LPGA pros wary of joining Burk's Trump protest

By Randall MellJuly 10, 2016, 12:28 am

SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Martha Burk may have trouble enlisting LPGA players to support a movement to “force the USGA to abandon” plans to play the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J., next year based on a small sampling of reactions Saturday at CordeValle.

Burk, the director of the National Council of Women’s corporate accountability project, is backing “heavy-duty protesters” upset that the U.S. Women’s Open will be played on a Trump property.

She explained in a blog in the Huffington Post Friday that she supports Dr. Jeffrey T. Sammons and other African American golfers who have been trying to get the USGA to disassociate from Trump properties. She wrote the movement is “an objection” to “Trump’s overtly racist and sexist views.”

LPGA pros who were not aware of the protest were informed of the issue in an unusual manner Saturday with a plane over CordeValle Golf Club carrying a banner that read: “Golf Say No to Trump. #TrumpHazard.”

Stacy Lewis could hear the plane sputtering overhead when she was playing the highest point of the course.

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“It was kind of annoying,” Lewis said. “We were up in the mountains, and it was kind of close, so you could hear it, and I was like, `Is that thing going to run out of gas?”

After the round, Lewis was asked if she was bothered that the U.S. Women’s Open was scheduled to be played at a Trump property.

“There’s not a whole lot I can do about it,” Lewis said. “As players, what are we going to do, just not show up and not play the U.S. Women’s Open? I don’t think people are going to do that. You just have to rely on the governing bodies. I’m sure they will be prepared for everything that week. We have to rely on them.”

Karrie Webb said it felt like LPGA pros were being thrust into politics amid a presidential election.

“The essence of the Olympics is there is no political agenda, and that’s what sports should be, in general,” Webb said.

In her blog, Burk wrote that the LPGA has been “silent as usual even though the Donald has disparaged women regularly, calling them bimbos, dogs, fat pigs and crazy. Nothing new here – the good girls of golf have always been afraid to cross the guys.”

Cristie Kerr took issue with the depiction, saying Trump has been especially supportive of women’s golf. Kerr has strong ties to Trump and has called herself “good friends” with him. She once appeared on his reality show “The Apprentice” and has honorary memberships to his golf clubs.

“I think it’s a little unfair she is trying to press an organization to side with her personal opinion,” Kerr said. “He could be the next president of the United States. I’m a woman. I’m all for women’s empowerment and everything. Donald’s done tons for the women’s game. I just think it’s unfair she’s pressing our organization to jump on the bandwagon when not all of us feel the way she does.”

The USGA released a statement Friday saying that while some of Trump’s remarks are “at odds with our belief that golf should be welcoming and inclusive,” the governing body has found Trump National “fully compliant” with the USGA’s anti-discriminatory policies.

Gerina Piller said she was wary of the politics involved and is trusting the USGA’s venue selection process.

“I don’t really see getting into politics,” Piller said. “It’s just one of those things where if it’s a good course and they see it fit to host an event there, I think that it’s OK.”

The LPGA released this statement Saturday morning:

“The USGA has been and continues to be a great partner for the LPGA. The USGA – not the LPGA – owns and operates the U.S. Women's Open and we are delighted to have so many of our LPGA members qualify to participate each year.

“When it comes to decisions regarding venue, purse, TV, etc., those are solely made by the USGA.

“We fully expect to keep the U.S. Women's Open on our 2017 schedule, and support the decisions made by the USGA on this matter.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.