Golf Plus | Bobby Jones' British Course closed for sod replacement


Bobby Jones Golf Club's British Course is closed temporarily so that new sod can be planted on all the greens. The course is expected to reopen in time for the Women's Better Ball tournament, scheduled for Oct. 10-11.

The new grass is diamond zoysiagrass, which is known for tolerating high traffic and shady conditions.

The British Course hosts the Sarasota Men's City Amateur annually, which has seen past champions such as Sarasota's Joey Lamielle and Bradenton's Paul Azinger claim the title before launching a professional touring career.

IMG Academy alum Cheng-Tsung Pan soared to the top five on the Canadian PGA Tour's money list following last week's Wildfire Golf Club in Ontario. Pan tied for third place with a 20-under par 268 total, and scooped up $10,150 (Canadian). That places him No. 4 on the money list, with a roughly $3,600 cushion over Michael Letzig, who is No. 6.

The top five players on the money list at the end of the season earn 2016 Tour status. There are just two tournaments remaining this season to pick up the Tour card, beginning with the Cape Breton Celtic Classic in Nova Scotia this week.

Lakewood Ranch alum Seath Lauer missed the cut last week, and ranks No. 52 on the money list with two events to go.

Bradenton's Mika Liu and Nelly Korda are representing Team USA in next week's PING Junior Solheim Cup at the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany. The two IMG Academy golfers are part of the 12 players making up Team USA to face Europe in the biennial competition.

Team USA has won the last three events, and Korda's older sister, LPGA Tour star Jessica Korda, played on the 2009 team that started the current winning streak.

The action takes place Monday and Tuesday next week.

Jessica Korda, also from Bradenton, is in the field for the final LPGA Tour major this season, the Evian Championship. Korda starts the tournament, which begins today in France, at 12:58 p.m. (local time) off the No. 10 tee.

Korda has earned more than $230,000 this season, ranking 51st on the LPGA Tour money list. Since winning the Kia Classic in March, Korda has missed six cuts, which includes missing the cut in all three previous majors: the ANA Inspiration, U.S. Women's Open and RICOH

Women's British Open.

-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer