Stories for November 2002

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Saturday, November 30

2002: A search for golf’s great secret

Is there a secret of golf? It’s an expression that you most likely have used on a variety of occasions, including at dinner after a great round.

2002: The quest to strike a balance

Balance is critical in all sports, and golf is no exception.

2002: Professors of the green

In the spirit of listmaking, here are the nine best teachers who ever ate a vegetarian lunch at my kitchen table, listed alphabetically.

2002: More than a paper tiger

Ireland’s Smurfit, a Euro golf powerbroker, eager to host 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club

2002: Golf, a versatile game, proves a lifesaver

Golf can be so many things. It sort of depends on who you are and what you are all about.

2002: Caretakers of the North

Canadians preserve, present their treasured Rocky Mountains

Friday, November 29

2002: Business - Nike irons aim for broad appeal

Nike Golf executives are confident that they have accomplished two feats which, they say, few others can pull off.

2002: Business - Retailers welcome conclusion to COR confusion

To the end of the COR confusion that had stifled their business for nearly three months, retailers uttered a collective good riddance.

2002: Business - Cautious clubmakers OK with decision

Golf equipment companies that had erred on the side of caution were pleasantly surprised by the Aug. 6 announcement regarding spring-like effect.

2002: Business - TaylorMade, Callaway take the biggest hit

Two industry giants, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf and Callaway Golf, stand to be affected the most by the Aug. 6 ruling on spring-like effect.

2002: Senior Tour - Irwin adds to senior supremacy

Following 20 victories on the PGA Tour, Hale Irwin turned his sights to the Senior PGA Tour in 1995. So far, it has provided a pretty handsome pension plan.

2002: PGA European - Lawrie survives 36 in fine fashion

Even after a victory that was about as comfortable as it gets in professional golf, Paul Lawrie was exhausted.

2002: PGA Tour - Tiger tuneup: TKO of Toledo

At the Buick Open Aug. 11, Esteban Toledo went toe-to-toe with the biggest heavyweight of them all – Tiger Woods.

2002: LPGA - Europe tabs Nilsmark as ’03 captain

Sweden’s Catrin Nilsmark was to be named European Solheim Cup captain Aug. 14 for the 2003 match to be held in Barseback, Sweden.

2002: LPGA - At Turnberry, Webb takes the fifth

Karrie Webb's exploits in women’s golf equal Woods’ in the men’s game, but she has achieved a feat even Woods will never accomplish – win five different major titles.

2002: Newsmakers - The Dawson Effect

At R&A exec’s urging, ruling bodies unify against high-COR drivers

2002: Perspective - Pinehurst: The premier Open layout

Achenbach’s U.S. Open top 10

2002: Perspective - What if Earl hadn’t gone to ’Nam?

Jeff Rude sprays it off the tee

2002: Business - Interest high on Hogan Apex Tour ball

The early consensus is that Spaldin's new ball will indeed create something of a stir.

2002: Business - Nike aims to improve customer service

With Tiger Woods winning majors, a new ad campaign running and a host of products shipping to retail, Nike Golf is operating on all cylinders – well, almost.

2002: Business - Treetops Resort acquired

Instructor Smith leads group purchase of Midwest complex.

2002: PGA European - Hansen needs OT for 1st title

First it was Anders Hansen to the winner’s circle. Now, it’s Soren Hansen.

2002: Senior Open - Clark gets competitive fix with low-amateur medal

If pride is what Bob Clark was seeking, he scored all he could hope for at the 23rd U.S. Senior Open.

2002: LPGA - A Golden moment for Annika

This time, Kate Golden couldn’t stop Annika Sorenstam. Neither it seems, can the rest of the LPGA.

2002: PGA Tour - Make it a double for Mattiace

Len Mattiace had a mistake-free day. Glen Hnatiuk, however, had plenty of errors.

2002: Competition - Wood again stands tall at Pinehurst

If you don’t believe May Wood has major game, ask the folks at Pinehurst Resort.

2002: Newsmakers - King of the Valley

Don Pooley makes Open his first Senior Tour victory.

Saturday, November 16

2002: A mysterious, yet fashionable fellow

Only Clubman is not actually a man. Rather, he is a brand, of hair tonics, talcum powders and after-shave lotions that fill the locker rooms of clubs everywhere.

2002: Destination - Colors of Cozumel

One golf course and a spectrum of action

2002: Ellis’ fast climb exceeds even her goals

Having been roughed up in a rookie season in which she missed as many LPGA cuts as she made in 2001, Australia’s Michelle Ellis established modest goals at the outset of this season.

2002: Pettersson finds European zone

He doesn’t live in Europe anymore, but Carl Pettersson’s sterling 2002 season had him feeling right at home on the PGA European Tour.

2002: Positive prognosis

Healthy Kuehne roars up rankings

2002: Nothing silly about ‘offseason’ cash

They call it the Silly Season, or at least they used to. It now is called the Challenge Season, and perhaps a new name is justified, because there was nothing silly about the cash earned by two of golf’s biggest names at these year-end exhibitions.

2002: As if by magic, Tour’s slate solidified

In July, it looked as if the PGA Tour would have to toss in the towel on its attempts to salvage a full 2003 schedule.

2002: Bump in the road for Mizuno

Iron reign over, but company confident in new initiatives

2002: Golfweek Preferred - Practice should be Routine

It is impossible to underrate the importance of having a consistent, goal-oriented practice routine.

2002: Swede ends super season in style

Annika Sorenstam was as good at the finish as she was at the start.

2002: Less pressure on European foursome

While some players do not have a place to play in 2003, Germany’s Alex Cejka, England’s John Morgan, and Swedes Carl Pettersson and Richard S. Johnson are among those fortunate golfers who have two choices.

2002: Martin falters with poor final nine

Casey Martin is a living, breathing metaphor for golf. His life reflects the turmoil, the struggle, the emotion, the disappointment, the joy that are undeniable elements of the game.

2002: Q-School: Tortures and trials

The PGA Tour’s Q-School was a torture test that doubled as a golf tournament. Never before have so many golfers been eaten alive. I think the tournament director was named Hannibal Lecter.

2002: Green light

Surviving infamous Q-School pressure special to 1st-timers, Tour veterans alike

2002: Player of the Year - What next?

After a remarkable year in 2001, we wondered if Annika Sorenstam could top it. Incredibly, she did. But now, even she says 2002 was ‘probably as good as it gets.’

2002: Skeptics can go take a leap

Skeptics will tell you golf is in trouble.

2002: Two quit Augusta; Times becomes story

The tentacles of the golf story that dominated 2002 reached from Augusta, Ga., to Washington on Dec. 9 when the White House announced that Treasury Secretary nominee John W. Snow intended to resign his membership in the Augusta National Golf Club.

2002: Golfweek Preferred - Wedges are friends

This is a story about everybody’s new best friend, the wedge.

2002: Cyber tempest over GCSAA board’s Ryder Cup trip

Travel perks provided to four board officers of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America have sparked a cyber protest among the group’s membership.

2002: Dick’s golf success fuels IPO effort

Dick’s Sporting Goods won’t be able to avoid the spotlight much longer.

2002: Perspective - One last garden party

This quaint, charming village deep in the Georgia pines is a place where PGA Tour players love to get away from it all.

2002: Business - FootJoy tightens grip on glove market

FootJoy is making the best of the situation in the glove category – mostly at its competitors’ expense.

2002: Business - Drapeau: Clubmakers ‘tricked’

Callaway addresses USGA and retail concerns.

2002: Huffy gains new life with Gen-X

The $55 million merger between Huffy Corp. and Gen-X Sports has been completed.

2002: Business - Audubon impact felt at courses

For Ron Dodson, president and CEO of Audubon International, converting golf course developers and owners into environmental stewards has become his life’s calling.

2002; Callaway blames economy, USGA for 3Q woes

A battered U. S. stock market, fretful consumers and a struggling Japanese economy were just some factors that conspired against Callaway Golf Co. and caused its net sales to drop 18 percent during the third quarter.

2002: Business - Brothers in Harmony on shafts

United Sports Technologies has tapped the golf swing expertise of the Harmon brothers – Butch, Dick, Craig and Billy – to develop a line of graphite shafts for tour-caliber players.

2002: Here’s a great place to fiddle around

An educated guess would project 2002 sales for Fiddler’s Green at $9 million to $10 million.

2002: N.Y. investors acquire Golfsmith

Golfsmith International Inc. has sold a majority interest in its retail operation to First Atlantic Capital Ltd. – a New York-based private investment firm that specializes in acquiring and growing mid-size companies.

2002: Golf People - Unlikely pioneer

For 90 minutes, I watched Suzy Whaley game over nine holes from the most revealing vantage point in the business – as her caddie.

2002: Golf ‘missionary’ makes Iranian pilgrimage

As the need for diplomacy in the Middle East increases, perhaps an unexpected source has been found: Golf.

2002: Secrets to smashing success

What a joke – I, the puffball hitter supreme, acting as if I know the first thing about driving a golf ball long distances.

2002: Raters get art lessons at Ocean Course, Cassique

60 Golfweek course raters gather.

2002: Take heart: Proper breathing easy

Whenever you see a player interviewed on television after winning a tournament, especially if it’s for the first time, at some point the player invariably will talk about breathing and how it kept him or her relaxed.

2002: Media - USA’s new studio show: Clean slate to berate

Despite all the hellish indictments I deliver in this space, I do admire the way performers actually get up before the camera and face the inevitable insults.

2002: Amateur - U.S. rallies for World Amateur title

The U.S. team overcame a three-shot deficit to France thanks to D.J. Trahan at the World Amateur Team Championship.

2002: Unknown outblasts Daly, other big boys

The longest hitter in the world is a javelin thrower who turned to golf just three months ago.

2002: Women’s World Amateur: Tiebreaker goes to Aussies

The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship came down to three shots – the difference between Australia’s and Thailand’s No. 3 players.

2002: Buy.com Tour - The flip side

Tour finale: Tales of wonder and woe

2002: Ironman Quigley solidifies season

The Senior PGA Tour’s most durable performer continues to hit shots, collect checks and earn victories. Dana Quigley was at it again Oct. 20 winning the SBC Championship at Oak Hills Country Club.

2002: LPGA - Pak frees mind in freezing wind

The conditions were brutal and the pressure even more intense than usual, but Se Ri Pak found a rather cosmic way to win.

2002: No match: Els maintains Match Play hold

There was a time when Gary Player practically owned the Cisco World Match Play Championship. These days it belongs to another South African superstar.

2002: Ranch Club offers yearlong gift

The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Mass., is offering a unique holiday gift for the avid golfer.

2002: Links 2003: Upgrades galore

Links 2003 has many of the upgrades necessary to keep pace with its competitors.

2002: From mad to magic for Burns

Funny, but it wasn’t until Bob Burns was on his way out of Las Vegas Oct. 11 that he decided to roll the dice.

2002: Senior PGA Tour - Weather doesn’t hinder Watson

Tom Watson knows how to play in bad weather. Five British Open titles prove that, and now so too does the Senior Tour Championship.

2002: PGA Tour - Byrd bounces closer to Masters

A fortuitous bounce off the back of his wife-to-be was about all the help Jonathan Byrd needed in the final round of the Buick Challenge Oct. 27. The rest he did on his own.

2002: Female golfers file discrimination complaint

Three female golfers have filed a legal complaint against Coatesville (Pa.) Country Club, alleging that the club denies female members full-voting privileges and weekend tee times during men’s tournaments.

2002: Newsmakers - Wongluekiet twins bound for Florida

Aree and Naree Song Wongluekiet are heading to the University of Florida next fall – even if only for a year.

2002: NCAA proposals could end fall season

Division I men’s and women’s golf coaches hope to amend some of the changes being considered by the NCAA regarding playing and practice time for student-athletes.

2002: Newsmakers - Growth on display at First Tee meeting

By any measure, The First Tee is gaining momentum.

2002: Mirabel: High end of the High End

Mirabel, a “private golf community” in north Scottsdale was born in controversy.

2002: Newsmakers - Capt. Sutton calls for Ryder passion

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton sounds as if he’ll start at the top by working on Tiger Woods.

2002: Our Opinion - The First Tee growing stronger

Tod Leiweke remembers when the fledgling First Tee program was based in a utility trailer at PGA Tour headquarters, and doubled as a "will call" ticket pickup location and a bathroom.

2002: These rules of golf really mean something

One issue many people have with the official rules is that they are much more geared to serious tournament play than the weekend games.

2002: California traffic and innovative chatter

Don Wood, a senior designer for Cleveland Golf, is tooling down a series of California freeways. The more he gets stuck in traffic, the more he chatters.

2002: Caddies in the loop more than bag-toters

Sad to say, but most golfers today will go through their lives (i.e. “playing careers”) without knowing the joys of caddying.

2002: Aronimink’s inspiring rebirth

Among the many joys of being an itinerant student of architecture is seeing a golf course brought back to proper form. Consider the case of Aronimink Golf Club, 12 miles west of downtown Philadelphia.

2002: Augusta State-ment made at Preview

When Josh Gregory was named as men’s golf coach at Augusta (Ga.) State University Sept. 16, he wasn’t sure what to expect or what response he would receive from the Jaguar players.

2002: Match-play mettle: Thompson wins 24 in row

The latest chapter in Thompson’s illustrious career will read four consecutive USGA Senior Women’s Amateur championships.

2002: Kite gets ‘W’ without ‘A’ game

When you’ve played golf as long as Tom Kite has, sometimes you have to just hang in there. Sometimes you win with the ‘A’ game, sometimes you don’t.

2002: Ridings’ dream within reach

If Tag Ridings earns a PGA Tour card for 2003 at next week’s Buy.com Tour Championship, the turning point might have been a week off in mid-August.

2002: Surf and turf

Oahu: Ocean spray and places to play.

2002: Out of the shadows

Germany’s Alex Cejka earned his fourth PGA European Tour title Oct. 13, but victory was hardly a familiar feeling.

2002: Sorenstam again meets match in Pak

Se Ri Pak has stopped another Annika Sorenstam streak.

2002: LPGA Tour - Card-clinchers

Lovander leads LPGA qualifiers, but Marti misses

2002: Against all odds

Trailing by five strokes at the start of the final round, Phil Tataurangi didn’t think he had a chance to win the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas.

2002: Survey points to First Tee satisfaction

Joe Louis Barrow will have an impressive story to tell when The First Tee celebrates its fifth anniversary Oct. 24-26 during the organization’s annual meeting at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.

2002: Lopez says farewell to full-time competition

Her week at the Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions said a lot about Nancy Lopez. The 48-time winner wanted desperately to be competitive to the very end.

2002: Thatcher survives the Bayonet

Roland Thatcher finished at 5-under 283 to beat two-time Australian Open champion Aaron Baddeley (final-round 71) by two strokes.

2002: Irwin adds to island success

Hale Irwin birdied the first playoff hole Oct. 6 at the Turtle Bay Championship, beating McCord to win the event for the third consecutive year.

2002: BBC an ear-opening experience

You don't want to be without a radio at the Ryder Cup at The Belfry.

2002: Harrington’s glorious run

Padraig Harrington won the Dunhill Links Championship.

2002: Divine nine

Sorenstam surpasses 8 wins of a year ago by crushing elite Samsung World field.

2002: Howell puts end to talk

Charles Howell III turned professional after winning the 2000 NCAA individual championship as a junior at Oklahoma State.

2002: Pupil learns from teacher, almost

Greg Reynolds had many to thank for his USGA Senior Amateur victory.

2002: Support on his shoulders

Michigan’s Reynolds, inspired by mother, wins Senior Amateur.

2002: R&A sets COR limit at .830 for British Open

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews announced Oct. 1 it will limit the spring-like effect on drivers at next year’s British Open.

2002: A first: USGA to hold practice for Walker Cup hopefuls

The U.S. Golf Association announced Oct. 2 that it has invited 23 top amateurs to participate in a three-day practice session for the 2003 Walker Cup match.

2002: As Augusta National opens, some break ranks

Augusta National Golf Club, closed since May 18, reopens for play Oct. 10.

2002: Walker Cup practice step in right direction

Candidates for the 2003 U.S. Walker Cup team gather Nov. 29 near Hilton Head, S.C., for a three-day practice session.

2002: Precept brings clubhead size down to earth

Precept launches its Tour Premium 320LS Moon Sole driver.

2002: Hybrid clubs gain prominence

Wilson Golf and Adams Golf have included hybrids as part and parcel of their new iron sets.

2002: Callaway’s executive shuffle

CEO’s changes move Hutin into spotlight.

2002: Marti claims medal at LPGA Q-School

Paula Marti led a group of 30 players into the final stage of LPGA qualifying.

2002: Oberholser solidifies ’03 Tour card

Arron Oberholser, 27, is making the most of a special medical extension this year on the Buy.com Tour.

2002: Gore hits paydirt with Oregon victory

Jason Gore shot a tournament-record 18-under 270 for his first Buy.com Tour victory since the 2000 Buy.com New Mexico Classic.

2002: Back-to-back Bob: Gilder records 4th title

For the second time this season, Bob Gilder recorded back-to-back victories.

2002: Fleisher ends drought, drinks up RJR victory Clemmons, n.c.

Bruce Fleisher shot 67 Sunday to set a Senior Tour 54-hole record at 19-under 191 for his first title since the 2001 U.S. Senior Open.

2002: Karlsson inspired at European Masters

Robert Karlsson dedicated his victory to sports psychologist Bengt Stern, who died Sept. 6.

2002: Leaney earns a cool 5 years

Stephen Leaney earned his first victory since the 2000 Dutch Open at the German Masters on Sept. 15.

2002: Sorenstam gets a grip, continues hold over LPGA Tulsa, Okla.

Annika Sorenstam changed to a new cross-handed grip during the Williams Championship and rolled in birdies.

2002: Sorenstam, Safeway stay sharp Portland, Ore.

The LPGA staged a double celebration at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, with Annika Sorenstam’s eighth victory of the year.

2002: Lancaster’s final-hole flop hands Rollins 1st Tour title Markham, Ontario

Neal Lancaster's double bogey on the 18th hole of the Bell Canadian Open forced a three-way playoff and gave John Rollins the opening he needed for his first PGA Tour title.

2002: Q-School out of the question as Forsman ends title drought Paoli, Pa.

On Sept. 13, Dan Forsman handed in his application for PGA Tour Qualifying School.

2002: Fall For North Carolina

North Carolina has soared to the top of the nation’s list of most desirable places to stay and play.

2002: A golf playland in the Georgia hills

Lake Oconee is now being trumpeted as a “golfer’s paradise,” a dream destination.

Thursday, November 14

2002: Perspective - This prince won’t revert to .830 frog

On Jan. 1, 2008, Cinderella voluntarily will turn back into a chambermaid. The prince freely will turn back into a frog.

2002: Our Opinion - Ballyhooed COR deal is no solution

The ruling bodies have succeeded only in creating more confusion. And for many golfers, that confusion will translate to resentment in 2008.

2002: Business - Retailers: Orlando remains important

The piercing concern for retailers revolves around their ability to get an eclectic and diverse offering of goods if the show downsizes greatly or disappears altogether.

2002: Business - Show still viable for small businesses

Unlike their brawny brethren, small businesses depend on the PGA Merchandise Show virtually for their very existence.

2002: Business - Reed mulling radical moves

Changes likely needed to revitalize PGA Show.

2002: Business - Palmer ‘very encouraged’ by compromise

The driver compromise between the U.S. Golf Association and The Royal & Ancient Golf Club had one interested onlooker in Latrobe, Pa.

2002: Business - Clubmakers wary about new COR deal

Golf club manufacturers praised the USGA and the R&AGC for their attempt to unify the game’s rules, but many expressed concern that their compromise could cause more problems than it solves.

2002: College - Owens, Texas school earn Minority titles

After entering the day with a seven-stroke advantage, Jason Owens began his Sunday round by spraying the ball all over the PGA Golf Club’s North Course.

2002: College - Cowboys head to regionals with victory

Although the Cowboys won the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate last fall, things have been shaky much of the spring.

2002: College - Washington, USC survive shootout in West

It was a nail-biter for several schools at the NCAA Division I Women’s West Regional. For Lorena Ochoa, it was anything but.

2002: Reinvigorated by the Noodle, Maxfli zeroes in on next target

The premier tandem of Maxfli’s product lineup will be its “Performance Series:” the M3 Tour LT and M3 Tour.

2002: Exclusivity suits Fairway & Greene

Fairway & Greene Ltd. is now a $20 million corporation that turned a profit after four years in business.

2002: Kraschinski, Arizona shine in Fall Preview

Miriam Kraschinski surged to a commanding victory at the women’s Fall Preview Sept. 17 at Purdue’s Kampen Course.

2002: Gore campaign strengthens

Jason Gore has moved from No. 62 to No. 4, ensuring his return to the PGA Tour in 2003.

2002: Lietzke makes repeat performance

Bruce Lietzke captured the SAS Championship for the second consecutive year Sept. 22.

2002: Choi turns WGC bump into Tampa triumph

K.J. Choi lost a chance to play in the $5 million American Express Championship.

2002: No contest

Another event against the world’s best just another walk in the park for Woods, who was almost perfect at Mount Juliet.

2002: Reid’s singles strategy questioned

European captain Dale Reid sent out out Spaniard Raquel Carriedo in the opening singles match against reigning U.S. Open champion Juli Inkster.

2002: Europe takes command with four-ball sweep

Patty Sheehan left four of her best players on the sidelines, resulting in a 4-0 whitewashing by the Europeans.

2002: U.S. dominates Saturday foursomes

The United States won three of four Saturday morning foursomes matches.

2002: Familiar format sparks U.S. afternoon rebound

Americans were overjoyed to forget about the morning foursomes and return to familiar turf: four-ball.

2002: Sluggish Americans get off to soggy start

The Solheim Cup began Sept. 20.

2002: Team members weigh in on Augusta

Several players gathered for the Solheim Cup weren’t shy in stating where they stand on the subject of female membership at Augusta National Golf Club.

2002: Here at the Nickname Cup

The Solheim Cup, for better or worse, has finally grown up.

2002: Sunday school

U.S. singles rally gives Minnesotans another fine finish.

2002: Floridians shine in Junior Rankings

Two Florida players have finished atop the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings.

2002: Will Whaley go to GHO?

Suzy Whaley would be the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event.

2002: Don’t allow gender issue to fester

Circumstances have presented the Augusta National Golf Club with an opportunity to help golf take a giant step forward.

Wednesday, November 13

2002: College - One goal down, one to go for Tulsa, Prammanasudh

On the eve of the NCAA Division I Women’s Central Regional, Tulsa senior Stacy Prammanasudh said she would accept just playing well, but really wanted to win the national championship.

2002: College - Duke dominates East, but Vandy just as happy

The NCAA Division I Women’s Regionals are the most nerve-racking time of the season for players and coaches. Many say it is even more tense than the NCAA Championship.

2002: PGA European Tour - Bogeys slay Daly; Cabrera capitalizes

If John Daly could have limited his bogeys in the final round of the Benson & Hedges International Open, he might have hoisted the trophy.

2002: LPGA - Sorenstam prevails as final hole again hurts Hurst

Although she only had to make up one shot in the final round, Sorenstam’s triumph again came down to a Hurst mistake on the final hole.

2002: PGA Tour - Smiling Shigeki brings life to PGA Tour party

It was the week the grim game face took on a subordinate role, supplanted by the ever- present smiles of animated winner Shigeki Maruyama and the wide-eyed runner-up, rookie Ben Crane.

2002: Perspective - U.S. skipper Strange stands by his team

Curtis Strange was standing alone on the back of the practice range at English Turn Golf & Country Club, working on his wedge game for nearly 45 minutes in mid-90-degree Cajun heat.

2002: Perspective - The R&A and its merry bunch of men

I have mixed emotions about the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, more commonly known as Muirfield, the venue for this year’s British Open.

2002: Our Opinion - Masters move comes down to common sense

Staff opinion on the latest topics.

2002: Business - ‘Pro shop for the public golfer’

Owners’ experience, passion help Golf Galaxy succeed.

2002: College - Clemson’s Trahan excels in leadership role

With no seniors on his 2001-02 roster, Larry Penley knew that for Clemson to continue its success, someone would have to assume leadership. And he knew exactly who that would be: D.J. Trahan.

2002: LPGA - Inkster teaches youngsters another lesson

In the final round of the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, Juli Inkster made winning look downright easy.

2002: PGA European Tour - Mackenzie ends 20-year wait

After a winless streak of 508 tournaments on the PGA European Tour, one would expect Malcolm Mackenzie to have a little trouble closing the deal.

2002: Senior Tour - Big-name leaders fall to Rachels

With veterans such as Irwin and Nelson atop the leaderboard with one round remaining, many players feel they’re playing for second or third. Not Sammy Rachels and Dana Quigley.

2002: PGA Tour - Choi bags Korean first with Big Easy triumph

After his first trip to America, K.J. Choi flew back to Korea and immediately developed a 10-year plan, with the main objective to earn and keep his PGA Tour card.

Saturday, November 9

2002: McClure leaves Orlimar; funding sought

Recent news that Mark McClure had left Orlimar Golf after only one year on the job prompted two primary questions among industry watchers.

2002: Fairway woods usage spikes at Bethpage

From an equipment standpoint, the most fascinating aspect of the U.S. Open probably was the large number of golfers who included higher-lofted fairway woods in their bags.

2002: Amateur groups wary of COR rule impact

The U.S. Golf Association has delayed a decision on which of its 13 national championships, in addition to the U.S. Open, will be covered by a “condition of competition” that limits competitors to drivers with a coefficient of restitution of .830.

2002: Fleisher looks to shine at Senior Open

Bruce Fleisher’s victory at the 2002 U.S. Senior Open was much more than just another crown to add to an already crowded trophy case.

2002: The more Sorenstam wins, the more she likes it

Winning isn’t getting old for Annika Sorenstam.

2002: Mickelson: ‘I do believe I am closer’

The final round of the U.S. Open started well for Phil Mickelson when the crowd at the first tee sang “Happy Birthday” as he prepared to tee off.

2002: Faldo, 44, visits yesterday with 66 and a tie for fifth

The best round of the 102nd U.S. Open belonged to Nick Faldo, a six-time major champion who needed a special invitation from the U.S. Golf Association just to play at Bethpage Black.

2002: Bethpage booms with Big Apple bawdiness

Every U.S. Open player who had his eardrums pulverized by the New York fans packed along Bethpage State Park’s Black Course knew that he was witnessing a record-setter, only the record was for decibel count.

2002: Consistency counts: Just look at the numbers

So how did Phil Mickelson, runner-up in the U.S. Open, cement his position as the second-best golfer in the world?

2002: Whiners need not apply

Welcome to the 102nd U.S. Open. Root canals to the left, thumb screws to the right. It’s about as much fun as a bank safe atop the head from 40 floors up.

2002: KemperSports’ courses a select collection

The crescendo of kudos began in 1999 with its management of Bandon Dunes, quickly making the Michael Keiser-owned gem in Oregon a favorite among golf aficionados.

2002: Brothers team for surprising British Amateur triumph

et ready for the Larrazabal brothers, coming soon to a major championship near you. Alejandro is the one hitting the shots. Pablo is the one sprinting up the fairway with Alejandro’s golf bag.

2002: Pruitt prevails again at Sunnehanna

Dillard Pruitt was just here to have fun. Ditto for Tripp Davis.

2002: Father of the Year Herron taught kids to enjoy the game

Carson Herron is the patriarch of Minnesota’s unofficial First Family of Golf, and the middle link in a three-generation run in the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur.

2002: Precept seeks higher share with U-Tri

Precept has set its sights on wresting ball marketshare from some of its higher-priced brethren.

2002: Privately, Ping unveils i3+

With no henpecking shareholders or Wall Street analysts to deal with, privately held Ping is a rarity among major equipment manufacturers: It can pretty much do as it pleases.

2002: One setback after another

How tough have the last 12 months been for U.S. golf equipment manufacturers and retailers?

2002: Experts expect travel recovery

The British Open is regarded as a great test of golf skill and savvy, and a tournament that attracts the very best players in the world.

2002: Jakovic, Thomas boost Chico

In his first season at California State-Chico, coach Keith Thomas led the Wildcats to a pair of team titles and within 15 shots of advancing to the NCAA Division II Men’s Championship for the first time in 36 years.

2002: On solid ground

Start of fall season more stable for Minnesota programs

2002: Potent combination

Hull, Wright give Pepperdine an Aussie punch

2002: Explosive Auburn ‘here to win’

Experienced Tigers aim for NCAA championship

2002: Mahan fits Cowboys’ mold

U.S. Amateur runner-up at home on the range in Stillwater, Okla.

2002: ‘Unfinished business’ for Trahan, Tigers

he thought of leaving school a year early and turning professional weighed on his mind.

2002: Title IX has bolstered women’s college golf, but not without cost

Fact: Thanks to Title IX, participation in college women’s golf is at an all-time high.

2002: Gilder tops Bland for 3rd title of year

Bob Gilder won six times in a 24-year career on the PGA Tour/Buy.com Tour.

Thursday, November 7

2002: A quick spin on wedges

These smart-spin wedges do something the old spinaroos didn’t: They produce shots that bounce once and spin to a stop.

2002: A seaworthy bed-and-breakfast

This is South Carolina, where the fabled low country speaks in a soft and seductive voice.

2002: Captain’s choice

Par at Royal St. David’s turns out to be an enticing 69.

2002: Safest prediction: Count on witnessing the unpredictable

When you least expect it, a star is born.

2002: Mercurial Monty

Europe’s leader – and the player U.S. fans love to hate – is a man of many contrasts.

2002: Reese steps down as Wilson GM

Luke Reese, the Wilson Golf executive resigned Sept. 13.

2002: PGA Show: Sex appeal over substance

A basic adage of advertising is that when you don’t have substance to sell, you rely upon sex appeal.

2002: Steps to save PGA Show

The Jan. 23-26 edition served only to fuel fears about the industry’s health and vitality.

2002: Course raters should consider environment

It’s time to evaluate golf courses on the basis of their environmental sensibility.

2002: Rare combo: Quality, affordability

Opened in April 2002, Rustic Canyon is a low-profile layout with a classical design sensibility.

2002: Ingenuity on an upward curve

The spirit of invention and innovation is alive and well in the golf industry.

2002: Companies clamor for PGA Show changes

Frenzied discussions on ways to save golf’s preeminent trade expo permeated the 2003 PGA Merchandise Show.

2002: New York duo wins Golfweek Pro Team

Tom Joyce and Kevin Morris posted a matching 8-under-par 64 to create a sudden-death playoff.

2002: Zhang takes unlikely path

When Ernie Els couldn’t make par on No. 18 at the Singapore Masters Jan. 26 at Laguna National Golf and Country Club, victory was Lian-Wei Zhang’s.

2002: Plan for Lefty: Not to be so hefty

Players keep getting longer off the tee and stronger in the body.

2002: Fine at (almost) 40

Singh’s game seems strong as ever in Phoenix triumph.

2002: College response fends off NCAA cutbacks

One of the major items concerning legislation that could affect playing and practice time for student-athletes dealt with cutting back, or perhaps eliminating, the fall golf season.

2002: AJGA revamps entry system

The road to American Junior Golf Association participation became much more inviting Jan. 24 with the release of the organization’s new performance-based entry system.

2002: Longtime caddie Edwards diagnosed with ALS

Bruce Edwards, Tom Watson’s longtime looper, has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

2002: Tour events jockey for Sorenstam

Annika Sorenstam has expressed interest in sampling a PGA Tour stop.

Saturday, November 2

2002: Perspective - Gophers travel rough road toward gold

If you like Cinderella stories, you’re going to love this one.

2002: Our Opinion - Change needed to strengthen PGA Show

Though most of the industry’s biggest names haven’t departed, their commitment to stay is tenuous at best.

2002: Fashion - Taking the lid off the styles and history of hats

The era’s golf hat disappearing act makes for one of the more intriguing chapters in The Secret History of Golf Fashion.

2002: A potpourri of simmering opinions. . .

If anybody had asked me, I would have told them that...

2002: Tracks - Just how far is 175 yards? Here’s a simple (?) answer

What’s the formula for calculating effective distance?

2002: Media - Morning, noon or night, TGC is OK by me

There is nothing quite like deep reflections on golf to unshackle the mind from the tensions of the day.

2002: Club Life - Club logos put a stamp on reputation

First prize for the biggest development in golf this decade should go to the growing prominence – and perceived importance – of club logos.

2002: Real Estate - Procuring a piece of Pebble

Pebble Beach’s aura of exclusivity is well merited.

2002: Personality - Counselor for compromise

U.S. Golf Association presidents commonly arrive on the train from nowhere, and golfers outside the USGA’s inner circle know little or nothing about them.

2002: Destination - South Strand takes a stand

Low country a tasteful contrast to the excesses of Myrtle Beach.

2002: Business - More companies pitch into wedge category

Drivers are making most of the news these days, but wedges are just as active – and interesting – a segment of the golf club market.

2002: Business - TaylorMade to sell R500

Trying to capitalize quickly on the likelihood of a new COR limit, TaylorMade Golf announced it will ship to retailers Aug. 1 a line of “hot” drivers – the R500.

2002: Business - Titleist adds to 975 family

The Titleist driver family tripled in size with the introduction of two new clubs, the 975J-VS and the 975L-FE.

2002: Business - Callaway’s C4 looking to break sound barrier

With apologies to Julie Andrews, Callaway Golf is betting that the sound of music is more a solid whack and less a high-pitched explosion.

2002: Business - Retailers cautious of high-COR drivers

If the proposal for a higher coefficient of restitution limit becomes a statute, retailers expect a smorgasbord of “hot” drivers to be introduced.

2002: College - Endowments best way to ensure future

Not many college golf coaches are as fortunate as Pat Goss.

2002: College - A tradition torn

Karyn Stordahl may leave the school she loves.

2002: College - Digging in

Community steps up to save Gophers golf.

2002: College - Methodist women capture 5th straight title

Division III champs make it look easy, cruising to 31-shot victory at NCAAs.

2002: College - Guilford tops among Div. III men

Schools from the state of North Carolina dominated the NCAA Division III Men’s Championship.

2002: College - OCU South African chills NAIA foes

All week, Tyrone Van Aswegen, a 20-year-old sophomore, was the most composed player in the 142-man field.

2002: College - Soap-opera season rolls on: Minnesota joins West’s best

A month after the golf program was “dropped” and then given a one-year reprieve, Minnesota will advance to the NCAAs for the fifth consecutive time.

2002: College - Williamson, Purdue rebound at Central

Purdue senior Lee Williamson closed the tournament with rounds of 77-77 – his worst back-to-back rounds of the season – and tied for 27th.

2002: PGA European - Deutschland dismissal

You couldn’t have asked for a better showdown than the final round of the $2.5 million Deutsche Bank–SAP Open TPC of Europe.

2002: LPGA - Strong Moodie leaves Sorenstam no shot

On another wet LPGA weekend, Scotland’s Janice Moodie made sure there wasn’t another Annika Sorenstam comeback.

2002: PGA Tour - Price ends pain of long skein

Nick Price said his four years without a PGA Tour victory felt like 10. Thanks to a brilliant back-nine stretch at the Colonial, the drought is over.

2002: Perspective - Championship stories outnumber trophies

Similar to Oscar Night, where “it’s just great to be nominated,” qualifying for the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship is a notable achievement on its own.

2002: Perspective - Technological Armageddon is upon us

We are headed toward a head-on collision, and there is no turning back. Either the rulemakers or the manufacturers will prevail. In

2002: Obituary - So long to Slammin’ Sam: His swing was the thing

From the time he helped carve his first club out of a maple limb from a Virginia swamp at age 7, the swing was Sam Snead’s thing.

2002: Business - Equipment companies predict COR chaos

The newest driver proposal could become an economic nightmare for golf club manufacturers.

2002: Business - Native Americans seek golf riches

There is one group of builders as bullish as ever on course construction: Native Americans.

2002: College - Rollins inspired by ‘Jack flashback’

Coach Kyle Frakes borrowed a piece of golf history to help guide Rollins College to victory May 24 at the 2002 NCAA Division II Men’s National Championship.

2002: College - Virada’s victorious return

Life came full circle for Duke sophomore Virada Nirapathpongporn at this year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Championship.

2002: PGA European - Hard-edged Hansen takes Volvo PGA

There’s a hard edge to Denmark’s Anders Hansen. He says it’s something that came from playing college golf in the United States.

2002: LPGA - Diaz right at home with Corning victory

Laura Diaz is quickly learning how to win. And the rest of the LPGA is taking notice.

2002: Competition - Furyk flurry seizes wide-open Memorial

Three-time champion Tiger Woods not a factor as Ryder Cup teammate grabs 7th victory.

2002: Perspective - A course (almost) everyone richly deserves

Man, if I ever win $58 million, I’m building me a golf course.

2002: Our Opinion - Conserve water before restrictions are set

As drought conditions continue to worsen in areas across the United States, superintendents are faced with trying to satisfy two diametrically opposed demands.

2002: Superintendent News - Muirhead dead at 79

Desmond Muirhead, one of golf’s most innovative course designers, died of respiratory failure May 2.

2002: Superintendent News - Regional turf shows offer one-stop shopping

A number of regional turfgrass shows around the country have distinguished themselves as opportunities for selling products directly to superintendents.

2002: Superintendent News - Technology will revolutionize pump stations

The communications revolution is probably the most important technological change to affect the irrigation industry.

2002: Superintendent News - Night watermen were easily spooked, except for one who wasn’t

In the old days of golf, before automated irrigation systems, there existed a special niche in the maintenance crew – the night waterman.

2002: Superintendent News - Survey reveals a personal approach to irrigation

It seems disingenuous to neglect the price of green. It’s also important to do as much as possible to promote efficient water management.

2002: Superintendent News - Wetting agents help water infiltrate dry areas

For a golf course manager with a tough, highly variable site where the clientele expects consistent high quality, it can be a job or no-job situation.

2002: Superintendent News - Custom-built pump rises to challenges of elevation

Wolf Creek at Paradise Canyon Resort in Mesquite, Nev., opened Oct. 13, a Friday. But that wasn’t an unlucky day for this course.

2002: Superintendent News - March rounds drop, breaking 5-month trend

For the first time in five months, national rounds played for a monthlong period dropped compared with the same month last year.

2002: Superintendent News - Techs explore national role

Two turf equipment technicians associations have held discussions on the possibility of forming a national organization for techs.

2002: Superintendent News - Study tracks waterbirds in Florida

A study of waterbirds in golf communities has spawned optimism about the viability of course wetlands and ponds as breeding grounds for such wildlife.

2002: Superintendent News - Under new ownership

Bankrupt Ocean Trails handed over to creditor.

2002: Superintendent News - Industry sees value in annual trade show

Defections unlikely, but some companies are weighing costs.