As The Tournaments Turn
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/14/13
Lost in the shuffle of golf news such as Drop-Gate 2.0 and "Tiger Said, The Marshals All Said" are a couple of newsworthy items about some noteworthy international events and the re-birth of an American tournament.
World Cup to Royal MelbourneOne of Alister Mackenzie's most famous course designs will be awfully busy this November. One week after Masters champion Adam Scott defends his title at the Australian Masters, Royal Melbourne Golf Club will then host the 2013 World Cup of Golf from November 21-24. Royal Melbourne has hosted the World Cup three times, in 1988, 1972, and in 1959, when Kel Nagle and Peter Thomson won a "home game." RMGC was also the site of the 2011 Presidents Cup matches.
Walker Cup to Royal LiverpoolThe most prestigious of the international amateur team events, the Walker Cup Match, will go to Royal Liverpool Golf Club in 2019, on the occasion of the club's 150th anniversary. Golf has been played at the site since 1869, although the current course layout dates to the early 20th century and a design by Harry S. Colt. Royal Liverpool (sometimes referred to as "Hoylake") has hosted the Open Championship eleven times and will see it again in 2014.
LPGA two-steps in AlabamaThe LPGA announced today that their Montgomery-area tournament, the Alabama LPGA classic, will be played for the seventh time after a one-year absence. They also announced that the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic has been extended to the 2014 season. Both events are played on courses that are part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail marketing consortium.
The LPGA's announcement, while not as high-profile as the WGC or Walker Cup, is nevertheless another important "economic recovery" step for the LPGA. They have 29 events scheduled this season; the Alabama LPGA Classic's return to Prattville next year should bump that number to 30, assuming no attrition from the other events. The LPGA has taken a far more serious hit from the worsening economic recession than the other professional tours in the U.S.; Commissioner Michael Whan has been engineering a rather impressive turnaround for that organization.
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Really, if it was not for the late announcement last year that Navistar was not returning as the sponsor, arrangement would have probably been made to not skip this year, in Prattville. You would be surprised at how big the crowds are here for the tournament.
Torleif Sorenson says:
srogers13: Everytime I see the word "Prattville," I keep thinking about Lexi Thompson's absolutely remarkable victory, which ultimately got her that LPGA Tour card. I'll bet the tournament attendees and the atmosphere there are much more exciting and worth experiencing than sportswriters lead the rest of us to believe.
The other thing about the course they are playing on, before the ladies played there, the course hosted the Nationwide, er, Web.com Tour championship for five years.
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