Oct 11, 2016 | 09:56 am

Vintage Stuff

John Bush, age 91, recently scored a hole-in-one at England’s Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel, his third lifetime ace, with the others coming when he was but a youngster back in his 80s. Bush (third from left above) aced the 168-yard 21st hole at the 27-hole complex. His feat was not a record—that belongs to a Floridian who did the deed at age 103—but Bush’s foursome, with a combined age of 358, is likely the oldest quartet  ever to witness a hole-in-one. 

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Oct 10, 2016 | 06:00 am

Play Golf, Live Longer?

In what might be the silliest, or at least the most obvious, headline on the internet in a while, we were drawn to the provocative title “Staying Healthy May Help Golf Performance.” It reported on a survey published last week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that gave healthy golf tips that also can be found on the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages of the European Tour Performance Institute. According to the lead researcher, “people who play golf regularly… [have been] shown to live up to five years longer than non-golfers.” We believe that, but other news coming out over the last few days might give others pause. For instance, Jason Day announced that he will be off the course for at least two months to heal his injured back, while Justin Rose is taking a two-month hiatus “for rest and recovery” from a long season and a back issue he’s had since May. (On the plus side, Rose did win the Olympic gold medal in August.) And, of course, there’s the news that Tiger Woods, who hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since August 2015 due to more injuries than we can count will tee it up this week at the Safeway Open in California. So golfers live longer, but have to spend a percentage of that extra time mending? We’ll take that trade-off. Would you?

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Oct 07, 2016 | 07:26 am

Golfweek Acquired by Gannett

Golf magazine Golfweek has been acquired by media company Gannett, which owns over 100 media properties, including USA Today. Terms of the deal haven't been announced, but the move will bolster the companies golf brands, which is an area it has been expanding. Dave Morgan, president of the USA Today Sports Media Group will serve as the new publisher of Golfweek. A statement from Gannett said that Golfweek will continue to focus on professional, amateur, and collegiate golf while growing its events and custom publishing arms.

What do you think of this move from Gannett? What will you miss if Golfweek moves in a different direction? Let us know in the comments below!

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Oct 05, 2016 | 08:27 pm

And The Solheim Cup Goes To…

With the Ryder Cup just finished it’s time to talk about… the 2021 Solheim Cup, of course. Six sites hoping to hold the matches made presentations to the LPGA and Solheim Cup committees in the last few weeks: Brooklawn Country Club (Fairfield, Conn.), Inverness Club (Toledo, Ohio), Lancaster Country Club (Lancaster, Penn.), Oak Tree National (Edmond, Okla.), Scioto Country Club (Columbus, Ohio), and TPC San Antonio (San Antonio, Tex.).

All of the contestants have hosted big events before:

  • Brooklawn (shown above), formed in 1895, features a course redesigned by A.W. Tillinghast around 1930 that has held the 1979 U.S. Women’s Open and 1987 U.S. Senior Open
  • Inverness, a Donald Ross design completed in 1919, has held four U.S. Opens, two Senior Opens, and two PGA Championships
  • Lancaster, a William Flynn layout, was the venue for the 2015 Women’s Open
  • Oak Tree National, a Pete Dye design, opened in 1976 and has held the 1984 U.S. Amateur, 1988 PGA Championship, and 2014 Senior Open
  • Scioto, a Donald Ross course that opened in 1916 and is famous as the site where Jack Nicklaus learned the game, has held one each of the U.S. Open, Ryder Cup, PGA Championship, U.S. Amateur, and Senior Open
  • TPC San Antonio, which opened in 2010, has two courses, one each by Pete Dye and Greg Norman, and hosts the Valero Texas Open on the PGA Tour.

The committees are expected to make their selection by the end of this year, with the announcement of the winner to come in early 2017.

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