USGA Museum Re-Opens Tuesday - COPIED

By Associated PressJune 3, 2008, 4:00 pm
USGAFAR HILLS, N.J. -- Following more than three years of renovation, expansion and new construction, the United States Golf Association Museum celebrated the grand opening of the USGA Museum and the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History on Tuesday.
 
The USGA Museum and the new Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History are great homes for the enduring history of golf in the United States, said USGA President Jim Vernon. We are proud to celebrate our national champions and the place they hold in the fabric of American golf. We encourage all those who love golf to visit.
 
The USGA Museum and the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History are located at the USGA headquarters in Far Hills, the site of todays grand opening ceremony. The event was emceed by 17-time LPGA tournament champion Dottie Pepper and included speeches by USGA executive committee member Cameron Jay Rains, USGA museum director Rand Jerris, seven-time USGA champion Carol Semple Thompson, USGA President Jim Vernon and Palmer. The state of New Jersey honored the days ceremony with Nancy Byrne, executive director of the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, recognizing June 3, 2008, as Arnold Palmer Day.
 
I am confident that the Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History will be true assets to the tourism industry in the state, drawing even more visitors to New Jersey who are interested in experiencing a taste of the sports enduring history, said Byrne.
 
The original USGA Museum building, dating from 1919, has been modernized and enlarged and now features the Ben Hogan Room, the Bob Jones Room and the new Arnold Palmer Room.
 
The expansion encompasses the new 16,000-square-foot Palmer Center, comprising more than 5,000 square feet of public exhibition galleries, a research room to facilitate access to the collections and state-of-the-art storage areas that provide the proper climate and security for the long-term care of historical artifacts.
 
The Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History was so named to honor the enduring connection that Arnold Palmer represents between golf and the people who play and love the game. Never before has a USGA building been dedicated to a single individual.
 
The Palmer Center houses a collection of the nations most significant golf artifacts and documents, including hundreds of items never before displayed by the USGA. In all, the exhibitions showcase more than 2,000 artifacts, twice the number displayed previously.
 
While the Museum was closed, the staff closely examined each collection and selected artifacts that best tell the USGA story. As a result, every part of the collection is represented. Historical documents, books, scrapbooks, photographs, film footage, clothing, clubs, balls, cigarette cards, posters, medals and trophies are integrated into the new displays.
 
Throughout the galleries, highlights from the Museums world-class collection are featured, including the clubs used by Francis Ouimet in the 1913 U.S. Open; Bob Joness famous putter, Calamity Jane II; Ben Hogans 1-iron from the 1950 U.S. Open; and artifacts from Tiger Woods, Payne Stewart, Annika Sorenstam and many other stars of todays game.
 
The new exhibitions in the Palmer Center present golf history and USGA championship history in the context of American social, cultural and political history. Moreover, the permanent galleries feature six iconic moments that are pivotal to the development of golf in America. These moments include:
 
  • Francis Ouimets historic victory in the 1913 U.S. Open
  • Bob Joness Grand Slam in 1930
  • The Great Depression and the democratization of golf
  • The heroic comebacks of Ben Hogan in the 1950 U.S. Open and Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the 1954 U.S. Womens Open
  • The rivalry between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in the 1960 and 1962 U.S. Opens
  • Tiger Woods, the 2000 U.S. Open, and the emergence of a global game
     
    The Hall of Champions celebrates every USGA champion and championship. The rotunda, illuminated by a clerestory, houses all 13 USGA championship trophies, while the name of each champion is inscribed on bronze panels that encircle the hall.
     
    The visitor experience is enhanced by a series of video presentations and interactive databases, including:
     
  • A seven-minute introductory film about USGA championships that explores the significance and challenge of the game as it is played at its highest level
  • Video presentations that present the iconic moments in greater detail and place them in their proper historical context
  • A new Championship Database that includes records, summaries, and photographs from every USGA championship, searchable by player, host site and date
  • Interactive Video Jukeboxes that present video clips of Bob Jones and Arnold Palmer
  • Arnold Palmer Portrait Interactive, featuring Gratitude, a unique portrait by California artist James David Chase that comprises more than 22,000 words said by or about Arnold Palmer
     
    In the Museums new Research Center, visitors can view, study, and examine artifacts, documents, and memorabilia from the collections in one area. These collections include a library, photographic collection, film and video collection, and a museum collection
     
    Related Links:
  • USGA Museum Fact Sheet
     
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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

    "That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

    Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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    Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

    If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

    Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

    But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

    Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

    Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

    Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

    Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

    Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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    Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

    Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

    “It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

    Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

    “What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

    Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

    “When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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    Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

    SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

    Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

    Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

    Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.