by Ted Bishop

Much has changed with the PGA of America’s approach to the Ryder Cup since the organization appointed a task force to create a winning formula. Not so long ago, the PGA’s public-relations department loved to play a cat-and-mouse game with the golf media regarding the announcement of Ryder Cup captains. Now, the future order of captains is highly predictable.


A good first step to honor Louis 

At brevity's sake, a starting point is difficult, but your piece lauding Joe Louis and his contributions – golf-related and beyond – is poorly initiated by affronts to the Red Wings and the Mike Ilitch family (“Will Detroit answer bell for Brown Bomber?” Oct. 5, Slap-in-the-face references to the destruction of Joe Louis Arena and the “lavish, sparkling new … Little Caesars Arena” are inane non sequiturs to the objective of your piece. Your apology should hasten.



Number of strokes under par for co-leaders Paul Dunne and Nicolas Colsaerts in the first round of the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland. Dunne, of Ireland, who won last week’s British Masters for his first tour title, shot 67 on the Old Course while Colsaerts, of Belgium, finished birdie-birdie after an early double bogey to post a 67 at nearby Kingsbarns (scores: 


In the news

Expanded: By the U.S. Golf Association, the number of exemptions for the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, effective in 2018. The U.S. Junior Amateur and Men’s Mid-Amateur champions and the U.S. Girls’ Junior and Women’s Mid-Amateur winners will be exempted into the men’s and women’s opens, respectively. That gives Noah Goodwin of Corinth, Texas, and Erica Shepherd of Greenwood, Ind., the respective boys and girls winners of this summer’s U.S. junior events, exemptions into the 2018 opens. The Men’s Mid-Amateur begins Saturday (tee times:, and the Women’s Mid-Amateur will be played next month. 


International Club Suppliers has appointed Michele Reagan as its first regional customer care manager. Reagan joins ICS from Eagles Golf Club in Odessa, Fla., where she was the tournaments and events director. ICS is the sales and marketing arm for Entegra Procurement Services.


Bridgestone Golf announced that its Tour B golf balls are available nationwide, and the company says its digital fitting tools will help consumers find the proper ball. The Tour B – available in X, XS, RX and RXS models, for $44.99 per dozen – can be properly fit for golfers using the BFIT app, which is free for iPhone users, or via Bridgestone’s online fitting tool at


Chase54, a golf and lifestyle brand, will join the American Breast Cancer Foundation to promote awareness of the disease this month. Chase54 has pledged to donate 10 percent of its sales this month to the foundation.


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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