Jan 09, 2014 | 06:08 AM

Storms Soak Ireland

While much of the U.S. is battling blizzard conditions and record-low temperatures, weather across the Atlantic has been fierce, as well, with a number of well-known golf courses suffering as a result. The west coast of Ireland was ravaged by massive storms at the end of last week and over the weekend, causing extensive erosion to County Sligo Golf Club (also known as Rosses Point; that’s the 17th hole, above, showing the new erosion) and flooding parts of Lahinch Golf Club and Ballybunion. According to Irish Golf Desk, a website, Sligo’s Facebook page posted the following message to the local government: “Terrible night of erosion last night, we really need Sligo County Council to sit up and take notice otherwise there will be no dunes left. No dunes no golf course no tourists no jobs!” Erosion also affected the town of Lahinch, with substantial damage to coastal fencing, opening the way for further problems.

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Jan 08, 2014 | 11:34 AM

This Just In


Golf Channel’s new Golf Central anchor, Lisa Cornwell, is the second cousin of President Bill Clinton (they share great grandparents) and has played about 200 rounds with him, which translates into close to 3,000 mulligans. Although being a relative of Clinton’s certainly didn’t hurt when it came to landing her new job, Cornwell has got real bona fides when it comes to golf and broadcasting. A three-time All-American junior golfer, she is a four-time Arkansas Women’s State Amateur Champion (winning her first at a record age of 14), the 1992 Arkansas Female Athlete of the Year, and has won more than 30-plus tournaments nationwide during her playing years, which included collegiate golf at Southern Methodist University and the University of Arkansas. After starting her broadcast career in local TV, she served as a studio host, reporter, and play-by-play announcer for the Big Ten Network. Most recently, she founded and hosted a syndicated college football show, “SEC Press Pass.”

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Jan 07, 2014 | 11:49 AM

Measuring Up

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club may not yet be ready to admit women members, but they are at least showing signs of moving into the 21st Century. This week the club agreed to allow the use of electronic distance-measuring devices for all R&A club competitions (i.e. monthly medals, inter-club matches). This comes eight years after the R&A and USGA jointly agreed that any club in the world could, in its sole discretion, inovke a local rule permitting use of the devices. So eight years after the St. Andrews moguls declared rangefinders okay for the anyone, they decided they were good enough for St Andrews. Go figure.

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Jan 06, 2014 | 06:23 AM

Season Of The Switch

The new year is the time for new contracts between top players and equipment companies. It was almost exactly a year ago that Rory McIlroy became a member of the Nike family; then he spent the rest of 2013 being asked if the new clubs and ball were responsible for his inconsistent play. He finally got his first win of the year in early December at the Australian Open: It will be interesting to see if getting over that psychological hurdle—plus his recently announced engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki—ignites another fantastic year like he had in 2012. Meanwhile, a number of other top golfers recently switched gear and may attract Rory-like scrutiny: Last year’s big winner, Henrik Stenson, has signed to play Callaway (that’s his Twitter photo above, taken at home in Sweden), as have Harris English and—reportedly but not yet confirmed—teenaged LPGA sensation Lydia Ko. Ernie Els is now playing clubs from Adams, while Trevor Immelman is in the TaylorMade stable. While The Buzz might not put all those changers under the microscope, we’re sure someone else will—and let us know just how well, or not, they do.

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