Kuchar to Headline TGCs Canadian Tour Coverage
The four-round telecast of the Myrtle Beach Open, Feb. 22-25, will mark two firsts: the first Canadian Tour event ever produced and telecast by an American television network, and the first time the home viewer will be offered a peek beyond the TV screen into the psyche of a player as he's making critical decisions navigating the course.
Four pros will compete in each tournament specially fitted with a TGC microphone. Headlining the group will be rookie professional Matt Kuchar, the Georgia Tech star who made his mark in the 1998 Masters and U.S. Open, who will play in two of the four tournaments on TGC.
Throughout the course of each round, viewers actually will be able to get inside the head of each player as he attempts to conquer the course. At steps along the way, they will communicate to the TGC audience about their views on hole set-up, shot and club selection, and strategy.
The Myrtle Beach Open begins a 10-year agreement with The Golf Channel that will see the Canadian Tour stage in the United States a minimum of four events in 2001 and six tournaments in subsequent years through 2010.
It was announced in November that Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., would serve as the location for the tour's 2001 winter qualifying school and inaugural four-event winter season. The championship courses at Barefoot Resort include designs by legendary golf course architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye and current PGA Tour stars Greg Norman and Davis Love III.
Other events include the Barefoot Classic, March 1-4; South Carolina Challenge, March 8-11; and CanAm Days Championship, March 15-18.
Commentator Grant Boone will be joined by analyst Mark Lye for the Canadian Tour telecasts on TGC. Kraig Kann, Jerry Foltz and Canadian Bryan DeCorso will serve as on-course reporters.
MATT KUCHAR -- After winning the 1997 U.S. Amateur, Matt Kuchar further made headlines in the world of golf in 1998 by finishing tied for 21st at the Masters and tied for 14th at the U.S. Open. Instead of turning pro in '98, Kuchar decided to return to Georgia Tech for his final two years of school. After graduation, he took a job with an investment banking firm in Florida, while pondering his decision about turning pro. He recently hired instructor Rick Smith, and joined Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., whose members include Greg Norman, Nick Price and Jesper Parnevik.
JERRY FOLTZ -- A professional golfer since 1986, Foltz's career accomplishments include his victory at the 1995 Buy.Com South Carolina Classic, a win at the 1994 Taco Bell Newport Classic, and second-place finishes at the 1991 Pensacola and Elizabethtown Opens. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he was an All PAC-10 selection in 1985 and winner of the 1989 Arizona Amateur Championship. Foltz also serves as a TGC on-course reporter for PGA and Buy.Com Tour events.
JAMIE NEHER -- A native of Massachusetts and currently residing in Tequesta, Fla., Jamie Neher turned professional in 1997 after graduating from the University of Tennessee, where he earned 1st team All-SEC honors in 1994 and '95. He is a three-time winner on the South Florida Tour and recently earned playing privileges on the 2001 Buy.Com Tour.
TAKEAKI KOYAMA -- A native of Tokyo, Japan, Takeaki Koyama turned professional in 1984, and has since competed on various tours around the world. He garnered 14 wins between 1998 and 2000 on the mini-tour circuit, including the North Florida PGA Winter Tour - where he was the leading money winner - and the Challenge Tour of Asia. Koyama also is a Golf Channel color commentator for its Japanese feed.
GRAHAM DAVIDSON -- A native of Scotland, Graham Davidson turned professional in 1997 after a decorated collegiate career at Mississippi State University, where he captained the university's SEC championship team and was inducted into the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He also earned SEC Player of the Year and SEC Stroke Average Leader in 1996, as well as All-America honors in '95 and '96. Davidson played the Golden Bear Tour from 1997-2000, on which he celebrated two victories. His career was recently highlighted when he was matched with Greg Norman, Vijay Singh and Nick Faldo in practice rounds at the 2000 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach.
STEVE SCOTT -- Newly turned professional in September 2000, Steve Scott finished his collegiate career at the University of Florida with three individual collegiate championships, three NCAA All-America honors and a 1999 SEC Player of the Year award. Scott also competed on two Walker Cup teams, won the1999 Western Amateur Champion and took Tiger Woods to extra holes in the 1996 U.S. Amateur. He also competed in the 1997 Masters and 1997 U.S. Open Championship.
TIM CONLEY -- A former Canadian Tour member - and a veteran of the PGA and Buy.Com Tours - since turning pro in 1981, Tim Conley celebrated a career-best fifth finish at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 1998. He celebrated two victories on the Buy.Com Tour, including the 1993 Knoxville Open and the 1996 Gateway Classic; and finished 88th on the money list in 1999. He played the PGA European Tour in 1996 and won the Bermuda Open in 1989. A native of Ohio, Conley currently resides in Gainesville, Ga.
ROBERT FLOYD -- Son of veteran Raymond Floyd, Robert Floyd turned professional in the summer of 1997 after garnering collegiate honors at the University of Florida, including a two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection and winner of three collegiate events. He also finished runner-up in the 1995 Western Amateur, where he beat Tiger Woods 2-Up in the semifinals. Most recently, Robert and Raymond won the 2000 Office Depot Father-Son Challenge.
CHARLES RAULERSON -- Hailing from Jacksonville, Fla., Raulerson has garnered success competing on several tours. He placed eleventh at the 2000 Shell Houston Open and finished seventh on the Buy.Com Tour money list in 1998, with victories that year at the Nike Oregon Classic and the Inland Empire Open. He captured European Challenge Tour titles at the 1992 South France Open and 1993 Gortex Classic in Scotland. Raulerson attended Clemson University and Louisiana State University.
Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage
Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.
Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.
Swipe to see what’s up in my world. It’s long-winded.... short version, we lost the baby. Had to share this since we had shared the news already. I know you’re all so supportive and kind. I just couldn’t face it before. Now let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. #ihavealotoffeelings #andphotostocatchupon
“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”
The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.
“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia
This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.
The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.
Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.
The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.
A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.
And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.
Green jacket tour
Man of the people
Ace at 17th at Sawgrass
Departure from TaylorMade
Squashed beef with Paddy
Victory at Valderrama
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates:
No. 4: Dec. 13
No. 3: Dec. 14
No. 2: Dec. 15
No. 1: Dec. 18
Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf
Well, this is a one new one.
According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:
“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”
Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.
“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.
The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.
“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”
The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.
Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.
Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.