TUESDAY  | JUNE 4, 2019

With his tone-deaf comments about Koreans and the LPGA, Hank Haney ironically turns the spotlight onto the women’s game. Amid the fallout, Alex Miceli asks, “What were you thinking, Hank?” This week, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson headline the RBC Canadian Open in the final prep week before the U.S. Open.


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by John Hawkins

It officially opened for business in 1980, but in terms of public appeal, the Senior PGA Tour always will be golf’s gift to the ’90s. In a period of pronounced prosperity, the idea that a bunch of rich old guys could keep playing for even more money suddenly made a ton of sense. Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino had just turned 50. Arnold Palmer and Gary Player still had plenty of gas in the tank, and so Geritol Ball grew from some cozy little circuit into this big, fat enterprise with a nod to the past and its eye on the modern masses.

Right place, right time. The addition of Nicklaus obviously gave the product some clout, and by the time he won his sixth old-man major, at the 1993 U.S. Senior Open, the granddaddies were rivaling the flatbellies in pursuit of mainstream popularity. A television deal with ESPN helped the Senior Tour immeasurably; the sports network itself was an aspiring empire, with growing access to every Joe Sixpack in America.

 


by Julie Williams

If it’s sincere, then an invitation is specific. That’s at the heart of today’s Women’s Golf Day, a global initiative that opens the door for women and girls who want to learn about the game and engage with other female golfers. It’s a set time for women to come, in number, to the golf course.

And it’s about the golf.

The fourth annual Women’s Golf Day takes place at numerous locations around the world, from golf courses to golf retail stores.

 


There’s nothing funny or OK about Haney’s comments
I found it to be a bit depressing to see other readers defend Hank Haney’s comments as humor, the truth, and much ado about nothing (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 3).

Here's why Haney’s comments about women’s golf are unacceptable:

1. There seems to be a thought that Asians (specifically Koreans, in this case) can be joked about because they are identifiable by their appearance. Singling them out and making fun of them using a last-name joke based solely on their appearance is racist. Would Haney have made similar comments if the dominant golfers were white females from England?

 


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Position in the Official World Golf Ranking, an improvement of seven spots and a career high, for American Patrick Cantlay, who won the Memorial Tournament on Sunday.

 


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Hawk & Rude: U.S. Open memories
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude recall some of their favorite national championships while adding some behind-the-scenes flavor to the mix.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Arnold Palmer Cup, a three-day Ryder Cup-style event featuring the top men’s and women’s college golfers, will be live-streamed worldwide via GolfChannel.com, organizers announced. The event will be held June 7-9 at The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark.

 

Billy Casper Golf intends to have 30 of its courses participate in today’s Women’s Golf Day. The international event is dedicated to supporting women through golf.

 

The Annika Foundation has announced the dates for its next three Share My Passion clinics. The clinics, for girls ages 6-12, will be held June 9 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links; July 29 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.; and Oct. 27 at Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas.

 

The top golfers in men’s and women’s college golf will be honored today on Golf Channel’s “Golf Central” show, the network announced. The Fred Haskins Award and the Annika Award, which honor the most outstanding men’s and women’s players, respectively, will be revealed on the show, which begins at 6 p.m. EDT.

 

The winners on six major professional tours wore cleated footwear, according to PrideSports, which manufactures the Softspikes and Champ brand of cleats. The winners of the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament, the LPGA’s U.S. Women’s Open, the Web.com Tour’s Rex Hospital Open, the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic, the European Tour’s Belgian Knockout and the Mackenzie Tour’s Bayview Place DC Bank Open were shoes with replacement cleats.

 

MorganFranklin Consulting, a national management and technology advisory company, announced a deal with instructor Michael Breed. Golfers can access playing tips, submit questions and upload swing video at MorganFranklin.com/golf.

 

Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix, Mich., has made its debut on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, at No. 89. Two years, ago, the 1925 William Watson design underwent a renovation.

 


CALENDAR
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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