Stories for September 2004


News 2004 September

Tuesday, September 28

2004: Newsmakers - PGA Tour Superstores coming soon

The PGA Tour is partnering with a group of former Home Depot executives to create a national, Tour-branded chain of golf superstores as large as 70,000 square foot each.

2004: Newsmakers - Iles aims for early 2005 return

Bradley Iles nearly died two months ago while laying in a coma. Now, the 21-year-old amateur is planning a return to competitive golf in January.

2004: Newsmakers - Courses clobbered by Frances

Tee sheets throughout Florida and as far north as western New York were washed out by Frances for days and maybe even weeks at coastal courses.

2004: Perspective - Nallen chooses a quieter path

On moxie you’ve got to give Chris Nallen style points.

2004: Our Opinion - Time to team up on Europe

Much discussion in the wake of Europe’s 181⁄2 to 91⁄2 victory in the 35th Ryder Cup Matches has centered on the selection system for the United States team.

2004: Feature - The clubhouse connection

Anyone serious about golf course design also should be thinking about clubhouse architecture and what makes buildings comfortable or awkward.

2004: America's Best - Paa-Ko Ridge value a New Mexico staple

A trek to New Mexico would be a worthwhile venture, made all the more intriguing by a visit to the state’s highest-rated course, Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club.

2004: Business - Feel Golf puts grip on new business

There are two ways to describe Feel Golf: It is a golf club company that just happens to make grips, and it is a grip company that just happens to make golf clubs.

2004: Business - ‘Foreign aid’ fuels MacGregor comeback

As divisional merchandise manager for hardgoods at the Golf Galaxy retail chain, John Clouse can make manufacturers smile or frown, depending on whether he decides to write an order.

2004: College - Sister act brings success to Texas Tech

Stacey Totman was in her second season as head coach of the Lady Raiders when her younger sister came to town. And the transition from sibling to coach and caretaker wasn’t smooth as silk.

2004: Amateurs - Doell stocks up at Preserve

Completing what was supposed to be a two-week tune-up for the World Amateur Team Championship later this month, Canadian Craig Doell captured the 13th annual Stocker Cup.

2004: USGA Senior Amateur - Creekmore holds off Haines for Senior Women’s crown

The third time was the charm for Carolyn Creekmore at the USGA Senior Amateur.

2004: USGA Senior Amateur - Merrins’ magic sparks Bemowski at Bel-Air

Mark Bemowski is the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur champion, thanks to a little tip from the “Little Pro.”

2004: Nothing but the truth about teaching

The first stop on our freedom tour was Phoenix, where the Southwest Section of the PGA of America recently held its eighth Teaching Summit.

2004: Champions Tour - McNulty sizzles in first victory since February

Up four shots with 18 holes to play, Champions Tour rookie Mark McNulty liked where he was at the SBC Championship.

2004: Yes! bids for elusive sales Groove

Francis Ricci, chief executive of Yes! Golf, holds a lofty vision for his little business.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Persistence pays off for veteran Gump

Scott Gump is an enigma: short hitter with a self-deprecating manner and a quiet, almost carefree approach to a career that spans three decades.

2004: IPO, TV deal enhance Natural resources

Natural Golf has made some noise over the years for its unorthodox teaching technique, but as a business, it’s been a dud, never turning a profit in its 14-year history.

2004: LPGA - Familiar roles for Sorenstam, Park

Grace Park seems stuck at No. 2. The main reason for that, of course, is who’s entrenched at No. 1.

2004: PGA European Tour - Enriched Els surges down stretch

Give Ernie Els the chance of winning a million and he seems to raise his game. For the second time in three weeks, Els pocketed that figure.

2004: For Tech, more good luck in Hawaii

Georgia Tech, No. 5 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, came in with a 23-under-par 841 for a three-shot victory over No. 4 UCLA.

2004: PGA Tour - Geiberger secures card, makes history

It was Brent Geiberger’s day at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, and not just because he won the same tournament his father did in 1976.

2004: Newsmakers - Woods extends his honeymoon

Rather than teeing it up Oct. 21 at Walt Disney World – where he has made nine consecutive appearances, won twice and notched four additional top 10s – Tiger Woods extended his honeymoon.

2004: Renovation as therapy

Working with a qualified golf course architect is a lot like developing a therapeutic relationship with a shrink.

2004: Nallen snaps slump, starts a streak

Chris Nallen would not have another top-10 finish the rest of the summer, and he failed to qualify for the 64-player match play field at the U.S. Amateur.

2004: Quintero reaches new frontier

How far out in the Sonoran Desert do you have to go to be a pioneer these days?

2004: Cleveland: An evolution in design

In its 25-year history, Cleveland Golf has made a series of fascinating pit stops.

2004: Newsmakers - PGA mulls changes to Ryder Cup selections

The PGA will decide soon on the 2006 U.S. captain, ideally before its Nov. 2-6 annual meeting.

2004: A golfer and a gentleman

For Billy Hurley, pro golf must take a back seat to good old Uncle Sam, in particular the U.S. Navy.

2004: Cleveland ascends leaderboard

Every TV set tuned to the 2003 PGA Championship flashed the same image: Shaun Micheel, Chad Campbell and Timothy Clark dueling down the stretch.

2004: Newsmakers - West Coast purses hit plateau

The large-scale growth of PGA Tour purses may be coming to a screeching halt if next year’s early-season West Coast events are any barometer.

2004: Distance debate remains unsettled

In 2002, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., in the dead of winter to address the Executive Committee of the U.S. Golf Association.

2004: Past presidents set USGA agenda

Presidents of the U.S. Golf Association are given a lifetime exemption, if you will, into the spheres of power in American golf.

2004: Presidential whims

Eric Gleacher and Jack Vardaman were rising USGA stars. Their sudden demise calls association politics into question.

2004: Road to NCAA crown begins now

Well, in Division I men’s golf it’s time to start the engines for the 2004 spring season in the race for NCAA postseason play.

2004: Downes headed up Down Under

Chris Downes has fast become a household name in Australian golf.

2004: Swenson survives in Doherty

Perry Swenson held off a late rally by Tiffany Chudy Jan. 24 to win the Doherty Championship on the 20th hole.

2004: ‘No rhyme or reason,’ but Stadler wins

Craig Stadler, playing at the Ace Group Classic at The Club at TwinEagles, had his thoughts on the West Coast.

2004: Zoeller strong down stretch in opener

The start of the 2004 Champions Tour had quite a Fuzzy finish.

2004: Siem exploits playoff trifecta

Had Marcel Siem been able to birdie No. 18 the first time around, he could have saved himself a lot of time.

2004: Davis finishes first, Davies 154th

When the week began, it was a Davies who drew attention, but when all was said and done at the ANZ Championship, it was a Davis who stole the show.

2004: Daly’s talent again rises above tribulations

Just when everyone expected Tiger vs. Vijay, we were treated to the resurrection of Long John Daly instead.

2004: Our Opinion - Revamp the system

The dust has settled at La Costa, where Tiger Woods got the best of Davis Love III. Subsided, too, is the grumbling over the Official World Golf Ranking.At least for a week or two.

2004: PGA - Ray of Hope

There are players who had breakout, robust seasons on the PGA Tour in 2003. And then there was Phil Mickelson’s 2003.

2004: Orchards under watchful eye

U.S. Golf Association officials are watching with more than normal scrutiny what’s going on at The Orchards in South Hadley, Mass., site of the this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, July 1-4.

2004: For Your Game - Demaret biography is deep in the rough

Rarely has such a colorful character been portrayed in such mundane fashion as is Jimmy Demaret in John Companiotte’s “The Swing’s the Thing.”

2005: For Your Game - Almanac records equipment usage

The best book that deals with touring pros and their golf equipment? It’s the new “2004 Golf Equipment Almanac” from the Darrell Survey.

2004: Confusing NCAA rule a mixed bag

The NCAA says the rule was adopted to prohibit student-athletes from promoting their university for recruiting purposes.

2004: Might Wie play men’s college golf?

Should Michelle Wie decide to play college golf, will it be for a women’s team or a men’s team?

2004: For Your Game - Rankmark scores in testing test

Independent golf club testing always has been a murky, messy, muddled pursuit. Few have done it well. Few have done it meticulously. Few have done it honestly. But this may be changing.

2004: Features - Puffball Jim a testing fool

I am so crazy about golf that testing equipment is as much fun to me as shooting a low score.

2004: Business - Fujikura expands market with new shaft offering

The addition of the Tour Release, which is designed to suit golfers of all abilities, doesn’t necessarily signify a change in business strategy for Fujikura Composites.

2004: Nilsmark returns as Solheim captain

The Ladies European Tour announced Feb. 16 that Catrin Nilsmark accepted the captaincy for the 2005 Solheim Cup.

2004: Tom Doak: 'Protectionist of Principles'

Alice Dye, wife of legendary course architect Pete Dye, remembers when her husband hired Tom Doak

2004: Business - Meadowbrook seeks PGA Tour properties

Deal for five TPC layouts would enhance course owner’s portfolio.

2004: Handling hecklers

Golf’s major headline-grabbing, must-comment issue of the moment involves the dastardly deed of heckling.

2004: College - Gators clamp down on top spot

Florida finished the fall season No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Based on early results this spring, teams looking to dislodge Florida from that perch better take their games up a notch.

2004: If a tree falls on a golf course . . .

After spending 120 days on the road and playing golf in 24 states (plus Scotland) last year, I had no shortage of material, though perhaps a lack of imagination.

2004: Nationwide Tour - ‘Angry Ant’ scurries to victory

Last year on the PGA Tour was a learning experience for Gavin Coles. Not all the lessons, however, were of the sort the outspoken Aussie wants to remember.

2004: Opening arguments begin with rankings

Our eighth annual survey of America’s Best Courses gives Golfweek readers a chance to contemplate – and perhaps to fantasize – about the merits of old and new designs.

2004: PGA Tour - Slocum breaks through after 78 starts, 2 close calls

Aaron Baddeley hadn’t made a bogey since the second round, but a three-putt on the 72nd green ended that streak and his chance at victory.

2004: Business - Start-ups brave risks, hope for rewards

ohn Breaker recalls watching Tiger Woods bomb drives at The Masters a few years ago and having this odd thought: That’s an inefficient use of space.

2004: Answers await LPGA play

What can women’s golf do for an encore after all the positive publicity generated by Annika Sorenstam’s foray onto the PGA Tour?

2004: PGA - Woods takes command

A hot-putting Tiger Woods won his second consecutive World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play title and his 40th PGA Tour trophy.

2004: UCLA freshman rises early, catches Tiger

UCLA freshman Chris Heintz made the most of his first PGA Tour event.

2004: Coughlan seeks Nationwide presence

From the back of the line in a crowded Panama City pub, Ireland’s Richie Coughlan announces to those waiting for libations, “Get in there and announce your presence with authority.”

2004: Collars, khakis and staying up to code

Club attire: even approved articles of clothing can cause consternation.

2004: Winner Walters faces decisions

Australian Euan Walters now will be able to enjoy a lavish meal with his growing family.

2004: Competition - Veteran doesn’t let war injury deter his game

Richard Saldana lost his right hand, but he didn’t lose hope. He came home, and learned how to play golf with one arm. That was 29 years – and 21 aces – ago.

2004: Jaidee comes up aces in Malaysia

Thongchai Jaidee made history by becoming the first player from Thailand to win a PGA European Tour event, and he also authored one of the most pivotal holes-in-one ever.

2004: Daunting Nakoma offers just rewards

Any Tahoe-bound traveler should sidetrack to the amazing Nakoma Resort and Spa, located about an hour north of the lake in a tiny wooded town.

2004: Zoeller’s Outback charge falls shy

History has a way of softening even the most jagged competitive edge. Consider Mark McNulty’s quest for his first tour victory on U.S. soil Feb. 22 at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

2004: Competition - A second chance

A second chance is all Denmark’s Christopher Svendsen wants after a drinking mishap sets back his pro aspirations.

2004: Reno

Overshadowed by Vegas, but the golf glimmers.

2004: McNulty a rookie in name only

Rookie. It’s the most endearing oxymoron in all of professional sport – a 50-year-old rookie.

2004: Weir, winning form cohesive relationship

We see Mike Weir as the reigning Masters champion and, now, winner of consecutive Nissan Opens.

2004: Perspective - Solheim snub shouldn’t be a shock

News that the Ladies European Tour awarded the 2007 Solheim Cup to Sweden should be welcomed by most of the golf world. Where the news should cause great concern is in the British Isles.

2004: Green still faces medical treatments

For the second time in eight months, Hubert Green faces a more daunting challenge off the golf course than anything he ever encountered on it.

2004: TGC could benefit from merger

The cat-and-mouse game between acquisitive Comcast Corp. and its current prey, The Walt Disney Co., holds potential ramifications for The Golf Channel.

2004: Newsmakers - President of Huffy’s Gen-X to leave in July

ohn Collins, president of Huffy Corp.’s Gen-X division – which includes golf brands such as Tommy Armour – will leave the company in July.

2004: World Ranking revision in works

The first World Golf Championships event of 2004 is under way at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., with the world’s top players slotted to play a five-day match play event.

2004: Newsmakers - Rounds pile up for Oregonian

In 2003, Nelson Haas played 648 rounds. That total was up from 532 rounds in 2002.

2004: Family’s fire burns bright at Vulcan

Gary Hansberger is trying to expand Vulcan from a neighborhood business in St. Charles, Ill., into one with national aspirations.

2004: Newsmakers - Burk won’t return to Augusta

Martha Burk regrets that she did not get arrested for picketing outside the gates of Augusta National last year, but she said there is no point returning to protest the club’s all-male membership in April.

2004: Blue Devils boast top two freshmen

This year’s freshman class in women’s college golf is talented and deep.

2004: Fiori finds first in playoff

Ed Fiori was lucky to finish the MasterCard Classic March 7, let alone win the tournament.

2004: O’Meara tinkers, then triumphs

Mark O’Meara has struggled with his putting the last few years, but was given fresh hope late last year when longtime coach Hank Haney suggested a new putting grip.

2004: Parry’s Monster shot wakes up Doral

All week, the 18th had been eating players’ lunches, so it seemed a rather bizarre place for the pudgy, affable Craig Parry to enjoy a final eagle feast.

2004: Chasing a legend

Se Ri Pak’s record is brilliant, she’s nearing the Hall of Fame, but she still faces the imposing presence of Annika Sorenstam.

2004: Venturi writes that Palmer cheated

Ken Venturi claims Palmer broke the rules when he won the first of his four Masters titles in 1958.

2004: European players: No more women

The PGA European Tour’s tournament committee discussed whether women should be allowed to play on tour, and nearly all members came out against the idea.

2004: Big-time name, big-time game

If you’re searching for the next young American superstar, Stacy Prammanasudh is a name to throw into the hat.

2004: Tale of tape no good for golf

Two incidents last week on opposite sides of the globe are examples that television cameras and broadcasters sometimes play an unwelcome – and unfair – role.

2004: When going synthetic, do all your homework

More and more, synthetic turf is in the news.

2004: New car or new green? Gimme the green

Backyard greens cost as much as cars. Are they worth it?

2004: LPGA turns up marketing volume

The LPGA is escalating its most intensive marketing campaign to date.

2004: New worlds for Golf Galaxy

At the height of the dot-com frenzy several years ago, Golf Galaxy president Randy Zanatta was weighing various e-commerce options for his young retail chain.

2004: Titleist casts out DCIs, forges new strategy

Titleist’s DCI franchise, the backbone of its iron business for more than a decade, is no more.

2004: Sun Devils hit stride in Vegas

With the postseason less than two months away, college coaches are getting serious about their game plans, their lineups and their teams’ levels of performance.

2004: Morgan earns 3rd SBC title

Gil Morgan wasn’t about to let last year’s miscue cost him another SBC Classic.

2004: Haeggman skates to triumph No. 3

Joakim Haeggman, 34, is playing on a medical extension this season after missing seven months in 2003 after shattering his ankle in two places playing hockey.

2004: Record start for Stupples

Karen Stupples’ 258 set an LPGA record for low total score, clipping Wendy Doolan’s mark of 259 set here last year.

2004: Road-warrior Hamilton motors home at Honda

It’s been nearly a quarter century since this tournament bore the name of its high-profile creator, but the former “Jackie Gleason” is still as quirky and unpredictable as its namesake ever was.

2004: Major champion’s Series seeks next Nick Faldo

Since the launch of the Faldo Series, male and female European juniors have been given the opportunity to experience top-level competition at some of the world’s finest venues.

2004: Norman makes early exit at Honda Classic

Greg Norman was playing the Honda Classic for the first time since 1996 and disqualified himself for incorrectly playing a provisional ball.

Sunday, September 26

2004: The Masters - First major gets minor change: Tighter 11th

The gentlemen in green jackets have decided for this year’s Masters to tighten the par-4 11th hole. The change appears minor but is important.

2004: The Masters - Wolstenholme not in awe this trip

Amateurs don’t often play in the Masters twice, especially 12 years apart. But then Gary Wolstenholme is no ordinary amateur golfer.

2004: The Masters - Masters’ maintenance practices make perfect

Spectators and television viewers gawk at the flawless conditioning of Augusta National Golf Club. The result is a powerful set of expectations for perfect golf course conditioning.

2004: The Masters - New practice facility coming to the National

The Augusta National Golf Club has been on something of a buying binge the past several years, snapping up some $28 million worth of property in and around the fabled home of the Masters.

2004: The Masters - Triumph puts Weir - and his home - on map

Victory at the 2003 Masters brought Mike Weir a green jacket, $1.08 million and a higher step on golf’s ladder. It also brought a stranger to Weir’s Draper, Utah, doorstep two days later.

2004: The Masters - Craving Masterpiece theater

Two years after the Augusta's dramatic facelift that lengthened nine holes, we’re left with an aging beauty that’s becoming less recognizable by the year.

2004: The Masters - Downhill disaster, uphill climb

Determined Len Mattiace won’t let mishap keep him from Masters.

2004: College - Bulldogs halt Blue Devils’ streak

Seven events, 21 rounds and 197 days into its competitive season, Duke’s winning streak came to an end.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Walker off to fast start with 2nd title

Four events into the 2004 Nationwide Tour season and Jimmy Walker is already staring down a PGA Tour card.

2004: PGA European Tour - Key holes fuel Hanell victory

When Brad Kennedy looks back at the reasons he didn’t win the Madeira Island Open, the Australian should look no further than the 18th hole at Santo da Serra.

2004: LPGA - Lady Grace cloaked in victory

At Augusta, the winners get a green jacket. Here, they get a white robe. This is necessary, of course, after the traditional victory leap into the pond at the 18th.

2004: LPGA - Grand Slam bid ends quickly forSorenstam

Annika Sorenstam made her goal for the season abundantly clear: Win the Grand Slam by capturing all four major championships in one year.

2004: LPGA Gamer - Graceful finish

Grace Park outlasts formidable trio, fulfills major mission at Mission Hills.

2004: PGA Gamer - Scott comes of age

Adam Scott found himself in his own precarious situation March 28, as he came painfully close to snatching defeat from the jaws of a sure victory at The Players Championship.

2004: Newsmakers - Open defense unlikely for Furyk

Jim Furyk likely will be unable to defend his Open title June 17-20 at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y., and might miss all four major championships.

2004: Newsmakers - Demsey receives all clear

Just days after doctors informed Todd Demsey his year-long battle with a brain tumor was all but over, he posted his best competitive round in five months.

2004: Newsmakers - Even with an 80, Daly Augusta-bound

Struggling on a course where he has struggled before, John Daly signed for 80 and resigned himself to the realization his spirited run at a spot in the Masters had fallen short.

2004: Newsmakers - Singh tops Golfweek rankings

For the first time since the Golfweek/Sagarin ranking debuted in January 2000, someone other than Tiger Woods holds the top spot: the relentless Vijay Singh.

2004: Matchups and misconceptions

The U.S. Golf Association, PGA Tour and PGA of America, reacted to the 1990 Shoal Creek fiasco by no longer conducting tournaments at courses whose memberships exclude minorities and women.

2004: An exercise in excess

The excesses of the $1.5 million Tavistock Cup certainly caught the attention of the contestants.

2004: Teeing off on length

New Englanders appear very fired up to play their home course, a charming layout built in the early 1900s.

2004: Canadian contrast

Toronto, and its golf, a colorful portrait of difference.

2004: Park deal adds to Korean-buying boom

Grace Park knows that she’ll always be welcomed at The Ridge at Castle Pines North in Castle Rock, Colo.

2004: Mill River: Lower prices at what cost?

Mill River plans fuel the animosity of many off-course retailers who can’t compete with Mill River pricing at neighboring golf clubs.

2004: Tomasulo, Bears eye breakthrough

Peter Tomasulo and California are inching closer and closer to victory.

2004: No debate: Jimenez top dog

Jimenez, after shooting 67 April 4 to win the Algarve Open by two shots, leads the PGA European Tour’s Order of Merit and also sits atop the Ryder Cup European points list.

2004: Atlanta yes, Augusta no

Rookie Johnson passes BellSouth exam, but won’t get to test mettle at Masters.

2004: Down with the Stimpmeter

As the Masters goes, so goes the rest of American golf.

2004: ‘Battle’ a bit drawn out

Hollywood couldn’t have dreamed up a better cast of characters than the real-life zanies found in Martha Burk’s nine-month battle to admit a woman member to Augusta National Golf Club.

2004: Enjoyable stroll with caddies

Through 1982, professional golfers left their regular PGA Tour caddies at the front gate of Magnolia Lane and relied upon local caddies for tournament week.

2004: First and last

Zoeller says his 1979 Masters victory as a rookie almost certainly is a feat that won’t be repeated.

2004: Sorenstam makes it a nifty 50

Annika Sorenstam said before the Office Depot Championship that her disappointing tie for 13th at the previous week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship wouldn’t affect the rest of her season.

2004: British Open? Yates opts for the slopes

Simon Yates finished 36 holes March 31 tied with three other players for the final qualifying spot at the British Open International Qualifier in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2004: Daly’s wife, in-laws guilty

John Daly’s wife and her parents pleaded guilty April 5 to federal money laundering charges.

2004: St. Andrews to get 7th course

The St. Andrews Links Trust received permission from local planning authorities to build a controversial seventh golf course just outside that ancient ecclesiastical center in Scotland.