The fate of
Sharp Park GC
will be delayed
Williams said other documentary
subjects are on the table. Plans also
are in the works to upgrade the digital presentation of the museum on
USGA.org and USGAMuseum.com.
Even Nicklaus, 72, is eager to see
how the film turns out. “You look
back, and you don’t even remember
some of these things until you see
them again, and it jogs your memory,”
he said. “I’m sure through this documentary I’ll see some things … I think
it’s going to be kind of fun. It’s only
been a couple of years.” —Dave Shedloski
winning producer Ross Greenburg,
formerly of HBO, is rectifying that
with the production of its first film:
“1962 U.S. Open: Jack’s First Major.”
The one-hour documentary premieres in the U.S. at 2 p.m. EDT, June
17, on NBC prior to the final round of
the 112th Open at Olympic Club.
The film, which debuts internationally June 10 on Sky Sports and is
presented by Royal Bank of Scotland,
is part of a long-term strategic plan
to “expand the brand” and “
virtualize” the museum at Golf House, which
underwent a three-year renovation
completed in 2008.
“We have great stories to tell, and
while it’s nice to build a world-class
exhibit, we always knew there’d be
a time to use our resources in more
impactful ways to expand the reach
of the USGA and the museum,” said
Robert Williams, the USGA’s museum director. “When we looked at
specific stories, we felt nothing comes
close to that historic U.S. Open.”
Fate of Sharp Park won’t
be decided until autumn
�� The legal wrangling over the fate
of Sharp Park GC, the embattled
municipal course in Pacifica, Calif.,
owned by the city of San Francisco,
will pause until the fall.
Federal judge Susan Illston on
April 26 ordered a stay on a lawsuit filed by environmental groups
who want to close the 1932 Alister
Mackenzie design because they
claim it harms the endangered San
Francisco Garter Snake and the
threatened California red-legged
frog. Illston also issued a stay on
the city’s request that the plaintiffs’
lawsuit be rejected.
Illston’s ruling postpones a trial
about the future of Sharp Park until
a biological assessment has been
completed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. “The Court will review updates
on the progress of the FWS consultation and, if by October 2012 a Biological
Opinion has not issued or plaintiffs’
claims are not otherwise mooted or
resolved, plaintiffs may move to lift the
stay,” wrote Illston. —Bill Fields
01Jason Dufner wins for the first ime, beating Ernie Els in a playoff at the Zurich Classic.
Dufner got pretty excited about the victory.
Instead of a wave he tipped his hat to the
02 Els’ silver lining: He’s now 40th on the World Ranking, likely
making him exempt for the U. S. Open.
If Ernie (above) could ever climb to 40th in
strokes gained/putting, watch out.
03 Luke Donald moves back to No. 1 on the ranking with a
third-place finish in New Orleans.
Being No. 1 at a major championship is what
Donald really needs.
04 Stacy Lewis wins for the first ime since the 2011 Kraft Nabisco.
It wasn’t a major, but holding off Lexi Thompson in Mobile, Ala., was impressive nonetheless.
05 U. S. Open applications close with more than 9,000 entrants.
And they said masochism is dead.
06 LPGA Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak sidelined indefinitely with a
To not have her in the U. S. Women’s Open at
Blackwolf Run, where she won in 1998, would
be a shame.
07 Javier Ballesteros, Seve’s son, finishes T- 14 in his pro debut in a
minor-league event in Spain.
The significance of the son teeing it up
where his dad first played as a pro was lost
on no one, Javier especially.
08Bandon Dunes’ 13-hole par- 3 course opens May 1.
Thirteen holes? Guess owner Mike Keiser
Gary Faulhaber, erie, Pa.
09 Saying he’s “mentally exhausted,” Masters champion Bubba
Watson returns to the tour at the Zurich.
Major championships bring major