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Is this the worst “my clubs were stolen” story ever?

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Tom Owen. Remember the name, because this unfortunate gentleman may have the worst tale of club theft in recent memory.

Now, the experience of having one’s bag pilfered, never to be seen again, is awful. Your clubs are simply gone, and you have no idea who took them and where they went. Tom Owen had the first part of that experience, however, he knows exactly where his clubs are…and he can’t (legally) do anything about it.

Therese Henkin New Zealand’s Howick & Pakuranga Times originally reported the story.

Mr. Owen’s bag, with its thousands of dollars of equipment and his cell phone, was lifted December 15th from Howick Golf Course at Musick Point, New Zealand.

“They took everything, all my clubs, my bag, trundle, golf balls and my mobile phone which was tucked away inside the bag,” he told the paper.

However, as this is the 21st century, Owen was able to track his phone (which was in his golf bag) to a nearby residential address on Pigeon Mountain Road.

Presumably overjoyed, he called the police to report the theft and the location of his stolen property. One can only imagine his despair when he was told the authorities would be unable to lawfully search the premises and thus could not recover his clubs.

After reporting the incident, Owen was surprised to learn that police were not able to search the premises for the goods.

A police spokesperson explained.

“While we understand people may think police can use the tracking system people use on their phones and then send a patrol car to retrieve the property, under the Search and Surveillance Act 2012, police officers do not have the authority to enter a premise based off a locater app on a missing phone. If police resources are available and the technology can pin-point a specific address such as a household, Police are able to knock on the door and make enquiries, but not enter.”

Obviously, Owen isn’t a fan of the law, and he thinks it puts victims in a bad position. He’s right: Knowing the authorities can’t do anything, but knowing where your stolen phone, etc, is, do you risk your life taking the law into your own hands?

“It’s very frustrating to know where your stolen items are and not have anyone do anything about it. If police really can’t act on the information you give them, then something needs to change.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Does this make any sense? Do you join Owen in calling for a rewriting of the law?

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  1. Crazy About Golf

    Feb 3, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Here’s a cut/paste of a text my friend sent me the other day: “So a guy from my office was playing Stonebridge (his home club) by himself this weekend. While putting on one of the perimeter holes, 2 ‘youths’ snuck up, jumped in his golf cart and drove off. Clubs, car keys, wallet, cell phone, etc were in it. He chased them in the direction of the nearby projects but lost them. Cart was stripped and ditched by the time he caught up.”……only in New Orleans……

  2. Matt

    Jan 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    FWIW, you can get golf club insurance in NZ for a small premium but I’d never leave my expensive clubs out of eyesight at a GC for more than a minute. Police have a point here but it sounds like they’re being dicks about it – you’d expect a bit of follow-up such as a detective inspector checking it out. I’d screengrab all the gps info and ensure the iPhone tracker has the correct address then door knock all the neighbors and go to the cops if I learned anything about that address. If the police did jack all with my research then take the full story to a TV reporter.

  3. LEUNG Chi Sum

    Jan 23, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Simple. I would have just break in and take me stuff back, and if the guys there dare to charge me of illegal entry, I would charge them of theft.

  4. Mat

    Jan 23, 2018 at 4:17 am

    I love the automatic “guns guns guns” American reaction. We don’t really have guns here in New Zealand. It’s not some twisted right of everyone being a “well regulated militia”. Property crimes are a concern here, but our police don’t even carry guns. And before you say so what, I’ve had my clubs stolen here. It’s a problem. But we tossed out the old government because they were soft on crime. Ironically, it’s the Lefties that are now hiring police as quickly as possible. But ya, warrants are a thing, and there’s only so much you can do without proof – proof according to the law. And that law, as you might expect, is a little behind. Saw this in the States just a few years ago… it’s tricky, but I truly hope the guy gets his sticks back. Golf clubs are in the top-10 most common crimes here.

  5. BG

    Jan 21, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    My comment is awaiting moderation 😮

  6. ben

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Steal my clubs please and put me out of my misery … 🙁

  7. Dave Rainone

    Jan 20, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    This is not the worst stolen clubs story. In 2010 a CT pro (Kevin Giancola) had his clubs stolen after he qualified for the final on the state PGA Championship. He won the final with a set he cobbled together.

    But imagine the feeling when you’d advanced to the final and someone steals your clubs.

    http://www.middletownpress.com/news/article/CONN-PGA-CHAMPIONSHIP-Giancola-uses-spare-clubs-11879873.php

  8. labillyboy

    Jan 20, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I’d go knock his door with a couple large friends and a few guns…That is; If the police wouldn’t do it for me. Here I don’t think that would be a problem… It would not be pleasant to steal anything from me and having me find out about it.

  9. Sean Foster-Nolan

    Jan 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    They use that kind of technology to track stolen vehicles…I guess now if you steal a car in NZ you don’t have to worry about being nabbed.

    • ben

      Jan 21, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      … but only if you hide the car in your garage and deny entry to the police …lol

  10. HB

    Jan 20, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Doesn’t make sense to me. Why have the protection on your phone In The 1st Place. God..no normality in this world now.

    I know what I would feel like doing if they were my clubs.?!><\^[{}

    HB

  11. Irv

    Jan 20, 2018 at 8:03 am

    I’m sure if it was a stolen sheep they would have done something about it pronto.

  12. douglas terry

    Jan 19, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    They stole his Stan Thompson Ginty irons? (circa 1975) The bastids!

  13. phil

    Jan 19, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    The thief won’t be playing those clubs now. He’ll try to sell them to a used sports equipment store or on line. Try to catch him showing the equipment at his home and then visit with somebody big and scary. Watch him fold.

  14. James T

    Jan 19, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    I’m guessing the thief is a golfer, too. More than likely he was at the course the day he saw your clubs were unattended and stole them. From his known address (where your phone is) look up his name and then look up his GHIN handicap. If it’s substantial (high) then challenge him to a match for a set of clubs. Remember, he’s got an extra set to lose in a bet.

    Or, even better, follow him when he goes to play golf. When he steps into the pro shop to pay for his round steal his clubs. Perfect karma! (Accidentally drags his clubs across the side of his car when leaving)

  15. TJ

    Jan 19, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Should have initially gone with the police and called his phone while they were at the front door.

  16. Getemgoose

    Jan 19, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I may sound like a crazy veteran but I’d do some recon, kit up, and get my stuff back.

  17. Dino

    Jan 19, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I’m surprised that New Zealand would enact a law that pre-empted the legal concept of “probable cause”. The police in most common law societies would have had probable cause to enter the premises and look for stolen property, etc. This is especially so given that a witness (victim) would have sworn a statement to that effect.

  18. theD0n

    Jan 19, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Guys, police need a warrant to enter a house (with limited exceptions). And entering someone else’s house can get you killed. With a little reconnaissance, just catch the occupant when he leaves the house…

  19. allan

    Jan 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    I had my clubs stolen from my garage and reported it to the police and insurance company who said they would replace them at current inflated prices. I got the money and fortunately had a second set of clubs to play with.
    Two months later I was visiting a second hand sport store and saw my clubs on the wall. I called the police and they confronted the store owner. He denied any culpability and the police left saying nothing much could be done and if anything was done I wouldn’t get my clubs for at least 6 months anyway. I told the police to close the report file. They agreed.
    I went to the store owner and offered him $200 for the clubs and he quickly accepted my offer. I made a lot of money on the deal.

  20. Bruce Ferguson

    Jan 19, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I’d have walked up to the residence (with a witness) and explained to the occupant, “Look, I’ve tracked my phone to your home, I’d like my clubs back, or I’m afraid I’ll have to contact the police”. I’d bet the resident would have complied. Of course, now that the story is public, the thief knows the police won’t do anything about it.

  21. JD

    Jan 19, 2018 at 11:14 am

    So the guy couldn’t walk in there himself? I would gladly get a breaking and entering charge and take a few punches to get my MP18’s back.

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Stephen Curry sponsors the creation of golf program at Howard University

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NBA star and avid golfer Stephen Curry has donated a seven-figure sum to Howard University in a move that will see men’s and women’s golf teams at the school for at least the next six years.

As the Washington Post reported on Monday, this will be the first time the school will compete at the Division I level in the sport, and the university plans to have the teams ready to compete for the 2020/21 academic year.

Curry’s donation was partly inspired by Howard senior and golfer Otis Ferguson IV, and speaking on bringing golf back to Howard, the 31-year-old stated

“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful. It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University.”

Howard University’s previous collegiate golf team competed in Division II before disbanding three decades ago, and Curry’s donation is set to be paid out over six years in order for the golf team to become self-sustainable.

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Here is where each player will start the Tour Championship

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Justin Thomas’ win at last week’s BMW Championship now gives him the lead in the FedEx Cup playoff race heading to the revamped Tour finale. The 26-year-old will start the Tour Championship at 10-under par, with his closest challenger Patrick Cantlay beginning the event two strokes further back at eight-under par.

Here are the starting positions for the 30 players at this week’s Tour Championship.

  • -10: Thomas
  • -8: Patrick Cantlay
  • -7: Brooks Koepka
  • -6: Patrick Reed
  • -5: Rory McIlroy
  • -4: Jon Rahm, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Abraham Ancer
  • -3: Gary Woodland, Tony Finau, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama
  • -2: Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner
  • -1: Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood, Corey Conners, Sungjae Im, Chez Reavie
  • Even Par: Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover, Jason Kokrak

The Tour Championship takes begins on August 22 from East Lake GC in Atlanta, GA, with the winner receiving $15 million.

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How much each player won at the 2019 BMW Championship

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Justin Thomas produced a masterclass at Medinah Country Club to take home the BMW Championship title and with it claim the winner’s check worth just over $1.6 million. In what was a crucial week in the FedEx Cup race, Patrick Cantlay who finished runner-up to Thomas collects a check for just under $1 million and will head to Atlanta for the Tour Championship one place back of the 26-year-old.

With players battling for a place at East Lake and no cut in place, here’s a look at what the 69 players in action earned at last week’s BMW Championship.

1: Justin Thomas $1,665,000.00

2 Patrick Cantlay 999,000.00

3 Hideki Matsuyama 629,000.00

4 Tony Finau 444,000.00

T5 Jon Rahm 351,500.00

T5 Brandt Snedeker 351,500.00

T7 Corey Conners 298,312.50

T7 Lucas Glover 298,312.50

T9 Kevin Kisner 259,000.00

T9 Adam Scott 259,000.00

T11 Tommy Fleetwood 196,100.00

T11 Rickie Fowler 196,100.00

T11 Sungjae Im 196,100.00

T11 Louis Oosthuizen 196,100.00

T11 Kevin Tway 196,100.00

T16 J.T. Poston 148,000.00

T16 Rory Sabbatini 148,000.00

T16 Vaughn Taylor 148,000.00

T19 Jason Kokrak 112,110.00

T19 Marc Leishman 112,110.00

T19 Rory McIlroy 112,110.00

T19 Patrick Reed 112,110.00

T19 Xander Schauffele 112,110.00

T24 Paul Casey 78,856.25

T24 Joel Dahmen 78,856.25

T24 Brooks Koepka 78,856.25

T24 Webb Simpson 78,856.25

T28 Byeong Hun An 65,675.00

T28 Abraham Ancer 65,675.00

T28 Si Woo Kim 65,675.00

T31 Wyndham Clark 53,650.00

T31 Emiliano Grillo 53,650.00

T31 Joaquin Niemann 53,650.00

T31 C.T. Pan 53,650.00

T31 Ian Poulter 53,650.00

T31 Gary Woodland 53,650.00

T37 Billy Horschel 40,700.00

T37 Charles Howell III 40,700.00

T37 Ryan Moore 40,700.00

T37 Scott Piercy 40,700.00

T37 Jordan Spieth 40,700.00

T37 Tiger Woods 40,700.00

T43 Keegan Bradley 30,525.00

T43 Adam Hadwin 30,525.00

T43 Troy Merritt 30,525.00

T43 Ryan Palmer 30,525.00

T43 Andrew Putnam 30,525.00

T48 Bryson DeChambeau 23,865.00

T48 Shane Lowry 23,865.00

T48 Phil Mickelson 23,865.00

T48 Collin Morikawa 23,865.00

T52 Jason Day 21,571.00

T52 Dylan Frittelli 21,571.00

T52 Matt Kuchar 21,571.00

T52 Keith Mitchell 21,571.00

T52 Justin Rose 21,571.00

T57 Jim Furyk 20,627.50

T57 Dustin Johnson 20,627.50

T57 Graeme McDowell 20,627.50

T57 Chez Reavie 20,627.50

T61 Max Homa 20,072.50

T61 Francesco Molinari 20,072.50

T63 Rafa Cabrera Bello 19,702.50

T63 Sung Kang 19,702.50

T65 Cameron Champ 19,240.00

T65 J.B. Holmes 19,240.00

T65 Adam Long 19,240.00

68 Harold Varner III 18,870.00

69 Nate Lashley 18,685.00

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