Stories for August 2006
Tuesday, August 8
Henry White is the answer to two trivia questions. Can anyone identify the PGA golf professional of the future? What is the best thing about golf in Utah?
Bobby Jones. It’s a name linked to the Masters and fine apparel. Now, it’s seeking an equipment legacy – with help from Jesse Ortiz
Anyone looking for a lesson in positive thinking needs to spend the day with Amanda Blumenherst. Everything’s coming up roses.
Only five events into the Nationwide Tour season, Tripp Isenhour is one victory away from a big-league call-up.
Thirty-seven years ago, a young Morris Hatalsky was crowned a champion in Mexico.
The final tally for European Ryder Cup points is 22 weeks away, but if Paul Broadhurst continues his steady play through Sept. 3 there’s a good chance he might rejoin Team Europe after a 15-year absence.
A few weeks back, Davis Love III was cleaning out the kitchen cabinets in his Sea Island, Ga., home when he discovered a pair of silver salvers tucked amid the more traditional clutter of chipped serving bowls and salad tongs.
Lots of players are going to miss the Tour’s annual little Masters tuneup in Atlanta as the BellSouth Classic shifts to a later date in the PGA Tour schedule next spring.
Five events into the season, Annika Sorenstam must now find other means of motivation. The opportunity to attain her lofty Grand Slam goal was over before it ever really started.
A hole-out eagle to end regulation and a birdie on the first playoff hole give Karrie Webb her seventh major victory – and by far her most stunning
I have seen the future, and it looks like a whole lot of real estate.
With only eight completed courses to his credit, the late Mike Strantz did more to transform the face of modern golf course architecture than did many more experienced designers with hundreds of projects on their resumes.
The Masters will be over, but at least part of the tournament’s feel will be carried from Augusta, Ga., to Atlanta for the inaugural United States Collegiate Championship April 10-11 at the Golf Club of Georgia.
How’s this for irony: The BellSouth Classic, which has struggled so direly with cold and wet weather in its late March-early April date, got a sendoff filled with sunshine and 70-degree temperatures last week.
Virada Nirapathpongporn had just started her LPGA career, earning $18,204 in the season’s first four events, including a tie for 15th at the MasterCard Classic.
The trend is clear: Long irons are disappearing.
Equipment company unveils Tour Preferred, repositions Maxfli
Jay Choi is No. 41 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Colege Rankings. He would be much higher had it not been for one tournament where his stubbornness and determination told him he could play through pain and help his team.
Lucas Glover peered through the early morning mist Thursday, down Augusta National’s first fairway, and the memories started darting around his psyche like golf balls racing across the course’s diabolical greens.
You are a child of the South, and this place has resonated since you were high as a hybrid club.
As Phil Mickelson mowed down his competitors in this dawn-to-dusk affair, the preaching man stood beside Washington Road near the front gate to Augusta National Golf Club.
Monday, August 7
Dillon Dougherty didn’t make the cut, but he did make a friend.
If Hootie Johnson was looking for proof that guile and finesse are just as important as length when taking on a fortified Augusta National, he found it in Ben Crenshaw.
Some, but not all, of the pre-tournament talk about course lengthening proved to be right.
Phil Mickelson wheeled down Magnolia Lane early last week with 91 inches of driver and an air of invincibility normally reserved for Tiger Woods and the New York Yankees.
Mickelson’s splendid Sunday at Augusta, equal parts brain and brawn, completes his transformation from major joke to Grand Slam Goliath.
DNA results clear Duke lacrosse team, LPGA chair’s son
Colorado senior Edward McGlasson finished fourth April 8 after a final-round 76 at The Intercollegiate in Cary, N.C.
With three World Golf Championships anchored in the United States for the next few years – in Miami, Tucson (Ariz.) and Akron (Ohio) – the PGA Tour has been discussing a way to move the events around the globe.
Sunday, August 6
A lack of knowledge about golf rules can be embarrassing. Worse yet, it can cost a player valuable strokes on the course.
At this point, you might be asking yourself: Who is Warren Mapé? But you almost certainly already know his face, if not his name.
For Baylor coach Sylvia Ferdon, the final round of last month’s Central District Invitational was nothing short of a battlefield of the mind.
Simon Dyson felt right at home at the HSBC Indonesia Open last week.
Next year, the tournament formerly known as the Ford Championship at Doral becomes a World Golf Championships extravaganza.
Langley and Cypress Point: Spiritual man at a soulful place
Cart paths and drama are no problem for innovative Jim Engh
East-West flop atop Classic Course list
The Western Open may not be the only “playoff” event in the FedEx Cup race to rotate venues year to year.
It won’t be the Masters or PGA Tour that is first to introduce its own golf ball for competition.
With a golfer standing inside the upright hoop, the basic idea is that the circle can help guide the club along the proper swing path, or plane.
Changes in consumer behavior have clubs seeking creative ways to remain relevant, survive the purge
The New Mexico women’s team does not resemble the one that strolled the fairways this past fall.
I looked up Ohio in my golf dictionary, and here’s what it said: “Home of Jack Nicklaus; home of golfers who thumb their noses at the U.S. Golf Association.”
The 56-year-old Texan snapped a two-year drought with a five-shot victory March 12 over Gil Morgan at the AT&T Classic.
Golf was first played in this former British colony in 1891, but 115 years passed before Singapore could claim a champion on the PGA European Tour.
Natalie Gulbis had just shot a 6-under-par 66 to pull within a shot of the lead, but she knew her first LPGA victory wouldn’t come on this day.
A day before Luke Donald won the Honda Classic in style, it was still unclear as to whether people had been paying enough attention to the 28-year-old Englishman.
Over the course of 21⁄2 whirlwind seasons, Charles Howell III made the game look so easy.
The new generation of strong, fearless players are adding punch to the PGA Tour
The Champions Tour is all about comebacks, so here’s one: Carts will be back in 2006.
Saturday, August 5
The Village of North Hills has taken preliminary steps to convert Deepdale Golf Club, which has a celebrity-laden membership, into a public facility exclusively for North Hills residents.
Friday, August 4
Heidi Fleiss isn’t the only person with a secret black book some people would love to seize. John Smoltz has one, too.