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From the Fairway: PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 19:40 Monday, 28 July 2014 19:34

14.07.29-Pick-the-HoleFor the second consecutive year, golf fans will decide the hole location for the final round of a major championship through the "PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus Presented by Samsung."

After a popular debut in 2013, Nicklaus collaborated again with PGA Chief Championships Officer Kerry Haigh to select the 508-yard, par-4 16th hole at Jack Nicklaus-designed Valhalla Golf Club, based on the unique challenge it will present the field. No. 16, a slight dogleg right, has proven to be one of the most difficult holes at Valhalla. It's also where Tiger Woods made a dramatic birdie putt on the first hole of a three-hole playoff victory over Bob May in the 2000 PGA Championship.

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From the Fairway: It’s Crunch Time for the Ryder Cup

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 19:19 Tuesday, 22 July 2014 19:08

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Canadian Press

HOYLAKE, England (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The end of the British Open means the Ryder Cup is getting closer, and there are a couple of regulars still not in the team.

That starts with Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

They both have two tournaments remaining before qualifying ends at the PGA Championship. The top nine earn automatic spots on the U.S. team that goes to Scotland at the end of September to try to win back the cup.

Tom Watson has three captain's picks.

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Golding’s Girls Experience the Sweet Spot of Life, One Swing at a Time

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 July 2014 21:40 Saturday, 05 July 2014 19:27

Gayle Moss (www.golfgal-blog.com)

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Sixty years ago a priest in Southern Ontario gave a set of sawed-off hickory golf clubs to a tiny 5-year old girl who wanted to play golf.
 
Little did he know what an impact that gift would have on her life and that of thousands of young girls in some of the most poverty-stricken regions of Africa.
 
Little Ginny Golding fell in love with the game and went on to become the first female member of the PGA of British Columbia.
 
She is a pioneer for women’s golf in B.C. and the poster child for players who are committed to giving back through golf.

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From the Fairway: Up to 85 Possible Graves Discovered in Golf Course

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 17:11 Tuesday, 27 May 2014 17:06

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Canadian Press

ATLANTA, Georgia — Orange flags have been placed on a golf course in Atlanta's Chastain Park to mark the sites of dozens of possible unmarked graves.

Chastain Park Conservancy Operations Director Ray Mock said he always suspected there were graves somewhere in the park, and then he discovered an old map showing a cemetery.

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From The Fairway: Growing The Game Of Golf One Club At A Time

Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 23:10 Monday, 26 May 2014 22:35

by Gayle Moss (www.golfgal.ca)
 

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During my most recent golf getaway to Maui, I played my favourite sport every day at my favourite golf resort on the island – Ka’anapali Resort.  
 
People often ask me, why Ka’anapali when there are so many great courses on the island? And my answer is always the same, “I’ve been playing golf on Maui since 2007.
 
Except for two smaller venues on the east coast, I’ve played every course on the island many times including two on Lana’i.  
 
I’ve even played courses that don’t exist anymore. And although most of these courses are worth the price of admission, they lack something that greets me every time I get out of my car at the bag drop at Ka’anapali – the Aloha Spirit that lives within the people who work there.”
 
Let me introduce you to just one of them – PGA Director of Instruction, David Havens.

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