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Call out for ‘Local Legends’

There are many amateur golfers who have compelling stories to tell. Do you know of a “Local Legend”?

2006: ‘Golfers Gone Wild’ . . . over cart girls

John Steinbreder wouldn't wish a cart girl job on his daughter

2006: Shut out by the Open

Jackie Pung’s scorecard error at the Open was the beginning of her downfall.

2006: Sim a day late, but not $90,000 short

Michael Sim wasn’t about to rush himself when he had a chance to win the Nationwide Tour’s PalmettoPride Classic.

2006: Han just keeps winning

Quick, name the only golfer not named Annika Sorenstam to finish in the top eight on the LPGA money list each of the past three years. If you said Hee-Won Han, you’d be correct.

2006: A World of potential - World Golf Village

World Golf Village courses, spa whet the appetite, but dining options fail to please the palate

2006: Rising Stars - Golfweek's best new courses

Golfweek’s Best New Courses: Find out why everyone wants to play them.

2006: Revered player, respected mentor - Henry Picard

World Golf Hall of Fame voters must consider not only a player’s competitive record, but also his or her contributions to the game.

2006: Larry Nelson - Late bloomer overlooked no more

As Hall of Fame careers go, Nelson took something of a serpentine path to golf’s most coveted locker room.

2006: Jim Rutledge - Finding his focus

Jim Rutledge is Canadian like maple leafs and cheap meds. Quiet, friendly and unassuming, almost to a fault. After only five minutes with him you have to resist the urge to ask if he knows Bob from Winnipeg, and you realize that, above all else, Rutledge is honest.

2006: Service lags setting at Torrey

Minutes from smoke-choked Interstate 5 stands a smiling young man in a Tartan kilt, announcing your arrival at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. That faint whispering you hear is the Pacific Ocean.

2006: The lure of retirement

The Adams Golf founder, whose Tight Lies fairway woods created a frenzy among the golfing populace a decade ago, seems utterly at peace in retirement, casting a shrimp fly with a 6-weight fly-rod to a Lucite-smooth pool by a gnarly set of mangrove roots.

2006: Barbados Golf

Golf is not the national sport of Barbados, but none of this is to say that Barbados isn’t a fine place to tee it up. After all, this prosperous land, 166 square miles in size, has four 18-hole courses and a pair of nine-holers.

2006: Anthony Kim’s swagger and talent stands out

The dawn of great careers seldom can be pinpointed on a calendar.

2006: Mad science

Craig Bowden’s persistent willingness to experiment has him PGA Tour bound again – with confidence.

2006: U.S. ingenuity helps Holland topple powers

There are 270,000 golfers in the Netherlands, compared with 26 million in the United States. Holland has perhaps 70 regulation golf courses, about the same as New Mexico.

2006: Island hopping

The perilous par-3 island 17th at TPC Sawgrass, listed somewhat skimpily at 137 yards and playing as short as 123 yards in the third round, took its usual toll at The Players.

2006: A clean car and a lot of class

Englishman Greg Owen noticed something a little different at The Players Championship last week.

2006: From desert Oasis, an organic rebirth

The development team at a southwestern New Mexico golf course believes its organic practices could revolutionize course construction and maintenance. Critics of the project, however, say claims of drastic water savings might be pie in the sky.

2006: Kiawah Island biologist balances needs of golf and government with wildlife

As the first rays of morning sun illuminate Kiawah, there is a flurry of activity by the native inhabitants to stake claims to prime areas along the fringes of the barrier island’s seven luxury golf courses.

2006: Wetlands an undervalued resource

Think about the swampy, nondescript areas on golf courses that are marked as water hazards even though they have little or no water in them. Such wetland areas are among the most important, yet most undervalued and least understood parts of the natural environment.

2006: Call of the Wild - Golf & Environment

While superintendents have long sought to boost wildlife presence on golf courses, the effort did not gain serious national attention until the 1990s with the inception of such programs as the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses and the USGA’s Wildlife Links Program.

2006: Financial revelations for Torrey Pines outrage residents

Soap opera isn’t a term generally associated with golf courses. But San Diego’s high profile Torrey Pines is proving to be an exception to the rule.

2006: LPGA Million-dollar baby

Julieta Granada stood on the practice green at Trump International and talked about how difficult it can be for international players to get sponsors on tour.

2006: Hidden historical gems dot southeastern Scottish coast

There’s no quibble that six Open Championships were held here, the last in 1889, when the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers pulled up stakes and moved a wee bit east to a little place called Muirfield.

2006: Masters Golden Day

Heading into 1986, the world of professional golf was looking for a hero. After decades of domination by a few big names, suddenly there was no paramount figure in golf.

2006: A World Apart - Madalitso Muthiya

Madalitso Muthiya is thousands of miles from his native Zambia, but he might just be home on the Tour

2006: How lovely it was . . .

In the good old days, tournament icon Bob Hope hammed it up with former President Ford and other celebs. Now there’s no Hope – and little hope the event will regain its past charm.

2006: Please rake ball marks

In small towns across Nebraska, unpretentious courses with sand greens are popular gathering places for locals.

2006: A change by design, Mary Armstrong

After gender reassignment surgery, course architect finally content with personal, professional life

2005: Straight, steady Perry wins Bay Hill race

Singh sinks on No. 18, then surfaces at No. 1