Tom Kite has named a club pro, Dennis Satyshur, the director of golf at Caves Valley in Owings Mills, Md., to be his assistant at next year's Ryder Cup at Valderrama, in Sotogrande, Spain. Satyshur, a former Duke quarterback who played mini-tour events with Kite in 1972, says he's not a co-captain but rather a part of the support team. "Tom didn't try to glamorize it," Satyshur says. "I'll do whatever needs to get done—stuff like slipping notes under hotel doors to remind the players which uniform to wear. Tom will be under a lot of pressure. With 12 guys so used to being independent, he needs somebody who can take care of the details. I'm a guy he's comfortable with."
Same Old Act
The new John Daly has been acting suspiciously like the John Daly of old. Since his British Open title defense at Royal Lytham, where he mailed it in on Sunday with a 77 to finish 67th, Daly has missed four straight cuts, starting with the Dutch Open, in which he shot an abysmal 89 in the second round. At the Canadian Open, Daly opened with a 75, then showed up minutes before his Friday-morning tee time, going straight from his car to the 10th tee. He shot 77 to miss the cut.
The last time Jerry Kelly grew a goatee was before the 1995 Nike Buffalo Open, which he won. Three weeks ago, mired in a slump and ranked 109th on the PGA Tour money list, Kelly again grew some stubble around his mouth and chin. Bingo! He finished second at the Greater Milwaukee Open, earned $129,600 and jumped to 62nd on the money list, which guaranteed his exempt status for 1997. "Now I get to shave it," Kelly says. "It served its purpose, and it's going back into the closet to wait for the next time I need it."
The Short Game
Hurricane Fran's path of destruction missed the venues of some upcoming events: Pinehurst (N.C.), where greens on the No. 2 course are being restored for the 1999 U.S. Open; Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (Lake Manassas, Va.), site of this week's Presidents Cup; and Tanglewood Park ( Clemmons, N.C.), which will host the Vantage Championship on Sept. 27-29. Trees were downed—about 400 of them at Pinehurst—but no major damage was reported. The Charleston, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach areas of South Carolina, hit hard by Hurricane Hugo in 1989, were unscathed as Fran hit just south of Wilmington, N.C....
Emilee Klein is not happy about being left off the U.S. Solheim Cup team that will play Europe next week in Chepstow, Wales. "Neither Brandie [ Burton] nor Beth [Daniel] has won in the past year," says Klein, the winner of back-to-back tournaments last month. "I've talked to Judy [Rankin, the U.S. captain, who made Burton and Daniel her wild-card selections], but there are a lot of unanswered questions in my mind. I understand Judy thinks the crowds over there are tough, but I just won [the Women's British Open] and I've played in matches like that. I don't think Judy realizes how tough I am at 22."