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2005: Nationwide Tour - First-time Felton now 1-for-13

At the Knoxville Open, the season’s 12th event, Australian Kim Felton became the seventh player to claim his first victory.

2005: LPGA - Ochoa’s blitz sacks Creamer

Lorena Ochoa, 23, fashioned a late comeback of her own to surge to a four-stroke victory June 19 at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA. Her final-round 65 gave her a 15-under 273 and her third career title.

2005: U.S. Open - Nationwide Tour players face Open dilemma

Jason Gore, like the five other regular members of the Nationwide Tour who qualified for a spot at Pinehurst, skipped the developmental circuit’s event in Knoxville last week.

2005: U.S. Open - Flat-screen coverage

If our national championship is an endurance test for the players its 31 hours of live TV coverage over four days also are a bit of a grind for viewers.

2005: U.S. Open - Hedblom in bloom

Sweden’s Peter Hedblom shot the lowest score of the tournament, 4-under 66, in the second round.

2005: U.S. Open - Steady final round earns Every low amateur honors

Matt Every, who made the University of Florida’s golf team as a walk-on three years ago, bested Ryan Moore for low amateur honors at Pinehurst.

2005: U.S. Open - Senior Jacobsen gains return trip in 2006

Despite his age, despite the incredibly difficult setup at Pinehurst No. 2, Peter Jacobsen refused to flounder.

2005: U.S. Open - Players, not the course, decided this Open

A combination of common sense and high-tech wizardry led to a successful U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

2005: U.S. Open - Browne’s unlikely story has unsatisfying finish

One day the two-time Tour winner will tell his grandchildren he shared the 18- and 36-hole lead at the Open with rounds of 67-71. But that did little to dull the disappointment after a closing 80 sent him to a tie for 23rd.

2005: U.S. Open - Woods’ refrain remains: ‘Second sucks’

Prior to the 105th U.S. Open, Tiger Woods had a single runner-up finish (2002 PGA Championship) in 33 major appearances as a professional.

2005: U.S. Open - Pinehurst’s big teddy bear

On the eve of the final round of the U.S. Open, Olin Browne put to words what everyone in the Sandhills was thinking: “Jason (Gore) is the story of the Open,” Browne said.

2005: Newsmakers - Campbell fits persistent mold of gritty champs

Michael Campbell fits the gritty, never-give-up fighting mode of a U.S. Open champion.

2005: U.S. Open - Staying power

Michael Campbell made up four strokes and more on expressionless leader Retief Goosen in the final round and held off emotional charger Tiger Woods.

2005: Newsmakers - Wie qualifies for men’s Public Links field

Wie, 15, became the first female to qualify for a male U.S. Golf Association championship June 14, tying for first in a 36-hole U.S. Amateur Public Links sectional qualifying tournament.

2005: Newsmakers - An Olympic effort to grow the game

It seems a very long time ago when I was first approached by the then-president of the European Golf Association requesting the PGA European Tour’s support for their campaign to have golf rejoin the Olympics.

2005: Newsmakers - Myers, Moore earn accolades for men’s NCAA season

Now, with the 2004-05 season at a close, Ryan Moore lived up to expectations, and coach Rod Myers’ Duke squad went above and beyond for its best campaign in 40 years.

2005: Newsmakers - Gibbs, Stahle take top Golfweek college honors

Many felt Pepperdine coach Laurie Gibbs’ moment in the sun would fade but she quickly reloaded in Malibu, making a significant run at this year’s national championship and closing the season ranked fourth.

2005: Newsmakers - Easterly devoted himself to game

Harry W. Easterly Jr., former executive director and president of the U.S. Golf Association, died June 18 of cancer. He was 82.

2005: Newsmakers - LPGA hands reins to Bivens

Golf always has played a major role in Carolyn Vesper Bivens’ life. So it stands to reason that she immediately was interested in the LPGA’s commissioner position being vacated by Ty Votaw.

2005: Perspective - A Walker Cup kind of guy

As the Walker Cup approaches, the biennial question resurfaces: What’s become of the mid-am?

2005: Our Opinion - Quick fix for slow play

Slow play has become one of golf’s hot buttons.

2005: America's Best - Recent designs offer worthy impressions

Seen any good new golf courses lately? We have. Here is our top 40, all opened in 2003-04 and visited by Golfweek America’s Best raters.

2005: Features - Details, details

Ken Bakst, the 1997 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, likes to do things well. That’s the approach he’s taken for a decade in the development of Friar’s Head, a private club on the north shore of Long Island.

2005: Reifers revives Walker Cup hopes

Kyle Reifers was among the 24 players invited to the U.S. Walker Cup practice session in January.

2005: Van de Velde’s triple works for Remesy

Jean Van de Velde visited ghosts of Carnoustie June 26 when he made triple-bogey on the final hole of the French Open.

2005: Business - NGF report: Core golfers dwindle

Despite industry leaders’ efforts to increase participation among women, the number of core women golfers in the United States declined 7.3 percent in 2004.

2005: After 12 years, Kraft again the big cheese

Greg Kraft erased his dry spell with a two-shot victory over Tim O’Neal at the Nationwide Tour’s Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.

2005: Business - Pinehurst expects major return on Open

Dallas-based ClubCorp owns or operates more than 100 golf courses, clubs and resorts, but its primary focus right now is on only one of these properties: Pinehurst.

2005: Happy Harrington bubbly at Barclays

It was distinctly noticeable at the Barclays Classic when Padraig Harrington spent the entire week with a smile on his face, no matter what adversity he encountered.

2005: U.S. Open - ESPN goes deep with U.S. Open coverage

Wherever golf fans go during U.S. Open week, ESPN won’t be far away. The network is using the tournament to showcase its array of media platforms.

2005: U.S. Open - Open qualifier news runs the gamut

U.S. Open qualifying always offers an interesting variety of stories, and last week’s sectionals were no exception.

2005: The Birdiemaker

Kim’s 72nd-hole bunker miracle delivers stunning final act at U.S. Open.

2005: 28 earn British Open spots via international qualifying

Tom Pernice and Geoff Ogilvy led all qualifiers after shooting 10-under 134 at British Open International Final Qualifying June 27.

2005: Amateur - Bulldogs, Cowboys lead Preview field

Georgia and Oklahoma State will lead the 15-team field this fall at the 17th Golfweek/Ping Preview.

2005: Amateur - A double take for Stahle at Ladies’ British

Louise Stahle’s successful defense of her Ladies’ British Amateur Championship came with an air of inevitability. The 20-year-old Swede arrived at Littlestone Golf Club as the clear favorite, and she didn’t disappoint.

2005: Amateurs - Sunnehanna marathon goes to Aussie Sim

Michael Sim didn’t have the glittering resume of some of his competitors in the 52nd Sunnehanna Amateur, but the Australian walked away with something the others didn’t have: the title.

2005: Slow play fast becoming an issue

Singh blasted PGA Tour officials after his first round at Westchester Country Club took more than five hours to complete.

2005: Amateurs - U.S. rally wrests Palmer Cup

Roberto Castro sank an 8-foot par putt to win the 15th hole and defeat England’s Steve Tiley of Georgia State, 4 and 3, giving the U.S. its 12th point, and Jeff Overton of Indiana was right behind and standing at 4 up with four to play.

2005: USGA shakes up Executive Committee

The Nominating Committee of the U.S. Golf Association has voted to terminate two of the most prominent members of the USGA Executive Committee in early 2006.

2005: Nationwide Tour - Couch comfortable after 2nd title

Chris Couch, who played the PGA Tour in 1999 and 2003, earned his second Nationwide Tour victory of the season June 12 at the LaSalle Bank Open.

2005: PGA European - Rookie kicks in at KLM

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano saw an opening, and he slammed his way through.

2005: Champions Tour - Quick finish for Quigley

Rain delays, canceled rounds and a Monday finish aside, Dana Quigley was quick and decisive in winning the Bayer Advantage Classic.

2005: A futuristic launch

Newfangled golf machines, in the form of measuring devices, suddenly are everywhere.

2005: LPGA - The Davies way

Laura Davies, 41, represents the bandit in all of us. She’s the LPGA’s version of John Daly – similar talent, a similar affinity for casinos, but far less exposure.

2005: The world of virtual golf

Growing awareness of simulators’ many uses and their ever-improving technology are leading to a steady sales climb for the machines.

2005: LPGA - Peerless

orenstam should be appreciated for what she is: one of the greatest players in the history of golf. Extraordinary players achieve extraordinary things.

2005: U.S. Open - Open tune-up goes to Garcia

As U.S. Open warm-ups go, the Booz Allen Classic was filled with more foreshadowing than a Stephen King novel.

2005: Lepp leaps to individual championship

A pair of mudders from the Pacific Northwest wrapped up a seasonlong rivalry with a steal-the-show shootout at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship.

2005: Newsmakers - Merle Marting Sr.: A true grower of the game

Merle Marting, a 64-year-old Dubuque, Iowa, father of seven – six of whom played college golf and three of whom make their living in the golf business today – certainly is deserving.

2005: Best of show

After lackluster spring, Georgia Bulldogs save their top performance for last.

2005: Newsmakers - Chips off the old block?

That Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Hale Irwin and Jay Haas have sons that at one time or another wanted to follow pop into the family business is no surprise. Neither are the expectations that come with having a famous father.

2005: Course soars beneath quiet Jett

It’s been only six years since the Open was held at No. 2 and Paul Jett handled the setup – and himself – masterfully despite a health crisis and being without an assistant.

2005: Newsmakers - Designer Strantz loses battle with cancer

Golf course designer Mike Strantz's death on June 10 at age 50 brings to a premature close the most creative burst of energy in the history of golf design.

2005: Payne, suffering . . . and celebration

Payne Stewart’s absence at the 105th U.S. Open once again unbuttons small holes in the heart we had hoped would have healed by now.

2005: Newsmakers - Learjet not liable in Stewart crash

Orange County jurors rejected claims June 8 that a faulty valve adapter caused Payne Stewart’s Learjet 35 to rapidly lose air pressure and eventually crash into a South Dakota field in October 1999.

2005: Amateurs seize fair share of Open spotlight

The main storylines for amateurs at the U.S. Open are embodied by perhaps the game’s most iconic figure and one of its most magical moments.

2005: Goose will be looser this Pinehurst visit

Retief Goosen returns to Pinehurst for the 2005 U.S. Open with more confidence, more game and an altered outlook as defending champion.

2005: Fierce greens taxing test at No. 2

The 105th U.S. Open, scheduled for June 16-19, returns to the Pinehurst, No. 2 course.

2005: USGA’s Davis: Golf’s chairman of the board

It’s kickoff day at Newport Country Club for the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open and Mike Davis hardly can contain himself.

2005: So long, setup man

USGA’s Tom Meeks to plot a new course: retirement.

2005: Love pines for Pinehurst

Now 41, Love has won 18 times on the PGA Tour, most notably the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot.

2005: McElhinney stops Scot greenkeeper’s fairy-tale bid

Brian McElhinney’s 5-and-4 victory over John Gallagher in the British Amateur Championship final June 4 put an end to a story that would have captivated the world of golf.

2005: Single-mindedness pays off for Jimenez

A hot topic of discussion on the European Tour centers around European players who play the PGA Tour, and don’t come back to support their tour back home.

2005: Sorenstam revs up for shot at Slam

The real surprise might be if Annika Sorenstam doesn’t win the Grand Slam.

2005: PGA Tour - A sad dissolution

After the highlight of his golf career, a second-place finish at the Byron Nelson Championship, rookie Sean O’Hair heard from his estranged father, Marc.

2005: Big stars bow to Bryant

For Bart Bryant, his validation as a top player arrived June 5 at the Memorial.

2005: A true American classic

The death of Herbert Warren Wind on May 30 at age 88 signals the end of the classic age of American golf writing.

2005: LPGA

The LPGA announces points system to begin in 2006.

2005: Hanson, Lomas earn trip to Pinehurst

Peter Hanson and Jonathan Lomas each shot 10-under 134 for 36 holes June 6 to qualify for next week’s U.S. Open.

2005: Orlando - North end a practical, peaceful locale

Even in peak season (January-April), golf on the North side barely ranges north of $110.

2005: Nickent’s extreme makeover starts with Tour validation

It was Petrovic’s first triumph on the PGA Tour. And it also was a “first” of sorts for Nickent: Never before had the company’s equipment been used in a Tour victory.

2005: Focused Cabrera drives one home

Cabrera, now 35, captured the BMW Championship, one of the PGA European Tour’s premier events on May 29.

2005: Kang aces tough test at Corning

Kang, who earned her LPGA card as the Futures Tour’s top money winner last year, shot a final-round 66.

2005: Pate dives back in

In his prime, before he tore the cartilage in his left shoulder preparing for the 1982 British Open, Pate was nearly unbeatable.

2005: A surprise leading man in picture-perfect finish

Mike Reid added his name to the list of Senior PGA Championship winners.

2005: Gee, that was easy . . .

At TPC at Southwind, Justin Leonard had the equivalent of a 50-mile lead heading into the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

2005: Els leaves IMG, will join Chandler

Ernie Els has left IMG and will join Andrew “Chubby” Chandler’s International Sports Management group June 6.

2005: Tracey Stewart takes the stand

Tracey Stewart filled an Orange County courtroom with emotion May 27.

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