Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup rescheduled for 2021-2022

PALM BEACH GARDENS and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA TOUR jointly announced today that both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup have been rescheduled and will now be played one year later than originally planned.
The 43rd Ryder Cup, scheduled for Sept. 22-27, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., has been rescheduled for Sept. 21-26, 2021.
Likewise, the Presidents Cup, initially slated for Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2021, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., will now be played Sept. 19-25, 2022.
The decision to reschedule the Ryder Cup was based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in conjunction with the state of Wisconsin and Sheboygan County, with the health and well-being of all involved as the top priority.
“Unlike other major sporting events that are played in existing stadiums, we had to make a decision now about building facilities to host the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible. Given that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the right call. We are grateful to PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners at the TOUR for their flexibility and generosity in the complex task of shifting the global golf calendar.
“As disappointing as this is, our mandate to do all we can to safeguard public health is what matters most. The spectators who support both the U.S. and European sides are what make the Ryder Cup such a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option," Monahan added. "We stand united with our partners from Ryder Cup Europe, the NBC Sports Group, Sky and our other broadcast partners around the world. We look forward to delivering the Ryder Cup’s renowned pageantry, emotion and competitive drama to a global audience in 2021.”
Guy Kinnings, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director, said: “The Ryder Cup is rightly celebrated as one of the world’s greatest sporting occasions, made special and totally unique in our sport by the fervent atmosphere created by the passionate spectators of both sides.
“While that point is significant, it is not as important as the health of the spectators which, in these difficult times, is always the main consideration. We considered all options including playing with a limited attendance, but all our stakeholders agreed this would dilute the magic of this great occasion.
“We therefore stand beside our partners at the PGA of America in the decision to postpone the Ryder Cup for a year and join with them in extending our thanks to the PGA TOUR for their willingness to move the dates of the Presidents Cup," Kinnings added. “We also thank NBC, Sky and our many broadcast partners around the globe, in addition to the worldwide partners of this great event, whose support and commitment are second to none.”
With the decision to play the 2020 Ryder Cup in September 2021, all subsequent Ryder Cups after Whistling Straits will also shift to odd years: 2023/Marco Simone Golf and Country Club (Rome, Italy); 2025/Bethpage Black (Farmingdale, New York); 2027/Adare Manor (County Limerick, Ireland); 2029/Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minnesota); 2031/Europe (to be determined); 2033/The Olympic Club (San Francisco); 2035/Europe (to be determined); 2037/Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, Maryland).
With the momentum of the successful 2019 Presidents Cup played in Melbourne, Australia, the 14th playing of the Presidents Cup will now be hosted for the first time in the Southeast United States at Quail Hollow Club in 2022.
“These two premier international team events are lifted by the spirit of the fans,” said Monahan. “With the uncertainty of the current climate, we fully support the Ryder Cup’s decision to delay a year in order to ensure fans could be a part of the incredible atmosphere in Wisconsin, and the delay of this year’s Presidents Cup was the right decision in order to allow for that option. We are thankful that our global partners, our friends at Quail Hollow Club, our long-time annual title sponsor in Charlotte and all associated with the Presidents Cup and the Junior Presidents Cup have approached this change with a unified, positive spirit. We are confident the move will give us even more runway as we bring the Presidents Cup to Charlotte in 2022.”
Additionally, as a result of the Presidents Cup date change, the Wells Fargo Championship will be played at its traditional venue at Quail Hollow Club in 2021, at TPC Potomac in 2022 during the Presidents Cup year and will return to Quail Hollow in 2023. Presidents Cup 2022 qualifying will be determined at a later date.
The Ryder Cup, which began in 1927, brings together the finest tour professionals from the United States and Europe.
"While it is disappointing that the Ryder Cup won't be played this year, the decision to reschedule is the right thing to do under the circumstances," said U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker. "At the end of the day, we want to stage a Ryder Cup that will rival all other Ryder Cups in my home state of Wisconsin, and now we have the opportunity to showcase the event as it was meant to be seen."
Pádraig Harrington, Captain of the European Ryder Cup Team, said: “Rescheduling the Ryder Cup was never going to be an easy decision given the many factors to take into consideration. But I believe it is the right assessment given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing at this time."
For Ryder Cup qualifying, both the United States and European teams will revisit their respective selection processes in the near future.
Tickets purchased for the 2020 Ryder Cup via rydercup.com will be automatically valid for the corresponding day(s) in 2021.
In the coming weeks, the PGA of America will contact those who secured tickets via rydercup.com to facilitate refunds for those unable to attend in 2021. Further details regarding this process are available on the Ryder Cup website.
Those who have purchased tickets and hospitality packages on the secondary market must contact that specific site directly. The PGA of America will be unable to process refunds for those purchases.
In a corresponding decision, the PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe also announced that the Junior Ryder Cup will be rescheduled for Sept. 20-21, 2021 at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. It was originally scheduled for September 21-22, 2020.

SOURCE: PGA of America


USGA changes future U.S. Senior Amateur Championship sites

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The United States Golf Association today announced changes to future U.S. Senior Amateur Championship host sites.
The Country Club of Detroit, in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., will be the site of the 66th championship in 2021, scheduled for Aug. 28-Sept. 2. The Honors Course, in Ooltewah, Tenn., will host the 69th U.S. Senior Amateur on Aug. 24-29, 2024.
The Country Club of Detroit, the site of two previous U.S. Amateur Championships, was originally slated to host the 2020 U.S. Senior Amateur, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Honors Course, which hosted the 1991 U.S. Amateur and 1994 Curtis Cup Match among its five previous USGA championships, was scheduled to host the 2021 Senior Amateur but is moving to allow for a more complete recovery from damage sustained in a tornado in April.
“The Country Club of Detroit is excited to continue our long tradition of supporting amateur golf by proudly hosting the 2021 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship,” said George J. Baer III, club president. “As the location where Arnold Palmer launched his historic career by winning the 1954 U.S. Amateur, the Country Club of Detroit holds a unique place in golf history, and we look forward to continuing this great tradition.”
The club, which was founded in 1897 and is located 14 miles northeast of downtown Detroit, was designed by British golf architects Harry Colt and Charles Hugh Alison and most recently restored by Tom Doak in 2011.
In addition to Palmer’s victory, which propelled him to a storied career that included seven major professional titles, the U.S. Amateur was also contested there in 1915, when Robert A. Gardner claimed the second of his two championships.
“The Honors Course is grateful to the Country Club of Detroit for taking on the 2021 championship while our course attempts to recover from the recent tornado,” said Joe Richardson, chairman of The Honors Course. “Our club’s mission has always been to honor amateur golf and we are pleased to be hosting USGA championships into the next decade.”
Designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1983, The Honors Course sits at the foot of White Oak Mountain near Chattanooga. The club previously hosted the 1991 U.S. Amateur, won by Mitch Voges; the 1994 Curtis Cup Match, a biennial competition between the USA and Great Britain and Ireland that was halved, 9-9; the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur, won by Kevin Marsh; the 2011 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, won by Terri Frohnmayer; and the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur, won by Min Woo Lee. The Honors Course will also host the 2026 U.S. Women’s Amateur and 2031 U.S. Amateur, its seventh and eighth USGA championships.
The U.S. Senior Amateur was first played in 1955. The championship for golfers age 55 and older is open to any amateur with a handicap index not exceeding 7.4.
The Kittansett Club, in Marion, Mass., will be the host site in 2022 and the 2023 championship will be conducted at Martis Camp Club, in Truckee, Calif.

SOURCE: USGA

NOTEBOOK: Get out and play golf now!

Gosh, this is great golfing weather.
To hot for some. Not hot enough for others, but if you are able take advantage of the weather, get out and play 9 or 18 holes whenever possible.
There are many courses within a 60-mile radius of La Crosse and they all welcome players of all ages.
With the coronavirus pandemic upon us, social distancing is easy to do in golf and local course operators are doing their jobs following health and safety protocols.
So, get out and enjoy!
ANOTHER PANDEMIC CASUALTY: Two PGA golf professionals with local ties won’t get the chance to play for a national championship, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joe DeRosa, assistant PGA professional at the La Crosse Country Club, and Jeff Kaiser, former Onalaska High School and University of Wisconsin star golfer, were scheduled to be in the field for the 53td annual PGA Professional Championship, scheduled July 19-22 at the Fazio Foothills and Coore Crenshaw Cliffside Courses at the Omni Barton Creek in Austin, Texas.
The tournament, rescheduled from April, has now been canceled because of concerns over the coronavirus.
Earlier this year, Kaiser, who now lives in Verona, Wis., and manages the Taylormade Player Development Center in Madison, was named Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin PGA.
STATE FOUR-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Bill Feehan of La Crosse and his playing partner, Tom McClintock of Onalaska, tied for 15th place in the Senior Gross Division of the Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Four-Ball Championship at Bishops Bay Country Club in Middleton.
Feehan and McClintock finished with 2-under par 70.
Tom Wilson of La Crescent, MN, and Paul Williamson of Holmen shared 21st place with 71, while Jim Socha and Mike Bistodeau, both from Onalaska, tied for 39th place with 76.
Feehan and McClintock shared 10th place in the Senior Net Division with 67. Wilson and Williamson tied for 19th place with 68, while Socha and Bistodeau managed a tie for 42nd place with 73.
In the Super Senior Gross Division, Greg Johnson of Black River Falls and John Hogan of Hazelhurst tied for third place with 69. La Crosse's Joe Hightower and Terry Thienes managed a tie for seventh place with 70.
Hightower and Thienes shared second place in the Super Senior Net Division with 65, while Johnson and Hogan tied for 14th place with 68.


La Crosse's Percy notches first TRGA triumph

BARRE MILLS, WI - La Crosse's John Percy picked up his first victory of the season Sunday on the Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle tour.
Percy captured the TRGA Fox Hollow Open at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Barre Mills, WI, with a 1-over par 71. Percy's round was four strokes lower than Tomah's Trey Hewuse with 75.
In other men's action, La Crescent's Steve Hulme topped the First Flight with 75, while Bjorn Berg of La Crosse posted 79 for his victory in Second Flight. Bob Guggenbuehl of Melrose carded 86 for the Third Flight title while La Crescent's Jeff Krueger managed 85 for the Men's Gold Flight crown.
Terry Thomas of La Crosse won the Women's Flighted championship with a low net 77 following a low gross 88.

TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Fox Hollow Open

At Fox Hollow Golf Course
in Barre Mills, WI
Sunday's Results

Men's Championship Flight
John Percy, La Crosse 34-37-71    
Trey Hewuse, Tomah 39-36-75    
Sam Bowman, Onalaska 38-42-80    
Trey Gnewikow, Tomah 41-41-82    
Jordan Graf, La Crescent 42-42-84    
Nick Paulson, Rochester WD/Inj    

Men's First Flight    
Steven Hulme, La Crescent 36-39-75    
Brennan Drugan, Holmen 41-40-81    
Randy Olson, Onalaska 39-42-81    
Rick Stewart, Onalaska 43-38-81    
Zach Elliott, West Salem 43-39-82    
Jacob Krause, La Crosse 42-40-82    
Aaron Kupinski, La Crosse 41-41-82    
Alex MacRogers, West Salem 42-40-82    
John Hoaglund, Viroqua 42-42-84    
Brad Koehler, Onalaska 43-41-84    
Tyler Shrake, Onalaska 43-42-85    
Matt Euler, Rockland 45-42-87    
Tyler Patzner, Gays Mills 42-48-90

Men's Second Flight    
Bjorn Berg, La Crosse 40-39-79    
Tom Desjarlais, Onalaska 43-41-84    
Brandon Amann, Onalaska 40-48-88    
Dan Breeden, La Crescent 43-46-89    
Dan Leis, Holmen 43-46-89    
Jordan Rudolph, La Crosse 50-39-89    
Steve Wineski, La Crosse 43-46-89    
Joe Hunter, La Crosse 46-44-90    
Robert Schoen, Holmen 46-49-95    
Eric Flack, West Salem 51-45-96    
Kyle Larkin, Onalaska 44-54-98    
Jeremiah Shimshak, Holmen 46-53-99
    
Men's Third Flight    
Bob Guggenbuehl, Melrose 39-47-86    
Bob Roers, Onalaska 41-46-87    
Dale Sinclair, Onalaska 45-42-87    
Rob Hansen, West Salem 44-44-88    
Monte Jacobson, West Salem 43-45-88    
Keith Seidel, Holmen 46-42-88    
Robert Burns, La Crosse 44-45-89    
Jeff Miller, La Crosse 41-51-92    
Nick Kleifgen, Wisconsin Rapids    44-52-96    
Leon McNutt, Houston 49-47-96    
Michael DeYoe, La Crosse 50-48-98    
Mike Huegel, Winona 47-53-100    
Christopher Colgan, La Crosse 58-52-110
    
Men's Gold Flight
* Jeff Krueger, La Crescent 42-43-85    
Patrick Rice, Fountain City 40-45-85    
Jim Kelly, Chaseburg 40-49-89    
Mike Fortin, Holmen 44-47-91    
Ronald Puestow, Onalaska 45-46-91    
Marty Gora, Onalaska 47-45-92    
Len Huegel, La Crescent 44-50-94    
Shadow Loken, Onalaska 46-54-100    
Van Loken, Onalaska 49-52-101
    
Women's Flighted
Terry Thomas, La Crosse    42-46-88--77
Terry Ziegelbauer, La Crosse 44-48-92--79
Brooke Knutson, Viroqua    44-45-89--84
Cathi Baus, LaCrosse 53-47-100--88

* - Won playoff

TRGA Fox Hollow Open on tap Sunday

BARRE MILLS, WI - A total field of 56 players will tee it up Sunday in the Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Fox Hollow Open in Barre Mills.
Tee times begin at 7:10 a.m., with the final two groups in Men's Championship Flight beginning at 10:28 a.m.
Ben Socha won last year's Championship title with a 3-over par 73, but is not entered in the six-player Championship Flight this year.

TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Fox Hollow Open

At Fox Hollow Golf Course
In Barre Mills, WI
Sunday, July 5

Men's Third Flight
7:10 a.m. - DeYoe, Michael, La Crosse; Kleifgen, Nick, Wisconsin Rapids.
7:21 a.m. - Colgan, Christopher, La Crosse; Huegel, Mike, Winona, MN.
7:32 a.m. - Seidel, Keith, Holmen; Sinclair, Dale, Onalaska; Guggenbuehl, Bob, Melrose.
7:43 a.m. - Hansen, Rob, West Salem; Burns, Robert, La Crosse; Jacobson, Monte, West Salem.
7:54 a.m. - Roers, Bob, Onalaska; Miller, Jeff, La Crosse; McNutt, Leon, Houston, MN.

Men's Gold Flight
8:05 a.m. - Fortin, Mike, Holmen; Loken, Van, Onalaska; Loken, Shadow, Onalaska.
8:16 a.m. - Gora, Marty, Onalaska; Rice, Patrick, Fountain City; Krueger, Jeff, La Crescent.
8:27 a.m. - Puestow, Ronald, Onalaska; Huegel, Len, La Crescent; Kelly, Jim, Chaseburg.

Women's Flighted
8:38 a.m. - Thomas, Terry, La Crosse; Baus, Cathi, La Crosse.
8:49 a.m. - Ziegelbauer, Terry, La Crosse; Knutson, Brooke, Viroqua.

Men's Second Flight
9 a.m. - Amann, Brandon, Onalaska; Shimshak, Jeremiah, Holmen; Larkin, Kyle, Onalaska.
9:11 a.m. - Rudolph, Jordan, La Crosse; Breeden, Dan, La Crescent; Berg, Bjorn, La Crosse.
9:22 a.m. - Hunter, Joe, La Crosse; Schoen, Robert, Holmen; Leis, Dan, Holmen.
9:33 a.m. - Desjarlais, Tom, Onalaska; Flack, Eric, West Salem; Wineski, Steve, La Crosse.

Men's First Flight
9:44 a.m. - Hoaglund, John, Viroqua; Krause, Jacob, La Crosse; Olson, Randy. Onalaska.
9:55 a.m. - Drugan, Brennan, Holmen; Feehan, Bill, La Crosse; Patzner, Tyler, Gays Mills.
10:06 a.m. - Elliott, Zach, West Salem; Euler, Matt, Rockland; Kupinski, Aaron, La Crosse.
10:17 a.m. - Stewart, Rick, Onalaska; Shrake, Tyler, Onalaska; Koehler, Brad, Onalaska.

Men's Championship Flight
10:28 a.m. - Bowman, Sam, Onalaska; Percy, John, La Crosse; Gnewikow, Trey, Tomah.
10:39 a.m. - Hewuse, Trey, Tomah; Paulson, Nick, Rochester, MN; Graf, Jordan, La Crescent.

Total Field: 58