THURSDAY  | MAY 24, 2018
by Jeff Babineau

When the U.S. Golf Association decided to discontinue its U.S. Amateur Public Links men’s and women’s championships four years ago, there was a loud cry that the organization had lost touch with the “everyman” golfer. 

But the U.S. Amateur Public Links, or APL, established in 1922 as a championship for golfers from public venues, had lost its way. A spot in the following year’s Masters hovering as the ultimate carrot for males, and there were entrants who weren’t passing the eye test as true “public course” players. In 2014, in Kansas, the championship was staged one final time. Byron Meth won at Sand Creek Station in Kansas, and then the lights were turned out, ending a 92-year run. 

 



by Bill Fields

Late Sunday afternoon after the conclusion of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, someone will experience one of the best workouts in the game when he is handed the trophy. Alfred S. Bourne bought the eponymous prize from Tiffany & Co. for the inaugural tournament in 1937, and he didn’t mess around. The cup is 42 inches tall, 18 inches wide and weighs 36 pounds.

The hardware is a big prize for one of the big deals in senior golf. The Senior PGA is the oldest event – by far – on the Champions Tour schedule, predating the formation of a tour for 50-and-older golfers by more than 40 years. The first two editions were played at Augusta National Golf Club, where Bourne was a founding member who helped get the club off the ground with key financial support in its early days.

 


Hair-raising tribute to Mann

Thank you for Jeff Babineau’s excellent piece about Carol Mann (“Mann’s legacy extends far beyond trophies,” May 23)

To be honest, I had never heard of this World Golf Hall of Famer, but that is my loss. 

I have read the article twice, just to see if the hairs on the back of my neck bristled again. They did. 

 


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Score, a birdie on the par-5 18th, for Arizona’s Haley Moore on the first extra hole as she rolled in a 4-foot putt to defeat Alabama’s Lakareber Abe in the anchor match Wednesday to deliver the team title to Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Crimson Tide, 3-2, in the match-play finals at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., for the program’s third NCAA title (results). Moore, a junior from Escondido, Calif., went 3-0-0 for Arizona as the Pac-12 Conference claimed a fourth consecutive national title, all in the match-play era (Arizona State, 2017; Washington, 2016; and Stanford, 2015).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Tour operator Carr Golf announced itineraries with tee times in August and September on some of the top courses in Ireland and Scotland. Carr Golf’s excursions include stops at Ireland’s Ballybunion and Scotland’s Carnoustie, site of this summer’s British Open, and Muirfield, another course on the Open rota.

 

Arccos Golf announced the release of Arccos Caddie 2.0, which provides real-time analytics. Caddie 2.0 features Microsoft Azure and is a free feature for all users of Arccos 360.

 

La Paloma Country Club in Tucson, Ariz., recently broke ground on renovations. The six-month project is designed to improve the clubhouse, fitness area, practice range, Kids’ Club and halfway house at the Jack Nicklaus Signature course. 

 


CALENDAR
May 24-26
Symetra Tour: Valley Forge Invitational

Raven’s Claw GC, Pottstown, Pa.

May 24-27
PGA Tour: Fort Worth Invitational
Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
LPGA: PGA Volvik Championship

Travis Pointe CC, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Champions: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

GC at Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor, Mich.

Web.com Tour: Nashville Golf Open

Nashville Golf and Athletic Club, Brentwood, Tenn.

European Tour: BMW PGA Championship

Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, England


      
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