Latest Golf News (Week 3 April 2018)

Non-profit Golf Clubs stand strong through adversities in U.S.A

The golf industry in the United States in unfortunately showing signs of rapid deterioration as statistics reflect quite a startling decline in the number of golf courses in USA as well as the number of employees in these courses. According to data based on 449 United States counties, the number of golf courses and country clubs in the nation has shown a decrease by 5%, from 6,541 to 6,242 between 2005 and 2015, whereas the number of workers employed by these clubs and courses has declined by 3% to arrive at around 226,377. This downfall can be attributed to the profitable real-estate sector and a general decline in participation in the sport, which in 2016, was reported to be by 1.2%. However, non-profit golf clubs are seen to be withstanding this storm pretty well, this fact being backed by the report that shows 55 non-profit country clubs in the country having more than $10 million annual income. The Boca West Country Club has shown steady growth since 2015 to become U.S.A’s largest non-profit club by revenue while the Greensboro Country Club’s revenue climbed 6% to a massive $14 million in the same year.

Ian Poulter chases second win of April at RBC Heritage

Ian Poulter has made a comeback in his career this month, after not having won on tour for the past five years.  And now, in spite of a tiresome six-week period of events, Poulter continues to perform better than he has in a long time, the consequences being his qualifying to the quarterfinals at Match Play as well as a dramatic victory of the Houston Open that earned him an invitation to the Masters. The 42-year-old has stunned Harbour Town with rounds of 69 and 64, followed by a bogey-free four-under 67 on Saturday, putting him on one-stroke lead at 13-under 200 in the RBC Heritage. The Englishman said that he is feeling inspired and positive about his game and intends to keep a clean card in his rounds.

 

Brooke Henderson’s 6th LPGA Tour Win

The final two days of the Lotte Championship showed Brooks Henderson as the clear winner and it could not be more accurate as she claimed the title at KoOlina Golf Club with her victory by four shots. She dedicated her win to the ones in the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus accident that occurred on April 6th. She said she was extremely saddened by the tragedy and wanted the accident survivors and the families of the ones who passed away to know that they have her support. The 20-year-old came into the week with a rank of 14th and made this victory her sixth LPGA tour title win. She is only two short of Sandra Post to being the Canadian player with most wins.