The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 1:00 am


Pro-scratch invite won in sudden death

Staff, news services

Eric Steger and Kenny Cook won the National Pro-Scratch Invitational at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, defeating Ron Philo and Jeff Doty in a sudden-death playoff Tuesday.

Both teams had finished the two-day event, using a best-ball format between an amateur and professional, at 14 under.

Steger and Cook were 6 under Tuesday, while Philo and Doty were 8 under.

The team of Michael Davan and Sean Rowen placed third at 12 under, including a final round of 8 under. Andy Winings and Drew Shafer were fourth at 11 under, after going 7 under Tuesday.

Steger, who played at Ball State, has been a pro since 2012 and played 11 events this year on the Korn Ferry Tour, which is one tier below the PGA Tour. Cook finished fifth this year at the Indiana Amateur Championship.

There were myriad familiar pros in the event, including Chris Smith, Scott Pieri, Justin Hueber and Mitch Rutledge, all of whom hail from northeast Indiana.

Auto racing

Gaunt Brothers, Suarez part ways

Daniel Suarez, who landed a ride two weeks before the season-opening Daytona 500, will not return to Gaunt Brothers Racing next season and is seeking a new team for the third time in three years.

Bourdais to be back with Foyt

Sebastien Bourdais will return to IndyCar with A.J. Foyt Racing in a full-time job for 2021 that begins with the final three races of this season. Bourdais, a four-time champion, had been scheduled to split the No. 14 at Foyt this season with both Tony Kanaan and rookie Dalton Kellett. Bourdais, who was supposed to drive the first three races of the season, has yet to turn a lap in competition.


Air quality forces postponement

The two-game series between the Giants and Mariners in Seattle scheduled to start Tuesday night was postponed because of poor air quality caused by the West Coast wildfires. While the air quality seemed to be improving somewhat, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said both teams, Major League Baseball and the players' union were all in agreement about the decision to postpone.


Nurse extended

Nick Nurse would have been in the final year of his contract next season. The Toronto Raptors weren't about to let that happen with their coach. Nurse and the Raptors announced a multiyear extension without divulging the terms. In his two seasons with Toronto, Nurse won the 2019 NBA championship and led the Raptors to more wins than any team.


LPGA event cut to 54 holes

The LPGA Tour's Portland Classic set for this weekend in Portland, Oregon, has been reduced to 54 holes because of poor air quality caused by wildfires that have been burning across the West. The course and practice facilities at Columbia Edgewater Country Club remained closed Tuesday and today's pro-am has been canceled. The air quality in Portland has been at dangerous levels because of the wildfires in Oregon, Washington and California.


Capitals hire Laviolette

Peter Laviolette was hired as coach of Washington, which hopes to harness his ability to quickly take a team to the Stanley Cup Final in what could be the final few years of their championship window.

City natives hired by Panthers

Fort Wayne's P.J. Fenton, who had been an amateur scout with the Minnesota Wild, has moved to the Florida Panthers. P.J.'s father, Paul, who had hired his son when he was general manager of the Wild, also joined the Panthers as a senior advisor to the general manager, Bill Zito.


Radio host fired over tweet

Dan McNeil is out at Chicago radio station WSCR-AM 670, a day after a tweet in which the host compared ESPN sideline reporter Maria Taylor's attire on “Monday Night Football” to that of an adult film awards show. McNeil's “tweet, and its degrading and humiliating tone to a fellow female broadcaster, was unacceptable,” Rachel Williamson, Entercom Communications regional president wrote, offering an apology “to all who were offended by Dan's words, especially Maria.”

Mackey Arena to be polling place

Mackey Arena in West Lafayette will serve as a polling place on Election Day, the Boilermakers and the Tippecanoe County Board of Elections announced. The facility will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 14 for on-campus early voting and again from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 3, for day-of voting. The vote center, which will consist of 10 voting stations Oct. 14 and 15 stations Nov. 3, will be open to Purdue faculty, staff, students and all visitors.

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