by Gary Van Sickle

Thinking Outside the Tee Box: One in an occasional series about innovators who are making golf more attractive.

This may sound unlikely, but I’ll go ahead and write it anyway: Kay McMahon may be golf’s most important person.

Who is Kay McMahon? She played some on the LPGA tour in the late 1970s and 1980s – three U.S. Women’s Opens, nine qualifying schools – and eventually ended up where she belongs: teaching the game.


Honor distinctions in male, female golfers 

I think you have oversimplified the matter of gender bias (“Gender bias sidelines Massachusetts girl,” Oct. 26,

If we allow women to compete in men’s events, then we have to allow men to compete in women’s events. Because of the inherent physical differences in men and women – no bias, just biology – this could virtually eliminate women’s sports.


In the news

Accepted: By Emily Nash, an invitation via the phone from Annika Sorenstam to play in the Annika Invitational AJGA junior tournament, Nash disclosed via Twitter. Nash, 16, won the recent Central Massachusetts Division 3 Golf Championship but was denied the individual trophy because she is a girl competing in a boys’ team event (“Gender bias sidelines Massachusetts girl,” Oct. 26, Nash tweeted that she was “so honored to receive a call and exemption to play” in the Feb. 12-15 tournament at Reunion Resort near Orlando, Fla.


Number of PGA Tour starts for Tom Whitney, who led the Monday qualifiers with a 63 at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev., to earn one of four spots for this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. Whitney, a 2010 Air Force Academy graduate, served in the Air Force from 2010 to ’14. He finished 89th on this year’s Tour money list. The other qualifiers: Ryan Hogue, Jim Knous and Andres Gonzales, a UNLV alumnus (tee times:



Annika Sorenstam’s charitable organization recently completed its tournament season. The Annika Foundation hosted six events on four continents in 2017, with more than 320 junior, collegiate and amateur competitors from 40-plus countries.


Frank Rossi, an associate professor at Cornell and one of the leading experts on turfgrass science, has been selected to receive the 2018 President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship. The honor was announced by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Rossi will receive the award Feb. 6 at the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio.


Antigua Group congratulated Ryan Armour, who won the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday, for his first PGA Tour victory. Armour represents the Antigua brand of apparel on Tour.


November 2-5
LPGA: Toto Japan Classic
Taiheiyo Club (Minori), Omitama City, Japan
PGA Tour: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas
European Tour: Turkish Airlines Open
Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort, Belek, Turkey

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