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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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.

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Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."


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Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."

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Rahm (62) shoots career low round at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 10:33 pm

After a banner year in 2017, Jon Rahm found a way to add yet another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Rahm got off to a fast start at La Quinta Country Club, playing his first seven holes in 6 under en route to a 10-under 62. The score marked his career low on the PGA Tour by two shots and gave him an early lead in an event that utilizes a three-course rotation.

La Quinta was the site of Adam Hadwin's 59 during last year's event, and Rahm knew full well that a quick start opened the door to a memorably low score.

"Any time you have that going for you, you get thoughts come in your head, 60, maybe 59," Rahm told reporters. "I knew that if I kept playing good I was going to have more birdie opportunities, and I tried not to get ahead of myself and I was able to do it."

Rahm birdied his first two holes before an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole sparked him to an outward 30. He added four more birdies on the inward half without dropping a shot.

The Spaniard is the highest-ranked player in the field this week, and while many players opted for a two-week stint in Hawaii he instead came home for some practice after opening the new year with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That decision appears to have paid some early dividends as Rahm gets set to defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Low scores were plentiful on all three courses during the opening round, and Rahm remained pleased with his effort even though he fell short of matching Hadwin's sub-60 score from a year ago.

"That's golf. You're not going to make every single putt, you're not going to hit every shot perfect," he said. "Overall, you've got to look at the bigger picture. I birdied the last hole, had a couple of great sand saves coming in, shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for."