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Week of November 4th, 2018

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Beckham scores key victory after voters endorse stadium plan in referendum
By Joey Flechas and Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald
Pink and black smoke wafted to the stage as retired soccer star David Beckham stood before several hundred joyous fans, struggling for words when it became clear he had scored the biggest victory yet on his quest to field a Major League Soccer team in Miami. About 40 percent of voters thought otherwise. Since Melreese was considered as a location for the stadium, the concept stirred controversy and sparked multiple lawsuits. Critics framed the proposal as a lucrative land grab dressed up as a necessary project to give MLS a home in Miami. They defended the value of Melreese, particularly a youth golf and mentoring program housed there called The First Tee Miami, and blasted the rushed process that led to the referendum.

Voters Approve Beckham Soccer Stadium Deal
By WTJV NBC (Miami, FL)
They have said there would be a golf component to keep the popular The First Tee program. There are also concerns about traffic, but voters gave the green light and the soccer star and his partner spoke out to us about his victories.

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Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus Tours Pawleys Plantation To Commemorate 30th Anniversary Of His Signature Design
By Tony Korologos, Hooked on Golf Blog
Nicklaus surprised golfers on the course, worked with kids on their golf game and raised money for The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas. Nicklaus was all smiles as he toured the 18-hole course and even surprised a few golfers who had tee times that day. Nicklaus returned to the range where 40 junior golfers with The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas, and some with the Dustin Johnson Golf School, received pointers from the Golden Bear.

Tennessee golf success ‘makes no sense,’ and here’s the secret
By Joe Rexrode,
Dick Horton spent nearly a half century turning this state into a golf model for others. Junior golf was one of Horton’s first initiatives, and Tennessee’s junior golf academy is on one of the longest continuous runs in the country with more than 15,000 graduates. The First Tee, a youth development organization started in 1997 by the World Golf Organization, is all over the world. Guess which state had a leader involved in its creation and secured a First Tee chapter first?

Golf Tournament Benefiting The First Tee of Greater Richmond
By CBS6 News (Richmond, VA) 
The tournament was held this morning at the Dominion Club in GlenAllen where CBS6 is a proud sponsor. Since its inception, the tournament has raised over $25,000 for charity which this year went to The First Tee of Richmond and the Flying Squirrels charities.

Inside Golf: The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia
By Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
By The First Tee of Philadelphia, and The First Tee helps young men and women become better golfers, but most important, better people. Get involved, and visit the

Industry News

PGA TOUR Champions announces 2019 schedule
Staff Reports, PGA TOUR

  • PGA TOUR Champions announced the 2019 tournament schedule, featuring 27 events and culminating with the fourth annual Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs.
  • The Tour will contest events in four countries and 19 states, with total prize money of $57.8 million.
  • Notable players set to turn 50 next season and make their debuts in 2019 include two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and two-time major champion Angel Cabrera.

Langer the man to beat at Champions finale
Will Gray, Golf Channel

  • Four-time Charles Schwab Cup champion Bernhard Langer enters this week’s season-ending event in a familiar spot at No. 1 in the standings.
  • While there are six players with a mathematical chance to win the Cup, only Langer and Scott Parel are guaranteed to win it with a victory this week in Phoenix.

It’s ‘Viva Mexico’ at Mayakoba and on the PGA TOUR
Cameron Morfit,

  • Mexico boasts record four fully exempt players this season (Abraham Ancer, Roberto Diaz, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez and Carlos Ortiz) and seven in the Mayakoba field this week
  • Only two Mexican players have won on the PGA TOUR: Victor Regalado (1974 Pleasant Valley Classic) and Cesar Sanudo (1970 Azalea Open Invitational), although Mexican-American Lee Trevino played for the U.S. and even captained the 1985 U.S. Ryder Cup team.