THURSDAY  | MAY 30, 2019
by Alex Miceli

Judy Rankin was recognized as the Memorial Tournament honoree on Wednesday afternoon, a highlight of the annual PGA Tour event in Dublin, Ohio.

As Rankin was receiving adulation from host Jack Nicklaus for her contributions to golf as a player and TV analyst, a discussion about golf instructor Hank Haney’s sexist/racist comments was being debated on Twitter.



by Jeff Shain

Though it’s been eight weeks now, Maria Fassi rarely goes more than a few days without getting a reminder of the place she and Jennifer Kupcho find themselves in women’s golf.

“Honestly, it just doesn’t feel real yet,” said Fassi, the newly crowned NCAA women’s champion who makes her professional debut today at the U.S. Women’s Open.


by Gary Van Sickle

We’re on a tight deadline at Morning Read, so we have to run the rough first draft of my Memorial Tournament preview because we don’t have time to clean it up before going to the digital printing presses. So please ignore the editing marks, and we promise this definitely maybe will never happen again unless it does.

The Memorial Tournament is back this week. It looks like another wet omg freaking hurricane great week for golf here. Springtime in Ohio is an annual myth nightmare from hell delight for the star-powered event hosted by the pretty good greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus.


Nobody ever said Miceli spreads roses and lollipops
Alex Miceli misinterprets Jack Nicklaus' statement (“Nicklaus likes Woods’ odds; don’t bet on it,” May 29).

Saying Woods is a favorite is not the same as saying Woods will win, just that he has a better-than-even chance. And, obviously it will not be by 15 shots. I don't see that happening again, for anyone.



Number of NCAA men’s golf championships for Stanford, which won the Division I title Wednesday, defeating Texas, 3-2, in the final match at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.


Named: Texas’ Cole Hammer, as winner of the Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award in men's college golf.




Hawk & Rude: Springing into summer
John Hawkins and Jeff Rude discuss a medley of topics with longtime sportswriter Ed Sherman, who covered golf for the Chicago Tribune during the Tiger Woods dynasty.

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.


Buffalo Ridge Springs 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 rated second, and LedgeStone was sixth.


Puma Golf has signed Justin Suh, the former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, to an endorsement contract. Suh, who recently completed his collegiate career at Southern California, will make his professional debut this week at the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament wearing Puma Golf apparel, footwear and headwear.


Three professionals playing Tour Edge clubs finished among the top 10 in the recent Senior PGA Championship, the club maker reported. Tour Edge staff member Scott McCarron, who played a 19-degree Exotics CBX hybrid, finished second; a two-time U.S. Open champion, who played a CBX 119 hybrid, finished fourth; and Duffy Waldorf, another Tour Edge Staff player, carried two Exotics clubs and placed eighth.


Giants Ridge’s The Quarry course received the No. 1 ranking in Golfweek magazine’s Best Courses You Can Play list for Minnesota. It is the fifth consecutive year that The Quarry, in Biwabik, Minn., has topped the state list. Sister course The Legend was ranked 10th in Minnesota by Golfweek.


Ping has signed Jennifer Kupcho, the former NCAA champion and top-ranked female amateur, to an endorsement contract. Kupcho, who recently completed her collegiate career at Wake Forest, will play Ping clubs while making her professional debut this week in the U.S. Women’s Open.


PGA National Resort & Spa will celebrate Women’s Golf Day on June 4 with a free women’s clinic on the Champion Course, plus food and merchandise specials at the resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The activities are part of Women’s Golf Month in June at PGA National.


Reynolds Lake Oconee announced its “Escape to the Lake” package for the resort in Greensboro, Ga. The promotion, available through July 31 and for a two-night minimum, includes accommodations, a two-hour pontoon boat rental for each night of stay, breakfast, fitness-center access and other amenities.


Short Par 4 will co-sponsor Bucky Godbolt's Mullet Open, the subscription-box service provider of golf apparel announced. The tournament will be played June 7 at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Lost Pines, Texas, and benefit the Burke Center for Youth.


May 30 - June 2
European: Belgian Knockout

Rinkven International GC, Antwerp, Belgium 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.

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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