by Gary Van Sickle

The most dominant player in golf might be Bruce Gordon.

Never heard of him? Gordon plays at the Incline Village Mountain Course overlooking Lake Tahoe’s scenic north shore in Nevada, and he plays a lot. Call him the “Champion Walker of the Year.” 

Robyn Bradford, the head professional at the Mountain Course, began a fitness program last year. GolFit featured rewards for every 10 miles walked by golfers, starting with a free appetizer and escalating to prizes such as free lessons and gift cards, plus a nine-hole season pass to the golfer who covers the most miles all summer.


Add women to Presidents Cup format 

The best way to make the Presidents Cup more competitive would be for the PGA Tour to partner with the LPGA to make it a mixed-team event (“Cracks in Presidents Cup: 4 things to fix,” Oct. 2,

Last week’s contest at Liberty National was a mismatch from the start. According to the men’s Official World Golf Ranking as of Sept. 24, the 12 U.S. players had an average world ranking of 15.50 compared with the Internationals’ average of 32.50.



Number of runner-up finishes for Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which he will play this week for the first time in three years. The tournament will be contested over three links courses in Scotland: Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St. Andrews’ Old Course. England’s Tyrrell Hatton is the defending champion.


In the news

Voted: By PGA Tour players as the circuit’s rookie of the year, Xander Schauffele, who was the first rookie to win the season-ending Tour Championship. Schauffele, 23, of San Diego, also won the Greenbrier Classic earlier in the year.


The Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa at The Islands of Loreto in Mexico has been recognized by World Travel Awards and Travel Weekly Magellan Awards. The resort is on the Baja California peninsula.


Reynolds Lake Oconee has made available 12 lakefront homesites, officials at the resort in Greensboro, Ga., announced. The waterfront properties are part of the Horseshoe Bend shoreline.


GolfTec has opened its remodeled Denver Tech Center location, the company’s original site for golf lessons. The 3,750-square-foot facility features five teaching/practice bays and GolfTec’s TecFit custom club-fitting program. A Halloween-themed grand opening is set for Oct. 30.


October 5-8
European Tour: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland
PGA Tour: Safeway Open
Silverado Resort and Spa (North), Napa, Calif.
Symetra Tour: Symetra Tour Championship
LPGA International (Jones), Daytona Beach, Fla.
October 7-12
Men’s amateur: U.S. Men’s Mid-Amateur
Capital City Club (Crabapple), Woodstock, Ga.

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