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SBD/July 8, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Editorial Calls For USGA To Distribute Even Prize Money In Men's, Women's U.S. Opens
Published July 8, 2013
SENIOR CIRCUIT: GOLFWEEK's Forecaddie wonders why there is no U.S. Senior Women's Open despite the USGA creating the U.S. Senior Open in '80. USGA Managing Dir of Communications Joe Goode said, "It is our current professional assessment that such an event is not a viable championship at this time." He cited the finances needed in "sustaining an event," including landing a "host site to underpinning a purse to televising the golf." He also noted a USGA concern is "whether such an event would attract a deep-enough field." Former LPGA member Jane Blalock, who has been campaigning for a U.S. Senior Women's Open since the '90s, said, "We'd just like the opportunites to shoot down the USGA's concerns" (GOLFWEEK, 7/5 issue).
NUMBERS GAME: In Winston-Salem, Scott Hamilton writes the "table is set" for Park to win her fourth straight major next month at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at St. Andrews and a "massive marketing campaign should be revving its engine." But the LPGA in '10 "decided to elevate the Evian Masters to major-championship status," giving the Tour five official majors. If Park wins at St. Andrews, will she have "completed the Grand Slam, or will one pin remain standing?" ESPN's Judy Rankin said, “If Inbee should be able to do this at St. Andrews, it’s a grand slam to me and I think a grand slam to the vast majority of people in golf" (WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL, 7/8).