THURSDAY | OCTOBER 5, 2017
by Adam Schupak

When the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings skate on home ice for their season opener tonight, they will do so inside the lavish, sparkling new downtown Little Caesars Arena, an homage to . . . the patron saint of pizza?

As Graham DeLaet, a PGA Tour pro from Canada and a hardcore hockey fan, tweeted: “So Joe Louis Arena is now Little Caesars Arena? That’s like Pebble Beach being renamed Carl’s Jr. Links.”

 



Uh, no, it’s not that sort of a cup 

I play golf. A lot of golf. I am around golfers and golf pros every day. Not once did I hear mention of the Presidents Cup (“Cracks in Presidents Cup: 4 things to fix,” Oct. 2, http://bit.ly/2wue1v5).

I haven't seen the ratings, but I am sure they are terrible. Bottom line: anticlimactic.

 


Voted: By PGA Tour players as the circuit’s player of the year, Justin Thomas, whose five victories in the 2016-17 season included the PGA Championship. Thomas, 24, of Jupiter, Fla., also won the yearlong FedEx Cup.

 



Keeping score

11

Number of times that Phil Mickelson has won on the PGA Tour in his home state of California. Mickelson, 47, who owns 42 Tour victories in a World Golf Hall of Fame career, will start his 27th season today at the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course in Napa, Calif. (tee times: http://bit.ly/2xZFybl). Four days ago, Mickelson helped lead the U.S. to a 19-11 rout of the Internationals in the Presidents Cup, going 3-0-1 in matches during the week. He has not won a stroke-play event on Tour since the 2013 British Open.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Cape Club Resort in Falmouth, Mass., was ranked No. 13 among the Best Public Courses in New England, according to New England Golf Monthly’s Best in Golf Awards. The courses were ranked according to a reader survey, industry input, staff selections and other national rankings. The Cape Club, formerly known as Ballymeade Country Club, has been open for daily-fee play since Aug. 3, 2016.

 

Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Resort will host Golf Made Simple and its three-day golf schools, the resort announced. Classes begin Nov. 3-5 and will continue weekly through mid-May.

 

Antigua Group raised $15,000 and donated 7,000 pieces of the company’s Antigua brand of apparel to relief efforts for the victims of the recent natural disasters in the mainland U.S. and Puerto Rico, the Peoria, Ariz.-based company announced.

 

Youth on Course will be working with the Carolinas Golf Association in an effort to bring golf rounds for $5 or less to juniors in North Carolina and South Carolina. Youth on Course, a nonprofit organization that is active in 19 states, helps provide youngsters with subsidized golf rounds, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships.

 

Troon has been selected to manage Belfair, a private golf-club community in Bluffton, S.C., the company announced. Troon Privé, the private-club operations division of Troon, will manage the 36-hole facility and the community’s property owners’ association.

 

CALENDAR
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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