MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017
by Gary Van Sickle

Jack Nicklaus told you so.

Three years ago, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama won Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament for his first victory in America, and the host offered this analysis: “His tempo is so good and his composure is very calm. I think you’ve just seen the start of one of the world’s truly great players over the next 10 to 15 years.”

 



by Mike Purkey

For the longest time, Charlotte was a big small town. There were more churches than bars, and professional sports was little more than a fool’s dream.

Sure, there was NASCAR, and Charlotte has had stock-car racing since 1949. But it was a backwater sport, with limited appeal relegated to such out-of-the-way places as Rockingham, Darlington, Bristol and North Wilkesboro.

 


by Alex Miceli

Juli Inkster called Sunday her toughest day as a national-team captain when she picked two rookies for her U.S. Solheim Cup team.

After the Ricoh Women’s British Open ended, Inkster passed on the experience of Paula Creamer and selected Austin Ernst and Angel Yin for the American team that will play Europe on Aug. 18-20 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. 

 


WGA shows how to grow the game 

Barry Cronin’s story (“Chicago teen finds hope in Caddie Academy,” Aug. 4, http://bit.ly/2wgO9Da) really brightened my day.

As a former caddie, I enjoyed knowing what a difference the job could make in someone’s life. It was over 20 years after my last loop before I picked up my own clubs; perhaps Anahi Gutierrez won’t wait so long.

 


2

Number of bogeys in three rounds, against 15 birdies, that Brittany Marchand made in winning the Symetra Tour’s PHC Classic on Sunday at Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Milwaukee (scores: http://bit.ly/2wylFUI). Marchand, 25, of Orangeville, Ontario, and a former collegian at North Carolina State, shot a final-round 4-under 68 for a 13-under 203 total to post her first victory on the developmental tour. France’s Marion Ricordeau placed second at 10-under 206, followed by American Becca Huffer (68) at 9-under 207. 

 



In the news

Announced: By Callaway Golf Co., that it has entered into an agreement to acquire golf-apparel maker TravisMathew for $125.5 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, pending regulatory approvals. TravisMathew will continue to operate out of its headquarters in Huntington Beach, Calif.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Hideki Matsuyama won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational while playing Srixon and Cleveland Golf equipment, the manufacturers reported. He played Srixon Z 945 irons, Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Precision Forged wedges and the Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball.

 

Streamsong Resort will celebrate the Sept. 25 opening of its third course, the Gil Hanse-designed Black Course, with the Streamsong Black Grand Opening Experience. The promotion runs through Sept. 4 and offers golfers the chance to win two nights’ accommodations for four guests in Streamsong’s lodge and to participate in the opening festivities and play the resort’s other courses. Streamsong, in central Florida, is the site of the Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw-designed Red Course and the Tom Doak-designed Blue Course.

 

Apparel maker Bradley Allen will display its autumn/winter 2017 and spring/summer 2018 collections at the PGA Fashion and Demo Experience on Aug. 14-16 in Las Vegas. Bradley Allen’s golf apparel is designed to transition from the course to everyday life.

 

Larry and Clare Foley won the recent 10th annual World Invitational Father and Daughter Tournament at Waterville Golf Links in Ireland, Carr Golf announced. Carr Golf, a tour operator for golf vacations to Ireland and Scotland, hosted 34 teams from the U.S., Canada, Italy and Ireland. The Foleys play out of Country Club of Fairfield in Connecticut.

 

Troon has been selected to manage golf operations at Mauna Lani on Hawaii Island, the golf-management company announced. With Mauna Lani’s 36-hole property of North and South courses, Troon will operate 135 golf holes in Hawaii.

 

CALENDAR
August 7-13
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur
San Diego CC, Chula Vista, Calif.
August 10-13
Web.com Tour: Price Cutter Charity Championship
Highland Springs CC, Springfield, Mo.
PGA Tour: PGA Championship
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.
August 14-20
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
August 17-20
European Tour: Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Golf Resort Bad Griesbach (Germany)
Web.com Tour: News Sentinel Open
Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.
PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship
Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.
European Tour: Fiji International
Natadola (Fiji) Bay GC
August 18-20
Champions Tour: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.
LPGA: Solheim Cup
Des Moines CC, West Des Moines, Iowa

      
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