Ronald Montesano

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Ronald Montesano writes for from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.



Recent Posts

  • Bubba Watson Masters 2014 Round 2

    Bubba takes a 3-shot lead into Saturday

    You know and I know that it won’t truly begin until Sunday’s back nine. And yet… we want to believe that something that happened on Friday just might be the lynchpin in the whole mechanism. Bubba Watson...

    • Posted 22 days ago
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    Patrick Reed wins multi-faceted Cadillac Championship

    Who won the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Sunday all depends on whom you ask. Golf architecture buffs will point to architect Gil Hanse, whose renovation of Dick Wilson’s Blue Monster served to wet appetites for his work at...

    • Posted 45 days ago
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  • Cleveland 588 Custom Fairway Woods

    Cleveland 588 Fairway Woods and Hybrids Review

    Pros: Classic looks and a pleasing sound and feel. Two of the highest-launching fairway woods and hybrids we’ve tested. Cons: Not adjustable. These could spin too much for high-spin golfers. Only one stock shaft, and their swing weights...

    • Posted 48 days ago
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  • Watson ends winless drought at Rivera

    Watson ends winless drought at Riviera

    Hogan’s Alley is not a track for the timid, nor for the untested. The third-round leaders of the Northern Trust Open became aware of this as a dozen golfers made birdie after birdie on Sunday afternoon and...

    • Posted 66 days ago
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  • Cleveland 588 Custom Driver Review

    Review: Cleveland 588 Custom Driver

    Pros: Two loft options (9 and 10.5), and each head has 12 settings to further tune loft, lie and face angle. A weight port in the back of the head accepts three variable screws to adjust swing weight....

    • Posted 69 days ago
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  • The Pill Review

    Review: The Pill

    Pros: The Pill is idiot-proof; you set it on its edge to practice your putting or on its side for chipping and bunker shots. If your stroke is off, The Pill won’t lie. It’s affordable, portable and easy...

    • Posted 75 days ago
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  • Orange Whip Putting Wand Review

    Review: The Orange Whip Putting Wand

    Pros: Intuitive and familiar device. Its overall weight and flexible shaft force users to pay attention to the length and pace of their strokes, as well as where they contact the ball on the face. Works for...

    • Posted 76 days ago
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    Review: Cleveland Classic Collection HB 1 Putter

    Pros: The Cleveland Classic HB 1 costs only $99, yet it offers the clean look and soft feel of more expensive putters. It’s available in two finishes, black pearl and the satin chrome. Cons: No removable weights, but...

    • Posted 104 days ago
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  • Zach+Johnson+Hyundai+Tournament+Champions

    Johnson wins the Hyundai TOC

    The Hyundai Tournament of Champions demanded a simple recipe from its champion: stay clean of bogies and go on a birdie run or two. Zach Johnson followed the recipe for most of the four days and moved...

    • Posted 107 days ago
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    Singh signs with Hopkins, Stenson moves to Callaway

    Vijay Singh has signed an endorsement deal with Hopkins Golf that will have the 50-year-old Fijian wearing a Hopkins visor and carrying the company’s staff bag and wedges, while Henrik Stenson has signed on to become a...

    • Posted 110 days ago
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  • Club Crown american flag

    Review: Club Crown

    Confidence and comfort win the day. It’s a simple partnership to envision, but not always a cinch to incorporate. When you tee up a golf ball, any number of notions serve to distract your thoughts from the...

    • Posted 146 days ago
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  • Jason Day, 2013 US PGA

    Australia and Jason Day score a clean sweep at the World Cup

    To be sporting, the host Australian side spotted the field six strokes on day one and added a seventh blow on day two. Pundits from around the globe questioned what was wrong with Adam Scott and people...

    • Posted 150 days ago
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    USGA Enters Digital Age With New Rules Decisions

    According to an announcement made Tuesday on the United States Golf Association’s website, 87 changes were made to the decisions on the rules of golf. Fifty-nine decisions were revised, 24 were withdrawn and three new decisions were...

    • Posted 154 days ago
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  • 9th Hole at Bass River

    A golfer’s dazzling Cape: Golf along Cape Cod

    When a sandy strand extends out into the ocean, it doesn’t take long for golf to establish itself as a primer recreational and fiscal entity. Cape Cod’s proximity to the Atlantic ocean extends its golfing season on...

    • Posted 157 days ago
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    Review: Cleveland 588 Altitude Driver

    Pros: With a 270-gram total weight, the 588 Altitude is one of the lightest drivers on the market. That, and its high-MOI design can give golfers with slow-to-moderate swing speeds more distance when they pure one and when...

    • Posted 159 days ago
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    Review: Nike Lunar Bandon golf shoes

    Pros: The three-part closure (laces, zipper and flap) locks down the foot and ensures that moisture will not seep in. The three-quarter high sides provide a dry, comfortable fit, and don’t inhibit movement in the slightest. Cons: The martian green...

    • Posted 168 days ago
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    Moore beats Woodland on 1st playoff hole

    While Gary Woodland and Ryan Moore could not have been elated about the 12-hour delay to their playoff for the CIMB Classic, they were certainly grateful for the opportunity to play at least one more hole for...

    • Posted 178 days ago
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    Moore, Woodland to playoff tonight for the CIMB Classic

    As the PGA Tour marches ahead into uncharted autumn territory, Gary Woodland and Ryan Moore rest soundly in their beds in Malaysia, awaiting a 7:30 a.m. Monday start time to decide the winner of the CIMB Classic....

    • Posted 178 days ago
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  • Simpson cruises to victory at the Shriners

    The second event of the new PGA Tour season began with an explosive 11-under par 60 by J.J. Henry, but it ended with a surgically precise six-stroke victory by Webb Simpson. Simpson, who hadn’t won since his...

    • Posted 185 days ago
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  • Stenson wrap-up 2013 tour championship spotlight

    How Stenson solved the East Lake puzzle

    A quick comparison of the front-nine scorecards at the 2013 Tour Championship tells an important part of the story of Henrik Stenson’s 2013 victory march. There was no great recovery shot from a water hazard as Bill...

    • Posted 212 days ago
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    Walker Cup: Team USA Reclaims Walker Cup

    It seemed that this team was not to be denied. The 2013 U.S. Walker Cup team was comprised of six golfers from two college teams, two more collegians and two mid-amateurs and it had a sense of...

    • Posted 226 days ago
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    Walker Cup: U.S. takes 8-4 lead into Sunday

    The two mid-amateurs on the U.S Walker Cup team ceded their spots to a pair of youngsters, and boy did they come up big. Max Homa and Michael Kim, held out of the morning foursomes by Captain...

    • Posted 228 days ago
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    Walker Cup: Saturday Foursomes, GB&I leads 2.5 to 1.5

    Great Britain and Ireland jumped out to a 2.5-to-1.5 lead in the 44th Walker Cup matches at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, NY. The team from Europe led in three of four matches at one...

    • Posted 228 days ago
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  • Ye Wo-cheng

    Ye unable to repeat Guan’s Masters success

    Thirteen-year-old Ye Wo-cheng signed for rounds of 78 and 76 at the Omega European Masters, beating just two players in the 153-player field. Before the event, Miguel Angel Jimenez, a spry 48 years of age, indicated his displeasure...

    • Posted 228 days ago
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  • Golf Fight Alberta

    Golf Fight! Golfer gets KO’d in Alberta

    Warning: This video contains explicit language Warning: This video contains explicit language I had a high school friend who wrestled in the winter and golfed in the summer. He wanted to find a way to combine the...

    • Posted 237 days ago
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  • Barney Adams

    Barney Adams Wants To Keep The Golfers We Have

    There was a time in his professional career when Barney Adams sat near the top of the golf industry. His Tight Lies clubs were the darling of the industry and his eponymous company was growing at a...

    • Posted 243 days ago
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  • Todd White

    USGA Reveals Final Five Names For 2013 U.S. Walker Cup Team

    The USGA has released the names of the remaining five members of the 2013 U.S. Walker Cup side. In July, Patrick Rodgers, Cory Whitsett, Max Homa, Michael Kim and Justin Thomas were named to the team. On...

    • Posted 247 days ago
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  • Oliver Goss

    U.S. Amateur Semifinals Feature Four Non-U.S. Players

    For the first time in U.S. Amateur history, the 2013 tournament semifinals feature four players with foreign nationalities. Oliver Goss and Brady Watt, two Australian golfers, will meet in one semifinal. In the other, Corey Conners of...

    • Posted 250 days ago
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  • what to practice spotlight

    What to practice when you have little time to practice

    At age 47, I cautiously suspect I finally have time to practice. Our children are mostly self-dependent, edging toward independence. I even struck a deal with a club 10 minutes away to let me play and practice,...

    • Posted 253 days ago
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    Dufner wins the PGA Championship at Oak Hill

    They would fire and fall back. It wasn’t a war of munition, where the falling back is part of the strategy. At Oak Hill Country Club on PGA Championship Sunday, a number of challengers made early runs...

    • Posted 255 days ago
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