Next month's PGA Senior Franklin Quest Championship will have a new look after 12 years at Jeremy Ranch.
The $500,000 tourney will be played Aug. 13-15 at Park Meadows Golf Course in Park City.According to Bob Betley, who was in town earlier in the week to promote the tourney, his fellow Senior professionals are happy about the change.
"Trevino has indicated he might be interested now that it's at a different golf course. I think it will be a home run," said Betley, who lost in an 8-hole playoff last year to Orville Moody.
Tourney officials are crossing their fingers about getting a few more big names committed.
So far they're counting on the likes of Dave Stockton, Billy Casper and Al Geiberger to draw a crowd. Trevino, Isao Aoki and Tom Weiskopf remain possibilities, while Chi Chi Rodriguez, Arnold Palmer and Ray Floyd are definite nos.
Oh, and don't look for Jack Nicklaus to play, even if it is on the golf course he designed.
DRIVING LONG: Two former national long drive champions will be in town for the Utah State Long Drive Contest Thursday at Mick Riley Golf Course.
Trick-shot artist Wedgy Winchester, who won in 1984 and Art Sellinger, who won in 1991, will put on a clinic at 4 p.m. right before the finals at 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Anybody, pro or amateur, may enter the contest, which begins at 9 a.m., if they want to pay $15 for six balls. The top eight finishers will qualify for the district qualifying next month also at Mick Riley.
HONESTLY, PETER: Peter Jacobsen may have been the highlight for many fans at last week's Junior League Exhibition that included Arnold Palmer, Tom Kite and Mark O'Meara. Jacobsen was the most entertaining on the course as well as in the clinic when he had fans in stitches with his amusing impersonations of fellow professionals.
When asked if he has a better appreciation for the press after being a media person himself for a few years as a TV analyst, Jacobsen had a surprising answer.
"I have a growing distrust of the media, especially the print media," he said. "They're trying to get more into sensationalism and trying to highlight things that are bad about players. It's too bad because it's getting away from the essence of what we're trying to do - to promote the game of golf and make money for charities. The press needs to be more positive."
Hmm, I always thought our job was to be honest, whether the news is positive or negative.
TRUE PUTTS: Recently I tried out a new putter made by a local company, which claims to have "the most accurate putters made."
The Tech-Line Corporation of Jackson, Wyo., used math and physics to find the optimum weight distribution in the putter head and thus get the correctly placed sweet spot. It also invented a putting machine similar to the "Iron Byron" which the USGA uses to test irons. Not surprisingly, the Tech-Line putter finished first, ahead of Ping, Slot Line and Bullseye putters.
The Pro Series model I tested seemed to be pretty accurate and might help those who yearn for straighter putts. But it still doesn't solve the problem no putter invented can solve - hitting the right distance every time.
STAY WARM: Among the participants at next week's British Open will be Provo's Dan Forsman, who will not only be making his first appearance at the Open, but his first appearance in Great Britain.
Forsman talked to Ian Woosnam at the U.S. Open to get a few tips about playing there. And what was Woosnam's sage advice?
"He told me to bring lots of sweaters," said Forsman.