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Jul 13, 2015 | 10:26 AM

Hello To The Hall

The World Golf Hall of Fame inducted four new members today: Golfers Laura Davies (above, from England), David Graham (Australia), and Mark O’Meara (U.S.), along with architect A.W. Tillinghast (U.S.). The enshrinement ceremony took place this morning at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, as part of the festivities leading up to this week’s Open Championship. The international ceremony is part of a new beginning for the Hall, which now will induct every two years: In 2017, the ceremony will be at the Hall of Fame and Museum at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida; in 2019, it’s at Pebble Beach on the Monday of U.S. Open week; future ceremonies will move around the world. This year’s four also were the first chosen under a new process that calls for each inductee needing at least 75 percent of the vote of a Selection Commission; the 16-person Commission is currently co-chaired by Hall of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Annika Sorenstam. They just got some very good company.

 

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Jul 10, 2015 | 10:31 AM

Honoring History

You don’t have to be a history major to know that D-Day was June 6, 1944. But you may not be aware that World War II ended 15 months later, on September 21, 1945, making this the 70th anniversary. In commemoration, the Omni Homestead Resort, in Hot Springs, Virginia, will host the inaugural National D-Day Memorial Golf Classic on Monday, September 21, 2015. Proceeds from the event—to be played on the award-winning Cascades Course (shown above) and open to all—will benefit the National D-Day Memorial, which honors the country’s veterans and fallen heroes and is located in Bedford, Virginia, the town that suffered the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation. Individual entry fee is $150 for golf, lunch, and awards; a practice round the day before is $100. To sign up or for more information, go to the memorial’s website or call 800-351-DDAY.

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Jul 09, 2015 | 10:57 AM

Drive for Dough

How cool would it be to have one of Bubba Watson's pink Ping G30 drivers signed by the two-time Masters champ? Well, here's your chance. Ping and GolfTEC have teamed up to benefit Folds of Honor to provide educational scholarships to the families of military service members who have been killed or disabled. All you have to do is click here and donate $10 through July 24th. In addition to two drivers up for grabs, there are two GolfTEC Game Plans (10 lessons, three months of video practice, and club fitting) and five GolfTEC Swing Evaluations (an hour-long session with a teacher that includes video analysis and motion measurement).

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Jul 08, 2015 | 11:10 AM

Scottish Treat

Moving the Scottish Open to links courses four years ago from Loch Lomond has really helped players better prepare for The Open Championship (the last four champions played in the Scottish Open the week prior). It's also been a lot more fun for viewers here in the U.S. who get to vicariously visit these great links that we otherwise wouldnt't get to see during the telecasts. This year's tournament at Gullane Golf Club should be another winner because it's such a quintessential Scottish links course with the 1st tee of the No. 1 course starting right in town next to the Heritage of Golf Museum. (A composite course will use 16 holes from No. 1 and two from No. 2.) Golf Channel will broadcast the tournament from 5:30 am–1:30 pm Eastern Thursday and Friday and from 9:30 am–noon Saturday and Sundary with NBC taking over noon–2:30 on the weekend. So set your alarm, sit back, and savor true links golf.

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