MONDAY  | JUNE 3, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

Brooks Koepka won’t be worried about what happened here last weekend in the land of Jack Nicklaus, the Memorial Tournament (or Ohio Faux Masters) and the buckeye milkshake (chocolate-peanut butter).

Koepka wouldn’t be worried about an Armageddon-ish meteor streaking toward Earth, either. He’d just do 20 more dead-lifts, win another major and swat that annoying meteor out of his way as if it were Dustin Johnson or Tiger Woods.

Maybe Koepka should be ever-so-slightly concerned. He has a new formidable contender to deal with: Patrick Cantlay.

 


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by Dave Seanor

The sad irony of the 74th U.S. Women’s Open is that Hank Haney was correct.

A player from South Korea did win the championship, and her name is Lee. More specifically, Jeongeun Lee6, with the number added because there have been five other players with the same first and surname competing on the Korean LPGA, which assigned numerical suffixes to allay confusion (scores).

 


GUEST COMMENTARY
by Dove Jones

Congratulations to Jeongeun Lee6, the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open champion, and the first female golfer to receive a $1 million winner’s check in doing so (scores).

Last week, the USGA was justifiably proud in announcing that for the first time, it would be increasing the 2019 purses by equal amounts for the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens, by $500,000, assuring the $1 million payout for the women’s champion.

It was an important step in recognizing the value of the women’s competition, yet it landed wide of the mark.

 


Just because a Lee won doesn’t make Haney right
Now that Jeongeun Lee6 has won the U.S. Women’s Open, it will be said that Hank Haney was right and that he is owed an apology (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30). He is not.

What is offensive about his statement is his cavalier attitude toward women’s golf in general and the LPGA specifically, not his contention that a Korean named Lee would win.

 


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Number of players with the surname Lee who won tournaments on two women’s professional tours in the U.S. on Sunday. South Korea’s Jeongeun Lee6 closed with a 1-under 70 for a 6-under 278 and two-stroke victory at the U.S. Women’s Open at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.) (scores). Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Min Lee parred the first playoff hole to win the Symetra Tour’s Valley Force Invitational at Raven’s Claw Golf Club in Pottstown, Pa.

 


Named: Conrad Ray, as winner of the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award, after his Stanford Cardinal won the recent NCAA Division I men’s championship.

 


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Hawk & Rude: U.S. Open memories
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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Global Value Commerce will host a warehouse sale Saturday at its distribution center for the GlobalGolf.com e-commerce platform for new and used golf gear. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center at 7320 ACC Blvd. in Raleigh, N.C.

 

Michael Rodriguez, the general manager at Audubon Country Club in Naples, Fla., has been recognized by Troon as the management company’s general manager of the year. Rodriguez is overseeing a $7 million renovation and expansion of the club’s Courtside Café building.

 

Chippo Golf has introduced the Dad Bundle for sale ahead of Father’s Day. The package includes the company’s Chippo chipping game, a travel case, 12 extra balls and limited-edition Chippo Koozies with golf-themed “dad jokes.”

 

The Swing Align training aid will be featured on the “Tee Off With Technology” segment on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” show this week. Devan Bonebrake, a Swing Align spokesman and instructor on “Golf Channel Academy,” worked with Justin Tupper at Revolution Golf to show how golfers can use the Swing Align aid to help improve their games.

 


CALENDAR
June 3
Men’s pro/amateur: U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

10 sites in the U.S., Canada and England: Walton Heath GC, Surrey, England; RattleSnake Point GC, Milton, Ontario; Big Canyon CC and Newport Beach (Calif.) CC; Streamsong (Fla.) Resort; Hawks Ridge GC, Ball Ground, Ga.; Woodmont CC, Rockville, Md.; Century CC and Old Oaks CC, Purchase, N.Y.; Brookside CC and Scioto CC, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield (Ohio) CC; Wine Valley GC, Walla Walla, Wash.

June 4
Industry: Women’s Golf Day

Numerous sites around the U.S. and the world

June 4-7
Women’s amateur: Women’s Southern Amateur

Lockwood Folly CC, Holden Beach, N.C.

June 5-8
Men’s amateur: Dogwood Invitational

Druid Hills GC, Atlanta

June 6-9
LPGA: ShopRite LPGA Classic

Stockton Seaview Hotel & GC, Galloway, N.J.

Web.com: BMW Charity Pro-Am

Thornblade Club, Greer, S.C.

PGA Tour: RBC Canadian Open

Hamilton (Ontario) G&CC

June 7-8
European: GolfSixes Cascais

Oitavos Dunes, Cascais, Portugal

June 7-9
Champions: MasterCard Japan Championship

Narita (Japan) GC

Symetra: Four Winds Invitational

Blackthorn GC, South Bend, Ind.


      
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