News for Saturday, November 2, 2002

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2002: Perspective - Gophers travel rough road toward gold

If you like Cinderella stories, you’re going to love this one.

2002: Our Opinion - Change needed to strengthen PGA Show

Though most of the industry’s biggest names haven’t departed, their commitment to stay is tenuous at best.

2002: Fashion - Taking the lid off the styles and history of hats

The era’s golf hat disappearing act makes for one of the more intriguing chapters in The Secret History of Golf Fashion.

2002: A potpourri of simmering opinions. . .

If anybody had asked me, I would have told them that...

2002: Tracks - Just how far is 175 yards? Here’s a simple (?) answer

What’s the formula for calculating effective distance?

2002: Media - Morning, noon or night, TGC is OK by me

There is nothing quite like deep reflections on golf to unshackle the mind from the tensions of the day.

2002: Club Life - Club logos put a stamp on reputation

First prize for the biggest development in golf this decade should go to the growing prominence – and perceived importance – of club logos.

2002: Real Estate - Procuring a piece of Pebble

Pebble Beach’s aura of exclusivity is well merited.

2002: Personality - Counselor for compromise

U.S. Golf Association presidents commonly arrive on the train from nowhere, and golfers outside the USGA’s inner circle know little or nothing about them.

2002: Destination - South Strand takes a stand

Low country a tasteful contrast to the excesses of Myrtle Beach.

2002: Business - More companies pitch into wedge category

Drivers are making most of the news these days, but wedges are just as active – and interesting – a segment of the golf club market.

2002: Business - TaylorMade to sell R500

Trying to capitalize quickly on the likelihood of a new COR limit, TaylorMade Golf announced it will ship to retailers Aug. 1 a line of “hot” drivers – the R500.

2002: Business - Titleist adds to 975 family

The Titleist driver family tripled in size with the introduction of two new clubs, the 975J-VS and the 975L-FE.

2002: Business - Callaway’s C4 looking to break sound barrier

With apologies to Julie Andrews, Callaway Golf is betting that the sound of music is more a solid whack and less a high-pitched explosion.

2002: Business - Retailers cautious of high-COR drivers

If the proposal for a higher coefficient of restitution limit becomes a statute, retailers expect a smorgasbord of “hot” drivers to be introduced.

2002: College - Endowments best way to ensure future

Not many college golf coaches are as fortunate as Pat Goss.

2002: College - A tradition torn

Karyn Stordahl may leave the school she loves.

2002: College - Digging in

Community steps up to save Gophers golf.

2002: College - Methodist women capture 5th straight title

Division III champs make it look easy, cruising to 31-shot victory at NCAAs.

2002: College - Guilford tops among Div. III men

Schools from the state of North Carolina dominated the NCAA Division III Men’s Championship.

2002: College - OCU South African chills NAIA foes

All week, Tyrone Van Aswegen, a 20-year-old sophomore, was the most composed player in the 142-man field.

2002: College - Soap-opera season rolls on: Minnesota joins West’s best

A month after the golf program was “dropped” and then given a one-year reprieve, Minnesota will advance to the NCAAs for the fifth consecutive time.

2002: College - Williamson, Purdue rebound at Central

Purdue senior Lee Williamson closed the tournament with rounds of 77-77 – his worst back-to-back rounds of the season – and tied for 27th.

2002: PGA European - Deutschland dismissal

You couldn’t have asked for a better showdown than the final round of the $2.5 million Deutsche Bank–SAP Open TPC of Europe.

2002: LPGA - Strong Moodie leaves Sorenstam no shot

On another wet LPGA weekend, Scotland’s Janice Moodie made sure there wasn’t another Annika Sorenstam comeback.

2002: PGA Tour - Price ends pain of long skein

Nick Price said his four years without a PGA Tour victory felt like 10. Thanks to a brilliant back-nine stretch at the Colonial, the drought is over.

2002: Perspective - Championship stories outnumber trophies

Similar to Oscar Night, where “it’s just great to be nominated,” qualifying for the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship is a notable achievement on its own.

2002: Perspective - Technological Armageddon is upon us

We are headed toward a head-on collision, and there is no turning back. Either the rulemakers or the manufacturers will prevail. In

2002: Obituary - So long to Slammin’ Sam: His swing was the thing

From the time he helped carve his first club out of a maple limb from a Virginia swamp at age 7, the swing was Sam Snead’s thing.

2002: Business - Equipment companies predict COR chaos

The newest driver proposal could become an economic nightmare for golf club manufacturers.

2002: Business - Native Americans seek golf riches

There is one group of builders as bullish as ever on course construction: Native Americans.

2002: College - Rollins inspired by ‘Jack flashback’

Coach Kyle Frakes borrowed a piece of golf history to help guide Rollins College to victory May 24 at the 2002 NCAA Division II Men’s National Championship.

2002: College - Virada’s victorious return

Life came full circle for Duke sophomore Virada Nirapathpongporn at this year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Championship.

2002: PGA European - Hard-edged Hansen takes Volvo PGA

There’s a hard edge to Denmark’s Anders Hansen. He says it’s something that came from playing college golf in the United States.

2002: LPGA - Diaz right at home with Corning victory

Laura Diaz is quickly learning how to win. And the rest of the LPGA is taking notice.

2002: Competition - Furyk flurry seizes wide-open Memorial

Three-time champion Tiger Woods not a factor as Ryder Cup teammate grabs 7th victory.

2002: Perspective - A course (almost) everyone richly deserves

Man, if I ever win $58 million, I’m building me a golf course.

2002: Our Opinion - Conserve water before restrictions are set

As drought conditions continue to worsen in areas across the United States, superintendents are faced with trying to satisfy two diametrically opposed demands.

2002: Superintendent News - Muirhead dead at 79

Desmond Muirhead, one of golf’s most innovative course designers, died of respiratory failure May 2.

2002: Superintendent News - Regional turf shows offer one-stop shopping

A number of regional turfgrass shows around the country have distinguished themselves as opportunities for selling products directly to superintendents.

2002: Superintendent News - Technology will revolutionize pump stations

The communications revolution is probably the most important technological change to affect the irrigation industry.

2002: Superintendent News - Night watermen were easily spooked, except for one who wasn’t

In the old days of golf, before automated irrigation systems, there existed a special niche in the maintenance crew – the night waterman.

2002: Superintendent News - Survey reveals a personal approach to irrigation

It seems disingenuous to neglect the price of green. It’s also important to do as much as possible to promote efficient water management.

2002: Superintendent News - Wetting agents help water infiltrate dry areas

For a golf course manager with a tough, highly variable site where the clientele expects consistent high quality, it can be a job or no-job situation.

2002: Superintendent News - Custom-built pump rises to challenges of elevation

Wolf Creek at Paradise Canyon Resort in Mesquite, Nev., opened Oct. 13, a Friday. But that wasn’t an unlucky day for this course.

2002: Superintendent News - March rounds drop, breaking 5-month trend

For the first time in five months, national rounds played for a monthlong period dropped compared with the same month last year.

2002: Superintendent News - Techs explore national role

Two turf equipment technicians associations have held discussions on the possibility of forming a national organization for techs.

2002: Superintendent News - Study tracks waterbirds in Florida

A study of waterbirds in golf communities has spawned optimism about the viability of course wetlands and ponds as breeding grounds for such wildlife.

2002: Superintendent News - Under new ownership

Bankrupt Ocean Trails handed over to creditor.

2002: Superintendent News - Industry sees value in annual trade show

Defections unlikely, but some companies are weighing costs.

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