WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017
by Adam Schupak

Everyone loves the long ball. Whether it is Bubba Watson or Rory McIlroy, watching the big boppers pound a golf ball a country mile is awe-inspiring.

Jamie Sadlowski airmails their drives when he lets the big dawg eat. For more than a decade, the 5-foot-11-inch, 168-pound Canadian has whipped crowds into a frenzy as the face of long drive, winning the 2008 and 2009 World Long Drive Championship and making the final eight 10 straight times. But “Super Freak,” as he was affectionately called, retired late last year to chase his dream of playing the PGA Tour. It becomes all the more real Thursday when he will make his Tour debut in the Dean and DeLuca Invitational as a "champions choice" sponsor exemption at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

 


by Alex Miceli

We never really know what might be happening with a professional golfer when he tees it up and plays poorly.

Generally, we assume it’s just the unpredictable nature of a game that can go well one day and terribly wrong the next.

If you play or cover the game long enough, it is the only answer that can explain the crazy results.

 



Tour golfers should have game for any track

Mike Purkey is spot-on ("Tour players fail history by skipping Colonial," May 23, http://bit.ly/2rRDpYZ).
 
A complete golfer should be able to play all tracks. There are 14 clubs in the bag for a reason. The best batters in Major League Baseball don't get to pick which pitchers they face. Roger Federer can't avoid Rafael Nadal. If Dustin Johnson can't win at Harbour Town, he still should be expected to try.
 
The great players adapt their games to courses and conditions.


Keeping score

1

Number of players to successfully defend at the PGA Tour stop at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Ben Hogan did it twice, in 1946-47 and 1952-53, at his hometown Tour event. In all, Hogan won five of his 64 Tour titles at Colonial.

43

Cumulative strokes under par during the past five years for Jordan Spieth, the defending champion in this week’s Dean and DeLuca Invitational, at Colonial Country Club. Spieth, 23, who grew up in nearby Dallas, has averaged 67.3 strokes per round during that stretch.


In the news

Selected: By the U.S. Golf Association, Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., as host of the 2022 Curtis Cup. The biennial matches, pitting the top female amateurs from the U.S. against their counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland, will be played June 10-12. The ’22 Curtis Cup will be Merion’s 19th USGA event, the most of any club, and includes five U.S. Opens.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

John Walker has been named field staff representative for the South Central region of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the GCSAA announced. Walker has been a course superintendent in Texas for 30 years. Beginning June 1, he will serve as the GCSAA’s liaison for affiliated chapters in Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

 

Wolf Laurel Country Club announced its “Elevate, Escape and Enjoy” discovery package for prospective members at the Mars Hill, N.C., resort. Wolf Laurel, at nearly 5,000 feet elevation in the Blue Ridge Mountains, sits north of Asheville. The golf course features elevation changes of about 1,200 feet and summertime temperatures in the low 70s. Rates for the discovery package start at $125 per person based on double occupancy.

 

Golf season in New Jersey is starting to heat up, and three big professional events will highlight the summer schedule. The ShopRite LPGA Classic will be played June 2-4 at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway; the U.S. Women’s Open will visit Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 13-16; and the biennial Presidents Cup matches pitting the U.S. against the International team will be held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City on Sept. 28-Oct. 1.

 


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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