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November 30, 2010 | 10:52 a.m.

Work of art

Bradley S. Klein
The par-3 15th hole at St. George's
The par-3 15th hole at St. George's

Every once in a while a course pops up on the radar screen and just speaks to you powerfully and relentlessly.

In another realm of life it might be called “falling in love,” but in golf the experience of such a discovery too often gets reduced to the cheap cliché of “hidden gem.” But that’s to presume the course has been under wraps, whereas in the case of an enchanting place such as St. George’s Golf & Country Club, it just has been sitting there in plain sight on Long Island’s North Shore since 1917.

Well, maybe not ...

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Categories: Top Stories, Travel, Features
November 15, 2010 | 9:18 a.m.

Century mark

Adam Schupak
Errie Ball and his wife, Maxie, at Errie's 100th birthday party on Nov. 14, 2010.
Errie Ball and his wife, Maxie, at Errie's 100th birthday party on Nov. 14, 2010.

STUART, Fla. – They say golf is a game of a lifetime, and few have lived those words quite like Samuel Henry “Errie” Ball. Born Nov. 14, 1910, in Bangor, Wales, Ball wears glasses, a hearing aid, and recently began relying on a cane. Otherwise, there were few indications that the diminutive Ball, dressed in a royal blue blazer, striped tie and gray slacks, had reached the century mark.

“I don’t feel 100,” he said. “That’s for sure.”

Ball’s is a life well lived, and nearly 300 people celebrated the occasion with him Sunday evening at Willoughby Golf ...

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October 26, 2010 | 2:57 p.m.

Herd mentality

Julie Williams
Goats wander the canyons at Pasatiempo.
Goats wander the canyons at Pasatiempo.

When officials at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif., began looking through old photo albums of their classic Alister MacKenzie design, they had the idea to return the course to its roots. That meant clearing 80 years’ worth of non-native plant growth (such as pampas grass and acacia trees) from the surrounding canyons and barrancas. With terrain too steep for groundskeepers to traverse with heavy brush-clearing equipment, superintendent Paul Chojnacky called in four-legged backup.

That’s right: Release the goats.

With 150 large-bodied meat goats wandering the canyons, the landscape is rapidly changing at Pasatiempo. The first herd arrived ...

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Categories: Julie Williams, Features
October 25, 2010 | 3:38 p.m.

Olympic pursuit

Matt Nelson
Greg Norman, left, and Lorena Ochoa hope to land the bid to design the 2016 Olympic course.
Greg Norman, left, and Lorena Ochoa hope to land the bid to design the 2016 Olympic course.

Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam aren’t the only power couple seeking to build the golf venue for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

They’ve got company, and they are old rivals: Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa.

The recently retired Mexican LPGA star, who just launched her course architecture firm, and Norman announced their design partnership last week. They christened the business venture with hopes of landing the Olympic bid for the venue project.

However, it remains unknown whether the Rio 2016 organizing committee will opt for a new course or use an existing facility.

Peter ...

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October 18, 2010 | 10:52 a.m.

Jertson engineers run to Timberlake berth

James Achenbach
Marty Jertson, a 30-year-old engineer at Ping who is credited with designing the new Anser forged iron, is in the field this week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Marty Jertson, a 30-year-old engineer at Ping who is credited with designing the new Anser forged iron, is in the field this week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Golf club manufacturers can boast many skilled players among their full-time employees, but not many have played in a PGA Tour event.

Marty Jertson, a 30-year-old engineer at Ping who is credited with designing the new Anser forged iron, is in the field this week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Jertson, a Class A member of the PGA of America, advanced through a PGA Southwest Section qualifying event by shooting 65 on the Sun Mountain course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.

The Sun Mountain layout is no pushover. Measuring 7,112 yards, it is one ...

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September 27, 2010 | 1:47 p.m.

Hoosier at heart

Jim McCabe
Jeff Overton
Jeff Overton

You have heard about the kid who realized his childhood dream, made it in pro sports, parlayed his riches into all the expensive toys, bought the pretentious home in a glitzy part of the world, and forgot who he was and from where he came? Well, this is the other kid’s story . . .

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Several blocks into his casual role of tour guide, Jeff Overton realized his gaffe along College Avenue. “I should have let him in, shouldn’t I?”

In other parts of the country, ignoring a driver’s bid to enter the flow hardly would register. But ...

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September 27, 2010 | 1:37 p.m.

Two-headed Monty

Jeff Rude
Colin Montgomerie, whose emotions can swing from charming to chafing in a nanosecond, carries plenty of baggage into Celtic Manor.
Colin Montgomerie, whose emotions can swing from charming to chafing in a nanosecond, carries plenty of baggage into Celtic Manor.


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Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson gave us split-personality portrayal through Jekyll and Hyde, now something of a behavioral brand. Golf offers the entertaining same through Scottish-born Colin Montgomerie. The dichotomy is not lost on the nonfictional character himself.

He knows two halves make for a Full Monty.

Clever, caring and charming sometimes give way for arrogant and curt, complete with a smorgasbord of facial expressions and eye movements. Undesirable golf shots could activate the darkness. You don’t become arguably the best Ryder Cup player of all time without hating to ...

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September 22, 2010 | 1:53 p.m.

Coach’s audible

Martin Kaufmann
Nick Saban at his offseason retreat, Waterfall Country Club in Clayton, Ga.
Nick Saban at his offseason retreat, Waterfall Country Club in Clayton, Ga.

CLAYTON, Ga. – Nick Saban is late. And the first thing you learn when you meet the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide is this: Saban hates to be late.

“OK, let’s get it going,” he said to anyone within earshot. “We’ve got a program here.”

The first tee at Waterfall Country Club was open, and Saban was eager to join his foursome. Still, he dutifully agreed to pose for a few photos – he’s more media-friendly than his tough-as-nails image might suggest – before high-tailing it to the first tee.

“We got a game here or what?” Saban ...

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Categories: Travel, Features
September 14, 2010 | 12:44 p.m.

The loop of their lives

Jeff Rude
Western Golf Association directors Peter Mone (left) and Tom Mallman (an Evans alumnus) flank brothers Albert and Stephen Akuamoah at Skokie Country Club.
Western Golf Association directors Peter Mone (left) and Tom Mallman (an Evans alumnus) flank brothers Albert and Stephen Akuamoah at Skokie Country Club.

During economic strife and political turmoil in his native Ghana in the mid-1980s, Michael Akuamoah bolted west Africa with the hope of finding a better life in the United States. At different times over the next decade, his wife and two young sons joined him in a Southside Chicago apartment, and the transplanted family grew with the birth of a daughter.

While Michael worked as a waiter in a downtown hotel, children Albert, Stephen and Annchellie excelled as students, caddied during summers and earned Evans Scholarships to Big Ten universities. The plan worked. The Akuamoahs not only found an enriched ...

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Categories: Travel, Features
September 8, 2010 | 3:18 p.m.

New frontier

Rio de Janeiro is the site of the 2016 Games, where golf will make its return to the Olympics.
Rio de Janeiro is the site of the 2016 Games, where golf will make its return to the Olympics.

The PGA Tour is moving forward with efforts to spur growth in Latin America in advance of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

PGA Tour officials will meet next week with officials from South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico to discuss forming a new tour in the region that likely would serve as a feeder to the Nationwide Tour.

The Sept. 15-17 meetings in Miami will be the third set of face-to-face discussions between the Tour and Latin American officials.

“The idea around this is to create a more consistent model, week-in and week-out, . . . and to create ...

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August 30, 2010 | 3:27 p.m.

We’re all in

Adam Schupak
Phil Mickelson and Barclays president Bob Diamond during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Feb. 13, 2010, in Pebble Beach, California.
Phil Mickelson and Barclays president Bob Diamond during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Feb. 13, 2010, in Pebble Beach, California.

Where many banks have shunned ties to golf amid public bailouts, London-based Barclays is all-in. Why? It works, Barclays president Bob Diamond says. The multinational bank sponsors the Singapore Open, Scottish Open and the PGA Tour’s first FedEx Cup event, The Barclays.

Diamond spoke with Golfweek during his firm’s eponymous event in Paramus, N.J.:

Barclays deal with the PGA Tour is through 2012. When do the next negotiations begin?

There’s never a beginning and there’s hardly ever an end. We’re in discussions now. And it’s rather positive, too. I would find it very ...

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August 23, 2010 | 3:29 p.m.

KPMG report: Recession reins in golf tourism

Spain is expected to be a hot spot for tourism in the coming years.
Spain is expected to be a hot spot for tourism in the coming years.

Demand for golf tourism has waned amid a persistent recession, but new international destinations are surfacing regardless – hoping to capitalize whenever the economy recovers, according to findings of a just-released KPMG survey.

More than 120 golf tour operators from 41 countries – about half from Europe – participated in the poll conducted this summer by KPMG Golf Advisory Practice based in Budapest, Hungary.

The survey responses clearly show the toll of the recession’s impact: 38 percent of the tour operators reported a decline in the number of golf tourists. That response was nearly four times greater than in 2008 when 10 ...

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August 11, 2010 | 10:52 a.m.

Singing the praises

No. 12 at TPC Michigan
No. 12 at TPC Michigan

DETROIT – A disclaimer: The writer hails from the city in question – the mighty Motor City – so don’t expect objectivity or sober judgment. I have 10W-40 in my veins, the great Gordie Howe in my memory banks and the temptin’ Temptations in my very soul. Um, can we not talk about the Lions?

I moved to Los Angeles 30 years ago, but every visit home is an adrenaline shot. Detroit has taken its share of post-industrial age licks, but its sturdy steel heart and vibrant culture keep on ticking. It also is surrounded by fish-filled lakes and miles of healthy ...

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Categories: Top Stories, Features
Bradley S. Klein

How’s your summer vacation going? Bet it hasn’t been as eventful as Charles Kingston’s. The fictional six-time PGA Tour winner faces a return to Q-School in the fall and is going through an early mid-life crisis. So he retreats to his ancestral homeland of Ireland for a few weeks of soul-searching.

His time there doesn’t prove as restful as planned, though he does get off to a heck of a start. After holing out with a 9-iron for an eagle-2 on his first hole of his vacation, he meets a beautiful green-eyed woman at the sixth ...

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Categories: Bradley S. Klein, Features
August 9, 2010 | 12:27 p.m.

A can-do attitude

Martin Kaufmann
No. 13 at Huntsman Springs
No. 13 at Huntsman Springs

DRIGGS, Idaho – When Jon M. Huntsman Sr. gives speeches, he likes to remind his listeners that they should “prepare young for what people will say at their eulogy.”

That perspective helps explain why Huntsman wasn’t satisfied to found and build Huntsman Chemical into the world’s largest privately held chemical company before taking it public in 2005. It wasn’t enough that he and his wife of 51 years, Karen, raised nine children and became grandparents to 56 more. Nor was it sufficient to give away hundreds of millions of dollars to charities – everything from cancer research to earthquake ...

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Categories: Martin Kaufmann, Features

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