MONDAY  | MAY 28, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

When Gary Smith teed it up at the Old Course in St. Andrews three years ago, he was another aging American about to check off a big-ticket item on his bucket list.

He was in awe of where he stood. He felt humbled. The first tee. The Royal & Ancient clubhouse. The history. The knowledge that every great golfer who ever played the game trod this same hallowed ground. Old Tom Morris. Harry Vardon. Bobby Jones. Jack Nicklaus. Everyone. “I’m not a great golfer,” Smith conceded, “but I love the game.”

 



by Julie Williams

It became obvious early on the back nine that the national title would come down to the final group. In the four years that the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship has been televised, this scene – the deciding match going extra holes – has played out three times. It’s all that you could want, in terms of growing viewership and buy-in for the sport. The drama is real.

 


Rival pro tour won’t happen

To think that there are 18 companies in the world that will pony up $20 million-plus to sponsor a pro golf tournament is laughable (“Money could lure stars to rival pro tour,” May 25).

There are a handful of PGA Tour events that are played without a title sponsor, and those events require “only” $7 million-$8 million for title rights.

 


2

Number of senior major championships for Paul Broadhurst, who pulled away Sunday for a four-stroke victory in the Champions Tour’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Broadhurst, 52, of England, closed with an 8-under 63 for a 19-under 265 total at Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich. Broadhurst, a six-time winner on the European Tour, also won the 2016 Senior British Open. American Tim Petrovic (69) finished second at 15-under 269. Americans Jerry Kelly (65) and Scott McCarron (70) tied for third at 270 (scores).

 


Lobbied: By Tiger Woods, for the PGA Tour to relax its dress code and allow players to wear shorts during competition. Woods made the comments during a Facebook Live segment for Bridgestone Golf, one of his sponsors. “We play in some of the hottest climates on the planet,” Woods said. The Tour OKs shorts to be worn only by caddies, an allowance enacted in 1999. The European Tour allows competitors to wear shorts during practice and pro-am rounds. Last year, the PGA of America permitted shorts for practice rounds at the PGA Championship.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Jack and Barbara Nicklaus returned to the Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., site of the recent KitchenAid Senior PGA, to announce a college scholarship created in their honor. The Jack and Barbara Nicklaus KitchenAid Senior PGA Champions for Change Scholarship Program will award a $25,000 scholarship annually through 2024 to a Benton Harbor-area graduate of Lake Michigan Community College’s Start to Finish Program.

 

Golf clothier Swannies announced the launch of its Swannies Summer Ale craft beer. The branded ale, in collaboration with 12welve Eyes Brewing, will be introduced June 17 at Southern Hills Golf Course in Farmington, Minn.

 


      
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