Transporting a city is not an easy task.
The USGA managed to do such a thing for this year’s U.S. Open Championship. With all the tents, grandstands, even an entire courtyard for spectators, Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington, was completely transformed for the largest golf tournament in the United States.
The festivities started almost a week before play began on Thursday, June 18. There was a Flag Day ceremony in Spectator Square on June 14, with activities for younger fans. There was also a golf course simulator and the opportunity to take a lesson from a professional golf coach.
When I arrived, the first things I noticed were the differences between Chambers Bay and most other golf courses. For starters, there’s only one tree on the entire course, a fir tree between the 15th and 16th holes.
At 15 years old, most teenagers are focused on their first years of high school, entering driver’s education programs, and maybe playing a sport or two for fun. At 15, golf sensation Cole Hammer is doing all of this — and then some.
On Thursday, Hammer became the third-youngest golfer to ever play in a U.S. Open, at 15 years, 9 months, when he shot a three-over 77 at Chambers Bay golf course in University Place, Washington. He had qualified for the Open two weeks earlier, in Dallas, Texas, by shooting rounds of 64 and 68 on a par 70 course.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jordan Spieth got more than redemption and a green jacket Sunday. He took his place among the best in the game with a Masters victory for the ages.
One year after Spieth lost a bid to become the youngest Masters champion, the 21-year-old Texan turned in one of the most dominant wins ever at Augusta National. He never let anyone get closer to him than three shots after his record start. He never gave anyone much hope on Sunday.
Spieth closed with a 2-under 70, missing a 5-foot par putt on the final hole that would have set yet another record. Instead, he tied the score set by Tiger Woods in 1997 at 18-under 270.
"This was the ultimate goal in my golf life," Spieth said.
The organization TGA — which stand for Teach, Grow, Achieve — runs after-school golf and tennis programs across the country for kids in grades Pre K-8. The program started in 2003 when Joshua Jacobs wanted to teach golf to underprivileged and special needs kids. The program began in Southern California, and is now in 2,600 schools across the country with more than 280,000 kids participating. TGA also offers a similar program for tennis.
Recently, I joined a golf class in Dallas. As a non-golfer, I fit right in with the eight other beginners in his class. We were put in four groups, each going to a different station. Mine went from chipping to long drive to putting to agility drills.
Spring has sprung, the birds are chirping, and top-notch golfers worldwide are getting ready to go to Augusta for the biggest and most prestigious golf event of the year: the Masters.
In 2014, Bubba Watson won the coveted green jacket. This year, who will go home rocking some green? Here are my five picks for the 2015 Masters Golf Tournament.
Walking to the first tee at the PGA Junior League Golf championship, Team California fired themselves up with a chant that refers to themselves as “Mighty Mighty Cali.” They sure played like it in the finals on Sunday.
California took a big lead early on over defending champions Georgia. But on the final hole they found themselves tied. It took a seven-foot Andrew Bagasbas putt to clinch the title for California.
Kids on Team Georgia know that it takes hard work to become national champions of the PGA Junior Golf League. What makes it easy is that they get taught by kids from past teams that have been there and done that.
“They’ve all grown up under one group of champions to the next group of champions,” said Chuck Scoggins, the team’s coach. “They feel a legacy to continue.”
They’ll get the chance on Sunday.
Team Georgia cruised into the finals for the fourth straight year with a solid victory over Connecticut on Saturday. The kids won all three of their semifinal matches and will play in the championship Sunday against California. It’s the third straight year these teams have met in the finals.