by Mike Purkey

Patrick Casey wants to be a proud member of the PGA of America, like his father before him, who was a club professional and has been a PGA member for more than 50 years.

But because of the actions of the organization’s president and the lack of action of the PGA officers and board of directors, Casey and his father – and many other PGA members across the country – are finding themselves suffering from a severe lack of pride.


by Gary Van Sickle

The only question I have is, Why hasn’t this place been renamed Tigerstone?

Tiger Woods has won eight times in elite, limited-size tournaments at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. He owns this place as much as any golfer can own a course.


by Alex Miceli

If you don’t play golf for a living, it can be difficult to relate to what a professional golfer goes through inside the ropes.

The pulled tee shots, missed greens and three-putts are easier to comprehend if you play the game at a higher level versus a casual match with friends, when those missteps occur often and usually with comparatively little riding on a double bogey or worse.


Another waste of technology
Gary Van Sickle sums it up pretty well with his commentary on green-reading technology (“Proposed green-reading limits miss mark,” Aug. 1). He makes a couple of references, though, that deserve further exploration. 

Van Sickle concedes that non-tournament players (he calls them “choppers”) often ignore the black and white of the rulebook. What a dastardly deed! And he is correct in this assessment. Who cares if we eliminate stroke-and-distance penalties from our game? We all are playing the same game. 



Number of times that the Ricoh Women’s British Open has been played at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in Lytham, England, since the tournament was designated as an LPGA major championship in 2001. Past major champions at Lytham: Annika Sorenstam (2003), Sherri Steinhauer (2006) and Catriona Matthew (2009). The Women’s British Open marks its fourth edition at Royal Lytham beginning today (tee times).


Withdrew: From the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, citing injuries, Justin Rose (back) and Adam Hadwin (hip). Both intend to play next week in the PGA Championship at Bellerive in St. Louis. The withdrawals trim the field for the WGC Bridgestone, which begins today at Firestone Country Club's South Course in Akron, Ohio, to 71 players (tee times).



Laughlin Ranch Golf Club in Bullhead City, Ariz., has selected Troon to manage golf and other operations at the club. Laughlin Ranch features a David Druzisky-designed course with views of the Black Mountains and Colorado River.


The Senior British Open winner played Lamkin grips, the manufacturer announced. With Lamkin’s Wrap-Tech grips, the champion added his second senior major title this season.


Srixon launched the 11th generation of the Soft Feel golf ball in North America on Wednesday, the manufacturer announced. The ball is designed to maximize distance and control, with exceptional feel. The suggested retail price is $19.99 per dozen.


With only a few days remaining until the World’s Largest Golf Outing, final preparations are underway for player registration and charity donations. The eighth annual WLGO, set for Aug. 6, benefits Fisher House Foundation and will involve more than 4,200 golfers at 100-plus U.S. courses.


Chase 54 intends to launch its spring 2019 collection at the PGA Fashion and Demo Experience in Las Vegas on Aug. 13-15, the company announced. The products include men’s and women’s apparel designed to be worn on and off the golf course.


Mission Inn Resort will play host to the qualifying tournament for Canada's Mackenzie Tour for the next three years, the resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., announced. Mission Inn already is the site of Latinoamerica Tour qualifying, also through 2021. Both tournaments will be played on Mission Inn's El Campeon course, with the Latinoamerica event in January and the Canadian tournament to be held in March.


July 30 - August 2
Junior boys: Canadian Junior Boys Championship

Medicine Hat (Alberta) G&CC

July 31 - August 3
Junior girls: Canadian Junior Girls Championship

Beach Grove GC, Tsawwassen, British Columbia

Junior boys: Boys Junior PGA Championship

Valhalla GC, Louisville, Ky.

July 31 - August 4
Men’s amateur: Western Amateur

Sunset Ridge CC, Northfield, Ill.

August 2-5
European Tour: Fiji International

Natadola Bay GC, Natadola, Fiji

LPGA: Ricoh Women’s British Open

Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Lytham, England

PGA Tour: Barracuda Championship

Montreux GC, Reno, Nev.

PGA Tour: WGC Bridgestone Invitational

Firestone CC (South), Akron, Ohio Tour: KC Golf Classic

Nicklaus GC at LionsGate, Overland Park, Kan.

August 3-5
Champions: 3M Championship

TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.

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