News for Sunday, October 3, 2004

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2004: As Ryder Cup draws nigh, Perry searches for old swing

Kenny Perry has struggled with his mechanics and his confidence – to the point that he withdrew from the Buick Championship in Hartford, Conn., Aug. 23.

2004: UCLA women to tackle Calif. men

The Bruins will compete against 29 men’s teams and 30 individuals Sept. 17-18 at the Gold Rush California Collegiate Golf Showcase.

2004: Woods still No. 1 . . . barely

Tiger Woods maintained his perch atop the Official World Golf Ranking.

2004: The Q-School quandary

Duke sophomore Brittany Lang and Oklahoma State junior Karin Sjodin have decided another year of college is in their best interest.

2004: Major golf still to be played

The last major championship of 2004 is history, with Craig Stadler entering golf annals as winner of the Champions Tour’s Jeld-Wen Tradition.

2004: Williams pays $132m for 21 Texas tracks

Bob Williams and sister companies National Golf Properties and American Golf Corp. are wheelin’ and dealin’ once again.

2004: Top-Flite revamps brands, strategy for ’05

Top-Flite takes a significant step toward revival of a long-troubled business.

2004: Pacers finally lead horse in Division II

Under the season’s most intense pressure, and at the year’s most challenging venues, USC-Aiken delivered.

2004: Mayorkas: Blue-collar Bruin

Charlotte Mayorkas’ dedication culminated last spring when she helped lead the Bruins to their second NCAA Division I Championship title.

2004: Crafty Potter molds Furman

In the 1987 NCAA Championship, coach Mic Potter's team was in position to put the finishing touches on an outstanding season.

2004: Back for Moore

‘Stealth’ no longer, UNLV star in spotlight.

2004: Parity’s Potent Punch

In new world order of men’s Division I golf, dynasties are thing of past.

2004: Wetterich finds winning touch

Brett Wetterich had a one-stroke victory Aug. 29 at the Envirocare Utah Classic.

2004: Ochoa finding a solid niche among elite

Last year’s Rookie of the Year has become one of this year’s hottest players.

2004: Walrus continues renaissance

Craig Stadler wins 2nd Champions major.

2004: Jimenez wins, but Ryder Cup the story

Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez won the BMW International Open Aug. 29, and with it the top prize of 300,000 euros.

2004: Austin powers way to Buick breakthrough

Woody Austin says he feels deep down he’s never really shown the world his true talents as a player.

2004: Palmer charity event raises more than $5.1 million

The Turning Point Invitational had been publicized as the most successful charity golf tournament ever staged.

2004: Burk takes on new Masters sponsors

The head of the National Council of Women’s Organizations wasted no time condemning the move by ExxonMobil, IBM and SBC Communications to sponsor the 2005 Masters Tournament.

2004: Creamer enters Q-School, options remain

High school senior Paula Creamer has entered LPGA Q-School as an amateur so she can remain eligible for the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.

2004: Europeans seem locked, loaded

Hal Sutton had better do his homework before the 35th Ryder Cup, because his 12-man team is facing one of the best European teams in a long while.

2004: The Passion of the First Tee

The First Tee Open here at Pebble Beach was all about passion.

2004: Pair left memorable marks

As different as Moe Norman and Harvie Ward were, each left an indelible mark on golf.

2004: Retailers’ hopes of banner year fading fast

With each passing month, 2004 is turning out to be more of a disappointment than a breakout year for retail sales.

2004: Impact studies: More fiction than fact?

Whenever a major event takes place, government officials in the host cities routinely attach economic-impact estimates to the event.

2004: Match-play whimsy can be wonderful

Great golf course architecture owes an unacknowledged debt to match play.

2004: Tamed ‘monster’ still classic

Oakland Hills’ South Course, site of the 2004 Ryder Cup matches, formerly was regarded as a ferocious championship platform for stroke-play events.

2004: Donald will savor first Ryder Cup taste

Luke Donald will represent England as one of 12 players on the European Ryder Cup team.

2004: Bernhard Langer, then and now . . .

Twenty-three years ago, Bernhard Langer came to the United States and teed it up as an unknown in his first PGA Tour event.

2004: Europe’s rookies ready to pounce

Five players – Paul Casey, Luke Donald, David Howell, Thomas Levet and Ian Poulter – make their Ryder Cup debuts.

2004: Tiger Woods: Tough to play against . . . and tough to play with?

Tiger Woods, perhaps the most dominant golfer ever, is 1-10 in his past 11 four-ball matches in Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup play.

2004: Donald , Euros send message

Luke Donald claimed his second PGA European Tour title in five weeks with a five-stroke victory over Ryder Cup teammate Miguel Angel Jimenez at the Omega European Masters.

2004: Stads sails at Pebble

Craig Stadler won his second consecutive tournament on the Champions Tour, and fourth overall in 2004.

2004: Kerr now the one teaching lessons

For the third time this year, Cristie Kerr held off a young player looking for her first career victory, edging the exuberant Christina Kim by a shot Sept. 5 at the State Farm Classic.

2004: Deep Sixed

Tiger Woods has close view as Vijay Singh ascends to No. 1.

2004: Ward found glory on amateur stage

Harvie Ward won two U.S. Amateur Championships, a British Amateur and a Canadian Amateur in the 1950s.

2004: Quirky Norman a pure ballstriker

Moe Norman was golf’s mystery man; he was a puzzle to most everyone and the world was a confusing place for him.