Saturday, August 16, 2014

Crawford's Golf Daily, For August 16th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management, on twitter @wchoops and @kcsportsmgmt

2014 Ryder Cup---While all the talk about this year's Ryder Cup has been on who will Captain Tom Watson pick to fill out his 12 man roster, it really should be noted, can the European team leave 57 year old Bernhard Langer off the their team ? Langer might not be the best player in golf right now, Rory is for sure, but Langer has been the more dominate player in golf this season, playing on the Champions Tour and winning four events, two majors and just over $2.3 million, with plenty of the golfing season left to go on his Tour.

Senior Ryder Cup---It appears almost certain oow that there will be Senior Ryder Cup every two years, with the first year taking place place in the United States in 2015. Nothing against seniors, I am one myself, but do we really need this? It takes away from the "real" Ryder Cup and golf needs really special majors, like last week's PGA Championship, not more majors. A great alternative, add one player to both the European and American team from the Champions Tour each year of the event. Those selections would be really exciting and controversial each time.

Champions Tour----Statistical proof that the Champions Tour which is having a banner year, has not been good to everyone. Two multiple winners in past years of the four majors, Hal Sutton and Larry Nelson, are having awful years in 2015 on the Champions Tour.

Sutton has played in 12 events on the Champions Tour this year and won a paltry, $63,037 and Nelson in sevent events has won $36,084.

Of course these two guys have had wonderful golf careers and no one should feel sorry for them at all. The average yearly salary for workers in the United States is just over $44,000.

Jim Furyk----One of the greatest golfers of all time, Jim Furyk is having some major trouble as of late holding leads in golf tournaments. Seven straight times now after holding the 54 lead in an event, he has failed to win the event. Frustrating for him  and a pretty remarkable statistic.

BWC Golf Tournament----This is a story which has sadness, but at the same time, things you do like to hear about people and how giving we are as a society.

Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, which just happens to be my alma mater, each year is the site of a BWC Golf Tournament and tailgater during Homecoming Week.

While every  college hosts many special events during their homecoming weeks, the BWC has had a great run of 27 years and growing.

While many individuals make the BWC a special event, the two driving forces behind the success from Day One have been Steve Lathrop and Gil Hargreaves. This past July Gil passed away, shockingly and unexpectedly. Sad news for so many people.

But the BWC has turned the sadness into something pretty special. They will continue to be big financial supporters of an alumni scholarship in Gil's name, which will continue to grow up to $4,000.00.

Even more special, the BWC has now started their own scholarship in honor of Gil, "Leave No Wildcat Behind", of which they will contribute at least $300.00 towards an individual to come to the BWC, who might not be able to make it to the BWC tournament for various reasons. A creative and extremely thoughtful idea, by some really special people. (For those who read this around the world, Wildcats is the nickname of Linfield College).

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