We are in the closing stretches of the 2015 PGA Tour season, one for the ages when you think about the majors and the names who broke out, and one we will look back on as the year when things in men’s golf changed. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were far from the headlines, as Jordan Spieth,Jason Day and Rickie Fowler had breakout years and were part of a group of 20-somethings who are taking over golf. But one name who will fall through the cracks in this conversation, as it always seems to happen in sports, is the one who was the most impressive. Lydia Ko, who is still just 18, won her first major championship on Sunday, becoming the youngest to do so in the modern era of golf and finishing it off with a jaw-dropping 63. The story is everything you would think the mainstream media would want — a teenage superstar winning a major in record-setting fashion, the face of women’s golf emerging as not only a threat to win each week but now adding a major to her trophy case. So why don’t people seem to care? Why isn’t it a talking point on sports shows? Why are people ignoring this incredible accomplishment in an era where youth is everything in our world? I asked people on Twitter this question Monday. They mentioned the start of the NFL season (OK, fine), the fact that the event was played overseas (still not totally buying that, but I get the time difference), and even gave predictably disappointing answers like she’s not American or the fact that it’s “women’s golf.” To me, none of these answers is acceptable. Who cares if Ko isn’t American?! Rory McIlroy isn’t American, and when he wins we put him on the cover of our sports magazines and compare his stats to those of Tiger and Jack. When Jason Day won at Whistling Straits, we anointed him one of the new Big Three and discussed whether he might sneak off with Player of the Year honors ahead of Spieth, especially if he closes things out well in the playoffs. To me, not being an American shouldn’t be an issue in 2015. We love athletes who can do amazing things. Usain Bolt catches our attention. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic capture the national media in a U.S. Open final, and Ko is winning major championships at age 18. She’s already the greatest teenage golfer, male or female, in the history of golf, and now she’s winning the biggest of the big with final rounds that match what Johnny Miller did at Oakmont back in 1973. We as golf fans, and sports fans, need to do better on this front. Ko is making history. It’s our responsibility to start paying attention. With that, mailbag time. Here we go. To see the comments in Shane Bacon’s mailbag, go here! Source : Shane Bacon Fox Sports Pictures : Jean-Pierre Clatot / Getty Images Singapore Sports Council
Murphy has a long and encompassing résumé that includes her current role as a USGA vice president and Executive Committee member. She chairs the Championship and Compensation committees and serves on the Audit and Corporate Partners committees at the USGA. Murphy will be the second female to lead the governing body, joining Judy Bell who served her term as president in 1996-97. Murphy’s husband, Reg, served as USGA president in 1994-95.To read the official announcement of Diana Murphy’s position, go here! Source : Chris Chaney, Wrong Fairway of the Back9Network Picture : Links Magazine USGA
The story is everything you would think the mainstream media would want — a teenage superstar winning a major in record-setting fashion, the face of women’s golf emerging as not only a threat to win each week but now adding a major to her trophy case. So why don’t people seem to care?
When I first got wind of a golf club just for women, I imagined a dour stronghold of stern-faced feminists. Presiding secretary: Gloria Steinem. No leaving the seat up. A lack of single malt. I initially read about the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto — North America’s lone women-only golf club — about a decade back, when golf was having its big gender conversation. Martha Burk was picketing in Georgia, bemoaning Augusta National’s lack of female members. The green jackets were saying that change would come on their terms, not “at the point of a bayonet,” and it has. The Ladies’ made headlines again last summer, as Scotland’s Muirfield, which has no women members, played host to the British Open. Defenders of the old guard liked to point to the Ladies’ Club, among other women-only institutions, as proof that gender bias could work both ways. “They’ve got theirs,” they sniffed. “Why can’t we have ours?” Now another British Open nears, and same-sex clubs have become big news once more, a hot-button pushed by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, whose members run the British Open and oversee the Rules of Golf outside the United States and Mexico. In September, the club will vote on whether to allow women into its tweedy midst for the first time in its 260-year history. All of which has got me thinking of the Ladies’. Could the tales be true? Is it the female Muirfield? Augusta National on estrogen? The reporter in me hopes so. It’s a sun-dappled morning, and I’m driving through the leafy outskirts of Toronto. The turnoff to the club lies ahead. It’s not Magnolia Lane. No guard sits at the entrance. But the road leads past a nest of pretty paw-print bunkers and toward a hilltop clubhouse done in classic Butler Cabin colors: milky white with pine-green trim. Loryn Crothers, the club’s membership director, is waiting for me outside. “A lot of people tell us, ‘We want to be mad at you,’ ” she says. “But then they see what the club is like, and they say, ‘But we just can’t.’ ” As we step into the clubhouse, my first assumption crumbles. It’s less Martha Stewart Living, more Merion. On one wall, displayed as reverently as Hogan’s 1-iron, is a hickory-shaft putter used by the club’s founder. On another is a painting of the matriarch herself: the late Ada Mackenzie. Born in Toronto in 1891, Mackenzie was the youngest of four kids. She excelled in hockey, tennis, basketball and cricket. She took up golf at 10 and became a star, she later noted in a history of the club, “when women were supposed to know more about a cook stove than a niblick.” Expectations hadn’t changed in 1923, when Mackenzie won her second Canadian Ladies Open. She ranked among the most accomplished players in the country, but couldn’t land a weekend tee time at the club where she belonged. The same was true everywhere she went, with the lone exception (sort of) being the British Isles, where Mackenzie competed in her prime. At top clubs there, women’s golf was half-embraced. Behind the clubhouse at St. Andrews sat the Ladies’ Putting Club, one of 14 women’s short courses or “hen runs” scattered across the countryside at the time. Never mind that only putting and chipping were permitted, the better to spare women from the unladylike act of lifting their arms above their heads. The mere existence of such courses inspired Mackenzie. She would do the British one better, although she couldn’t let the world in on her plans. “If I had said I was looking for a ladies’ golf course site,” she acknowledged decades later, “I might still be looking.” Instead, she concocted a ruse. Posing as the wife of the noted Canadian golf course architect Stanley Thompson, who played along and eventually would design the golf course, Mackenzie purchased farmland on Toronto’s fringes. She had backers, and although there were hiccups and hang-ups along the way, the club took root and opened for play in 1926. Here’s a crucial point to note about the Ladies’: from the start, men have been welcome — just not as members, or, in the early days, in the clubhouse. They didn’t and still don’t, get prime tee times. But while women enjoyed top billing (the original men’s locker room was a chilly basement chamber below the pro shop), they’ve never tried to make their club a statement. It’s not a protest but a place to play. “I went there for the golf on a beautiful and challenging course,” says longtime Ladies’ member Marlene Streit, winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur and the British Ladies Amateur, and the first Canadian elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame. “I never thought of myself as a feminist.”Check out the rest of this interesting story here. Source : GOLF Josh Sens Pictures : James Bennett Toronto Ladies Golf Club
#3 in our series of Women at the Helm, Suzy Whaley has been in the limelight for years in the golf world.She played the LPGA Tour from 1993 forward, all the while honing her teaching skills, also. Whaley became the first woman in 58 years to qualify for a PGA Tour event at the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, after winning the 2002 Connecticut PGA Championship. WOW! She has become renown as a Top 50 Female Instructor, and is a Board member & Adviser for numerous golf organizations.In 2014 Whaley became the first female officer at the PGA, as Secretary, and will move up to President of the PGA in 2019. Her focus is to seriously change the perception that golf is an elitist sport, and to bring the game to many more women and to diverse communities. The fact that some women still do not receive the welcome given to men at golf courses, shows that previous PGA officers haven’t done enough to engage the fastest growing segment of golf.So YES, it is time for a dynamic and talented woman PGA member to lead the way forward for all, in golf.Thanks to Susan Fornoff for this terrific story:
‘Moving the needle’ – that’s new PGA secretary Suzy Whaley
IN FOUR YEARS, Suzy Whaley will not only become the first female president in the then-102-year history of the PGA of America. She’ll become its most dynamic president, judging by her Women in the Golf Industry appearance tonight in Orlando, Florida. Whaley, eschewing the typical blue blazer worn by PGA officers in favor of a blue Tory Burch cardigan with gold buttons, bubbled over with enthusiasm and advice for other women trying to make their way in men’s worlds. Settling into a chair next to interviewer Emmy Moore Minister, she gratefully accepted a glass of white wine and likened the setting to the television program “The View” as she told the story of her ascent in the golf business. “When I was at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, I was convinced I was going to become a lawyer,” she said. “I was adamant about it. I wasn’t going to play on tour, I had no aspirations to play on tour. I played well in college, but I took my LSATs and applied to law school. Then I qualified for an LPGA tournament as an amateur. And for some reason I thought that because I qualified, I was good enough that I could actually go on tour. “So I went home and told my parents, and you can imagine the conversation at dinner when I said I was not going to go to law school, I was going to go to tour school. And my father said, ‘You’re going to do what?’ But my mom…she looked at me and said, ‘You can always be a lawyer. You go for it.’ “And I went to tour school and secured a conditional card and I played in more than 20 events, thinking that would be great and I’d be this incredible superstar. And I made $2,322. And I came off the tour knowing my parents would no longer fund this endeavor, and I took a waitressing job. I went to the most expensive steak house I could find so that I could make the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time and told them that I was a fabulous waitress. I had never waitressed a day in my life. “During that time I had the good fortune to meet my husband. And then I got my tour card back. “I tell you that story because it was devastating when I lost that tour card. For me, it was a huge blow that was incredibly necessary for me to get in gear and figure out that things weren’t going to come easy… And I ended up meeting someone I’ve been married to for 23 years, and then I went back out on tour, which I loved, and I was better prepared to make more than $2,322.” Check out the rest of Susan Fornoff’s story here! Source : GottaGoGolf SusanFornoff Pictures : EWGA_HQ SusanFornoff
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We’ve all played in a scramble tournament, or ‘captain’s choice’ as it’s also called, at one time or another. Most of us give very little thought on what strategies to plan on, in order to get what we want out of the event.
The Scramble is mainly a light-hearted, social event often bringing male and female members of a club or golf group together. Everyone, no matter what their skill level, gets to help out on the team.
Usually, players don’t have serious agendas when playing Scrambles . . . . or do they??
Ronald Montesano, writing for GolfWRX, has produced a very interesting article on how to make sure your tournament is a great success.
Scramble tournaments mean one thing: birdie-fest! How could you not be excited to play golf where others make up for your mistakes and you get four runs at birdie on nearly every hole? Before you lies the opportunity to team up with three of your closest friends or favorite ringers. Unfortunately, golfers or entire groups miss the point of playing in a scramble event. There’s no right answer, but you don’t want to show up at the event without an agenda. If you’re competitive, you might be in it to win it. If you’re charitable, your goal is to raise money for the cause. If you’re generous, your No. 1 concern is to ensure that your friends have a great time and come away with a great story to tell. You may be inclined to assume that if you’ve played one scramble, you’ve played them all. Before you fire that shot across the bow, let’s take a look at your check list for a successful scramble golf tournament.To read more on how to get the most out of your scramble tournament, go here. Source : GolfWrx Ronald Montesano Pictures : GolfWrx Dru Bloomfield
Know your formatIt’s a bit odd to call an event a traditional scramble, but it seems that tournament organizers are jonesing to separate their tournament from the rest by way of an altered format. The traditional scramble event follows the following protocol: each golfer plays from the tee, then the group selects one drive. From there, each golfer hits a second shot and then the procedure is repeated until the ball is holed. In recent years, the Shamble has gained some traction, perhaps to keep teams from riding one player too hard to victory. The shamble requires each golfer to tee off, then have the team select its best drive. From there, each golfer plays his own ball to the end of the hole and the team records the two best scores. While a traditional scramble score will be in the low 60s with handicap, a shamble tally doubles that figure.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of playing 18 holes with a beautiful woman. She was not only pretty but also had a knockout figure. And as our round of golf progressed, I became more and more impressed with her golf game – in particular, her irons. In order to paint a better picture, I’ll say that she didn’t hit it extra-long but had a classic swing and drew the ball consistently. Personality-wise, she was a pleasure to be with, had a great sense of humor and didn’t take herself too seriously.Naturally, she was impressed as heck with my OVER THE TOP GOLF swing. Thank God I was also hitting good shots. So golfing-wise, the day couldn’t have gone any better.