News for Tuesday, September 6, 2005

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2005: Isleworth: New look for old pros

It’s tough enough taking a pedestrian, slightly dated golf course with real estate on virtually every hole and turning it into a stern championship test for the 21st century.

2005: Steve Smyers - Feeding a passion

As both player and architect, Smyers immersed in game he loves

2005: Business - Pinnacle

Pinnacle has long been regarded as a distance ball, and the brand’s involvement in the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship and the Pinnacle Distance Challenge helped reinforce this image.

2005: Shoemakers try to get foot in the door

With the brand’s long-running domination of the footwear category, there often seems little to talk about in this $XXX-million-a-year business.

2005: LPGA - Nabisco splash traced to Alcott’s panache

There is a wet-headed tradition at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club.

2005: Morgan Pressel - Don't forget me

Nation’s top-ranked amateur, Morgan Pressel, ready to grab share of Nabisco spotlight

2005: Huskies aren’t settling for second-best

The joke around the Washington athletic department is that Mary Lou Mulflur’s coaching the “Fighting Bridesmaids.”

2005: Rebels stampede elite field

The final round at this year’s Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship had all the ingredients for a down-to-the-wire slugfest among some of the country’s top power brokers.

2005: Irishman Smyth garners green at SBC

Irish eyes were smiling on pro golf March 13.

2005: Els relishes coming to America

Ernie Els has proven it again: No matter what sort of position in which he finds himself, it isn’t easy to beat the Big Easy.

2005: PGA Tour - Just another manic Monday

Monday qualifying is as much a part of pro golf as 280-yard carries and five-hour rounds.

2005: One heck of a Honda

Disappointment hung around the Honda Classic well before any fans started to.

2005: ‘Promotional fees’ a Euro Tour way of life

Financial inducements for big names to play on the PGA European Tour have been around since the circuit’s inception in 1972.

2005: A matter of appearance . . .

Davis Love III called the Sunday slugfest between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at Doral’s Blue Monster “the best event of the year, maybe one of the best in the last five.”

2005: Island of Enchantment

Puerto Rico on the verge of becoming a rich port for golf

2005: Business - Gear shift

With new brands, apparel maker targets premium market

2005: Cricket’s loss is ETSU’s gain

Growing up in Wales, Rhys Davies played as many sports as he could, including tennis, rugby, soccer, cricket and golf.

2005: Els spurs major notions

On March 6, after a three-week layoff, Els won his third Dubai Desert Classic. Could the Masters be far behind?

2005: LPGA - Ochoa’s Mexican standoff

The ensuing three days were what Ochoa had dreamed of since she first picked up a golf club at age 5 in Guadalajara, roughly 350 miles from Bosque Real Country Club.

2005: LPGA - In new setting, familiar face rises to top

Annika Sorenstam arrived at the MasterCard Classic looking forward to a new season and hoping to find solace on the golf course.

2005: PGA - Monster bash

It’s difficult to overestimate the significance of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson’s final-round shootout March 6 at the Ford Championship was.

2005: Euros select decorated pair

In a widely predicted move, the PGA European Tour’s 14-man tournament committee named Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo the next two European Ryder Cup captains.

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Coveted Kraft splash can be traced to Alcott

There is a long-standing tradition at the Kraft Nabisco Championship that involves a jump off the 18th green into nearby Poppie's Pond. Thank Amy Alcott for that.