golf

USGA 'Play 9' Initiative Makes Golf More Accessible

May 12, 2016
Emily Stock / 90.5 WESA

The average time it takes for a golfer to complete 18 holes is about four hours and 11 seconds. For busy families, four hours of play isn’t an option. In an effort to make the sport more accessible and inclusive, the United States Golf Association has created the initiative “Play 9.” With only nine holes, the hope is to cut time on the course in half and encourage players to come out and enjoy the sport without the long commitment. From the Bob O’Connor Golf Course in Schenley Park, we’ll chat with avid golfer Councilman Corey O’Connor and Allison Vartabedian, of the USGA.

Megan Fair / 90.5 WESA

Carnegie Science Center visitors can check out the USGA's "American Golf History-Coming To Life" experience in Highmark Sportsworks. We'll talk with Eric Steighner about the custom golf simulator that allows visitors to try hitting a golf ball with period-specific clubs from the 1930's to the modern era.  

Celebrating Oakmont's Love Affair With The U.S. Open

May 6, 2016
Krzysztof Urbanowicz / flickr

The U.S. Open golf tournament has been held at Oakmont Country Club eight times, more than any other course. Why does the U.S. Open keep coming back to Oakmont? And what are some of the great moments that have happened there. We'll talk with USGA historian Victoria Student who is also bringing the U.S. Open trophy to our studio.

Is Social Media Hindering the Business of Golf?

Jun 3, 2014
Easy Being Greener / Blogger

Golf has been described as a “good walk spoiled.”

The rise of Tiger Woods brought an increased interest in the sport along with a new generation of fans in the early part of the century. However, recent stories from CNN and Bloomberg news report a declining interest in the game.

Business contributor Rebecca Harris, director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, looks at the business of golf.

According to the National Golf Foundation, more than 400,000 players, mostly men, left the sport last year. This may be attributed to the wicked winter weather on the east coast delaying the start of the game.

Golf club and gear sales also declined due to the new technology being phased into the sport, which older players may be slower to pick up. But Harris believes that another form of technology has had a negative effect on the sport as well. 

Adam Lazarus

Forty years ago, in 1973, a week after Secretariat won the third leg in racing’s Triple Crown, another great sporting event took place. The finish of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club is considered by some to be one of the greatest golf rounds ever played.

What About Bob? Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak

May 31, 2013
Bob Dvorchak / Sports n'at

With the Penguins extended playoff run, Pittsburgh businesses are getting an extra influx of cash. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak talks about the business perks of chasing the cup and some interesting rule changes in store for golfers who use the long putter aka belly putter.