News for Friday, November 30, 2001
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.
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.
Proforce shaft gaudy but successful on pro, amateur levels
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women from all over the world set new amateur golf standards in 2001.
Annika Sorenstam won four of her first six starts of the season.
Tiger Woods did enough to produce one of the best years in golf history.
Golfweek/Sagarin rankings uncover some surprises.
Damian Pascuzzo recently made a plea for course raters not to award bonus points for tradition or walking.
Nike and Etonic stopped selling all-white golf shoes this year.
Americans have an increased reluctance to fly.
The entire economy has been devastated by massive layoffs.
On Sept. 16 the announcement came down that the Ryder Cup matches had been postponed until next year.
Many older clubs have felt the need to attach a designer label to their own golf course designs.
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.
50 course raters gathered Sept. 20-23.