Solheim outfitted: USA and Euro digs

By Win McMurrySeptember 21, 2011, 7:00 pm

USA

Rosie Jones shocked the golf world with her selection of long-hitting Ryann O’Toole as a captain’s pick, but her team’s uniforms, for good or bad, are just as you’d expect. The collection of clothing is traditional and stays true to the red, white and blue.

Antigua’s senior designer Danielle Dellios designed and developed the U.S. team uniforms, working closely with Jones and assistant captains Sherri Steinhauser and Juli Inkster. Their mission was to develop a collection of performance pieces that portrayed the tradition of the American color palette and incorporated tasteful embellishments of stars and stripes representative of an American team.

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Jones and Dellios addressed each day of play as they would their own wardrobe, coordinating tops to bottoms in both style detail, silhouette and color selection, which even when working with the red, white and navy palette, they said offered its challenges.

“Taking on the challenge of creating team uniforms for 12 of the top U.S. women golfers, along with their caddies, additional Solheim staff, the captain and assistant captains was both an exhilarating and a humbling experience,” said Dellios. “To have been in the presence of these wonderfully talented women and to have them express positive feedback along with their genuine appreciation of our efforts was overwhelming.”

All pieces were custom created for the team uniforms with emphasis on keeping pieces current, but apart from the trousers, the apparel is very traditional and classic. The polos are all solid navy or solid red, with the exception of Round 1 on Friday, where the polos are white with thin stripes, and Sunday, which is the “flashiest” day of their uniform design, which features a polo of alternating thick, horizontal blue and white strips with a red stripe across the chest. Tops are all made with Antigua’s Desert Dry and Desert Dry Xtra-Lite (D2XL) performance fabric designed for performance enhancement in any climate.

Bottoms are standard throughout the week, but in differing colors from the American palette. They’re made in a light-weight poly/spandex stretch satin twill, designed for fluid movement. The waist and hip are cut for a feminine figure, with functional pockets and trim details. But the characteristic that stands out is the flared leg. The same fabric was also used for shorts and skorts that will only be seen if weather allows.

Unique outerwear pieces were also created for the team by both Antigua and Sunice. Depending on personal preference base layer options by Antigua include both a crew and mock neck in the D2XL and in extra soft, micro-fleeced back jersey. A traditional sweater vest made of supple viscose/nylon is also part of the line for an additional layering option.

My favorite pieces in the line are the pullovers and the jackets, which is key since they’ll probably be what’s seen the most on the course. The pullovers are made of soft, lightweight micro-fleeced back technical poly mid-weight jersey. The team jacket is made from a lightweight poly/spandex four-way stretch for comfort and protection in windy and wet conditions.

When it comes to the American uniforms, they’ve played it safe focusing on technical functionality in the classic red, white and blue. 

EUROPE

Classic and color will be the two uniform characteristics that will stand out when the European team takes the course at Killeen Castle in Ireland. Abacus was selected for the third consecutive time to outfit the players as they put it, “From top to toe.”

While the players on Team Europe hail from all over, the clothing is a 100 percent Swedish line-up.

“The Solheim Cup Collection this year is based on five strong color palettes, one for each day,” explains Abacus’ head designer Chris Mattsson. “The first training days have their colors, as do the days of the competition.”

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The European team debuts on Monday in a feminine pale pink hue Acton wind stop sweater pullover with a navy and purple design around the chest and neckline. It’s evocative of a winter sweater worn après ski. The trousers that coordinate with the Monday attire are termed “Cleek,” and the same tailored almost skinny leg look is repeated each practice day, Monday through Thursday. 

Tuesday’s look is in the same color family as Monday, but with a royal purple “Pebble fleece jacket” and a “Traigh vest.”

Wednesday and Thursday are similar as well with the stand-out characteristic the wide horizontal stripe. On Wednesday it’s navy and white, with a yellow accent on the vest. On Thursday the color scheme is violet and green.

Horizontal stripes are also available as long sleeve polo options on competition days Friday and Saturday. Friday, the color palette is green and navy and Saturday it is yellow and grey. The trousers are different on these competition days as well. Instead of the basic pant of the first four days, they are wearing rain pants that are cut with a wider and more roomy leg.

Sunday’s uniform remains a secret that the Abacus folks have been very tight lipped about!

“We’ve followed our graphic and timeless signature and produced statement polos enriched with details and fashion forward design,” said Mattsson. “Wind vests and rain jackets show our commitment to producing outerwear that has both fashion and function.”

Their goal has been to design the uniforms for all weather conditions and environments, from the worst rain weather to the warmest temperatures.

“The quality, technical advancements and design give us the self-confidence we need to perform at the highest level in all weather conditions,” said Alison Nicholas, Europe’s team captain. “And we do that in Abacus clothing.”

Not only are the players wearing Abacus clothes this year, even the caddies, members of the board, players’ guests and the team’s functionaries will be sporting the brand…and supporting team Europe.

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Garcia 2 back in storm-halted Andalucia Masters

By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 7:08 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain  -- Ashley Chesters was leading on 5-under 66 at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters when play was suspended because of darkness with 60 golfers yet to complete their weather-hit first rounds on Thursday.

More than four hours was lost as play was twice suspended because of stormy conditions and the threat of lightning at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain.

English journeyman Chesters collected six birdies and one bogey to take a one-shot lead over Gregory Bourdy of France. Tournament host and defending champion Sergio Garcia was on 68 along with fellow Spaniards Alvaro Quiros and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, and Australia's Jason Scrivener.

''It's a shame I can't keep going because the last few holes were the best I played all day. Considering all the delays and everything, I'm very happy with 5 under,'' Chesters said. ''The forecast for the rest of the week is not very good either so I thought I'll just make as many birdies as I can and get in.''

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Caddies drop lawsuit; Tour increases healthcare stipend

By Rex HoggardOctober 18, 2018, 3:33 pm

After nearly four years of litigation, a group of PGA Tour caddies have dropped their lawsuit against the circuit.

The lawsuit, which was filed in California in early 2015, centered on the bibs caddies wear during tournaments and ongoing attempts by the caddies to improve their healthcare and retirement options.

The caddies lost their class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court and an appeal this year.

Separately, the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, which was not involved in the lawsuit but represents the caddies to the Tour, began negotiating with the circuit last year.

“I told the guys, if we really want a healthy working relationship with the Tour, we need to fix this and open the lines of communication,” said Scott Sajtinac, the president of the APTC.

In January 2017, Jay Monahan took over as commissioner of the Tour and began working with the APTC to find a solution to the healthcare issue. Sajtinac said the Tour has agreed to increase the stipend it gives caddies for healthcare beginning next year.

“It took a year and a half, but it turned out to be a good result,” Sajtinac said. “Our goal is to close that window for the guys because healthcare is such a massive chunk of our income.”

The Tour did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the agreement or the end to the lawsuit.

Caddies have received a stipend from the Tour for healthcare for some time, and although Sajtinac wouldn’t give the exact increase, he said it was over 300 percent. Along with the APTC’s ability to now negotiate healthcare plans as a group, the new stipend should dramatically reduce healthcare costs for caddies.

“It’s been really good,” said Sajtinac, who did add that there are currently no talks with the Tour to created a retirement program for caddies. “Everybody is really excited about this.”

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PGA Tour Latinoamérica moving season finale to Doral

By Nick MentaOctober 18, 2018, 2:36 pm

PGA Tour Latinoamérica announced Wednesday that it will play its season finale, the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship, at Trump National Doral from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

The limited-field event will feature the top 60 players on the circuit's money list competing on Doral's Golden Palm Course.

“We are very happy that we will continue playing the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship in South Florida, and Doral is a tremendous community that we know will open its arms to our players and this tournament,” PGA Tour Latinoamérica president Jack Warfield said in a statement.

The PGA Tour ended its more than 50-year relationship with Doral and the resort's Blue Monster course back in 2016, when Cadillac's title sponsorship of the World Golf Championship lapsed as then-candidate Donald Trump was mounting his bid for the presidency.

“We continue to stand by our earlier statement, and the statement of other golf organizations, that Mr. Trump's comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf,” then-PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in December 2015, referring to Trump's campaign rhetoric concerning Mexicans and Muslims.

The event was moved to Mexico City in 2017 and renamed the WGC-Mexico Championship.

The Latinoamérica Tour Championship was staged the last two years at Melreese Country Club in Miami, where David Beckham is currently attempting to build a stadium for his Major League Soccer expansion club, Inter Miami.

PGA Tour Latinoamérica's release states that the move to Doral "keeps the event in this part of the Sunshine State and allows the tournament to maintain its ties to The First Tee of Miami as a charitable recipient and sponsor." Melreese, the city's only public golf course, is home to the First Tee of Miami, which naturally opposes Beckham's efforts to close the facility and repurpose the land.

A November referendum will ask voters to decide if the city should negotiate a no-bid lease with Beckham's ownership group, which seeks to create a $1 billion dollar complex comprising of the proposed stadium, youth soccer fields, a park, commercial and retail space, and a hotel.

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Im wins Web.com Player and Rookie of the Year awards

By Nick MentaOctober 18, 2018, 1:22 pm

Sungjae Im on Thursday was named the Web.com Tour's 2018 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

Im won twice on the Web.com this year, taking the season opener in January, The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, and the season finale in August, the WinCo Foods Portland Open, to become the first player in history lead the circuit's money list wire-to-wire.

Im is the first Korean-born player to win the Web's POY award and, at 20 years old, its youngest recipient.

In a player vote, Im bested Anders Albertson, Sam Burns, Kramer Hickok and Martin Trainer, 2018's only other two-time winner, for POY honors, and Burns, Hickock, Trainer and Cameron Champ for ROY honors.

“My first year on the Web.com Tour was an incredibly happy time for me,” Im said, “and it’s pretty surreal that I was able to win the first and last tournament of the season. I honestly thought I would spend about two to three years on the Web.com Tour before making it to the PGA Tour, so I’m happy to have achieved my goal so soon. I’m grateful to have earned the Player of the Year honors and I hope to finish the remainder of the PGA Tour season on a good note.”

In his first PGA Tour start, Im tied for fourth at the Safeway Open, earning $241,280, a little less than half of the $534,326 he amassed in 25 starts as the Web's regular-season money winner.

Playing this week's CJ Cup in his native South Korea, Im opened with a 1-over 73 Thursday.