News for Thursday, August 18, 2005


News 2005 August 18


2005: Oakley’s Believe It or Not

As if he were mired in some bad movie, Pete Oakley stood on the 17th green at Hualalai Golf Club in the opening round of last week’s MasterCard Championship not believing what he was seeing.

2005: Bring course within range

So, you’ve left your perfectly tuned swing at the practice range and can’t find it on the golf course. Happens to everyone. There’s a way out of this common problem, however.

2005: Grande Pines refuses to soften challenge

"Marriott doesn’t do resort golf.” That’s how Bob Waller, CGCS, director of grounds for Marriott Golf, explains his company’s refusal to dumb-down its golf courses for the tourist trade.

2005: Consummate pro

An unfailingly gracious host. An accomplished player. Unflappable under pressure. Bob Ford is the consummate pro.

2005: Ironman Quigley shows midseason form

Having finished first, second and first in his past three trips to the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai Golf Club, Dana Quigley says there simply is something about the Big Island’s Kona coast that “boils my blood.

2005: Clark leaves foes in the Durban dust

Tim Clark has taken quite a liking to Durban Country Club. When the South African Open last was played at Durban in 2002, Clark won the event in his home country.

2005: Like Tiger of old, Woods wills himself to victory

The Buick Invitational, which used to be a sleepy start to the season, had the look and zeal of a major with top-ranked players as common as the ubiquitous fog banks that hugged the Pacific coast all week.

2005: O’Grady’s challenge: Plug talent drain

New PGA European Tour executive director George O’Grady is going to need more announcements like the one he made Jan. 19 in order to stop an exodus of his top players to the PGA Tour.

2005: Davis not candidate for LPGA job

Three weeks after Ty Votaw announced he will resign as LPGA commissioner at the end of the year, the search for his replacement is taking shape – with one top prospect already pulling her name from consideration.

2005: Seniors to sue Tour for right to ride

The 26th Champions Tour season began beneath blue skies in tropical paradise at Hualalai Golf Club, but a dark cloud loomed.