Stories for November 2001
Friday, November 30
If Desvonde Botes plays on the PGA European Tour next season the same way he did for six days at the European Tour Qualifying School Nov. 17-22, then he won’t just hang onto his card. He may just win a tournament as well.
Of course, his irons are gone, too, the faces worn out after (are you ready for this?) just 18 months, replaced by a duplicate set with a stamping that says simply Titleist Forged.
Proforce shaft gaudy but successful on pro, amateur levels
For more than five months a task force at Nike Golf has been exploring strategies to enter the golf club business – a debut that could occur as early as next year, according to a company official.
Adams Golf July 25 announced a 51.3 percent increase in sales to $18.8 million for the second quarter ending June 30, compared with $12.4 million during the same period in 2000.
Golf products in the United States are affected significantly by what happens in Japanese golf – so much so that most recent trends in U.S. golf actually started in Japan.
Wilson Golf, which this spring began offering 2-for-1 dozens of its Smart-Core balls, Sept. 1 re-enters the $25-a-dozen segment of the ball market with a new line.
For the three months ending June 30, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based equipment company posted sales of $253.7 million, compared with $289.9 million during the same period a year ago.
The U.S. Walker Cup team appears to be so rich with big-league amateur success that it would be the heavy favorite Aug. 11-12 to defeat Great Britain & Ireland in Sea Island, Ga.
When Bernhard Langer captured the Dutch Open July 29, moving from No. 14 in the Euro Ryder Cup standings to No. 7, his captain came calling.
Fame has been elusive for 2000 LPGA rookie of the year Dorothy Delasin, but she’s a shining star at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic.
The course setup at the Porter Cup was not its hospitable self this year, confounding players with 5-inch rough and tough scoring conditions that kept all but two of the field’s top amateurs from finishing under par.
A team from Great Britain & Ireland and a down-home country boy named Bubba took center stage on the men’s amateur scene in 2001.
Women from all over the world set new amateur golf standards in 2001.
Annika Sorenstam won four of her first six starts of the season.
Tiger Woods did enough to produce one of the best years in golf history.
Golfweek/Sagarin rankings uncover some surprises.
Damian Pascuzzo recently made a plea for course raters not to award bonus points for tradition or walking.
Nike and Etonic stopped selling all-white golf shoes this year.
Americans have an increased reluctance to fly.
The entire economy has been devastated by massive layoffs.
On Sept. 16 the announcement came down that the Ryder Cup matches had been postponed until next year.
Many older clubs have felt the need to attach a designer label to their own golf course designs.
The Life and Work of Dr. Alister MacKenzie is the product of golf course architect Tom Doak, English physician James S. Scott, and MacKenzie’s step-grandson, Raymund M. Haddock.
50 course raters gathered Sept. 20-23.
Thursday, November 29
There is not a better retreat in the northeast Florida than Ponte Vedra.
Private courses for the corporate golfer
Henderson is visibly linked to Sin City by a sea of terra cotta tile rooftops spilling down the hillside and into the valley like the jumble of a Cezanne painting.
Everywhere, it seems, cries of alarm are up: increased length off the tee and the distances modern PGA Tour pros are hitting the golf ball are going to ruin the game.
The best line I ever heard about golf on TV came from a ballerina.
Peter de Savary and guests spend plenty of time in the comfort zone
Stylish LPGA players blend athleticism, femininity
The smart-aleck answer to the question of how to play Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes is “very carefully.”
At Bandon, Oregon, America’s most talked-about golf resort has reshaped a town’s face, pace.
The driver is the sexiest club in golf. Rare is the golfer who isn’t tempted to cuddle up to the latest, greatest driver.
We know you know a lot about the game. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this magazine.
Wednesday, November 28
“A matter of minutes” is a concept that takes on a new meaning when you’re cruising the Web.
Lyle Anderson was ahead of the recovery curve with his thinking in place.
Team 334 loses heart and soul, Frank Bonomo, during the horrific national tragedy of Sept. 11.
Women in golf are not only denied the recognition they deserve, but they also are disregarded with alarming frequency.
The game of golf knows no age limitations.
Callaway Golf Go. confirmed Oct. 4 that it has filed a suit against Dunlop Slazenger Group Americas Inc.
TaylorMade has introduced two brands of golf balls that will replace its InerGel line.
Owner Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. has undertaken a Spalding financial restructuring to reduce interest expense.
The Buy.com Tour is branching Down Under.
Chad Campbell became the second player in two months to earn an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour with three victories in the season.
For Hale Irwin and John Jacobs, the Turtle Bay Championship was decided on No. 9.
At an age when many start thinking about the Senior PGA Tour, Bernhard Langer has taken a more defiant approach to the calendar.
21-year-old Delasin serves notice with her third career victory.
David Toms added another victory Oct. 7 to a season that has placed him among the elite.
Most of the 18 men’s teams and all 12 women’s teams scheduled to compete in the recently canceled Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Collegiate Invitational will play in separate replacement tournaments.
Perrot comes from behind, Puntawong holds on to win inaugural junior event.
Kuchar’s ’98 decision looks better every day.
Because of the 24-day rule, two-day, 54-hole events have become the norm.
The Ryder Cup has been bought before, and it will be bought again.
Bad weekend for fans of televised golf.
Reed Exhibitions Co. canceled the show Sept. 20.
Golf’s two largest and usually profitable operators are losing money.
The Tigers captured their second title of the season.
D.A. Points took a simple approach to the $76,500 victory.
A new putter proved golden for Tom Kite at the Gold Rush Classic Sept. 30.
Se Ri Pak wants to break the stranglehold Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb have had on the LPGA’s Player of the Year and Vare Trophy awards.
Perseverance paid off for Justin Leonard Sept. 30 at the Texas Open.
Three-player teams from Minnesota claimed both the men’s and women’s titles Sept. 23-25.
Candie Kung broke through obstacles to win the SBC/Futures Tour Championship Sept. 30 at the Club at Eaglebrooke.
18-year-old says Q-School pressure ‘not a big deal’
Would-be fans at Belfry stumble into surreal round.
Clemson junior D.J. Trahan lifted the Tigers to a one-stroke victory Sept. 30 at the Ohio State Scarlet Course.
Adam Fuchs showed that you don’t always have to play for a Division I program to be successful against some of the best amateurs in the country.
Any minute spent with Cuz is a 60-second laugh track.
Callaway is using a process called metal injection molding to develop a driver.
The PGA Tour announced July 16 that it had concluded contract negotiations for a new television package in a four-year deal estimated to be worth $850 million.
Michael Sims began to get serious when PGA Tour veteran Brad Faxon visited the Bermuda Junior Golf Association for a clinic.
Tuesday, November 27
The PGA Tour, that exclusive private club, last week chiseled open a crack in its closed door.
The caddies of Bandon are romantics and later this month, on these bluffs alongside the Pacific Ocean, they will raise their voices in farewell to one of their own.
Poor sportsmanship? Poor judgment? In hindsight, considering the magnitude of the moment, we’d like to believe it was more the latter than the former.
The American Honda Motor Co. has renewed its title sponsorship of The Honda Classic for another three years, but questions remain about where the event will be played.
Another week, another new ball introduction for Spalding Sports Worldwide. Only this time, the company is adding to its Top-Flite line with the debut of the Top-Flite XL 3000 Super Series.
Three years ago, Reed Exhibitions was unknown in the golf industry. Since then, the trade show company has become one of the biggest players in golf.
The track record of former players is central to Canadian Tour commissioner Jacques Burelle’s bid to establish a formal link between his tour and the Buy.com Tour.
Ricardo Gonzalez, a former caddie in Formosa, Argentina, doesn’t carry his own bag anymore, but he carried himself quite nicely Sept. 9 after winning the European Masters.
Donna Andrews knew she did the right thing, but the price of her honesty – a self-imposed one-stroke penalty – proved to be the margin of her defeat.
The PGA Tour Policy Board on Sept. 5 passed two new eligibility rules.
If Curtis Strange were looking for validation for being the first U.S. Ryder Cup captain to pick a rookie for the team, Scott Verplank provided it – in Canada.
Canadian Tour seeks to build momentum and entice tomorrow’s stars.
Heard and seen on college campuses . . .
My, how things have changed in college golf over the last 20 years.
For John Daly, Joel Edwards and Kate Golden, there have been many days when climbing into the car and driving to the golf course was a job, not a passion.
The Links Group, one of the biggest golf operators in Myrtle Beach, has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with new investors and lofty goals.
The economic boom that has characterized the Japanese golf course and real estate market for much of the last 30 years has hit a wall, much like the country’s overall economy.
Florida Southern College will look to rebound from a disappointing year by its standards after finishing second to the University of West Florida in the NCAA Division II Championship.
Monday, November 26
Oklahoma State coach demands the best of himself and players.
Mexico, Brazil, and Paraguay are Latin American countries that produce a variety of exports, but star golfers aren’t high on the list. There are exceptions, however.
A rising senior at Duke putts a "shot heard round the world."
Dickerson’s summer puts him near top of talented crop.
With five of their top six players returning, Gators are favored to repeat as champions
John Daly’s victory Sept. 2 came in the BMW International Open, but it is as much a triumph in dedication, discipline and steadfast belief.
After seven lackluster seasons on the LPGA Tour, Kate Golden finally tasted victory.
By the time Joel Edwards marched to the final green with a six-shot lead, he knew he'd be able to finally use his winning speech.
Friday, November 16
Greg Earnhardt once tried his hand at pro golf, but the money he needed to fuel his dream ran out – as did his desire to keep asking sponsors for more cash.
Spraying it off the tee...
Europe has more than its share of world-class players. When it comes to the Ryder Cup, though, and composing a 12-man side, it’s not a matter of how someone is playing, but where.
Forget what you know about the DuPont CoolMax World Amateur Handicap Championship.
The titanium TiSI driver, introduced in 1998, signaled a major change for Ping.
Minutes before her opening-round tee time at the Betsy King Classic, Heather Daly-Donofrio was faced with a decision that would prove to be fateful in her career.
Sometimes the top storyline at a tournament isn’t necessarily found at the top spot on the leaderboard.
Of all the talents Tiger Woods possesses, one of his most redeeming qualities is his ability to settle an issue.
The glacial pace of industry evolution is hastening, and it could dramatically alter the fate of some of golf’s biggest brands.
Dixie’s Dickerson seizes U.S. Amateur
This game never ceases to confuse and amaze.
The dream: It never ends.
Brock Mulder is still miffed by the circumstances that deprived him of an opportunity to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Edward R. Binder, who as executive vice president of marketing was one of Spalding Sports Worldwide Inc.’s highest-ranking officers, no longer is with the company.
The titan of the wedge category has become a major player in the irons market. Now, Cleveland is climbing its way into the woods market.
In a tournament that traditionally features low scores and a rapid accumulation of points on the final day, the leaders merely survived.
At the 99th Western Amateur Championship, Dickerson didn’t need to say much. His Aug. 5 victory spoke volumes.
Playing golf is hardly heavy lifting. But carrying a baby around can be. Bob May knows too well. He has had the back pain to prove it.
Architect Rees Jones’ touch showcased during three-week stretch.
South Korean’s outlook takes major turn at Open.
LSU senior caps hot summer with Women’s Amateur title.
And then there was one. That is the number the USGA’s selection process should be down to for this year’s 10-man Walker Cup team.
Over and over, we ask the question: What’s wrong with Phil?
Sergio Garcia and Jesper Parnevik announced at Loch Lomond that they still hope to make the European Ryder Cup team
The National Golf Foundation’s most recent statistics on participation should serve as a catalyst for bold action.
With golf’s popularity at an all-time high, it is difficult to fathom that participation in the game could be stagnant. But numbers do not lie.
Retief Goosen won the tournament July 15.
It is set in St. Andrews, a medieval city where golf was born in the 1400s, but there is nothing ancient about this pristine, $71 million resort.
Jason Dufner turned pro in May 2000 after graduating from Auburn University.
Emilee Klein waited since 1996 for an LPGA victory.
Although it’s still a year away, Meredith Duncan has the Curtis Cup on her mind.
The work at Augusta National Golf Club is nearing completion.
Lee Trevino said he won’t play in future major championships.
Phil Mickelson went from beating himself up over his recent final-round failures to beating everybody else in the Canon Greater Hartford Open.
Allen Doyle forced sudden death with a 35-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the Senior Players Championship July 15.
Two months and five days after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer Robin McCool had quietly written a profile in courage over the fairways of Salem Country Club.
Shigeki Maruyama became the first Japanese player to win a PGA Tour event on the mainland.
Chez Reavie plans to spend a lot of time talking with Jeff Quinney about the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club.
First along the PGA Tour and now the Senior PGA Tour, former UM psychology major Wend Fleisher has tried to make her husband, Bruce, believe in himself as a golfer.
Senior Tour members engaged commissioner Tim Finchem in an intense meeting July 10 at the Ford Senior Players Championship.
The U.S. Golf Association announced July 2 that it is changing two key rules involving amateur status.
Saturday, November 3
In a world now dominated by concerns about security, terrorism and airline hijackings, there is solace found in the grasslands and big skies of Wyoming and Montana.
In a world now dominated by concerns about security, terrorism and airline hijackings, there is solace found in the grasslands and big skies of Wyoming and Montana. The Peaks & Prairies Golf Course Superintendents Association was celebrating its 25th anniversary with a meeting here in Montana’s biggest city.
The ailing Senior PGA Tour easily can be fixed. It just needs to think outside the box, or outside the ropes. That’s to say, it needs to create a compelling, festive atmosphere and emphasize it over competition.
In this era of megabucks and mega-egos, golfers like Allen Doyle remind us what the spirit of the game is all about.
After settling last year’s debts for what one creditor called “sense on the dollar,” MacGregor Golf owner Barry Schneider, the Californian who made a fortune in the commercial flooring business, decided earlier this year to increase his investment in the storied clubmaker, perhaps by millions.
Talk about a rude houseguest. Senior Tour rookie Bob Gilder overcame brutal final-round conditions at the Senior Tour Championship Oct. 28 to edge his weeklong host Doug Tewell by a single shot at Gaillardia Golf & Country Club.
U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen became the first South African since 1975 to capture the Order of Merit Oct. 28, clinching the European No. 1 spot by capturing the Telefonica Open de Madrid in a playoff over England’s Steve Webster.
Annika Sorenstam secured her status as No. 1 in the world and the LPGA player of the year after winning the Cisco World Ladies Match Play Championship Oct. 28.
Chris DiMarco calls the unique way he holds his putter the “psycho grip,” possibly because it drives the competition crazy.
Ty Tryon might not have quieted all of his second-guessers Oct. 26 at World Woods Golf Club, but he took a bold first step.
One began the week on the outside looking in, the other had nothing to lose. After 72 grueling holes at the Buy.com Tour Championship, both emerged triumphant.