News for Friday, November 30, 2001

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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.

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