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Spieth, St. Andrews combination should make for special Open Championship

Posted on 30th June, 2015 / Source: Brad Ziemer, Guest Contributor

A few observations as we head into July. And by the way, hasn’t it felt like July for about two months now?
It seems fitting that Jordan Spieth will attempt to secure the third leg of the Grand Slam this month at the home of golf, the Old Course at St. Andrews. What better setting for what figures to be one of the most intently watched Open Championship in recent memory.

Spieth is great for the game. The 21-year-old Texan seems to be as good a person as he is a golfer, which of course is really saying something. You have to think that Spieth’s dramatic U.S. Open win at Chambers Bay will help him at St. Andrews. There were lots of strange bounces on the hard and fast links layout at Chambers Bay and there figures to be plenty more of those at St. Andrews.Spieth will be under immense pressure at St. Andrews, but I have no doubt he will handle it well and would not be surprised to see him in the thick of it come the final round. Imagine the buzz around next month’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin if he happens to win.

Rub of the Green
Lots has been said about Chambers Bay and, of course, not all of it was good. Let’s start with the positive: the course produced some incredible drama and a finish that had everyone talking. But it’s a shame the United States Golf Association didn’t have the greens in better shape. The USGA had several years to get them right and couldn’t do it. I played Chambers last August and the greens were a mess then. Several of them were partially covered with mats and one hole had a temporary green. Everyone could see this coming. Everyone but the USGA. If the course is ever going to get a second chance to play host to a major, it’s going to have to do two things: solve the problems with its greens and make the course more spectator-friendly. I heard from a number of B.C. folks who headed south to take in a round or two and were disappointed by how little golf they were actually able to see.

Amateur Hour
July is a big month on the B.C. amateur golf scene. The B.C. Women’s Amateur, the Junior Boys and Girls championships and the B.C. Amateur will all be played this month. The B.C. Amateur goes at Fairview Mountain in Oliver. And yes, B.C. golf legend Doug Roxburgh, a 13-time winner of the event, will be there. This will be B.C. Amateur No. 49 for Roxburgh. He’s made the cut in all but one of them.

Chip Shots
Media Cup 2014Last month, a whole bunch of PGA of BC club pros raised a substantial amount for ALS research by holding golf marathons throughout the province. It’s yet another reminder of the wonderful charity work that is done on golf courses.

And finally, my ‘major’ gets played this month. The GolfBC Media Cup goes at Furry Creek and Nicklaus North. I’d like to say my game is ready, but it’s not. (GolfBC note: in photo, the 2014 Champions: the Journalists, led by captain Brad Ziemer)


Brad ZiemerArticle by Guest Contributor Brad Ziemer, as featured in the June 2015 edition of the GolfBC eNews. Brad Ziemer covers the B.C. golf scene for the Vancouver Sun. He received Golf Canada’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013 and was also named the PGA of British Columbia’s Patron of the Year in 2013...

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