The First Tee has reached its 25th anniversary and is healthy, thriving, serving youth in 150 chapters.
Joe Louis Barrow Jr He was the catalyst for the World Golf Foundation’s golf education and life skills initiative and was appropriately honored last week at First Tee’s Network Summitt in Dallas.
Barrow, who captained the first tee from 2000 to 2017, received the organization’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the last PGA Tour commissioners, Jay Monahan And the Tim Finchem, Who launched the first TT in 1997.
Barrow’s passion for First Tee and its values were such that Monahan revealed an internal pseudonym.
said Monahan, who is also chairman of First Tee’s board of directors for the umpires. “Joe drove to many strengths, but perhaps his greatest asset was ensuring that children remained at the center of every decision.”
With Barrow’s direction, First Tee has created its own Life Skills and Leadership Academy, which in 2021 will be renamed the Game Changers Academy in honor of Joe Louis Barrow Jr.
In addition to assisting young people with academic support and life skills training, it also addresses the challenges adolescents face in their daily lives including issues of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“I am really humbled by this recognition,” Barrow said. “And I am incredibly proud of the positive impact First Tee has made over the years. This would not have been possible without my dedicated teammates, coaches, branch staff and supporters who believed in our mission.”
The LPGA is seeking the top $100 million
The LPGA’s purses for the 2023 season will break the $100 million mark for the first time in history, an 18 percent increase from last season and more than double the total purses in 2013.
The 33 official events will fund a total of $101.4 million, but the LPGA Commissioner believes there is an opportunity for players to make even more.
“I think it’s a milestone, not a goal,” he said. Molly Marco Simon During a press conference last week at the Tiburon Club in Naples, site of the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship which he won Lydia Ko.
“I think it just symbolizes the next level of development for the Tour. But I don’t feel like we’re done. We feel like there’s been a lot of investment in the women’s game and we’re excited about that.”
CME Group CEO is not happy
Simeon, the Bar Commissioner for the past 18 months, has two fires to put out despite the good news about Portfolios 2023.
Golfweek.com’s Beth Ann Nichols reported last week that the CEO of CME Group Terry Duffy He is exasperated that not a single player in the field of 60 in last week’s tournament bothered to attend the sponsor’s dinner on Tuesday night.
Unaware of this, Daffy orders that the house lights be turned on in the banqueting room for the guests to applaud the players.
Nobody stands except for the servers.
Duffy handed the largest winner’s check in LPGA history, $2 million to Koe, out of a total purse of $7 million, the largest this year except for three of the five major championships.
Understandably, Daffy took the offensive.
“It’s an embarrassment for a company of this size and an embarrassment for me personally,” Duffy told golfweek.com. “I am exceptionally disappointed with the LPGA leadership. They better work together because they are going to lose people like me to things like this.”
Simeon was at dinner and said she was going to mend the walls.
“There has never been a bigger supporter of the LPGA than the CME group and Terry Duffy,” Marco Semaan told Golfweek on Friday. “Obviously, there was an outage, and it’s my responsibility to make sure that doesn’t happen. So on this particular matter, I take full responsibility as the leader of the organization to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
Simeon is also working to fend off rumors that LIV Golf may attempt to form a women’s tour. She was already resisting.
“The ripped golf environment is not good for anyone,” she said.
The off-season schedule begins
All of the major professional tours have either ended their seasons or in the case of the PGA Tour, they are now on hiatus through January.
However, there will be some compelling golf in December.
The first off-season event is the World Champion Challenge from December 1-4 at The Albany, in the Bahamas. Host Tiger wood He will play, his first start since the British Open, alongside Scotty Scheffler, John Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Colin Morikawa And the Billy Horschel from Ponte Vedra Beach.
QBE Shootout, a two-player team event at the Tiburon Club in Naples. Teams will be announced at a later date but the field will include Horschel, Kevin Kisner, Max Homma, Steve Stricker, Brian Harman, Keith Mitchell, Harris English and LPGA players Lexi Thompson And the Nelly Korda.
The PNC Championships concludes at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando in the off-season. John Daly and his son John Jr., Whoever plays Arkansas, is the defending champion. They beat Woods and his son Charlie Two drops in the last year.
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