More so than at any other point in the 17-year history of the Classic, there are questions surrounding the future of the event. The title sponsorship contract is up. So is the contract between the tournament and Wykagyl. Throw in a handful of peripheral deals that are also expiring, and about the only thing we know for sure is that at some point next year, a women's golf tournament will be played in the vicinity of New York City.
Whether that event is at Wykagyl, however, remains to be seen. Tournament organizers have already talked to Fenway Golf Club in Scarsdale about possibly hosting the event, and it's worth noting that Carolyn Kepcher, the general manager of both Trump National Golf Clubs in Briarcliff Manor and in Bedminster, N.J., was at the tournament Saturday and Sunday. At this point, it might still be mere posturing before serious negotiations begin. But according to Sybase Classic executive director Tim Erensen, there's no harm in looking around.
"I think this is obviously a great golf course. We love being here, but we're fortunate to be in an area where we have more quality golf courses than anywhere else in the world," Erensen said. "We love the partnership we have with the club. We love the support we get from the membership, but if we're not here, we're confident there are clubs that are equal to here."
I really disliked the Butler Cabin ceremony at Augusta. I always felt that the best thing to do would be to go right to the public presentation of the green jacket, with emotions still at a fever pitch and all the people and a national TV audience there to see it. To go inside the flower-infested catacombs of the Butler Cabin and watch the club chairmen perform the ceremony they were helpless — really let the air out of the balloon. One year Hord Hardin asked Bernhard Langer how he pronounced his name. Another year he asked Seve how tall he was. I would watch this with my face in my hands, but the club wouldn't have it any other way. Oh, well. FRANK CHIRKINIAN