by John Hawkins

What I seem to recall most vividly is how perfect a day it was. Morning temperatures in the mid-to-upper-60s with a high of around 75, not a cloud to be found, not a breath of humidity. One of those late-summer beauties in the Northeast that people in southern California might take for granted. A day that dawned with the Manhattan skyline pointing straight to heaven, representing all you could ask for in a country.

About 90 minutes north of New York City, we met at Great River Golf Club in Milford, Conn., an upscale public with three or four of the most ridiculous holes you’ll ever play. On the par-4 seventh, which featured a bus aisle of a fairway between a swamp on the left and a pond to the right, my editor, a 3 handicap, refused to leave the tee box until he put a drive into play.



Don’t alter Solheim Cup, despite what Miceli says
Bad idea, Alex Miceli. The Solheim Cup was set up to be like the Ryder Cup, and it should stay that way (“One Take,” Sept. 10).

Who cares about the world rankings, other than the press? I want to see the USA's best compete with GB&I's best. It's every bit as exciting, regardless of rankings. Look at the Walker Cup that just finished.


Died: Brian Barnes, who won nine times on the European Tour and played on six European Ryder Cup teams, on Monday. He was 74 and had suffered from cancer, according to U.K. media reports. Barnes, a native of England who represented Scotland, famously defeated Jack Nicklaus twice on the same day in the 1975 Ryder Cup at Laurel Valley in Ligonier, Pa.



Tournament in the PGA Tour’s new season, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, which begins Thursday at Old White TPC at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. American Bryson DeChambeau, at No. 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is the highest-ranked player in the field and the lone member of the top 20 who is entered.




Hawk & Rude: Truth dipped in gunpowder
Ex-PGA Tour pro Ken Green, a five-time winner in 1985-89, meets with co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude and does nothing to diminish his status as one of the greatest quotes in golf history.


Chad Blank, a student at North Dakota State, has won the Mendenhall Award of $6,000 in the 2019 Scholars Competition offered through the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. He was among 19 winners in the program, which awards grants of $500 to $6,000 to outstanding students planning careers in golf-course management. Blank, of Miltona, Minn., is studying horticulture, with an emphasis in sports and urban turfgrass management.


Golf instructor Julie Cole, the newest member of Sea Pines Resort’s golf staff, will host a complimentary open house for female golfers on Sept. 18 at the Hilton Head Island, S.C., resort. The session will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sea Pines’ Golf Learning Center.


Dumbarnie Links on the east coast of Scotland is taking shape and expected to open for play on May 16, officials announced. The links, which will feature 14 holes with views of Largo Bay, is being designed by Clive Clark, a former Ryder Cup player.


Karen Jansen, an LPGA master teaching professional and fitness instructor, recently joined Golf Channel Academy as a lead coach. Jansen created Cardiogolf Fitness, a golf-specific program operating out of Trump National Golf Club Charlotte in Mooresville, N.C. Golf Channel Academy is located at 88 sites in 30 states, Canada and Europe.


Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club in Coral Gables, Fla., has struck a deal with two Mercedes-Benz dealerships in south Florida to provide services to club members. As part of the agreement, the Mercedes-Benz dealerships in Cutler Bay and in Coral Gables will sponsor Deering Bay’s member-member, member-guest and other tournaments.


Golf Channel will provide tournament coverage from four major professional tours this week, the network announced. Telecasts will be provided at the LPGA’s Solheim Cup, the PGA Tour’s A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, the Champions Tour’s Ally Challenge and the European Tour’s KLM Open. The PGA Tour and European Tour will begin Thursday, and the LPGA and Champions will begin Friday.


Golf Channel will air nearly 30 hours of live coverage of this week’s Solheim Cup, the network disclosed. The biennial competition between the U.S. and European female professionals begins Friday at Gleneagles Hotel’s PGA Centenary Course in Auchterarder, Scotland.


The $7 million renovation project at Desert Highlands’ Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in on schedule and should be completed by October, officials at the club in Scottsdale, Ariz., announced. The project, started in April, includes renovated bunkers, new irrigation, refurbished cart paths and restoration of the 13th hole to its original design.


Joanne Miller, a golf-industry veteran, has joined Kevin Frisch PR as a senior account executive, the public-relations agency announced. Miller recently worked as public-relations director at Tour Edge.


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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