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Australian Golfer Cameron Smith Aims for Paris Olympics Despite Ranking Uncertainty

Australian Golfer Cameron Smith Aims for Paris Olympics Despite Ranking Uncertainty

Cameron Smith, Australia’s top-ranked golfer, aspires to accumulate adequate ranking points in his domestic tour and upcoming major tournaments to secure a spot in the Paris Olympics next year. Despite slipping to 18th in the rankings after joining the independent LIV Golf circuit, where players cannot accrue ranking points, Smith is determined to qualify for the prestigious event.

Paris qualification allows only the top 60 players, putting Cameron Smith in competition with fellow Australians, including major champions Jason Day and Adam Scott, for coveted spots on Australia’s team.

With the responsibility squarely on Smith to bolster his ranking, he aims to defend his Australian PGA Championship title at the Royal Queensland Golf Club this week. Expressing his strong desire to participate in the Olympics, the former British Open winner acknowledges the existing criteria and expresses uncertainty about potential changes.

“I definitely want to be there, 100%,” Smith stated to reporters on Tuesday.

The golfer, who secured a tie for 10th place at the Tokyo Olympics, looks to accumulate points at the upcoming Australian Open in Sydney. Smith remains optimistic about maintaining his ranking through these events and four more majors, expressing the significance of donning the coat of arms on his chest once again.

The LIV Golf circuit’s attempt to earn ranking points faced unanimous rejection from the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) last month, citing concerns about the circuit’s format backed by Saudi Arabia. While LIV players have been allowed to participate in the four majors, there is uncertainty for those with exemptions based on past results, as they do not accrue ranking points.


Scott, Former World No. 1, Eager to Break Win Drought in Queensland

Scott, Former World No. 1, Eager to Break Win Drought in Queensland

MELBOURNE: After almost four winless years since his triumph at the Genesis Invitational in 2020, former world number one Adam Scott is determined to end his drought at the upcoming Australian PGA Championship. Despite consistent play, Scott secured a tied-fifth finish at the recent Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

Nevertheless, the 43-year-old’s numerous close calls have evoked both frustration and motivation.

“While it’s satisfying to perform well… winning hasn’t come easy for me in the past few years,” remarked Australia’s lone Masters champion during a press briefing on Wednesday.

“Though I had a strong showing in Bermuda, it’s not the same as securing a victory. It’s challenging to replicate the confidence that comes from closing out a tournament and besting the entire field.”

This week, Scott features prominently at Royal Queensland, slightly overshadowed by compatriot Cameron Smith, the defending champion and British Open victor, in terms of attracting attention.

Scott clinched his initial Australian PGA Championship title during his prime a decade ago and added a second in 2019.

Barely eight weeks after securing victory in the 2019 tournament, he snapped a four-year dry spell on the U.S. PGA Tour with a triumph at the Genesis Invitational.

Naturally, Scott harbors the expectation that his home event can serve as the catalyst once again.

“I believe I possess all the skills needed to win more. I’m still in good health at 43 and moving well. Winning this week or the next (at the Australian Open) could act as a significant springboard.”

In the golfing divide brought about by LIV Golf, Scott and Smith find themselves on opposing sides. Scott, as the president of the U.S. tour’s players’ advisory council, stands on one side, while Smith aligns himself as a dedicated member of the Saudi-backed breakaway series.

In June, the rival golf circuits, along with the European DP World Tour, unveiled plans to merge, aiming to reconcile the sport’s longstanding division. While the merger is slated for ratification by year-end, ongoing scrutiny from the U.S. Justice Department regarding anti-trust concerns has sparked apprehensions about potential delays.

Expressing uncertainty about the merger’s fate, Scott remarked, “It’s really hard to tell.” He noted, “There are four or five other interested parties looking to invest in the PGA Tour, such as PIF,” alluding to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. “So management has a significant task ahead to finalize deals on the table.”


In a recent development, Jordan Spieth has taken the place of Rory McIlroy on the PGA Tour board in the realm of golf.

In a recent development, Jordan Spieth has taken the place of Rory McIlroy on the PGA Tour board in the realm of golf.

Jordan Spieth has been appointed to fulfill the remainder of Rory McIlroy’s term as a player director on the PGA Tour’s policy board. This decision was announced by Commissioner Jay Monahan on Monday. Spieth’s term will extend through the conclusion of 2024. The selection of Spieth was determined through a vote by the five other player directors, namely Tiger Woods, Patrick Cantlay, Charley Hoffman, Peter Malnati, and Webb Simpson.

In response to McIlroy’s resignation from the PGA Tour Policy Board the previous week, Monahan conveyed the news to members, stating, “With Rory McIlroy resigning from the PGA Tour Policy Board last week, per the PGA Tour Tournament Regulations, the five remaining Player Directors have elected Jordan Spieth to serve the remainder of Rory’s term which expires at the end of 2024.” Monahan’s message was reportedly obtained by Golf Channel. He also highlighted Spieth’s familiarity with the Tour’s governance process, citing his two-year service on the Player Advisory Council from 2017 to 2018, including a role as PAC Chairman in 2018, and his three-year tenure as a Player Director from 2019 to 2021.

McIlroy had resigned, citing time commitment as the primary factor. He also acknowledged the impact of the agreement between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which supports LIV Golf, on future cooperation and how it influenced his decision to step down from the board.

Jordan Spieth, aged 30, boasts an impressive golfing record with 13 victories on the PGA Tour, including major wins at the Masters (2015), U.S. Open (2015), and The Open Championship (2017).


Australian Golfer Smith Targets Paris Olympics Amid Ranking Uncertainty

Australian Golfer Smith Targets Paris Olympics Amid Ranking Uncertainty

In Melbourne, Australia, Cameron Smith, the top-ranked Australian golfer, aims to secure sufficient ranking points in his domestic tour and upcoming majors for a chance at the Paris Olympics next year. However, his transition to the LIV Golf circuit has led to a drop from the second to the 18th spot, as this breakaway league does not provide opportunities for earning ranking points.

Paris qualification is limited to the top 60 players, and Cameron Smith contends with fellow Australians, such as major winners Jason Day and Adam Scott, for coveted spots on Australia’s team.

This has placed the responsibility on Smith to vigorously defend his Australian PGA Championship title this week at the Royal Queensland Golf Club to solidify his ranking. “I absolutely want to be there, 100%,” affirmed the former British Open winner when speaking to reporters about the Olympics on Tuesday.

Reclaiming the honor of wearing the coat of arms would be truly significant.

The Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) unanimously rejected LIV’s attempt to secure ranking points last month, citing apprehensions about the format of the Saudi Arabia-backed circuit.

Although LIV players have been permitted to participate in the four majors, individuals who gained exemptions based on prior achievements may face exclusion in the future if they do not accumulate ranking points.


The Lima Golf Club in Peru has been selected as the venue for the 2024 Women's Amateur Latin America Championship, presented by The R&A.

The Lima Golf Club in Peru has been selected as the venue for the 2024 Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship, presented by The R&A.

The Lima Golf Club in Peru has been chosen as the venue for the 2024 Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship, a prestigious event presented by The R&A. This marks the first time the championship will be hosted at Lima Golf Club, following three previous editions at Pilar Golf in Argentina.

The fourth installment of the championship is set to showcase the region’s most talented women’s amateur golfers. The victor will earn coveted exemptions into three major championships in 2025: the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Porthcawl in Wales, The Chevron Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods, USA, and The Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club, France.

Mark Lawrie, Director – Latin America and the Caribbean at The R&A, expressed enthusiasm about Lima Golf Club as a well-regarded venue, providing an excellent stage for the region’s leading women’s amateur golfers to demonstrate their skills and earn exemptions into major championships. Rob Ohno, President and CEO of the ANNIKA Foundation, shared the excitement and honor of bringing top Latin women amateur golfers to Peru, emphasizing the fantastic reputation of Lima Golf Club.

Ten-time major winner Annika Sorenstam, in collaboration with The R&A, highlighted the goal of growing the game in the region and emphasized the significance of bringing the championship to a different part of Latin America after three successful years in Argentina.

Michael DeBakey, President of Lima Golf Club, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to host such a significant event on the Club’s 100th anniversary in 2024, making it a part of their centennial celebration. The Executive Director of the Peruvian Golf Federation, Martin Alarco, expressed honor in hosting the Women’s Amateur Latin America championship, showcasing rising stars in the region and celebrating the centenary of Lima Golf Club.

The championship has seen past winners like Valery Plata from Colombia in 2021 and Valentina Rossi from Argentina in 2022. The format includes 72 holes of stroke play with 60 players invited based on their World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) position. The 2024 winner at Lima Golf Club will also receive exemptions into The Women’s Amateur Championship, The Hilton Grand Vacations ANNIKA Invitational presented by Rolex, and the South American Amateur Championship the following year.

The Women’s Amateur Latin America championship, presented by The R&A and the ANNIKA Foundation, follows the success of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship introduced by The R&A in 2018. It aims to strengthen the pathway to the highest levels of golf by providing a platform for Latin America’s best women amateur golfers to compete against each other.


Canadian golfers Henderson and Svensson are optimistic about ending their professional golf seasons on a high note.

Canadian golfers Henderson and Svensson are optimistic about ending their professional golf seasons on a high note.

Brooke Henderson, hailing from Smiths Falls, Ont., is no stranger to breaking records, but this week she faces a unique challenge. Since 2016, no LPGA Tour player has managed to secure victory in the season’s opening tournament and then go on to win a second title in the same year. Henderson initiated 2023 with a triumph at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on Jan. 22 and is now participating in the CME Group Tour Championship, the pinnacle of the professional women’s golf season, in pursuit of her second win this year.

Acknowledging the peculiar stat, Henderson expressed, “It’s a really weird stat that I don’t like very much,” adding with a laugh, “I thought I would break it earlier but maybe it kind of got in my head a little bit. This would be the perfect week to break that and bookend the season; win the first one, win the last one, that would be obviously ideal.”

As the sole Canadian in the 60-golfer field at Tiburón Golf Club’s Gold Course in Naples, Fla., Henderson currently holds the 14th position in the CME Globe rankings. Reflecting on last year’s CME Group Tour Championship, where she contended for

the top spot but was hindered by a back injury, Henderson emphasized the significance of her off-season efforts in strengthening and healing. She is optimistic about her health this year, stating, “Knock on wood, I don’t have the issues that I had last year. That was another thing coming into this week: I was really excited that I’m a lot healthier than where I was this time last year.”

In the PGA Tour’s season finale, the RSM Classic, Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., is defending champion, having secured victory at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course in Saint Simons Island, Ga., last year—a triumphant start to a breakout season for Svensson.

I consider this my best year on the PGA Tour,” Svensson remarked. “I feel like I’ve showcased the best golf of my career, and I sense continuous improvement. Hopefully, I can maintain this momentum.”

The RSM Classic marks the conclusion of the FedExCup Fall, comprising the seventh and final PGA Tour event. All seven tournaments come with winner’s benefits, including a two-year PGA Tour exemption, 500 FedExCup points, and invitations to The Sentry, The Players Championship, the Masters, and the PGA Championship in 2024.

Svensson enters the event holding the 37th position on the FedEx Cup standings, ensuring a PGA Tour card for the upcoming season and coveted spots in the circuit’s premier events.

Joining him in the upcoming season will be at least seven other Canadians. Nick Taylor (25th) from Abbotsford, B.C., Corey Conners (26th) from Listowel, Ont., Adam Hadwin (45th) from Abbotsford, Mackenzie Hughes (53rd) from Dundas, Ont., and Taylor Pendrith (86th) from Richmond Hill, Ont., have successfully retained their tour cards.

Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., and Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., have secured cards through their rankings on the second-tier Korn Ferry Tour.

Svensson, having participated in more PGA Tour events than many of the top 50 players, attributes it to his genuine passion for the sport rather than a specific strategy. “I love playing, I love competing, and I feel like I learn so much each week,” Svensson emphasized. “Even if I don’t play well, I still learn, and if I play great, I learned. So I feel like the more events I play … the better I get.”

Conners, Hughes, and Pendrith are also part of the RSM Classic’s field this week, along with Michael Gligic from Burlington, Ont. Ranked 204th on the FedEx Cup standings, Gligic aims for a strong performance to secure a tour membership for the upcoming year.


PGA Tour Professionals and Their Spouses Compete in the 11th Annual RSM Wiffle Ball Classic for Charity

PGA Tour Professionals and Their Spouses Compete in the 11th Annual RSM Wiffle Ball Classic for Charity

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The Wiffle ball danced in the wind as Harry Higgs swung and hustled toward first base in his unique style, propelling the PGA Tour husbands to a narrow 9-8 victory over the PGA Tour wives in the 11th annual RSM Wiffle Ball Classic.

While the final score was significant for securing bragging rights for the next year, the true victors of the event were the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia. The organization received a generous donation of $25,000, a substantial contribution to their playground initiative.

Against the backdrop of a chilly and windy Tuesday evening at the Frederica Academy Baseball Field on the Golden Isles of Georgia, PGA Tour professionals like Ryan Brehm, Hank Lebioda, and Brendon Todd, along with their spouses and local youths from the Boys and Girls Club, came together for a charitable cause. Notably, members of the Savannah Bananas, a popular minor league baseball team, joined the game for the second consecutive year.

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Chelsey Brehm, Ryan’s wife and the Tour Wives Association vice president of outreach, highlighted the inclusive nature of the event, emphasizing that the focus was on raising funds for a good cause. The participation of local girls, more

The PGA Tour Wives Association successfully raised $25,000 for charity during the 11th annual RSM Wiffle Ball Classic. Established as a 501-C3 in 1988, the association has played a vital role in contributing over $5 million to the communities visited by the PGA Tour. Leveraging the platform provided by Tour events, the wives have become a significant source of funds and support for various charities, particularly those benefiting children.

In the spirited game, the male participants donned powder blue uniforms, while the female players wore pink. Tour veteran Josh Teater took the pitcher’s mound, facing off against his wife Ashley, who secured an infield single. Austin Cook, handling the catching duties, offered batting tips to one of the kids, resembling a swing coach on the range. The presence of five Savannah Bananas players and the team’s mascot, Split, added excitement to the event, providing a show of their own.

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Beyond the Wiffle Ball Classic, the Wives Association organizes an annual golf tournament during the WM Phoenix Open. During this event, the pros serve as caddies for their wives, visit St. Jude’s Hospital, shop for new shoes and beds for those in need, and deliver blessings in a backpack, among approximately 15 events hosted each year.

Kaillie Higgs expressed her enthusiasm for the event, labeling it as her go-to, emphasizing the joy of witnessing kids interacting with the players.


Almería Aims to Rival Málaga and Cádiz as a Global Golf Tourism Destination

Almería Aims to Rival Málaga and Cádiz as a Global Golf Tourism Destination

El turismo de golf es un segmento cada vez más buscado por los destinos españoles con buenas condiciones climáticas e infraestructuras deportivas para ello, como Málaga, Cádiz o incluso Canarias. Ahora, Almería quiere competir con estos dos grandes polos de atracción de golfistas a nivel internacional.

Según publica Diario de Almería, el Ayuntamiento está preparando una licitación para contratar a una agencia de intermediación especializada que ayude a la ciudad a afianzarse como destino turístico internacional de golf, un deporte que atrae a millones de viajeros cada año a España.

Desde el destino almeriense destacan sus condiciones climatológicas, con más de 3.000 horas de sol al año y una media anual de 18º C, además de poseer un gran campo para la práctica de este deporte, como es el Alborán Golf. Desde el consistorio destacan el “moderno campo de El Toyo, diseñado por el prestigioso arquitecto de golf José Ramón Espinosa”, que ofrece un recorrido de 18 hoyos a lo largo de 6.278 metros de longitud, una amplia pista de prácticas y distintas zonas de entrenamiento.


Roof Collapse Hits New Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy Virtual Golf League Venue

Roof Collapse Hits New Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy Virtual Golf League Venue

The much-anticipated debut of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s simulator golf league faced a setback as a power outage led to damage and the collapse of the air-supported roof at the Florida-based venue in Palm Beach Gardens.

TGL acknowledged the incident, attributing the deflation to an overnight power outage on Tuesday, as reported by ESPN. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. The extent of the damage’s impact on the scheduled launch of the league at SoFi Center on the Palm Beach State College campus on January 9, 2024, remains uncertain, as noted by Sports Illustrated.

The league comprises six teams with a total of 24 players, set to compete at the 250,000-square-foot arena. Golf Digest highlighted the venue’s capacity to host around 2,000 spectators. The league is planned to unfold over several weeks, concluding in March 2024.

The magazine reports that the air-supported dome, positioned 75 feet above the playing field, spans dimensions of 97 yards by 50 yards.

The creation of the TGL, spearheaded by Woods and McIlroy’s TRMW Sports venture, was announced in August 2022, as per ESPN. Both golfers have pledged their commitment to participating in this made-for-television league.

TRMW Sports released a statement attributing the deflation and damage of the air-supported dome to an overnight failure in the temporary power system used during the construction phase. They emphasized that damage assessment is ongoing, and it’s too early to determine the impact on their timelines. Fortunately, no injuries occurred, and there was no technological impact. Work on site is continuing.

ESPN reports that, in addition to Woods and McIlroy, other PGA Tour players such as Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Collin Morikawa, Wyndham Clark, Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose, and Xander Schauffele have also committed to participating in the league.


Paige Spiranac addresses critiques about her choice of golf attire.

Paige Spiranac addresses critiques about her choice of golf attire.

Paige Spiranac’s Social Media Presence and Golf Attire Elicit Diverse Reactions

Paige Spiranac has become a focal point of attention on social media, garnering varied responses to her posts, particularly from male audiences. While some applaud her, others express concerns about the appropriateness of her clothing choices, suggesting that she should reconsider her wardrobe selections.

Defending her choices, the golf instructor reflects on her journey, highlighting her transition from gymnastics to golf. Spiranac explains her initial reliance on workout attire due to financial constraints, emphasizing her comfort with such clothing from her gymnastics days. “That’s just how I learned to play the game,” she remarks.

In addressing golf dress codes, Spiranac questions the prohibition of shorts on the PGA Tour. Advocating for individual freedom in clothing choices, she contends that playing in uncomfortable attire can hinder performance. Despite facing criticism for her unconventional approach, Spiranac believes that the golfing landscape is evolving.

Expressing optimism about the future, she notes changes in the sport’s direction, citing the introduction of similar changes by LIV Golf. Spiranac embraces the role of fashion in expanding the game and anticipates positive shifts in attitudes toward attire. “Fashion is a big part of growing the game, and it’s moving in the right direction,” she concludes.


DLF Golf And Country Club Honored as India's Premier Golf Course at the 10th Annual World Awards.

DLF Golf And Country Club Honored as India’s Premier Golf Course at the 10th Annual World Awards.

DLF Golf and Country Club achieved a significant milestone by clinching the esteemed title of India’s Best Golf Club at the recently concluded 10th Annual World Golf Awards in Abu Dhabi. The World Golf Awards, a prominent authority in recognizing excellence in golf tourism, destinations, and courses worldwide, bestowed this honor upon DLF Golf and

Country Club, marking a remarkable first for the prestigious establishment. The accolade was determined through a rigorous voting process involving industry professionals, media representatives, and golf enthusiasts, emphasizing the club’s commitment to excellence in the field.

Rajesh Jhingon, Chief Executive Officer of DLF Hospitality, expressed confidence in the strategic vision of DLF Hospitality, emphasizing the focus on providing exceptional service and delivering extraordinary experiences. The success of DLF Golf and Country Club, integral to the estate, is seen as a validation of their trajectory.

In addition to this accomplishment, DLF Golf and Country Club secured the 145th position in the Top 150 Platinum Golf and Country Clubs, a recognition that elevates the Gurgaon-based club into the elite echelon of the world’s top one percent of

private clubs. The prestigious Platinum Clubs of the World, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East for 2024-2025 were announced by the Club Leaders Forum (CLF), an esteemed organization acknowledging excellence in global private club leadership, management, and operations. The CLF Advisory Board Voting Panel, consisting of prominent private club veterans, industry historians, and connoisseurs, played a crucial role in this acknowledgment.

Tusch Daroga, Head of DLF Golf and Country Club, expressed delight at being acknowledged as the finest golf course in the country and among the top 1% of private clubs globally. These achievements underscore the club’s unwavering

commitment to providing top-notch facilities while maintaining sustainability goals. Daroga attributed the wins to the dedicated efforts of the club’s colleagues, emphasizing their commitment to delivering service excellence consistently.

DLF Golf and Country Club, renowned for its world-class facilities and tournament conditions, stands as one of India’s leading golf clubs. Situated against the breathtaking backdrop of the Aravalli Hills, the club is built on the principles of

environmental sustainability, incorporating internationally accepted best practices in construction and course management. The club’s Golf Academy has also gained distinction, boasting the largest and most successful junior program in the country.


Golf Legend Ronnie McDonald Honored for 50 Years of PGA Dedication, Playing Open with Trevino and Watson

Golf Legend Ronnie McDonald Honored for 50 Years of PGA Dedication, Playing Open with Trevino and Watson

In our North-east roundup, Ronnie McDonald shares his enduring passion for golf, and we catch up with Louise Anderson, who secured her eighth Duff House Royal ladies’ championship.

Ronnie McDonald, the pro at Newmachar Golf Club, still experiences the same excitement for golf as he did when he began his professional journey alongside Harry Bannerman in the 1970s. Recently, he received a prestigious award from the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) for his 50 years of dedication to the sport.

Reflecting on his love for golf, Ronnie said, “I have loved golf all my life. I started as a Bon Accord junior member and was working as a milkman when I wrote a letter to Harry when he was in Banchory asking him for a job, and – fortunately for me – he said yes.”

Despite the early morning commutes, Ronnie cherished every moment and went on to have a successful playing career, participating in The Open at Muirfield in 1972 with Lee Trevino and at Carnoustie in 1975 with Tom Watson. He kicked off his European Tour journey in 1979 and regularly clinched victories on the Tartan Tour and other regional tournaments.

Ronnie expressed his surprise at receiving the award, saying, “I got a letter a few weeks ago informing me I was going to receive some kind of recognition. When I got the plaque, I took it in to show the lassies at Newmachar. They took a picture and put it on Facebook, which I don’t really use. But then in the morning, there were over 100 messages of support, which really surprised me. There were comments from all over the world – it was superb reading their kind words.”

He emphasized, “I still get the buzz talking about the golf swing after all these years. It’s like a drug to me.”

In a separate golfing achievement, Louise Anderson secured her eighth Duff House Royal Golf Club ladies’ championship title. As an IT network project manager, Louise, aged 40 and with a handicap of five, stated, “I won this year’s club championship by 12 shots, which was pleasing as I lost out in a play-off last season.”

She continued, “I opened with a first round of 75 but added an awful second round of 86. However, I managed to recover with another 75 in the third round. We are a close group of ladies at Duff House, and it’s great to have such good competition for the event.”

Louise looks forward to competing in the Champion of Champions next year and representing her club in this prestigious competition. She expressed her pride, saying, “I’m proud to be ladies’ champion and to represent my club in this competition. The event is fantastically run by the team.”

Lastly, there were notable hole-in-ones at Murcar Links, with William Fyfe achieving his sixth ace on the 160-yard 16th hole, using a number-five hybrid. This achievement means he has now accomplished holes-in-one on all the par threes on the course. Malcolm Crombie, another club member, also accomplished his sixth hole-in-one when acing the 155-yard 12th hole with an eight-iron while playing with Allan Gardner.

Due to wet underfoot conditions, the upcoming North-east Alliance meeting at Banchory has been relocated to Newburgh.


Carriage Barn Arts Center Hosts Grateful Dead Night & Golf Fundraiser in New Canaan Community News

Carriage Barn Arts Center Hosts Grateful Dead Night & Golf Fundraiser in New Canaan Community News

The Carriage Barn, located at 681 South Ave, New Canaan, is set to host another exciting Grateful Dead night on November 4th. Bandleader and guitarist Michael-Louis Smith, along with “Take A Step Back,” will take the stage to perform the iconic music of The Grateful Dead. Joining them for a special performance is David Gans, a renowned musician, journalist, and host/producer of The Grateful Dead Hour radio show. The event kicks off with doors opening at 6:30 PM and the show commencing at 7 PM.

Prepare for an evening filled with live music featuring uplifting rhythms, unique song forms, and organic harmonic progressions. Tickets are available in advance on the Carriage Barn’s website at Secure your spot for $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

In other news, New Canaan will be hosting the next Abuse Prevention Partnership meeting on November 9th via Zoom. The meeting ID is 861 8824 5238, and the passcode is 322154. This partnership has been tirelessly working for 17 years to raise awareness about domestic violence in New Canaan and beyond.

Five dedicated New Canaan golfers recently contributed to a successful fundraising event at the Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston. This event, organized by The Tiny Miracles Foundation on October 2nd, raised over $50,000 to support local families with premature babies. The 5th annual gathering attracted 72 participants, including New Canaan’s own Mike Godina, John Saunders, Mark and Jane Schoenholtz, and Bob Smith. The Tiny Miracles Foundation, based in Darien, plays a crucial role in supporting families of premature babies in southwestern Connecticut.

On a literary note, Anthony Whitworth, the author of “The Saltwater Highway: One Man’s Journey through the International Dry Bulk Maritime Market,” will be conducting an author signing at Elm Street Books on November 4th from noon to 2 PM. The book sheds light on the maritime shipping industry’s evolution and Whitworth’s extensive career in the field.

Middle schoolers are in for a treat at the New Canaan Community YMCA, with a dedicated evening on November 4th from 6:30 to 9 PM. Students in fifth through eighth grade can enjoy various activities in the Wellness Center, Group Ex Center, Basketball Gym, Valles Pool, and Wagner Room. The event offers fun games and even a concession stand with snacks, drinks, and pizza. For more information, contact Phil Prout, the youth, family, and camp Y-Ki director.

Robert the Guitar Guy will be playing some favorite kids’ songs on November 4th from 10:30 to 11 AM at the New Canaan Library’s Jim and Dede Bartlett Auditorium. This event is perfect for families with children aged 5 and under. To register, visit

Finally, Blossom Hill is organizing a holiday bazaar at the Carriage Barn Arts Center on November 16th from 5:30 to 9 PM. This event will feature gift shopping, festive foods, live music, and a flower bar, all in support of Blossom Hill’s mission to help displaced children and youth. Shiva Sarram, the founder and CEO of Blossom Hill, emphasizes that the proceeds from this event will fund crucial programs aimed at providing a better future for displaced and at-risk children and youth. Blossom Hill is a nonprofit organization based in New Canaan and has been actively involved in addressing the refugee crisis since 2009.


The Golf Legends Defining Generations of Excellence

The Golf Legends Defining Generations of Excellence

Occasionally, someone emerges who profoundly shapes their generation, and in the world of golf, there are those whose influence goes beyond tournament victories. Here, we explore the golfers who have left an indelible mark on the game we know today.

Old Tom Morris

A golf pioneer, Morris designed Prestwick Golf Club, revamped the Old Course at St Andrews, and claimed The Open four times, remaining its oldest winner at the age of 46.

Young Tom Morris

Golf’s first prodigy, he clinched The Open four times in succession before tragically passing away at 24, leaving us to wonder what more he might have achieved.

Harry Vardon

Vardon won The Open six times between 1896 and 1914 and popularized the enduring Vardon grip, a golf club hold adopted by professionals and amateurs alike.

Walter Hagen

A charismatic figure, Hagen’s 11 major victories, including three Open titles, solidified his place in golf history. He also made strides in golf club design and was the first to earn $1 million.

Bobby Jones

Renowned as the greatest amateur golfer, Jones achieved a historic feat by winning the US Open, The Open, the US Amateur Championship, and the Amateur Championship in 1930. He also founded Augusta National and The Masters.

Gene Sarazen

Sarazen was the first to win all four majors and is credited with inventing the sand wedge. His albatross at the 15th hole during the 1935 Masters became legendary.

Ben Hogan

Hogan won all four majors, claimed nine major titles, and revolutionized golf with his swing, inspiring future generations of players.

Patty Berg

A founding LPGA member, Berg revolutionized women’s golf and holds the record for the most major victories with 15, a feat matched by Tiger Woods.

Henry Cotton

Cotton, known for his 1930s and 1940s Open victories, became a renowned golf course architect and established the Golf Foundation.

Peter Thomson

A quiet yet competitive Australian golfer, Thomson won The Open five times and made a lasting impact in golf course design.

Arnold Palmer

Known as “The King,” Palmer’s aggressive style revitalized The Open Championship and set the example for American players. He was also a charismatic figure and course designer.

Mickey Wright

Renowned for her impeccable swing, Wright won 90 professional tournaments, including 13 majors, before retiring due to foot problems.

Kathy Whitworth

Originally a tennis player, Whitworth excelled in golf, winning 88 times on the LPGA Tour, including six major titles.

Jack Nicklaus

With 18 major wins, Nicklaus’s record speaks volumes. His influence extends to course design, and he’s one of golf’s all-time greats.

Nancy Lopez

Dominating women’s golf in the late ’70s and ’80s, Lopez won 52 times, although she surprisingly only claimed three majors.

Seve Ballesteros

Seve was a gifted and daring player, winning 90 tournaments, including five majors. His charisma and recovery skills left an indelible mark.

Tiger Woods

Woods, known for winning 15 majors, rewrote golf history with his incredible talent and memorable comeback victories.

Annika Sorenstam

A colossal talent in women’s golf, Sorenstam won 10 majors and numerous titles in an illustrious career.

Rory McIlroy

A talented golfer from a young age, McIlroy has won four majors, played in multiple Ryder Cups, and remains a prominent figure in the golfing world.

These golf legends, each in their unique way, have defined the sport and left an enduring legacy.


Hanoi Voted 2023's Premier Golf City Destination Worldwide

Hanoi Voted 2023’s Premier Golf City Destination Worldwide

Hanoi, Vietnam, achieved a remarkable victory by clinching the coveted title of “World’s Best Golf City Destination 2023” at the prestigious World Golf Awards ceremony held in Abu Dhabi. This prestigious accolade recognizes excellence in golf tourism and underscores Hanoi’s exceptional appeal to golf enthusiasts.

Hanoi’s triumph was marked by a resounding lead in the popular vote, surpassing renowned golf destinations such as Paris and New York. The city’s department of tourism proudly announced this remarkable achievement on Wednesday.

Golf tourism has blossomed into a promising facet of Hanoi’s tourism industry, consistently attracting international visitors from key markets including the Republic of Korea, Japan, the United States, and Europe.

Hanoi boasts an impressive array of golfing facilities, with six clusters of golf courses housing ten international standard courses. These include acclaimed names like Long Bien Golf Course, Van Tri Golf Club, Kings’ Island Golf, Minh Tri, and Legend Hill. Golf enthusiasts are also well catered to with a wide selection of high-quality accommodations, including luxurious 4-5 star hotels and resorts.

The World Golf Awards, founded in 2014, are renowned for honoring excellence in golf tourism, exceptional golf courses, and premier golf destinations. The rigorous evaluation process considered various factors, including golf facilities, services, and accommodation quality.

This victory adds to Vietnam’s impressive track record, having previously secured the titles of the Best Golf Destination in the World and Asia in both 2019 and 2021.

Hanoi’s recognition as the “World’s Best Golf City Destination 2023” cements its status as a top-tier global golf destination and a must-visit locale for golf enthusiasts.


The Aces' Thrilling Triumph Makes a Major Impact in Las Vegas

The Aces’ Thrilling Triumph Makes a Major Impact in Las Vegas

In the Galleria at Sunset mall’s big box store, Las Vegas Aces championship merchandise flew off the shelves. Fans eagerly purchased shirts, hoodies, cups, and more following the team’s second consecutive WNBA title win. This reflects the deep connection between the city and its beloved team, highlighting the unwavering support for the Aces.

The Aces had a remarkable season, averaging a league-leading 9,551 fans per game, representing a significant 66% increase over the previous season. The enthusiasm reached its peak during the WNBA Finals against the New York Liberty, with both home games selling out.

The Aces’ resilience shone in Game 4 of the series, securing their victory with a remarkable defensive performance that held the injury-plagued team to just 46 points over the final three quarters. Coach Becky Hammon, known as one of the sport’s best, had to make adjustments to the lineup due to injuries, promoting reserve player Cayla George to a starting role. George, typically averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds, emerged as an unsung hero with 11 points and four rebounds in 30 minutes. A’ja Wilson, the WNBA’s top player, delivered another stellar performance with 24 points and 16 rebounds.

A’ja Wilson, who is also an ambassador for the team and a role model for young girls, embodies the spirit of enjoyment in sports. Her infectious enthusiasm, both in celebrating championships and dancing to pre-game music, demonstrates the fun side of sports, inspiring the younger generation to pursue their athletic dreams.

The Aces’ victory was a source of immense pride and celebration for the Las Vegas community. This illustrates that you don’t have to be a Golden Knights or Raiders player to be celebrated on billboards, casino marquees, or have young fans wear your jersey. Wearing “Las Vegas” on your chest automatically garners the support of a community of 2.3 million strong.

The championship celebration on October 23 drew attention to the numerous young girls proudly displaying homemade signs and donning Wilson jerseys. The back-to-back championships are undeniably a significant achievement, but the Aces’ true success lies in their ability to inspire the youth of Las Vegas and serve as role models.

The Aces have been instrumental in showing the younger generation the value of competition. They serve as heroes and role models for countless children, emphasizing that sports are for everyone. You don’t need to be a world-class athlete to enjoy the camaraderie of being part of a team, cheering each other on, and the thrill of competition.

The Aces’ outstanding 34-6 record this season marked the best finish in WNBA history, and they are poised to be strong contenders in the upcoming season. Another championship win would make them only the second three-peat champions in league history, further solidifying their place in the hearts of Las Vegas fans.


Hurly Secures Second Patriot League Golfer of the Week Honors in Autumn

Hurly Secures Second Patriot League Golfer of the Week Honors in Autumn

In Bethlehem, PA, graduate student David Hurly secured his second tournament victory of the fall season by winning the Lehigh Invitational at Saucon Valley Country Club’s Grace Course on Saturday. His remarkable performance earned him the Patriot League Men’s Golfer of the Week title for the second time this autumn.

Outshining 78 competitors, Hurly finished with a two-under-par total of 142 (72-70) over two days, overcoming a four-stroke deficit from the opening round with a stellar final round of two under par 70. Throughout the 36 holes, Hurly tallied seven birdies and two eagles, one in each round.

During the fall season, Hurly showcased his consistent form, recording par or better scores in eight of his nine competitive rounds. Last month, he clinched his first individual tournament victory at the Temple Invitational.

Furthermore, Hurly led the Mountain Hawks to victory in their home invitational, marking their first win since 2017 among a field of 13 teams.


Jairaj Sandhu Leads Haryana Open in Tricity Golf

Jairaj Sandhu Leads Haryana Open in Tricity Golf

In a remarkable start at the ₹1-crore Haryana Open 2023, Tricity’s Jairaj Singh Sandhu, a southpaw golfer, shot a phenomenal first-round score of six-under 66 at the Panchkula Golf Club. He took an early lead, showcasing his mastery on the course.

Sharing the second spot with matching scores of 67 were Rahil Gangjee, Samarth Dwivedi, and Abhinav Lohan. In the top 10, we saw other Tricity golfers, including Aadil Bedi, Akshay Sharma, and Amandeep Johl, all tied for fifth place at 68.

Jairaj’s impressive start included birdies on the 10th and 11th holes, with a remarkable eagle conversion from 20 feet on the 12th. He continued to add three more birdies to his card, with a single bogey.

Reflecting on his performance, Jairaj expressed his familiarity with the Panchkula Golf Club, considering it a “second home course.” He praised the course’s condition despite the challenges posed by heavy monsoon rains. Jairaj’s patience and focus played a key role in maintaining his performance, even after a blazing start.

Notably, the Haryana Open made a comeback on the PGTI schedule after a 12-year absence.

Apart from Jairaj, Tricity was well-represented at the event, with notable names like Abhijit Singh Chadha, Harendra Gupta, Angad Cheema, Amrit Lal, Ranjit Singh, Harmeet Kahlon, Gurbaaz Mann, Amritinder Singh, Rajiv Kumar Jatiwal, Aadil Bedi from Panchkula, and Ravi Kumar from Chandimandir participating.

The international field included golfers like Sri Lankan Mithun Perera, N Thangaraja, K Prabagaran from Sri Lanka, Bangladeshis Jamal Hossain, Badal Hossain, Md Akbar Hossain, American Varun Chopra, Nepal’s Sukra Bahadur Rai, Canada’s Sukhraj Singh Gill, and Andorra’s Kevin Esteve Rigaill.

Among the amateurs in the competition, Abhishek Kumar and Ankush Saroha represented the Panchkula Golf Club. The return of the Haryana Open was met with excitement, as golfers from various backgrounds converged to compete in this prestigious event.


Wildcats Secure Second Place in Stanford Intercollegiate Women's Golf Tournament

Wildcats Secure Second Place in Stanford Intercollegiate Women’s Golf Tournament

In the 19-team Stanford Intercollegiate, Northwestern displayed a remarkable performance, securing a runner-up finish. The Wildcats came into the event with strong momentum following a third-place finish at the Illini Women’s Invitational.

Ranked 22nd nationally, the Wildcats faced tough competition from the top seven teams in the country, including Stanford, Oregon, Texas, and UCLA. Their journey began with a solid 1-over par 285 in the first round, positioning them fifth. Junior Lauryn Nguyen and senior Jennifer Cai were the standout performers, both posting 1-under par scores.

The second round presented more challenges, with several players shooting over par. However, thanks to Nguyen’s brilliance, the team improved its score with a 1-under 283. Nguyen’s bogey-free 5-under par round was the highlight.

Heading into the final round, the Wildcats trailed USC by five shots. They climbed up the leaderboard, with all five players contributing at least three birdies. Ashley Yun’s outstanding performance, featuring a 3-under par 68 and an eagle, was a significant highlight. The team wrapped up the tournament with a 2-under 282 in the final round, while USC secured the victory with a 4-under 280. The Wildcats’ strong finish earned them a second-place spot, four strokes ahead of third-placed Stanford and California.

Individually, Lauryn Nguyen led the way at 4-under par. Her standout round of 5-under par 66 in the second round gave her a one-shot lead in the individual event. Despite a slightly challenging final round, Nguyen finished tied for fifth at 4-under par, marking her second top-five finish in three tournaments.

Jennifer Cai also delivered an excellent performance, finishing at 1-under par. Ashley Yun secured a top-25 finish, showcasing her skill in the tournament. Jieni Li and Dianna Lee also participated, with Li tying for 35th and Lee for 53rd.

The Wildcats will take a four-month break before competing in the UCF Challenge starting on Feb. 4. Their recent string of strong finishes, including two second-place finishes, bodes well for their future performance in Orlando.


Golf’s sou how Tiger Woods Discovered Fresh Purpose and a Deeper Human Connection

Golf’s sou how Tiger Woods Discovered Fresh Purpose and a Deeper Human Connection

Tiger Woods has been known for his numerous comebacks throughout his illustrious career, each adding a layer to his legendary status. However, after a severe car accident in 2021 left his right leg shattered, the possibility of yet another major comeback seemed unlikely. Many believed his focus would shift to simply finding a way back onto the golf course, considering the severity of his injuries.

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Renowned golf writer Alan Shipnuck, in his conversations with CNN Sport, suggests that Woods found an unexpected path forward through the emergence of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour. This battle for the soul of professional golf provided Woods with a renewed sense of purpose, allowing him to become a central figure in the fight for the PGA Tour’s legacy.

The landscape of men’s professional golf underwent a crisis in the spring and summer of 2022, as lucrative offers tempted the sport’s top players with substantial salaries. The resulting divide in the golfing world was stark, as Shipnuck vividly described it as a divide between the ‘haves and have-mores.’

Woods, battling injuries, personal struggles, and time away from the game, emerged as a unifying figure, advocating for the preservation of the sport’s rich heritage. His involvement in reshaping the direction of the PGA Tour signaled a significant shift, drawing attention not just for his athletic prowess but also for his role as a leader within the golfing community.

Shipnuck’s latest book, “LIV And Let Die,” provides a gripping account of the turbulent rise of the breakaway tour. The book offers a raw and candid exploration of the contentious forces at play, with Australian golfer Greg Norman serving as a central figure in the saga. Shipnuck’s writing captures the intensity of the moments, occasionally punctuated with strong language that reflects the charged emotions driving the narrative.

While some may find the explicit language jarring, Shipnuck maintains that it authentically reflects the heightened emotions involved in the contentious debate. The book features insights from a diverse array of voices, shedding light on the perspectives of players, executives, and other key figures involved in the high-stakes battle for the future of professional golf.”

I’m a journalist,” wrote two-time major champion Justin Thomas on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter. In his statement, he expressed the sentiments of many tour players regarding Alan Shipnuck’s work, stating that they are tired of Shipnuck’s approach. Thomas urged Shipnuck to focus on bringing positivity and good stories that promote the growth of golf instead of attempting to profit from negative portrayals, which often contain inaccurate information.

Shipnuck defended his work to CNN, emphasizing that he considers himself a journalist, not a publicist. He underlined that his primary duty is to provide truthful accounts of what occurs behind the scenes to his readers, regardless of how it may be received by players. Shipnuck expressed that if players disagree or are upset with the information he reports, that is their concern, not his.

Shipnuck’s narrative in his book explores themes of loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and greed in professional golf. However, Shipnuck notes that there is more nuance to the situation than initially apparent. He mentioned that Rory McIlroy, who was widely seen as the “moral conscience of golf” due to his defense of the PGA Tour, had significant business interests through the Tour, which may have influenced his stance.

Furthermore, Shipnuck pointed out that the so-called “villains” who joined the LIV Tour may have had complex motivations beyond simply pursuing money. For example, Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 US Open champion, appeared to have joined LIV due to feeling undervalued by his peers on the PGA Tour. Shipnuck detailed how DeChambeau had experienced rejection in his attempts to get elected to the player Advisory Council on the PGA Tour and how that had affected him emotionally. DeChambeau subsequently assumed a leadership role as a team captain in the LIV Tour.

Shipnuck further explained that some players, like Patrick Reed, Sergio García, and Phil Mickelson, may have joined LIV for various reasons, such as seeking a fresh start, more player-oriented organizations, and the pursuit of financial opportunities. He emphasized that the complex dynamics within the professional golf world often involved both “good guys” with shadows and “bad guys” with redeeming qualities.

In the end, despite the bitterness and conflicts, there remains a possibility that all players involved may ultimately find common ground.”

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Nearly one year after LIV’s inaugural tournament in London, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and PIF Governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan announced the surprising resolution of their legal disputes. They disclosed plans for collaboration with the European Tour to establish a unified entity within the world of golf.

Alan Shipnuck, a prominent golf writer, shed light on the financial gains that the players would likely experience due to increased salaries. He highlighted the satisfaction felt by Phil Mickelson, who had previously expressed concerns about the PGA Tour withholding players’ funds.

According to Shipnuck, the collaboration among the tours could bring significant benefits for golf enthusiasts. He proposed the idea of crafting a balanced schedule that incorporated the best tournaments from the PGA Tour, the European Tour, and LIV, ensuring a consistent participation of top players throughout the year.

If the Saudi representatives continued their involvement in the endeavor, it would signify a substantial victory for them. By entering the realm of a major global sport and gaining influence in the western world, they would enhance their standing, despite past controversies such as their alleged connection to 9/11, the Jamal Khashoggi incident, and human rights concerns.

In an interview with Fox News in September, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed indifference to criticisms of the country’s involvement in sport, referring to it as “sportswashing.” Shipnuck pointed out that the case of LIV illustrated the effectiveness of sportswashing, which over time tends to normalize the image of countries associated with such practices.

The article concluded by stating that CNN had reached out to prominent figures such as Woods, McIlroy, Reed, and Garcia for comments. It also invited readers to create an account at for more news and newsletters.