Crooked Stick may hook more majors

July 25, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

CARMEL, Ind. -- Crooked Stick Golf Club, site of five major championships in the past dozen years, is likely in line for more of them.

"A club has to issue us an invitation to hold a championship, rather than us asking a club if it has such an interest," David Fay, U.S. Golf Association executive director, said Friday.

"For instance, some new clubs have shown championship interest, but instead we'd like them to host regional or sectional-type events. We'd like them to pay their dues, so to speak."

Crooked Stick, designed by Pete Dye in the mid-1960s, fits this mold. There have been numerous area events, plus four USGA championships here: the 1982 U.S. Junior, the 1983 U.S. Senior Amateur, and the 1989 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 1991 PGA Championship.

The USGA's 1994 and most of its 1995 Centennial year schedule is set, and the U.S. Open is confirmed through 2000, except for 1998.

"We have completed many of the details for '98, and we will probably be able to announce that site this fall," Fay said.

He said there is no set rotation for the championship, citing such new sites as Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 2 in 1999.

"Among the things we have to consider, especially for the men's Open, is to get the best course possible, given the time of year [mid-June]," Fay said.

"With all but one of our championships requiring contestants to walk, a club needs good green-to-tee routing.

"Regionalization, or need for a major market are not primary concerns.

"The Senior Open has been held 14 times in 12 states, with such markets as New York, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver and Portland, Ore., yet the most successful one was last year's at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem, Pa."

For the next three years, the Senior Open will be at Pinehurst, N.C.; Congressional CC in Bethesda; and Canterbury CC in Cleveland.

The Mid-Amateur goes to Hazeltine National GC in suburban Minneapolis next year and to Caves Valley GC in 1995. That year, Woodholme CC also will be used for on-site qualifying.

* Fay reported that more than half the USGA-member clubs are of public orientation and that, as the number of member clubs increases, so does the number of individual members, who join as a response to a direct mailing campaign.

What's in a name?

When the Crooked Stick construction began, it was nameless.

One day, one of the original five who started the project was walking the property with designer Pete Dye, who was idly swinging at stones with a stick he had picked up.

It occurred to the member that the game of golf must have had its informal beginnings just that way -- a boy, a shepherd's crook, a stone, and the smell of an open field. The Crooked Stick name was submitted and approved in April 1965.

Tournaments

* There are 80 teams for tomorrow's Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Assistant championship at Lansdowne (Va.) Resort.

* A field of 69 boys and 10 girls will play in the Maryland State Golf Association Junior championships tomorrow at Lakewood CC, and 60 players will be in the Baltimore City Juniors at Mount Pleasant GC.

* There are 12 entries for the three available places when U.S. Women's Amateur qualifying is held Tuesday at Columbia CC.

* Regional qualifying for the annual Rums of Puerto Rico National Club Pro-Am will be held Aug. 9 at Hunt Valley GC.

* Entries close Wednesday for the USGA men's and women's Mid-Amateur championships.

* Entries are open for the Maryland State Seniors, due Sept. 3, at Baltimore CC.

Scholar athlete

Doug Dollenberg Jr. of Timonium, a member of Bucknell's golf team, has been chosen an NCAA District 2 Academic All-American. The Patriot League's scholar-athlete for golf has a 3.9 grade-point average in civil engineering.

This week's schedule:

Today--Baltimore City Amateur, Bonnie View CC, 1 p.m. Tomorrow--Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Assistant championship, Lansdowne (Va.) Resort, 7 a.m.; Maryland State Juniors, Lakewood CC, 8 a.m.; Baltimore City Juniors, Mount Pleasant GC, 8 a.m. Tuesday--Jimmy Flattery tournament, Hunt Valley GC, 8 a.m.; USGA Women's Amateur qualifying, Columbia CC, 9 a.m.; Women's Golf Association, Maryland Golf & CC and Chartwell CC, 9 a.m. Wednesday-- Jimmy Flattery tournament, Hunt Valley GC, 8 a.m. Thursday--Jimmy Flattery tournament, Hunt Valley GC, 8 a.m. Friday--Jimmy Flattery tournament, Hunt Valley GC, 8 a.m.; Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Am, Poolesville GC, 8 a.m.

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