Welcome to the first edition of the WPPL sports blog, The Sports Section. Here you will find a variety of information about sports, athletes, and coaches, plus interesting news from the wide world of sports. If you are looking for library materials about sports, we have a broad range of formats to choose from - look for the call (Dewey) numbers 796-799.
TEE IT UP!
Even though the weather in northeast Ohio has been unseasonably mild, the chances of being able to get in a round before the winter weather finally takes over are unlikely, due to the soggy conditions caused by our record-breaking year of rainfall in 2011. As an alternative, you can catch a golfing event on TV almost every weekend from now until late in the fall.
The PGA kicked off its year with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii. The tournament finished on Monday, Jan. 9, with Steve Stricker taking the top spot. Next up is the Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. From there the action moves to stops in California, Mexico, Florida, and Texas, while we northerners wait for the spring thaw.
The Grand Slam tournaments are already being mentioned on TV, so here are the basics on those four:
The Masters: Augusta National Golf Club, April 5-8, defending champion - Charl Schwartzel.
The U.S. Open: The Olympic Club, San Francisco, June 14-17 (final round is always played on Father's Day), defending champion - Rory McIlroy.
The Open Championship: Royal Lytham & St. Anne's Golf Club, St. Anne's, England, July 19-22, defending champion - Darren Clarke.
The PGA Championship: Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina, August 9-12, defending champion - Keegan Bradley.
The other tournament of note for 2012 is the Ryder Cup, being played at the Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Illinois, from Sept. 25-30; defending champions - Europe. The team captains are Davis Love III for the United States and Jose Maria Olazabal for Europe.
Besides the PGA Tour, there is the Champions Tour (for professionals 50 years of age and older), the LPGA Tour (Ladies Professional Golf Association), the European Tour, and the Nationwide Tour (for developing PGA players).
For more information on the tours and tournaments, or to get a head start on your golf game, check out the golfing section at WPPL - starting at call number 796.352.
Featured book of the month:
500 Best Tips Ever!: Simple Techniques to Help You Improve Your Game and Shoot Lower Scores (by GOLF Magazine)
"The top 100 teachers in America have you covered with the single largest collection of fixes, drills, and tips ever offered from GOLF Magazine. From the tee box, the fairway, around the green and all points in between, these time-proven lessons show step-by-step how to instantly improve your swing and hit the shots you need to make more birdies and keep trouble at bay."
(796.3523 F565 - currently in the New Books section of the Reading Room.)