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Teeing It Up for September 4

U.S. Golf Association/ Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews

Event: Walker Cup

Site: Southampton.

Schedule: Saturday-Sunday.

Course: National Golf Links of America (6,986 yards, par 72).

TV: Golf Channel (Saturday-Sunday, 4-6 p.m., 8:30-10:30 p.m.).

Format: Team match play. Saturday, four morning foursomes (alternate-shot) matches and eight afternoon singles matches; Sunday, four morning foursomes matches and 10 afternoon singles matches.

United States: Max Homa, Michael Kim, Jordan Niebrugge, Patrick Rodgers, Nathan Smith, Justin Thomas, Michael Weaver, Todd White, Cory Whitsett, Bobby Wyatt. Captain: Jim Holtgrieve. Homa, Rodgers and Weaver played in this year’s Porter Cup Tournament at the Niagara Falls Country Club.

Britain and Ireland: Matthew Fitzpatrick, England; Nathan Kimsey, England; Gavin Moynihan, Ireland; Max Orrin, England; Kevin Phelan, Ireland; Garrick Porteous, England; Rhys Pugh, Wales; Neil Raymond, England; Callum Shinkwin, England; Jordan Smith, England. Captain: Nigel Edwards, Wales.

Last matches: Britain and Ireland won 14-12 in 2011 at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland for its first victory since 2003. The U.S. leads the series 34-8-1.

Chip shots: The matches, first played in 1922 at National Golf Links of America, are named in honor of former USGA President George Herbert Walker — President George H.W. Bush’s grandfather and President George W. Bush’s great-grandfather. … Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Amateur last month to become the first English champion since 1911. He’s a freshman at Northwestern. … Homa won the NCAA individual title this year as a senior for the University of California, where he teamed with Kim and Weaver. … Thomas, Whitsett and Wyatt led Alabama to the NCAA team title. Moynihan is a Crimson Tide freshman. … Niebrugge, a sophomore at Oklahoma State, won the U.S. Amateur Public Links and Western Amateur this summer. … The 35-year-old Smith played on the United States’ winning teams in 2009 and 2011. … At 45, White is the oldest player in the event. … Pugh was 3-0 in the 2011 matches. He’s a junior at East Tennessee State. … The 2015 matches will be played at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s in England.

Online: http://www.usga.org

Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews site: http://www.randa.org

PGA Tour

Next event: BMW Championship, Sept. 12-15, Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, Ill.

Last week: Sweden’s Henrik Stenson won the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday at TPC Boston to take the FedEx Cup lead. Steve Stricker was second, two strokes back.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

Champions Tour

Event: Montreal Championship

Site: Sainte-Julie, Que.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: La Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club, Rouville Course (6,789 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.6 million. Winner’s share: $240,000.

TV: Golf Channel (Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-3:30 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-3 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Monday, 1-3 a.m.).

Last year: Mark Calcavecchia won on the adjacent Vercheres layout, matching the course record with a final-round 64 for a four-stroke victory.

Last week: Rocco Mediate ran away with the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta, for his second victory in his first Champions Tour season. Mediate shot 63-64-64 for a seven-stroke victory. At 191, he matched the tour record for a 54-hole event.

Chip shots: The tournament is in its second year at the Vallee du Richelieu complex after two years at Fontainebleu. The Rouville Course reopened this year after renovations. … Mediate also won the Allianz Championship in February in his first start on the 50-and-over tour. Online: http://www.pgatour.com


Next event: Evian Championship, Sept. 12-15, Evian Masters Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France.

Last week: Norway’s Suzann Pettersen won the Safeway Classic for the second time in three years, taking advantage of Yani Tseng’s final-round collapse.

Online: http://www.lpga.com

Area holes-in-one

Steve Beattie, on the 157-yard ninth hole at Elkdale, with a 7-iron.

Don Collins, on the 161-yard 13th hole at Gowanda, with a 5-iron.

Andrew Green, on the 174-yard 12th hole, at Beaver Island, with a 5-iron.

Harry Henshaw, on the 170-yard third hole at Tri-County, with a 7-iron.

Andrew Pappano, on the 195-yard fifth hole at River Oaks, with a 5-wood

Adam Patronik, on the 173-yard second hole at Orchard Park, with a 7-iron.

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