WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017
by Ted Bishop

There has been a lot of speculation during the past few months about the future of the PGA Championship. It seems only a matter of time before the PGA of America announces that the Wanamaker Trophy will be awarded every May instead of early August.

Let’s face it: the PGA Championship clearly is the fourth-most prestigious major championship in golf. It’s been that way for decades. The U.S. Open always will be the pre-eminent American major despite the ambiance and attraction of the Masters. The British Open, with its history and international appeal, is third on the major rankings among American golf fans, and then comes the PGA, which will be played next week at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.

 



by Gary Van Sickle

Four years ago at Muirfield Village, Steve Stricker found himself paired in the Presidents Cup with a rookie newcomer named Jordan Spieth.

So, what became of that Spieth kid, anyway?

You already know. Three major championships before age 24, including last month’s British Open at Royal Birkdale, where he rode home on a meteoric birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie spurt. In 2013, however, Spieth was a little more raw as Stricker’s partner.

 



37

Number of appearances in the Ricoh Women’s British Open, upon teeing it up Thursday at Kingsbarns Golf Links in St. Andrews, Scotland, for Laura Davies, a record. Davies, 53, of England, won a sudden-death playoff in Monday qualifying to gain a spot. She is the all-time victory leader on the Ladies European Tour, with 45, and has won 20 times on the LPGA, but her four major championships do not include a Women’s British Open title.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Golf-course superintendents have a new resource for news and information about their industry at GCMOnline.com, the recently launched website of Golf Course Management magazine. GCM is the official publication of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

 

Aquatrols, which manufactures soil surfactants and related technologies, promoted Matt Foster to president and chief executive officer. Foster will hold ultimate responsibility for performance at the Paulsboro, N.J.-based company.

 

Aquatrols appointed Thomas Valentine and Wesley Hamm as territory managers on the company’s North American sales team. Valentine will oversee the Northeast, and Hamm will handle the Southeast.

 

PGA Golf Club, the flagship property of the PGA of America, invites golfers to play its courses in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for a chance to win a PGA Championship flag signed by 2016 winner Jimmy Walker, plus other prizes. Golfers with tee times Aug. 7-13, during the week of the PGA Championship, on any of PGA Golf Club’s three courses will be entered.

 

Golf-simulator manufacturer Golfzon enjoyed a successful British Open two weeks ago at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. Matt Kuchar, who is sponsored by Golfzon, finished runner-up, and the South Korean company presented its simulators to a crowd that numbered 235,000.

 

The Troon Challenge National Finals will be played Aug. 25-27 in Scottsdale, Ariz., at Boulders Resort’s South Course and Troon North Golf Club’s Pinnacle Course, Troon announced. The annual series is the golf-management company’s largest amateur event. It attracted more than 1,100 competitors this year.

 

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club expects to reopen for play on Sept. 29 after an extensive course renovation this summer, officials at the Fountain Hills, Ariz., club announced. The improvements include bunker removal at six holes, wider fairways, leveling of tee boxes, removal of desert brush and clubhouse kitchen renovations.

 

CALENDAR
July 31 - August 2
Men’s amateur: Bayonet Black Horse Amateur
Bayonet Black Horse (Bayonet), Seaside, Calif.
July 31 - August 5
Men’s amateur: Western Amateur
Skokie CC, Glencoe, Ill.
August 2-5
Men’s amateur: Palmetto Amateur
Palmetto GC, Aiken, S.C.
August 3-6
LPGA: Ricoh Women’s British Open
Kingsbarns Golf Links, Fife, Scotland
Web.com Tour: Ellie Mae Classic
TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif.
PGA Tour: WGC Bridgestone Invitational
Firestone CC (South), Akron, Ohio
PGA Tour: Barracuda Championship
Montreux G&CC, Reno, Nev.
August 4-6
Champions Tour: 3M Championship
TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.
Symetra Tour: PHC Classic
Brown Deer Park GC, Milwaukee

      
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