Beyond Golf — 12 October 2014 by Bob Sherwin
Foursome Forecast: Golf – in full swing!

One: It doesn’t seem like it should be possible, but here we are in mid-October and all three professional golf tours have a tournament scheduled for this week. The wrap-around PGA season continues with the Shriners Hospital for Children Open on its 2015 schedule, beginning Thursday. The Champions will be in North Carolina for the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, starting Friday. And the LPGAers have moved from China to Malaysia to this week, South Korea, for the Hana Bank Championship. The women won’t be back in the States until mid-November, also not particularly golf season.

Two: Every day this week there’s going to be at least one baseball playoff game. And the way the playoffs have gone, that’s a treat. Games have been tense, dramatic and compelling with the Kansas City Royals emerging as the popular underdog. The Royals, trying to get to the World Series for the first time since 1985, are up two games to none on Baltimore in the best-of-seven American League pennant series. And they Royals will have the next three games at home, beginning Monday night. St. Louis, with a dramatic walkoff home run Sunday, have evened their series with San Francisco at one win apiece. That NL best-of-seven series swings to the Bay Area beginning Tuesday. Tuesday and Wednesday will be double-header nights.

Three: There are two really good matchups this week in the NFL involving really good teams. The first is Cincinnati at Indianapolis Sunday morning. They each lead their division and it appears both are quality enough units to at one point possibly meet again in the playoffs. The other great matchup is San Francisco at Denver Sunday night. Peyton Manning is going for the all-time passing touchdown record of Brett Favre (508). Manning has 506. The 49ers are just trying to show that they belong among the elite teams.

Four: Two teams of some questionable quality will be able to show exactly what they’ve got Saturday when No. 5 Notre Dame goes to No. 2 Florida State. This is the toughest test for the Irish through the rest of the season. They will play a couple more ranked teams but none better than this one. A victory here and they could be headed to the final four. FSU, which has basically cupcakes the rest of the way – no ranked opponents – is in the same position. A win here and the Seminoles could cruise to the year-end chaos. For West Coast viewers, they will be treated to No. 23 Stanford at No. 17 Arizona State. Also Saturday, No. 14 Kansas State is at No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 21 Texas A&M is at No. 7 Alabama.

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Bob Sherwin

Bob grew up in Cleveland, an underdog city with perennial underdog teams, and that gave him an appreciation and an affinity for the grinders in golf, guys such as Rocco Mediate, Jhonattan Vegas and star-crossed John Daly. This is the 41st year for Bob as a sportswriter, the first 34 working for newspapers throughout the west, Tucson (Daily Star), San Francisco (Examiner) and Seattle (Times), and the past seven years as a freelancer. He has covered just about every sport, including golf tournaments, Tucson Open, Bing Crosby/AT&T Pro-Am, the 1998 PGA Championship, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the annual Champions Tour Boeing Classic. He also writes articles for golf magazines. For most of his 20 years at the Seattle Times his primary beat was the Mariners. He then picked up Washington men's basketball in the winter. He also was the beat writer for the Sonics, including 1996 when they played the Bulls for the NBA title. After a lifetime hacking on public courses, he finally gave in and joined a country club in 2011, the Members Club of Aldarra near Seattle. He won't win the club championship any time soon with his 15 handicap and default-swing slice but he does have a pair of aces – 37 years apart – and in 2009 came agonizingly close to his ultimate golf goal of scoring in the 70s when he finished with an even 80. He lives in Seattle, and spends part of his winters in Marco Island, Fla.

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