The Presidents Cup at the Golf Club of Dublin

The Presidents Cup at The Golf Club of Dublin

This post was written by U.S. Captain Fred Couples and is published as a part of a series of Captain’s Blogs on www.presidentscup.com.

I just returned home from an eventful week of Presidents Cup activities. It started off with a trip to the White House with International Team Captain Nick Price. We got to spend about 20 minutes trading stories with Presidents Obama in the Oval Office and even rolled a few putts on the putting green near the Rose Garden. Nick and I did our best to convince the Honorary Chairman of The Presidents Cup 2013 to attend the matches in October, and maybe play 18 with us at some point this year!

From there, I flew to Ohio to play in the Memorial Tournament for the 22nd time in my career. As a former champion of the event, I appreciate everything tournament host Jack Nicklaus has done to make Muirfield Village Golf Club one of the special places to play on the PGA TOUR. The gold course is always in amazing condition, and with the new expanded clubhouse and facilities, I have no doubt Muirfield will be a spectacular setting for The Presidents Cup later this year.

Also last week, I was thrilled to name on of my good friends, Davis Love III, as an assistant captain to the 2013 U.S. Team. A veteran of more than a dozen Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups as a play or captain, Davis will be a tremendous asset to the team, and I look forward to working with him and returning assistant Jay Haas.

Nine of the top 10 players in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings played the Memorial Tournament. I had the opportunity to play with or visit with many of those guys and get better acquainted with some others looking to play their way onto the team. Matt Kuchar, a regular on Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup teams over the last few years, won going away and moved to second in the U.S. standings as captain, that’s always a great result to see.

Automatic qualifying for 10 of the 12 roster spots on the U.S. Team will be finalized at the end of the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship, with my two captain’s picks to follow on September 4. I look forward to the home stretch of qualifying as the excitement builds for The Presidents Cup at Jack’s place.

See you in October!

Fred

Thanks to Jack Nicklaus, the PGA Memorial AND some amazing local golf courses, Dublin is often recognized as “Ohio’s Most Prestigious Golf Address.”   So we are honored, once again, to host 99 of the nation’s top junior Golfers during the Columbus Junior, presented by the Memorial Tournament July 12-15 at The Country Club at Muirfield Village.

2010 marks the sixth consecutive year of this American Junior Golf Association event.  Junior golfers from Ohio and across the country will compete during a 54-hole stroke play event. A shotgun practice round will be held Monday, July 12 at 8 a.m.  First-round play will begin Tuesday, July 13, with first-through final-round tee times running from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. off the Number 1 tee at The Country Club at Muirfield Village.  An awards ceremony will immediately follow the final round. 

During the tournament week, some of the top juniors participating in the event will also take part in the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament Monday, July 12. The Junior-Am will be an 1:30 p.m. shotgun start at The Country Club at Muirfield Village.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel. This event promises to showcase the skills of some outstanding young golfers and–with free admission for guests–could provide inspiration to some local youngsters.

For more information, visit the AJGA website at www.ajga.org.  

-Post by Mary

Dublin, Ohio hosts the Memorial Golf Tournament this week – our city’s largest and most recognizable annual event. Most golf fans will start following this year’s tournament, which will have the top 10 money winners on the PGA tour participating, on Thursday morning when the first round begins.

Having three young children, our fun starts on Monday with the first of three days of practice rounds. Watching practice rounds is great way to get up close to these great players in a very relaxed atmosphere. I don’t even mind bringing my 5-year-old daughter – who has the tendency to be a little loud at times. The players are great, they will sign autographs during their practice round, giveaway golf balls, gloves and even stop and talk to the kids.

If you are looking for some other things to do with the kids prior to the start of the Tournament, make sure you also visit Safari Golf Club on Wednesday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. for the junior clinic.  And, one last tip – remember that kids under the age 12 with an accompanying adult can attend the Tournament all week long for free.

-Post by Scott

Now that central Ohio has received roughly a billion inches of snow, I have decided to start pretending it’s May already. Sure, snow was fun when I was seven and building awesome forts in my front yard, but at this point in my life, I feel about snow the way I feel about bouncy castles: fun for three

PGA Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio

 minutes, but after that it’s just tiring and potentially dangerous.

That’s why I’m happy to announce that I’ve set my sights on an event not-so-far in the future, when the snow will have melted, shorts season will be in full swing, and thousands of visitors and residents alike will be enjoying some serious golf: The Memorial Tournament, of course!

I’m happy to announce the Buy a Badge, Bring a Friend for Free promotion:

Every badge you purchase to this year’s Memorial Tournament will afford you a week’s worth of the best that golf – and golf’s Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus – have to offer.  Plus, bring a friend to a practice round day of their choice, at no extra charge (a $30 value).

Order your Memorial Tournament badges by April 15, 2010 for your exclusive shot at this exceptional benefits package:

  • $25 Gift Card – $25 worth of purchasing power for food, beverages and merchandise throughout Tournament week
  • Complimentary Golden Bear Signature Club Membership – Receive members-only benefits including a custom lanyard, exclusive prize drawings, Memorial Tournament e-News and much more.
  • Flexible Payment Plan – Conveniently pay for your ticket order in two installments

Get in on this amazing offer by April 15, and you’ll be looking forward to summer even more than you are now! See you at the links. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of a green summer.

– post by Kelly