Solheim captain for 2013: Mallon or Inkster?

By Randall MellJanuary 25, 2012, 1:00 am

Meg Mallon or Juli Inkster?

Barring a stunning turn of events, one of those two will be the next U.S. Solheim Cup captain when the Americans meet the Europeans at Colorado Golf Club in the fall of 2013.

The LPGA will announce the new U.S. captain on Thursday at 9 a.m. ET from the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.

Neither Mallon nor Inkster immediately returned calls to seeking comment Tuesday.

Mallon, Inkster and Dottie Pepper are far and above the most qualified candidates, but Pepper alienated some American Solheim Cup leaders with critical comments she made toward the American team when she believed she was off the air during her analyst duties at the 2007 Solheim Cup. Pepper also has said her NBC and Golf Channel broadcast duties would make the role difficult at this stage of her television career.

Mallon, 48, is an 18-time LPGA winner with four major championship titles. She announced her retirement in the summer of 2010. She served as assistant Solheim Cup captain to Beth Daniel in 2009 at Rich Harvest Farms. She played on eight U.S. Solheim Cup teams, five of them winners, sporting a 13-9-7 career record in the matches.

Inkster, 51, is an LPGA Hall of Famer with 31 LPGA titles and seven major championships. She was an assistant captain who also played last year for Rosie Jones in Ireland. Inkster has made a record nine U.S. Solheim Cup teams, five of them winners. She sports a 15-12-7 career record in the matches. No American has scored more points (18 1/2) in Solheim Cup history than Inkster.

With Mallon retired, it makes sense that she would get her chance sooner, rather than later. If she isn’t selected this time around, she’ll be five years into retirement the next time she gets a chance.

Inkster made the last American Solheim Cup team on points. She’s still an active player and highly competitive, but Inkster is also battling a serious elbow injury that could threaten her ability to compete regularly this next season.

The American Solheim Cup committee that makes the choice is made up of LPGA commissioner Mike Whan, former American Solheim Cup captains and members of the Solheim family.

LPGA insiders believe this is likely a case where Mallon and Inkster are pretty much assured being captains of the next two Solheim Cup teams, with the committee having to decide who best fits what is required to be a home captain vs. an away captain.

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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Man of the people

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Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

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Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.