Jul 09, 2013 | 08:50 AM

Highlands Fling

Now here’s a kid who knows how to work the system. Not since Tom Doak conned Cornell University into sending him to St. Andrews for a year has a student/golf nut parlayed his passion as effectively as Cormack Wade, a 25-year-old PhD student who just landed an $80,000 grant to study the history of golf in Dornoch, Scotland. It seems 2016 will mark 400 years since the game was first recorded in the Highlands town, and the locals want to celebrate by delving a bit more deeply into their golf heritage. So they’ve invited young Cormack to come and live in Dornoch for three years, sift through the local archives, and report his findings. The project—announced today in conjunction with the Scottish Open at nearby Castle Stuart—has the hearty endorsement of the Scottish government and the tab is being picked up by the Royal Dornoch Golf Club (which is soliciting donations to help defray the cost of Cormack’s library visits and green fees). All in all, quite a coup for the kid, especially since he’s not exactly local: He’s a Canadian!

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Jul 08, 2013 | 06:00 AM

The Black Knight Sheds His Armor

We don't ordinarily suggest that you pick up another magazine—everything you could ever want is already in LINKS—but golf fans might want to check out ESPN the Magazine, which releases its fifth annual “body issue” in a few days. Appearing nude, but no doubt artfully covered, will be 77-year-old Gary Player, who tweeted that he’s baring all “to hopefully inspire others to workout & live well.” Player is well known for his fitness routine, including as many as 1,000 sit-ups a day. Now we’ll be able to see how toned he really is under his trademark black attire. (There’s no truth to the rumor that the mag’s second choice was Tim “Lumpy” Herron.)

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Jul 05, 2013 | 09:28 AM

Bagging Some Birdies

Admittedly it's a slow news week, a time for family celebrations and maybe getting the golf clubs out of the garage for the first time in weeks. If you're doing the latter, check carefully before tossing that old golf bag into your car. According to the BBC, a golfer in Scotland was rummaging around in an old bag in his garage and found a robin had deposited five eggs. A few weeks later, he had five wee robins. (That is how it works, we know.) So sing along—to the tune of that patriotic classic, "Stars and Stripes Forever"—"Be kind to your web-footed friends..." Happy holiday. Now get out there and bag some birdies of your own.

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Jul 04, 2013 | 09:41 AM

The Donald And The Promised Land?

What would a week of Buzz be without an item about Donald Trump? It seems that at the Jerusalem International Tourism Summit last month, Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau passed along a rumor he'd recently heard: That Trump would build a golf course in Israel, in Ashkelon. (The tiny country already has two courses, including an 18-holer in Caesarea that Pete Dye redesigned a few years ago.) “I’m holding my breath,” Landau said, his accent just strong enough to leave it ambiguous whether there was a hint of sarcasm in his voice. The Donald has planted his flag in some interesting places, including Scotland, and he has plans to manage the under-construction landfill course in Ferry Point Park beneath the Whitestone Bridge in the Bronx, New York. But Israel? If it does happen, it's unlikely he'll be able to name the course after an ancestor.

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