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Feb 16, 2016 | 10:19 am

Honourable Mixed Company?

It was inevitable—Scotland’s Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (Muirfield) has decided to take a postal vote on whether to admit female members. After years of debate, the matter has come to a head, in response to not so subtle pressure from the R&A which would like to continue bringing the Open Championship to Muirfield but in the 21st Century finds it increasingly indefensible to do so.

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Feb 15, 2016 | 06:09 am

Thanks, Pro

On April 10th of this year, the PGA of America celebrates its 100th birthday. The PGA—today one of the world’s largest sports organizations, representing 28,000 golf professionals—was founded in a New York City hotel as a way to help the first golf pros, most of whom had come over from Britain, elevate their status. In honor of the PGA’s Centennial, the organization recently began a 100-day celebration, which will include regular programming on Golf Channel highlighting the 41 PGA sections and many of its members. Also, May 4 has been named “PGA Instruction Day”: Six sites nationwide will host clinics featuring PGA pros, with Golf Channel turning each clinic into a live televised event. The PGA also wants anyone who wishes to pay tribute to a PGA pro who has helped improve their game and/or life to tell their story on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #thxpgapro. Find out how and check out others’ messages at the PGA’s website. If you love the game, there’s probably a PGA Pro who deserves your thanks. Here’s your chance.

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Feb 12, 2016 | 10:33 am

Baubles For Birdies

When she scored her first hole-in-one, Lynelle Wagner was given a necklace. That inspired her to create a line of golf-themed women’s jewelry aimed at a “more sophisticated palate.” Wagner—who also is president of the women’s golf organization at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles—teamed with Mario Jewelers of Beverly Hills and their first five collections are now available. Among the pieces are cocktail rings featuring colorful stones, 18-karat-gold bracelets with diamond-studded charms, intricately detailed earrings, as well as charms, rings, and earrings in club, ball, and other golf-relevant designs. For more dedicated players, there are pieces like the 80, 90, and 100 charms shown above, which commemorate key moments such as shooting low scores and making birdies. Prices range from $500 to $5,000, with more information and pieces on view at the website. Remember, it's almost Valentine's Day...

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Feb 11, 2016 | 09:41 am

Success Depends Upon Previous Preparation…

The US has won one of the last seven Ryder Cups and 2016 Captain Davis Love III doesn’t want to leave his post making it one win in the last eight. The US Captain is hoping better preparation will aid in the battle eight months from now at Hazeltine. "We're going to have a dinner during the week of Honda, and then we'll probably have two or three more," Love said Wednesday according to the Associated Press. "So I'm going to be a little bit more focused this time on the start, work my way through the points list and make sure that we've got everybody covered — not wait until the Memorial Tournament when we have a clothes fitting to talk to the guys for the first time." The three-month head start will provide an opportunity for the team to bond, according to Love. We will see if the previous preparation leads the US team to success come the end of September when the best players from the US and Europe clash in Minnesota. 

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