by Mike Purkey

The Solheim Cup is broken.

The lopsided 16½-11½ victory by the Americans on Sunday put an exclamation point on what we have known for some time: this biennial competition between the U.S. and Europe has become little more than an exhibition between two inferior teams.


Ideas to improve USGA amateur events 

Terry Koehler of Victoria, Texas, makes accurate points about college players dominating the U.S. Amateur in his letter to Morning Read (“Is this really the U.S. ‘Amateur’?” Aug. 21, http://bit.ly/2ilZIpO).

Further, the U.S. Golf Association doesn’t get its U.S. Senior Amateur quite right, either.


In the news

Named: The amateur teams for the biennial Walker Cup Match pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland on Sept. 9-10 at Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course. U.S.: Cameron Champ, 21, Sacramento, Calif.; Doug Ghim, 21, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Stewart Hagestad, 26, Newport Beach, Calif.; Maverick McNealy, 21, Portola Valley, Calif.; Collin Morikawa, 20, La Canada Flintridge, Calif.; Doc Redman, 19, Raleigh, N.C.; Scottie Scheffler, 21, Dallas; Braden Thornberry, 20, Olive Branch, Miss.; Norman Xiong, 18, Canyon Lake, Calif.; Will Zalatoris, 21, Plano, Texas; captain John “Spider” Miller of Indianapolis. GBI: David Boote, 23, Wales; Jack Davidson, 20, Wales; Harry Ellis, 21, England; Scott Gregory, 22, England; Matthew Jordan, 21, England; Paul McBride, 21, Ireland; Robert MacIntyre, 21, Scotland; Alfie Plant, 25, England; Jack Singh Brar, 20, England; Connor Syme, 22, Drumoig, Scotland; captain Craig Watson of Scotland.


Number of Canadians who have won the Canadian Women’s Open since the tournament debuted in 1973. Jocelyne Bourassa won the inaugural event, in 1973, when it was known as La Canadienne. The tournament, known today as the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, was a major championship on the LPGA from 1979 to 2000. The CPWO begins Thursday at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.



Nippon Shaft claimed victories on two major professional tours on Sunday with players using the company’s shafts. Nippon shafts were used by the victors in the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship and the Web.com Tour’s News Sentinel Open.


The South Course at Shadow Hills Golf Club in Indio, Calif., will reopen Friday after renovations to the bunkers. Improvements to the rest of the club’s facilities include the practice range, practice putting green and the Montecito Putting Course and are expected to be finished in the coming months.


Casa de Campo Resort and Villas has appointed Charlie Epps as executive director of the new Casa de Campo Golf Learning Center in La Romana, Dominican Republic. The roster of accomplished players under Epps, a veteran of more than 40 years of golf instruction, includes two-time major champion Angel Cabrera.


Bridgestone Golf will introduce the Tour B series of golf balls for sale at retailers and on Bridgestonegolf.com beginning Oct. 2. The series features four models: Tour B X, XS, RX and RXS. The Tour B series will replace the company’s B330 line of golf balls.


August 24-27
PGA Tour: The Northern Trust
Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, N.Y.
Web.com Tour: WinCo Foods Portland Open
Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Ore.
European Tour: Made in Denmark
Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort, Farso, Denmark
LPGA: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Ottawa Hunt and GC, Ottawa, Ontario
August 25-27
Champions Tour: Boeing Classic
The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.
August 26-31
Men’s amateur: U.S. Senior Amateur
The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis
August 31 - September 3
LPGA: Cambia Portland Classic
Columbia-Edgewater CC, Portland, Ore.
Symetra Tour: Sioux Falls Great Life Challenge
Willow Run GC, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Web.com Tour: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
Ohio State GC (Scarlet), Columbus, Ohio
European Tour: D+D Real Czech Masters
Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic
September 1-3
Champions Tour: Shaw Charity Classic
Canyon Meadows G&CC, Calgary, Alberta
September 1-4
PGA Tour: Dell Technologies Championship
TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.
September 2-4
Men’s amateur: Labor Day Invitational
CC of Mobile (Ala.)
Men’s amateur: California State Fair
Haggin Oaks (MacKenzie), Sacramento, Calif.

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