Percentage increase in rounds played in March compared with the same month last year, according to Golf Datatech’s National Rounds Played Report. With the slight uptick, the number of rounds played for the first three months of 2019 is down 2.7 percent from the first quarter of 2018. The Eastern Seaboard, which benefitted from drier weather, played a leading role in the performance in March. The modest national increase came after a 12.1-percent decline in February (“Keeping score,” March 29).
Position in the Rolex Rankings, a career high, for Australia’s Minjee Lee, who jumped two spots after winning the LPGA’s Hugel-Air Premia LA Open. South Korea’s Jin Young Ko remained No. 1. Lexi Thompson, the highest-ranked American, slipped two spots, to No. 8.
Number of strokes under par that Alex Beach of Stamford, Conn., stood as he held a one-stroke lead after 36 holes of the PGA Professional Championship. Beach, 29, an assistant pro at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., shot 4-under 67 on the East Course at Belfair Golf Club in Bluffton, S.C., for a 135 total. Danny Balin, 37, the head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y., and a resident of Irvington, N.Y., shot 66 for a 136 total and second place. Seventy-four players made the cut for the final 36 holes. The top 20 finishers will earn exemptions into the PGA Championship on May 16-19 (scores).
Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for Spain’s Jorge Campillo, a career high and an improvement of 25 spots after he won the recent Trophee Hassan II for his first victory on the European Tour. Campillo, 32, who played college golf at Indiana, is the fourth-highest-ranked Spaniard, behind No. 11 Jon Rahm, who teamed with American Ryan Palmer to win the recent Zurich Open of New Orleans; No. 29 Sergio Garcia; and No. 31 Rafael Cabrera-Bello.