News for Wednesday, September 7, 2005

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2005: Features - Peace and quiet at Disney? It’s possible at Osprey Ridge

You might be in the world of make-believe, but there is nothing imaginary about the quality of golf at Walt Disney World Resort.

2005: Features - From Sarazen to Palmer, O-Town tradition-rich

It may not have Isleworth’s aristocratic air or Bay Hill’s brute demeanor, but from the first tee at Dubsdread Golf Course unfolds 341 yards of semi-manicured fairway and some 80 years of Central Florida golf history.

2005: Features - A little seclusion amid Southern stalwarts

Orange County National’s two courses, Panther Lake and Crooked Cat, have become a semiregular home of the designed PGA Tour’s Q-School Finals, and a destination for players who simply love to beat balls and work on their games.

2005: Features - Golf soars along with Midtown surge

All over midtown, signs of the ascension are apparent. It is midtown, after all, that offers a little of everything to everybody – locals and visitors alike.

2005: Perspective - Toms in search of a little normalcy

When David Toms informed agent David Parker that he wanted to part ways, he had just put together four consecutive top-5 finishes on the PGA Tour.

2005: Our Opinion - Age no longer an obstacle

No one younger than Creamer, who turns 19 on Aug. 5, has won an LPGA event since Marlene Hagge captured the one-day Sarasota Open in 1952.

2005: For Your Game - For great putting, trust instinct

Good vision, creative imagination and proper use of your eyes are crucial to great putting.

2005: For Your Game - Clubfitting of tomorrow

Benoit Vincent, TaylorMade’s chief technical officer, has been at the forefront of modern clubfitting.

2005: For Your Game - Options abound in search for perfect fit

Most golfers know about the importance of fitting. However, golfers don’t necessarily know where to go for a professional fitting. Here is a rundown of some available options...

2005: Business - TaylorMade adds weight to Rossa marketing effort

TaylorMade is banking that the technological innovation that cemented its dominance in the driver market can jump-start its lagging Rossa putter division.

2005: Business - IPO fuels Golf Galaxy’s aspirations

Golf Galaxy’s May 17 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission paints a picture of a company that is profitable, hitting its stride and ready to ramp up a national expansion.

2005: College - Rebels turn table on an old, familiar foe

UNLV and New Mexico are becoming accustomed to slugging it out with one another during the postseason. Now they’ll do it one more time at the NCAA Championship.

2005: College - Jaquars lasso top-ranked Cowboys

Winning the NCAA Division I Central Regional against the deepest of the three regional fields would have been a lofty accomplishment in itself – but how the Jaguars completed the conquest added some serious style points.

2005: College - Deacons wake up at regionals

The Demon Deacons were champions of the NCAA Division I East Regional for the first time at the Golf Club of Tennessee.

2005: College - Cowboys remain holders of ‘favorite’ tag

Oklahoma State coach Mike Holder has been at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship 32 consecutive times now, more than any other active coach.

2005: College - Discovering Columbus

Ohio State has won four consecutive Big Ten Championships and seven overall under Therese Hession’s guidance, and only twice have the Buckeyes finished worse than third in the conference.

2005: College - Stahle, Lang, Sjodin choose early exits

Three of college golf’s power schools left Sunriver Resort a little deflated after some of the nation’s best underclassmen announced they would turn pro.

2005: College - Devilish double

Top-ranked Duke again looked like it might not be a factor after spending the first two frosty days in the fifth spot. Coach Dan Brooks’ team held it together during the final round, but Duke’s Day 3 was the difference.

2005: Nationwide/Champions - Weibring overcomes tense time

Champions Tour officials ruled that Weibring’s putter didn’t touch the ground before the shot. If it had, the violation would have cost Weibring a two-stroke penalty.

2005: Nationwide/Champions - Fast start secures 1st for Collins

Chad Collins saw an opportunity to earn his first Nationwide Tour victory May 22, and didn’t waste time.

2005: PGA European Tour - Globe-trotters owe debt of gratitude

Most Europeans who have invaded the PGA Tour in record numbers have dusted off their passports and journeyed to England this week for the BMW Championship at Wentworth.

2005: PGA European Tour - Dodd’s 2nd triumph; Howell’s 2nd heartache

Stephen Dodd earned his second PGA European Tour victory of the season, and David Howell finished a second consecutive week as an almost-winner.

2005: PGA - Understated Perry proves few are better

There are a number of reasons people should start giving Kenny Perry just a smidgen more attention.

2005: Newsmakers - Moore to play U.S. Open as an amateur

Ryan Moore, a senior at UNLV who was low amateur at this year’s Masters, initially signed up for sectional qualifying. After weighing his options, however, Moore withdrew his application.

2005: Newsmakers - Okamoto adds Hall entry to storied career

Ayako Okamoto, who won 62 times around the world and became the only Japanese player to win the LPGA money title, has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

2005: Perspective - After seven years, Woods slams the trunk

In case you’re wondering, Tiger Woods somehow did not play in the Saturday Series Pro-Am here.

2005: Features - Architect to the Core

Bill Coore’s courses reflect intellect, blue-collar ethos.

2005: Features - At Bandon, the beat goes on

A season after winning the 1956 Triple Crown with 52 home runs, 130 RBIs and a .353 batting average, Mickey Mantle had “only” 34 homers, 94 RBIs and a .365 average. He was asked to take a pay cut.

2005: Business - Hybrid mania shows no sign of waning

During March, on- and off-course retailers combined to sell 66,460 hybrid clubs, up 255 percent from 18,700 sold in the same month a year ago, according to research firm Golf Datatech LLC.

2005: Business - Attendance audit set for ’06 PGA show

Attendance at the 2006 PGA Merchandise Show almost certainly will decline.

2005: Americas - Saltman bests Brabazon

The 19-year-old Lloyd Saltman romped to a six-shot victory to become the first Scotsman to win the Brabazon Trophy, the English Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, since Gordon Brand Jr. in 1978.

2005: Americas - Barbetti wins Puerto Rico Open

The playoff for the Puerto Rico Open May 15 was also a battle of the Argentinians, as Daniel Barbetti made a 10-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to defeat compatriot Eduardo Argiro.

2005: College - Moore adds Hogan Award

Before he set his sights on this NCAA postseason, Ryan Moore accepted a few accolades for his accomplishments of the past year.

2005: College - Rollins romps in D-II hat trick

For the first time in three seasons, a Rollins College player didn’t capture the individual title at the NCAA Division II Women’s Championship.

2005: College - Cowboys get it done in clutch at Maxwell

The Cowboys, No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, shot a closing 10-under-par 270 for a 25-under 815 total to edge Augusta State, which also closed with 270, by a single shot.

2005: College - Methodist march continues with 8th consecutive title

The Lady Monarchs’ eighth consecutive victory at the NCAA Division III Women’s Championship came with a freshman, three sophomores and a junior doing the damage.

2005: College - Quakers click in Division III victory

A bad shot almost cost Colin Clark the NCAA Division III individual title May 12, and his father was the one who took it.

2005: Nationwide/Champions - This time around, Thorpe keeps the cash

When Jim Thorpe won the FedEx Kinko’s Classic May 1, he donated the $247,000 check to Crossings Community Church in Lake Mary, Fla.

2005: Nationwide/Champions - Couch’s rout capped by Sunday 60

Chris Couch shot a final-round 60 to win the Nationwide Tour’s Rheem Classic May 15, but an even more important round might have been his even-par 70 the day before.

2005: PGA Europe - Long-suffering Bjorn cures his woes

Thomas Bjorn's victory Sunday was his eighth on the European Tour and first since the 2002 BMW International.

2005: LPGA - Sweet 60: Sorenstam regains stride

One week after having her string of consecutive victories snapped at five, Sorenstam showed she’s as far ahead of the rest of the LPGA as ever, sailing to a 10-shot victory at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.

2005: PGA - In Big D, Big Five no match for Purdy

The EDS Byron Nelson Championship began abuzz about golf’s Big Five competing together for only the fourth time in 10 months. Then Tiger Woods sounded alarms by missing his first cut in seven years, and U.S. Open specialist Retief Goosen also failed to qualify for Saturday.

2005: Newsmakers - Toms: Lawsuit has ‘taken its toll’

David Toms sued his agency, Links Sports Management, seeking money from an endorsement deal with Sharpie and termination of their 2002-2006 player-manager contract.

2005: Newsmakers - Nicklaus: British will be my swan song

Jack Nicklaus has announced that the British Open will be the end of his tournament career.

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