Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Odds and ends

I leave for Europe on Monday, and I have tee times at six courses while in London and the South of France.

Tuesday - Northwick Park, London, a 9-hole tribute course, including holes No. 12 and 16 at Augusta.
Sunday - Golf Club de Carcassonne, also known as Carcassonne Golf Club for those of us who don't speak French. The course apparently has some spectacular views of the Pyrénées.
Monday - Seilh Golf Club's Red Course, near Toulouse, is said to be one of the most beautiful in France.
Tuesday - Old Thorns Golf Club was christened in 1982 with a four-ball match between Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Isao Aoki and the then reigning British Open Champion, Bill Rogers.
Tuesday - Hindhead Golf Club in Surrey was founded in 1904 by a group of enthusiasts that included Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, the first president.
Wednesday - Burhill Golf Club in Surrey has the Old Course, which opened in 1907.


Romero to play in U.S. Open

Eduardo Romero is expected to tee off at at 8:17 a.m. Thursday at the 2009 U.S. Open, which is being played at Bethpage State Park in New York. Why is this of interest?

Well, Romero won the 2008 SAS Championship, a Champions Tour event held annually in Raleigh. And Wednesday, SAS Championship announced that Romero would be defending his title in September.

I covered the SAS tournament at Prestonwood Country Club for The Associated Press, and I had a chance to meet Romero, as well as a few other Champions Tour players: Tom Kite, Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer, Jay Haas, Bruce Fleisher. I followed Romero on the final day of the tournament as he carded seven birdies en route to a three-shot victory over Kite.

Despite the flu, he was consistently longer off the tee than the rest of the field on the last day. And he putted extremely well. After the tournament, he credited yoga for helping him concentrate better once on the greens.

Since then, he's won once - the Toshiba Classic in March.

Second annual PBS golf tournament in Nashville

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will host the second annual PBS golf tournament on June 29 at Birchwood Country Club in Nashville. Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a statewide initiative adopted in all 29 Nash-Rocky Mount schools.

Last year, the tournament drew 28 teams and 44 sponsors.

For more information, call Rhonda Reid at 252-462-2850.

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