THURSDAY  | OCTOBER 4, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

There was never enough red on the Ryder Cup scoreboard in France, but there were plenty of red flags for the United States even before the matches began.

The Ryder Cup returned to its default setting: Europe winning fairly easily. The Americans don’t need finger-pointing, captain-bashing, second-guessing, soul-searching or a task force to know what went wrong. I’ll just quote the title of an old Jim Bouton baseball book, “I Managed Good, But Boy Did They Play Bad.”

 



Bad picks + bad management = disaster
It was evident that besides making bad player picks, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk evidently failed to manage the team (“ ‘Postman’ delivers in Europe’s Ryder rout,” Oct. 1).

Surely, Furyk forgot to instill in his players that in order to have a chance at winning, they must keep the ball in the fairway. That much is evident just by looking at the Le Golf National course and its rough.

 


3

Number of consecutive victories that Brendan Steele is seeking in the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open, the first event of the 2018-19 season, which begins today at Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course in Napa, Calif. Steele, 35, owns only one other victory since joining the PGA Tour for the 2011 season, the 2011 Valero Texas Open (tee times).



Expanded: The size of the U.S. Junior Amateur field, from 156 players to 264, beginning with the 2020 tournament at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., announced its Getaway Package is available through March 1. The package, which starts at $136 per night for a four-night minimum, includes activities such as tennis, biking and golf, dinners and food discounts and other options at the resort.

 

Provision Events, which was commissioned to oversee four of the fan experiences at the recent Ryder Cup, has saluted the venture as a success. An estimated 35,000 patrons visited the fan zone at Le Golf National near Paris as the Europeans won the Ryder Cup.

 

Marcus Lounello, a Pennsylvania State University student and Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan, won the Mendenhall Award, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America announced. The $6,000 scholarship will go toward Lounello’s studies in turfgrass management. Lounello was one of 15 winners in the GCSAA Scholars Competition.

 

The Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association has donated $5,000 to support the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

 

Three social-media activists have joined the campaign to encourage women to take up golf. Golf journalist Ashley Mayo, trick-shot artist Tania Tare and entertainment journalist Alicia Quarles have joined the #inviteHER campaign.

 

Renovations at Forest Creek Golf Club in Round Rock, Texas, have been completed, according to KemperSports, which manages the club. The nine-month, $5.1 million project included rebuilding the 18 greens and two practice greens, creation of an optional par-3 19th hole, renovation of the practice range and rebuilding of bunkers, among other features. The course reopened Oct. 1.

 


CALENDAR
October 4-7
Men’s amateur: Asia-Pacific Amateur

Sentosa GC, Singapore

LPGA: UL International Crown

Jack Nicklaus GC Korea, Incheon, South Korea

Symetra Tour: Symetra Tour Championship

LPGA International (Jones), Daytona Beach, Fla.

European Tour: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

St. Andrews (Old), Carnoustie and Kingsbarns in Scotland

PGA Tour: Safeway Open

Silverado Resort and Spa North, Napa, Calif.

October 6-11
Women’s amateur: U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club, Vero Beach, Fla.


      
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