Stories for October 2003
Friday, October 31
For the most part, assistant coaches go unnoticed, living and working in the shadows of the head coach.
When he was growing up in British Columbia, Chris Baryla’s focus was on baseball and hockey. Golf was barely a blip on his sports radar screen. At age 15, that changed.
Beth Bauer strives to be LPGA’s next star.
Joe Ogilvie survived a few tense moments and bumps along the way to victory March 2 in the Nationwide Tour’s season-opening Jacob’s Creek Open.
Things are back to normal, to pre-Woods knee surgery, to pre-Ernie Els worldwide victory binge.
The PGA Tour could learn a lot from the PGA European Tour about nurturing young talent.
The show will go on in Qatar and Dubai. But several of the world’s top golfers have decided not to.
According to her college coach, a big burden has been lifted from Sung Ea Lee. So has a big victory.
Phil Mickelson recently questioned rival Tiger Woods’ equipment, but obviously he has no problems with the swing instruction Woods has received.
Saturday, October 25
This May the zoo goes up against the circus. Lions and tigers and Sorenstams.
Annika Sorenstam has decided to test her game against PGA Tour professionals in Fort Worth, Texas, this spring.
Dave Pelz says that nature provides pace; it’s up to player to make it work.
Even though True Temper introduced a second shaft in the BiMatrx series, the BiMatrx Rocket, sales remained steady but unspectacular.
Even in a market dominated by modern technology, Elmore Just continues to innovate and survive.
In a move designed to grab a substantial share of the $20-per-dozen, “soft-and-long” ball segment dominated by the Precept Lady and Maxfli Noodle, Titleist is introducing the DT SoLo.
Can Callaway Golf be all things to all golfers?
When it comes to golf and life, Gretchen Zoeller takes her cues from her father, Fuzzy.
Els and Woods would defy odds if they meet in WGC-Match Play
Arron Oberholser has never lacked for confidence. OK, he can be downright cocky.
Looking more comfortable each day, Tiger Woods fought through the rust of a two-month sabbatical, the aftereffects of knee surgery and first-round struggles to win the Buick Invitational.
The fix was in at Torrey Pines.
The British Amateur's change of dates may continue to keep top American amateurs at home.
When Bill Calfee meets with Nationwide Tour players in two weeks at the Clearwater Classic in New Zealand, his will be a message of growth and promise.
Though a generous handful of suitors came calling, it was Annika Sorenstam who stepped forward and made the call when she would debut on the PGA Tour.
Phil Mickelson was trying to bring heat in the parking lot at Poppy Hills.
The West Coast Swing, even sans an injured Tiger Woods, has shown plenty of life.
The golf psycho, for the uninitiated, is the person who has become so caught up in technological minutia that he, or she, can think or talk of nothing else.
Resort foursome features: Great golf and pause to pamper
Saturday, October 18
Nike officials defiantly say they make some of the game’s finest tools – thank you very much.
Titleist’s new 983 driver won’t reach golf stores for two months, but it’s already creating a buzz on the PGA Tour and among consumers.
Putters’ odyssey illustrates R&A’s growing influence on equipment issues.
At the start of the 2002-03 season, Arizona was considered a team that could challenge for the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship.
Seven Australians and one New Zealander played their way into the top 10, but it was an English visitor with something to prove who walked away with the top prize at the ANZ Championship.
Love III outlasts Lehman, but both show they’ve still got it.
A good-intentioned effort to help promote the Champions Tour event wound up causing Zoeller to be disqualified Feb. 7.
Reaction to Phil Mickelson’s claim that Tiger Woods is being held back by “inferior” Nike equipment was a mix of incredulity, mirth, anger and “No comment."
Friday, October 17
Within a few months, the USGA will announce its decision on maximum club length and clubhead size.
The debate over golf’s “distance problem” is so puzzling.
Gary Koch will make his debut this week on the Champions Tour.
Erica Blasberg is making a run for Player of the Year.
Men’s college golf heads into the 2003 spring season.
Ernie Els continues to pile up golf trophies to go alongside his mounting sky miles.
Mike Weir never contended in 2002, and failed to collect a single top-10 finish.
A divided Bush administration advisory commission voted Jan. 30 for only modest changes to Title IX.
Gregg Jones won by two over Florida freshman James Vargas.
Fred Ridley is in line to become USGA president in 2004.
Greg Norman’s 22-year run at Augusta is likely to end this April.
Sunday, October 12
This Best and Worst in Golf Architecture List is in its 15th year, making it the longest continuously running column idea in U.S. golf.
Golf always has been a game of honor. That’s why it’s so disturbing to learn that the winner of a prestigious national junior championship actually was ineligible.
Here in the arid hills of central Arizona, a golf course is being brought back to life.
Restorations and renovations prominent in courses’ upward movement.
As it dusts itself off from a difficult – but profitable – 2002, Wilson Golf faces serious questions about what it is going to do next.
By spring, when four new stores will be open, there will be 41 PGA Tour Shops, making it the largest branded airport-based retail concept in the nation.
In the serene world of over-50 golf Hale Irwin vs. Bruce Fleisher is a rivalry worthy of the hype.
Mike Weir overhauled his outlook during a winter soul search and came out seeing a glass half full.
The chances of the Qatar Masters being held were dealt a severe blow after the British Foreign Office advised British citizens not to travel to the Middle Eastern country unless it was absolutely necessary.
Sorenstam’s quest to play against the men has transcended the game of golf since she accepted an invitation to the PGA Tour’s Bank of America Colonial May 22-25.
As Golfweek went to press Feb. 24, the PGA of America was investigating allegations that reigning Westfield Junior PGA champion Sung Ea Lee was overage during her victory last July.
Gyms for golfers. In a society obsessed with fitness, this was bound to happen. And it has – in a big, important way.
I have seen the future of golf, and it is the synchronization of the fitness pro and the golf pro.
Companies of all sizes and industries promote goods and services by putting their appellations on everything from golf shirts and gloves to tees and divot tools.
However, it was a crazy kind of week at the Sunnehanna, which celebrated its 50th anniversary with wet weather and a visit from golf legend Arnold Palmer.
In both cases, Golfweek’s postseason women’s college awards were close. In the end, however, the choices were clear.
Larry Penley was on top from start to finish, as his Clemson men’s team was Golfweek’s preseason favorite and remained in the No. 1 spot each week of the season.
Andre Stolz faced a tough decision a few days before the LaSalle Bank Open at The Glen Club.
Greg Owen of England won by three strokes June 8 for his first victory in six years on the PGA European Tour.
Sixteen months ago, the scheduling snafu was considered a major blunder. Two major championships, two different tours, two different states. Same time. Same market.
Sorenstam made four crucial up-and-down par saves in a six-hole span June 8 and held off hard-charging Grace Park in a playoff to win the McDonald’s LPGA Championship at DuPont Country Club.
To Rory Sabbatini, his second PGA Tour victory was much more difficult than his first. To everyone else, he made it look pretty easy.
The U.S. Open field was finalized June 2-4 when 83 players secured spots via 36-hole qualifying.
Davis Love III’s personal life may be “topsy-turvy,” but his game was simply tops heading into the U.S. Open.
On a list that spans 21 years and includes Jack Nicklaus, Earl Woods and Robert Trent Jones, Brian Code isn’t the most high-profile winner of Golfweek’s Father of the Year.
Golf 20/20, an industry-backed initiative to increase participation, plans to test a golf program this fall as part of the physical education curriculum at 80 to 100 elementary schools around the country.
With Wilson Sporting Goods merging its golf and tennis divisions and longtime president Jim Baugh leaving unexpectedly, the fate of the company’s golf business has become clouded.
That UCLA won the Pac-10 Men’s Championship April 30 on its home turf wasn’t such a surprise. But the Bruins’ margin of victory – 27 shots over Arizona – bewildered even coach O.D. Vincent.
There aren’t many young golfers who would ignore the advice of six-time major winner Nick Faldo, but James Heath did when he decided to attend Augusta State University.
The people of Augusta, Ga., are passionate about their golf, and the college game is no exception.
What began as a family affair ended as a one-man show as Jack Nicklaus was the only member of the Nicklaus brood to make the cut at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Gronberg shot 7-under-par 65 Sunday to overtake Gonzalez (70) and five others to finish at 17 under.
Grace Park couldn’t have started worse in the final round of the Michelob Light Open.
Too many times in his PGA Tour career, Steve Flesch has found reasons why he can’t get the job done on Sunday.
Nick Price, who won 17 times around the world in 1992-94 and has three major championships among his 18 PGA Tour victories, became the 99th member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has taken the bold step of taking the British Open to the rest of the world.
Sunday, October 5
For most of the past several years, the golf equipment industry seems to have been acting out a scene from “Waiting for Godot.”
It was not clear if the Washington State Cougars were going to get an invitation to even participate in the NCAA women’s regionals.
Following the NCAA Division I Women’s East Regional, Florida State and South Carolina engaged in a friendly water balloon war. Both teams had reason to celebrate.
If regional results are any indication of what to expect at next week’s NCAA Division I Women’s Championship, then all arrows point to a shoreline showdown.
The 33rd and final Benson and Hedges International Open went to Paul Casey, and he added his name to a prestigious list of winners.
American players got a little tired of hearing about their recent LPGA ineptitude. So they – more specifically Rosie Jones – did something about it.
David Toms even managed to give the Wachovia Championship the one thing it was lacking – an exciting finish.
The double-face driver could be the newest craze in golf, at least if the U.S. Golf Association decides to approve the idea.
The Golfing Machine is many things. It is the name of a distinctive golf book.
Rob O’Loughlin spent the latter part of the 1990s helping orchestrate one of the golf industry’s most unlikely marketing triumphs: the rise of Softspikes.
Golf course construction has slowed considerably over the past three years, but high-end developers’ interest in golf remains strong.
The familiar names in Titleist’s 2003 ball line – Pro V1, NXT and DT – belie major changes in each model’s construction and performance attributes.
At some point in their careers, most athletes experience some sort of stretch – hopefully a short one – when they run into a skid of going zero for whatever.
The battles among TaylorMade, Titleist and Callaway in several golf equipment categories are becoming almost legendary.
Tiger Woods went 21 holes Friday without making a birdie.
It’s a good news-bad news scenario that begs the question: Why is Mickelson so fortunate on one level and so frustrated on another?
The annual chairman’s address at Augusta National Golf Club is one of the more entertaining events of Masters week, and this year’s conference drew a standing-room only crowd in the club’s media center.
Paired with Jack Nicklaus for the opening two rounds at Augusta National, amateur Hunter Mahan joked that he just wanted to stay out of the way of the six-time Masters champion.
Meet Tiger Woods, the living, breathing EKG chart of the 67th Masters.
The new-look Masters is billed as a bomber’s haven, and Mattiace is a singles hitter with warning-track power at best.
Turned out to be a Weir Masters. And a weird Masters, start to finish.
After five hours on my couch watching CBS-TV’s Masters show, I’m convinced Martha Burk got her revenge on the country’s middle-class males.
For two men who are part of the professional golf family, it was a Masters awash in tears.
The USGA operates within a rigid hierarchy, so its next president likely will be vice president Fred Ridley, a lawyer in Tampa, Fla.