by Gary Van Sickle

Travis Lindsay made me buy a golf membership this year. I was recovering from stem-cell injections in my left knee in January and wasn’t sure I was going to play golf before the middle of summer, if at all.

But I bought a Spring Membership, anyway, for all the golf I could play until May 21 at Birdsfoot Golf Club, a daily-fee course about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Why? It was too good of a deal to pass up.


Set shot clock based on ball position

Regarding the European Tour’s idea of implementing a shot clock: I love it. I have a refinement: allowed time should be based on ball position. For example:

  • On the tee: 30 seconds
  • In the fairway: 30 seconds
  • In the rough: 45 seconds
  • Unusual circumstances (such as the need for a ruling): 60-90 seconds
  • On the green: 45 seconds

Moved: The PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship, to Keene Trace Golf Club’s Champions course in Nicholasville, Ky. The July 19-22 event, to be played opposite the British Open, will be the first Tour event in Kentucky since the Kentucky Derby Open was held at Louisville’s Seneca Golf Course in 1957-59. The Barbasol had been played for the past three years at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Grand National course in Opelika, Ala.


Keeping score


Finish, or better, in this week’s Dominion Energy Charity Classic that Bernhard Langer needs to rewrite his own Champions Tour season earnings record. Langer, who has $3,012,359 in prize money this season, needs $61,831 to surpass the $3,074,189 that he won in 2014 and set the tour standard. He would achieve it with a top-eight finish this week on the Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course in Richmond. Langer, 60, of Germany, a five-time winner this season on the 50-and-older tour, has won the past three Charles Schwab Cup season titles. This week’s event, which begins Friday, is the first of three tournaments in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs (tee times:


Red Ledges in Heber City, Utah, celebrated the community’s 10th anniversary during the past weekend with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Village Center. The two-building community center is designed to expand the lifestyle, fitness and recreation for Red Ledges residents and members. Red Ledges features an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, a 12-hole par-3 course and other golf, tennis, swimming and equestrian attractions.


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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