FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
by Adam Schupak

On Tuesday, Jim Furyk was hosting "Operation Shower," a group baby shower for 30 military moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed, at the Travelers Championship when he checked his phone. That's when tournament director Nathan Grube noticed the shattered screen. 

"I said, 'Jim, how many shards of glass do you get in your thumb?' " Grube said. "He said, 'You know, every once in a while, I have to pick one out.' "

Furyk had dropped the phone three weeks ago and had been too busy to do anything about it. Grube couldn't resist the opportunity to lend a hand. 

 



by Gary Van Sickle

Jon Brackett is ready for his role reversal this week.

Normally, the 47-year-old high school history teacher spends his summer working as a caddie at Erin Hills, which recently hosted the U.S. Open. This week, he’s helping train a batch of new caddies there, a task that requires him to play the course while ordering the newbies around so that they learn all of a caddie’s many duties.

 


Pomp and circumstance … and courtesy 

I enjoyed Mike Purkey’s article (“So many questions in game that needs answers,” June 22, http://bit.ly/2rHwDVR).

One “question” to which I took serious exception was whether a “nice donation” to Phil Mickelson’s daughter’s school would’ve gotten the graduation date changed. I’d bet most parents at that school could afford a “nice donation.” However, it’d be incredibly selfish of anyone to even try and change the date of a momentous occasion for so many others, one that often involves travel and extended family, simply because it’s inconvenient for themselves.

 



7

Strokes under par for Jordan Spieth, the first-round leader Thursday in the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship. Spieth, making his first appearance at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., birdied five of his first eight holes. Spieth, No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking, leads Johnson Wagner and Brett Stegmaier by one stroke. No. 3-ranked Rory McIlroy shot 67, and No. 4 Jason Day shot 72.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Antigua Group will be participating with its lifestyle and golf apparel in more than 3,000 events this year, the Peoria, Ariz., company announced. Antigua’s six-person events department manages everything from club invitationals to conventions to major golf and other sports events.

 

HydraPak will team with Access Fund to help benefit public-land conservation. HydraPak will produce 500 limited-edition, co-branded 500ml (about 17 ounces) bottles designed by Igawa Design for Outdoor Retailer. A requested $5 donation will go to Access Fund’s conservation efforts.

 

Kansas City’s Northland will be the site of a 52,000-square-foot golf and entertainment complex, said officials from Troon, which will manage the property. The Metro North Cross Redevelopment will include retail, a theater, hotel and multi-family residential.

 

CALENDAR
June 19-24
Men’s amateur: British Amateur
Royal St. George’s GC, Sandwich, England
June 21-24
Men’s amateur: Northeast Amateur
Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, R.I.
June 22-25
Web.com Tour: Lincoln Land Charity Championship
Panther Creek CC, Springfield, Ill.
PGA Tour: Travelers Championship
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.
European Tour: BMW International Open
Munich (Germany) Golf Club
June 23-25
Symetra Tour: Island Resort Championship
Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Mich.
LPGA: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Ark.
Champions Tour: American Family Insurance Championship
University Ridge GC, Madison, Wis.
June 25-30
Men’s amateur: North & South Amateur
Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort
June 27 - July 1
Men’s amateur: Dogwood Invitational
Druid Hills GC, Atlanta
Men’s amateur: European Amateur
Walton Heath GC, Walton-on-the-Hill, England
June 29 - July 2
PGA Tour: Quicken Loans National
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Md.
LPGA: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Olympia Fields (Ill.) CC (North Course)
European Tour: HNA French Open
Le Golf National, Paris
Champions Tour: U.S. Senior Open
Salem CC, Peabody, Mass.
Web.com Tour: Nashville Golf Open,
Nashville (Tenn.) Golf & Athletic Club
June 30 - July 2
Symetra Tour: Tullymore Classic
Tullymore GC, Stanwood, Mich.

      
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