Ron Sirak - November 5, 2012


Guan Tianlang’s win in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship is definitely a huge moment in the game of golf and he agrees with R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson who said that years from now we may look at this win as a turning point for the growth of the game of golf in Asia. It will be interesting to see if China will be able to produce groups of dominant golfers in the years to come if the game takes hold among its 1.3 billion citizens.

Stacy Lewis will likely become the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to win the LPGA Tour Player of the Year honor and it is interesting to note that the award was first handed out in 1966 and for many years, Americans dominated the list of recipients. If Lewis is indeed able to win Player of  the Year honors this year, it could serve as a motivator for Americans currently on the LPGA Tour as well as younger golfers who aspire to be on the LPGA Tour one day.

Hurricane Sandy has impacted a number of historic golf courses in the northeast in large part because these courses have many trees and many of them are built along rivers and streams. As a result, these courses have sustained damage from downed trees and flooding and it will take time to repair the damage.