Golf Channel's Morning Drive to Feature 'Water Week', Nov. 9-15, Focusing on Water Conservation in Golf

By Golf Channel Public RelationsNovember 9, 2015, 3:35 pm

Featuring a Two-Part Roundtable Discussion with Industry Experts on Water Conservation

Golf Channel is celebrating ‘Water Week,’ which begins today, and will focus on golf course water conservation and best practices for courses to combat obstacles they are facing with respect to water consumption. The network’s daily news and lifestyle program, Morning Drive, throughout the week (7-9 a.m. ET) will invite industry experts to weigh in on the subject; dedicate features on courses on the forefront of battling the issue; and showcase a two-part roundtable discussion which will outline the biggest determinants contributing to the issue, as well as highlight the potential solutions for long-term stability and sustainability. And on Thursday, NGCOA CEO Jay Karen will make an appearance to discuss the issue as it related to golf course operators and superintendents.

Schedule of Guests:

Monday, Nov. 8 – Golf course design and architecture author Geoff Shackelford will raise concerns about the water issues facing golf course operators and superintendents in California.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Part I of a roundtable discussion on the biggest issues facing golf courses when it comes to water consumption. Panelists are among some of the game’s leading experts on the issue, including: Bob Farren, Director of Grounds and Golf Course Maintenance, Pinehurst Resort; Craig Kessler, Director of Governmental Affairs at Southern California Golf Association; Jim Moore, Director of the USGA Green Section Education Program; and Dana Lonn, Managing Director, Center for Advanced Turf Technology, The Toro Company.

Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Rhett Evans, CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) will consider the pressure on superintendents of balancing water conservation efforts with high expectations from golfers for immaculate playing conditions.

Thursday, Nov. 11 – Steve Symers, Vice President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) will weigh in on water conservation from a course designer perspective, and discuss how new courses are being designed with water conservation in mind. NGCOA CEO Jay Karen also will join to discuss how the issue is affecting golf course operators and superintendents.

Friday, Nov. 12 – John Ashworth, founder of Linksoul golf apparel will bring to light a separate project he became involved in, at Goat Hill Park, a golf course along the coast of Southern California which was on the verge of extinction before Ashworth organized a rally around it.

Saturday, Nov. 13 – Part II of the industry expert roundtable discussion will center around golf course water conservation best practices, and ways to reduce water consumption.

Features Schedule:

Wednesday, Nov. 10 Pinehurst Resort: A look at Pinehurst No. 2, site of the 2014 U.S. Open in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, and how the decision to restore the course to its original design meant moving away from the mindset that it had to look green and lush to be considered a pristine venue suitable for a major championship.  

Thursday, Nov. 11 Pasatiempo Golf Club: Examining a model example of golf course water conservation after Pasatiempo received a mandated water restriction put in place by the city of Santa Cruz, Calif. In response, the Club developed an aggressive renovation plan to restore irrigated turf with native grasses and installed a sprinkler system which contributed to a reduction of 20 million gallons of water used in a given year, and a savings of $100,000 in annual maintenance costs.

Friday, Nov. 12 – Goat Hill Park: The story of an 18-hole municipal golf course north of San Diego which was in complete disrepair, on the verge of extinction and close to being sold before Ashworth stepped in to help salvage the public park and restore it while conserving water by focusing on turf reduction, focusing on water efficiency, transitioning to a drought tolerant grass, and establishing a plan with the city to implement reclaimed water.

Saturday, Nov. 13 – Poppy Hills Golf Course: On the forefront of golf course water conservationism and long-term sustainability, Poppy Hills has developed a technology-driven system – with the help of The Toro Company – along with an irrigation redesign, a grass that requires minimal water, and a commitment to the using of reclaimed water to provide a consistent playability for golfers while establishing a systematic approach to saving water.

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”