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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.



From the Fringe: Man Charged with Running Down Golfer with Golf Cart

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 08:38 Thursday, 28 April 2016 08:30

Richard PondsCanadian Press

DENVER, Colorado (AP) — A 57-year-old man accused of running down a golfer with a golf cart has been charged with assault.

Richard Ponds is accused of second-degree assault by Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey. There was no attorney listed for Ponds in court files.



From the Fringe: ‘Faces of Golf’ Sculpture on Display at PGA National Resort & Spa

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 08:28 Tuesday, 26 April 2016 08:15

PGA National Resort & SpaPALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida — PGA National Resort & Spa announces it recently placed a renowned “Faces of Golf” sculpture on display.

It was created by acclaimed British-American sculptor and West Palm Beach resident Lawrence Holofcener.

“I’ve long been a fan of professional golf and felt inspired to celebrate the careers of the remarkable people who have contributed to this wonderful game,” says Holofcener, whose best known work is the London landmark Allies, showing Churchill and Roosevelt in conversation on a park bench on Bond Street.



From the Fringe: Ledgeview Picking Up the Pieces After Devastating Clubhouse Fire

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 April 2016 22:16 Sunday, 24 April 2016 18:52

Ledgeview Golf ClubABBOTSFORD, British Columbia (Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf) — The clubhouse is gone, but 18 holes that have helped produce so many wonderful players over the years remain at Ledgeview Golf Club. The members of the Abbotsford course are still trying to come to grips with the April 19 fire that completely destroyed the top floor of their clubhouse. They know the club faces some hard work over the next number of months, but are hopeful that something positive will emerge from this.



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