July 13 — New England weather is hot and the golf is sizzling in tournaments around the six-state region.
Janangelo withdraws from Connecticut event. Following her withdrawal from last week’s US Women’s Open with a hip injury, Connecticut golfer Liz Janangelo (West Hartford) had to take herself out of this week’s Duramed Futures Tour ING New England Golf Classic. An LPGA Tour player from West Hartford, Janangelo shot an 84 in the opening round at Oakmont Country Club and started the second round but had to quit when the pain became too great. Janangelo has apparently been dealing with the hip problem for some time.
New England golfers at the ING. Libby Smith (Essex Junction, Vt.) the lone New England golfer to make the cut at the Open, will tee it up at the New England Golf Classic. Boston golfers Alison Walshe (Westford, Mass.) and Briana Vega (Andover, Mass.) were also scheduled to play, as were Mary Moan (New Haven, Conn.) and amateurs Alison Cowles (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Nara Shin (Avon, Conn.), and Natalie Sheary (West Hartford). Click here for tickets to the event, which runs from July 16-July 18 at Bloomfield’s Wintonbury Hills GC.
Low amateur. Speaking of the Open, Jennifer Johnson, whose final-day win at Essex County Club (Manchester, Mass.) clinched last month’s U.S. Curtis Cup team’s victory, carded the lowest amateur score at Oakmont. The 19-year-old shot a final-round 78 to finish the major at 16-over, the lowest score of the six amateurs who made the cut. Johnson will leave Arizona State University after one year to follow fellow Curtis Cuppers Alexis Thompson and Jennifer Song into the professional ranks.
LPGA Tour legends come to New Hampshire. New England golf fans may purchase tickets for the 2010 Handa Cup, a Labor Day weekend Solheim Cup-style tournament featuring legends of the LPGA Tour. The festivities at Wentworth By The Sea CC (Rye, N.H.) begin Thursday, September 2 with a pro-am event, followed by Friday’s practice rounds. Official rounds involving 2011 Solheim Cup captains Rosie Jones and Alison Nicholas and their respective teams. The U.S. squad will include Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez and recently retired LPGA star Meg Mallon, who will tee off on Saturday and Sunday. Click here if you would like to volunteer, here to buy tickets ($15 per day and $50 for a four-day pass), and here for more information. Proceeds go to the First Tee of New Hampshire.
New Hampshire’s top male amateurs tee it up. While Massachusetts amateurs knocked it around at Myopia Hunt Club in this week’s Mass. state am, Josh Kibbe (The Overlook GC) shot a 1-under 70 in the opening round of the men’s New Hampshire State Amateur Championship. The 36th-hole, stroke-play qualifying precedes match play at the New Hampshire state am, which began July 12 and runs through July 17 at Eastman Golf Links (Grantham).
Juniors galore. The top juniors in the country will tee it up next week in the American Junior Golf Association’s (AJGA) Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity event at the widely acclaimed Rees Jones-designed Golf Club of Cape Cod in Falmouth. Niney-nine girls and boys ages 12 through 18 will play the 54-hole, stroke-play tourney July 19-July 22….Forty top juniors will move up the road and over the Sagamore Bridge to Old Sandwich GC (Plymouth, Mass.) for the Canon Cup from July 26-July 29. The best 10 girls and top 10 boys from east of the Mississippi River will compete in an East vs. West team match-play event. Golfweek ranks the par-71 Old Sandwich layout at Number 13 on its list of Best Modern Courses.
Get your yips out. Top golf instructor Jane Frost will host a presentation by author and sports psychology consultant, Dr. Debra Crews, at Sandwich (Mass.) Hollows GC on July 15. The talk begins at 6 p.m. and will cover such subjects as confidence, concentration, managing emotions, and scoring under pressure. Cost is $95. For more information, contact Jane Frost Golf School or call 508-367-4030.
Driving for a Cure. The fourth annual Driving for a Cure golf tourney to support families affected by breast cancer will be July 19 at Stow (Mass.) Acres CC. Registration fee ($125) includes greens fees, cart, breakfast, lunch, and more. Proceeds support The Ellie Fund, which provides support services to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer in Massachusetts and their families.
Sterling National reopens. Following its purchase of Sterling (Mass.) National Country Club in May, the Jan Companies reopened the formerly private course for public play. The company, which bought the 243-acre property at auction for $4.2 million and unlocked the doors July 1, planned to return the club to its private status next year, Janice Mathews, vice president of the Jan Companies told Boston Golf Examiner. In the meantime, golfers may play the course for $75 on weekdays and $85 on weekends. Greens fees include carts.
Massachusetts women’s state am. Registration for the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts (WGAM) Amateur Championship and President’s Cup close July 22. Click here to register for the event, scheduled for August 2-August 5 at Charles River CC (Newton).
Links golf at its best. If you’re a fan of links golf, now is the time to take advantage of discounted greens fees at Newport National Golf Club (Middletown, R.I.). The spectacular Orchard Course offers lush fairways, native fescue grasses, and speedy greens, as well as magnificent ocean views. New weekday walking rates start at $45 after 1 p.m. Click here for more information, or call 401-848-9690.
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