Slogan causing a stir among officials
Many golf fans may be unaware of the difference between the PGA of America (an organization of club professionals that also runs the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup Matches) and the PGA Tour (a group consisting of Tour players who run most of the regular tour events).
A bit of in-fighting between the two organizations over the past couple of years has led to the recent elimination of the slogan used by the PGA Championship over the last decade – “Glory’s Last Shot.”
The PGA of America has used the catch phrase to help give some identity to its tournament, the last major championship of the year.
The PGA Tour, however, hosts numerous events in September and October and hasn’t looked kindly on the tag line, believing the slogan slights their remaining schedule.
Recent behind-the-scenes arm-twisting by the PGA Tour has resulted in the PGA of America changing its catch phrase, to the decidedly bland “The Season’s Final Major,” making you wonder why they have any slogan at all.
Speaking of the PGA, the 95th PGA Championship is being held this week at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
The overwhelming favorite to win the event has to be Tiger Woods, who is coming off an impressive win last week in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
Woods hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open.
Injuries and personal problems seem to be in his past now, and he’s been in contention in most of the recent major championships.
Woods is playing extremely well right now. I would be surprised if he doesn’t win this one. He’s well overdue.
Park Hills and Summit Country Club will open their local club championship season this weekend.
Last year’s men’s champ at Park Hills, Jesse Auker, has moved from the area and will not be back to defend, so look for Todd Homan, J.P. Stultz and Jordan Kirsch to be among the contenders for this title.
Ladies champ Darlene Grove will be back to defend the title she won last year.
At Summit Country Club, David DeGol Jr. is the defending men’s champion, while LuAnn Dividock will be back to defend the ladies title.
Next weekend will see Scotch Valley and Iron Masters Country Club deciding their stroke play champions.
Sinking Valley Country Club will round out local competition over two weekends of play beginning Aug. 24.
Ken Love covers local golf for the Mirror. His column appears on Fridays.