SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
by Gary Van Sickle

Mother Nature remains the Greatest Show on Earth. Or were you not mesmerized and maybe even a little afraid of those colorful, spinning storm graphics during the past week as Hurricane Irma terrorized Florida, creating a corridor of chaos?

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm as it headed north into Georgia. That made for an anxious situation in Atlanta, which received its first-ever tropical-storm warning and shut down schools, local government and mass transit in response. 


Parallels between LPGA and WNBA 

Thanks for giving Juli Inkster the opportunity to expand on her comments at the Solheim Cup (“Inkster: Female golfers deserve better,” Sept. 11, Your questions were incisive.

She ducked many of them, choosing to complain about corporate honchos who (she presumes) would rather play in pro-ams with big-name male professionals vs. big-name women and about how corporate sponsors can't tell one Kim from another.



Number of years that the Evian Championship, which will be played this week at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France, has been considered a major championship in women’s golf. From 1994 to 2012, the Evian Masters in the French Alps was a stop on the LPGA and Ladies European tours. All four past winners at Evian since it was elevated to major-championship status – Suzann Pettersen (2013), Hyo Joo Kim (2014), Lydia Ko (2015) and In Gee Chun (2016) – are entered this week (tee times:


Postponed: The U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, because of the effects of Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Golf Association announced. Revised dates for the tournament, which had been scheduled for Oct. 7-12 at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla., were not disclosed.



Wickenburg (Ariz.) Ranch Golf and Social Club announced two management appointments. Ed Shimkus has been named the director of agronomy, and Mollie Beale has been appointed as the director of membership, the club said.


Arccos Caddie has been honored as the most innovative product of the year in the annual golf awards by United Kingdom retailer American Golf, Arccos Golf announced.


September 9-14
Women’s amateur: U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
Waverley CC, Portland, Ore.
September 14-17
PGA Tour: BMW Championship
Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, Ill. Tour: Albertsons Boise Open
Hillcrest CC, Boise, Idaho
European Tour: KLM Open
The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands
LPGA: Evian Championship
Evian Resort GC, Evian-les-Bains, France
September 15-17
Champions Tour: Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
Bear Mountain Resort, Victoria, British Columbia
Symetra Tour: Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout
Mystic Creek GC, El Dorado, Ark.
September 15-19
Club pros: PGA of America PGA Cup
Foxhills Club and Resort, Longcross Course, Ottershaw, England

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