FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017
by Alex Miceli

After listening to news about health care, the Russia investigation and the media controversies, I found Thursday’s golf headline to be refreshing: Jim “Bones” Mackay is going into television.

OK, maybe it’s not monumental world news, but it’s a clear victory for NBC and Mackay.


By any name, it’s dysfunctional

Golf journalists are missing an insidious trend that needs to be stopped. The naming of golf tournaments needs to be controlled.

Being a proud Irish-American avid golfer, I turned on Golf Channel this morning to watch the Irish Open, and what did I see? The "Dubai Duty Free 10-Cent Slot Irish Open" or something to that effect.



Number of birdies that LPGA rookie Laura Gonzalez Escallon posted in a bogey-free 65 to share the first-round lead Thursday in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida, Wis. Gonzales Escallon, 26, a Belgian who was born in Colombia and played at Purdue, birdied three of her first four holes and four of her final five at Thornberry Creek’s Championship Course. She is tied with South Korea’s Sei Young Kim, who won the Lorena Ochoa Match Play earlier this season and owns six victories in the past three seasons. American Madeleine Sheils and South Korean Min-G Kim stand one shot back.


In the news

Selected: To redesign a golf course in Bali, Indonesia, Phil Mickelson. Nirwana Golf Course, part of the Bali Nirwana Resort and located along the Indian Ocean, will be renamed Trump International Golf Club, the 19th worldwide golf property in the U.S. president’s portfolio.

Committed: To play in the Western Amateur, Tony Romo. The former NFL quarterback, who retired from the Dallas Cowboys after last season, carries a plus-0.3 handicap, according to his GHIN index. Romo, 37, a regular on the celebrity circuit, advanced to 2010 U.S. Open sectional qualifying before withdrawing because of a conflict with football. The Western Amateur, Aug. 1-5 at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Ill., will feature defending champion Dylan Meyer of Illinois and NCAA champion Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss.

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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