March 20, 2015 - 9:08am
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The Georgia State men's basketball team shocked Baylor on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. That had the Georgia State men's golf team fired up.

Surely you don't need the reminder, but just in case -- March Madness is upon us.

Thursday, Day 1 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, was one of the most exciting in recent memory.

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One of the best underdog performances came from Georgia State University, a No. 14 seed, which knocked off No. 3 Baylor -- 57-56 -- thanks to this 3-pointer in the closing seconds by R.J. Hunter (son of head coach R.J. Hunter, who tore his Achilles last week celebrating the team's tournament championship, and fell off his seat when his son made the shot yesterday as you can see in the video.

So what does all this have to do with golf?

Fair question. And here's your answer -- check out the Georgia State University men's golf team celebration after Hunter buried the three:

 

That was awesome.

Georgia State men's golf team goes crazy over hoops win
March 19, 2015 - 2:21pm
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Wind can be a help and a hindrance on the golf course.

If March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, there's still a lot of ferocity from Mother Nature with one week to go before spring officially rolls in.

Consider Thursday's weather at the European Tour stop on the Madiera Islands. The wind -- clocked steadily at over 35 miles an hour and gusting as high as 47 mph -- forced tournament officials to postpone the round before it began and shorten the tournament to 54 holes.

How windy was it? At one point, tournament officials placed a golf ball on one of the greens and the wind actually pushed the ball some three feet into the hole.

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And that brings up an interesting rule situation: We asked PGA Rules of Golf Vice Chairman, Mr. Chip Essig, to explain how you'd interpret the rules if this actually happened to you or someone in your group on an extremely windy day.

"Decision 18-1/12 in the Decisions on the Rules of Golf book states that wind is not an outside agency and if wind causes your ball to move, you should play the ball from its new position," Essig said. "If the wind blows the ball into the hole, the player would be deem to have holed out with his last stroke."

But what if you've marked the ball, then set it back down and the wind rolls it away from that spot? Are you required to return it to the original spot? Not according to the Rules.

"Decision 20-3d/1 states that even a ball that has been replaced on the green, if at rest on the spot which it was placed before it starts rolling, would be played from the new location if the wind caused it to move," Essig said. "However, the ball might be blown out of bounds instead of into the hole and the player’s ball would be deemed to lie out of bounds."

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To sum up, if wind moves your ball without outside influences, you must play the next stroke from the point where it eventually stops. If that happens to be in the hole, like in the video, that's tremendously good fortune. If it happens to roll off farther from the hole, or even off the green into a hazard, that's just tough luck.

 

 

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Rules: If wind moves your ball
March 19, 2015 - 11:15am
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Even when you're on the PGA Tour, it's better to be lucky than good sometimes. Just ask Brandt Snedeker.

In golf, sometimes it's better to be lucky than good -- even on the PGA Tour.

Brandt Snedeker can attest to that after hitting a terrible approach shot at Bay Hill on Thursday and ending up with a par.

You could tell Snedeker was disgusted with his approach at the par-4 18th hole immediately after hit left the clubface. He waited for it to splash in the water that guards the green.

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Instead, the ball bounced off the rocks on the water's edge twice and rolled up to within 6 feet of the hole.

As you can see in the video below, all Snedeker and playing partners Billy Horschel and Henrik Stenson could do is laugh:

 

Brandt Snedeker gets incredible break at Bay Hill
March 19, 2015 - 9:48am
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Madeira Islands Open
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Wind ruled the day on Thursday at the European Tour's Madeira Islands Open in Portugal, as evidenced by this incredible video.

Play was halted before it even began in the first round of the European Tour's Madeira Islands Open in Portugal on Thursday due to severe weather conditions.

It wasn't because of pouring rain and lightening, however.

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While glorious blue skies splashed Clube de Golf do Santo da Serr, the wind was out of control -- just howling.

It was so strong in fact, that the European Tour posted this video on Instagram that shows a ball sitting still on a green suddenly blow three feet into the hole:

 

The wind just holed this putt at the #MadeiraIslandsOpen to take the outright lead at the weather affected tournament.

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How crazy is that?

European Tour video shows strong winds blow golf ball into hole
March 18, 2015 - 9:05am
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The Preserve
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PGA Professional Troy Pare was looking for a way to get the word out on Rhode Island's Preserve. What he came up with was a tournament -- The Preserve Open, the Greatest Day in Golf -- offering over $20 million in cash and prizes.

In these tough economic times for golf clubs across the country, it's important to explore ideas that might have one time been considered outside the box.

One club in Wyoming, R.I. – The Preserve – is doing just that, thanks largely to the brainstorming of its new Director of Operations, Troy Pare.

Pare, a successful PGA Professional who played in the 2010 PGA Championship by virtue of his fifth-place finish in the PGA Professional National Championship, helped develop the idea for a “first of its kind,” tournament. It’s called The Preserve Open presented by Benrus – The Greatest Day in Golf.

Open to men, women, juniors, professionals and amateurs, no matter the handicap, The Preserve Open is an 18-hole, par-3 event scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2015, offering – get this – over $20 million in cash and prizes.

[wide_search_instructor]The Preserve is a 9-hole, par-34 course, that can also be played as an 18-hole par-3 course (which it will play for The Preserve Open), with hole-in-one prizes of $1 million on each.

"It's a ground-breaking golf tournament -- a term that's hard to use in today's game," Pare said. "We have created an 'Open' golf tournament that actually allows every golfer to compete on the same course with absolutely no handicap restrictions.”

Formerly the head professional at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I., Pare helped organize the world-renowned Northeast Amateur, which has crowned champions such as Ben Crenshaw, Scott Hoch, John Cook, Hal Sutton, David Duval, Jonathan Byrd, Luke Donald and Dustin Johnson. It also hosted the 1931 PGA Championship won by Tom Creavy and will host the 2016 Junior PGA Championship.

Pare wanted to do something unique to kick off his first season at The Preserve, a site that also has fly-fishing, bird-hunting, zip-lining, tennis and more.

"Clubs nowadays need to trust their PGA Professionals and what they can accomplish," Pare said. "We bring great value and insight in how to be successful."

The idea for The Preserve Open started small. Bruce Vittner, a local golf writer and long-time member of the Golf Writers Association of America, suggested a Pro-Am event to bring awareness to the facility.

Pare and his team wanted to have the Rhode Island Golf Association (RIGA) involved, as well as including the PGA presence, something he was able to accomplish by reaching out to contacts and friends he’s established through the years at the New England PGA Section.

“Our event quickly went from a simple pro-am to a $20 million cash and prize event in about five weeks,” said Pare, who has been a six-year member of the NEPGA Board of Governors and a seven-year member of the tournament committee.

The Preserve Open is expected to offer the richest purse in New England outside of region's PGA Tour events -- The Travelers Championship and the Deutsche Bank Championship -- with over $100,000 guaranteed.

“It will also be televised on the New England Sports Network (NESN),” he said. “Amateurs have a chance to make money without losing their amateur status, too. In the qualifiers (which we have 5 of them), amateurs who make a hole-in-one on any hole will win $10,000. In the finals, the amateurs who get a hole-in-one on any hole will win $1 million."

What has also made this event appealing to nearby PGA Sections, such as the Met Section, is the timing. "The Greatest Day in Golf" will be played just 10 days before the start of the 2015 PGA Professional National Championship at The Cricket Club in Philadelphia.

"It makes sense for them to play and get ready for the PNC,” Pare said. “And they don't have to take much time out of their schedule to play. So we will attract many, many of those players."

For more information on "The Greatest Day in Golf -- The Preserve Open" visit www.thepreserveopen.com

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PGA Professional driving force behind 'Greatest Day in Golf'
March 18, 2015 - 8:29am
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In the latest Bryan Bros. trick-shot video, George and Wesley get you ready for March Madness.

In the spirit of the NCAA's March Madness, the Bryan Bros. have put together a new trick-shot video incorporating basketball.

It's not as flashy as their previous efforts with juggling and other props, but if you're not impressed by a half-court shot with a golf club and basketball, well, I don't know what to tell you.

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Here it is:

And don't forget, you can keep up with all the March Madness action with our friends over at NCAA.com.

Bryan Bros. tricks shots, March Madness edition