THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
by Ted Bishop

Much has changed since May 1, 2014, when the PGA of America announced that it was beginning a partnership with the Trump Organization. The PGA selected Trump National Golf Club-Bedminster in New Jersey to host the 2022 PGA Championship and Trump National Golf Club-Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, Va., as the site of the 2017 Senior PGA, which begins today.

Most notably, the clubs’ owner and host, Donald Trump, is now the U.S. president. That was not on anybody’s radar in the spring of 2014. The road traveled from then to now has been filled with a few chuckholes that the PGA of America has maneuvered around. The Trump relationship also was predicated on a four-year sponsorship of the now-defunct PGA Grand Slam of Golf. After Trump’s 2015 remarks about illegal immigrants were deemed by the PGA and many others to be insensitive to Hispanics, the Grand Slam at Trump L.A. was shelved. Later, the PGA scrapped the event altogether.

 


by Adam Schupak

Over the past decade, the West Course at Wentworth Club, home of the BMW PGA Championship, has undergone more cosmetic surgery than Cher, Elizabeth Taylor or Denise Richards in their prime.

Ernie Els Design, at the behest of ownership, attempted to modernize Harry Colt's original work (1927) in Virginia Water, England, not once, but twice, with disastrous results. Ownership demanded that the track be made longer and more punishing, with deeper bunkers and more-severe greens. Maybe too deep and too severe.

 



Colonial has its place on Tour

Despite what you say about the Colonial, the tournament will still matter because the winner will be someone – even if a first-timer – of merit, either this week or in years to come ("Tour players fail history by skipping Colonial," May 23, http://bit.ly/2rRDpYZ).

There have always been a few who came out of nowhere to win and are seldom heard of again. Rod Curl, who played the Tour when I did, comes to mind. Rod was a Wintu Indian. The victory was popular because it was an inspirational story.  

Back in my day, there were only about 12 players who had a real chance of winning each week. Now, it’s 40 or more.

 


In the news

Increased: By the European Tour, security at this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England. In the wake of the bombing that killed 22 and injured at least 59 at the Monday night’s Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, the United Kingdom raised its terrorism threat level to “critical,” the highest level, for the first time in a decade. The European Tour said it will add police and security personnel at the BMW PGA, the tour’s flagship event. Organizers are asking spectators to be patient during the increased scrutiny. The Union Jack will fly at half-staff during the tournament. Concerts by Status Quo on Saturday night and by The Kaiser Chiefs on Sundaywill be conducted as scheduled.

Awarded: Honorary life membership, by the European Tour to Sam Torrance. The 63-year-old Scotsman played in a record 706 tour events, winning 21 times, from 1976 to 1998. He added 11 titles on the European Senior Tour. Torrance played on eight European Ryder Cup teams. Most notably, he sank the winning putt in the 1985 matches at The Belfry in England. He also captained Europe’s 2002 Ryder Cup winners.

Named: Winner of the Ben Hogan Award, Stanford’s Maverick McNealy. The award goes to the top player in men’s college and amateur golf in the past 12 months. McNealy, 21, a senior from Portola Valley, Calif., has won 11 times during his career on The Farm, tying Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers for the school’s victory mark. McNealy will receive an exemption into next year’s Dean and DeLuca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Disclosed: In a 986-word opus by Tiger Woods on his website (http://bit.ly/2qXcf5N), “I haven’t felt this good in years.” He added, “I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.” Woods touched on his recent back surgery, his ongoing recovery, the Champions Dinner at the Masters, the recent Tiger Jam that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation and next month’s Quicken Loans National, which also supports his foundation. He signed off with congratulations to the women’s team at his alma mater, Stanford, which lost to eventual champion Arizona State in the NCAA match-play semifinals, and some words of encouragement for the Cardinal men entering this week’s NCAA tournament. Woods, a native Californian, also offered a prediction: Golden State will win the NBA title.


Keeping score

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Position of Lance Ten Broeck among the alternates for a spot in the Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club-D.C. in Potomac Falls, Va. Ten Broeck, a former Tour journeyman and longtime caddie, is on Jesper Parnevik’s bag this week for an 8 a.m. tee time in today’s first round. Ten Broeck, 61, is hoping for a morning withdrawal so that the first alternate, Buddy Harston, would get a spot, moving Ten Broeck into the top-alternate spot. An afternoon WD would give Ten Broeck a tournament berth, all after having looped for Parnevik. Ten Broeck appears to be on his game. He shot 12-under 60 in a practice round Monday at Ironhorse Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Number of top-20 players, according to the Official World Golf Ranking, who will be playing the Dean and DeLuca Invitational, which begins today at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. No. 6 Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth (7), Jon Rahm (12), Paul Casey (14) and Matt Kuchar (18) are entered. Among those who aren’t, the OWGR’s top 5: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama and Henrik Stenson, respectively. What would Hogan think? We can’t say for sure, but Morning Read correspondent Mike Purkey had a few thoughts ("Tour players fail history by skipping Colonial," May 23, http://bit.ly/2rRDpYZ).

8

Number of national titles for Arizona State’s women’s golf program, a record, after the Sun Devils defeated Northwestern, 3-1-1, in the championship match of the NCAA Division I tournament Wednesday at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Two days earlier, the Sun Devils’ Monica Vaughn won the individual medal.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Keswick Hall and Golf Club will host a qualifying tournament for the Audi Quattro Cup today on the Full Cry course at the Charlottesville, Va., resort. Winners of the two-person amateur team event at Full Cry will receive travel and accommodations for three nights at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, S.C., for the Aug. 25-26 tournament.

 

Kauai Golf has launched a stay-and-play travel site at www.gogolfkauai.com for five golf courses and three lodging partners on the Hawaiian island. The courses: Princeville Makai, Poipu Bay, The Ocean Course at Hokuala, Puakea and Wailua.

 

Tagmarshal, a pace-of-play management system, has been integrated with EZLinks Golf, the company announced. The move will allow the EZTee Pro tee sheet at mutual customers such as Billy Casper Golf to offer more personalized services.

 

The Resort Course, one of two tracks at La Cantera Resort and Spa near San Antonio, has closed for renovations. The upgrades will include new greens, tees and bunkers, plus tree work and cart-path improvements. The Resort Course, a 1995 Tom Weiskopf-Jay Morrish design, is scheduled to reopen Nov. 1.

 


CALENDAR
May 21-25
Industry: ING Spring Conference
World Golf Village and Hall of Fame Museum, St. Augustine, Fla.
May 25-28
Champions Tour: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship
Trump National GC, Potomac Falls, Va.
LPGA: LPGA Volvik Championship
Travis Point CC, Ann Arbor, Mich.
PGA Tour: Dean & DeLuca Invitational
Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
European Tour: BMW PGA Championship
Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, England
May 25-31
College men: NCAA Division I championship
Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Ill.
May 26-29
Junior: AJGA Thunderbird International Junior
Grayhawk GC (Raptor), Scottsdale, Ariz.
May 27-31
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort Nos. 2 and 8 courses
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
June 1-4
Web.com Tour: Rex Hospital Open
TPC Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C.
PGA Tour: The Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
European Tour: Nordea Masters
Barseback G&CC, Malmo, Sweden
June 2-4
Symetra Tour: Fuccillo Kia Classic of NY
Capital Hills at Albany (N.Y.)
LPGA: ShopRite LPGA Classic
Stockton Seaview Hotel & GC, Galloway, N.J.
June 5
U.S. Open sectional qualifying
(10 sites)
June 6
Industry: Women’s Golf Day
various golf facilities worldwide
June 7-10
Men’s amateur: Monroe Invitational
Monroe GC, Pittsford, N.Y.
June 8-11
European Tour: Lyoness Open
Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria
LPGA: Manulife LPGA Classic
Whistle Bear GC, Cambridge, Ontario
Men’s amateur: Palmer Cup
Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga.
PGA Tour: FedEx St. Jude Classic
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.
Web.com Tour: Rust-Oleum Championship
Ivanhoe (Ill.) Club
June 9-11
Symetra Tour: Four Winds Invitational
Blackthorn GC, South Bend, Ind.
Champions Tour: Principal Charity Classic
Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa

      
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