Monday Nov 15, 2021

Where's the LPGA on TV? That's the question some frustrated golf fans asked Sunday afternoon. The playoff between Nelly Korda, Sei Young Kim, Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson at the LPGA's Pelican Women's Championship was not shown live on broadcast television, though it was replayed Sunday night on Golf Channel. The event streamed live but there were reports on social media of the stream being lost, perhaps when fans turned in to see a playoff that included three of the world's top five players. Korda, the world's No. 1 player, won with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

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Q&A: Richard Mandell
Richard Mandell, owner of award-winning Richard Mandell Golf Architecture in Pinehurst, N.C., shares a simple recipe for being a good leader and success, along with a top-notch playlist.

The First Call: Give us a short overview of your company.
Richard Mandell: Richard Mandell Golf Architecture has designed new courses, renovated, restored, and redesigned more than 70 golf courses in 15 states and China since 1992. RMGA has won numerous awards in the last four decades, including two awards in 2020 for original work at Braemar Golf Course in Edina, Minnesota.

TFC: In one sentence, describe what you do for a living.
RM: I work to instill strategy into every golf hole I design.

TFC: What are key elements to leadership or to being a good leader? 
RM: Organizational skills, open-mindedness and patience.

TFC: What changes, if any, have you made based on the events of the past year? 
RM: I just don't touch doorknobs as much.

TFC: What's the secret to your success?
RM: Hard work and an ability to keep grinding.

TFC: Knowing what you know today, what professional advice would you give a younger you?
RM: Understand that most people just don't return phone calls.

TFC: What was your path to the golf industry?
RM: I interned for Dan Maples in Pinehurst and worked for him upon graduation. I then worked for Denis Griffiths before starting Whole In One Design Group with three civil engineers in Easton, Maryland. I eventually bought them all out and began Richard Mandell Golf Architecture in October 1999.

TFC: Which golf courses do you belong to?
RM: I am a free agent.
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"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
— Robert Jones Burdette

21-24: World Golf Expo 2021, Hainan, China | Info

25-28: PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando, Fla. | Info

5-10: GCSAA Conference and Trade Show, San Diego, Calif. | Info
19-23: CMAA World Conference and Club Business Expo, San Diego, Calif. | Info

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