By Mike Dudurich, Freelance writer and host of The Golf Show on 93.7 The Fan Saturday mornings from 7-8 AM – Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeDudurich
There is constant chatter from “experts” about the health of golf on all levels. And that chatter is warranted on the grass roots level as public courses and lower-level country clubs struggle to keep their doors open.
At the game’s highest level, such is not the case. The best players in the world, the PGA Tour and all that surrounds it are flush with goodness.
If you hadn’t realized that, all you needed to do was watch this year’s major championships.
Professional golf has turned a page. It is now in the hands of young superstars that fans of the game can actually like as people instead of just admire for their accomplishments on the course.
Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day are the real deal, having now won five of the last six majors. They are the new Big Three, but there’s nearly a dozen other young very good players who make the game as strong as it ever was.
It’s been quite a while since fans around the world began the wait for next year’s Masters feeling as good as they do right now.
Golf’s ruling bodies should be as thrilled as fans are. The game, at its highest level, is at a great level and has shined brightest at the biggest moments of the year.
Sunnehanna Country Club edged St. Clair Country Club by a shot to win the Jamison Cup Inter-Club Finals at the Old Course at Bedford Springs. It was the first win for the Johnstown-area club in the Jamison, which debuted in 1990.
The medalist in the event was Upper St. Clair’s David Brown, who posted rounds of 71-68. Not bad for a 52-year-old who made nine birdies in the two rounds. Brown, a three-time West Penn Amateur champion, is not only one of the good guys, but he obviously still has what it takes to play at a high level against all competition.
Sewickley Heights Golf Club is hosting the 2015 Pennsylvania State Amateur/Senior/Super Senior Championship this week.
After stroke play qualifying on Monday, the rest of the week will be match play with final matches scheduled for Friday.
Among those competing are Carol Semple Thompson and Connie Shorb, two of the mainstays in women’s amateur golf in Pennsylvania for decades.
Coming up soon on the local West Penn calendar is U.S. Senior Amateur sectional qualifying. Twenty-two players will battle for one sport in the field Sept. 26-Oct, 1 at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Twp., New Jersey.
Congratulations to former long-time Allegheny Country Club head professional Roy Vucinich and his son, Kevin, for their first win in the 92nd Father & Son Championship at Allegheny Country Club.
The posted a 67 to win by a pair of shots over the teams of Arnie Cutrell and Arnie Jr., Ben DuCarme and Rich, and Casey and Casey Courneen.
Here’s a stat to ponder as the wait begins for the 2016 Masters in April.
The winning score in this yearís four majors was a combined 58 under par.
Jordan Spieth’s combined score in those four championships was 54 under.
How good does the future of professional golf look to you right now?