WEDNESDAY  | JUNE 27, 2018
by Dan O’Neill

Now that Brooks Koepka is done bench-pressing the Hills of Shinnecock, now that Phil Mickelson has apologized for his Happy Gilmore moment, and now that John Jacob Bodenhamer Schmidt has explained what Rule 14-5 covers “specifically and explicitly,” the golf world can move on … to Colorado Springs.

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER

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

By Gary Van Sickle

Golf is seen as a game of grand tradition, even though many of its traditions die quickly and quietly, often disappearing without leaving so much as a ripple.

When it comes to golf equipment, there is no such thing as tradition other than that the golf ball is still round and still has dimples. Traditions we’ve given up include the mashie, the niblick, persimmon woods, wooden shafts, balata and high-compression balls, the British small ball and the brassie (2-wood), among many others.

 


Playing along amid ‘boorish behavior’

My wife and I have played quite a lot of golf during our retirement travels over the last 10 years. The unusual treatment that we have received at various venues no longer surprises us (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 26).

Most big resort courses understand that they must cater to all of their customers, and we find that their employees in the golf operations have been well-trained, well-selected, or both.

 


17

Number of tournament winners, among 17 events played on the LPGA this season, who are entered in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this week at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill. The list includes three-time Women’s PGA champion Inbee Park (2013, ’14 and ’15), who won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup earlier this year (tee times).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Hartford and beyond

In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts review a suspenseful finish in Connecticut and look forward to Tiger Woods’ return to action this week near D.C.

 

Grill Room Golf Show powered by Vertical Groove Golf

Hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr., veteran golf radio broadcasters, wrap up the Travelers Championship and then preview this week’s Quicken Loans National, KPMG Women's PGA Championship and the European Tour's HNA Open de France. In Groove Up with Vertical Groove Golf, Bubka and Randolph preview the U.S. Senior Open. The show ends with a chat with sports radio host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Kim Lescenski has been appointed director of sales for Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev., and Cascata in Boulder City, Nev. The announcement was made by VICI Properties, a real estate investment trust that owns the properties.

 

Cobra Puma Golf released the apparel that Lexi Thompson will be scheduled to wear this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Thompson will be dressed in polos and skirts from Puma Golf’s new autumn/winter line, plus accessories and footwear from the manufacturer.

 


CALENDAR
June 25-29
Men’s amateur: North and South Amateur

Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort

June 25-30
Women’s amateur: Women’s Western Amateur

Mistwood GC, Romeoville, Ill.

June 26-30
Women’s amateur: Ladies British Open Amateur

Hillside (England) GC

June 27-30
Men’s amateur: European Amateur

Royal Hague G&CC, Wassenaar, Netherlands

June 28 - July 1
PGA Tour: Quicken Loans National

TPC Potomac (Md.) at Avenel Farm

LPGA: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Kemper Lakes GC, Kildeer, Ill.

European Tour: HNA French Open, Le Golf National

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

Web.com Tour: Lincoln Land Charity Championship

Panther Creek CC, Springfield, Ill

Champions: U.S. Senior Open Championship

Broadmoor GC, Colorado Springs, Colo.


      
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