Stories for November 2001


News 2001 November

Friday, November 30

2000: South African Botes floats through Q-School

If Desvonde Botes plays on the PGA European Tour next season the same way he did for six days at the European Tour Qualifying School Nov. 17-22, then he won’t just hang onto his card. He may just win a tournament as well.

2000: Business - Subterfuge aside, take a peek in Tiger’s bag

Of course, his irons are gone, too, the faces worn out after (are you ready for this?) just 18 months, replaced by a duplicate set with a stamping that says simply Titleist Forged.

2000: Business - Purple can be pleasing

Proforce shaft gaudy but successful on pro, amateur levels

2000: Nike could launch clubs as early as 2001

For more than five months a task force at Nike Golf has been exploring strategies to enter the golf club business – a debut that could occur as early as next year, according to a company official.

2001: Adams posts 51 percent sales increase

Adams Golf July 25 announced a 51.3 percent increase in sales to $18.8 million for the second quarter ending June 30, compared with $12.4 million during the same period in 2000.

2001: Japanese shafts gain popularity

Golf products in the United States are affected significantly by what happens in Japanese golf – so much so that most recent trends in U.S. golf actually started in Japan.

2001: New balls shift Wilson brand

Wilson Golf, which this spring began offering 2-for-1 dozens of its Smart-Core balls, Sept. 1 re-enters the $25-a-dozen segment of the ball market with a new line.

2001: Callaway Golf earnings take 39 percent hit

For the three months ending June 30, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based equipment company posted sales of $253.7 million, compared with $289.9 million during the same period a year ago.

2001: Walker Cup - U.S. has score to settle with GB&I team

The U.S. Walker Cup team appears to be so rich with big-league amateur success that it would be the heavy favorite Aug. 11-12 to defeat Great Britain & Ireland in Sea Island, Ga.

2001: Long time for Langer, 43, who secures Ryder berth

When Bernhard Langer captured the Dutch Open July 29, moving from No. 14 in the Euro Ryder Cup standings to No. 7, his captain came calling.

2001: LPGA - Delasin’s star shines again with repeat at Giant Eagle

Fame has been elusive for 2000 LPGA rookie of the year Dorothy Delasin, but she’s a shining star at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic.

2001: Cassini’s comeback takes toughened-up Porter Cup

The course setup at the Porter Cup was not its hospitable self this year, confounding players with 5-inch rough and tough scoring conditions that kept all but two of the field’s top amateurs from finishing under par.

2001: Winners strike global chord

A team from Great Britain & Ireland and a down-home country boy named Bubba took center stage on the men’s amateur scene in 2001.

2001: Duncan, Perrot pace diverse champions

Women from all over the world set new amateur golf standards in 2001.

2001: Sorenstam looks ahead after season of excellence

Annika Sorenstam won four of her first six starts of the season.

2001: Woods proud of ’01 success

Tiger Woods did enough to produce one of the best years in golf history.

2001: Who was hot in 2001?

Golfweek/Sagarin rankings uncover some surprises.

2001: Ambience top feature at the Ranch

Damian Pascuzzo recently made a plea for course raters not to award bonus points for tradition or walking.

2001: The White shoe has faded away

Nike and Etonic stopped selling all-white golf shoes this year.

2001: Experts say reluctance to fly will dissipate over time

Americans have an increased reluctance to fly.

2001: Golf travel different, but viable

The entire economy has been devastated by massive layoffs.

2001: Take a respite if you must, but let’s stay the course

On Sept. 16 the announcement came down that the Ryder Cup matches had been postponed until next year.

2001: Ross’ designs preserved by words, images

Many older clubs have felt the need to attach a designer label to their own golf course designs.

2001: MacKenzie’s works examined by eclectic authors

The Life and Work of Dr. Alister MacKenzie is the product of golf course architect Tom Doak, English physician James S. Scott, and MacKenzie’s step-grandson, Raymund M. Haddock.

2001: Raters get pointed look at French Lick Springs

50 course raters gathered Sept. 20-23.

Thursday, November 29

2001: Preferred - Pampering a way of life at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

There is not a better retreat in the northeast Florida than Ponte Vedra.

2001: Preferred - Be our guest

Private courses for the corporate golfer

2001: Preferred - Vegas suburb makes luxurious explosion

Henderson is visibly linked to Sin City by a sea of terra cotta tile rooftops spilling down the hillside and into the valley like the jumble of a Cezanne painting.

2001: Preferred - Adding length alone not the way to ‘Tiger-proof’

Everywhere, it seems, cries of alarm are up: increased length off the tee and the distances modern PGA Tour pros are hitting the golf ball are going to ruin the game.

2001: Preferred - What secrets are kept by TV’s hush?

The best line I ever heard about golf on TV came from a ballerina.

2001: Preferred - Comfort zone

Peter de Savary and guests spend plenty of time in the comfort zone

2001: Preferred - Functional, yet fun

Stylish LPGA players blend athleticism, femininity

2001: Preferred - High ball hitters beware: Pacific winds dictate strategy

The smart-aleck answer to the question of how to play Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes is “very carefully.”

2001: Preferred - Destination

At Bandon, Oregon, America’s most talked-about golf resort has reshaped a town’s face, pace.

2001: Preferred - Improve drives with correct ball-club combo

The driver is the sexiest club in golf. Rare is the golfer who isn’t tempted to cuddle up to the latest, greatest driver.

2001: Preferred - Sophisticated readers, welcome

We know you know a lot about the game. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this magazine.

Wednesday, November 28

2001: Web offers multiple options in multi-slacking

“A matter of minutes” is a concept that takes on a new meaning when you’re cruising the Web.

2001: Analytical entrepreneur

Lyle Anderson was ahead of the recovery curve with his thinking in place.

2001: Team 334 carries on with heavy hearts

Team 334 loses heart and soul, Frank Bonomo, during the horrific national tragedy of Sept. 11.

2001: Solheim Cup victim of chauvinist charade

Women in golf are not only denied the recognition they deserve, but they also are disregarded with alarming frequency.

2001: Excellent golf an ageless experience

The game of golf knows no age limitations.

2001: Callaway: Maxfli A10 infringes

Callaway Golf Go. confirmed Oct. 4 that it has filed a suit against Dunlop Slazenger Group Americas Inc.

2001: TaylorMade retools lineup

TaylorMade has introduced two brands of golf balls that will replace its InerGel line.

2001: KKR seeks deal to cut Spalding debt

Owner Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. has undertaken a Spalding financial restructuring to reduce interest expense.

2001: adds global stops in ’02

The Tour is branching Down Under.

2001: Campbell earns Tour ‘promotion’

Chad Campbell became the second player in two months to earn an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour with three victories in the season.

2001: Irwin capitalizes on Jacobs’ error

For Hale Irwin and John Jacobs, the Turtle Bay Championship was decided on No. 9.

2001: Langer, 44, defies parameters of age

At an age when many start thinking about the Senior PGA Tour, Bernhard Langer has taken a more defiant approach to the calendar.

2001: New kid on the block

21-year-old Delasin serves notice with her third career victory.

2001: Toms takes his place among game’s elite

David Toms added another victory Oct. 7 to a season that has placed him among the elite.

2001: Coaches rally to fill voids left by tournament cancellation

Most of the 18 men’s teams and all 12 women’s teams scheduled to compete in the recently canceled Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Collegiate Invitational will play in separate replacement tournaments.

2001: World class

Perrot comes from behind, Puntawong holds on to win inaugural junior event.

2001: Who’s smiling now?

Kuchar’s ’98 decision looks better every day.

2001: Teams scramble to fill hole in schedule

Because of the 24-day rule, two-day, 54-hole events have become the norm.

2001: Euro Ryder Cup sites a matter of money

The Ryder Cup has been bought before, and it will be bought again.

2001: Tour needs to fine-tune TV options

Bad weekend for fans of televised golf.

2001: Expo aftermath: Scramble

Reed Exhibitions Co. canceled the show Sept. 20.

2001: American Golf, ClubCorp act to stem losses

Golf’s two largest and usually profitable operators are losing money.

2001: Auburn doesn’t hold back in Preview

The Tigers captured their second title of the season.

2001: Points rules Inland Empire

D.A. Points took a simple approach to the $76,500 victory.

2001: Kite proves worth on Gold Rush greens

A new putter proved golden for Tom Kite at the Gold Rush Classic Sept. 30.

2001: Pak points to race with Sorenstam

Se Ri Pak wants to break the stranglehold Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb have had on the LPGA’s Player of the Year and Vare Trophy awards.

2001: Leonard regains luster at Texas Open

Perseverance paid off for Justin Leonard Sept. 30 at the Texas Open.

2001: Minnesota states case in State Team Championships

Three-player teams from Minnesota claimed both the men’s and women’s titles Sept. 23-25.

2001: Kung clears Futures Tour hurdles

Candie Kung broke through obstacles to win the SBC/Futures Tour Championship Sept. 30 at the Club at Eaglebrooke.

2001: Carefree Cartwright

18-year-old says Q-School pressure ‘not a big deal’

2001: The Cup that wasn’t ...

Would-be fans at Belfry stumble into surreal round.

2001: Preview surprise: Clemson

Clemson junior D.J. Trahan lifted the Tigers to a one-stroke victory Sept. 30 at the Ohio State Scarlet Course.

2001: Little-known makes a big statement

Adam Fuchs showed that you don’t always have to play for a Division I program to be successful against some of the best amateurs in the country.

2001: Lancaster always good for a laugh

Any minute spent with Cuz is a 60-second laugh track.

2001: Helmstetter: USGA, R&A will agree some day

Callaway is using a process called metal injection molding to develop a driver.

2001: Early rounds go to ESPN, USA Network

The PGA Tour announced July 16 that it had concluded contract negotiations for a new television package in a four-year deal estimated to be worth $850 million.

2001: Sims continues roll, takes Players Am

Michael Sims began to get serious when PGA Tour veteran Brad Faxon visited the Bermuda Junior Golf Association for a clinic.

Tuesday, November 27

2001: Perspective - ‘Howell Rule’ should be just a start

The PGA Tour, that exclusive private club, last week chiseled open a crack in its closed door.

2001: Perspective - Misty farewell for Bandon romantic

The caddies of Bandon are romantics and later this month, on these bluffs alongside the Pacific Ocean, they will raise their voices in farewell to one of their own.

2001: Our Opinion - Sportmanship still the rule, not exception

Poor sportsmanship? Poor judgment? In hindsight, considering the magnitude of the moment, we’d like to believe it was more the latter than the former.

2001: Business - Honda re-ups, but site iffy

The American Honda Motor Co. has renewed its title sponsorship of The Honda Classic for another three years, but questions remain about where the event will be played.

2001: Business - New Top-Flite XL 3000 series backed by $8.5 million ad plan

Another week, another new ball introduction for Spalding Sports Worldwide. Only this time, the company is adding to its Top-Flite line with the debut of the Top-Flite XL 3000 Super Series.

2001: Business - Show owner grows despite Vegas setback

Three years ago, Reed Exhibitions was unknown in the golf industry. Since then, the trade show company has become one of the biggest players in golf.

2001: Canadian Tour - Canadians seek incentive link with PGA Tour

The track record of former players is central to Canadian Tour commissioner Jacques Burelle’s bid to establish a formal link between his tour and the Tour.

2001: European Tour - Gonzalez follows Argentine footsteps

Ricardo Gonzalez, a former caddie in Formosa, Argentina, doesn’t carry his own bag anymore, but he carried himself quite nicely Sept. 9 after winning the European Masters.

2001: LPGA - In Tulsa, truth and consequence

Donna Andrews knew she did the right thing, but the price of her honesty – a self-imposed one-stroke penalty – proved to be the margin of her defeat.

2001: PGA Tour - PGA Tour revises rules of eligibility

The PGA Tour Policy Board on Sept. 5 passed two new eligibility rules.

2001: PGA Tour - Victory affirms Verplank as worthy pick

If Curtis Strange were looking for validation for being the first U.S. Ryder Cup captain to pick a rookie for the team, Scott Verplank provided it – in Canada.

2001: Newsmakers - Northern exposure

Canadian Tour seeks to build momentum and entice tomorrow’s stars.

2001: Perspective - Sights, sounds and making the rounds

Heard and seen on college campuses . . .

2001: Perspective - Coaches’ travels lead to talent

My, how things have changed in college golf over the last 20 years.

2001: Our Opinion - Lean years’ payoff is sweet victory

For John Daly, Joel Edwards and Kate Golden, there have been many days when climbing into the car and driving to the golf course was a job, not a passion.

2001: Business - New funds, goals for Links Group

The Links Group, one of the biggest golf operators in Myrtle Beach, has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with new investors and lofty goals.

2001: Business - U.S. firms target weakened Japanese courses courses

The economic boom that has characterized the Japanese golf course and real estate market for much of the last 30 years has hit a wall, much like the country’s overall economy.

2001: College - Perennial powers continue small-school dominance

Florida Southern College will look to rebound from a disappointing year by its standards after finishing second to the University of West Florida in the NCAA Division II Championship.

Monday, November 26

2001: College - Competitive Cowboy

Oklahoma State coach demands the best of himself and players.

2001: College - Three took Northern trek to the top

Mexico, Brazil, and Paraguay are Latin American countries that produce a variety of exports, but star golfers aren’t high on the list. There are exceptions, however.

2001: College - Small squad, big goal for Duke

A rising senior at Duke putts a "shot heard round the world."

2001: College - Flagging down a crowded field

Dickerson’s summer puts him near top of talented crop.

2001: College - Back for more

With five of their top six players returning, Gators are favored to repeat as champions

2001: PGA European Tour - Daly makes triumphant return

John Daly’s victory Sept. 2 came in the BMW International Open, but it is as much a triumph in dedication, discipline and steadfast belief.

2001: LPGA - Golden rules with final-day 63

After seven lackluster seasons on the LPGA Tour, Kate Golden finally tasted victory.

2001: PGA Tour - Edwards gets first-class victory

By the time Joel Edwards marched to the final green with a six-shot lead, he knew he'd be able to finally use his winning speech.

Friday, November 16

2001: Perspective - Earnhardt epitomizes Amateur respite

Greg Earnhardt once tried his hand at pro golf, but the money he needed to fuel his dream ran out – as did his desire to keep asking sponsors for more cash.

2001: Perspective - Tiger’s answer restores world order

Spraying it off the tee...

2001: Our Opinion - Change criteria for selecting Euro Ryder team

Europe has more than its share of world-class players. When it comes to the Ryder Cup, though, and composing a 12-man side, it’s not a matter of how someone is playing, but where.

2001: Business - DuPont spins nifty yarn at CoolMax

Forget what you know about the DuPont CoolMax World Amateur Handicap Championship.

2001: Business - Ping, Callaway branch out; new look for Etonic

The titanium TiSI driver, introduced in 1998, signaled a major change for Ping.

2001: LPGA - Taking great pains to win

Minutes before her opening-round tee time at the Betsy King Classic, Heather Daly-Donofrio was faced with a decision that would prove to be fateful in her career.

2001: PGA Tour - Cook shares storyline

Sometimes the top storyline at a tournament isn’t necessarily found at the top spot on the leaderboard.

2001: PGA Tour - Woods: Playoff with Furyk ‘the ultimate’

Of all the talents Tiger Woods possesses, one of his most redeeming qualities is his ability to settle an issue.

2001: Case builds for acquisitions of Spalding, Maxfli

The glacial pace of industry evolution is hastening, and it could dramatically alter the fate of some of golf’s biggest brands.

2001: Red-hot Bubba

Dixie’s Dickerson seizes U.S. Amateur

2001: Perspective - True fans say ‘Bollocks!’ to Bighorn

This game never ceases to confuse and amaze.

2001: Our Opinion - USGA could ease amateurs’ logistical woes

Brock Mulder is still miffed by the circumstances that deprived him of an opportunity to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship.

2001: Business - Spalding, Binder part; 2Q figures improve

Edward R. Binder, who as executive vice president of marketing was one of Spalding Sports Worldwide Inc.’s highest-ranking officers, no longer is with the company.

2001: Business - Cleveland targets $250M in sales by ’06

The titan of the wedge category has become a major player in the irons market. Now, Cleveland is climbing its way into the woods market.

2001: PGA Tour - Pernice points to victory

In a tournament that traditionally features low scores and a rapid accumulation of points on the final day, the leaders merely survived.

2001: Competition - Dickerson quietly wrests Western Am

At the 99th Western Amateur Championship, Dickerson didn’t need to say much. His Aug. 5 victory spoke volumes.

2001: PGA Championship - 2000 runner-up tries to get back on track

Playing golf is hardly heavy lifting. But carrying a baby around can be. Bob May knows too well. He has had the back pain to prove it.

2001: PGA Championship - Architect Rees Jones’ touch showcased during three-week stretch

Architect Rees Jones’ touch showcased during three-week stretch.

2001: Complete Pak-age

South Korean’s outlook takes major turn at Open.

2001: Slam Duncan

LSU senior caps hot summer with Women’s Amateur title.

2001: Perspective - Twosome should get Walker Cup selection

And then there was one. That is the number the USGA’s selection process should be down to for this year’s 10-man Walker Cup team.

2001: Perspective - Mickelson will earn his Phil of majors

Over and over, we ask the question: What’s wrong with Phil?

2001: Garcia, Parnevik plan to earn Ryder Cup spots

Sergio Garcia and Jesper Parnevik announced at Loch Lomond that they still hope to make the European Ryder Cup team

2001: Our Opinion - Expand range of First Tee to boost game

The National Golf Foundation’s most recent statistics on participation should serve as a catalyst for bold action.

2001: Business - Stunted growth sparks debate

With golf’s popularity at an all-time high, it is difficult to fathom that participation in the game could be stagnant. But numbers do not lie.

2001: Goosen’s victory proves U.S. Open was no fluke

Retief Goosen won the tournament July 15.

2001: Golfstyle - Nothing auld about St. Andrews Bay

It is set in St. Andrews, a medieval city where golf was born in the 1400s, but there is nothing ancient about this pristine, $71 million resort.

2001: Dufner finally finds a home

Jason Dufner turned pro in May 2000 after graduating from Auburn University.

2001: Klein’s patience pays dividends

Emilee Klein waited since 1996 for an LPGA victory.

2001: Competition - Curtis Cup on Duncan’s mind

Although it’s still a year away, Meredith Duncan has the Curtis Cup on her mind.

2001: Top-secret changes revealed

The work at Augusta National Golf Club is nearing completion.

2001: Trevino’s days at majors are over

Lee Trevino said he won’t play in future major championships.

2001: PGA Tour - Power of positive thinking gives Mickelson the edge

Phil Mickelson went from beating himself up over his recent final-round failures to beating everybody else in the Canon Greater Hartford Open.

2001: Doyle relishes time at the top

Allen Doyle forced sudden death with a 35-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the Senior Players Championship July 15.

2001: Senior Open - Playing in Open a big victory for cancer survivor

Two months and five days after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer Robin McCool had quietly written a profile in courage over the fairways of Salem Country Club.

2001: Japan smiling as Maruyama enters winner’s circle

Shigeki Maruyama became the first Japanese player to win a PGA Tour event on the mainland.

2001: Reavie earns Masters date at Publinks

Chez Reavie plans to spend a lot of time talking with Jeff Quinney about the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club.

2001: Boost in confidence

First along the PGA Tour and now the Senior PGA Tour, former UM psychology major Wend Fleisher has tried to make her husband, Bruce, believe in himself as a golfer.

2001: Lackluster ratings spur Sr. Tour action

Senior Tour members engaged commissioner Tim Finchem in an intense meeting July 10 at the Ford Senior Players Championship.

2001: Amateur status rule changes draw mixed reactions

The U.S. Golf Association announced July 2 that it is changing two key rules involving amateur status.

Saturday, November 3

Spirit of the West reassuring to New

In a world now dominated by concerns about security, terrorism and airline hijackings, there is solace found in the grasslands and big skies of Wyoming and Montana.

Spirit of the West reassuring to New Yorker

In a world now dominated by concerns about security, terrorism and airline hijackings, there is solace found in the grasslands and big skies of Wyoming and Montana. The Peaks & Prairies Golf Course Superintendents Association was celebrating its 25th anniversary with a meeting here in Montana’s biggest city.

Entertaining ideas to help ailing Senior Tour

The ailing Senior PGA Tour easily can be fixed. It just needs to think outside the box, or outside the ropes. That’s to say, it needs to create a compelling, festive atmosphere and emphasize it over competition.

Allen Doyle donates Charles Schwab Cup prize to charity

In this era of megabucks and mega-egos, golfers like Allen Doyle remind us what the spirit of the game is all about.

The remaking of MacGregor: Once troubled clubmaker hopes for revival

After settling last year’s debts for what one creditor called “sense on the dollar,” MacGregor Golf owner Barry Schneider, the Californian who made a fortune in the commercial flooring business, decided earlier this year to increase his investment in the storied clubmaker, perhaps by millions.

Bob Gilder overcomes Doug Tewell at the Senior Tour Championship

Talk about a rude houseguest. Senior Tour rookie Bob Gilder overcame brutal final-round conditions at the Senior Tour Championship Oct. 28 to edge his weeklong host Doug Tewell by a single shot at Gaillardia Golf & Country Club.

Retief Goosen claims Order of Merit

U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen became the first South African since 1975 to capture the Order of Merit Oct. 28, clinching the European No. 1 spot by capturing the Telefonica Open de Madrid in a playoff over England’s Steve Webster.

Annika Sorenstam secures No. 1 status at Cisco World Ladies Match Play Championship

Annika Sorenstam secured her status as No. 1 in the world and the LPGA player of the year after winning the Cisco World Ladies Match Play Championship Oct. 28.

Chris DiMarco’s ‘psycho grip’ does the trick at Callaway Gardens, Buick Challenge

Chris DiMarco calls the unique way he holds his putter the “psycho grip,” possibly because it drives the competition crazy.

Ty Tryon, 17, performs beyond years in first Q-School test

Ty Tryon might not have quieted all of his second-guessers Oct. 26 at World Woods Golf Club, but he took a bold first step.

Pat Bates, Brenden Pappas off to 'Big Show'

One began the week on the outside looking in, the other had nothing to lose. After 72 grueling holes at the Tour Championship, both emerged triumphant.