Tag Archives: Mike Davis

Jul
14
2017

Like I’ve said, of course there was never a chance Donald Trump would be able to resist attending the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. If he had the ability to show up quietly and in an unassuming manner and manage to *not* divert attention from the actual golf, then fine, fair enough.

But now we’re back to where we were before the tournament started, with Trump upstaging the women and the most preeminent championship with the largest purse in the ladies game — that’s really my main issue. It’s already been a massive distraction from the actual golf and there were complaints of reporters asking the competitors Trump-related questions in the pre-tourney pressers (which were mostly fair game and expected).

Trump, who was in France to attend Bastille Day, tweeted that Air Force One was en route to the Women’s Open:

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Jul
11
2017

*RELATED*: New podcast talking with former LPGA pro and now Golf Channel broadcaster Karen Stupples on the Trump factor and the U.S. Women’s Open. Listen here and/or subscribe via iTunes.

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Photo: USGA/Chris Keane

To be perfectly clear, this isn’t necessarily about politics. I repeat, THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS. This is not about whether you lean left or right on the political spectrum, or if you’re a registered Democrat or Republican — Donald Trump has switched parties in various points of his life (which, of course, isn’t that unusual). This is not whether you support the GOP healthcare bill or if you believe in universal healthcare. For what it’s worth, I’m an Independent.

Mind you, this conversation could’ve been avoided had the President divested from his company and real estate properties, like all individuals in public office, including Presidents have in the past and are supposed to. Trump broke from this long-standing tradition and still owns the buildings and golf courses (which is arguably using the office of the President to enrich himself and bring business to his properties), so spare me the “stick to golf” comments — I’m just following the example set from the top.

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May
25
2017
Via NJ.com

Eric Trump, Lydia Ko & Jesse Watters, via NJ.com

U.S. Women’s Media Day took place at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Wednesday, with Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump present. I’ve voiced my thoughts on the most prestigious national Women’s golf championship taking place at this golf course that will likely be hailed as the “White House of the North” or something to that extent in the upcoming summer months. President Trump spends A LOT of time here. He even has a residence on the property.

NJ.com’s Steve Politi attended the press conference that featured USGA Executive Director/CEO Mike Davis, USGA President Diana Murphy, USGA Championship Director Shannon Rouillard, and naturally, The Trump Organization Executive Vice President Eric Trump, and he didn’t mince words. The USGA has already come up with its company line to respond to the bevy of media scrutiny it will face as the U.S. Women’s Open approaches in July. 

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Jun
21
2016

Dustin Johnson wasn’t just playing the hardest U.S. Open venue on the planet, Oakmont, but he also had forces gravitating against him. Again. At this point, he nearly expects to experience some type of outside forces working against him while he’s in contention at a major championship in the final round.

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Jun
21
2016

The USGA released a statement Monday afternoon, saying it regretted the “distraction” caused by the organization’s decision to wait until the end of Dustin Johnson’s round to decide on the ruling regarding the potential infraction that occurred on the fifth green. As the USGA rules officials repeatedly stated afterwards (to the point of absurdity) in interviews and a press conference (which was more like a parody), the whole point was for the USGA to make the correct ruling.

Upon reviewing the video evidence (see below), the officials decided that it “more likely than not” (ugh, so 51%) that Dustin caused the ball to move because apparently the officials disregarded DJ’s word and claim he grounded his putter and shortly after the ball moved.

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Jun
17
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

One thing’s for sure: The U.S. Open at Chambers Bay will be a distinctive championship. It’s being held in the Pacific Northwest for the first time, not to mention at a course that is less than a decade old.

The USGA held their annual press conference on Wednesday morning and Executive Director and set-up chief Mike Davis echoed what many players have stated this week — the course lends itself to providing many options in how Davis sets it up, along with giving players various ways to play the shots. “Unique” and “flexible” were words that Davis repeatedly uttered to describe the championship and the course.

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Apr
22
2014
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The men’s and women’s U.S. Open trophies

The stage is set for the USGA’s experiment of hosting both the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens on the same golf course, Pinehurst No. 2, in back-to-back weeks, with, the men, of course, playing their championship first.

On Monday the USGA held its traditional media day to preview the upcoming majors, which will happen during the second and third weeks in June. A couple of intriguing issues were addressed regarding the restoration project, along with the challenges of hosting both Opens.

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Jan
22
2014
We're growing golf!
Following the template started in 2009 when the organizations created the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC), the Masters Tournament, along with the R&A and the USGA, announced the formation of the Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), which will debut in 2015.

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Oct
16
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Architecture
For reals.

This exists

There’s a world-class golf course in the middle of New York City — on the south point of the Bronx tucked under the Whitestone Bridge. The effort to build what is now called Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point nearly has the makings to be an episode out of the The Sopranos, but I didn’t have enough words or room to get into the long, dramatic history.

Instead, I wrote about the partnership of Mayor Bloomberg, Donald Trump and Jack Nicklaus that pushed to complete the 30-plus-year undertaking to bring a golf course to Ferry Point Park and previewed the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the course that’s happening this morning. In fact, I’m going to be late, so I better run, but you can read in print on the front page of the Wall Street Journal’s Greater New York section (if you live in the tri-state area), or of course, there’s always the online version…

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