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Wednesday, August 31

2005: Column - Singh deserves Hall, but process still curious

The Hall of Fame election process for Tour players smacks of more of a popularity contest than the vote for class officers at a junior high school.

2005: Newsmakers - Hall-of-Famer Singh won’t rest

At an April 20 news conference announcing his election into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Vijay Singh made it clear that this was no time to rest on his laurels.

2005: Newsmakers - Women’s regionals set

Duke, UCLA and Auburn are top-seeded teams for the three NCAA Division I Women’s Regionals, the NCAA announced April 25.

2005: Newsmakers - West Coast Tour refuses offers

Hooters Tour and Gateway Tour officials say the most crucial issue for WCLGT owner Mark Canevari was the concept of guaranteed money in each tournament purse.

2005: Perspecitve - Harbour Town won’t back down

Those who say there’s no challenge left for the world’s best players should look to Harbour Town Golf Links, a diabolical gem that still manages to confound whatever modern technology throws its way.

2005: Editorial

At first blush, it appears the U.S. Golf Association deserves kudos for its efforts to engage manufacturers in the golf ball tradition vs. technology debate. But we’re withholding praise, for two reasons.

2005: Featured - Hazardous tendencies

When it comes to how golfers evaluate a golf course, bunkers are the second-most important element they consider, yet the way bunkers have come to be maintained has created a race of heightened maintenance expectations.

2005: Features - Greywalls: Rock-solid, raw challenge

Greywalls, a new course in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, makes the golfer might feel like he is battling fire-breathing dragons, armored knights and monsters from the netherworld.

2005: Business - Ball manufacturers wary of rollback

Ball makers contemplate how to respond to a USGA request that many of them privately abhor: Roll back technology and create reduced distance golf ball prototypes.

2005: College - Sweet homecoming for Bratton

With three consecutive rounds of 2-over-par 290 for a 6-over 870 total, Oklahoma State captured its fifth title of the season April 17 and solidified its No. 1 standing in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

2005: LPGA - Attitude adjustment pays off for Ward

Ward, sporting a fresh, can-do mindset, held off a charging Lorena Ochoa by two strokes April 16 to win the Takefuji Classic at Las Vegas Country Club

2005: PGA - Clarke’s collapse leaves Lonard a winner

After making birdies on four of his first five holes to reach 14 under for the tournament and take a four-shot lead, Clarke went 9 over the rest of the way at Harbour Town Golf Links to hand Lonard his first PGA Tour title.

2005: Perspective - DiMarco's best shot not quite enough

Golf’s friendliest little major turned into an intense, exciting, don’t-dare-to-even-run-to-the-fridge-to-get-a-cold-beer showdown.

2005: Editorial - Champions Thursday

It was an extraordinary Masters, on several counts.

2005: Features - Real-life lessons with the driver

We love drivers, we hate drivers. We can’t live without them, we are very emotional about them, we believe they will change our lives. Maybe they will.

2005: Business - Showdown in big D

Clay Smith’s job is to help retailers find the best available real estate for new stores. And the real estate doesn’t get much better than the plains just north of Dallas – particularly, it seems, if you’re selling golf equipment.

2005: Masters - Bjorn’s struggles ‘put him back three steps’

As painful as this free fall might have been, this year's Masters wasn’t Thomas Bjorn’s most glaring failure at a major.

2005: Masters - Augusta helps heal Nicklaus clan’s pain

Five weeks before what was perhaps Jack Nicklaus' final Masters, 17-month-old Jake Nicklaus, son of Steve and wife Krista, died in a hot-tub accident.

2005: Masters - Casper exhibits grace despite dubious day

Billy Casper, the 73-year-old two-time U.S. Open winner said, “I’m ready to play, man. Ready to play.”

2005: Masters - Lessons from Langer pay off for Donald

For all the knowledge Langer imparted during Donald's Tuesday practice round, it’s not likely either anticipated Donald’s eventful finish to his maiden Masters.

2005: Masters - Fighting to focus

A couple of weeks prior, world No. 6 Padraig Harrington wasn’t sure he was going to play the Masters.

2005: Women lose one mini-tour, gain another

A mini-tour opportunity for women opened in Florida, two days before a separately owned developmental circuit for women on the West Coast shut down.

2005: Masters - Moore breaks par, makes believers

Ryan Moore's summer included victories at the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Public Links, NCAA Championship and Western Amateur.

2005: A whole new ballgame

I keep listening to people talk about golf balls, and a whole lot of them are not telling the whole truth.

2005: Masters - Immelman pleased with ace, major finish

Trevor Immelman beat defending Masters champ Phil Mickelson by one shot – and at least 10 inches.

2005: Masters - Augusta passion play

Former Masters champions Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh may have looked as if they wanted to pulverize each other over spike marks, but eventually they made peace.

2005: Masters - Finally, Woods’ game again matches his heart

At the 69th Masters, Tiger Woods brought a bit of everything to the table.

2005: Newsmakers - Tearful Nicklaus, 65, steps aside

Jack Nicklaus announced he likely had competed for the last time at a place where he made an impact like no other player.

2005: Newsmakers - Nike leads irons count; TaylorMade cries foul

More golfers used Nike irons than any other brand at the Masters.

2005: Newsmakers - For Masters, less is more, and that includes Wadkins

Viewers missed out on the second round because of rain, then didn’t see live coverage of Tiger Woods lapping Chris DiMarco on the back nine of the third round Sunday morning.

2005: What's online - As a rule, this Masters had its moments

The Masters turned into something of a rules clinic for fans who closely followed Tiger Woods.

2005: Ogilvie bullish about his game

The inevitable march of time demands we start planning for a PGA Tour P.F. That’s Post Finchem.

2005: What's online - Augusta computer glitch causes fits

Because of a computer malfunction, tournament officials had difficulty determining pairings and starting times for Round 3, and in communicating that information to contestants.

2005: Sole’s doctrine: Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy

I loved the fact that Mr. Short and Straight Fred Funk won The Players Championship.

2005: Destination - The Friendly Isle

Ireland: Warm welcome, wonderful golf.

2005: Sponsors shrug off image risk, return to Masters Tournament

The Masters television sponsors are back, only this time there is a different lineup.

2005: IMG in transition

New chief streamlines for eventual sale.

2005: PGA Tour - Mickelson weathers BellSouth storm

The BellSouth Classic featured 25 players who were entered in the Masters, and 11 of those made it to yet another Monday finish.

2005: Masters - Golden Bell with a homespun touch

Few people look through their sliding-glass doors and envision the 12th hole at Augusta National just beyond their pool. Jerry Tucker did.

2005: Crooks, Camels eye another crown

John Crooks will lead both his women's and Campbell men's teams into conference championship play over the next two weeks.

2005: Broadhurst sneaks in to win

The closing holes at Oitavos Golf Club turned the Portugal Open into the tournament no one seemed to want.

2005: Lawsuit vs. club a rangy debate

Louis Panesi got so upset with the poor quality of range balls available at the club where he was a member that he resigned – then sued for breach of contract.

2005: USGA targets three research areas

The U.S. Golf Association has informed equipment makers it is studying three “research areas” that potentially could result in rules changes.

2005: Saved by the wind

Just when golf’s longest year was being wetted down by golf’s longest tournament, the rain stopped and the wind started.

2005: America’s best architecture

With adequate time, planning and budget, a club history can be an ideal way to commemorate a club’s past while helping to forge its identity for the future.

2005: America’s Best

Regional development has brought new homes, shopping malls and Starbucks virtually leapfrogging past the golf grounds of Southern Highlands.

Reps grind for Tour validation

Equipment representatives from small and mid-sized companies chase the Tour hoping to get one or two clubs in play to validate their brands with consumers and retailers.

2005: Rossignol acquisition raises questions over Cleveland’s future

Cleveland Golf soon will have a new corporate parent.

Monday, August 29

2005: Duke’s Smith victorious at abbreviated Azalea

The 58th Azalea Invitational at the Country Club of Charleston turned into a showdown between two California youngsters and the weatherman.

2005: Masters - Amateur Moore gets second go at Augusta

Ryan Moore will be back at Augusta National Golf Club to give the Masters another whirl before turning professional sometime this summer.

2005: Masters - Their finest hour

Amateurs have produced memorable finishes.

2005: Masters - Crenshaw cherishes Augusta moments

Ben Crenshaw, the man who always has been a brilliant putter ranks 22nd in putting, and is 44th in driving accuracy.

2005: ‘The look’ is back, and so is Tiger

Golf’s spring training tune-up season has ended, and the major season – Tiger Season – is upon us.

2005: Masters - Par 5s stand test of time, technology

Recent alterations to the par 5s have achieved preservation of the original strategy of the holes while adjusting to new conditions of championship play.

2005: Masters - Mickelson’s confidence keeps growing

Phil Mickelson is even better equipped to succeed at the Masters than he was when he won a year ago.

2005: College - Sans superstar, Deacons deliver

Wake Forest currently is No. 9 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, and at one point rose as high as No. 5.

2005: Hietala scores hometown breakthrough

Hietala plays out of the Le Triomphe Country Club and made it pay off with a one-stroke victory over Sean O’Hair March 27 at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

2005: Wiratchant makes news of his own

Wiratchant finished at 25 under and became the second Thai player to win on the PGA European Tour.

2005: LPGA - Don’t bet against her

Sorenstam doesn’t receive the recognition she deserves for her consistent domination of the LPGA tour.

2005: Sunday stroll

Focused and content, Sorenstam wins Nabisco by 8 to climb farther from LPGA pack.

2005: Hensby apologizes for Bay Hill walkoff

Mark Hensby caught a good deal of grief when he failed to finish the first round of the Bay Hill Invitational March 18.

2005: Calcavecchia back in the swing

Even with back problems, Mark Calcavecchia made the cut at The Players Championship.

2005: PGA Tour - Jones surprises, waits, falls

Fellow professional Fred Funk playfully exclaimed, “Steve Jones? Where did he come from?”

2005: Competition - Steady

Funky weather works for Players’ champion.

2005: Newsmakers - TPC ball down was breakdown for some

The decision to restart the second round of the Players Championship Saturday morning did not satisfy everyone.

2005: Newsmakers - Masters without Monty?

Colin Montgomerie insists his game is worthy of a Masters invitation.

2005: Newsmakers - PGA Tour's

The PGA Tour’s two biggest tournaments might be on the move in 2007.

2005: Newsmakers - Top mini-tours combine

After eight years as South Florida’s premier mini-tour, the Golden Bear Tour folded its operations into the first-year Beach Series.

Sunday, August 21

2005: Davis has business down to a tee

You should know this about Paul Davis: He is obsessed with golf tees.

2005: Business - Great Golf Tee War

Manufacturers’ innovations soon will spur the USGA to mediate a contentious party

2005: Stent designer offers cure for putting maladies

In an earlier life, Michael Bonneau played a pioneering role in the field of interventional cardiology.

2005: Feds support First Tee; group opens 200th facility

Corporate entities and leading golf organizations aren’t the only ones that will be contributing financially to The First Tee this year. Uncle Sam also will continue to play a role.

2005: Cards no longer lost in shuffle

Louisville coach Mark Crabtree has questioned himself and his tactics numerous times during his six years at the helm of the Cardinals men’s program.

2005: Thompson breaks through at Jones

Roberto Castro sounded a bit confused Feb. 19 as he walked away from the scoring table outside the clubhouse at Ocean Forest Golf Club.

2005: Bowditch cobbles a stepping stone

Steven Bowditch can attest to the fact that one event can change one’s life.

2005: James fends off Irwin’s challenge

Mark James came through when it counted at the Champions Tour’s Ace Group Classic.

2005: Jaidee’s formula: ‘I like this course’

Thongchai Jaidee made history on several different fronts in the Malaysian Open. But then again, the 34-year-old former paratrooper is used to setting new standards in Kuala Lumpur.

2005: Paula Creamer - Ready for the big dance

Teen phenom Paula Creamer struts onto the LPGA stage brimming with confidence and full of high expectations

2005: Leonard’s fade at finish lets Singh’s strength prevail

Vijay Singh smiles after making birdie on the first hole of the PGA playoff. In the end, it was his mammoth, 330-yard drive on that hole that was key to his victory.

Saturday, August 20

2005: Scott makes short work of soggy Riviera

The Nissan Open was all about wet and weird. The playoff winner, Adam Scott, declared himself fresh and hardly taxed, not typical after a duel for big cash.

2005: Has age-defying Hale Irwin truly been given his due?

The years advance, the scrapbooks fray at the edges, but the enduring snapshot is practically interchangeable.

2005: Champions Tour at 25: Bonds, competitive fire rejuvenate over-50 set

But as the Champions Tour begins another season, the here-and-now dovetails quite nicely with the warm nostalgia of days long gone.

2005: Orender leaves Tour, returns to basketball roots

The golf industry’s thin ranks of women executives became thinner still as Donna Orender – one of the PGA Tour’s top officers – announced Feb. 15 she was leaving to become president of the WNBA.

2005: Humbled Casey looks forward

Paul Casey was contrite at the Nissan Open and said he wanted to enjoy golf again. Then he went out and missed the cut.

2005: Sorenstam now sorts through future

What does the future hold for Annika Sorenstam?

Friday, August 19

2005: For your game - New toys abound in every category

It was a wonderful PGA Merchandise Show. It was upbeat and full of optimism.

2005: Industry veterans such as Gretchen Hornung to buy, sell and brainstorm

The slow rain that fell on Day 2 of the PGA Merchandise Show may have dampened spirits of some who trudged between the Orange County Convention Center and nearby hotels.

2005: Business - The First & The Fiftieth

It’s 5 p.m. on the first day of the PGA Merchandise Show, and Boccieri has been on his feet since the show opened eight hours earlier, subsisting on just a half bottle of water.

2005: Can Stahle conquer U.S. college game as freshmen?

Louise Stahle may start baking apple pies and humming the “Star Spangled Banner” before too long in Tempe, Ariz.

2005: Can polished European players Martin . . .

When Pablo Martin arrived in Stillwater, Okla., for the first time six months ago, he immediately knew life was going to be different.

2005: Veazey does it with up-and-down round

Veazey opened the 2005 Nationwide Tour season Jan. 30 with a victory in Panama, not to mention a check for a career-high $94,500.

2005: Big breakthrough for ‘Little Nick’

The official records will read that Nick Dougherty captured his first PGA European Tour event on Sunday, Jan. 30.

2005: Turtle Bay’s broken record: Irwin again

When the Champions Tour shows up to Turtle Bay each year, the drama usually centers on who will finish second.

2005: Leonard’s Hope: One victory ‘not enough’

ustin Leonard was beginning to wonder when that next victory was going to come. Now that it has – a little earlier than expected – he wants more.

2005: San Antonio to build two TPC courses

Where the PGA of America failed, the PGA Tour apparently has succeeded.

2005: Palmer married in quiet ceremony

At age 75, Arnold Palmer says he feels like a kid again after marrying fiancee Kathleen “Kit” Gawthrop Jan. 26 in an intimate beachside ceremony on Oahu’s North Shore.

2005: Recruiting women: A questionable strategy?

The speech has been made before, but it’s being delivered more emphatically: The golf industry needs to embrace women.

2005: No Show for Burrows Golf

Burrows Golf made some of the loudest noise at the 2004 PGA Merchandise Show with a splashy news conference touting its product introductions and a 9,600-square-foot booth that was as busy as it was big.

Thursday, August 18

2005: Oakley’s Believe It or Not

As if he were mired in some bad movie, Pete Oakley stood on the 17th green at Hualalai Golf Club in the opening round of last week’s MasterCard Championship not believing what he was seeing.

2005: Bring course within range

So, you’ve left your perfectly tuned swing at the practice range and can’t find it on the golf course. Happens to everyone. There’s a way out of this common problem, however.

2005: Grande Pines refuses to soften challenge

"Marriott doesn’t do resort golf.” That’s how Bob Waller, CGCS, director of grounds for Marriott Golf, explains his company’s refusal to dumb-down its golf courses for the tourist trade.

2005: Consummate pro

An unfailingly gracious host. An accomplished player. Unflappable under pressure. Bob Ford is the consummate pro.

2005: Ironman Quigley shows midseason form

Having finished first, second and first in his past three trips to the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai Golf Club, Dana Quigley says there simply is something about the Big Island’s Kona coast that “boils my blood.

2005: Clark leaves foes in the Durban dust

Tim Clark has taken quite a liking to Durban Country Club. When the South African Open last was played at Durban in 2002, Clark won the event in his home country.

2005: Like Tiger of old, Woods wills himself to victory

The Buick Invitational, which used to be a sleepy start to the season, had the look and zeal of a major with top-ranked players as common as the ubiquitous fog banks that hugged the Pacific coast all week.

2005: O’Grady’s challenge: Plug talent drain

New PGA European Tour executive director George O’Grady is going to need more announcements like the one he made Jan. 19 in order to stop an exodus of his top players to the PGA Tour.

2005: Davis not candidate for LPGA job

Three weeks after Ty Votaw announced he will resign as LPGA commissioner at the end of the year, the search for his replacement is taking shape – with one top prospect already pulling her name from consideration.

2005: Seniors to sue Tour for right to ride

The 26th Champions Tour season began beneath blue skies in tropical paradise at Hualalai Golf Club, but a dark cloud loomed.

Tuesday, August 16

2005: Advice, gadgets and saviors

There is something really strange about the game of golf.

2005: Bandon Dunes pro offers tips on playing in gruff conditions

Bandon Dunes pro offers tips on playing in gruff conditions.

2005: For your game - Wild weather

Grant Rogers is not your average teaching professional. The worse the weather, the better he likes it.

2005: WireImage nabs Tour exclusive

The PGA Tour has entered into a licensing agreement with WireImage, naming the New York-based photo agency as its exclusive provider of Tour players’ images for commercial use.

2005: Big sticks: Shafts buck trend

Pete Sanchez, president of Fujikura Composites, recalls the first few times he sat in front of customers and informed them that the price for his company’s Speeder shafts would be more than $300.

2005: Business - Feeling the squeeze

Price compression is creating unprecedented bargains for consumers, but equipment makers are feeling the squeeze

2005: Winning does wonders for Campbell

Attention NCAA Division I players: Don’t feel sorry for Charlotte Campbell.

2005: Post-op Jones begins PGA Tour recovery process

As Steve Jones made his way to the locker room after finishing his second round at the Sony Open, he stopped momentarily to watch Vijay Singh tee off at the first hole.

2005: A Wie step back

The popular local passion play, “Michelle Wie: Sony Open Sequel,” didn’t turn out as well as the 2004 original for the lead character.

2005: Singh dances to perfect Sony finish

Two weeks into the newly minted PGA Tour season, the game’s hottest player was right back where he finished 2004, hoisting yet another trophy and sitting atop the earnings list.

2005: Meadowbrook-TPC deal off

Meadowbrook Golf Group Inc. has failed to follow through on its deal to buy five Tournament Players Club courses for $40 million, a PGA Tour spokesman said.

2005: ‘Excited’ Creamer opts for IMG

The Paula Creamer bidding war is over and the path is cleared for her to concentrate solely on her LPGA rookie season.

2005: Sounds of golf offer both melody and discord

My playing partner had not teed it up for a couple of months, and it showed.

2005: Saddling up to top-notch golf

The next time you think bungalow getaway, think Saddle Creek.

2005: A Grander Strand

From Kramden to Lauren, Myrtle Beach’s quality catches up to its quantity

2005: Slazenger embroiled in bankruptcy catfight

A heated bankruptcy dispute has broken out between the company that holds the U.S. license for the Slazenger brand and its business partner.

2005: Business - Tech Transfer

Tech transfer: Styx club-leasing program borrows from computer business

2005: Bridgestone seeks traction in U.S. market

Bridgestone Golf executives are debuting their Japanese brand in the United States, promoting its rollout during a self-titled “Coming to America” tour.

2005: Pressel doesn’t slip, keeps Harder grip

Standing on the third tee with a commanding seven-stroke advantage, Morgan Pressel appeared primed to win the Harder Hall Invitational in her first attempt.

2005: Moore, Creamer cream of crop

Some say it was the best season by an amateur since the days of Bobby Jones. Certainly, it was the most impressive showing in the modern era of amateur golf.

2005: PGA Tour: The Big Four and plenty more

The 2005 PGA Tour season began here in paradise with considerable promise. As if on Ponte Vedra’s cue, star power picked up where it left off: High on the marquee all week.

2005: Equipment changes along with calendar

The man who led the 2004 PGA Tour in putting (Stewart Cink) has changed putters.

2005: Appleby: Two wins and a baby

Talk about baby gifts. The newborns of Princess Grace, Princess Di or Royal Princess Whomever didn’t get a haul like this.

2005: Golf loses designers Harman, Byrd

Two veteran golf course designers died during the holiday season.

2005: Time for clubs to get back in the loop

It was in a bar the other night that I found the elixir for golf’s participation problems, and the difficulty in bringing young people into the game. It came from a couple of college graduates who insisted on buying me a drink.

2005: The Whistler Way

Mountain lifestyle includes first-class golf

2005: Wilson back in black as Staff relaunch commences

Last year, Angus Moir, global business director for Wilson Golf, talked about 2004 being a time to “steady the ship” and return the struggling equipment maker to profitability.

2005: Expanding Network promotes used-club market

Through its first year of operation, the PGA Trade-In Network has signed about 1,600 golf courses and stores as members.

2005: Bag Boy makes Dynamic recovery

David Boardman, a top executive at push cart maker The Bag Boy Co., couldn’t be happier about the news he has been receiving lately.

2005: For Lashley, a never-ending fight

As Nathan Lashley stood in the fairway at Arizona National Golf Club’s par-5 18th hole, he looked to his right and saw his older sister Brooke.

2005: Kostina: From Russia, with game

Not many players include “snowy winters” on their checklist for prospective colleges. Then again, not many NCAA athletes hail from Nakhabino, Russia.

2005: Parry outlasts tough-luck O’Hern

Last year, O’Hern had six top 5s – including three consecutive tournaments – yet didn’t manage a single PGA European Tour victory.

2005: Mickelson shines in home away from home

Phil Mickelson moved from here back to the San Diego area three years ago, but you’d never know it from the high decibels at the TPC of Scottsdale.

2005: Time for cease-fire on distance debate

News flash from the annual meeting of the U.S. Golf Association: The USGA inspection team has been unable to discover any weapons of mass destruction embedded in the modern golf ball.

2005: Tryon: Hooters victory just a start

As Ty Tryon will attest, there’s no substitute for winning.

2005: Shinnecock shadow still looms over USGA

Initiatives abounded at the Feb. 5 annual meeting of the U.S. Golf Association.

2005: Votaw to leave LPGA at end of ’05

Ty Votaw was not yet 30 years old in 1991 when he began working for the LPGA.