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Ron Sirak - October 29, 2012

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Germany will host the 2015 Solheim Cup and this decision will help continue to grow the game in Continental Europe. A number of Continental European players including Germany’s Sandra Gal and Spain’s Azahara Munoz played on the 2011 European Solheim Cup team and taking this event to a place that has not hosted an event of this magnitude is a great idea and Sirak thinks that it could inspire a lot of growth in the game of golf in that area of the world.

Justin Bolli jumped from 44th to 9th on the Web.com Tour Money List with his win in the Web.com Tour Championship. He needed a big week to get into The 25 and he was able to go out and win to get back onto the PGA TOUR. Hopefully Bolli will be able to stay out on the PGA TOUR through great play in 2013.

Only 5 collegiate players entered PGA TOUR Q-School for this year which when you consider some of the predictions once the PGA TOUR qualification system was announced is a bit surprising. 2012 marks the final year that a collegiate player can earn a PGA TOUR card via Q-School instead of the Web.com Tour and this news tells Sirak that many collegiate players are taking a wait and see approach to the changes for 2013 and beyond.

Sheila Johnson, who is on the board for charities run by Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods, was named to the USGA Executive Committee and is the first African-American female to join the Executive Committee. This is a historic decision and a great decision by the USGA and Johnson has already shown a significant impact on the game of golf through her ownership of numerous golf courses including Innisbrook near Tampa and Reunion near Orlando.