Las Vegas tournament fun: Walters Golf offers three cool events

By Travel ArticlesMarch 21, 2012, 4:00 am

LAS VEGAS -- There's golf and then there's tournament golf, and Walters Golf in Las Vegas has some intriguing events coming up for every kind of player and mood.

The Walters Golf Signature Tournaments start this Memorial Day weekend with a two-day ParAm event, continues on Father's Day with a two-person tourney and concludes with a British Open celebration event at Royal Links Golf Club. The new events build on the success of some previous tournaments, including a successful Par-Am event last winter.

'Due to the overwhelming success of our recent tournament and the suggestions of the players, we have created two new tournaments and added an extra Par-Am event -- all of which are extremely affordable, exciting and provide tons of extra value for the players,' said Josh Hill, director of marketing for Walters Golf.

Memorial Day Par-Am

The Memorial Day Par-Am (May 26-28) is now a two-day event instead of one day. Guests get to stay at the MGM Grand Resort and play two rounds of golf at Royal Links Golf Club. The best part, perhaps, is that each team gets a special caddie called a Parmate, which differ from regular caddies in several significant ways, not the least of which is appearance. These beautiful women keep the mood light and the golf festive, plus they provide the usual services of yardage, keeping the clubs clean and generally helping the players get around the course.

Cost is $549 per player ($349 without accommodations), and it includes two nights at the MGM Grand Resort on the Las Vegas Strip, the services of a Parmate for each foursome on each day of golf, transportation to and from Royal Links every day, a barbecue lunch prior to the tournament, drink vouchers, group photo, welcome gifts, prizes, reception after the tournament, and VIP entrance to Wet Republic at the MGM after golf.

For more information or to register, click here.

'The courses are in the best condition of the year, and the weather will be great in May for the Par-Am event,' Hill said.

A great way to spend Father's Day

The Father's Day Weekend Las Vegas Men's 2-Person Shootout is a really cool event. It's a two-person scramble set for the weekend of June 16-17 at Royal Links and Desert Pines Golf Club, the same time as the U.S. Open.

The cost is only $219 per team, and it includes complimentary club rentals, lunch at Desert Pines during the final round, tournament prizes and discounted rates on Las Vegas resort accommodations.

To register for the Father's Day tourney or for more information, click here.

Experiencing the British Open at Royal Links

And if you like the British Open, then the first Royal Open is your event. The Royal Open will take place at Royal Links Golf Club the weekend of July 21-22, coinciding with the third and fourth rounds of this year's British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

Participants will be able to experience the feel of the Open through holes that are reminiscent of holes from the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie, Turnberry, Prestwick and Royal Lytham, among others.

The tournament also includes three nights at the MGM Grand resort, Callaway Razr X rental clubs for those who need them, a welcome gift, barbecue lunch on the final days and complimentary caddies. Players will be announced on the first and 10th tees.

Entry fee is $399 per person based on double occupancy, or if you don't need accommodations, it's $249. The field is limited to the first 144 players.

For more information on the Royal Open, click here.

'What's unique about the Walters Golf Signature Tournaments is that you're playing against players from all over the country, providing great business networking opportunities for the participants,' Hill said.

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Watch that time Tiger throttled Ames, 9 and 8

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 4:54 pm

Nine and eight. Three words that live in golf lore. Just say them and any golf fan can tell you what they mean.

In the 2006 WGC-Match Play, Tiger Woods faced Stephen Ames in the opening round. Ames, when asked prior to the event about his chance of winning, infamously said, "Anything can happen, especially where he's hitting it."

What happened on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at La Coasta Resort & Spa, was the most lopsided result in tournament history: 9 and 8 Check out the highlights below:

After his win, Woods was asked if Ames' comment had motivated him. Woods replied, "9 and 8."

Woods eventually lost, 1 up, to Chad Campbell in the third round. He then won his next start at Doral and went on to finish the season with six consecutive Tour wins, including The Open and PGA. He also won his first start in 2007 to make it seven consecutive Tour titles.

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Schedule change, caddie change for Casey at Match Play

By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 4:12 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Paul Casey originally planned to skip the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, opting for two weeks off before the Masters.

Those plans changed when he removed the Arnold Palmer Invitational from his schedule and returned home to England last week to attend the funeral of a family friend. That adjustment also prompted a caddie change this week, with Scott Vail stepping in for the Englishman’s normal caddie, John McLaren.

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“We looked at tickets and it just didn't make sense for Johnny to fly back. We try and base our schedule around playing the best golf possible, but also having quality family time,” Casey said on Tuesday at Austin Country Club. “For Johnny to break up a nice three-week break with his family, there was no point to ruining that.”

This isn’t the first time Casey, who won the Valspar Championship two weeks ago, has needed a replacement caddie. At last year’s Travelers Championship, McLaren took a similar break and was replaced on the bag by Shannon Wallace. Although it’s not uncommon for caddies to take a week off, McLaren does have one stipulation.

“The only rule we have is that if Johnny is not going to work, he picks my caddie. So he picked the caddie,” said Casey, who is 20-12-1 in 12 starts at the Match Play and has advanced to the championship match twice.

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Westchester selected to host 2021 U.S. Women's Am

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 3:20 pm

The USGA announced Tuesday that Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., has been selected to host the 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur. The tournament will be held Aug. 2-8, 2021.

The club's West Course first hosted the event in 1923, and it boasts a storied history of professional tournaments as well. The PGA Tour hosted the Westchester Classic, later known as the Buick Classic and eventually The Barclays, at Westchester from 1967-2007, including the first-ever FedExCup playoff event, won by Steve Stricker in 2007.

The course was also the site of the 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, won by Fred Couples, and the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, won by Inbee Park.

"The USGA is thrilled to bring the U.S. Women's Amateur to Westchester Country Club for the second time," Stuart Francis, USGA championship committee chairman, said in a release. "One of the USGA's three oldest championships, the Women's Amateur consistently identifies the world's top female players, and we are confident Westchester will provide the ultimate test for the championship's 121st playing."

First held in 1895, the Women's Amateur is open to players with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 5.4. Sophia Schubert won last year's event at San Diego Country Club, while this year's tournament will be held at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs.

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Stock Watch: Park rises again, under the radar

By Ryan LavnerMarch 20, 2018, 12:48 pm

Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


Rory (+10%): The massive drives, the fist pumps, the unmistakable strut – McIlroy finally found the spark that he needed to play confident, aggressive golf. Bring on Augusta and his shot at history.

Tiger (+7%): It was another forgettable end to a final round, but let’s not lose sight of the big picture: Five events into his comeback, Woods has now carded 10 consecutive rounds of par or better – all on tough tracks – and can be viewed as a legitimate threat at the Masters. Remarkable, really.

Inbee Park (+5%): Fighting injuries and questioning whether she should retire, the Queen ‘Bee routed a top field in just her second start back. Stud.

Bryson (+3%): When The Machine operates properly, he’s one of the best ball-strikers in the world. Yes, he’s still painfully slow, but there’s no denying his talent – his runner-up against a star-studded field should help him tremendously.

Laura Davies (+2%): Fifty-four years old and nursing an Achilles injury, she turned back the clock with one of the coolest performances of the young season, on any tour. She’s still got tons of game.


Henrik Stenson (-1%): Maybe he’s just destined to go winless at Bay Hill. In the past four years, he’s had three excellent chances to win there and came away empty-handed each time.

Rickie (-2%): Hanging near the lead, Fowler closed his third round bogey-double, then shot 74 in the final round to drop out of the top 10. Sigh.  

P-Reed (-3%): His whiny protest to a rules official about a free drop – “I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth” – got even juicier when the Ryder Cup partners were drawn in the same group at the Match Play. Get your popcorn ready.

Ted Potter Jr. (-5%): His impressive victory at Pebble Beach over DJ, Phil and J-Day is looking more and more like a fluke each week. He’s now missed four consecutive cuts.

Fan behavior (-7%): Another week, another player complaining about increasingly hostile spectators. The Tour has (frustratingly) remained quiet on the issue, but the tipping point will come when one of these dopes affects the outcome on the 72nd hole.