News for Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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2005: Advice, gadgets and saviors

There is something really strange about the game of golf.

2005: Bandon Dunes pro offers tips on playing in gruff conditions

Bandon Dunes pro offers tips on playing in gruff conditions.

2005: For your game - Wild weather

Grant Rogers is not your average teaching professional. The worse the weather, the better he likes it.

2005: WireImage nabs Tour exclusive

The PGA Tour has entered into a licensing agreement with WireImage, naming the New York-based photo agency as its exclusive provider of Tour players’ images for commercial use.

2005: Big sticks: Shafts buck trend

Pete Sanchez, president of Fujikura Composites, recalls the first few times he sat in front of customers and informed them that the price for his company’s Speeder shafts would be more than $300.

2005: Business - Feeling the squeeze

Price compression is creating unprecedented bargains for consumers, but equipment makers are feeling the squeeze

2005: Winning does wonders for Campbell

Attention NCAA Division I players: Don’t feel sorry for Charlotte Campbell.

2005: Post-op Jones begins PGA Tour recovery process

As Steve Jones made his way to the locker room after finishing his second round at the Sony Open, he stopped momentarily to watch Vijay Singh tee off at the first hole.

2005: A Wie step back

The popular local passion play, “Michelle Wie: Sony Open Sequel,” didn’t turn out as well as the 2004 original for the lead character.

2005: Singh dances to perfect Sony finish

Two weeks into the newly minted PGA Tour season, the game’s hottest player was right back where he finished 2004, hoisting yet another trophy and sitting atop the earnings list.

2005: Meadowbrook-TPC deal off

Meadowbrook Golf Group Inc. has failed to follow through on its deal to buy five Tournament Players Club courses for $40 million, a PGA Tour spokesman said.

2005: ‘Excited’ Creamer opts for IMG

The Paula Creamer bidding war is over and the path is cleared for her to concentrate solely on her LPGA rookie season.

2005: Sounds of golf offer both melody and discord

My playing partner had not teed it up for a couple of months, and it showed.

2005: Saddling up to top-notch golf

The next time you think bungalow getaway, think Saddle Creek.

2005: A Grander Strand

From Kramden to Lauren, Myrtle Beach’s quality catches up to its quantity

2005: Slazenger embroiled in bankruptcy catfight

A heated bankruptcy dispute has broken out between the company that holds the U.S. license for the Slazenger brand and its business partner.

2005: Business - Tech Transfer

Tech transfer: Styx club-leasing program borrows from computer business

2005: Bridgestone seeks traction in U.S. market

Bridgestone Golf executives are debuting their Japanese brand in the United States, promoting its rollout during a self-titled “Coming to America” tour.

2005: Pressel doesn’t slip, keeps Harder grip

Standing on the third tee with a commanding seven-stroke advantage, Morgan Pressel appeared primed to win the Harder Hall Invitational in her first attempt.

2005: Moore, Creamer cream of crop

Some say it was the best season by an amateur since the days of Bobby Jones. Certainly, it was the most impressive showing in the modern era of amateur golf.

2005: PGA Tour: The Big Four and plenty more

The 2005 PGA Tour season began here in paradise with considerable promise. As if on Ponte Vedra’s cue, star power picked up where it left off: High on the marquee all week.

2005: Equipment changes along with calendar

The man who led the 2004 PGA Tour in putting (Stewart Cink) has changed putters.

2005: Appleby: Two wins and a baby

Talk about baby gifts. The newborns of Princess Grace, Princess Di or Royal Princess Whomever didn’t get a haul like this.

2005: Golf loses designers Harman, Byrd

Two veteran golf course designers died during the holiday season.

2005: Time for clubs to get back in the loop

It was in a bar the other night that I found the elixir for golf’s participation problems, and the difficulty in bringing young people into the game. It came from a couple of college graduates who insisted on buying me a drink.

2005: The Whistler Way

Mountain lifestyle includes first-class golf

2005: Wilson back in black as Staff relaunch commences

Last year, Angus Moir, global business director for Wilson Golf, talked about 2004 being a time to “steady the ship” and return the struggling equipment maker to profitability.

2005: Expanding Network promotes used-club market

Through its first year of operation, the PGA Trade-In Network has signed about 1,600 golf courses and stores as members.

2005: Bag Boy makes Dynamic recovery

David Boardman, a top executive at push cart maker The Bag Boy Co., couldn’t be happier about the news he has been receiving lately.

2005: For Lashley, a never-ending fight

As Nathan Lashley stood in the fairway at Arizona National Golf Club’s par-5 18th hole, he looked to his right and saw his older sister Brooke.

2005: Kostina: From Russia, with game

Not many players include “snowy winters” on their checklist for prospective colleges. Then again, not many NCAA athletes hail from Nakhabino, Russia.

2005: Parry outlasts tough-luck O’Hern

Last year, O’Hern had six top 5s – including three consecutive tournaments – yet didn’t manage a single PGA European Tour victory.

2005: Mickelson shines in home away from home

Phil Mickelson moved from here back to the San Diego area three years ago, but you’d never know it from the high decibels at the TPC of Scottsdale.

2005: Time for cease-fire on distance debate

News flash from the annual meeting of the U.S. Golf Association: The USGA inspection team has been unable to discover any weapons of mass destruction embedded in the modern golf ball.

2005: Tryon: Hooters victory just a start

As Ty Tryon will attest, there’s no substitute for winning.

2005: Shinnecock shadow still looms over USGA

Initiatives abounded at the Feb. 5 annual meeting of the U.S. Golf Association.

2005: Votaw to leave LPGA at end of ’05

Ty Votaw was not yet 30 years old in 1991 when he began working for the LPGA.