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2003: Perspective - The highs and lows of design

This Best and Worst in Golf Architecture List is in its 15th year, making it the longest continuously running column idea in U.S. golf.

2003: Our Opinion - ‘A sad commentary’

Golf always has been a game of honor. That’s why it’s so disturbing to learn that the winner of a prestigious national junior championship actually was ineligible.

2003: America's Best - Comeback trail

Here in the arid hills of central Arizona, a golf course is being brought back to life.

2003: America's Best - A matter of rank

Restorations and renovations prominent in courses’ upward movement.

2003: Business - Wilson makes moves to gain Velocity

As it dusts itself off from a difficult – but profitable – 2002, Wilson Golf faces serious questions about what it is going to do next.

2003: Business - Airport shops fly in face of downturn

By spring, when four new stores will be open, there will be 41 PGA Tour Shops, making it the largest branded airport-based retail concept in the nation.

2003: Champions Tour - Fleisher’s game takes ‘Flash vs. Flame’

In the serene world of over-50 golf Hale Irwin vs. Bruce Fleisher is a rivalry worthy of the hype.

2003: PGA Tour - Weir best out West

Mike Weir overhauled his outlook during a winter soul search and came out seeing a glass half full.

2003: Newsmakers - War could affect Qatar, Dubai events

The chances of the Qatar Masters being held were dealt a severe blow after the British Foreign Office advised British citizens not to travel to the Middle Eastern country unless it was absolutely necessary.

2003: Newsmakers - Sorenstam squarely in the spotlight

Sorenstam’s quest to play against the men has transcended the game of golf since she accepted an invitation to the PGA Tour’s Bank of America Colonial May 22-25.

2003: Newsmakers - Junior PGA winner likely to lose title

As Golfweek went to press Feb. 24, the PGA of America was investigating allegations that reigning Westfield Junior PGA champion Sung Ea Lee was overage during her victory last July.

2003: Fitness link can get game in sync

Gyms for golfers. In a society obsessed with fitness, this was bound to happen. And it has – in a big, important way.

2003: Crystal ball reveals a fit future

I have seen the future of golf, and it is the synchronization of the fitness pro and the golf pro.

2003: Business - Corporate market prepares for rebound

Companies of all sizes and industries promote goods and services by putting their appellations on everything from golf shirts and gloves to tees and divot tools.

2003: Hendrix completes ‘too sweet’ week

However, it was a crazy kind of week at the Sunnehanna, which celebrated its 50th anniversary with wet weather and a visit from golf legend Arnold Palmer.

2003: Freshman Blasberg arrives quickly at top

In both cases, Golfweek’s postseason women’s college awards were close. In the end, however, the choices were clear.

2003: More hardware for Penley, Mahan

Larry Penley was on top from start to finish, as his Clemson men’s team was Golfweek’s preseason favorite and remained in the No. 1 spot each week of the season.

2003: Right decision leads Stolz to bank

Andre Stolz faced a tough decision a few days before the LaSalle Bank Open at The Glen Club.

2003: Owen cruises as others prepare

Greg Owen of England won by three strokes June 8 for his first victory in six years on the PGA European Tour.

2003: Major conflict somehow worked

Sixteen months ago, the scheduling snafu was considered a major blunder. Two major championships, two different tours, two different states. Same time. Same market.

2003: LPGA - Sorenstam steams on

Sorenstam made four crucial up-and-down par saves in a six-hole span June 8 and held off hard-charging Grace Park in a playoff to win the McDonald’s LPGA Championship at DuPont Country Club.

2003:Sabbatini stares down second career victory at FBR

To Rory Sabbatini, his second PGA Tour victory was much more difficult than his first. To everyone else, he made it look pretty easy.

2003: Haas to join dad at Open

The U.S. Open field was finalized June 2-4 when 83 players secured spots via 36-hole qualifying.

2003: ‘Healing process’ begins for Love

Davis Love III’s personal life may be “topsy-turvy,” but his game was simply tops heading into the U.S. Open.

2003: Code melds family, fairways

On a list that spans 21 years and includes Jack Nicklaus, Earl Woods and Robert Trent Jones, Brian Code isn’t the most high-profile winner of Golfweek’s Father of the Year.

2003: Business - Golf 20/20 to spearhead physical education initiative

Golf 20/20, an industry-backed initiative to increase participation, plans to test a golf program this fall as part of the physical education curriculum at 80 to 100 elementary schools around the country.

2003: Business - Wilson reorganizes

With Wilson Sporting Goods merging its golf and tennis divisions and longtime president Jim Baugh leaving unexpectedly, the fate of the company’s golf business has become clouded.

2003: Merrick on mark in UCLA’s Pac-10 rout

That UCLA won the Pac-10 Men’s Championship April 30 on its home turf wasn’t such a surprise. But the Bruins’ margin of victory – 27 shots over Arizona – bewildered even coach O.D. Vincent.

2003: Heath still adjusting to college life in U.S.

There aren’t many young golfers who would ignore the advice of six-time major winner Nick Faldo, but James Heath did when he decided to attend Augusta State University.

2003: Augusta State has become Division I powerhouse

The people of Augusta, Ga., are passionate about their golf, and the college game is no exception.

2003: Jack only Nicklaus to make cut

What began as a family affair ended as a one-man show as Jack Nicklaus was the only member of the Nicklaus brood to make the cut at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

2003: Gronberg surges to Italian victory

Gronberg shot 7-under-par 65 Sunday to overtake Gonzalez (70) and five others to finish at 17 under.

2003: LPGA - Park pulls it together at end

Grace Park couldn’t have started worse in the final round of the Michelob Light Open.

2003: Dose of Bayou magic leads to first PGA Tour victory

Too many times in his PGA Tour career, Steve Flesch has found reasons why he can’t get the job done on Sunday.

2003: Three named to Hall of Fame

Nick Price, who won 17 times around the world in 1992-94 and has three major championships among his 18 PGA Tour victories, became the 99th member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

2003: British adds international intrigue

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has taken the bold step of taking the British Open to the rest of the world.

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