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2005: Perspective - There’s more to life than Q-School

The 108-hole marathon otherwise known as PGA Tour Qualifying School often is likened to a six-day root canal. One major difference: At least a root canal offers novocaine as an option.

2005: Our Opinion - Bivens’ first test

Carolyn Bivens may possess limited knowledge of golf and golfers, but she demonstrated a stroke of political genius by organizing “Phenoms to Professionals: Successful Transitions."

2005: Club Life - Don’t blame the game

I determined that the people who allegedly are interested in picking up golf, or playing it more, are the primary problem, not the game itself.

2005: Features - The secret is out

The Vegas story is too good to stay in Vegas.

2005: Business - Speed is key to Cobra driver launch

By offering custom-fitting in a new way, Jeff Harmet says, Cobra is ready to set itself apart.

2005: Business - Ailing Ashworth weighs sale, other options

Buffeted by declining profit margins, operational problems and shareholder unrest, Ashworth Inc. announced it has hired a financial adviser to help explore the sale of the company or other strategic alternatives.

2005: Business - Tribe rolls dice for famed links land

Shinnecocks’ suit faces long odds, but payoff might be gaming rights.

2005: Number Crunching - Golden State warriors

Jason Gore’s rise was part “Rudy,” part “Raging Bull.” Even more intriguing than his meteoric ascent, however, is a group of players who could scale the same unlikely ladder in 2006.

2005: Nationwide Tour - Tambellini cranks it up a notch

At the Cox Classic Aug. 7, Roger Tambellini was part of the story as Jason Gore won his third consecutive Nationwide Tour title.

2005: College Women - Boilermakers beaming after fall success

Purdue coach Devon Brouse is a perfect example of how success can make people say the strangest things.

2005: College Men - Maturity behind Aztecs’ ascent

The usual suspects are hovering near the top of college golf. And flying just under the radar is San Diego State, a program that is hoping to become much more recognizable in the near future.

2005: PGA European Tour - Thank goodness for Tunisia

Tunisia? That was close, but not actually a part of Europe. The geography appeared wrong. But wait, everything else was right.

2005: PGA European Tour - Lone American accepts the Challenge

Brad Sutterfield is trying hard to find positives in the season just past. There are many. He’s just having a difficult time identifying them.

2005: PGA European Tour - Englishmen reign in Spain

England’s Tom Whitehouse earned the top card at PGA European Tour Qualifying School, thanks to a little fatherly advice.

2005: Competition - Teens show form at Father/Son

The MBNA WorldPoints Father/Son Challenge is undergoing a youth movement.

2005: Champions Tour - Kuramoto tops Champions class

Massy Kuramoto, of Hiroshima, Japan, finished the 108-hole event at 3-under-par 429.

2005: LPGA - The Ai has it

Diminutive but dominant, Miyazato shows America what it’s been missing.

2005: LPGA - Still so much to prove

Three years ago, we were lamenting the possibility of Annika Sorenstam retiring. Twenty-four victories and $7 million later, it all seems so absurd.

2005: PGA Tour - For Heintz, another year in minors

This time around, Bob Heintz wasn’t as fortunate as he had been at second stage. As the late groups finished, there were few train wrecks and the magic number drifted to 11 under.

2005: PGA Tour - Haas handles pressure down stretch

Bill Haas already had tasted the disappointment of narrowly missing a PGA Tour card once this year. But in the final stage of Q-School, there would be no repeat performance.

2005: It’s about time

During the past two years, leaders of the PGA of America would have us believe they’ve done yeoman’s work in advancing the cause of player development.

2005: Seven Canyons a stunning test

With the opening of Seven Canyons in 2003, Sedona has a course that’s solid tee to green and up to the standards of the area’s natural beauty.

2005: PGA Tour - Johnny be goo­d

By its very nature, Q-School is about train wrecks, not triumphs.

2005: Big muscles don’t impress good-hands people

Today’s avid golfers have heard it over and over: The big muscles are in, the hands are out.

2005: For ‘The Beast,’ it’s all about the hands

When he won his third Re/Max World Long Drive Championship last month with a 377-yard blast, Sean “The Beast” Fister was concentrating on hand speed.

2005: Don’t get teed off – tee it up!

Sadly, most women won’t venture out to their local muni alone.

2005: Competition - Furyk cashes at Nedbank

Jim Furyk became the first American since Corey Pavin in 1995 to win the Nedbank Challenge.

2005: Competition - Unlikely victory for Monty

Fresh off winning his eighth PGA European Tour Order of Merit, Colin Montgomerie has gotten a good jump on a ninth.

2005: Y not?

Generation of women looms as golf’s X factor.

2005: Newsmakers - Europe selects Alfredsson for ’07 Solheim

The Ladies European Tour was determined to find a Swede to lead the 2007 European Solheim Cup team in Sweden. On Nov. 24, it selected Helen Alfredsson, who fits the profile perfectly.

2005: Newsmakers - Cancer claims Colorado coach

Mark Simpson put up a courageous fight, but it was one battle he did not win. Not many do when the enemy is cancer.

2005: End the debate, make it happen

Since the 1990s, golf industry research has indicated that reaching out to bring women into the sport is one of the best opportunities for increasing business and growing the game.

2005: Overstated or underserved?

Debate intensifies as golf struggles to tap women’s market.

2005: No more Q-School quandary for Every

Matt Every, the University of Florida senior earned an exemption into the second stage of Q-School.

2005: At SFB, Slocum and Roberts make a splash

In marketing terms, the Southern Farm Bureau Classic was at least a stand-up triple, if not a home run.

2005: Mayfair enjoys return to form

Being at East Lake Golf Club meant more to some than it did to others, and it wasn’t something Billy Mayfair took for granted.

2005: Bryant breezes, proving he belongs with best

Bart Bryant needed to convince himself that he was on the grounds at East Lake Golf Club because he truly belonged there.

2005: FEMA takes over New Orleans course

A former PGA Tour venue in New Orleans will be used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for at least two years for rebuilding efforts in the wake of two hurricanes.

2005: Oklahoma’s Kim, coach not seeing eye to eye

Oklahoma’s Anthony Kim did not make the trip with the Sooners to the Nov. 4-6 Carpet Capital Collegiate in Georgia.

2005: ’07 scheme has global impact

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem’s confirmation that the 2007 PGA Tour schedule will have a different look will bring opportunity for international tournaments and players.

2005: Tour makes its playoff push

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem last week provided a glimpse into the Tour’s fast-lane future.

2005: A little flair, a little ferocity, a lot of fun

After spending much of the week watching his PGA Tour hopes slip away like a runaway 5-footer from above the hole, Charley Hoffman delivered.

2005: Golden transformation for Queensland coast

Golf courses always have been part of the Gold Coast landscape.

2005: Golf juts out on Mornington Peninsula

Five new courses have opened in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula and another two are planned.

2005: Mackenzie left lasting impression

The president of the Royal Melbourne Golf Club invited Alister Mackenzie Down Under so he could make recommendations for a course members wanted to build.

2005: Sandbelt layouts among country’s elite

The eight elite Melbourne golf clubs that are the Sandbelt are tied together only by status.

2005: Barnbougle Dunes: A Tasmanian treasure

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links opened earlier this year and is proving popular, especially with golfers from Victoria and New South Wales.

2005: Savor Australia’s other staple: fine wine

Barossa, a region that encompasses the Barossa and Eden valleys, is regarded as the wine center of Australia.

2005: Kangaroo Island offers respite from golf

Located about 75 miles south of the South Australian capital, the island of Kingscote is a vast hideaway some 90 miles by 40 miles in size.

2005: Adelaide’s aces a winning pair

Adelaide is home to two of the best courses in the country – Royal Adelaide Golf Club and Kooyonga Golf Club.

2005: Destination Australia - Knock your socks off

Australia has some of the finest golf courses anywhere.

2005: Grips grab onto color scheme

Recent years have brought green NV shafts from Aldila, a rainbow of Mojo balls from Nike Golf and a technicolor explosion from J. Lindeberg and other apparel companies.

2005: Getting down to Business

PGA of America is rolling in cash, but some members fear for the future.

2005: Sweet sounds for Catamounts

After his team’s season-opening trifecta, Lott’s mailbox overflowed with letters from possible recruits.

2005: Martin a real tiger at Isleworth

The second version of the Isleworth/UCF Collegiate Invitational turned into a 54-hole playoff to decide the outright individual champion from a year ago.

2005: Stellar Sunday makes Watson a Cup crasher

Before the final round Oct. 30, the Senior British Open champion told his daughter Meg that Jay Haas was “probably going to run away” with the title.

2005: Rookie dispels doubts – even her own

Even after 36 holes and a three-stroke lead, Jee Young Lee wasn’t at all sure she had what it took to win her first LPGA event.

2005: No (shaved) leg to stand on

Jean Van de Velde is unhappy at the double standard that now exists in golf, whereby women can play in men’s tournaments, but men cannot play in women’s events.

2005: McGinley, Monty reign in Spain

Paul McGinley may have won the golf tournament, but the Volvo Masters winner was only a subplot in a bigger drama.

2005: Branshaw moves from pain to joy

Veteran rides emotions to season-ending victory, 2006 PGA Tour card.

2005: Pettersson, first-timers in driver’s seat

With the PGA Tour bound for the negotiating table to decide what the autumn schedule will look like in 2007, know this about 2005: It was a huge month for three first-time winners.

2005: Argea, Nicklaus a 20-year partnership

Lupo consulted industry.

2005: Klein to coach UCF women

Emilee Klein was hired to be the women's coach at the University of Central Florida on Oct. 31, replacing Jill Fjelstul, who resigned Aug. 11.

2005: Tour has sights on next billion for charity

Proceeds from the PGA Tour’s events during the final weekend of October pushed the all-time level of charitable contributions past the $1 billion mark.

2005: Finchem makes schedule pitch

With negotiations set to begin on a new TV contract, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem made a final push last week to sell his membership on a drastically revamped schedule.

2005: PGA picks ‘consensus builder’

The PGA of America culminated its yearlong search for a new chief executive officer by settling on its longtime rainmaker to run the 28,000-member association.

2005: Golf’s next superhero

In her first pro start at this week’s Samsung World Championship, Michelle Wie will carry 14 Nike clubs.

2005: A season of change

PGA Tour seeks ‘playoff’ excitement to revitalize its schedule.

2005: Holder hands off to McGraw

McGraw, 45, replaced Mike Holder as Oklahoma State men’s golf coach Oct. 6, becoming only the third coach in the Cowboys’ illustrious history.

2005: Katrina whirlwind

New Orleans coach, players find solace in the storm.

2005: Wie’s first pro act is 500k donation to Katrina fund

Michelle Wie formally announced she had turned professional on Oct. 5.

2005: Trammell, LPGA abruptly part ways

Barb Trammell, one of the LPGA’s highest-ranking officials, abruptly resigned Oct. 1, ending 18 years of service with the organization.

2005: Revamping The Players

Course, event set for all-new look.

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