May 30, 2013 | 08:40 AM

Jack’s Grow-the-Game Initiative

To coincide with this week's Memorial Tournament, the new Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues (JNLL), in conjunction with SNAG (Starting New at Golf), will be introduced at select park and recreation facilities in the Golden Bear’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio, as well as in New York, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles. JNLL marks the first time golf will be made available to youngsters as a team sport through local parks and recreation centers, providing a golf learning experience for children ages 5 through 12 in a safe, affordable, accessible environment. Nicklaus believes that with SNAG’s modified equipment and support, plus the active participation of the National Recreation and Park Association, golf can have a competitive footing with soccer, basketball, football, and other team sports. “If golf is not part of the sports introduced and available to them at their local park and recreation facilities, (kids) will play other sports and not golf,” Nicklaus said. “We need to get golf in their local parks and have them play our sport, and I think the team concept is the way to do it."

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May 29, 2013 | 03:59 PM

Tailor Made Victories

Colonial When Boo Weekley won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Ft. Worth on Sunday, he completed a plaid hat trick. It’s doubtful he’s worn the jackets from his back-to-back wins at the RBC Heritage in 2007–08 outside his own living room (although you never know with Boo), so it’s safe to say he didn’t need a third, but there are subtle differences between the two as you can in the photos. Although both are tartans from the royal House of Stewart (Queen Elizabeth II’s personal pattern) and produced by Kinloch Anderson of Scotland, there are subtle striping and color variations between the two. Heritage organizers removed one yellow bar from the cloth (right) to make it unique to the Hilton Head Island, S.C., tournament. The Colonial is the longest-running PGA Tour event at the same course and its sartorial trophy tradition began in 1952, predating the Heritage by 17 years. Heritage
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May 29, 2013 | 09:38 AM

When Tiger Was Just a Cub

For today's Buzz item, we go to the LINKS vault for some early Tiger Woods' commercials that our guess is you haven't seen in some time. Called "Golf's Not Hard," the late-'90s Nike spots show a carefree Woods who seemed more at ease with himself. They also show what a darn good pitchman he is as he illustrates how to "hit a 300-yard bunker shot," "how to simplify your swing," and "how to use the gallery as a swing aid." Maybe Nike should revive the series with new ones.

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May 28, 2013 | 08:52 AM

Best Feet Forward

Golf architect Tom Doak has walked a few courses in his life, but on July 4 he’ll attempt to walk—and play—six of them in one day. Doak is the latest to sign up for the 100 Hole Hike, a global network of golf marathons organized to raise money for a variety of good causes. He’s made a wise choice for his debut—St. Andrews—both because it will bring him back to the place where he nurtured his love of golf architecture and because there are few flatter, easier-to-walk courses than those of the Auld Grey Toon. Doak's trek will begin at the Old Course at dawn, proceed through the New, Jubilee, Eden, Strathtyrum, and nine-hole Balgove courses, and conclude with a return to the first tee of the Old for hole number 100. Similar hikes are scheduled this summer at two dozen sites around the U.S. including Pinehurst and Medinah. Think you do it? Contact founder Jim Colton (who once walked 155 miles in one day) at

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