by Steve Elling

They communicate these days mostly electronically. Then again, given their tech-savvy ages and the fact they’re separated by an ocean and several time zones, that’s not surprising.

When Chase Koepka arrived at the Challenge Tour tournament last week in Scotland, he was reminded of his familial footprints on Europe’s biggest developmental tour.


Woods’ amateur record stands alone 

Tiger Woods won six USGA events in six consecutive years (U.S. Junior Amateur, 1991-93; U.S. Amateur, 1994-96). I am pretty confident that the achievement exceeds Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak (“The next Tiger? It’s a futile search,” July 5,

To begin, Woods had to local qualify for the first U.S. Junior, then beat 80 players to qualify for match play. Follow that with six grueling matches, and he was then the champion. Six people playing at peak performance. Fat chance.


Compared: By the International Olympic Committee’s evaluation commission in its report outlining the attributes of Los Angeles and Paris, bidding rivals for the 2024 Olympic Games ( If the bids were based solely on the golf venues, L.A. would seem to have the edge. Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades is listed in the report as having a 30,000-seat capacity for spectators and being nine minutes from the proposed Olympic Village. Paris’ golf venue, Le Golf National, has a 2,720-seat capacity and is 40 minutes from the proposed Olympic Village. Both courses claim big-event experience. The PGA Tour visits Riviera, a 1926 George C. Thomas Jr. and William P. Bell design, each February for the annual Genesis Open. “The Riv” has hosted the 1948 U.S. Open, PGA Championships in 1983 and ’95 and the ’98 U.S. Senior Open. Le Golf National, a 1990 Hubert Chesneau and Robert Von Hagge design, is the site of the annual HNA French Open on the European Tour and will play host to the 2018 Ryder Cup.



Number of consecutive rounds at par or better for Guillermo Pereira on the Tour, who is entered in the Lecom Health Challenge that begins today at Peek’n Peak Resort’s Upper Course in Findley Lake, N.Y. Pereira, 22, of Santiago, Chile, progressively has improved during the past five weeks: T-44, T-28, T-15, T-11 and T-3. He played the past two seasons on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica.



Roger Fredericks, a golf instructor and fitness adviser, has joined the staff at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. Fredericks will create golf-swing analysis and flexibility programs, seminars and workshops for the Omni La Costa Golf Performance Institute.


Fourteen Golf has renewed an agreement with Jancor Agencies of Pointe-Clair, Quebec, to handle Canadian distribution of the golf-equipment manufacturer’s products, the Irvine, Calif., company announced.


The winner and runner-up of the recent KPMG Women’s PGA Championship played Nippon Golf shafts, the Japanese manufacturer announced. The company’s shafts also were used by three players in the top five at the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National and by two players in the top 10 at the Tour’s Nashville Golf Open, Nippon Golf said.


July 5-7
Men’s amateur: Sahalee Players
Sahalee CC, Sammamish, Wash.
July 6-9
LPGA: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
Thornberry Creek (Championship), Oneida, Wis. Lecom Health Challenge
Peek’n Peak Resort (Upper), Findley Lake, N.Y.
PGA Tour: The Greenbrier Classic
The Greenbrier Resort (Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
European: Irish Open
Portstewart (Northern Ireland) GC
July 7-9
Men’s amateur: Magnolia Amateur
Hattiesburg (Miss.) CC
Symetra Tour: Donald Ross Centennial Classic
French Lick (Ind.) Resort
July 10-12
Senior women: Senior LPGA Championship
French Lick (Ind.) Resort (Pete Dye Course)
July 10-13
Men’s amateur: Trans-Mississippi Championship
Prairie Dunes CC, Hutchinson, Kan.
July 10-14
Women’s Amateur: North & South
Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort No. 2
July 10-15
Men’s amateur: Pacific Northwest Amateur
Emerald Valley GC, Creswell, Ore.
July 11-14
Women’s amateur: Women’s Trans National
Mid Pines Inn and GC, Southern Pines, N.C.
July 13-16
Champions Tour: Constellation Senior Players Championship
Caves Valley GC, Owings Mills, Md.
Men’s amateur: The Players Amateur
Berkeley Hall Club, Bluffton, S.C.
LPGA: U.S. Women’s Open
Trump National GC, Bedminster, N.J.
PGA Tour: John Deere Classic
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill. Tour: Utah Championship
Oakridge CC, Farmington, Utah
Men’s amateur: Eastern Amateur
Elizabeth Manor CC, Portsmouth, Va.
European Tour: Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
Dundonald Links, Troon, Scotland

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