News for Wednesday, August 31, 2005


News 2005 August 31


2005: Column - Singh deserves Hall, but process still curious

The Hall of Fame election process for Tour players smacks of more of a popularity contest than the vote for class officers at a junior high school.

2005: Newsmakers - Hall-of-Famer Singh won’t rest

At an April 20 news conference announcing his election into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Vijay Singh made it clear that this was no time to rest on his laurels.

2005: Newsmakers - Women’s regionals set

Duke, UCLA and Auburn are top-seeded teams for the three NCAA Division I Women’s Regionals, the NCAA announced April 25.

2005: Newsmakers - West Coast Tour refuses offers

Hooters Tour and Gateway Tour officials say the most crucial issue for WCLGT owner Mark Canevari was the concept of guaranteed money in each tournament purse.

2005: Perspecitve - Harbour Town won’t back down

Those who say there’s no challenge left for the world’s best players should look to Harbour Town Golf Links, a diabolical gem that still manages to confound whatever modern technology throws its way.

2005: Editorial

At first blush, it appears the U.S. Golf Association deserves kudos for its efforts to engage manufacturers in the golf ball tradition vs. technology debate. But we’re withholding praise, for two reasons.

2005: Featured - Hazardous tendencies

When it comes to how golfers evaluate a golf course, bunkers are the second-most important element they consider, yet the way bunkers have come to be maintained has created a race of heightened maintenance expectations.

2005: Features - Greywalls: Rock-solid, raw challenge

Greywalls, a new course in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, makes the golfer might feel like he is battling fire-breathing dragons, armored knights and monsters from the netherworld.

2005: Business - Ball manufacturers wary of rollback

Ball makers contemplate how to respond to a USGA request that many of them privately abhor: Roll back technology and create reduced distance golf ball prototypes.

2005: College - Sweet homecoming for Bratton

With three consecutive rounds of 2-over-par 290 for a 6-over 870 total, Oklahoma State captured its fifth title of the season April 17 and solidified its No. 1 standing in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

2005: LPGA - Attitude adjustment pays off for Ward

Ward, sporting a fresh, can-do mindset, held off a charging Lorena Ochoa by two strokes April 16 to win the Takefuji Classic at Las Vegas Country Club

2005: PGA - Clarke’s collapse leaves Lonard a winner

After making birdies on four of his first five holes to reach 14 under for the tournament and take a four-shot lead, Clarke went 9 over the rest of the way at Harbour Town Golf Links to hand Lonard his first PGA Tour title.

2005: Perspective - DiMarco's best shot not quite enough

Golf’s friendliest little major turned into an intense, exciting, don’t-dare-to-even-run-to-the-fridge-to-get-a-cold-beer showdown.

2005: Editorial - Champions Thursday

It was an extraordinary Masters, on several counts.

2005: Features - Real-life lessons with the driver

We love drivers, we hate drivers. We can’t live without them, we are very emotional about them, we believe they will change our lives. Maybe they will.

2005: Business - Showdown in big D

Clay Smith’s job is to help retailers find the best available real estate for new stores. And the real estate doesn’t get much better than the plains just north of Dallas – particularly, it seems, if you’re selling golf equipment.

2005: Masters - Bjorn’s struggles ‘put him back three steps’

As painful as this free fall might have been, this year's Masters wasn’t Thomas Bjorn’s most glaring failure at a major.

2005: Masters - Augusta helps heal Nicklaus clan’s pain

Five weeks before what was perhaps Jack Nicklaus' final Masters, 17-month-old Jake Nicklaus, son of Steve and wife Krista, died in a hot-tub accident.

2005: Masters - Casper exhibits grace despite dubious day

Billy Casper, the 73-year-old two-time U.S. Open winner said, “I’m ready to play, man. Ready to play.”

2005: Masters - Lessons from Langer pay off for Donald

For all the knowledge Langer imparted during Donald's Tuesday practice round, it’s not likely either anticipated Donald’s eventful finish to his maiden Masters.

2005: Masters - Fighting to focus

A couple of weeks prior, world No. 6 Padraig Harrington wasn’t sure he was going to play the Masters.

2005: Women lose one mini-tour, gain another

A mini-tour opportunity for women opened in Florida, two days before a separately owned developmental circuit for women on the West Coast shut down.

2005: Masters - Moore breaks par, makes believers

Ryan Moore's summer included victories at the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Public Links, NCAA Championship and Western Amateur.

2005: A whole new ballgame

I keep listening to people talk about golf balls, and a whole lot of them are not telling the whole truth.

2005: Masters - Immelman pleased with ace, major finish

Trevor Immelman beat defending Masters champ Phil Mickelson by one shot – and at least 10 inches.

2005: Masters - Augusta passion play

Former Masters champions Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh may have looked as if they wanted to pulverize each other over spike marks, but eventually they made peace.

2005: Masters - Finally, Woods’ game again matches his heart

At the 69th Masters, Tiger Woods brought a bit of everything to the table.

2005: Newsmakers - Tearful Nicklaus, 65, steps aside

Jack Nicklaus announced he likely had competed for the last time at a place where he made an impact like no other player.

2005: Newsmakers - Nike leads irons count; TaylorMade cries foul

More golfers used Nike irons than any other brand at the Masters.

2005: Newsmakers - For Masters, less is more, and that includes Wadkins

Viewers missed out on the second round because of rain, then didn’t see live coverage of Tiger Woods lapping Chris DiMarco on the back nine of the third round Sunday morning.

2005: What's online - As a rule, this Masters had its moments

The Masters turned into something of a rules clinic for fans who closely followed Tiger Woods.

2005: Ogilvie bullish about his game

The inevitable march of time demands we start planning for a PGA Tour P.F. That’s Post Finchem.

2005: What's online - Augusta computer glitch causes fits

Because of a computer malfunction, tournament officials had difficulty determining pairings and starting times for Round 3, and in communicating that information to contestants.

2005: Sole’s doctrine: Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy

I loved the fact that Mr. Short and Straight Fred Funk won The Players Championship.

2005: Destination - The Friendly Isle

Ireland: Warm welcome, wonderful golf.

2005: Sponsors shrug off image risk, return to Masters Tournament

The Masters television sponsors are back, only this time there is a different lineup.

2005: IMG in transition

New chief streamlines for eventual sale.

2005: PGA Tour - Mickelson weathers BellSouth storm

The BellSouth Classic featured 25 players who were entered in the Masters, and 11 of those made it to yet another Monday finish.

2005: Masters - Golden Bell with a homespun touch

Few people look through their sliding-glass doors and envision the 12th hole at Augusta National just beyond their pool. Jerry Tucker did.

2005: Crooks, Camels eye another crown

John Crooks will lead both his women's and Campbell men's teams into conference championship play over the next two weeks.

2005: Broadhurst sneaks in to win

The closing holes at Oitavos Golf Club turned the Portugal Open into the tournament no one seemed to want.

2005: Lawsuit vs. club a rangy debate

Louis Panesi got so upset with the poor quality of range balls available at the club where he was a member that he resigned – then sued for breach of contract.

2005: USGA targets three research areas

The U.S. Golf Association has informed equipment makers it is studying three “research areas” that potentially could result in rules changes.

2005: Saved by the wind

Just when golf’s longest year was being wetted down by golf’s longest tournament, the rain stopped and the wind started.

2005: America’s best architecture

With adequate time, planning and budget, a club history can be an ideal way to commemorate a club’s past while helping to forge its identity for the future.

2005: America’s Best

Regional development has brought new homes, shopping malls and Starbucks virtually leapfrogging past the golf grounds of Southern Highlands.

Reps grind for Tour validation

Equipment representatives from small and mid-sized companies chase the Tour hoping to get one or two clubs in play to validate their brands with consumers and retailers.

2005: Rossignol acquisition raises questions over Cleveland’s future

Cleveland Golf soon will have a new corporate parent.