TUESDAY  | MAY 14, 2019
by John Fischer

This week’s PGA Championship will be played over the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. The course dates to the mid-1930s and was one of four courses at the Long Island park that were designed by A.W. Tillinghast as part of the federal Works Progress Administration. Tillinghast came to course architecture by chance, and he became one of the tops in the profession during the 1920s and ’30s.

Albert Warren Tillinghast was born in 1876 to a Philadelphia family that owned a rubber manufacturing company. He grew up in idyllic surroundings and was spoiled by his parents. He would later note with pride that he’d been kicked out of every school he attended. Though he married Edith Quigley at age 20, and remained married throughout his lifetime, his early career could be described as that of a “sportsman,” a man who excelled at cricket, polo, billiards, golf and bridge, but had no job and lived off family wealth.

 


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by Gary Van Sickle

The PGA Championship is making its anticipated debut in May this week. So, it’s a time when we should be celebrating the PGA of America.

The PGA Championship probably will get more exposure in May and make more money than it did in its traditional August time slot. And the Ryder Cup mints money for the PGA every two years. They’re big successes, and getting bigger.

What about the PGA club professionals, who are the core of the PGA of America? They don’t have pension plans. They don’t have insurance plans. And the core of what they do – teaching – no longer is the bread and butter of the PGA. The organization is quietly slithering out of the teaching business.

 


Morning Read's Alex Miceli is no weatherman, but he forecasts that Mother Nature could go 1 up early this week in the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black on Long Island. Miceli also points to an ageless champion at the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. And on the topic of aging gracefully, Jim Furyk has returned to the top 50 in the world ranking.


Plenty of ‘bottle’ for Woods and Nicklaus
As always, Charlie Jurgonis makes some very good observations, this time about the perennial debate regarding the best-ever golfer (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 13). As we cannot compare the greats from before WWI, or even WWII, it's really a GOOT (greatest of our time), not a GOAT (greatest of all-time).

I am sure that Jurgonis is right in that transporting Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus into each other’s eras would have resulted in similarly great careers for each of them, but he makes one point that I take issue with, and that's the quality of competition each would face. On this side of the pond, we call it “bottle.” Does he really think that the other golfers in Nicklaus’ day thought they couldn't win because Nicklaus was leading, the way those of the past 20 years used to do with Woods? Judging by the way they folded at the Masters, most of them still do.

 


Withdrew: Justin Thomas, from the PGA Championship, because of an injury to his right wrist, he announced Monday on his social-media accounts.

 


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Number of strokes by which American Steve Stricker won the Champions Tour’s weather-delayed Regions Tradition on Monday. The scheduled final round had been washed out Sunday at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Imperial Headwear has extended its business deal with Nextgengolf, the apparel manufacturer announced. Nextgengolf, which recently was acquired by the PGA of America, operates the National Collegiate Club Golf Association, the National High School Golf Association and the City Tour.

 

Registration has opened for the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience, which is scheduled for Aug. 13-14 in Las Vegas, organizers announced. The exposition, for PGA and LPGA professionals, merchandisers and others in the golf industry, will be held at the Venetian Hotel and Topgolf Las Vegas.

 

Women’s Golf Day, to be staged June 4, is expected to be the largest single-day celebration of women’s golf worldwide. The fourth annual event will be celebrated by tens of thousands of attendees, at hundreds of venues and in dozens of nations, organizers said.

 

The Pinehurst, N.C., area, known as the Home of American Golf, will play host to two USGA national championships in the coming weeks. Pine Needles Lodge in Southern Pines will be the site of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open this week, beginning Thursday. Then, Pinehurst Resort will host the U.S. Amateur on Aug. 12-18.

 

Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst, Va., has named Dick Mast as the golf professional emeritus and the director of instruction. Mast, a longtime PGA Tour pro who competes occasionally on the Champions Tour, is the father of Jacob Mast, who recently was hired as Poplar Grove’s head golf professional.

 

The 19th hole at Knollwood Country Club in Elmsford, N.Y., has been named among “Golf’s Six Best 19th Holes” by Links magazine. The hole, a 123-yard par 3, was added to the course in 1928 by Seth Raynor and Charles Banks, 34 years after the club’s opening.

 

Global Value Commerce has launched TaylorMade Week to coincide with the PGA Championship. Visitors to GlobalGolf.com, which sells new and used golf gear, can win free gear and other items upon purchasing or testing new TaylorMade equipment.

 

The Branson Invitational will be played June 28-30 at three courses in the Branson, Mo., area. Each round in the two-player team event will feature a different format at a different course: better ball at LedgeStone, scramble at Branson Hills and modified alternate shot at Buffalo Ridge Springs. The cost is $590 per team and includes lunch for the first two days.

 

Twelve golf courses managed by KemperSports have been named to Golf Digest magazine’s 100 Greatest Public Courses list. Eight KemperSports-managed properties were listed among the top 25, led by four Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Resort courses: No. 2 Pacific Dunes, No. 7 Bandon Dunes, No. 10 Bandon Trails and No. 12 Old Macdonald. The full list will be published in the June issue of Golf Digest.

 

Streamsong (Fla.) Resort will host the inaugural Family Cup Tournament on Father’s Day weekend. The two-person team event will be played June 14-16 on the resort’s Black and Red courses.

 

Gull Lake View Golf Resort is offering golf this season for as little as $59 per round at Stoatin Brae, one of six courses at the resort in Augusta, Mich. The resort, a fourth-generation creation of the Scott family, features views of the Kalamazoo River Valley.

 

The World’s Largest Golf Outing, which will be held Aug. 5, has opened registration. The event, an annual national fundraiser run by Billy Casper Golf, will benefit Fisher House Foundation for the fourth consecutive year. Fisher House provides lodging for families of patients receiving care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers.

 

Gilles Gagnon, a longtime official with Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in La Romana, Dominican Republic, was inducted into the Caribbean Golf Association Hall of Fame recently. Gagnon is the senior golf sales director and director of golf emeritus at the Dominican resort.

 


CALENDAR
May 13-15
College men: NCAA Division I regionals

TPC Myrtle Beach (S.C.); University of Louisville GC, Simpsonville, Ky.; University of Texas GC, Austin, Texas; University of Georgia GC, Athens, Ga.; Stanford (Calif.) GC; Palouse Ridge GC, Pullman, Wash.

May 15-17
Symetra: Symetra Classic

River Run CC, Davidson, N.C.

May 16-19
Women’s pro: U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Pine Needles Lodge, Southern Pines, N.C.

Web.com: Knoxville Open

Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.

PGA Tour: PGA Championship

Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale, N.Y.


      
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