WEDNESDAY  | MAY 30, 2018
by Dan O’Neill

Sometimes, you can’t win for losing. Take the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open … and we don’t mean “please.” 

The USGA’s premier women’s event is preceding the men’s U.S. Open for the first time since 2001. The idea for the schedule move – announced in 2014 – was to position the women for ideal playing conditions and to avail their prestigious championship to some of the best venues in the South and Midwest. 



One in a weekly series of stories about golf gear to run each Wednesday.

By Gary Van Sickle

Old putters are like ex-girlfriends/boyfriends/significant others/pet turtles. There were moments of bliss, but there’s a reason you’re not still together.

Those failed relationships all have one thing in common: you.

Teach your children well

J.B. Holmes didn't have a coach with him when he took 4-plus minutes to hit his second-shot layup at Torrey Pines (“Keeping score,” Jan. 29)

The former assistant coach is correct (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 29): Kids are taught visualization, pre-shot routines and not to hit until they are zeroed-in.


Announced: By Greenbrier Resort, that it will open a nine-hole short course in August to complement the three 18-hole regulation courses at the resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The Ashford Short Course will be a walking-only layout of holes ranging from 56 to 112 yards. The trend follows similar openings at resorts such as Bandon Dunes in Oregon and Pinehurst in North Carolina. The Ashford course is named in honor of Army Col. Bailey K. Ashford, a physician who served at the Greenbrier during World War II when the resort, known in 1942-46 as Ashford General Hospital, treated sick and wounded U.S. troops. Greenbrier’s Old White TPC is the site of the PGA Tour’s annual Greenbrier Classic.



Number of practice rounds played Tuesday at Shoal Creek (Ala.) Club, site of this week’s U.S. Women’s Open. Subtropical Storm Alberto rolled northward from the Gulf of Mexico through Alabama with heavy rainfall and high winds. The course was expected to be ready today for practice before play begins Thursday (tee times).



Troon has entered into an agreement with AMPD Golf Performance to lead fitness and conditioning for customers of Troon-managed golf facilities. Multi-day “Movement Matters” golf events will be held at select Troon-managed facilities.


The winners of the PGA Tour’s recent Fort Worth Invitational and the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship played Lamkin grips, the equipment company announced. The winner in Fort Worth, Texas, used Lamkin’s REL ACE grips. The winner in Virginia Water, England, used Lamkin’s TS1 grips.


Apparel maker Ahead, which has been supplying the 2,500-plus volunteers at the Memorial Tournament for 20 years, will stage the three merchandise tents this week at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The tents will feature Ahead-logoed hats, shirts, active wear and accessories and be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. through Sunday.


Golftec reported a 65-percent increase in revenue and merchandise sales since the company launched its revamped Tecfit club-fitting program a little more than a year ago. The program, available in more than 120 locations, is designed to improve customers’ games with customized club fitting.


The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has awarded its Joseph S. Garske Collegiate grants to nine students. Payton Dorsh, Matthew Perconti, Lindsey Adams, Maggie Cincotta, Tamlyn Higaki, Isabel Kregel, Brooke Kubel, Walter Morris and Sadie Richau received grants totaling $12,000. For 15 years, the program, named in honor of Par Aide founder Garske, has helped children and stepchildren of GCSAA members pay for school.


Irán Mederos Vazquez and her fifth-grade class from Sherwood Forest Elementary in Bellevue, Wash., were scheduled to visit Glendale Country Club today for the inaugural First Green field trip, to be conducted in Spanish. First Green is an environmental education outreach program using golf courses as laboratories.


May 25-30
Men’s college: NCAA Division I Championship

Karsten Creek GC, Stillwater, Okla.

May 31 - June 3
LPGA: U.S. Women’s Open

Shoal Creek (Ala.) Club

PGA Tour: Memorial Tournament

Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio

European Tour: Italian Open

Gardagolf CC, Lake Garda, Italy Tour: Rex Hospital Open

TPC Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C.

June 5
Industry: Women’s Golf Day

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