THURSDAY  | SEPTEMBER 5, 2019
by Mike Purkey

Contrary to those who think the PGA Tour is the only tour that matters in the wide, wide world of golf, the game goes on – even after the first kickoff of college football – and there are plenty of significant championships remaining on the 2019 calendar.

The PGA Tour went to great lengths to end its season before college football began in earnest, which is more than a little disingenuous. Plus, it doesn’t make much sense, because next season – 2019-20, if you’re following along – begins next week with A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

 


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Maybe it should be named Hurricane Bryson
I am sitting here in Jacksonville, Fla., trying to determine what is more maddening: the never-ending stream of letters in Morning Read regarding slow play or the constant dribble and theatrics of the weather professionals as they cover Hurricane Dorian as it moves up the East Coast (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 4). Those of you living in the Southeast undoubtedly know what I mean.

 


Reported: By GolfChannel.com and Golfweek.com, that the PGA Tour will begin testing drivers in the 2019-20 season, beginning at next week’s A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. GolfChannel.com and Golfweek.com, citing a memo sent to players on Wednesday, said that the Tour, in conjunction with the U.S. Golf Association, will test clubs pulled from players’ bags rather than clubheads taken from the manufacturers’ onsite equipment trailers. The testing will determine the clubs’ characteristic time limit, or CT, which measures the spring-like effect of a clubface.

 


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Number of PGA Tour tournaments to be played, in 44 weeks, in the 2019-20 season. The new season begins next week with A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier at the Greenbrier Resort’s Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Dark week, bright lights
Schauffele or Finau? Rahm or Cantlay? How about Woods? Spieth? Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude take a long look at golf’s biggest stars as the new decade approaches.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. review the PGA Tour's 2018-19 season and look ahead to the new campaign. Morning Read's Alex Miceli previews this weekend's Walker Cup from Royal Liverpool in England.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay in the Bahamas launched a fundraising initiative to provide disaster relief for residents of Great Abaco island, which recently sustained catastrophic damage from Hurricane Dorian. The Abaco Club set up a charitable organization and established a GoFundMe campaign, at https://www.gofundme.com/f/abacodorianrelief.

 

Club Champion expanded to 18 months its no-interest payment plan on club purchases made with the Synchrony Sport card, if paid in full. Club Champion had offered a six-month version of the program.

 

Buffalo Groupe has acquired 54 Brands, a marketing and communications company in Charlotte, N.C. 54 Brands joins Rawle Murdy and Morning Read as recent acquisitions for Buffalo Groupe, which was formed in February when it and Buffalo Agency spun off from parent company Billy Casper Golf.

 

Mauna Lani Golf on Hawaii Island named Chris Noda as the club’s director of golf. Noda will lead the golf operations, agronomy, retail and golf-related sales and marketing at Mauna Lani Golf’s North and South courses.

 

Pronghorn Academy in Bend, Ore., has been honored by Golf Digest magazine with an “Editor’s Choice: Best Academies in the West” award. The academy was created by instructor Jeff Ritter and is part of the Pronghorn Resort.

 

Galway Bay’s rain gear has earned the distinction of “best rain gear of 2019” from MyGolfSpy.com. The equipment-review website’s panelists rated 28 entries for their waterproofing, comfort, breathability and fit.

 


CALENDAR
September 5-8
European: Porsche European Open

Green Eagle GC, Hamburg, Germany

September 6-8
Symetra: Garden City Charity Classic

Buffalo Dunes GC, Garden City, Kan.

September 7-8
Men’s amateur: Walker Cup

Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, England

September 12-15
European: KLM Open

The International, Amsterdam, Netherlands

PGA Tour: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

September 13-15
Champions: Ally Challenge

Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Mich.

LPGA: Solheim Cup

Gleneagles Hotel (PGA Centenary Course), Auchterarder, Scotland

September 14-19
Men’s amateur: U.S. Mid-Amateur

Colorado GC, Parker, Colo.

Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Forest Highlands GC, Flagstaff, Ariz.


      
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