TUESDAY  | SEPTEMBER 10, 2019
Can Alex Miceli call the Americans’ victory in the recent Walker Cup an “ass kicking”? Well, he just did. Speaking of spankings, the women’s game is taking some licks for the weak field in the Solheim Cup, which begins Friday at Gleneagles in Scotland. It’s time to rethink the U.S.-vs.-Europe formula.

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by Mike Purkey

When the first Solheim Cup commenced in 1990, Americans were dominating women’s golf, and it wasn’t even close. The likes of Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan, Beth Daniel, Betsy King, Juli Inkster and Dottie Pepper were winning almost everything that was important and a lot that wasn’t.

The Europeans popped up every so often, and we knew about long-hitting Laura Davies and elegant Liselotte Neumann and a little about combustible Helen Alfredsson. So, when the U.S. won the inaugural Solheim, 11½-4½, at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., no one gave it a second thought.

 


Networks whiff with Walker Cup
The television networks’ failure to cover the Walker Cup, particularly when it was in Europe and could have filled the morning hours, was a huge blunder (“Dark days for Walker Cup and TV,” Sept. 9). There was nothing interesting filling the airwaves. NBC and its Golf Channel either alienated fans or missed the opportunity to gain new ones.

 


Confirmed: By Norway’s Viktor Hovland, that he will make his European Tour debut as a professional next week in the BMW PGA Championship. Hovland, 21, the 2018 U.S. Amateur champion, already has secured a PGA Tour card via the recent Korn Ferry Tour finals.

 


7

Number of the 20 Walker Cup competitors who said they are turning professional after the biennial match that ended Sunday. Americans Akshay Bhatia, Steven Fisk, Isaiah Salinda, Alex Smalley and Brandon Wu and Great Britain and Ireland’s Tom Sloman and Euan Walker will become pros, according to Golfweek’s Alistair Tait.

 


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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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Cleveland Golf announced the introduction of the Launcher HB Turbo driver and fairway woods. The clubs will be available in North America beginning Oct. 4.

 

The Vue Grille & Bar at Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Resort will reopen Thursday after having undergone a $1 million renovation this summer. The redesigned pub, which features golf course and mountain views, offers seating for 30 guests.

 

Rio Verde (Ariz.) Country Club’s membership certificate program has attracted nearly two dozen new members. The program, which continues through October, offers discounts on initiation fees based on when the membership certificate is redeemed.

 

The Empire State Building in New York will be illuminated tonight to honor what would have been the late Arnold Palmer’s 90th birthday. In a nod to the Arnold and Winnie Palmer Foundation, the skyscraper will be lighted in red, yellow, white and green. Palmer died Sept. 25, 2016, at age 87.

 

Golficity, an online source for golf news and instruction, recently reported that recreational golfers prefer shoes with replaceable cleats instead of spikeless footwear. The sampling supports recent winning results on the major professional tours.

 

A field of 1,120 amateurs will compete in the Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships on Sept. 17-26 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The competition will be held in two events, the Open National Championship and the Senior National Championship, to be held on all four of the resort’s courses.

 

Red Ledges in Heber Valley, Utah, anticipates setting a sales record for the community in the Wasatch Mountains for a fourth consecutive year. Red Ledges expects to post $100 million in sales in 2019.

 

Ahead has created a specially-priced headwear collection for golf clubs to use in promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The 27-piece “Show Your Support, Wear Pink” collection offers nine pieces each of three styles of Kate Lord headwear, with the package priced at $290.25.

 

Oxbow (N.D.) Country Club reopened this month upon completing a five-year renovation to mitigate flooding issues from the nearby Red River. The work was done by Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects. Oxbow, built in 1975, was one of Jones’ earliest designs.

 


CALENDAR
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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