THURSDAY  | JUNE 28, 2018
by Adam Schupak

Justin Thomas was 14 years old the first time he traveled to France to play in the Evian Junior Masters Cup. He thought it might have been his first time outside of the U.S. until his mom, Jani, reminded him that he had played an AJGA event in Mexico.

"Well, it was my first time representing my country," Thomas said.

 



by Herb Gould

Whenever I mention the LPGA to hardcore golf buddies, the first words out of their mouths are, “How can that tour survive without more American stars?’’

It’s a topic this week because the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship begins today at Kemper Lakes in Chicago’s northwest suburbs (tee times), where the late Payne Stewart won the 1989 PGA.

 


The true source of the problem

I agree with Jim Kavanagh (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 27).

However, he should have thought he and his wife lucky not to be paired with that twosome. Then he might have felt obligated to help them look for balls.

My wife and I also travel to play golf. She has been playing golf since she was 8 years old and now is 62. Her father taught her and his other kids to play ready golf; slow play was not tolerated.

 


Died: Phil Rodgers, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour in the 1960s and a longtime golf instructor, on Tuesday at his home in his native San Diego. He was 80 and had suffered from leukemia for 15 years, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Rodgers compiled seven top-10 finishes in major championships from 1962 to 1966 and perhaps is best-known for a tournament that he didn’t win. In the 1963 British Open, Rodgers lost to Bob Charles in a 36-hole playoff. Rodgers carried a booming voice that earned him the facetious nickname of “Mr. Whisper,” which he proudly carried onto his license plate, according to the Union-Tribune. After his two-victory rookie season in 1962 on the PGA Tour, Rodgers was featured on the Jan. 14, 1963, cover of Sports Illustrated under the headline “The Brashest Man in Golf.”

 


5.3

Percentage increase in rounds played in May, compared with the same month in 2017, according to the National Golf Rounds Played Report released by Golf Datatech. New England led the increase, with rounds played in the region up 17.7 percent from May 2017. Warmer weather contributed to the increase, according to the report. However, the number of rounds played for 2018 continues to lag last year’s play. Rounds played during the first five months of the year were off 4.1 percent from a year ago.

 



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

Big Max introduced its fourth generation of the company’s fold-flat technology in push carts with the three-wheel Blade IP model. The cart folds to a size of 34½ by 24½ inches and a depth of less than 5 inches. The Blade IP retails for $349.99.

 

Blake Walker, the chief executive officer of Arcis Golf, has been named by EY as Entrepreneur of the Year in the hospitality category for the Southwest region. Dallas-based Arcis Golf operates public and private clubs in the U.S.

 


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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