PGA calendar shift makes sense

This weekend is witness to the last major championship of the year — the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club in North Carolina.

The month of August has typically hosted the PGA Championship. However, earlier this week, the PGA of America announced its plan to move the championship to May, beginning in 2019.

The change was initiated to accommodate the ongoing participation of golf in the Olympic Games and will ensure that the month of August is open for the Games. At the same time, it was also announced that the Players Championship would be moving from its current date in May to its original date in March.

With all that said, it’s amazing to me that the numerous governing bodies of golf were able to work together, adjusting each of their timetables in order to produce such a logical and productive new schedule.

Beginning in 2019, the major championship schedule will be competed over a concise four-month stretch — the Masters in April, followed by the PGA Championship in May, the U.S. Open in June, and British Open in mid-July. Then, by 2020, the Olympics will follow in August.

Revamping golf’s major championship schedule may seem like an easy task, but each of these events is run independently by committees that typically have only their own best interests at heart.

For everyone involved, to come together and get golf’s major championship schedule in logical order is impressive. Kudos in making this happen.

It will make life all the more enjoyable in the years to come for golf fans.

Stephen Curry

I’m not a big basketball fan, but I found myself rooting for Stephen Curry last week as he competed in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic.

Curry had been given a sponsor’s exemption into the tournament — a fact that some pro golfers bemoaned. In fact, tour pro Steven Wheatcroft took to Twitter to opine that Curry had “no chance in hell” to shoot 76 or better on the par-70 TPC Stonebrae course.

As it turned out, Curry missed the cut but actually shot respectable rounds of 74-74. To his credit, Curry stayed out of the fray as many pundits predicted poor results for the basketball star.

After his fine showing, Curry had just one succinct comment concerning his play. Replying to Wheatcroft’s earlier Twitter post, Curry posted, “Hell hath frozen over.”

Shephard deserving

Rarely have I received as much feedback about any golf event as I did about the recent U.S. Girls Junior Championship.

Many people were upset that a golf match would end as it did in this year’s semifinal match between Elizabeth Moon and Erica Shephard with confusion over a “non-conceded” putt.

I’ve always felt that the rules of golf are straightforward and clear. Shephard had absolutely no ill intentions when she did not quickly concede Moon’s short putt on the last hole.

Rules officials rightly declared Shephard as the winner of the match.

In the end, all of the young women involved handled the situation well — much better than many of the golf fans who posted ugly comments on social media.

Congratulations to Shephard, who actually went on to win the championship. (I had incorrectly listed her as finishing second last week.)

Paying a compliment

Congratulations to Crosby Denis of Duncansville, who finished tied for 54th in the girls 8-and-under of the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship held last week in North Carolina.

State College’s Maxwell Wager also finished tied for 92nd in the boys 11-and-under group.

Ken Love covers local golf for the Mirror. He can be reached at gltr777@atlanticbb.net.

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