Best-ball season set to begin

It’s that time of year again – the busiest time for our local clubs as best-ball events are scheduled to take place over the next four consecutive weeks.

The competition begins this weekend at Sinking Valley where Artie Fink Jr. will be pairing up with William Smith. Last year Fink partnered with Anthony DeGol to take the title.

Next will be the 46th annual Park Hills Classic, won last year by Wes Turiano and Derek Hayes of Sunnehanna Country Club.

The last week of July will feature Iron Masters’ annual invitational tournament, where the victorious duo in 2012 was Cameron Sprowles and Andrew Baldo.

Summit Country Club will finish the run of local best-ball events as Chris Perry and Mike Macionsky are set to defend their title.

Humility, please

The PGA Tour marketing strategy over the past couple of years has been to promote its individual star players.

Promoting the likes of Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson – on PGA-sponsored TV ads – is a no-brainer. They are both bonafide golfing superstars.

On the flip side, spots for Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley are a little more curious. Sure, both may have plenty of potential, but together they have just four PGA tour victories.

Recently, it seems every televised golf event features Bradley’s promo, over and over again.

I prefer my sports stars have at least a bit of humility. So it’s particularly difficult to watch Bradley’s other recent commercial – for Cleveland Golf equipment – in which he can be heard touting the company’s equipment and himself.

“They [Cleveland irons] show up when it matters … just like me.”

Still ‘standing’

The summer has been filled with whispers that Standing Stone Golf Course has been on the brink of closing its doors.

Club manager Dana Yakimczyk dispelled the rumors this week as the Huntingdon county course prepares for its annual invitational tournament beginning July 20.

According to Yakimczyk, the course is in the best shape it’s been in five years and is in no immediate danger of closing.

Ken Love covers local golf for the Mirror. His column runs on Fridays.