Player of the weekMegan Khang. In four previous appearances, the 15-year-old phenom from Rockland had never advanced beyond the first round of match play at the US Girls’ Junior. All she did last week in Fort Wayne, Ind., was win four matches, moving into the semifinals before finally losing, 2 and 1, to eventual champion Gabriella Then of Upland, Calif. Khang is playing this week at the Junior PGA Championship, in Potomac Falls, Va., and has qualified for next week’s US Women’s Amateur in Charleston, S.C.
Generous offerAnyone who has followed the career of Sergio Garcia knows that the Spaniard has won — and lost — many fans by the actions and words he’s produced, both on the course and off. Well, here’s a reason for everybody to pull for Garcia. He announced that, starting with this week’s Bridgestone Invitational and running through the Tour Championship, he will donate money for every birdie and eagle he makes at a PGA Tour event to the local First Tee program in the area. That means the First Tee of Massachusetts will benefit from Garcia’s play at the Deutsche Bank Championship over Labor Day weekend. He’s promised to donate $1,000 for every birdie, and $2,000 for every eagle. Fans can join the cause and donate to Garcia’s campaign at www.together.pgatour.com.
We’ve known for a few months now that the inaugural US Amateur Four-Ball Championship and US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship will make their debuts in 2015. Now we know where. The US Golf Association announced this week that the men’s event — 128 two-man teams — will be held at the Olympic Club from April 30-May 6, 2015, with the women’s tournament (64 teams) the same dates at Bandon Dunes. The 2016 sites are Winged Foot for the men, and Streamsong, a new 36-hole public resort in Florida, for the women.
Quote of the week“Obviously, it is tougher to play under pressure than without the pressure. This is what I love to do, and if the pressure is something that comes with playing good golf, that’s something a professional golfer has to handle.” — Inbee Park, who is attempting to become the first player, male or female, to win four professional major championships in the same year at this week’s Women’s British Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews. Park already has wins at this year’s Kraft Nabisco, LPGA Championship, and US Women’s Open.