THURSDAY  | JUNE 14, 2018
by Adam Schupak

Just as he does every year during U.S. Open week, Bobby Farrell plans to showcase his grandfather's memorabilia at Tamarack Country Club in Greenwich, Conn. That would be the winner's gold medal, the scrapbook that his great-grandmother made and the hickory-shafted Ted Smith Model 7 putter that Johnny Farrell used to pull off one of the underappreciated victories in U.S. Open history.

Ninety years ago, “Handsome Johnny,” the pro from New York's Quaker Ridge Golf Club, sank an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole of a 36-hole playoff to beat Bobby Jones at Olympia Fields Country Club near Chicago and win his lone major championship. 

 



by Dan O’Neill

You know what the best thing is about the U.S. Open? 

Not that it’s the national championship, not the "toughest tournament in golf" stuff, not even the Father’s Day connection. No, the best thing about the U.S. Open is that it takes place after the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

 


by Alex Miceli

“Fun golf” is a foreign concept to most professional golfers.

Their mantra is that golf is work. So, for the pros, playing the game outside of a tournament still is, in their minds, work.

For many of us who play golf, even if not professionally or in tournament conditions, the game should be fun and entertaining.

 


by Gary Van Sickle

I met a couple of Open contestants here Wednesday morning who drive it 225 yards off the tee but think they can be competitive.

Amy Alcott and Hollis Stacy.

Oh, I meant U.S. Senior Women’s Open contestants. It’s a new tournament in the USGA corral, finally giving the, uh, mature women the same chance to compete that senior men were afforded when the USGA started its U.S. Senior Open in 1980. Thirty-eight years later? Yeah, that’s about how far behind women’s equality issues usually lag men’s in our great society.

 


Azinger’s skills fall short in women’s game

While I agree with John Hawkins’ view of the on-air skills of Paul Azinger, please remember that it applies only to men’s golf (“Azinger gives Fox shot at gaining respect,” June 13).

His performance at the U.S. Women’s Open was grating. From his use of the term “girls” to refer to the players to his occasional praise of them by comparing their skills to the men, Azinger gave a somewhat clueless display. I watched, thinking, Where are Terry Gannon and Judy Rankin when we need them?

 


Booked: On a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, Paul Levy, president of the PGA of America, according to a news release from the Riverside County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Office. Levy, 57, was driving on State Route 111 in Palm Desert at about 11:22 p.m. June 7 when his car left the road and struck a sign, investigators said. He was transported to a local hospital as a precaution, treated and then booked into Riverside County Jail in Indio. He faces an Aug. 2 court date, according to the Associated Press. Levy is the former chief executive and general manager of Toscana Country Club in nearby Indian Wells. He was elected as the PGA of America’s 40th president in November 2016 and is in the final year of a two-year term. In a statement released to the AP, the PGA said: “Paul Levy has accepted responsibility for his terrible lapse in judgment last Thursday. He has expressed deep regret and fully understands how irresponsible his actions were. The PGA of America will support Paul as he seeks counseling, faces the consequences of his actions and works through the legal process in the months ahead.”

 



12

Number of career major championships won by the three players in the 8:02 a.m. EDT pairing on the 10th tee for today’s first round of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Phil Mickelson (five majors), Rory McIlroy (four) and Jordan Spieth (three) lack only one piece of the major-championship puzzle for the modern career Grand Slam. With a victory this week, Mickelson, who turns 48 on Saturday, would become only the sixth player in history to achieve the feat, joining Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen and Tiger Woods. McIlroy still needs to win the Masters, and Spieth lacks only the PGA (tee times).

 


RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: U.S. Open preview

In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts discuss our national championship's return to Shinnecock Hills. Dustin Johnson, who won the 2016 U.S. Open and is coming off a victory last week in Memphis, is the obvious favorite. Is Tiger Woods capable of becoming a major factor?


The Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf

Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. preview the 118th U.S. Open, with help and audio from Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. On the Vertical Groove Hotline, Morning Read’s Alex Miceli talks about Woods’ prospects. WFAN’s Ann Liguori shares her thoughts on the Open, and Greg Allen from RTE in Ireland handicaps the Europeans.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Little Creek Casino Resort announced a variety of summer packages that include golf, spa, a classic-car show and gaming. The resort, which is owned and operated by the Squaxin Island Tribe and based in Shelton, Wash., is home to Salish Cliffs Golf Club, the Seven Inlets Spa and the Skookum Creek Event Center.

 

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Co. has added True Temper’s Dynamic Gold to its range of shaft offerings. With the addition, Hogan offers three shaft options for its clubs: KBS Tour and Dynamic Gold in steel and UST Recoil in graphite.

 

PGA Golf Club has reached an agreement with the South Florida PGA Section to offer special rates to Golf Pass members. Through Oct. 31, members of the South Florida Golf Pass program can play any of PGA Golf Club’s three courses – Dye, Ryder and Wanamaker – for $42. After noon, the rate drops to $32.

 


CALENDAR
June 13-15
Women’s amateur: Women’s Porter Cup

Niagara Falls CC, Lewiston, N.Y.

June 13-16
Men’s amateur: Southwestern Amateur

Desert Mountain Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Men’s amateur: Monroe Invitational

Monroe GC, Pittsford, N.Y.

Men’s amateur: Sunnehanna Amateur

Sunnehanna CC, Johnstown, Pa.

June 14-17
PGA Tour: U.S. Open, Shinnecock Hills GC

Southampton, N.Y.

LPGA: Meijer LPGA Classic

Blythefield CC, Grand Rapids, Mich.

June 15-17
Symetra Tour: Decatur-Forsyth Classic

Hickory Point GC, Decatur, Ill.

June 17-20
Club pros: PGA Professional Championship

Bayonet Black Horse, Seaside, Calif.

June 17-21
Juniors: Western Junior

Evanston GC, Skokie, Ill.

June 17-23
Men’s amateur: British Amateur

Royal Aberdeen GC, Aberdeen, Scotland

June 18-20
Juniors: Pepsi Little People's Golf Championships

Westview GC, Quincy, Ill.

June 18-21
Boys junior: Western Junior

Evanston GC, Skokie, Ill.

June 20-23
Men’s amateur: Northeast Amateur

Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, R.I.

Men’s amateur: Rice Planters Amateur

Snee Farm CC, Mount Pleasant, S.C.


      
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