WEDNESDAY  | MAY 29, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

Tornado sirens blared after midnight Monday as strong storms raked across southern and central Ohio. You know what that means. It must be Memorial Tournament week.

The locals joke about the unpredictable spring weather here in Dublin, Ohio, the way we all love to whine about the weather no matter where we live (OK, maybe not Palm Springs), but seriously: no tournament ever has been so consistently unlucky with rain.

The Memorial Tournament is like the late Rodney Dangerfield’s line about visiting casinos in Las Vegas: “I don’t even know why I play blackjack. My lucky number is 22.”

 


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by Alex Miceli

Jack Nicklaus is golf’s most accomplished player.

With 18 major championships among his 73 career victories, the Golden Bear is the most revered and insightful figure in the game. But in his annual news conference Tuesday at the Memorial Tournament, Nicklaus was asked numerous questions about Tiger Woods.

By winning his 15th major title in April at the Masters, Woods put Nicklaus’ major record back in play, at least in the eyes of many observers.

 


by Jeff Shain

Lexi Thompson has reached the point where she has spent half of her summers playing the U.S. Women’s Open.

That’s not necessarily all that unusual. Half of Juli Inkster’s summers have involved teeing it up at the U.S. Women’s Open; ditto for Laura Davies. You can even say the same for Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.

Nonetheless, this one might have been a little easier to sneak through unnoticed. Thompson is 24; she hasn’t missed a U.S. Women’s Open since her debut in 2007.

 


Perhaps the PGA Tour should export the fan-friendly concept of a beer garden – or biergarten, if you must – from the European Tour. Prost! Also, Kevin Na and caddie Kenny Harms crank up the restorative powers of their classic victory at Colonial, and Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial shapes up as “great week” in golf.


U.S. flaws on LPGA shouldn’t be foreign concept
Reader Bob Geismar asks why there aren’t more American women winning on the LPGA (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 28). He doesn’t have to look very far to get his answer.

The Duke women just won the NCAA Division I Championship. The Blue Devils’ roster was made up of six players, only two of whom have hometowns in the U.S. The other four are from Slovenia, Italy, Thailand and China.

 


Announced: By the U.S. Golf Association, that it has boosted the purses for the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open by $500,000 each. The move increased the amount of the U.S. Open prize money to $12.5 million and the Women’s Open to $5.5 million.

 


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3-2

Winning scores for Stanford and Texas as each upset a higher-seeded opponent late Tuesday to advance to today’s NCAA Division I Men’s Championship final match in Fayetteville, Ark. Because of anticipated storms today, the start of play has been moved up to 6:45 a.m. CDT at Blessings Golf Club (pairings).

 


RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

The Grill Room Golf Show
Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. welcome Kevin Na back into the winner's circle on the PGA Tour. Also, the co-hosts preview this week’s Memorial, plus what’s to come in two weeks at the U.S. Open. Feature Interview: Elisa Gaudet, the founder of Women's Golf Day, which will be held June 4.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

With less than a week before Women’s Golf Day, Annika Sorenstam urged women and girls worldwide to try golf. Women’s Golf Day will be held June 4 at more than 800 events in 46 nations.

 

Buffalo Springs Ridge ranked No. 1 on Golfweek magazine’s 2019 Best Courses You Can Play list for Missouri, leading three Branson-area courses in the annual ranking. Branson Hills ranked second, and LedgeStone was sixth.

 

Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho, has been ranked No. 1 in the state on Golfweek magazine’s 2019 Best Courses You Can Play list. Circling Raven is part of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort.

 

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in La Romana, Dominican Republic, will host summer junior-golf camps in July, the resort announced. Club professionals Robert Birtel and Eric Lillibridge will lead the full- and half-day PGA Junior Golf Camps on July 22-26.

 

Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville, Del., has broken ground on a 23,000-square-foot clubhouse. Construction is expected to be completed in 2020.

 

The winner of the recent Senior PGA Championship wore footwear with replaceable cleats, according to PrideSports, which manufactures the Champ and Softspikes brands. The winner wore FootJoy Fury shoes that featured Softspikes Pulsar cleats.

 

The winner of the recent PGA Championship carried Stitch Golf headcovers in his bag, the company announced. Stitch Golf claims to be a part of seven of the past 10 men’s major championships.

 

Four courses at Reynolds Lake Oconee were named to Golfweek magazine’s 2019 Best Courses You Can Play list in Georgia, the resort announced. No. 2 Great Waters, No. 4 Oconee, No. 8 National and No. 10 The Landing were recognized.

 

Golf Channel will feature three professional tournaments and one collegiate event this week. The final match of the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship will air today, followed later in the week by the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament, the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic and the European Tour’s Belgian Knockout.

 

The Cactus & Pine Golf Course Superintendents Association has worked with other organizations in Arizona to publish the Arizona Golf Industry Best Management Practices Guide. The work was developed in part by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and supported by the U.S. Golf Association.

 

Golfpass will introduce new member benefits in time for Father's Day. Membership plans are available by the month ($9.99), quarter ($29.99) or year ($99).

 


CALENDAR
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)

May 30 - June 2
European: Belgian Knockout

Rinkven International GC, Antwerp, Belgium

Web.com: Rex Hospital Open

CC at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C.

LPGA: U.S. Women’s Open

CC of Charleston (S.C.)

PGA Tour: Memorial Tournament

Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio

May 31 - June 2
Champions: Principal Charity Classic

Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa

Symetra: Valley Forge Invitational

Raven’s Claw GC, Pottstown, Pa.


      
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