I spent way too long pretending hiding and hating who I was. I was always afraid of what others would think/say. I’ve struggled with my mental health for many years because of that and it put me in a really bad place.
Over two days of surveying at the PGA Championship and the Wyndham Championship 59 players participated including four major winners one 2018 major winner and three of the top-20 players in the world. The result? Sweet sweet candor.
While five amateurs have already qualified for invitation the next 60 spots will be filled via the World Amateur Golf Ranking. A scary scene at the World Amateur Handicap Championship turned into a heroic moment for a Myrtle Beach golf pro two weeks ago.
For those interested in the full set of Rules those have also been updated and are available online. The first-ever Augusta National Women’s Amateur is officially set for April of 2019. If you want a chance to see the historic event in person Augusta is offering tickets to the public.
The report comes from reporter Alan Blondin who spoke with Whitt McCullough and another assistant pro at the course. “I did not feel a pulse on Mr. Whitt so I began and took over compressions at that point” McCullough told Blondin. “As time elapsed I did regain a pulse and was able to feel it and sustain it.”
“While we aim to stage a first-class championship our motivation goes beyond the scores posted between the ropes” Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said in a press release.
“Can you tell me which sport really developed because of an event? None. It’s a champion who pushes the young people and develops the sport” Riboud said. “That’s what Yannick Noah Roland Garros and Jean-Claude Killy did. We need a champion. Perhaps it’s crazy but that’s the thing we have to dream about it.”
Before Phil Mickelson tees off in next week’s Tour Championship he’s spending his free time preparing for the Ryder Cup in his own unique way. Mickelson who seems to be enjoying his first month on social media tweeted a video on Wednesday night while on a shooting range.
Tadd Fujikawa has inspired golf fans since he qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open at just 15 years old. He’s now breaking new ground off the course. On Tuesday Fujikawa became the first professional golfer to come out publicly as gay hoping to serve as “an inspiration and making a difference in someone’s life.”
“That was pretty powerful” McCullough said. “It was because that’s just not something you’re used to in the ER. …If they are somebody saved they’re either kicked up to [the intensive care unit] or shipped to MUSC. You may never see them again.”
The event takes place April 3-6 with the top women amateurs in the world competing over two rounds at Champions Retreat Golf Club. The top 30 players will then fight for the title at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday the 6th. Their practice round is scheduled for the Friday in-between.
The Augusta National Women’s Amateur will finish on Saturday April 6 — the Saturday prior to Masters Week — with coverage hitting NBC from noon to 3 p.m ET. That day will (likely) be the final round (of three) wrapping the 54-hole tournament one day prior to the annual Drive Chip and Putt National Finals.