Latest Golf News (Week 4 April 2018)

Polo Trace Golf Course closes down

After being in business for almost 30 years, the Polo Trace Golf Club at Delray Beach will permanently close down on Monday, 30th April. GL Homes, which is a Sunrise-based company, has bought the club house and golf course and plans to build approximately 320 single-family homes on the land. The Polo Trace Golf Club is not the only course that suffered this fate in the hands of development of residence. It seems to be a trend in Pal Beach County that has led to the closing of other golf courses like Sherbrooke Golf and Country Club, Boca Teeca and the Wanderers Executive Course in recent times. From a more global standpoint, more than 800 courses have been closed down in the past decade. John Bianco, GM of the Polo Trace Golf Club for the past 6 years, says that it is especially a tough farewell for the long-time members and of course, for himself. He opines that the increasingly hectic work-life and a general lack of interest in the sport among the current generation are to be blamed for the gradual decline of golf.

 

Daly-Allen Duo take lead at the Bass Pro Shop Legends

Michael Allen and John Daly claimed lead of the Bass Pro Shop Legends of Golf tournament in the second round last Friday. It was a cool and breezy day, with the wind at 15 mph and the temperature hardly reaching the high 50s at the Top of the Rock par-3 course, when the duo shot an 8-under 46. In alternate-shot play, Daly and Allen hit three birdies on the front nine along five more in better-ball play on the back. Michael Allen won the 2012 PGA Tour Champions Team event with David Frost and with Woody Austin in 2016. The duo opened with a 66 on Thursday on Buffalo Ridge course. Daly said that the two of them have been friends since their games in South Africa in the 1980s and that it is fun to play with Michael since they feed of each other well.

Jutanugarn wins Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open

Moriya Jutanugarn joined elder sister AriyaJutanugarn in the LPGA winners’ circle with her victory by two shots at Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open. On Sunday at Wilshire Country Club, the 23-year-old shot a 3-under 68 for a total of 12-under 272, marking this as the victory of the six-year LPGA Tour career. Moriya won the LPGA Rookie of the Year and displayed the same potential in her latest game where with her consistent two-shot lead throughout, along with birdies at the 2nd, 12th, 13th and 15th hole in the final round of L.A. Open. Sister Ariya finished 24th with a score of 70 while Hall of Famer Inbee Park sits in a tie for 2nd position with Jin Young Ko.