Heavy rain in August had already affected preparations for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at the Naples, Fla., property, which was scheduled for October 7-12, but Hurricane Irma ultimately forced the tournament to be postponed. No rescheduled date has yet been established. The first United States Golf Association event in Collier County will have to […]
The aspiring LPGA golfer who has developed a huge social-media fan base and is described “one of golf’s most popular yet polarizing personalities” will appear in television commercials as a brand ambassador for 18Birdies, an app targeted to Millenials that lets users connect with friends, run individual and team competitions, track round histories and player statistics, and also features a GPS rangefinder with more than 30,000 courses worldwide.
The event, set to take place at the Johns Creek, Ga., property June 9-11, matches top male college golfers in the U.S. against Europe in a Ryder Cup-style tournament. The event will include a Junior Clinic and Golf Exhibition on June 7, and is free and open to the public.
With 36,000 participants across 2,900 teams nationwide last year, The PGA of America’s youth grow-the-game initiative has seen a 300% increase in participants compared to three years ago. The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has also committed $500,000 to The PGA of America to provide underprivileged kids with the opportunity to play golf.
Multiple news outlets reported on golf’s successful showing in Rio after a 112-year absence from the Olympics, noting that while some tweaks will need to be made for the Tokyo games in 2020, including scheduling issues and possibly a format change, the sport “attracted the biggest global television audience ever,” opening the door for the game’s resurgence. A small Texas farm that provided the Zeon Zoysia turf for the course in Rio is also hoping to benefit from the return of golf to the Games.
This year’s championship at the Scottsdale, Ariz., property will be played November 19-21 on the Raptor course. Eight 10-player teams will compete in a two-person-scramble format, with coaches allowed to substitute players every three holes, so all team members can participate.