TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017
by Mike Purkey

It is in danger of becoming an anachronism, about to be rendered irrelevant in today’s modern game. There was a time when the Colonial mattered. It still should.

The Dean and DeLuca Invitational, which begins Thursday at historic Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, was once one of the premier events on the PGA Tour. It is among a handful of “invitational” tournaments with smaller fields and their own eligibility requirements.

 


by Ted Bishop

Matt Pellis has been the PGA professional at Latrobe Country Club in western Pennsylvania for 15 years, but this spring is different. It’s the first golf season at Latrobe, boyhood home of Arnold Palmer, since the death of the “King.”

“There is definitely a different feeling this spring,” Pellis said. “Reality is starting to set in because this is the time of year that Mr. Palmer would usually arrive from Orlando to spend his summer here in Latrobe. There’s a void, for sure.”

My first trip to Latrobe was in October, when I attended the memorial service for Palmer, who died Sept. 25 at age 87. I made a quick visit to Latrobe Country Club and vowed to return this spring when I could play the course built by Deacon Palmer, Arnold’s dad, and experience the full flavor of a place that helped shape American golf history.

 



Signs of the times

A million years ago, before they passed out trophies to all the kids, they had signs on the first tees that read, Keep up with the group in front of you (“Bad golf amplifies slow play, and you’re likely at fault,” May 17, http://bit.ly/2qt52tt). They had signs at the start of the back nine that read,You should have reached this point within two hours of your tee time. The last thing that the assistant pro said to you as he gave you the token for the range or the keys to your cart was … wait for it … “Keep up with the group in front of you.”

Remember the tee signs that read, These tees reserved for single-digit handicap players?

Those are gone, too. Gone like everything that might upset customers. It’s about their feelings.

 


In the news

Earned: Exemptions into next month’s U.S. Open, 27 players via their top-60 positions in the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 22. Byeong Hun An,Wesley Bryan, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Ross Fisher, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Bill Haas, Adam Hadwin, Brian Harman, Tyrrell Hatton, Russell Henley, Charley Hoffman, Billy Horschel, Yuta Ikeda, Brooks Koepka, Marc Leishman, Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren, Louis Oosthuizen, Pat Perez, Thomas Pieters, Jon Rahm, Brendan Steele, Hideto Tanihara, Jeunghun Wang, Lee Westwood and Bernd Wiesberger were granted spots in the June 15-18 U.S. Open at Erin (Wis.) Hills.

Rescinded: LPGA membership, by Ha Na Jang, to return to her native South Korea and play the Korea LPGA, according to Sportizen, her management agency. Jang, 25, who is No. 10 in the Rolex Rankings, won three times on the LPGA last season and claimed the Women’s Australian Open in February. She won eight times on the KLPGA from 2012 to ’15.

Announced: By the Web.com Tour, a new event set to debut in 2018, the Savannah Golf Championship. It will be played March 29-April 1, on the weekend before the Masters, at The Landings Club’s Deer Creek Golf Course in Savannah, Ga.

Disclosed: That he will forgo his final two years of college eligibility, Florida sophomore Sam Horsfield, who will turn professional. Horsfield, an England native who grew up in Davenport, Fla., won four times in two seasons with the Gators. Florida failed to advance from regional play to the upcoming NCAA Championship. Horsfield stands No. 36 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. 


Keeping score

2

Number of invitations extended in a vote of past champions of the Dean and DeLuca Invitational to play in the annual PGA Tour event at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Beau Hossler, who turned pro last spring after playing college golf at Texas, and Jamie Sadlowski, a two-time world long-drive champion, will compete this week.

4

VAUGHN

Number of strokes by which Monica Vaughn trailed, with four holes remaining in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, before rallying to win. After starting on the back nine at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., Vaughn stood on the par-4 sixth tee trailing Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho by four strokes. Vaughn, a senior from Reedsport, Ore., birdied Nos. 6 and 7, while Kupcho hit 9-iron into the water on her 17th hole and three-putted for triple bogey. Kupcho ultimately tied for second with Duke’s Leona Maguire. Vaughn shot 1-over 217 in an event shortened to 54 holes because of weather. Northwestern won the team qualifier to lead eight teams into match play today and Wednesday: Stanford, Arizona State, Ohio State, Southern California, Florida, Baylor and Kent State.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Troon has announced a business agreement with Visa that will give the credit-card company’s Infinite and Signature cardholders access to the management company’s golf-loyalty program, Troon Rewards. The benefits will extend to more than 100 golf properties worldwide.

 

Bridgestone Golf has signed Cheyenne Woods to an undisclosed multi-year contract to play and promote its golf balls, the company announced. Woods, a third-year LPGA player, is the niece of 14-time major champion Tiger Woods. She intends to play the Tour B330-RX ball.

 

Carr Golf, a tourism operator in Ireland and Scotland, will host the inaugural Donald Ross Invitational Tournament at Royal Dornoch (Scotland) Golf Club. The pilgrimage to golf’s ancestral homeland starts at $3,560 per person for the two-person team event. Ross, the prolific course architect who immigrated to America in 1899 and became known as the father of U.S. golf course architecture, was born in Dornoch, on Scotland’s northeast coast.

 


CALENDAR
May 19-24
College women: NCAA Division I championship
Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Ill.
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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