School of Golf to debut in September on GC
School of Golf: Hilton Head Island will be a real-life series that will follow the lives of young men and women who live and learn at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Hilton Head, S.C., a place where talented young golfers try to balance the demands of golf competition at the highest level with the normal stresses of teen life, including academics.
The students at Hank Haney IJGA all have tremendous stories to tell, and are great stories themselves, said Jay Kossoff, GOLF CHANNEL executive producer of Original Productions. Theyre passionate about why they are there, and they take very seriously the concept of trying to become world class athletes. Sometimes, we almost forget that theyre still young and trying to figure out who they are.
Hank Haney, swing coach for Tiger Woods, is the academys director of instruction, and the series will showcase how Haney and his team make huge improvements in the technical and mental aspects of the students games.
When GOLF CHANNELs cameras start capturing these talented young men and women on film, I believe viewers will be as impressed with them as I am, said Haney. Its really a privilege to work with the golf stars of tomorrow at the IJGA.
Hank Haney IJGA has granted show producers complete access to real-life ups and downs faced by teenagers from all over the world who have chosen to live at the academy to pursue their dreams. Balancing good grades and good golf can be an extreme challenge for the teenagers who are impressionable, eager to be popular while away from home for the first time.
Ray Travaglione, founder and chief executive officer of the Hank Haney IJGA, said he was thrilled to partner with the GOLF CHANNEL in this endeavor. The series will showcase the passion of the outstanding student-athletes who attend the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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.