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    After a round of golf, good or bad, the pleasure of golfers is to sit together and talk the game. You'll hear arguments over the best holes in town, critiques of an absentee's swing, stories that just might be true, and maybe even a few things that matter.

    We hope The Nineteenth is a place like that, where you see golf like you've never thought of it before. About three times a week, we'll add words and pictures and ideas that send you home satisfied.

What makes starting a Links Fellowship difficult?


We asked South Central region director Randy Wolff about the challenges of starting a Links Fellowship. For more information about getting a Fellowship started where you play golf, visit our Fellowships center.


Getting started on the PGA Tour


Andrew Yun emerged as one of the first 25 players to qualify from the Tour for status on the PGA Tour for the 2017-18 season. A Stanford graduate, Yun got his first taste of the PGA Tour experience in the Safeway Open earlier this month. While he missed the cut, the experience gave him the kickstart he needed to get his Tour career underway. Here he tells us about some of what’s on his mind as he waits for his next start. (Photo: Jennifer Perez/PGA TOUR)

What was unexpected about getting to the Tour?
” With regards to getting on the Tour, it’s something I don’t think you can even really prepare for. This past week was my first PGA Tour event, and I’ve been playing golf for nineteen years now and I feel like all the years I’ve been practicing and playing, I’ve been getting ready for this moment of getting on the PGA Tour. Then all of a sudden, I’m on the PGA Tour. All that was just preparation. It does come in handy, but at the same time it feels like nothing quite prepares you for it, because it’s a bigger stage—a lot more people, bigger crowds, bigger stands. Everything else is the same.”

All those new fans don’t know you yet. Tell us about the strengths of your game.
“The strength is in my short game. Growing up, I was a short, little, chubby kid, so I never hit the ball too far. I couldn’t get it too far past my shadow, so I had to rely on my short game in order to score, so growing up I leaned on that. When I grew up and hit the ball further, since I had relied on the short game when I was younger, I carried it on into my game later in my career as well. It’s what brought me here so far.”

Can you name one or two things you’re really looking forward to on Tour?
” I think competing against some of the best players in the world. There are a lot of guys that I’ve watched while growing up while playing, like Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson. These guys I grew up watching, I get to compete against them. It’s kind of surreal getting to do that, going from watching to competing against them. That’s definitely something I’m looking forward to, especially going into the back nine on Sunday, being in contention.
“I’m really looking forward to that and building a relationship with these guys out here. Golf is something that we do. It’s not a part of who we are, but at the same time it takes up so much of our time. It is a big part of our life. Since it is such a big part of our life, it is something I know that God has called me to do, and I know that I can use the platform. So I know that I need to do the best I can with it. To build a relationship with all these guys out there is going to be something that will help me do that.”


A Man with a Mission


The newest Links Players staff member, Bill Euler, comes to us after more than 30 years as a PGA club professional in Temple, Texas. Recently, the Temple Daily Telegram caught up with Bill to discuss his transition. There’s a lot of beauty in the story and we wanted you to be encouraged by how God may be calling you according to the preparation he has given you, whether in golf or another arena.
Read the article here

What Do People Like About Links Fellowships?


We asked Arizona region director Lewis Greer about the good things he hears people say about local Links Fellowships.


The Changes a Comeback Brings


With Jonathan Byrd‘s win at the Tour Championship two Sundays ago, he will return to the PGA Tour, where the 39-year-old Clemson graduate has won five times, including a hole-in-one playoff clincher at the 2010 Justin Timberlake Shriner’s Hospital for Children Open. It’s a comeback win for Byrd, who has spent the last two seasons playing mostly on the Tour. We asked him about the changes such a victory brings. (Photo: Jennifer Perez/PGA TOUR)

What doesn’t change
“Things that won’t change are some things I learned over the last couple years and especially from the last week—how important it is for me to pursue more freedom on the golf course, not get so bound up thinking about my golf swing, and trying to be so perfect. It’s not so much trying to be so perfect, it’s trying to get everything just right in order to play well, and having a little more fun on the golf course, playing a little more aggressive, more athletic.
“A lot of things stay the same just because I’ve been on tour for so long. This isn’t new. A lot the guys coming off the Web just got their card for the first time, so it’s all new to them. To me, I’m probably more comfortable on the PGA Tour than I am on the Tour. I definitely am. I’m familiar with the golf courses and the tournament directors. I have more friends probably on the PGA Tour than the Tour, some closer friendships, longer friendships. So it’s comfortable returning back to that.”

What changes
“I would think some of the things that do change is some appreciation probably, perspective changes. I appreciate the PGA Tour a little more. I appreciate some events that I maybe used to not get as excited as much for. After you’ve been on the Tour for a couple of years, every event’s awesome. I appreciate the opportunities that are out there every week—the financial opportunities, the opportunities for my family to travel, child care, a little more flexibility with my schedule. There’s just so many things to appreciate.”