Par for the Course: Migration to LIV Tour continues to climb


The LIV Tour continues to attract renowned personalities.

David Feherty left NBC to become a commentator for LIV events. He’s a master golf storyteller who can make humorous remarks about almost anything. The LIV Tour obviously offered him a lot more than he did with NBC, which a few years ago gave Fenerty a big raise to leave CBS.

Bill Kennedy, golf columnist

There’s a report that sports commentator Gary McCord is set to join the LIV Tour broadcast team.

Then there’s the 48-man field for the July 29-31 LIV event, currently being played in Bedminster, New Jersey on that facility’s 36-hole Donald Trump course. This writer played on it, and it’s a beautiful piece.

Jason Kokrak and Henrik Stenson make their LIV Tour debuts. To do that, Stenson had to step down as captain of the European Ryder Cup team, which must have been a huge decision. Paul Casey is another veteran golfer who has agreed to play on the LIV Tour.

Stenson’s move, in particular, shows that in golf, the big bucks do the talking.

Financial support for all of this comes from Saudi Arabia, which has a public investment fund.

A review of the LIV Tour roster revealed that there are plenty of relatively unknown players who have signed up to play. Probably half of this list includes players you’ve never heard of. But there are some pretty well-known names among the 48 who play at Bedminster, and not all of them are past their prime.

In addition to a signing bonus (Phil Mickelson received $200 million), each golfer has a chance to win a championship prize of $4 million. Once again, this proves that money speaks to professional golfers, just as it speaks to ordinary people.

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Turner Highlands’ Ruby Haylock (70-72-77—219) won the Maine Women’s Amateur Championship July 19-21 in Portland, to no one’s surprise.

Four other members of Turner Highlands were among the 46 players who made the Women’s Amateur Cup. Heidi Haylock (85-82-80—247) was ninth, while Morgan Dutil (82-87-83—252) was 17th. Jade Haylock (94-88-84—266) tied for 31st and Alex McCormick (91-87-90–268) tied for 33rd. Congratulations to Turner Highlands for becoming a premier women’s golf course.

Other players from the region who made the cut were: Carol Burnham of Martindale (89-83-92-264), who was 28th, Micki Meggison of Spring Meadows (90-88-90-268) tied for 33rd and Martindale’s Danielle Rock (94-86-89—269), who tied for 37th.

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Turner Highlands continued its dominance of women’s golf in the state at Dutch Elm on July 26-27 at the Maine Junior Championship.

Ruby Haylock (77-77—154) ran away with the Women’s crown 16-18, while her sister, Jade Haylock (87-80—157), won the title 14-15 with her “teammate” Turner Highlands Alexis McCormick (85-85—170) finishing second.

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The Maine State Golf Association is hosting its mixed championship on Sunday in Fairlawn.

The Match Play Invitational will take place August 1-3 in Falmouth.

The Men’s Play Days will take place August 1 in Martindale and August 5-6 in Lakewood. The Women’s Play Days will take place on August 2 at the Fogg Resort and in Norway.

Bill Kennedy, a retired golf writer and editor from New Jersey now residing on Lake Thompson in Otisfield, is in his 10th season as the Sun Journal’s golf columnist.


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