THURSDAY  | MAY 23, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

The Brooks Watch starts now. It is time to take Brooks Koepka more seriously.

Before last week’s PGA Championship, Koepka said he didn’t see any reason why he couldn’t get to double digits in major championships won. That statement was big and bold, just like the 29-year-old south Floridian. Or a Kardashian.

Ten seemed like a silly number when Jack Nicklaus predicted a young Tiger Woods would win as many Masters as he and Arnold Palmer combined: 10. Woods, 43, has made it halfway.

 


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Golf must evolve for game to thrive
Mike Purkey's perspective about the evolution of the game was excellent (“As golf evolves, it’s best to get with times,” May 22). Change is constant and inevitable. Golf traditionalists have to suck it up and accept that golf is no exception.

Today's golf is just different from earlier times. Comparisons, whether Mantle vs. Ruth, Ali vs. Louis or Woods vs. Nicklaus, are exercises in nostalgia and speculation, at best.

 


Accommodated: Brigham Young’s religious policy of not competing on Sundays, so the men’s golf team will begin what would have been its third round of the NCAA Division I Championship today, which is a practice day for the rest of the field. BYU’s five players will compete as singles beginning at 4 p.m. CDT on the No. 1 tee at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

 


3-2

Winning score for Duke, which claimed its seventh NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship on Wednesday, holding off Wake Forest. The Blue Devils won the all-Atlantic Coast Conference showdown by claiming two of the three matches that went beyond the scheduled 18 holes at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: PGA in review
It wasn’t the prettiest finish in golf history, but Brooks Koepka’s fourth major title in less than two years featured lots of interesting moments. John Hawkins and Jeff Rude dissect the week at Bethpage.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has declared Saturday to be “Virginia Golf Day,” coinciding with the third round of the LPGA’s Pure Silk Championship at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. The proclamation highlights Virginia’s appeal as a golf destination with a history that dates to 1892 and the origins of today’s Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs.

 

“Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk,” a feature-film documentary about golf’s caddie profession, will debut June 7 across the U.S. The film is narrated by Bill Murray, an actor and former caddie, and filmed at such iconic locations as Augusta (Ga.) National and Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, plus many sites across the British Isles.

 

Travel operator Carr Golf announced late-summer itineraries to some of its top destinations in the British Isles. The courses include Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush, site of this year’s British Open, and Royal County Down; Ireland’s Portmarnock and Old Head; and Scotland’s Royal Troon.

 

Landscapes Golf Maintenance will oversee all agronomy at Saddlebrook Resort & Spa in Wesley Chapel, Fla., officials announced. Saddlebrook is home to two Arnold Palmer-designed courses and the Saddlebrook Golf Academy.

 

Global Value Commerce and its Canadian retailer GlobalGolf.ca will work with ScoreGolf magazine to run a season-long equipment giveaway for Canada’s golfers. GVC owns and operates an e-commerce platform for new and used golf gear.

 

Millennium Companies of Scottsdale, Ariz., has formed to propose land-use solutions for failed or struggling golf courses. The company offers experts in golf, real estate, law and land use.

 

Club Champion has opened a store in Palm Desert, Calif., to provide lessons, fit players for new gear and build clubs. The store, at 72306 Highway 111, features two indoor hitting bays with TrackMan launch monitors and a SAM PuttLab.

 

Renovations of the Tour Course at Weston Hills Country Club in Weston, Fla., began this week, said Arcis Golf, which manages the property. The work will include renovated bunkers, installation of Celebration Bermudagrass on fairways and construction of a short-game area. The course is one of two designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. at Weston Hills.

 


CALENDAR
May 23-26
Champions: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

Oak Hill CC, Rochester, N.Y.

Web.com: Evans Scholars Invitational

Glen Club, Glenview, Ill.

LPGA: Pure Silk Championship

Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Va.

European: Made in Denmark

Himmerland Golf & Spa Reort, Farso, Denmark

Symetra: Zimmer Biomet Championship

RTJ Golf Trail (Lake Course at Grand National), Auburn, Ala.

PGA Tour: Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas

May 24-29
Men’s college: NCAA Division I Championship

Blessings GC, Fayetteville, Ark.

May 25-29
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort (Old Macdonald, Pacific Dunes)


      
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