Gary D'Amato


Gary has covered golf in Wisconsin since 1980 and is a multiple award winner in the GWAA writing contest. He was inducted into the WSGA Hall of Fame in 2017 and joined Wisconsin.Golf in 2018 after a distinguished career at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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I plead guilty to taking for granted the simple pleasures of sticking a tee in the ground, playing a verdant course with friends old and new and experiencing the joys (and occasional frustrations) inherent to the game. Only after golf initially was shut down – and then reinstated as one of the few things we could do in relative safety – did I truly appreciate every round.

With its fall tournament schedule canceled by the coronavirus pandemic and the Big East discouraging golfers at its member schools from participating as individuals in other amateur events, this could have been a forgettable semester for Marquette University’s golf team. Once the Golden Eagles got over their disappointment, however, they got to work.

Like almost everything Dustin Johnson does, he made it look easy. But this was no walk in the park. “It was a battle all day, just an internal battle with myself,” he said. “I knew I had to play well if I wanted to win and it never got easier. I thought it would, but it never did, not from the first tee until the last putt. I felt like I was battling all day, in a good way.”

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Bryson DeChambeau has taken the modern bomb-and-gouge style of golf to the next level. But is his methodology a template for talented young golfers to follow? Or is he an anomaly, a one-off whose extreme approach would be ill-advised for those who strive to play professionally? We asked several talented young players and a golf instructor for their take.

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