Ron Sirak - May 21, 2012


Peggy Nelson, the wife of the late Byron Nelson, was once again on hand at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and she has stepped into the role of host in many ways since Byron passed away in 2006. Peggy has been working very hard to keep Byron’s legacy alive and she views herself as a link to his history.

The Open Championship began holding an international qualifier in the United States in 2004 and ever since then, it has been very successful as a number of big names use that route to play their way into the year’s third Major. 78 players will be playing for 8 spots in Texas today and a number of well-known players will be trying to punch their tickets to Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Australia, Africa, and Asia have international qualifiers so it is a good thing that the United States has one too.

The teams are set for the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at Riviera Country Club and a number of notable teams will not be there. 2-time Defending Champion Augusta State University as well as Oklahoma State University will not be there. The fact that such powerhouse schools can fail to get through regionals is proof that the state of college golf in the U.S. is very strong. Sirak is looking forward to a great NCAA Championship.

Sirak feels that the LPGA Tour will likely receive a lot of criticism for penalizing Morgan Pressel for slow play although the LPGA Tour does not deserve it. It was certainly an unfortunate penalty as it seemed to play an important role in determining the winner of the match but the LPGA Tour did something that the PGA TOUR has not done in almost two decades: actually penalize a player for slow play and they did so at an important moment in a tournament. Sirak is supportive of the LPGA Tour’s decision to impose the penalty.