THURSDAY  | MAY 31, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Welcome to Open Season. 

This is golf’s No. 2 Most Wonderful Time of the Year (with No. 1 being the Masters in April, when the scent of spring blossoms makes Augusta National even more beguiling … if that’s possible).

The U.S. Open is two weeks away. A month later, we’ve got the British Open at Carnoustie. With the Memorial Tournament towing those two majors in its wake, it’s almost like having 2½ majors in a six-week span.

 



by Norm Sinclair

For a city that successfully staged Formula One races on its downtown streets, pulled off a superb Super Bowl extravaganza in the dead of winter, and is the only place in the country with four major-league teams – the Lions, Red Wings, Tigers and Pistons – playing almost across the street from one another, hosting the first-ever PGA Tour event in Detroit should be a slam dunk.

 


A story that needed to be told

I was moved to write after reading Jim Will's note (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 30) and rereading the Shoal Creek piece by John Gordon (“Shoal Creek revisited: Has golf changed?” May 29).

Gordon’s writing was excellent, and I am glad that Morning Read published it. The point I would like to make is this: Racism needs to be talked about and pointed out when it happens, and especially by white people. Will may want to turn his TV off when it comes up, but that isn't going to make it go away.

 


5

Number of matches that Oklahoma State won against Alabama in sweeping the NCAA Division I men’s match-play final Wednesday at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Only one match made it past the 16th hole as the top-seeded Cowboys, who had won the 72-hole stroke-play qualifying to lead eight teams into match play, claimed the 11th NCAA men’s golf title in school history. Senior Kristoffer Ventura, junior Zach Bauchou, sophomore Viktor Hovland and freshmen Matthew Wolff and Austin Eckroat delivered match-play victories. Fifth-year coach Alan Bratton added the national title to the one that he helped OSU win in 1995 as a senior all-American. It was the second time in the past three years that the NCAA champion prevailed on its home course, after 2016 winner Oregon won at Eugene Country Club (scores).

 


Included: Golf, in a multi-sport event Wednesday on the South Lawn of the White House to promote the goals of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. LPGA champion Natalie Gulbis headlined the station devoted to golf. Other sports represented: flag football, baseball, volleyball, soccer and track and field. President Donald Trump, an avid golfer, hosted the event, urging the youngsters to “work hard, get in the game, play to win and, most of all, have a good time.” Trump had issued an executive order earlier this year that refocused the council on youth sports in an attempt to reverse a trend of declining participation. The council began in 1956 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Preparations among golf operations worldwide are wrapping up as Women’s Golf Day draws near. The industry has planned events for June 5 to appeal to women and girls and celebrate their place in the game.

 

Arizona, the recent NCAA women’s champion, and quarterfinalist Northwestern complete the field for the 2018 Annika Intercollegiate, officials with the Annika Foundation announced. The 12-team field includes nine of the top 10 teams in the recent Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. The tournament will be played Sept. 16-19 at Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, Minn.

 

Sea Pines Country Club of Hilton Head Island, S.C., has been awarded a Distinguished Club award by BoardRoom magazine, the club announced. The award recognizes Sea Pines for its service, staff quality and club governance.

 

Short Par 4, a box subscription service that ships gear to golfers, saluted Tom Pernice for his recent tie for fifth in the Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational. Short Par 4 delivered more than 250,000 boxes to members in 2017.

 

Termas de Rio Honda Golf Club, a new Robert Trent Jones II design in Argentina, will celebrate its grand opening on June 1. The club is projected to play a key role as a tourism attraction in Santiago del Estero province in northern Argentina.

 

Troon Women’s Golf Month will be celebrated in June at hundreds of Troon-managed facilities around the world. The goal of the initiative, in conjunction with Women’s Golf Day on June 5, is to introduce more females to golf.

 


CALENDAR
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

Web.com Tour: Rex Hospital Open

TPC Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C.

June 5
Industry: Women’s Golf Day

      
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