FRIDAY  | OCTOBER 19, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Naturally, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are going to be very disappointed when they learn that I won’t be buying into their big pay-per-view showdown match in November.

Not at $29.95 or $19.94 or $9.95 or $3.95. Sorry, gents, but I’m just not that interested. It feels a little like a Bob Dole vs. Al Gore runoff. The expiration date has passed.

 



Senior women’s golf: New wrinkle on old concept
If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, it probably has fallen at a senior LPGA event (“Senior women deserve major upgrade,” Oct. 18).

I am an LPGA devotee, having volunteered at countless events, including Solheim Cups and International Crowns. On the whole, LPGA players are far more fan- and volunteer-friendly (with exceptions) than the PGA Tour players. Admittedly, fans can get more up-close and personal with the LPGA players because there are fewer fans competing for space behind the ropes.

 


3

Number of events in the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup playoffs, which begin today at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic at Country Club of Virginia in Richmond.

 


Honored: Sungjae Im, as the Web.com Tour’s 2018 player of the year, the developmental tour announced. Im, 20, of South Korea, won the season opener, the first of two victories, and led the money list throughout the year in earning a promotion to the PGA Tour.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The third annual Annika Invitational Latin America will be played Nov. 1-4 at Tortugas Country Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, organizers announced. The tournament is sponsored by the Annika Foundation, the charitable organization of World Golf Hall of Fame member Annika Sorenstam. Girls ages 13-18 from 19 countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean are set to compete. The winner will receive an exemption into the 2019 South American Amateur.

 

Golftec has opened its seventh training facility in the Chicago area. The location, at 9559 W. 151st St. in Orland Park, features three teaching/practice bays, with motion measurement, video analysis and launch monitors, among other equipment.

 

Toptracer Range will be introduced at Le Golf National, the suburban Paris site of the recent Ryder Cup, company executives announced. Toptracer uses cameras to provide details and displays such as distance, speed, launch angle and shape of each shot. The addition is part of a major upgrade of the club’s facilities.

 

The Country Club at Castle Pines in Castle Rock, Colo., reported improved pace of play since Tagmarshal has been installed. With Tagmarshal’s geo-tagging and pace algorithms, groups playing on pace increased to more than 70 percent, and 90 percent of groups completed play within 10 minutes of goal time, the club reported.

 

Short Par 4 has teamed with Chase 54 to produce a Special Edition Box for October to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Short Par 4 curates branded golf apparel, footwear and accessories for its subscription service. The special-edition box will include a Chase 54 rugby-striped polo shirt. The companies pledged to donate $10,000 to St. Jude.

 


CALENDAR
October 18-21
PGA Tour: CJ Cup at Nine Bridges

Club at Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea

European Tour: Andalucia Valderrama Masters

Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain

LPGA: Buick LPGA Shanghai

Qizhong Garden GC, Shanghai

October 19-21
Champions: Dominion Energy Charity Classic

CC of Virginia, Richmond, Va.


      
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