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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Change of date for Travelers?

The Travelers Championship golf tournament has followed the U.S. Open the past four years. Travelers has publicly stated how happy it is being situated in that spot and has committed to title sponsorship of the tournament through 2014.
But that hasn't stopped specualation of the event moving. Two years ago, May was a possibility when the AT&T Classic in Georgia folded. The Texas Open took that spot on the calendar.
Now potentially comes an even bigger spot on the calenday - Labor Day weekend. Bruce Berlet of wrote a good column that can be found here.
It details how Deutsche Bank has an option to extend its involvement in the tournament through 2012, but has yet to make a decision. That will be made during the week of the tournament Aug. 30-Sept. 6.
If Deutsche Bank pulls out, there could be an opening right in the middle of the three Fed Ex Cup playoff events. And since the Travelers Championship is the only PGA golf event in New England, it does make sense that Travelers would be interested in moving there and increasing its purse.
But right now, that is all it is - speculation. Still, it's nice to dream about having all of the best players on tour in Cromwell - including Tiger Woods.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Three players qualify for U.S. Amateur

Dave Jones from Norwich shot a 1-over-par 145 total for 36 holes Monday at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien to earn medalist honors and a spot in the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship to be held on Aug. 23-29 at Chambers Bay GC in University Place, Wash.
Also earning spots were Will Smith of Avon and Tommy McDonagh of Norwalk. Both shot 2-over 146.
Two spots are available next Monday at the other U.S. Amateur qualifier to be held in Connecticut at New Haven CC.

Average Joe returns to Fairchild Wheeler

My alter ego makes his second trip to Fairchild Wheeler -this time on the Red Course. See how he does on the uphill par-3 15th hole against pro Steve Roach at and in Thursday's print edition.

In addition, we take a look at next week's U.S. Amateur qualifier at New Haven CC and the Connecticut State Women's Amateur at Oronoque CC.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Beirne wins Met Amateur

Evan Beirne of New Haven Country Club also retains a membership at Bethpage Gc in Farmingdale, N.Y., site of the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open championships. He does that so he can participate in Met golf events, like the 108th Met Amateur.

Beirne, 22, defeated Cameron Wilson of Shorehaven GC in Norwalk 7 & 6 in the 36-hole final Sunday to win the title at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. It is the first Met Amateur title for Beirne.

Beirne was the No. 6 seed out of 16 players. None of his four matches went past the 16th hole.

Next up for Beirne is the U.S. Amateur qualifier on Aug. 9 at his home course, New Haven CC.