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'Canadian Ninjas' To Compete on Altered Course Reality Golf Series

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 21:23 Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:40


Golf Channel recently announced a new reality competition series, Altered Course, that combines golf, speed, fitness, teamwork and decision-making as teams navigate re-imagined and extreme golf holes in excess of 700 yards, traversing the natural obstacles and challenging terrain as fast as possible.
Altered Course’s inaugural season will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. 
Slow play won’t be an issue on this fast-paced series that features two-person teams competing on extraordinary hole layouts exceeding 700 yards -- while racing against time.



Australian Golfer Bitten on Leg by Crocodile Says It’s His Fault for Hitting Ball in the Water

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:34 Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:22

John LahiffCanadian Press

BRISBANE, Australia (CP) — A golfer who was bitten on the leg by a crocodile while playing at an Australian tourist resort said Tuesday he was partly at fault for hitting his ball in the water and disturbing the aggressive reptile while it sunbaked.

John Lahiff, 75, had puncture wounds in his right calf after he was bitten by the 1.2-metre (4-foot) saltwater crocodile on Monday at the Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course in the tourist town of Port Douglas on Queensland state’s Great Barrier Reef, police said.

Lahiff told Australian Broadcasting Corp. from his Cairns Hospital bed that he had seen crocs on the course before and should have been more wary of them.

He was attacked after retrieving a ball from a water trap on the 11th hole.



Brad Faxon Receives 2015 Ouimet Award

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 06:13 Thursday, 16 April 2015 06:06

Brad FaxonBOSTON, Massachusetts — Rhode Island native Brad Faxon, winner of eight PGA TOUR events and considered one of the most charitable players in golf, was the guest speaker and honored with the 18th Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf at the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 65th annual banquet held April 13 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

“We are so thrilled to be able to honor New Englander Brad Faxon not only for his great playing record, but also for his tremendous charitable efforts. The Faxon family has had a special relationship with the Ouimet Fund, and this is a wonderful moment for us,” said Greg Gailius, Ouimet Fund President.



Putting The Squeeze On “The Squeeze” - Movie Review

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 08:53 Wednesday, 15 April 2015 08:37

by Jim Claggett


Movies about sports are difficult, both to make and sometimes to even watch.
Hollywood has tried for years to find the perfect balance between the drama needed to drive the story and the realism of the sport to make it believable.
The most recent entry into the competition is “The Squeeze”, a story about a young golfer with loads of talent and a need for money.



From the Fringe: Jordan Spieth Set for New York City Media Tour

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 04:15 Tuesday, 14 April 2015 04:12

Jordan SpiethAUGUSTA, Georgia (PGA TOUR) — Jordan Spieth made history. Now he’s set to make the rounds.

The 21-year-old Texan set several records on his way to winning his first Green Jacket, becoming the first wire-to-wire winner since Ray Floyd in 1976. Spieth had been the hottest player in the world leading into the season’s first major, having won once and not finishing worse than T2 in his three previous starts.



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