by Mike Purkey

Jim Holtgrieve, a career amateur, won the inaugural U.S. Mid-Amateur in 1981 at Bellerive Country Club in his hometown of St. Louis. Holtgrieve, then 33, was one of the driving forces for creating the Mid-Am, which was designed as a USGA championship for career amateurs 25 and older.

The idea was to give working-class amateurs a national championship without having to compete against college kids who, for all practical purposes, play golf full-time. The intent was noble.


These Yanks had a stacked lineup, too 

Saying that Steve Stricker is a great choice for Ryder Cup captain because of his U.S. team’s dominance in the Presidents Cup is like saying Casey Stengel was a great manager because he won seven World Series. Both had by far the most talented rosters (“Stricker points Ryder Cup in new direction,” Oct. 6, http://bit.ly/2y9EQb8). 

You could have thrown the 12 names of our Presidents Cup team into a computer and still dominated.


Keeping score


Number of strokes by which American Rachel Rohanna won the weather-delayed and -shortened Symetra Tour Championship on Monday in Daytona Beach, Fla. Rohanna, of Waynesburg, Pa., shot 3-under 69 at LPGA International’s Jones Course for a 13-under 203 total. It was her second career victory on the developmental tour and first of the season. Although the $30,000 first prize was not quite enough to land Rohanna among the top 10 in season earnings and an LPGA exemption for 2018 – she finished 11th, $2,509 out of 10th place – she earned a spot in the final stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in December. The Symetra finale was reduced to 54 holes because of inclement weather over the weekend (scores: http://bit.ly/1qbwkBd; season money leaders: http://bit.ly/1RDqz5g). 

In the news

Evacuated: Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., after the PGA Tour’s recent Safeway Open, because of wildfires in northern California’s wine country. The resort, in a post to its Twitter account, said that all staff and guests safely departed the resort early Monday, just hours after Brendan Steele won the Tour’s 2017-18 season opener. The Associated Press reported at least 10 deaths and that 1,500-plus buildings were destroyed by 14 large wildfires in the region.


The Annika Invitational Latin America will be played Oct. 11-14 at Hurlingham Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Annika Foundation announced. Defending champion Agustina Gomez Cisterna of Argentina headlines a field of junior girls from 18 countries. The winner will receive an exemption into the 2018 South American Amateur in Santiago, Chile.


Troon North Golf Club’s Monument course reopened for daily-fee play on Saturday after a four-month renovation. The Monument is one of two courses at the club in Scottsdale, Ariz.


BransonGolfTravel.com has debuted, offering custom booking services to golfers planning to visit Branson, Mo. Four courses are being planned or scheduled to open soon in the Ozark Mountain area.


October 7-13
Men’s amateur: U.S. Men’s Mid-Amateur
Capital City Club (Crabapple), Woodstock, Ga.
October 12-15
LPGA: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
Sky 72 GC (Ocean), Incheon, South Korea
European Tour: Italian Open
Milan Golf Club, Parco Reale di Monza, Italy
PGA Tour: CIMB Classic
TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 13-15
Champions Tour: SAS Championship
Prestonwood CC, Cary, N.C.

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