WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – On second thought, it is time for the LPGA to form a Solheim Cup task force. It’s time to bring together the best and brightest minds in the American women’s game to figure out a way to persuade Juli Inkster to captain the United States team for a third consecutive time. Inkster sounded guardedly open to a possible return when asked after the Americans defeated Europe 16½ to 11½ Sunday, a victory that made Inkster and Judy Rankin the only captains to lead the Americans to victory in back-to-back Solheim Cups, but . . . “I don’t want to go there,” Inkster said. “I would love to do it, but I think there are other people in line that deserve the chance, but I’ll be there with some hugs.” Now that’s a problem that needs to be immediately addressed. No offense to Pat Hurst and Sherri Steinhauer, major champions with winning records in multiple Solheim Cup appearances, logical as potential next ups, but Solheim Cup stock takes a big dive if Inkster doesn’t return. Dottie Pepper would bring star power, if somehow, some way, she was in consideration, which seems highly doubtful, given the hard criticism she has delivered on this generation of American players, and her insistence that her interests continue to lie elsewhere. Nancy Lopez would also bring star power, if she’s interested in a return engagement as captain, after being an assistant to Inkster the last two Solheim Cups, a role that has kept Lopez in touch with today’s players, but she isn’t in that line Inkster’s talking about. Inkster is specially qualified and gifted to keep growing the Solheim Cup’s brand. Gerina Piller said it Sunday. Inkster’s a “freaking rock star.” Solheim Cup: Articles, photos and videos On the Solheim Cup stage, she really is. Inkster’s the total package. She has the record and resume as one of the all-time great American players. She’s smart, tough and personable, with a heavy dose of good humor, traits that work in the team room and the media center. At 57, she’s still an active player, a mother of two grown daughters who connects so powerfully with the age groups playing the Solheim Cup. The Solheim Cup’s just better with Inkster out front. The American players are better, too, and not just inside the ropes. Inkster’s such a great model of how American players should approach the game. So, the challenge here is persuading Inkster that the American effort needs her again, the women’s game needs her again. And that’s the thing: As a Solheim Cup captain, Inkster would sit in a uniquely influential position within women’s golf, a position of potentially expanding influence. She sounded Sunday like she could grow into that expanded role. We heard it with her advocacy of the women’s game, with her outspoken disappointment in the slights she sees women enduring. “I’m going to say it right now, and I probably shouldn’t say it because I already said it, but I just don’t understand how all these companies get away with supporting PGA Tour events and not supporting the LPGA,” Inkster said. “It makes me a little upset, because I think we’ve got a great product. We deserve our due.” There’s more good that Inkster can do for American women with two more years in a leadership role, a role she could take to yet another level. Ultimately, this will come down to a vote. The last three Solheim Cup captains, the LPGA commissioner, the LPGA president and the chairman of the LPGA Board of Directors will vote on who will be the next captain. It seems like a no-brainer, if somebody can convince Inkster she isn’t taking someone else’s turn. That’s the challenge getting her back.
UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand, Warren Haynes has extended his socially distant run of shows at Morris, CT’s South Farms to include five total dates. Following the first two dates on September 12th and 13th which quickly sold out, Haynes and special guest/Gov’t Mule bandmate Danny Louis will perform three additional shows at the outdoor CT venue on October 1st, 8th, and 15th. Tickets for the newly added shows go on sale on Tuesday, August 1st here.As Haynes noted about his newly extended “Twilight Concerts On The Farm” run,Like everyone else I’ve been jonesing to play live in front of an audience but was in no hurry to thrust myself, or my audience, into the wrong situation. After speaking with some friends who just played at South Farms and had great experiences, I was ready to move ahead. Due to the quick sellout of the first two shows, we’ve decided to add some more since the venue is close to home and I don’t foresee hitting the road anytime soon. I’m looking at these added October shows as our “Fall Tour.” The opportunity to play multiple nights, along with Danny, who I’ve been playing music with for well over 20 years, is especially exciting and full of amazing possibilities. [8/25/20]: Warren Haynes has announced that he will return to the stage on Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th at South Farms in Morris, CT with Gov’t Mule bandmate Danny Louis as part of the venue’s “Twilight Concerts on the Farm” series, which was created with both safety and the overall concert experience in mind and at the forefront.As Haynes’ team explained in the shows’ announcement,For those of you not keeping score, it will have been over 6 months since Warren last performed publicly. For these 2 special shows, Warren will be joined by his Gov’t Mule bandmate Danny Louis during portions of each night’s 2 set performance. Saturday’s show will start at 7p (gates at 5p), while Sunday’s times will be an hour earlier allowing for, hopefully, a perfect sunset performance. Located on over 10 acres of manicured farmland, the venue boasts a beautifully structured grid layout, adhering to public health guidelines while still maintaining the intimacy of live concerts. The vast spacing and outdoor conditions (open air) help reduce potential transmission and encourage social distancing.Concertgoers can purchase an 8’x8’ grid which is surrounded by an additional Social Distance Grid along with aisle spacing. Each Grid is designed for two guests and is offset to maximize stage view, and each ticket grants entry to two people. Grids cannot be merged and it is required to watch the performance from your designated area. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets for comfortable seating and enjoying the farm field. Outside food and beverages are prohibited. Food trucks and a full bar will be available on site.The shows will comply with the most current health and safety standards per state regulations and local jurisdictions in order to protect guests, artists, crew and staff. Face masks are mandatory when entering, exiting, and traveling throughout the venue to restrooms or concession areas. Masks are not required while in Guest Grid, however in accordance with Executive Order No. 7NNN: “Effective immediately, any person in a public place in Connecticut, whether indoors or outdoors, who does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering.”Hand sanitizing stations will be dispersed throughout the venue. High-touch areas such as door handles, counter surfaces will be regularly and consistently disinfected throughout the show. Restrooms will be cleaned and restocked regularly throughout the show. Everyone entering the venue, including guests, artists, crew and staff will be health checked including a temperature check and short questionnaire. Masks and gloves will be available upon request. Per State order, the venue has a reduced capacity of 25% – making tickets extremely limited.An artist pre-sale for tickets to the outdoor Warren Haynes shows with Danny Louis in Connecticut will begin on Wednesday, August 26th at 9 a.m. ET. To access the pre-sale, head here and use the code “OLDFRIEND”.For a full list of upcoming shows at the Morris, CT venue, head here.
HELENE SUYDAM Aug. 3, 2020In the early morning hours of Aug. 3, 2020, Los Alamos lost a revered resident. Helen Suydam passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 100.Helene was born in 1919 to William Herzberg and Arilla Starkey in Philadelphia, PA. Her childhood was spent in Honolulu, San Diego, and the Panama Canal Zone as her father was transferred to different Navy assignments. When she reached high school age, Helene attended St. Margaret’s girl’s boarding school in Virginia, and from there she went to Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania for a degree in mathematics. A bout with scarlet fever kept her from finishing a graduate degree at Brown University, but she recovered and took a job at the Naval Proving Ground at Dahlgren, VA, in 1942. With her mathematical background she worked on projects to determine artillery trajectories and test proximity fuses. She helped develop the Norden bombsight that was used for high altitude bombing in World War II and was the principal sighting instrument used on the Enola Gay.While at Dahlgren, Helene met her future husband, Bergen (Jerry) Suydam, and the two were married in August of 1946. At the Naval Proving Grounds at the same time was Naval Reserve Officer Norris Bradbury, who recruited the young theoretical physicist and his new wife for Los Alamos. They arrived in 1947 and lived for several months in a room in the Big House, a remnant from the Los Alamos Ranch School, until they could move into a house being built in Western Area. In the late ‘50s Helene and Jerry moved into the house on Bathtub Row that had been occupied by Robert Oppenheimer during the Manhattan Project. When property was offered by the government for private ownership, the Suydams bought the Oppenheimer House. At the time of her death, Helene had lived there for 63 years.Helene hosted many visitors and dignitaries through the years—authors, Nobel laureates, celebrities, artists, and LANL directors—and she understood the sense of awe they all felt upon stepping into her famous living room. She and her husband appreciated the remarkable history of Los Alamos, and that appreciation motivated them to donate the Oppenheimer House to the Los Alamos Historical Society through a living trust agreement that allowed them to live in the house as long as they could. This donation will long be appreciated by a grateful community and visitors from all over the world.Helene enjoyed hiking, participation in the Investment Club and her Bridge Club, serving as a docent and supporter of the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Palace of Governors, as well as volunteering for tax assistance at the Senior Center. She was an avid traveler and had visited Europe, Mexico, and Greenland.Helene was predeceased by her husband, Jerry; her sister, Ruth Ashton; and nephew Daingerfield Ashton Jr. She was a beloved aunt to Sarah Hooe Ashton of Charleston, SC; great aunt to Rebekah (Bobby Moss) Ashton of Seattle, WA, and Rachel Ashton (John Watson); and great great aunt to Suzanna and Ava Moss, Johanna and Amelia Meana, and Ashton Watson.