MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
by Steve Elling

In hindsight, it was reminiscent of an over-the-top cop series from days gone by, with Mike Davis playing the role of “Dirty Harry” Callahan.

The newly anointed executive director of the U.S. Golf Association was applauded as savior and hero on the 18th green at the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club five years ago when he grabbed an obnoxious, squawking protester who had hijacked the televised awards ceremony, then heaved the guy into a greenside bunker. San Francisco’s finest quickly converged.

Unfortunately, like the loopy interloper, the trajectory of the USGA seemingly has plunged headfirst, if not sideways, since.

 


by Alex Miceli

Last summer, golfers were defecting at an alarming rate from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Ultimately, the players who cited concern for the Zika virus and/or civil unrest in Brazil as reasons to skip golf’s return to the games after a 112-year absence would be relatively small. Yet, any world-class event without the likes of Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth draws attention for those absent as well as those present.

The defections generated much hand-wringing and could have put golf’s future as an Olympic sport in peril, but the games were played without incident.

 



Too many exemptions, on both sides of Atlantic

Your article saying that the U.S. Open should be more open is something I've been saying for years (“To keep the Open truly open, limit exemptions,” June 5, http://bit.ly/2t6sdbc).

As a former professional golfer who twice advanced to sectional qualifying in the 1990s, I can say that the amount of exemptions is getting out of hand. Two-thirds of the field should be forced to qualify.

 


1

Number of career European Tour victories for Dylan Frittelli, who won the Lyoness Open on Sunday in Atzenbrugg, Austria. Frittelli, a South African who turned 27 on June 5, capped his birthday week with a final-round 5-under 67 at Diamond Country Club for a 12-under 276 total and one-stroke margin over countryman Jbe Kruger, England’s David Horsey and Finland’s Mikko Korhonen. College fans might recall Frittelli for his clinching 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole in the deciding match for Texas in the 2012 NCAA Championship.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Ironhorse Golf Club in Leawood, Kan., has opened a new 5,400-square-foot banquet and meeting space called Vista 154. The facility stands next to the club’s existing clubhouse and will be marketed for weddings, receptions and social gatherings, said officials with the Troon-managed club.

 

Srixon customers can personalize their golf balls on Srixon.com, under a new program launched by the golf-ball manufacturer. Up to three lines with 17 characters of text per line, with seven color options, are available on Srixon’s six ball models: Z-Star, Z-Star XV, Q-Star Tour, Q-Star, Soft Feel and Soft Feel Lady. A promotion is associated with the launch, through the end of 2017: personalization will be free for any dozen purchased, and buyers of three dozen personalized balls will get one dozen free.

 


CALENDAR
June 14-17
Men’s amateur: Sunnehanna Amateur
Sunnehanna CC, Johnstown, Pa.
June 15-18
LPGA: Meijer LPGA Classic
Blythefield CC, Belmont, Mich.
Web.com Tour: Air Capital Classic
Crestview CC, Wichita, Kan.
PGA Tour: U.S. Open
Erin Hills, Erin, Wis.
June 16-18
Symetra Tour: Decatur-Forsyth Classic
Hickory Point GC, Decatur, Ill.
June 18-22
Junior: Western Junior
Park Ridge (Ill.) CC
June 19-24
Men’s amateur: British Amateur
Royal St. George’s GC, Sandwich, England
June 20-21
Junior: Pepsi Little People’s Tournament
Westview GC and Knights of Columbus Par 3, Quincy, Ill.
June 21-24
Men’s amateur: Northeast Amateur
Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, R.I.

      
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