Stories for November 1999

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1999: Talent and change highlight new season

I think college golf in general, and men’s Division I in particular, is going to produce one of the most exciting seasons in a long, long time.

1999: School beats pros of turning pro early

As the women’s college golf season begins, all eyes are on Beth Bauer, Duke University’s reigning duchess.

1999: Orlimar drops 30-day retail guarantee

Orlimar Golf’s decision to terminate its challenge program is generating some disappointment with retailers who say it boosted sales of the product.

1999: Weather hampers July rounds

Rounds played in July dropped 4.1 percent from the same period a year ago.

1999: Precept takes aim at Titleist

Precept, which claims it is the No. 2 premium ball brand, has no illusions about overtaking No. 1 Titleist any time soon.

1999: Golfers spent $30 billion in ’98

By far, golfers most often opened their wallets – and purses – to tee it up.

1999: Korean rookie blazes trail at Rail with 1st U.S. win

Mi Hyun Kim made victory routine in her native South Korea. On Labor Day, the LPGA rookie showed America her winning way.

1999: Fleisher pressure: Doyle goes deep for fourth win

Allen Doyle didn’t think he had to play as well as he did to win the Senior PGA Tour’s TD Waterhouse Championship.

1999: Canadian Weir fulfills tall order north of border

Canadian Mike Weir admitted he could not have scripted a better story for the Air Canada Championship.

1999: College - Small school, big success

Division III dominance begins at Methodist College

1999: Nothing abstract about NU’s Donald

A native of High Wycombe, England, and a junior art major at Northwestern University, Donald uses clubs to create pictures on the course and brushes to do the same on canvas.

1999: ‘Loaded’ Georgia gunning for glory

All the Georgia Bulldogs are back for more.

1999: Factual Arcadia Bluffs coverage leads to a ban

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course, a Rick Smith-designed layout, is open for play. But thanks to a recent call from its owner, I’ll be unable to play it, and thus unable either to vote on or review it.

1999: Pay raise for those who rise early on Sundays

When it comes to salaries, the interesting question is who is more underpaid: a $6 per hour laborer running a greens mower or a $125,000 per year superintendent?

1999: Club at Eaglebrooke set up for the Future

When Bob Wagner first saw the land where The Club at Eaglebrooke sits he didn’t know if grass would grow, let alone grass for a golf course.

1999: Tourism keeps golf going in Yukon territory

Yukon Territory golf courses face unique conditions that their warmer counterparts, Pebble Beach or Augusta National, could never endure.

1999: Powell tends to father’s Clearview dream

He is not just the keeper of the greens. Larry Powell is a caretaker of a dream, a protector of a national treasure, and a legacy to an American ideal.

1999: Understanding biology helps when drought hits

The dry weather that has culminated in the drought of 1999 in the Northeast creates an opportunity for an important dialogue concerning a vital natural resource: water.

1999: Mechanics, equipment managers making strides

Mechanics and equipment managers throughout New England and New York are enjoying a certain standing in the profession that they didn’t have a generation or two ago.

1999: Superintendent PR 101: Market yourself

Not long ago, tradition held that good superintendents rarely were seen. But as professional standards have changed, so have expectations.

1999: Investing in maintenance pays dividends

Higher maintenance budgets and rounds played translate into higher revenues.

1999: Benefits help muni courses compete

Municipal courses might not have the deep pockets of their private and resort course competition, but that does not mean they can’t be competitive when it comes to paying maintenance staffs.

1999: GCSAA certification is route for achievers

Certified. To be or not to be. If making more money is the answer, getting certification from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is a wise move.

1999: Flexible workweek would be useful tool

While working on golf courses has many rewards, few would envy the work schedule of superintendents.

1999: Village sues Pinehurst Inc. over name

Village officials have sued Pinehurst Inc., which owns the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, over control of the prestigious name shared by the resort and village.

1999: Golfers spent $30 billion in 1998

A new National Golf Foundation report released Aug. 25 estimates that U.S. golfers spent $30.5 billion on the game and related products and services in 1998.

1999: Blind Brook gets a doggone deal with superintendent

Along with Les Kennedy, Blind Brook gets an effective weapon against its Canada Geese problem in Kennedy’s 7-year-old golden retriever, Angie.

1999: More changes at Augusta National

The annual process of adjusting Augusta National Golf Club continues.

1999: Golf Trust stock drop sign of hard times

The malaise that has overcome the once soaring public real estate investment trust market appears to be rubbing off on the Charleston, S.C.-based Golf Trust of America.

1999: $100K salaries no longer rare

If recent salary data are any guide to how greenkeepers are doing, the news is encouraging.

1999: Resourcefulness is the key when pursuing course history

There are few repositories of information on the history of course architecture.

1999: Superintendents on edge – or over

For all the grace that Flaherty has shown of late, no one can feel good about leaving a course in anything less than peak shape.

1999: Communication need for tourney setup

We can learn from any event, be it spectacular or disastrous. The PGA Championship recently held at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club is not unusual in this respect.

1999: Club history more than a scrapbook

Club histories can be a precious source of the game’s record – if they are done right. Often they are not.

1999: Spence earns respect for job done off the course

Understanding that my two brothers and I may not share a passionate interest in the game of golf, Dad has often made an effort to leave his work in Brookline.

1999: Birdies replace bullets in Boston

Among the weeklong festivities planned for Franklin Park during the Ryder Cup are a junior golfers outing to The Country Club, two days of after-school instruction, a clinic and competition.

1999: Ark not needed when course floods

John Newton wishes it were otherwise, but he is an expert on flooding – how to recover from flooding, how to bring a golf course back from a blanket of water, mud, and crud.

1999: Banff now ready for the millennium

A course in the Canadian Rockies get a much-needed facelift.

1999: Hot spell in Midwest puts courses to test

Superintendents from the lower Midwest to the plains states are glad to leave the heat behind.

1999: Southern Hills an Open opportunity

Keith Foster takes reins on another Perry Maxwell project

1999: Kapalua courses offer a walk with nature

Education of the golfer is the key at Kapalua Resort.

1999: Maui Dunes – Island’s newest gem

Maui Dunes, which is built between sugar cane fields and guava orchards, will shock you with its meandering, challenging course and 80-foot high sand dunes.

1999: Wetlands permitting may take longer

Wetlands preservation and permitting has changed the landscape of golf course development literally and figuratively.

1999: Golf Trust takes over 4 Granite Golf leases

Granite Golf Corp., one of the larger course management companies in the country, has defaulted on four leases of courses owned by Golf Trust of America.

1999: Developers’ idea is true to school

As a golf course developer, Carl Espy is giving his business more than the old college try.

1999: Southern Texas courses escape wrath of Bret

Despite its advance billing as the, “Storm of the Decade,” Hurricane Bret did very little damage to the dozens of courses along the Gulf Coast of Texas.

1999: Button Hole nice fit for R.I. youth

Youth in the Ocean State’s capital city will soon have a course of their own.

1999: Newsmakers - Storm water changes at $50M Fla. course

Just 18 months after cost overruns delayed development at Orange County National, course owners must rebuild its storm water retention system.

1999: Newsmakers - Flaherty retires from Baltusrol

Pushed greens help push superintendent out of job

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