art practice facility with a chipping and putting green, five target greens with bunkers and a full practice range.
The 19,000 square-foot clubhouse replicates a 19th century stable and houses the Bay Creek Golf Shop and Coach House Tavern. The Aqua Restaurant, located in the heart of Bay Creeks Marina Village, is a preferred destination for weddings and other social outings.
For more information about Bay Creek or to reserve a tee time:, 757.331.8620.
About Billy Casper Golf
Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, Billy Casper Golf was co-founded in 1989 by Robert Morris, Peter Hill and professional golf legend Billy Casper, the Masters and two-time U.S. Open winner who ranks seventh all-time with 51 PGA Tour wins. The company manages 100 golf courses in 23 states, the District of Columbia and Costa Rica. Combined with Buffalo Communications, the golf-lifestyle PR division of BCG, 24 of their courses were honored in the recent Golfweeks Americas Best state-by-state rankings.
For more information about Billy Casper Golf, visit or call 703.761.1444.

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Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

"Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

“An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

“I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

“Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.