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From the Fringe: Think Mini Golf Looks Easy? Try Making Money at It as a Pro

Last Updated on Monday, 09 May 2016 05:01 Monday, 09 May 2016 04:30

Matt MaleCanadian Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Mitch Stacy/AP) — Professional miniature-golf player Matt Male has already heard all the wisecracks about the windmills, pirate ships and waterfall hazards. So just save it.

Male knows the jesting comes with the territory, and he’s a pretty good sport about it. Earning esteem — and money — as an elite player in a sport many people don’t regard as a real sport isn’t an easy thing.

“I guarantee that when they join us for a round, they will respect the skill involved in being able to do it consistently,” the 31-year-old Male says of the critics.



WestJet and Canadian Pacific Honour Moms

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 03:43 Wednesday, 04 May 2016 03:39

Brooke Henderson with mom DarleneCALGARY, Alberta — WestJet and Canadian Pacific revealed a mother’s day video celebrating Canadian golf idols, Lorie Kane and Brooke Henderson, and the love they have for their mothers. Journey to the LPGA: #LoveMom witnesses the unconditional love between mother and daughter and inspires the golfers to thank and recognize the one person who’s been with them every step of the way to the top – mom.



CBS Special on PGA Professionals and Their Impact to Air on May 7

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 03:36 Wednesday, 04 May 2016 03:21

Cameron DoanPALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (The PGA of America) — Recognized as the leaders in the game of golf, PGA Professionals also build lifetime relationships with their students.

CBS Sports – in celebration of the PGA of America’s Centennial and its #ThxPGAPro campaign – presents “Golf’s Best Stories End in Thanks,” an hour-long special, narrated by Bill Macatee, which introduces viewers to PGA Professionals nationwide and the profound impact they have made in their students’ lives.

The program will air on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET on CBS, prior to third-round coverage of the Wells Fargo Championship.



NBC and Golf Channel Facing a Busy Summer of Golf

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:43 Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:19

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(Doug Ferguson/AP) — The summer schedule for NBC and Golf Channel is not finalized, though this much is clear: There won’t be another summer like this one from the number of big events to two premier tournaments that the networks have never broadcast.

“We’re fortunate enough to have a deep, talented bench,” said Mike McCarley, president of Golf for NBC Sports Group. “We’ve got a 12-week stretch of The Open Championship, the Olympics, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup. It will be the busiest time we’ve ever had.”



DeLaet Getting Ready for Busy Summer Leading up to Rio

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 09:14 Thursday, 28 April 2016 09:10

Graham DeLaetCanadian Press

(Adam Stanley/The Canadian Press) — Graham DeLaet’s beard care routine is nearly as precise as his pre-shot routine these days, as the 34-year-old golfer’s facial hair has quickly become the talk of the PGA Tour.

“I trim it every day pretty much,” said DeLaet from his home in Arizona. “I shampoo and condition, and I have oils and leave-in conditioner.”

Although the golf course isn’t exactly ideal conditions for DeLaet’s bristly beard – “It gets blown around a lot,” he said – there’s no chance he’s getting rid of it any time soon.

That could make Canada’s highest-ranked male golfer one of the more recognizable athletes at the upcoming Rio Olympics. DeLaet is in the midst of a two-week break before he gets ready for a “hectic” summer that includes a likely appearance representing Canada in Rio, where golf makes its Olympic return for the first time since 1904.



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