THURSDAY  | NOVEMBER 9, 2017
by Gary Van Sickle

Globalization is a word with heft. It sounds important. And the phrase global golf tour sounds exciting and maybe even a little bit sexy.

The reality of golf as a global game – our reality, anyway – should be somewhat sobering: More glitzy tournaments in other parts of the world means fewer big tournaments at home in the United States. That may be good for the players, the PGA Tour and the foreign sponsors, but it won’t necessarily be good for American golf fans. 

 



Limit any ball rollback to elite players

I feel compelled to jump into the conversation of limiting the distance of the golf ball from a golf administrator’s standpoint (“Woods fails to sway key Euros on ball debate,” Nov. 7, http://bit.ly/2iE04on; “From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov. 8, http://bit.ly/2m5iZO8).

I’m familiar with high-level amateur and club-professional events but more importantly the rest of the golfers who enjoy the game as a recreational sport. Here is what I believe: the golf ball is not too long for all but the most elite level of golfers.

 


Awarded: To San Francisco’s Olympic Club, the 2028 PGA Championship and the 2032 Ryder Cup, the PGA of America announced Wednesday. The news had been reported earlier by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick (“In the news,” Nov. 6, http://bit.ly/2zvpFYZ) and expanded to include Pebble Beach’s prospects as a more regular host for the U.S. Open (“Pebble merits leadoff spot in Open rota,” Nov. 8, http://bit.ly/2zHhJqu).

 



5

Number of years since Sun Young Yoo, the first-round leader in the Blue Bay LPGA, has won on the LPGA. Yoo, 30, of South Korea, shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club on Hainan Island, China, to open a one-stroke lead Wednesday. China’s Xiang Sui shot 66. American Lizette Salas was among six players tied at 67 (scores: http://bit.ly/1zkYSEX). 

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Sea Pines Country Club on Hilton Head Island, S.C., opened its renovated Blue Heron Pub and Grille, the club announced. The 6,250-foot facility features casual dining and expansive views of the tidal marsh, plus screened-in patio and deck seating next to the club’s 18th hole.

 

The Bayer Superintendent Grant Program will double its commitment to sending golf course superintendents to the annual Golf Industry Show. The program will send 10 superintendents, including five from areas affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, to the Feb. 3-8 show in San Antonio. Applications are open through Nov. 28.

 

CALENDAR
November 8-11
LPGA: Blue Bay LPGA
Jian Lake Blue Bay GC, Xincun, Hainan
November 9-12
Club pros: National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship
PGA GC (Wanamaker), Port St. Lucie, Fla.
European Tour: Nedbank Golf Challenge
Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa
PGA Tour: OHL Classic
El Camaleon GC at Mayakoba Resort, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
November 10-12
Champions Tour: Charles Schwab Championship
Phoenix (Ariz.) CC
November 11-16
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship
Champions GC (Cypress Creek), Houston
November 13-15
Club pros: PGA Jones Cup
PGA GC (Wanamaker), Port St. Lucie, Fla.

      
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