Stories for October 2003


News 2003 October

Friday, October 31

2003: College - Fill-in leads Cowboys to win

For the most part, assistant coaches go unnoticed, living and working in the shadows of the head coach.

2003: College - UTEP’s Baryla leaps to strong spring start

When he was growing up in British Columbia, Chris Baryla’s focus was on baseball and hockey. Golf was barely a blip on his sports radar screen. At age 15, that changed.

2003: LPGA - American beauty

Beth Bauer strives to be LPGA’s next star.

2003: Nationwide Tour - After further review, it’s Ogilvie

Joe Ogilvie survived a few tense moments and bumps along the way to victory March 2 in the Nationwide Tour’s season-opening Jacob’s Creek Open.

2003: PGA Tour - Woods’ World

Things are back to normal, to pre-Woods knee surgery, to pre-Ernie Els worldwide victory binge.

2003: Perspective - A tale of two tours

The PGA Tour could learn a lot from the PGA European Tour about nurturing young talent.

2003: Newsmakers - Players pick safety over golf in Dubai

The show will go on in Qatar and Dubai. But several of the world’s top golfers have decided not to.

2003: Newsmakers - Lee stripped of Westfield junior title

According to her college coach, a big burden has been lifted from Sung Ea Lee. So has a big victory.

2003: Newsmakers - Mickelson seeks Harmon’s counsel

Phil Mickelson recently questioned rival Tiger Woods’ equipment, but obviously he has no problems with the swing instruction Woods has received.

Saturday, October 25

2003: Perspective - Sorenstam all set to ‘step right up’

This May the zoo goes up against the circus. Lions and tigers and Sorenstams.

2003: Our Opinion - Go get ’em, Annika

Annika Sorenstam has decided to test her game against PGA Tour professionals in Fort Worth, Texas, this spring.

2003: The Skilled Player - All about rhythm

Dave Pelz says that nature provides pace; it’s up to player to make it work.

2003: Business - True Temper feeling good about Blue

Even though True Temper introduced a second shaft in the BiMatrx series, the BiMatrx Rocket, sales remained steady but unspectacular.

2003: Business - Persimmon persistence keeps Louisville in play

Even in a market dominated by modern technology, Elmore Just continues to innovate and survive.

2003: Business - Titleist makes SoLo entrance

In a move designed to grab a substantial share of the $20-per-dozen, “soft-and-long” ball segment dominated by the Precept Lady and Maxfli Noodle, Titleist is introducing the DT SoLo.

2003: Business - Callaway dips feet into new business

Can Callaway Golf be all things to all golfers?

2003: College - Daughter takes after Fuzzy

When it comes to golf and life, Gretchen Zoeller takes her cues from her father, Fuzzy.

2003: PGA European Tour - Dream Match

Els and Woods would defy odds if they meet in WGC-Match Play

2003: PGA Tour - Oberholser again on stage with Woods

Arron Oberholser has never lacked for confidence. OK, he can be downright cocky.

2003: PGA Tour - Tiger’s return can’t be beat

Looking more comfortable each day, Tiger Woods fought through the rust of a two-month sabbatical, the aftereffects of knee surgery and first-round struggles to win the Buick Invitational.

2003: Perspective - A fix that would satisfy our fix

The fix was in at Torrey Pines.

2003: Newsmakers - British Am change may not lure top amateurs

The British Amateur's change of dates may continue to keep top American amateurs at home.

2003: Newsmakers - New name, outlook as Nationwide debuts

When Bill Calfee meets with Nationwide Tour players in two weeks at the Clearwater Classic in New Zealand, his will be a message of growth and promise.

2003: Newsmakers - Curious Sorenstam takes a shot

Though a generous handful of suitors came calling, it was Annika Sorenstam who stepped forward and made the call when she would debut on the PGA Tour.

2003: Perspective - Mickelson draws fire, bemusement

Phil Mickelson was trying to bring heat in the parking lot at Poppy Hills.

2003: Our Opinion - Life without Tiger

The West Coast Swing, even sans an injured Tiger Woods, has shown plenty of life.

2003: Club Life - Stop the madness!

The golf psycho, for the uninitiated, is the person who has become so caught up in technological minutia that he, or she, can think or talk of nothing else.

2003: Destination - Toast of Coast

Resort foursome features: Great golf and pause to pamper

Saturday, October 18

2003: Business - Nike strives to reach broader audience with CPR

Nike officials defiantly say they make some of the game’s finest tools – thank you very much.

2003: Business - Buzz precedes Titleist 983 driver launch

Titleist’s new 983 driver won’t reach golf stores for two months, but it’s already creating a buzz on the PGA Tour and among consumers.

2003: Business - Royal authority

Putters’ odyssey illustrates R&A’s growing influence on equipment issues.

2003: College - Arizona in harmony with Medley

At the start of the 2002-03 season, Arizona was considered a team that could challenge for the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship.

2003: PGA European Tour - Casey states his case at ANZ

Seven Australians and one New Zealander played their way into the top 10, but it was an English visitor with something to prove who walked away with the top prize at the ANZ Championship.

2003: PGA Tour - Tough Love

Love III outlasts Lehman, but both show they’ve still got it.

2003: Newsmakers - Costly lesson for Zoeller

A good-intentioned effort to help promote the Champions Tour event wound up causing Zoeller to be disqualified Feb. 7.

2003: Newsmakers - Mickelson stunned by uproar

Reaction to Phil Mickelson’s claim that Tiger Woods is being held back by “inferior” Nike equipment was a mix of incredulity, mirth, anger and “No comment."

Friday, October 17

2003: The sunny side of the USGA

Within a few months, the USGA will announce its decision on maximum club length and clubhead size.

2003: No time for ball overhaul

The debate over golf’s “distance problem” is so puzzling.

2003: NBC commentator Koch ready for full slate of Champions Tour events

Gary Koch will make his debut this week on the Champions Tour.

2003: Frosh impact felt on women’s teams

Erica Blasberg is making a run for Player of the Year.

2003: TCU, UNLV, Duke among early surprises

Men’s college golf heads into the 2003 spring season.

2003: Els continues trophy-filled trek around the world

Ernie Els continues to pile up golf trophies to go alongside his mounting sky miles.

2003: Weir finds waggle, swagger, Hope

Mike Weir never contended in 2002, and failed to collect a single top-10 finish.

2003: Bush panel keeps Title IX intact

A divided Bush administration advisory commission voted Jan. 30 for only modest changes to Title IX.

2003: Clemson’s Jones makes name for himself

Gregg Jones won by two over Florida freshman James Vargas.

2003: Mackenzie to serve 2nd USGA term

Fred Ridley is in line to become USGA president in 2004.

2003: No Shark sighting at Augusta?

Greg Norman’s 22-year run at Augusta is likely to end this April.

Sunday, October 12

2003: Perspective - The highs and lows of design

This Best and Worst in Golf Architecture List is in its 15th year, making it the longest continuously running column idea in U.S. golf.

2003: Our Opinion - ‘A sad commentary’

Golf always has been a game of honor. That’s why it’s so disturbing to learn that the winner of a prestigious national junior championship actually was ineligible.

2003: America's Best - Comeback trail

Here in the arid hills of central Arizona, a golf course is being brought back to life.

2003: America's Best - A matter of rank

Restorations and renovations prominent in courses’ upward movement.

2003: Business - Wilson makes moves to gain Velocity

As it dusts itself off from a difficult – but profitable – 2002, Wilson Golf faces serious questions about what it is going to do next.

2003: Business - Airport shops fly in face of downturn

By spring, when four new stores will be open, there will be 41 PGA Tour Shops, making it the largest branded airport-based retail concept in the nation.

2003: Champions Tour - Fleisher’s game takes ‘Flash vs. Flame’

In the serene world of over-50 golf Hale Irwin vs. Bruce Fleisher is a rivalry worthy of the hype.

2003: PGA Tour - Weir best out West

Mike Weir overhauled his outlook during a winter soul search and came out seeing a glass half full.

2003: Newsmakers - War could affect Qatar, Dubai events

The chances of the Qatar Masters being held were dealt a severe blow after the British Foreign Office advised British citizens not to travel to the Middle Eastern country unless it was absolutely necessary.

2003: Newsmakers - Sorenstam squarely in the spotlight

Sorenstam’s quest to play against the men has transcended the game of golf since she accepted an invitation to the PGA Tour’s Bank of America Colonial May 22-25.

2003: Newsmakers - Junior PGA winner likely to lose title

As Golfweek went to press Feb. 24, the PGA of America was investigating allegations that reigning Westfield Junior PGA champion Sung Ea Lee was overage during her victory last July.

2003: Fitness link can get game in sync

Gyms for golfers. In a society obsessed with fitness, this was bound to happen. And it has – in a big, important way.

2003: Crystal ball reveals a fit future

I have seen the future of golf, and it is the synchronization of the fitness pro and the golf pro.

2003: Business - Corporate market prepares for rebound

Companies of all sizes and industries promote goods and services by putting their appellations on everything from golf shirts and gloves to tees and divot tools.

2003: Hendrix completes ‘too sweet’ week

However, it was a crazy kind of week at the Sunnehanna, which celebrated its 50th anniversary with wet weather and a visit from golf legend Arnold Palmer.

2003: Freshman Blasberg arrives quickly at top

In both cases, Golfweek’s postseason women’s college awards were close. In the end, however, the choices were clear.

2003: More hardware for Penley, Mahan

Larry Penley was on top from start to finish, as his Clemson men’s team was Golfweek’s preseason favorite and remained in the No. 1 spot each week of the season.

2003: Right decision leads Stolz to bank

Andre Stolz faced a tough decision a few days before the LaSalle Bank Open at The Glen Club.

2003: Owen cruises as others prepare

Greg Owen of England won by three strokes June 8 for his first victory in six years on the PGA European Tour.

2003: Major conflict somehow worked

Sixteen months ago, the scheduling snafu was considered a major blunder. Two major championships, two different tours, two different states. Same time. Same market.

2003: LPGA - Sorenstam steams on

Sorenstam made four crucial up-and-down par saves in a six-hole span June 8 and held off hard-charging Grace Park in a playoff to win the McDonald’s LPGA Championship at DuPont Country Club.

2003:Sabbatini stares down second career victory at FBR

To Rory Sabbatini, his second PGA Tour victory was much more difficult than his first. To everyone else, he made it look pretty easy.

2003: Haas to join dad at Open

The U.S. Open field was finalized June 2-4 when 83 players secured spots via 36-hole qualifying.

2003: ‘Healing process’ begins for Love

Davis Love III’s personal life may be “topsy-turvy,” but his game was simply tops heading into the U.S. Open.

2003: Code melds family, fairways

On a list that spans 21 years and includes Jack Nicklaus, Earl Woods and Robert Trent Jones, Brian Code isn’t the most high-profile winner of Golfweek’s Father of the Year.

2003: Business - Golf 20/20 to spearhead physical education initiative

Golf 20/20, an industry-backed initiative to increase participation, plans to test a golf program this fall as part of the physical education curriculum at 80 to 100 elementary schools around the country.

2003: Business - Wilson reorganizes

With Wilson Sporting Goods merging its golf and tennis divisions and longtime president Jim Baugh leaving unexpectedly, the fate of the company’s golf business has become clouded.

2003: Merrick on mark in UCLA’s Pac-10 rout

That UCLA won the Pac-10 Men’s Championship April 30 on its home turf wasn’t such a surprise. But the Bruins’ margin of victory – 27 shots over Arizona – bewildered even coach O.D. Vincent.

2003: Heath still adjusting to college life in U.S.

There aren’t many young golfers who would ignore the advice of six-time major winner Nick Faldo, but James Heath did when he decided to attend Augusta State University.

2003: Augusta State has become Division I powerhouse

The people of Augusta, Ga., are passionate about their golf, and the college game is no exception.

2003: Jack only Nicklaus to make cut

What began as a family affair ended as a one-man show as Jack Nicklaus was the only member of the Nicklaus brood to make the cut at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

2003: Gronberg surges to Italian victory

Gronberg shot 7-under-par 65 Sunday to overtake Gonzalez (70) and five others to finish at 17 under.

2003: LPGA - Park pulls it together at end

Grace Park couldn’t have started worse in the final round of the Michelob Light Open.

2003: Dose of Bayou magic leads to first PGA Tour victory

Too many times in his PGA Tour career, Steve Flesch has found reasons why he can’t get the job done on Sunday.

2003: Three named to Hall of Fame

Nick Price, who won 17 times around the world in 1992-94 and has three major championships among his 18 PGA Tour victories, became the 99th member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

2003: British adds international intrigue

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has taken the bold step of taking the British Open to the rest of the world.

Sunday, October 5

2003: Stage set for shakeout

For most of the past several years, the golf equipment industry seems to have been acting out a scene from “Waiting for Godot.”

2003: Washington State’s fate: Bubble team NCAA-bound

It was not clear if the Washington State Cougars were going to get an invitation to even participate in the NCAA women’s regionals.

2003 Friendly rivals South Carolina, FSU earn final East spots

Following the NCAA Division I Women’s East Regional, Florida State and South Carolina engaged in a friendly water balloon war. Both teams had reason to celebrate.

2003: Duke, Cal, USC lead East-West showdown for crown

If regional results are any indication of what to expect at next week’s NCAA Division I Women’s Championship, then all arrows point to a shoreline showdown.

2003: Casey closes curtain on B&H

The 33rd and final Benson and Hedges International Open went to Paul Casey, and he added his name to a prestigious list of winners.

2003: Two streaks snap in Jones victory

American players got a little tired of hearing about their recent LPGA ineptitude. So they – more specifically Rosie Jones – did something about it.

2003: Until trouble at last hole adds final thrill to Wachovia

David Toms even managed to give the Wachovia Championship the one thing it was lacking – an exciting finish.

2003: Coming soon: Double-face drivers?

The double-face driver could be the newest craze in golf, at least if the U.S. Golf Association decides to approve the idea.

2003: You can become a golfing machine

The Golfing Machine is many things. It is the name of a distinctive golf book.

2003: Laser Link’s aim: Faster rounds, profitability

Rob O’Loughlin spent the latter part of the 1990s helping orchestrate one of the golf industry’s most unlikely marketing triumphs: the rise of Softspikes.

2003: Despite golf losses, home developers press on

Golf course construction has slowed considerably over the past three years, but high-end developers’ interest in golf remains strong.

2003: Titleist lineup simplified for golfers

The familiar names in Titleist’s 2003 ball line – Pro V1, NXT and DT – belie major changes in each model’s construction and performance attributes.

2003: Denver climbs out of dumps

At some point in their careers, most athletes experience some sort of stretch – hopefully a short one – when they run into a skid of going zero for whatever.

2003: Performance for players key in equipment count

The battles among TaylorMade, Titleist and Callaway in several golf equipment categories are becoming almost legendary.

2003: Soggy start offers a frigid, rigid test

Tiger Woods went 21 holes Friday without making a birdie.

2003: Mickelson at Masters: Stuck in third

It’s a good news-bad news scenario that begs the question: Why is Mickelson so fortunate on one level and so frustrated on another?

2003: The Masters - Sharp exchanges spice ‘State of Augusta’

The annual chairman’s address at Augusta National Golf Club is one of the more entertaining events of Masters week, and this year’s conference drew a standing-room only crowd in the club’s media center.

2003: The Masters - Awed amateurs? Not this year

Paired with Jack Nicklaus for the opening two rounds at Augusta National, amateur Hunter Mahan joked that he just wanted to stay out of the way of the six-time Masters champion.

2003: The Masters - Wayward Woods

Meet Tiger Woods, the living, breathing EKG chart of the 67th Masters.

2003: The Masters - Everything but the jacket

The new-look Masters is billed as a bomber’s haven, and Mattiace is a singles hitter with warning-track power at best.

2003: The Masters - Weir weathers weird week

Turned out to be a Weir Masters. And a weird Masters, start to finish.

2003: Coach potato takes trip to Pleasantville

After five hours on my couch watching CBS-TV’s Masters show, I’m convinced Martha Burk got her revenge on the country’s middle-class males.

2003: Emotion spills for Julian, Edwards

For two men who are part of the professional golf family, it was a Masters awash in tears.

2003: Burk might target USGA

The USGA operates within a rigid hierarchy, so its next president likely will be vice president Fred Ridley, a lawyer in Tampa, Fla.