by Alex Miceli

New leadership should go a long way toward making the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills a success.

The last time the Open visited this Long Island links course, in 2004, plenty of things went wrong for the U.S. Golf Association, notably the virtually unplayable condition of the green at the par-3 seventh hole (“Caution ahead: USGA’s return to Shinnecock,” Oct. 16, http://bit.ly/2yrDDKQ).


There’s more to competition than winning 

I’ve had mixed emotions about the comments regarding the USGA and allowing former Tour pros to regain status and compete on a national level (“Ex-pros vs. amateurs: It’s USGA’s shame,” Oct. 10, http://bit.ly/2wKrqip). I found myself doing the same thing in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and I can honestly say that it never occurred to me that I might be offending anyone by doing so. If I did, no one ever said a word.


Keeping score


Number of regional champions – 40 boys and 40 girls – who earned invitations to the fifth annual Drive, Chip and Putt national finals on Sunday, April 1, at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club, before the Masters Tournament. Drive, Chip and Putt is a nationwide junior skills competition for boys and girls ages 7-15 (results: http://bit.ly/1MT4B0p).

In the news

Introduced: As the seventh chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, Fred Ridley, 65, an attorney from Tampa, Fla. Ridley, the 1975 U.S. Amateur champion, a three-time Masters participant and a former USGA president, replaced Billy Payne, who became chairman emeritus. In a statement released Monday on Masters.com (http://bit.ly/2ynbxTs) to coincide with the club’s opening for a new season, Ridley cited ANGC co-founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts as “a source of wisdom and inspiration,” adding: “I fully subscribe to their mandate of constant improvement and their commitment to maintaining the highest standard in all that we do.” 


Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co. has selected Buffalo.Agency to oversee a golf-focused public-relations program. Dennis Riedel, a former professional golfer, and chef Blair Swiler launched the snack food in 2009 as caddies in Florida and New Jersey. The products are available at more than 1,000 golf courses, including Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links and Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort.


October 19-22
LPGA: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship
Taipei, Taiwan
PGA Tour: CJ Cup at Nine Bridges
Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea
European Tour: Andalucia Valderrama Masters
Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
October 20-22
Champions Tour: Dominion Energy Charity Classic
CC of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
October 26-29
PGA Tour: WGC HSBC Champions
Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai
LPGA: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PGA Tour: Sanderson Farms Championship
Country Club of Jackson (Miss.)
Amateur: Asia-Pacific Amateur
Royal Wellington GC, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
October 27-29
Champions Tour: PowerShares QQQ Championship
Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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