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2004: Perspective - For club pros, it’s truly Valhalla

The kings are dead. Long live the kings.

2004: Our Opinion - Amateurs take center stage

Thanks to the presence of Michelle Wie on the American side, the 33rd edition of the Curtis Cup likely will command far more media attention than any of its predecessors.

2004: Club Life - When tagging along, it’s best to avoid the host from hell

Of all people in golf, none are quite so revered in some circles as the fellow who belongs to the very best clubs in the land and is only too happy to share his great fortune - and his superlative courses - with his friends.

2004: Resort Report - Bluegrass state of mind

Kentucky’s collection of resort parks features picturesque stay-and-play.

2004: Feature - Leatherstocking a Hall of Fame visit

Your tee time isn’t for another hour, but it’s hard not to be thinking about the round, because sections of the gorgeous Leatherstocking Golf Course are spread out before you.

2004: Features Placid Splendor

Winter Olympics brought fame, but Adirondacks and Lake Placid also offer scenic, short-summer golf.

2004: Business - Huffy’s financial woes leave golf division in limbo

Huffy Corp. is on the auction block, though it’s not clear what impact that will have on the company’s Tommy Armour Golf division.

2004: Business - Fairway & Greene acquired by Canadian firm

Fairway & Greene has been sold in a private transaction to Northbridge Equity Partners of Montreal, officials of the apparel company announced May 26.

2004: Business - Driven by Daly, Dunlop expands brand

When Dunlop Golf signed John Daly as its star endorser, the equipment manufacturer touted him as golf’s man of the people. Now, Dunlop is aiming to become the brand of the people.

2004: Curtis Cup - Formby’s formidable challenge: Trees and breeze

The 33rd Curtis Cup Matches will be contested on a refined if underappreciated venue for amateur championships.

2004: Curtis Cup - Age aside, U.S. squad full of experience

The average age of the eight rookies that compose the U.S. team is 18.5, compared with GB&I’s average age of 24.5.

2004: College - Janangelo, Freitag honored

Duke sophomore Liz Janangelo won three of her first four events and continued the momentum throughout the season.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Finally, a winner at Wakefield

The Nationwide Tour’s SAS Carolina Classic May 30 appeared as though it might never end.

2004: Champions Tour - Drummond makes a name for himself

Scotland’s Scott Drummond added his name to Ignacio Garrido (2003), Anders Hansen (2002) and Andrew Oldcorn (2001) as a quartet of the most unlikely players to win the Tour’s flagship event.

2004: Champions Tour - Irwin survives Senior storm

Although there were no official titles for the steady march of weather systems that disrupted the 65th Senior PGA Championship, there were plenty of unofficial monikers.

2004: The Masters - Wittenberg wows ’em

As Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els were trading blows on the back nine Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club, a 19-year-old amateur was quietly making a statement of his own.

2004: The Masters - Goodbye to a right-hand man

The 68th Masters opened with a salute not to a Q-rated protagonist but to a trusty sidekick.

2004: The Masters - A Tiger’s tale: A non-factor, again

Waiting at Augusta National’s 15th tee Sunday, Tiger Woods found himself in a disconcertingly unusual situation.

2004: Mickelson has maturity to thank

Tens of thousands of Masters spectators, were swept away by Phil Fever.

2004: The Masters - Contenders briefly steal Masters spotlight

Some moved up, some moved down. At the 68th Masters, K.J. Choi, Sergio Garcia and Chris DiMarco were among those who did a little of both.

2004: The Masters - Els delivers, but can’t solve Augusta’s spell

In the end, standing on the majestic practice green at Augusta National preparing for a playoff that never would happen, there was nothing more for Ernie Els to do.

2004: The Masters - Forever King at Augusta

There were too many “Arnie moments” to count during the King’s final Masters.

2004: The Masters - Major Phil? You better believe it

He may have looked a little like a startled Dean Jones in one of those old, fluffy, G-rated Disney flicks, but as the 2004 Masters movie unfolded, admit it – Lefty looked pretty good in green.

2004: Masters course remains true

The first men’s major of the season delivered a moving tribute to Arnold Palmer, who played in his 50th consecutive – and final – Masters.

2004: The Masters - Newfound patience spurs Mickelson

So when, exactly, did Phil Mickelson have this great epiphany to become a calculating, left-handed Jack Nicklaus, plotting his way around a major championship as if seated at an Ivy League chess table?

2004: The Masters - Ful-Phil-ment

At long last, Mickelson’s major quest culminates in thrilling triumph, not frustrating failure.

2004: Newsmakers - Mediate’s putter spurs 11th-hour adjustment

Rocco Mediate’s putter, made by Bob Bettinardi and named Roc & Roll, was declared nonconforming by the U.S. Golf Association the day before the start of the Masters.

2004: Workouts that stretch the limits

Washington coach Mary Lou Mulflur has her seven-member squad right where she wants them, gaining a competitive edge.

2004: New golf leadership for IMG

Mark Steinberg and Guy Kinnings have been promoted to senior vice presidents in charge of the company’s golf division.

2004: Newsmakers - Callaway to make Nike practice balls

The Callaway-Nike deal, struck between the two competitors last month, is noteworthy for its potential evolution.

2004: Winn seeks firmer grip on OEM market

Winn Inc. wants a bigger slice of the business that really matters: contracts to supply original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs.

2004: Newsmakers - Popular caddie loses fight with ALS

Bruce Edwards, the popular caddie for Tom Watson for all but three of the past 30 years, died April 8 after a 15-month battle against Lou Gehrig’s disease.

2004: Perspective - Now, that’s entertainment!

Now that everybody’s heartbeat has returned to normal after the thrill-me, Phil-me Masters, it’s clear that a new trend is emerging in major championship golf. It’s called entertainment.

2004: Our Opinion - Nationwide priorities askew

The Nationwide Tour has 25 categories of eligibility. No. 13 in the pecking order is “PGA Tour member not exempt for current tour event.”

2004: Architecture - The psychology of target golf

There’s a close, if unexplored, relationship between golf course architecture and psychology.

2004: America's Best - Mauna Lani: Lava-filled eye-openers

The west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island is an unlikely place for golf. Credit also must go to some ingenious golf course architects.

2004: Business - Construction slump forces architects to scramble

As the country’s course designers prepare for their 58th annual meeting, a major topic of discussion is going to be work – as in who has it and who doesn’t.

2004: Then and now, Trans-Miss a joy

When I attended the 100th playing of the Trans-Mississippi Amateur at Flint Hills National Golf Club, I was reminded once again of golf’s glorious amateur past.

2004: College - Bulldogs nip Gators for SEC title

Georgia’s men picked a good time for their first victory since last season.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Chopra earns first title at First Tee

After shooting a 3-over-par 75 in the opening round of the First Tee Arkansas Classic, Daniel Chopra salvaged his game and won.

2004: A formula for fairness

The brass ring that aspiring pros chase has become infinitely more valuable.

2004: LPGA - Experienced Kerr matches up

When it comes to match play, you might say Cristie Kerr has just a touch more experience in pressure situations than Seol-An Jeon.

2004: Friends by Design

Seay’s relationship with Palmer endures for decades.

2004: PGA Tour - Rose not wilting after Masters

Believe it or not, Justin Rose's career didn’t end after that horrid third round at Augusta National.

2004: Newsmakers - Cink’s payoff worth the wait

Stewart Cink didn’t know what to do with himself at Harbour Town, and had only his stellar play to blame.

2004: Newsmakers - GB&I puts crosshairs on Wie

Ada O’Sullivan is planning to use the specter of playing against Michelle Wie to motivate her eight-member squad to victory over the United States.

2004: PGA campaign beckons fans to play the game

Play Golf America launched its national advertising campaign during broadcasts of the PGA Tour and Champions Tour events last week.

2004: Metalwood rebound powers Callaway results

Callaway Golf Co. reported a sharp increase in metalwood sales during the first quarter as the company took additional steps to integrate the Top-Flite Golf Co.

2004: Broad-based gains drive Acushnet’s sales

The Acushnet Co. extended its streak of consecutive, double-digit sales gains to four quarters.

2004: Back in black, C&B survives ‘perfect storm’

Cutter & Buck was buffeted by what a rival describes as a “perfect storm” of problems.

2004: Baylor School breeds champions

In Chattanooga, Tenn., a love affair lingers between amateur golf and a local school.

2004: Pacific Coast Amateur: ‘Best of the West’

Until recently the gulf between the USGA and the West Coast’s top amateurs had been as imposing as the Great Divide.

2004: Former pros find joy as amateurs

In 2003, the USGA granted reinstatement to 605 players.

2004: Status Symbol

Pruitt’s success fuels debate about reinstatement guidelines.

2004: This time, Langham makes it last

Franklin Langham shot 66 April 25 to secure a two-shot victory, his first in more than a decade.

2004: Irwin holds on for 1st of ’04

Hale Irwin captured the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf April 25 at The Club at Savannah Harbor.

2004: Keep the putter in the bag: Cevaer holes out – twice

Twice in two months on the PGA European Tour, holes-in-one and eagle-2s have played a huge role in determining the winner of a tournament.

2004: A quick study makes his mark

Kyoung-Ju Choi ranked 22nd on the PGA Tour money list and already had three top-5 finishes this year.

2004: Singh’s swing shines at soggy Shell

Vijay Singh, 41, finished the four rounds at 11-under 277, posting his second victory in Houston.

2004: Duke, UCLA, Vandy head regions

Duke, UCLA and Vanderbilt are the top- seeded teams in the NCAA Division I Women’s Regionals.

2004: Nicklaus, Player set for Presidents rematch

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were scheduled to be named by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem April 27.

2004: Sifford’s struggles pay off in Hall

Charlie Sifford on April 22 became the first African-American elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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