News for Monday, July 24, 2006

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2006: For your game - Lofty expectations

Think 60 degrees is the reasonable max for wedges? Think again. New techniques combined with extreme lofts might revitalize your short game.

2006: Nike aims to put putters in play

A state-of-the-art flatstick facility is added to help attract Tour players.

2006: USC-Aiken scores D-II triple

University of South Carolina-Aiken continued its grip of dominance on the golf world.

2006: Lions, Wolves and Waves, oh my!

Every year, a few surprises come out of the NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals.

2006: Lamar ends streak, advances

Brad McMakin had taken his Lamar Cardinals golf team to the regionals in each of the last six years but was 0-for-6 in advancing to the final stage.

2006: Bruins wake up just in time

Unlike politicians, NCAA regional championships can be all things to all people. For Georgia, the 54-hole qualifier was a warm-up for the upcoming NCAA final in Oregon.

2006: Teams take aim at ‘Dogs

No. 1 Georgia’s ranking gives opponents even more incentive

2006: ’86 finals: Spills, thrills and chills

Some of the details of the 1986 NCAA Men’s Championship jump immediately to mind. Others I have to dig deep to remember.

2006: Seven decades later, still a standout

It was fall 1932 when Chuck Kocsis arrived on campus for his freshman year at the University of Michigan.

2006: Kuchar’s drought ends

To say the last three years have been a bit of a struggle for Matt Kuchar would be an understatement.

2006: Bjorn gets payback

The last time Thomas Bjorn was playing in Ireland, he had a round to forget.

2006: Ochoa gunning for No. 1

Lorena Ochoa figuratively got over the hump. Annika Sorenstam literally did not. And suddenly there could be a shift at the top of women’s golf.

2006: Ben on Ben

Many in these parts refer to the late Ben Hogan as Mr. Hogan. Almost nine years after his death, it’s still Mr. Hogan.

2006: Lumpy’s burden lifted

Tim Herron wishes he would have made it easier on himself. But after waiting seven years for another victory on the PGA Tour, what was two more holes?

2006: Wie’s schedule no Big Easy

A la Ernie Els, Michelle Wie is ready to go global.

2006: FedEx points still in limbo

Members of the PGA Tour’s Players Advisory Council, which makes recommendations to the Tour’s Board of Directors, met at Colonial last week to discuss the allocation of points for next season’s inaugural FedEx Cup.

2006: Irvine player misses shot at finals

University of California-Irvine’s Brian Edick was in California when he found out he had a chance to snag a spot in the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship

2006: Mighty Casey embraces his next challenge

He stutter-steps to the tee, then launches a drive into orbit around the 93rd rock from the sun.

2006: For your game - A need for speed?

Pumpkin Ridge prothinks golf would benefit from a swift kick

2006: Power play

Building on its success with metalwoods and with a handful of young stars on Tour, Cobra is betting on its new line of carbon-composite drivers.

2006: Class of ’09: a breath of ‘fresh’ air

Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst walked away with five major awards May 26 following the National Golf Coaches Association’s annual banquet.

2006: Devilish re-do

Duke’s dominance, improved chemistry provide enjoyable – if suspenseless – NCAA defense

2006: No helping Han for Lee

Hee-Won Han was getting tired of finishing second, and she was determined not to do it again at the LPGA Corning Classic.

2006: Golf’s ‘golden child’ grows up

Nick Dougherty was known as the Golden Child when he was playing amateur golf, the prodigal son of the English amateur scene.

2006: Howell in gear at BMW

David Howell probably sent Ernie Els back to the drawing board.

2006: Sweet music for Maggert

One week after Tim Herron broke his seven-year winless skid on the PGA Tour, Jeff Maggert shattered one of his own.

2006: Haas gains knowledge, Senior PGA triumph from stay with Tway

Members of the Oak Tree Gang proved to be gracious hosts for the 67th Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club.

2006: Quality can’t be measured in yards

Distance is the least interesting part of golf and golf course architecture.

2006: Starting on top of the heap

When it comes to design skill, working with native contours is a matter of restraint.

2006: Curtis Cup could be college all-star squad

Carol Semple Thompson was seen sizing up potential members of this year’s Curtis Cup team last week at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.

2006: Champions Q-School changes coming

A new look is coming to Champions Tour Qualifying School.

2006: Tiger spreads his wings in New York

Fair to say the Forecaddie was a bit surprised when the May 26 deadline to enter this week’s Memorial Tournament came and passed with no “T. Woods” commitment.