Youth Club Named Tours Charity of Year

By Golf Channel NewsroomFebruary 20, 2003, 5:00 pm
The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley in Maynard, Mass., has been named the 2002 Champions Tour Charity of the Year.
The announcement was made Wednesday by PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem at a presentation held in conjunction with the Verizon Classic in Tampa. The 2002 Volunteer of the Year and previously-announced player award winners were also honored.
The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley was nominated by the FleetBoston Classic and was chosen in balloting that included other nominees from tournaments on the 2002 Champions Tour schedule. The Boys & Girls Club was awarded $25,000 from the Champions Tour.
The club provides much more than a safe place for children to go after school. The club is committed to empowering young people with the skills necessary to become responsible members of society. Every year more than 600 youth between the ages of 5 and 18 benefit from a wide variety of programs offered at the club. The activities are designed to be both fun and educational.
'The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley is pleased and honored to be named the Champion's Tour Charity of the Year for 2002,' said Jim Fairweather, president and chairman of the Board of the club. 'Our relationship with Nashawtuc Charities and the Champions Tour has been instrumental in the success of our club and for the development of youth in the Maynard area.
'We know from experience that young people need positive, meaningful alternatives to what is happening on their streets if they are to lead positive and productive lives. Every young person needs open and honest relationships with caring adults who listen to them, respect them and serve as role models. Such relationships form the essence of the work and purpose of the Boys and Girls Club of America. The Champions Tour helps us offer all young people a chance to excel and feel good about themselves.
'Thanks to the hard work and the commitment of our community and volunteers, combined with the support and generosity of the Champions Tour, we will continue to achieve our mission of providing 'The Positive Place For Kids.''
'We are honored to be affiliated with such a fine organization as the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley. To be able to help support their great programs and kids in our backyard is a thrill for Nashawtuc Charities and our many volunteers,' said Tracy West, tournament director of the FleetBoston Classic. 'We are especially pleased with the added vote of confidence to the organization given by the Champions Tour and its players. Our funding, and the Tour's added monies, will significantly impact these kids.'
The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley closed its doors in 1995, saddled with debt and a poor public image of mismanagement. Two years later, a group of local citizens rallied the community by bringing youth, business leaders and local leaders together to eliminate $130,000 in debt. Through the hard work of community volunteers, the club reopened in 1998 and now operates with a full-time staff of three, 11 part-timers and a volunteer base of over 60. The club serves over 600 youth in the Assabet Valley area -- an average of 90 kids per day.
One of the more dynamic programs the club has started is called 'Big Friends,' designed to match young members with a high school volunteer. The high school student meets with the 'Little Friend' once a week to ensure they are maintaining a relationship. Once a month members of the program go on a field trip or have a planned group event at the club. These group meetings are arranged to get the group together on a regular basis and to make sure the mentor is having a positive impact on the youth in the program.
The club plans to use the $25,000 award for a number of its programs. Among those are the following: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Inc., Street Smart, Smart Moves, Smart Girls, PowerHour, Project Learn and Campaign 3 p.m. All are nationally-sponsored Boys & Girls Club programs designed to enhance the community participation and awareness of the members.
The FleetBoston Classic will be played July 28-August 3 at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, Mass. Bob Gilder is the defending champion.
Also honored were Hale Irwin, Morris Hatalsky and Hubert Green after having been officially named Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Player, respectively, on Jan. 6. Irwin was recognized for winning the Charles Schwab Cup, Byron Nelson Award and Arnold Palmer Award, as well. Mary Wright of the Kroger Classic was named 2002 Volunteer of the Year.

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Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.

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“To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

“You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

“I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”

Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

“Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

“You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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"Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

“It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

  • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
  • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
  • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.


“This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange


“I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico


Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (