OB Sports to take over Tucson City Golf's daily operations

2014-01-26T00:00:00Z OB Sports to take over Tucson City Golf's daily operationsGreg Hansen Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

OB Sports will take over daily operation of the five Tucson City Golf courses this week, although the city will pay OB Sports $240,000 this year and still have financial liability for employees and capital projects. The good news is that OB Sports has hired Wade Dunagan to be part of the management firm. Dunagan has been the head golf pro at such properties as TPC Sawgrass, Tucson Country Club and The Gallery Golf Club, and he was also the executive director of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The former UA golf standout exhibited high standards in those positions. That’s good, since elevated standards have not always been part of the Tucson City Golf operation, which was often criticized for poor playing conditions, lack of modern equipment and an ineffective approach to food and beverage service. … Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak arrives at McKale Center tonight with a career 1-20 record on the Pac-12 road. It’s part of the painful process of moving from the Mountain West Conference to the Pac-12, and Coach K (well, not the real Coach K) shares the grief of that transition. Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham is 3-10 in Pac-12 road games since leaving the MWC. Utah baseball coach Bill Kinneberg is 14-46 in all Pac-12 games and Utah softball coach Amy Hogue is 9-39 in the new conference. But I still think that, over the next 10 years, the Utes will become a first-division basketball team, climbing past Colorado in both success and attendance. … Coach Jim Anderson’s UA men’s golf team opens its second spring season Monday at the new Sewailo Golf Course at Casino del Sol. Workers on Friday painted a large “A” near the No. 1 tee to precede the Arizona Intercollegiate championship. The Wildcats, long a national power, are not ranked in Golfweek’s top 100 opening the season, but help is on the way. Tucsonan George Cunningham, who has signed to play at Arizona next year, played himself into Monday’s qualifying portion of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Cunningham is home-schooled, and said by Golfweek to be one of the 10 leading recruits in the country.

Contact sports columnist Greg Hansen at 520-573-4145 or ghansen@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @ghansen711

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