Aug 21, 2015 | 02:57 pm

Drive for Show

Have you always wanted to design your own driver, be on TV, and get rich? Well, here's your chance to do all three. Wilson is launching a seven-episolde show next fall, Driver vs. Driver, on Golf Channel that will follow eight finalists competing to design the company's 2017 driver. You'll get to work with Wilson's R&D team, while an elite team of club designers will evaluate your product. To enter, just submit a short video here on your concept, why you think it will work as the next driver innovation, and a brief synopsis of who you are. Deadline is August 31st. And, oh yeah, the winner will receive a cool half-million dollars. That will pay for a lot of green fees with the new driver that you designed.

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Aug 20, 2015 | 10:15 am

Doggin’ It

Who doesn’t like the heart-warming story of a golfer getting his, or her, first hole-in-one? (Other than anyone who doesn’t already have one, that is.) We just came across a YouTube video of two young sisters, playing golf with their dad back in January at Clear Creek Golf Center in Shelbyville, Kentucky, on a day cold enough to freeze the ponds that protected some of the par-threes. Dad promised the girls that he would buy a puppy if either of them made a hole-in-one and, well, you can guess the rest. If this lovely story doesn’t make you feel good all over, perhaps seeing what the world looked like when it was cold outside will help everyone sweating out this hot, steamy summer feel a little more comfortable. And if anyone knows what kind of pup they got, please let us know.

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Aug 19, 2015 | 02:22 pm

Olympian Feat

Match play is underway at the U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields Country Club south of Chicago after an 18-man playoff this morning for the 10 final match-play spots. Three inches of rain Monday and Tuesday disrupted play a bit, but the tournament is back on schedule with the round of 64 taking place today (results here). Players to watch include Irishman Paul Dunne, who received a special exemption into the tournament after his performance at The Open Championship, where he was the first amateur to share the 54-hole lead since Bobby Jones in 1927; Brooks Koepka's brother Chase; and Jacob Hicks, the son of Mike Hicks who was on Payne Stewart's bag when he won the 1999 U.S. Open. The TV schedule is below. Fox Sports 1 can be a little difficult to find on your cable system, so click on this link to get the channel number.

Aug. 19 (Wednesday) – First Round of Match Play, 3-6 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Aug. 20 (Thursday) – Second and Third Rounds, 3-6 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Aug. 21 (Friday) – Quarterfinals, 3-6 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Aug. 22 (Saturday) – Semifinals, 3-6 p.m. (Fox)
Aug. 23 (Sunday) – Championship Match, 3-6 p.m. (Fox)

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Aug 18, 2015 | 08:34 am

The Kids Have Arrived

If ever there was a changing-of-the-guard moment in the world of competitive golf, it came last Sunday. At Whistling Straits, as Tiger Woods missed the cut (again) and the likes of 40-somethings Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, and Ernie Els never contended, the average age of the top five finishers was 29. The three highest-ranked players in the world now are Jordan Spieth (22), Rory McIlroy (26), and Jason Day (27). And as if that were not enough, while we all focused on the PGA Championship, three other major events were won by a trio of—are you ready for this—17 year-olds. Canadian sensation Brook Henderson became the third youngest winner on the LPGA Tour when she ran away with the Cambia Portland Classic by an incredible eight strokes while nearby at the Portland Golf Club, Scottsdale’s Hannah Sullivan won the biggest event in women’s amateur golf, the U.S. Women’s Amateur, taking the final match by 3 and 2 over Florida’s Sierra Brooks, yet another 17-year-old. Finally, overseas, Dominic Foos of Germany won the Challenge Tour event in Finland,  becoming the youngest ever champion on Europe’s developmental circuit. 

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