News for Saturday, November 16, 2002

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2002: A mysterious, yet fashionable fellow

Only Clubman is not actually a man. Rather, he is a brand, of hair tonics, talcum powders and after-shave lotions that fill the locker rooms of clubs everywhere.

2002: Destination - Colors of Cozumel

One golf course and a spectrum of action

2002: Ellis’ fast climb exceeds even her goals

Having been roughed up in a rookie season in which she missed as many LPGA cuts as she made in 2001, Australia’s Michelle Ellis established modest goals at the outset of this season.

2002: Pettersson finds European zone

He doesn’t live in Europe anymore, but Carl Pettersson’s sterling 2002 season had him feeling right at home on the PGA European Tour.

2002: Positive prognosis

Healthy Kuehne roars up rankings

2002: Nothing silly about ‘offseason’ cash

They call it the Silly Season, or at least they used to. It now is called the Challenge Season, and perhaps a new name is justified, because there was nothing silly about the cash earned by two of golf’s biggest names at these year-end exhibitions.

2002: As if by magic, Tour’s slate solidified

In July, it looked as if the PGA Tour would have to toss in the towel on its attempts to salvage a full 2003 schedule.

2002: Bump in the road for Mizuno

Iron reign over, but company confident in new initiatives

2002: Golfweek Preferred - Practice should be Routine

It is impossible to underrate the importance of having a consistent, goal-oriented practice routine.

2002: Swede ends super season in style

Annika Sorenstam was as good at the finish as she was at the start.

2002: Less pressure on European foursome

While some players do not have a place to play in 2003, Germany’s Alex Cejka, England’s John Morgan, and Swedes Carl Pettersson and Richard S. Johnson are among those fortunate golfers who have two choices.

2002: Martin falters with poor final nine

Casey Martin is a living, breathing metaphor for golf. His life reflects the turmoil, the struggle, the emotion, the disappointment, the joy that are undeniable elements of the game.

2002: Q-School: Tortures and trials

The PGA Tour’s Q-School was a torture test that doubled as a golf tournament. Never before have so many golfers been eaten alive. I think the tournament director was named Hannibal Lecter.

2002: Green light

Surviving infamous Q-School pressure special to 1st-timers, Tour veterans alike

2002: Player of the Year - What next?

After a remarkable year in 2001, we wondered if Annika Sorenstam could top it. Incredibly, she did. But now, even she says 2002 was ‘probably as good as it gets.’

2002: Skeptics can go take a leap

Skeptics will tell you golf is in trouble.

2002: Two quit Augusta; Times becomes story

The tentacles of the golf story that dominated 2002 reached from Augusta, Ga., to Washington on Dec. 9 when the White House announced that Treasury Secretary nominee John W. Snow intended to resign his membership in the Augusta National Golf Club.

2002: Golfweek Preferred - Wedges are friends

This is a story about everybody’s new best friend, the wedge.

2002: Cyber tempest over GCSAA board’s Ryder Cup trip

Travel perks provided to four board officers of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America have sparked a cyber protest among the group’s membership.

2002: Dick’s golf success fuels IPO effort

Dick’s Sporting Goods won’t be able to avoid the spotlight much longer.

2002: Perspective - One last garden party

This quaint, charming village deep in the Georgia pines is a place where PGA Tour players love to get away from it all.

2002: Business - FootJoy tightens grip on glove market

FootJoy is making the best of the situation in the glove category – mostly at its competitors’ expense.

2002: Business - Drapeau: Clubmakers ‘tricked’

Callaway addresses USGA and retail concerns.

2002: Huffy gains new life with Gen-X

The $55 million merger between Huffy Corp. and Gen-X Sports has been completed.

2002: Business - Audubon impact felt at courses

For Ron Dodson, president and CEO of Audubon International, converting golf course developers and owners into environmental stewards has become his life’s calling.

2002; Callaway blames economy, USGA for 3Q woes

A battered U. S. stock market, fretful consumers and a struggling Japanese economy were just some factors that conspired against Callaway Golf Co. and caused its net sales to drop 18 percent during the third quarter.

2002: Business - Brothers in Harmony on shafts

United Sports Technologies has tapped the golf swing expertise of the Harmon brothers – Butch, Dick, Craig and Billy – to develop a line of graphite shafts for tour-caliber players.

2002: Here’s a great place to fiddle around

An educated guess would project 2002 sales for Fiddler’s Green at $9 million to $10 million.

2002: N.Y. investors acquire Golfsmith

Golfsmith International Inc. has sold a majority interest in its retail operation to First Atlantic Capital Ltd. – a New York-based private investment firm that specializes in acquiring and growing mid-size companies.

2002: Golf People - Unlikely pioneer

For 90 minutes, I watched Suzy Whaley game over nine holes from the most revealing vantage point in the business – as her caddie.

2002: Golf ‘missionary’ makes Iranian pilgrimage

As the need for diplomacy in the Middle East increases, perhaps an unexpected source has been found: Golf.

2002: Secrets to smashing success

What a joke – I, the puffball hitter supreme, acting as if I know the first thing about driving a golf ball long distances.

2002: Raters get art lessons at Ocean Course, Cassique

60 Golfweek course raters gather.

2002: Take heart: Proper breathing easy

Whenever you see a player interviewed on television after winning a tournament, especially if it’s for the first time, at some point the player invariably will talk about breathing and how it kept him or her relaxed.

2002: Media - USA’s new studio show: Clean slate to berate

Despite all the hellish indictments I deliver in this space, I do admire the way performers actually get up before the camera and face the inevitable insults.

2002: Amateur - U.S. rallies for World Amateur title

The U.S. team overcame a three-shot deficit to France thanks to D.J. Trahan at the World Amateur Team Championship.

2002: Unknown outblasts Daly, other big boys

The longest hitter in the world is a javelin thrower who turned to golf just three months ago.

2002: Women’s World Amateur: Tiebreaker goes to Aussies

The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship came down to three shots – the difference between Australia’s and Thailand’s No. 3 players.

2002: Buy.com Tour - The flip side

Tour finale: Tales of wonder and woe

2002: Ironman Quigley solidifies season

The Senior PGA Tour’s most durable performer continues to hit shots, collect checks and earn victories. Dana Quigley was at it again Oct. 20 winning the SBC Championship at Oak Hills Country Club.

2002: LPGA - Pak frees mind in freezing wind

The conditions were brutal and the pressure even more intense than usual, but Se Ri Pak found a rather cosmic way to win.

2002: No match: Els maintains Match Play hold

There was a time when Gary Player practically owned the Cisco World Match Play Championship. These days it belongs to another South African superstar.

2002: Ranch Club offers yearlong gift

The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Mass., is offering a unique holiday gift for the avid golfer.

2002: Links 2003: Upgrades galore

Links 2003 has many of the upgrades necessary to keep pace with its competitors.

2002: From mad to magic for Burns

Funny, but it wasn’t until Bob Burns was on his way out of Las Vegas Oct. 11 that he decided to roll the dice.

2002: Senior PGA Tour - Weather doesn’t hinder Watson

Tom Watson knows how to play in bad weather. Five British Open titles prove that, and now so too does the Senior Tour Championship.

2002: PGA Tour - Byrd bounces closer to Masters

A fortuitous bounce off the back of his wife-to-be was about all the help Jonathan Byrd needed in the final round of the Buick Challenge Oct. 27. The rest he did on his own.

2002: Female golfers file discrimination complaint

Three female golfers have filed a legal complaint against Coatesville (Pa.) Country Club, alleging that the club denies female members full-voting privileges and weekend tee times during men’s tournaments.

2002: Newsmakers - Wongluekiet twins bound for Florida

Aree and Naree Song Wongluekiet are heading to the University of Florida next fall – even if only for a year.

2002: NCAA proposals could end fall season

Division I men’s and women’s golf coaches hope to amend some of the changes being considered by the NCAA regarding playing and practice time for student-athletes.

2002: Newsmakers - Growth on display at First Tee meeting

By any measure, The First Tee is gaining momentum.

2002: Mirabel: High end of the High End

Mirabel, a “private golf community” in north Scottsdale was born in controversy.

2002: Newsmakers - Capt. Sutton calls for Ryder passion

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton sounds as if he’ll start at the top by working on Tiger Woods.

2002: Our Opinion - The First Tee growing stronger

Tod Leiweke remembers when the fledgling First Tee program was based in a utility trailer at PGA Tour headquarters, and doubled as a "will call" ticket pickup location and a bathroom.

2002: These rules of golf really mean something

One issue many people have with the official rules is that they are much more geared to serious tournament play than the weekend games.

2002: California traffic and innovative chatter

Don Wood, a senior designer for Cleveland Golf, is tooling down a series of California freeways. The more he gets stuck in traffic, the more he chatters.

2002: Caddies in the loop more than bag-toters

Sad to say, but most golfers today will go through their lives (i.e. “playing careers”) without knowing the joys of caddying.

2002: Aronimink’s inspiring rebirth

Among the many joys of being an itinerant student of architecture is seeing a golf course brought back to proper form. Consider the case of Aronimink Golf Club, 12 miles west of downtown Philadelphia.

2002: Augusta State-ment made at Preview

When Josh Gregory was named as men’s golf coach at Augusta (Ga.) State University Sept. 16, he wasn’t sure what to expect or what response he would receive from the Jaguar players.

2002: Match-play mettle: Thompson wins 24 in row

The latest chapter in Thompson’s illustrious career will read four consecutive USGA Senior Women’s Amateur championships.

2002: Kite gets ‘W’ without ‘A’ game

When you’ve played golf as long as Tom Kite has, sometimes you have to just hang in there. Sometimes you win with the ‘A’ game, sometimes you don’t.

2002: Ridings’ dream within reach

If Tag Ridings earns a PGA Tour card for 2003 at next week’s Buy.com Tour Championship, the turning point might have been a week off in mid-August.

2002: Surf and turf

Oahu: Ocean spray and places to play.

2002: Out of the shadows

Germany’s Alex Cejka earned his fourth PGA European Tour title Oct. 13, but victory was hardly a familiar feeling.

2002: Sorenstam again meets match in Pak

Se Ri Pak has stopped another Annika Sorenstam streak.

2002: LPGA Tour - Card-clinchers

Lovander leads LPGA qualifiers, but Marti misses

2002: Against all odds

Trailing by five strokes at the start of the final round, Phil Tataurangi didn’t think he had a chance to win the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas.

2002: Survey points to First Tee satisfaction

Joe Louis Barrow will have an impressive story to tell when The First Tee celebrates its fifth anniversary Oct. 24-26 during the organization’s annual meeting at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.

2002: Lopez says farewell to full-time competition

Her week at the Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions said a lot about Nancy Lopez. The 48-time winner wanted desperately to be competitive to the very end.

2002: Thatcher survives the Bayonet

Roland Thatcher finished at 5-under 283 to beat two-time Australian Open champion Aaron Baddeley (final-round 71) by two strokes.

2002: Irwin adds to island success

Hale Irwin birdied the first playoff hole Oct. 6 at the Turtle Bay Championship, beating McCord to win the event for the third consecutive year.

2002: BBC an ear-opening experience

You don't want to be without a radio at the Ryder Cup at The Belfry.

2002: Harrington’s glorious run

Padraig Harrington won the Dunhill Links Championship.

2002: Divine nine

Sorenstam surpasses 8 wins of a year ago by crushing elite Samsung World field.

2002: Howell puts end to talk

Charles Howell III turned professional after winning the 2000 NCAA individual championship as a junior at Oklahoma State.

2002: Pupil learns from teacher, almost

Greg Reynolds had many to thank for his USGA Senior Amateur victory.

2002: Support on his shoulders

Michigan’s Reynolds, inspired by mother, wins Senior Amateur.

2002: R&A sets COR limit at .830 for British Open

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews announced Oct. 1 it will limit the spring-like effect on drivers at next year’s British Open.

2002: A first: USGA to hold practice for Walker Cup hopefuls

The U.S. Golf Association announced Oct. 2 that it has invited 23 top amateurs to participate in a three-day practice session for the 2003 Walker Cup match.

2002: As Augusta National opens, some break ranks

Augusta National Golf Club, closed since May 18, reopens for play Oct. 10.

2002: Walker Cup practice step in right direction

Candidates for the 2003 U.S. Walker Cup team gather Nov. 29 near Hilton Head, S.C., for a three-day practice session.

2002: Precept brings clubhead size down to earth

Precept launches its Tour Premium 320LS Moon Sole driver.

2002: Hybrid clubs gain prominence

Wilson Golf and Adams Golf have included hybrids as part and parcel of their new iron sets.

2002: Callaway’s executive shuffle

CEO’s changes move Hutin into spotlight.

2002: Marti claims medal at LPGA Q-School

Paula Marti led a group of 30 players into the final stage of LPGA qualifying.

2002: Oberholser solidifies ’03 Tour card

Arron Oberholser, 27, is making the most of a special medical extension this year on the Buy.com Tour.

2002: Gore hits paydirt with Oregon victory

Jason Gore shot a tournament-record 18-under 270 for his first Buy.com Tour victory since the 2000 Buy.com New Mexico Classic.

2002: Back-to-back Bob: Gilder records 4th title

For the second time this season, Bob Gilder recorded back-to-back victories.

2002: Fleisher ends drought, drinks up RJR victory Clemmons, n.c.

Bruce Fleisher shot 67 Sunday to set a Senior Tour 54-hole record at 19-under 191 for his first title since the 2001 U.S. Senior Open.

2002: Karlsson inspired at European Masters

Robert Karlsson dedicated his victory to sports psychologist Bengt Stern, who died Sept. 6.

2002: Leaney earns a cool 5 years

Stephen Leaney earned his first victory since the 2000 Dutch Open at the German Masters on Sept. 15.

2002: Sorenstam gets a grip, continues hold over LPGA Tulsa, Okla.

Annika Sorenstam changed to a new cross-handed grip during the Williams Championship and rolled in birdies.

2002: Sorenstam, Safeway stay sharp Portland, Ore.

The LPGA staged a double celebration at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, with Annika Sorenstam’s eighth victory of the year.

2002: Lancaster’s final-hole flop hands Rollins 1st Tour title Markham, Ontario

Neal Lancaster's double bogey on the 18th hole of the Bell Canadian Open forced a three-way playoff and gave John Rollins the opening he needed for his first PGA Tour title.

2002: Q-School out of the question as Forsman ends title drought Paoli, Pa.

On Sept. 13, Dan Forsman handed in his application for PGA Tour Qualifying School.

2002: Fall For North Carolina

North Carolina has soared to the top of the nation’s list of most desirable places to stay and play.

2002: A golf playland in the Georgia hills

Lake Oconee is now being trumpeted as a “golfer’s paradise,” a dream destination.