FRIDAY  | MAY 10, 2019
by Jeff Shain

As the curtain gets ready to rise on next week’s PGA Championship, host Bethpage Black marks 10 years since it last stood in golf’s major-championship spotlight.

That would be the 2009 U.S. Open, best remembered for … buckets and buckets of rain.

 


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Long-time golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude are co-hosts of a weekly podcast, Hawk & Rude, in which they discuss and debate the hottest issues in golf. They also share their takes in this weekly installment.

Is the PGA Championship better off in May than it was in August?

 


Hawkins misses mark with Daly and ADA
Wow! I never knew that Morning Read had an attorney conversant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. So, think of my surprise when I learned that John Hawkins is one such (“With Daly, PGA opts just to let things ride,” May 9).

While anyone is free to opine about John Daly and whether he is good for golf (PGA of America and many fans) or a disgrace (USGA), I would suggest that the act in question does not include a clause requiring the disability to be present from birth. Nor does it exclude those who ate too many bacon double cheeseburgers. Whether Daly is disabled in the meaning of the act is best left to physicians, and in cases where the individual requesting relief is denied, lawyers.

 


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Number of strokes under par that American Glen Day stood through 16 holes to lead the Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition when play was suspended Thursday afternoon because of inclement weather.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: The trouble with Texas
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude are joined by former PGA Tour executive Ric Clarson in a discussion about the decline of both tournaments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss Max Homa, a first-time winner on the PGA Tour. Bubka and Morning Read founder Alex Miceli recall the legends of the game. Looking ahead, Brooks Koepka and Beau Hossler talk about this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.




FROM THE INDUSTRY


PGA Village Verano, an active-adult community in Port St. Lucie, Fla., will host the inaugural World Pickleball Open on Dec. 12-15. The WPO will feature professionals and amateurs competing in singles and doubles play at the new PGA Village Verano Pickleball Center.

 

The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., offers Golf Made Simple. The three-day golf schools will continue throughout the summer, the resort announced.

 

KemperSports announced the promotion of eight executives to support the company’s management of golf courses, resorts and other properties in the U.S. and abroad. Matt Allen, Mark Freemott, Keith Hanley, Steve Kelley, Steve Loomis, Dean Lytton, Heather Margulis, Frank Merkel were elevated at KemperSports, which is based in Northbrook, Ill.

 

The Quarry course at Giants Ridge resort in Biwabik, Minn., has been ranked No. 31 in Golf Digest’s biennial rankings of the country’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. The Quarry, a Jeff Brauer design, is built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron-ore mine.

 

Chippo Golf has selected Buffalo.Agency to manage its public relations. The company, which produces a chipping game, received the Best New Product Award at the PGA Merchandise Show this year.

 

Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho, is offering a Mother’s Day special. On May 12, the club will host the Moms, Mimosas & Mulligans event. The special includes a $75 green free, beverage voucher and 15-percent discount for apparel in the pro shop.

 


CALENDAR
May 9-11
Symetra: IOA Invitational

Atlanta National GC, Milton, Ga.

May 9-12
PGA Tour: AT&T Byron Nelson

Trinity Forest GC, Dallas

Champions: Regions Tradition

Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Ala.

Web.com: KC Golf Classic

Blue Hills CC, Kansas City, Mo.

European: Betfred British Masters

Hillside GC, Southport, England


      
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