Royal Melbourne retains a beautiful, hearty, natural look which, in the way of competition, plays very glassy. It takes eternal vigilance in greenkeeping to maintain such a gem as Royal Melbourne…I was familiar with the great Claude Crockford , the superintendent of the course in my era, who neatly summed it up for me one day when he said, "You in America try to grow grass. We try to keep it from growing here." He was light years ahead of most people in his field. BEN CRENSHAW
Martin Blake is on the scene at Royal Melbourne where Antonio Murdaca of Australia leads the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship by eight heading into the final day.
A spot in the Masters is on the line for the Adelaide native.
I'm going to sleep on the reaction to Ted Bishop's removal as PGA of America president by the PGA Board following offensive comments made on Twitter and Facebook and weigh in with a few comments to Saturday's Morning Drive, which airs later than usual from 11:00 am. to 12:30 am ET.
If you only have a few minutes or were engaged in more important activities Friday (that's everything up and including a marathon session catching up on your DVR'd episodes of Maury), Sam Weinman provides a straight-up, no no preachiness take on Ted Bishop’s “removal” as PGA President.
Here is the official statement from the PGA of America on Bishop's removal with less than a month to go in his two-year Presidency.
The PGA of America Board of Directors voted today to remove Ted Bishop, the 38th PGA President, from office for insensitive gender-based statements posted yesterday on social media. The Board deemed the remarks to be inconsistent with the policies of the PGA.
"The PGA of America understands the enormous responsibility it has to lead this great game and to enrich lives in our society through golf," said PGA Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua. "We must demand of ourselves that we make golf both welcoming and inclusive to all who want to experience it, and everyone at the PGA of America must lead by example."
Under the Bylaws of the PGA Constitution, Vice President Derek Sprague has been appointed the Association’s Interim President until Nov. 22, when the election of new national officers takes place at the 98th PGA Annual Meeting. PGA Secretary Paul Levy will assume the dual responsibilities of Vice President and Secretary until the election.
"The Members and Apprentices of the PGA of America must uphold the highest standards and values of the profession, as well as the manner in which we conduct ourselves at all times," said Sprague, the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone (New York) Golf Club. "We apologize to any individual or group that felt diminished, in any way, by this unacceptable incident."
Bishop issued a statement to select golf writers and referred to his removal as an impeachment. Interesting is the suggestion that he was hamstrung in issuing a stronger public apology sooner. His approach and style are debatable, but ridiculous is that the PGA of America will effectively remove his tenure from the history books over a social media mistake by someone who is a progressive and not a sexist.
I want to apologize to Ian Poulter and anyone else that I might have offended with my remarks on social media that appeared on October 23, 2014. Particularly, I have great remorse that my comments contained the words “little girl” because I have always been a great advocate for girls and women in golf.
My two children, both girls, have made their careers in golf. I have a 4-year old granddaughter who I hope will someday play the game. In my 37-year career in golf, I have worked with many women to grow the sport and I have been a champion for inclusion and equal rights for women in golf.
However, this is a classic example of poor use of social media on my part and if I had the chance to hit the delete button on the things that I sent out yesterday, I would without hesitation. The PGA of America asked me to avoid any interaction with the media in the past 24 hours and that is why I did not issue a formal and public apology, which I have wanted to do since early this morning.
This afternoon I was asked by my fellow Officers to resign my position as President. I declined because I wanted to speak to our PGA Board of Directors, offer a personal apology and let the due process take place in this matter. The Board heard me out and then voted to impeach me as the 38th President. That is the due process and I respect that, as painful as it might be.
The PGA has also informed me that I will not become the Honorary President nor will I ever be recognized as a Past President in our Association’s history. These, along with the impeachment are drastic consequences for the offense I have committed, but I must live with them. I take great pride in what we were able to accomplish in the last 23 months. Hopefully, we laid the groundwork for a successful future for the PGA of America. Today, all I have left is my PGA membership and that will always mean the world to me.
Ted Bishop, PGA
PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua, who just weeks ago was lauding Bishop to Golf World’s Jaime Diaz as “the right person at the right time” while saying “the way he's wired helped us get things done that would otherwise not have gotten done,” appeared with Steve Sands on Golf Channel to express his disappointment. “Saddened” also was used by Bevacqua, who was close to Bishop and who would not reveal discussions with Bishop today.
Because it was a Friday and the PGA's move qualifies as a Supreme Friday News Dump, reaction from the golf world was limited. Alex Miceli included this from former Ryder Cup captain Davis Love:
"Ted Bishop has been a great supporter of golf, the PGA of America members and the PGA Tour during his presidency," Love said. "I have said things in my passion for the Ryder Cup that I wish came out differently. We all make mistakes on social media. I consider Ted a friend and will not remember his presidency for this incident, but for his support and passion for helping me through my captaincy, and for his role in setting the team up for future success."
GolfChannel.com's Rex Hoggard talked to players at the McGladrey Classic and sums up what he heard prior to the removal news. It sounds like most of the PGA Tour’s finest found the backlash excessive though part of the life in social media as a public figure. Though it was interesting to hear that Bishop's stance on anchoring has him finding plenty of friends on the PGA Tour.
golf.com's Michael Bamberger comes to Bishop’s defense and says the PGA of America “did the right thing in forcing him out.” Here's the defense part:
In this totally needless fiasco that led to Ted Bishop's forced removal as President of the PGA of America, he will be derided as a clown, as a man in constant need of attention but unsure what to do with it, and as a sexist, for his ridiculous comment about Ian Poulter, whom he likened to a "lil girl."
In reality, he was none of the above. His two daughters work in the golf industry: Ambry is the women's golf coach at St. John’s University in New York and Ashely works at Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind., the public course Bishop co-owns. Legends G.C. has a thriving junior program under Bishop's direction that stresses the importance of being inclusive of women, minorities and kids from modest economic circumstances. He comes at golf as a populist.
Continuing the awkward reaction theme, Golf Channel’s roundtable hosted by Steve Stands and Lisa Cornwell and featuring Paige MacKenzie and Brandel Chamblee who seem to feel bad that Bishop’s tenure will be being “erased from history” yet question his lack of contrition, though as Bishop noted, he was barred from expanding on his initial statements and his apology (above) was extensive. It’s somewhat surreal hearing his legacy of progressive moves for women or golfers at large appreciated but his mistake over a Tweet treated as such a terminal offense.
Prospective PGA of America officer Suzy Whaley talked to Golf Channel by phone and said she was “extremely disturbed” by Bishop’s comments and found them “extremely insulting and sexist.”
“For me to hear comments that are derogatory about young girls, or insulting, just because you are a girl, is offensive,” Whaley said. “Our board of directors took swift action. The PGA of America finds it quite critical to be inclusive and we will continue to do so moving forward.”
Whaley would be best off not reading the comments on Deadspin, where the entire thing was mocked compared to the offenses of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The A Position's Steve Pike suggests Bishop’s ouster came about because of the way he went about the job and I would not disagree that this sentiment prevails in the upper circles of golf. But is that really a legit reason?
Often in the past two years Bishop appeared to be more interested in furthering his own career than furthering the cause of his organization and its 27,000 members.
But that’s not why the PGA of America’s board of directors gave Bishop the boot less than a month before the latter’s term as president was to expire.
In the movie, “Patton,’’ Karl Malden’s Gen. Omar Bradley tells this to George C. Scott’s Gen. George Patton: “You don’t know when to shut up, George. You’re a pain in the neck.’’
In the end, Ted Bishop didn’t know when to shut up.
Hoggard also penned a column suggesting that this was Ted being Ted to the end.
Still reeling from the heat he took for his gamble with Watson, Bishop lashed out. It was signature Ted, unapologetic and unedited. The moment exposed Bishop’s central weaknesses, the lack of a pause button and an unwavering belief in his own course.
History will not be kind to Bishop, not his principled stand against the USGA’s move on anchoring, not the olive branch he extended north to the PGA Tour that has brought the two organizations closer than they have been in years, and certainly not his attempt to wrest the U.S. Ryder Cup team out of a slide that has now been extended to eight losses in the last 10 matches.
He was Ted to the very end.
In this site’s poll, the Not Sure Many Are Paying Attention voters are at 53% while the Yes, this is another embarrassing fiasco ranks are at 43% with over 300 votes cast so far.
**The LPGA has issued this statement, which implies that had Ted Bishop served out his final month, the game would have taken a step backwards.
LPGA STATEMENT ON PGA OF AMERICA/TED BISHOP
The PGA of America’s quick and decisive action sent a strong message - reinforcing a consistent belief that with so many positive gains being made among golf’s leading organizations, there is simply no room, nor willingness, to take a step backwards.
**PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem's statement restores some sanity to the discourse.
"We understand and respect the PGA of America's decision regarding Ted Bishop. During Ted's presidency, he accomplished many positive things and the PGA of America and the PGA TOUR have worked in a much more collaborative and positive way as a result of his leadership. While his remarks on social media were unfortunate and inappropriate, Ted's apology was heartfelt and sincere. We will always appreciate Ted's commitment to the game of golf."
Golf Channel has extensively covered the social media blunder of outgoing PGA of America president Ted Bishop on their various platforms.
Brandel Chamblee took on both Bishop and Ian Poulter, calling the English golf star a “cyber bully.” Chamblee said he was surprised Bishop had not resigned by this morning, and at the very least, issue a more extensive apology.
Jason Sobel, while noting Bishop's strong views on the R&A finally admitting women, was even less kind.
Instead, it will unceremoniously mark the end of a narcissistic reign during which the PGA president curiously infused himself as part of the regular news cycle. It will remain as a lasting memory of a presidency that featured too much face time, too much self-absorption and too many ill-fated decisions.
The Telegraph's James Corrigan gets to what is the golf issue in this, Bishop’s continued anger over criticism of Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captain.
Therein those pathetic jibes lie the reason why he chose Watson. Bishop believed that Watson would be a great captain simply because he was a great player. Fortunately in 2008, Faldo had rid Europe of this absurd notion.
So the US had an out-of-touch veteran at the helm, who thought he could inspire his players just by being the legend he is, and Europe had Paul McGinley in charge, never a great player, but a man who had put so much work into being a great captain. McGinley showed up Bishop's folly and the president is evidently still bristling.
Reuters picked up a powerful image by activist José Palazón of the rights group Pro.De.In Melilla showing a golfer hitting a tee shot as African migrants crawl over a border fence during an attempted move into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain's Melilla.
It's a powerful image explained by Palazon in this Guardian piece:
“It seemed like a good moment to take a photo that was a bit more symbolic. The photo reflects the situation really well – the differences that exist here and all the ugliness that is happening here,” he told El País newspaper.
Each year thousands of Africans – many of whom have spent years travelling across north and sub-Saharan Africa – try to reach Europe by making it past the fortified fence that separates Morocco from the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta. Many of them spend months living in makeshift camps on the Moroccan side, waiting for the opportunity to rush the fence.
PGA of America Ted Bishop may have stayed around a few minutes too long even though a case could be made that he's had a very successful presidency in re-establishing the PGA's relevance.
Reminding the governing bodies of the everyday man's desire to anchor putters, introducing more women-friendly initiatives, making the bold choice to select Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captain and leaving the PGA of America in a better place than he found it certainly made his presidency interesting and in my view, a largely positive one.
That said, Tweeting and then Facebooking a jab at majorless autobiographer Ian Poulter about his lack of respect for his major-winning elders was within reason. But delving into petty sexism? That was beneath the president.
John Strege reports Bishop's since-deleted missives. The Facebook post was the most elaborate (pictured here) and suggested Poulter sounded like "a little school girl squealing during recess." That will not win metaphor of the year.
Will Gray also recounts the entire Thursday afternoon saga with both deleted posts and features an exclusive response from Poulter.
"Is being called a "lil girl" meant to be derogatory or a put down?" Poulter told Golf Channel. "That's pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America. No further comment."
Poulter also Tweeted this:
In an unbylined AP story, Bishop attempted a clarification of sorts via email:
Bishop said in an email Thursday night to The Associated Press, "Obviously I could have selected some different ways to express my thoughts on Poulter's remarks. Golf had always been a sport where respect was shown to its icons. That seems to have gone by the wayside."
Or maybe in the 21st century the icons need to continue to behave like gentlemen even after they've earned icon status by getting their ball into a hole fewer times than others at one of four events designated a "major"? Just thinking out loud here...
According to Gray, PGA of America spokesman Julius Mason issued a short statement: “Ted realized that his post was inappropriate and promptly removed it.”
Of course, PGA Tour pairings are a totally random!
Rex Hoggard on today's opening round pairing of Bill Haas and Webb Simpson at the McGladrey Classic. The Wake Forest alums are friends but also the source of Tom Watson's consternation.
Watson ultimately picked Simpson to play on the 2014 Ryder Cup after a texting and early morning phone plea from Webb.
“I don’t know if we will talk about it. I don’t know that it needs to be. He earned his spot,” Haas said. “If you want to see someone get picked, I want a buddy of mine to get picked. The answer to all of this is just play better and earn a spot.”
Haas, who like Simpson attended Wake Forest, said that he learned he wouldn’t be a pick the Tuesday morning Watson made his announcement, but sources have said the captain planned to pick Haas just 12 hours earlier.
Speaking of Captain Watson, he surfaced at last night's Royals World Series win sporting all of his Royals gear.
Leave it to Commissioner Tim Finchem to, like most things, almost-but-not-quite get it right when it comes to something golf-related. This time it's the topic of Team USA's lousy play in Ryder Cup foursomes.
Alex Miceli reports that Finchem was not asked to be on the PGA of America task force Task Force, but sees a "silver lining" in our lousy foursomes play as a way to introduce the format to more Americans who do not understand why UK golfers enjoy playing a faster way. If only he could have stopped there...
“One of the silver linings on these things would be if foursomes golf could develop some traction in the U.S. We are strapped for (open) weeks,” said Finchem, who acknowledged the possibility of “a little side event” that could include foursomes.
Dare I mention restoration of the old Tuesday PGA Tour practice round exhibitions...oh right, we close the course on PGA Tour Championship Management Tuesdays now. Sorry, go on...
Finchem also mentioned the possibility of a special Monday pro-am that would feature a pro and amateur paired in foursomes.
“There are things you can do,” Finchem conceded. “I think that should be an area of focus.”
Ah yes, an alternate shot Monday pro-am with a PGA Tour player and a 15 handicapper is going to button things up for Team USA going forward! Yep, that'll really help! There is that one problem of Monday pro-ams being a place that most Ryder Cuppers tend to not be seen.
Last week there was the video of a majestic eagle at North Bellingham Golf Course picking up a golf ball for the fun of it and I speculated on Morning Drive that this could only have an unhappy ending if America’s bird engulfed the ball.
Thankfully Sam Weinman noticed there was a part two to the video and it shows the stunning creature bringing the ball back before flying off. And he is a big birdie! As always, it’s just great for the world to see that golf courses and wildlife do mix.
Former UNC student and comedian Lewis Black holds back on the obscenities in talking to Alex Podlogar about Pinehurst #2.
The Daily Show contributor and constantly-touring stand-up master was in town for an annual cystic fibrosis fundraiser and while it'd be fun to hear him say Donald Ross's name with R-rated words as only he can use them, it's still enjoyable to hear him riff on the 2014 U.S. Open host.
Debatable is the pure genius it took to commit golf to an exhausting, annoying, neverending wraparound schedule at the expense of the common sense that says every entertainment product needs to go away for a bit. Not debatable was the new calendar year's schedule's discrimination against younger players and the PGA Tour's ever-expanding list of medical exemptions clogging fields each week.
But as Rex Hoggard reports, the PGA Tour has listened to their critics and is working hard to expand fall fields and lessen the role of the medicallty exempt. This doesn't solve the problem of pro golf as a year-round enterprise that annoys in its persistence (especially compared to other sports), but it's at least a righting of the inequity that has arisen for up-and-coming players.
All told, the Tour has added up to 180 new playing opportunities next fall and the circuit’s moves have already started paying off. Last week in Las Vegas 13 more players from the Web.com Tour category received a spot in the field compared to last season and this week at Sea Island 25 more are on the tee sheet.
“We’re looking at everything to get more Web.com Tour guys into tournaments top to bottom,” Finchem said.
“We are doing some things and will watch it for a year or maybe two and see where it comes out.”
The Tour also plans to adjust the major medical exemption category to increase access for the Web.com Tour graduates. Beginning with the 2014-15 season, medical exemptions will be capped at three seasons unless there are “extreme circumstances” which should, over time, reduce a category that has grown to 14 players this season.
Golfweek's Jim Achenbach talks to World Hickory Open winner Sandy Lyle to talk about his love for the retro game and thanks to architect Scott Macpherson, how he first played with them at the great Musselburgh and got hooked.
Among the interesting tidbits, besides just how many great courses he's tested the hickories on and that he has sets on two continents? How much they help him with his game.
Lyle regularly plays with his hickories using modern balls, playing rounds at Prestwick, St. Andrews, Royal Dornoch and Skibo Castle, among others. Last Sunday, Lyle said he played 12 holes with hickories, and he uses them to practice.
The clubs help Lyle get a good feel for his swing.
“It’s really good to help you tune your senses,” he says, “because they can be unpredictable as far as shaping the ball goes. ... I would recommend them for any young golfer who wants to experience playing golf in the raw. The feedback you get is incredible.”
And it's not golf.
Tim Rohan of the New York Times looks at the very serious experiment by Major League Baseball to speed up Arizona Fall League games by experimenting with shot clocks and other proposed rules. While some of the ideas seem extreme, the effort to recognize the pace issues with the sport must be admired.
Thirty years ago, in 1984, a major league game averaged 2 hours 35 minutes. This season, the average game time crept above three hours for the first time (3:02). In the playoffs, the average length of a nine-inning game has jumped to about 3:26 — including a 2-1, nine-inning contest the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers played that somehow lasted 3:40.
It is games like those — a long time to complete a contest in which not all that much happened — that has Major League Baseball worried that the sport is losing its appeal to a younger generation more attuned to the immediacy of the Internet.
Bud Selig, who is retiring as baseball’s longtime commissioner, would never publicly admit to that concern, but in September he did appoint what was formally titled the Pace of Game Committee to find ways to quicken the sport. Then came the decision to use the Arizona Fall League — six teams in all — as a laboratory.
**Thanks to reader Phil for reminding me of the NBA's experiment with 11 minute quarters a few days ago. The NY Times story from Andrew Keh.
Thanks to the folks at Augusta National and ESPN, the sublime Royal Melbourne already returns to our televisions a year after hosting the Australian Masters and World Cup in back-to-back weeks and seemingly feeling like the best place to hold an international PGA Championship (but no go).
The Asian Pacific Amateur Championship will be played on the composite course of years prior to the 2011 Presidents Cup, and it'll be interesting to see what the Pacific Rim's finest amateurs do on Alister MacKenzie and Alex Russell's masterpiece (I've heard the greens have been too firm of late...so we'll see if they have found a happy medium.)
Bruce Young with an iseekgolf.com preview of the event.
This unbylined AP story notes that Yang Gunn, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion and master handshake bluffer is playing even though he already has a spot in the Masters. But he has a history with the sandbelt that made the event irresistible.
"This is one of the best tournaments in the world," Yang said. "I'm really excited about being here and kind of competing on my home soil. I grew up here, and I really love the way they play golf here on the sand belt. It's like links golf."
Also in the field is 16-year-old Australian phenom Ryan Ruffels, whose home course is Royal Melbourne. Martin Blake profiles Gunn and Ruffels.
My photos from the 2011 Presidents Cup, an event that sticks with me and those who were lucky enough to attend. Here, here, here, here, here and here.
You can follow the event through it's vibrant Twitter account.
Here are the ESPN telecast hours and channels, all times Eastern:
This is that magical time of year for West Coast viewers when we get the best Australian pro events in prime time, featuring fine telecasts highlighting top quality courses with intriguing fields. Though the pro opener is on tape delay to avoid the Asian Pacific Amateur, the European Tour's first event Down Under should still be worth watching even. And by no means is the ISPS Handa Perth International to be taken lightly as many top Aussies, Europeans and a few Americans (Duf is back!) tee it up at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in the final event to qualify for the Race To Dubai.
Golf Channel times (Eastern) for the ISPS Handa telecasts:
Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Tape delay)
Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Tape delay)
Saturday 6:30-10:30 a.m. (Tape delay)
Sunday 6:30-10:30 a.m. (Tape delay)
Brian Keogh files his usual smart take on the dynamics involved in Rory McIlroy's two week leave from events in China the World No. 1 had committed to, and notes that by citing the trial preparation, McIlroy buys a way out of the early Race To Dubai events without disqualifying himself from the finale.
McIlroy has such a massive lead — he's €3.1m clear of second placed Sergio Garcia — that if it weren't for the small print,. he could probably afford to miss Dubai too and win his second European money title.
Even if he has to take that week off to better prepare himself for the trial, O'Grady has the power to grant him a waiiver for a "Mitigating Circumstance” (injury, serious disability or acceptable personal emergency).
Whether a March court battle could be considered an acceptable personal emergency is a matter of opinion. But it's certainly not good news.
Given how well-controlled his every move has been this year, it's hard to see how he could not have seen this coming.
Ewan Murray is having a hard time seeing how McIlroy's early 2015 schedule is not thrown into chaos heading toward Augusta.
Now there is uncertainty over what the upcoming months will entail. McIlroy would routinely play in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to start the new year before crossing the Atlantic to appear at the Honda Classic. With a trial looming in February, or at the latest early March, his schedule cannot be mapped out with any great certainty. This would not be welcome in any year but with the opportunity to secure a grand slam of major titles at Augusta National in April at the summit of his priority list, there is added cause for anxiety.
Kevin Garside suggests it’s cynical to think McIlroy is using the trial as an opportunity to not unpack his smog mask and stay home.
It is hard to imagine how anyone is well served by this, least of all a man who could, in abstract terms, settle the commissions owed without batting an eyelid. McIlroy obviously has his reasons, the validity of which will be decided by a judge who has already warned of the toxic nature of the revelations he knows are coming.
James Corrigan practically weeps for the plight of the lad who he says doesn't have "a bad bone in his body," even though it’s the lad who goes through agents at a blistering pace, dumped Caroline Wozniacki in less-than-classy fashion and filed the lawsuit that is causing all of this consternation.
He is a decent bloke who, as far as I can tell, does not have a bad bone in his body. The setting will not only be alien to the man, but alien to his reputation. McIlroy should be bouncing down a fairway, not humbly mounting the steps to swear his testimony.
We can only pray that a late deal is struck and McIlroy, and, indeed, golf, does not have to go through this humiliating experience. Details will emerge, his riches will be raked over and the full scale of what many will consider to be the obscene economy of professional golf will become apparent.
Did I mention that McIlroy filed the first lawsuit and there are suggestions the timing was orchestrated to put a damper on Graeme McDowell's wedding? There is no tear to be shed for McIlroy in this instance and a case could be made that whatever damage is done to his game or reputation is entirely self-inflicted.
“Am I an expert with a chainsaw? No, but I know what I’m doing. I don’t have any fear of them.”
There’s a load off.
As a connoisseur of architecture I was thrilled to pore through golf.com's gallery and I see saw all sorts of neat stuff in the design details, including a few really exciting surprises (the wacky 17th green embedded at right for starters).
However, like a bandaged patient pushed out of the hospital in a wheelchair after plastic surgery--or the radically altered Renee Zellwager--a golf course during grow-in should absolutely not be photographed and then shared with the world. (I realize typing this is a bit like when the local news warns you that graphic images are coming. Most make sure not to miss the carnage.)
Unfortunately, these first legitimate images of El Cardonal are not going to leave a great impression unless you can look past the typical construction scars, rough maintenance and overall raw nature of the decidely midday images, I suggest you wait until mid-December when Tiger's first 18-hole design opens and the course can be captured in proper circumstances and light.
Michael Smith of Sports Business Daily offered a roundup of executive moves, including PGA Tour executive and longtime Tim Finchem sidekick Tom Wade moving to the title of Chief Commercial Officer.
That's an upgrade from his current Global Commercial Officer post that sounded a tad too much like a TSA job, not that there's anything wrong with the TSA. Love the TSA!
The item also notes the resignation of Champions Tour president Mike Stevens, who will be replaced by longtime Tiger Woods Foundation President Greg McLaughlin.
And finally, the Back9Network has added former Deutsche Bank CEO and current Florida East Coast Industries Vice Chair (!?) Seth Waugh to its newly created advisory board. Also named were Tony Ponturo and Fran Shea and the "trio will help the startup network develop strategic opportunities and aid with its business operations."
Alex Miceli reports in Golfweek and on Golfweek.com that Suzy Whaley, the second woman to qualify for a PGA Tour event after Babe Didrickson Zaharias, is moving up the PGA of America latter and could be breaking up that steady sea of navy blue and grey hair that traditionally stands in for PGA Championship trophy ceremonies.
From Miceli's report (thanks reader PhilGC), which says Whaley is the clubhouse leader for the secretary job:
If Whaley were to be nominated in mid-November at the PGA’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, she would be on a path to join a small sorority to have led major golf organizations. Judy Bell served as U.S. Golf Association president in 1996-97; Carolyn Bivens oversaw the LPGA as commissioner in 2005-09; and Cindy Davis will retire this month after six years as Nike Golf’s president.
Dottie Pepper currently sits on the PGA of America board.