Tag Archives: USGA

Nov
12
2014
Flagstick monitoring tool

Prototype of the device

If you follow me on any of my social media outlets, Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook (and if you don’t, you should shameless self-promotion), then you know I attended the USGA’s Pace of Play Symposium today, where I’ve gleaned a bunch of interesting information — some of which I’ve shared with you in snippets already.

We all hate slow play and have our ideas and opinions on its causes and solutions to try to eradicate it. However, one of the main things that stood out at the Symposium was the prototype device the USGA introduced, the Flagstick Monitoring Tool (pictured above), which is intended to help address slow play at the recreational level at some point in the near future. 

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Jun
20
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under US Women's Open
Power game. ©USGA/Darren Carroll.

Power game. ©USGA/Darren Carroll.

Lexi Thompson has found herself in a familiar place at a major. She will be paired with Michelle Wie in the final group, but this time, she is trailing Wie by three strokes at the halfway point of the U.S. Women’s Open.

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Jun
18
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under US Women's Open
Two-time Open champ. ©USGA/Michael Cohen.

Two-time Open champ. ©USGA/Michael Cohen.

A couple weeks ago, Inbee Park got into the winner’s circle for the first time in 2014 at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Park said her final round 61 at Manulife was a “big confidence boost, especially with the putting.” If Inbee continues putting lights out, then she will have a terrific opportunity to defend her 2013 U.S. Open title.

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Jun
18
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under US Women's Open
No. 1 takes on No. 2. ©USGA/Michael Cohen.

No. 1 takes on No. 2. ©USGA/Michael Cohen.

With a top-10 in 11 of 13 LPGA events this season, it is safe to say Stacy Lewis will contend at the 69th U.S. Open. Lewis has risen to number one in the Rolex World Rankings, and will be looking to improve on her career best T3 finish at the 2008 Open.

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Jun
18
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under US Women's Open
Major time. ©USGA/Matt Sullivan.

Major time. ©USGA/Matt Sullivan.

Michelle Wie is having one of her best seasons on the LPGA with eight top-10s, including a win at the LPGA Lotte Championship. In the pre-tournament press conference, she said, “I really feel like this is the beginning. I really feel like there’s so much ahead of me and I’m really grateful for everything that’s happened, and I can’t wait for the future.”

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Jun
16
2014
Never give up. ©USGA/Hunter Martin

Never give up. ©USGA/Hunter Martin.

After making a six-foot downhill par putt on the final hole to finish T2 at the 2014 U.S. Open, Erik Compton said, “You can’t ever give up. I mean, we all have adversity in our lives, some are different than others. Some are more major. The up-and-down I made on 18 is an example of never giving up. I hit the world’s worst shot into the green and then got up-and-down.”

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