Stories for September 2005


News 2005 September

Wednesday, September 28

2005: Perspective - One stick from a Slam

If we began 2005 figuring no one can win the single-season Grand Slam, now we should adjust our thinking. Eight months have dramatically altered the forecast, from cloudy to ample shades of sunny.

2005: Our Opinion - An overshadowed splendor

How unfortunate that the 40th Walker Cup, the epic battle at Chicago Golf Club, was overshadowed by the PGA Championship, running concurrently at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey.

2005: Features - Core work brings strength, stability

Golfers everywhere are talking about core fitness, core training and core muscles. Many don’t know exactly what they are talking about.

2005: Features - Hardcore

If you ask me, the future of golf is the side-by-side combination of swing training and body training.

2005: Business - Program mines data on course operations

Golf Datatech, better known for its monthly reports on retail sales of golf equipment, recently has begun gathering operational data from about 200 courses.

2005: Business - Carlsbad OK’s $57.3M layout

Carlsbad, Calif., has long been to golf what Silicon Valley is to the computer world – the capital of its industry - and will soon be home to America’s most expensive municipal course.

2005: Competition - Tseng knocks Pressel off perch at Pinehurst

One week after winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur, Morgan Pressel got taken down by Ya-Ni Tseng.

Monday, September 26

2005: Perspective - There’s more to life than Q-School

The 108-hole marathon otherwise known as PGA Tour Qualifying School often is likened to a six-day root canal. One major difference: At least a root canal offers novocaine as an option.

2005: Our Opinion - Bivens’ first test

Carolyn Bivens may possess limited knowledge of golf and golfers, but she demonstrated a stroke of political genius by organizing “Phenoms to Professionals: Successful Transitions."

2005: Club Life - Don’t blame the game

I determined that the people who allegedly are interested in picking up golf, or playing it more, are the primary problem, not the game itself.

2005: Features - The secret is out

The Vegas story is too good to stay in Vegas.

2005: Business - Speed is key to Cobra driver launch

By offering custom-fitting in a new way, Jeff Harmet says, Cobra is ready to set itself apart.

2005: Business - Ailing Ashworth weighs sale, other options

Buffeted by declining profit margins, operational problems and shareholder unrest, Ashworth Inc. announced it has hired a financial adviser to help explore the sale of the company or other strategic alternatives.

2005: Business - Tribe rolls dice for famed links land

Shinnecocks’ suit faces long odds, but payoff might be gaming rights.

2005: Number Crunching - Golden State warriors

Jason Gore’s rise was part “Rudy,” part “Raging Bull.” Even more intriguing than his meteoric ascent, however, is a group of players who could scale the same unlikely ladder in 2006.

2005: Nationwide Tour - Tambellini cranks it up a notch

At the Cox Classic Aug. 7, Roger Tambellini was part of the story as Jason Gore won his third consecutive Nationwide Tour title.

2005: College Women - Boilermakers beaming after fall success

Purdue coach Devon Brouse is a perfect example of how success can make people say the strangest things.

2005: College Men - Maturity behind Aztecs’ ascent

The usual suspects are hovering near the top of college golf. And flying just under the radar is San Diego State, a program that is hoping to become much more recognizable in the near future.

2005: PGA European Tour - Thank goodness for Tunisia

Tunisia? That was close, but not actually a part of Europe. The geography appeared wrong. But wait, everything else was right.

2005: PGA European Tour - Lone American accepts the Challenge

Brad Sutterfield is trying hard to find positives in the season just past. There are many. He’s just having a difficult time identifying them.

2005: PGA European Tour - Englishmen reign in Spain

England’s Tom Whitehouse earned the top card at PGA European Tour Qualifying School, thanks to a little fatherly advice.

2005: Competition - Teens show form at Father/Son

The MBNA WorldPoints Father/Son Challenge is undergoing a youth movement.

2005: Champions Tour - Kuramoto tops Champions class

Massy Kuramoto, of Hiroshima, Japan, finished the 108-hole event at 3-under-par 429.

2005: LPGA - The Ai has it

Diminutive but dominant, Miyazato shows America what it’s been missing.

2005: LPGA - Still so much to prove

Three years ago, we were lamenting the possibility of Annika Sorenstam retiring. Twenty-four victories and $7 million later, it all seems so absurd.

2005: PGA Tour - For Heintz, another year in minors

This time around, Bob Heintz wasn’t as fortunate as he had been at second stage. As the late groups finished, there were few train wrecks and the magic number drifted to 11 under.

2005: PGA Tour - Haas handles pressure down stretch

Bill Haas already had tasted the disappointment of narrowly missing a PGA Tour card once this year. But in the final stage of Q-School, there would be no repeat performance.

2005: It’s about time

During the past two years, leaders of the PGA of America would have us believe they’ve done yeoman’s work in advancing the cause of player development.

2005: Seven Canyons a stunning test

With the opening of Seven Canyons in 2003, Sedona has a course that’s solid tee to green and up to the standards of the area’s natural beauty.

2005: PGA Tour - Johnny be goo­d

By its very nature, Q-School is about train wrecks, not triumphs.

2005: Big muscles don’t impress good-hands people

Today’s avid golfers have heard it over and over: The big muscles are in, the hands are out.

2005: For ‘The Beast,’ it’s all about the hands

When he won his third Re/Max World Long Drive Championship last month with a 377-yard blast, Sean “The Beast” Fister was concentrating on hand speed.

2005: Don’t get teed off – tee it up!

Sadly, most women won’t venture out to their local muni alone.

2005: Competition - Furyk cashes at Nedbank

Jim Furyk became the first American since Corey Pavin in 1995 to win the Nedbank Challenge.

2005: Competition - Unlikely victory for Monty

Fresh off winning his eighth PGA European Tour Order of Merit, Colin Montgomerie has gotten a good jump on a ninth.

2005: Y not?

Generation of women looms as golf’s X factor.

2005: Newsmakers - Europe selects Alfredsson for ’07 Solheim

The Ladies European Tour was determined to find a Swede to lead the 2007 European Solheim Cup team in Sweden. On Nov. 24, it selected Helen Alfredsson, who fits the profile perfectly.

2005: Newsmakers - Cancer claims Colorado coach

Mark Simpson put up a courageous fight, but it was one battle he did not win. Not many do when the enemy is cancer.

2005: End the debate, make it happen

Since the 1990s, golf industry research has indicated that reaching out to bring women into the sport is one of the best opportunities for increasing business and growing the game.

2005: Overstated or underserved?

Debate intensifies as golf struggles to tap women’s market.

2005: No more Q-School quandary for Every

Matt Every, the University of Florida senior earned an exemption into the second stage of Q-School.

2005: At SFB, Slocum and Roberts make a splash

In marketing terms, the Southern Farm Bureau Classic was at least a stand-up triple, if not a home run.

2005: Mayfair enjoys return to form

Being at East Lake Golf Club meant more to some than it did to others, and it wasn’t something Billy Mayfair took for granted.

2005: Bryant breezes, proving he belongs with best

Bart Bryant needed to convince himself that he was on the grounds at East Lake Golf Club because he truly belonged there.

2005: FEMA takes over New Orleans course

A former PGA Tour venue in New Orleans will be used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for at least two years for rebuilding efforts in the wake of two hurricanes.

2005: Oklahoma’s Kim, coach not seeing eye to eye

Oklahoma’s Anthony Kim did not make the trip with the Sooners to the Nov. 4-6 Carpet Capital Collegiate in Georgia.

2005: ’07 scheme has global impact

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem’s confirmation that the 2007 PGA Tour schedule will have a different look will bring opportunity for international tournaments and players.

2005: Tour makes its playoff push

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem last week provided a glimpse into the Tour’s fast-lane future.

2005: A little flair, a little ferocity, a lot of fun

After spending much of the week watching his PGA Tour hopes slip away like a runaway 5-footer from above the hole, Charley Hoffman delivered.

2005: Golden transformation for Queensland coast

Golf courses always have been part of the Gold Coast landscape.

2005: Golf juts out on Mornington Peninsula

Five new courses have opened in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula and another two are planned.

2005: Mackenzie left lasting impression

The president of the Royal Melbourne Golf Club invited Alister Mackenzie Down Under so he could make recommendations for a course members wanted to build.

2005: Sandbelt layouts among country’s elite

The eight elite Melbourne golf clubs that are the Sandbelt are tied together only by status.

2005: Barnbougle Dunes: A Tasmanian treasure

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links opened earlier this year and is proving popular, especially with golfers from Victoria and New South Wales.

2005: Savor Australia’s other staple: fine wine

Barossa, a region that encompasses the Barossa and Eden valleys, is regarded as the wine center of Australia.

2005: Kangaroo Island offers respite from golf

Located about 75 miles south of the South Australian capital, the island of Kingscote is a vast hideaway some 90 miles by 40 miles in size.

2005: Adelaide’s aces a winning pair

Adelaide is home to two of the best courses in the country – Royal Adelaide Golf Club and Kooyonga Golf Club.

2005: Destination Australia - Knock your socks off

Australia has some of the finest golf courses anywhere.

2005: Grips grab onto color scheme

Recent years have brought green NV shafts from Aldila, a rainbow of Mojo balls from Nike Golf and a technicolor explosion from J. Lindeberg and other apparel companies.

2005: Getting down to Business

PGA of America is rolling in cash, but some members fear for the future.

2005: Sweet sounds for Catamounts

After his team’s season-opening trifecta, Lott’s mailbox overflowed with letters from possible recruits.

2005: Martin a real tiger at Isleworth

The second version of the Isleworth/UCF Collegiate Invitational turned into a 54-hole playoff to decide the outright individual champion from a year ago.

2005: Stellar Sunday makes Watson a Cup crasher

Before the final round Oct. 30, the Senior British Open champion told his daughter Meg that Jay Haas was “probably going to run away” with the title.

2005: Rookie dispels doubts – even her own

Even after 36 holes and a three-stroke lead, Jee Young Lee wasn’t at all sure she had what it took to win her first LPGA event.

2005: No (shaved) leg to stand on

Jean Van de Velde is unhappy at the double standard that now exists in golf, whereby women can play in men’s tournaments, but men cannot play in women’s events.

2005: McGinley, Monty reign in Spain

Paul McGinley may have won the golf tournament, but the Volvo Masters winner was only a subplot in a bigger drama.

2005: Branshaw moves from pain to joy

Veteran rides emotions to season-ending victory, 2006 PGA Tour card.

2005: Pettersson, first-timers in driver’s seat

With the PGA Tour bound for the negotiating table to decide what the autumn schedule will look like in 2007, know this about 2005: It was a huge month for three first-time winners.

2005: Argea, Nicklaus a 20-year partnership

Lupo consulted industry.

2005: Klein to coach UCF women

Emilee Klein was hired to be the women's coach at the University of Central Florida on Oct. 31, replacing Jill Fjelstul, who resigned Aug. 11.

2005: Tour has sights on next billion for charity

Proceeds from the PGA Tour’s events during the final weekend of October pushed the all-time level of charitable contributions past the $1 billion mark.

2005: Finchem makes schedule pitch

With negotiations set to begin on a new TV contract, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem made a final push last week to sell his membership on a drastically revamped schedule.

2005: PGA picks ‘consensus builder’

The PGA of America culminated its yearlong search for a new chief executive officer by settling on its longtime rainmaker to run the 28,000-member association.

2005: Golf’s next superhero

In her first pro start at this week’s Samsung World Championship, Michelle Wie will carry 14 Nike clubs.

2005: A season of change

PGA Tour seeks ‘playoff’ excitement to revitalize its schedule.

2005: Holder hands off to McGraw

McGraw, 45, replaced Mike Holder as Oklahoma State men’s golf coach Oct. 6, becoming only the third coach in the Cowboys’ illustrious history.

2005: Katrina whirlwind

New Orleans coach, players find solace in the storm.

2005: Wie’s first pro act is 500k donation to Katrina fund

Michelle Wie formally announced she had turned professional on Oct. 5.

2005: Trammell, LPGA abruptly part ways

Barb Trammell, one of the LPGA’s highest-ranking officials, abruptly resigned Oct. 1, ending 18 years of service with the organization.

2005: Revamping The Players

Course, event set for all-new look.

Sunday, September 25

2005: Walker Cup - A half-inch might turn the tide

If the United States ever resumes winning Ryder Cup Matches with any consistency, Americans can thank Nigel Edwards.

2005: Walker Cup - American teen Harman impressive in debut

18-year-old Brian Harman justified his selection by being the only player to charge through the Walker Cup without a loss.

2005: Walker Cup - GB&I has bright future with young squad

Fisher, Saltman and Davies might not have been familiar names to the U.S. Walker Cup before the competition, but they undoubtedly were after posting seven points for Great Britain & Ireland.

2005: Walker Cup - Down to crunch time, Americans turn tables on pesky GB&I

A wild afternoon at Chicago Golf Club finally ended with a 121⁄2-111⁄2 U.S. victory over Great Britain & Ireland, that had won the last three Walker Cups and four of the last five.

2005: PGA Championship - Weekend foursome earns club pros respect

Steve Schneiter’s twisting eagle putt at No. 18 lifted the assistant pro 12 spots up the leaderboard and may have raised the status of club pros in an event that seems to be passing them by.

2005: PGA Championship - Mickelson equipment defies convention

Phil Mickelson, a Callaway staff player, carried 12 Callaway clubs and used the Callaway HX Tour 56 ball. But there is much more to the story of Mickelson’s clubs.

2005: PGA Championship - Elkington hale enough to make a run to the wire

The PGA Championship leaderboard indicated a clean bill of health for Steve Elkington.

2005: PGA Championship - Love searches for another major pot of gold

Davis Love III was waiting for another rainbow. Instead, he got lightning, rain and another near miss at a major championship.

2005: PGA Analysis - Bjorn goes low, but European drought continues

Considering how things turned out for Bjorn at his last major, his tie for second at Baltusrol is almost as good as a victory.

2005: PGA Analysis- Short stick, short game propel Mickelson

Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship at Baltusrol for several reasons.

2005: PGA Championship - Diamond from the rough

Mickelson answers plenty with 2nd major victory.

2005: Newsmakers - U.S. Solheim practice session elicits praise, tears from Lopez

U.S. captain Nancy Lopez believes this will be the team that gets the Solheim Cup back.

2005: Newsmakers - West continues recent run with easy Canon Cup victory

The Canon Cup, an American Junior Golf Association team event bringing together the top 40 juniors in the nation, was not close heading into the final round.

2005: Newsmakers - Courses reach withering heights

Golf courses throughout the mid-Atlantic and Midwest are feeling the effects of sustained withering heat and humidity.

2005: Newsmakers - Presidents Cup captains’ choices based on varying style, criteria

Jack Nicklaus went with experience and Gary Player relied on his “gut feelings” to determine their captain’s picks for this year’s Presidents Cup.

Saturday, September 24

2005: Diamonds in the desert

Red-hot Scottsdale’s collection of gems

2005: Stretching an Idea

Adams pushes hybrid sets to redefine irons market

2005: ‘Little Ernie’ comes up big at Lamar

Dawie Van Der Walt’s game matches his physical stature, and at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, that’s no easy task.

2005: Mid-am Marsh to realize Masters dream

Kevin Marsh blasted his way to a 10-and-9 victory in the final of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

2005: Less than her best, Annika still tops

Annika Sorenstam still has goals for ’05.

2005: Fan favorite Gore continues victory lap

Jason Gore celebrates with the 84 Lumber Classic gallery after holding off Carlos Franco for his first PGA Tour title.

2005: Mallon, Toms ailments hit golf’s heart

Meg Mallon, left center, with U.S. assistant captain Donna Caponi, left, and U.S. captain Nancy Lopez after Mallon clinched the 2005 Solheim Cup for the American squad. A short time later, Mallon’s heart was racing and she was taken to a hospital.

Friday, September 23

2005: Perspective - Long John’s long journey

Campbellsville, Ky., is about 71/2 hours and 410 miles from Chicago Golf Club, but John Holmes’ journey has been much longer than that.

2005: Our Opinion - USGA exemption check

Earning a berth in the U.S. Amateur Championship has never been an easy task. It’s become especially difficult in the era of the global game.

2005: America's Best - Baltusrol: Longer, tougher, blander

Critics who suggest Baltusrol Golf Club’s Lower Course lacks strategic variety and interest are only slightly misplaced in their concern.

2005: Business - Resurgent Aldila wields big stick

These days, it’s good to be Pete Mathewson, Aldila’s chief executive. Aldila, which was posting large losses just a few years ago, now looks more like a growth stock – a rarity in golf.

2005: Business - Lightweight battle

Graphite shaftmakers bid for bigger iron business.

2005: Competition - Sorenstam belle of her own ball in Sweden

Annika Sorenstam, the world’s No. 1 player, didn't lose her own tournament, sinking a birdie putt from 27 feet on the 72nd hole to defeat Natalie Gulbis by a stroke at the Scandinavian TPC.

2005: Competition - All Americans at British Seniors

Alan Foster became the sixth American golfer in seven years to capture the British Seniors Open Amateur Championship Aug. 5 at Woburn Golf & Country Club.

2005: Competition - Moore pays tribute in Pinehurst win

Sean Moore birdied the first extra hole and left Ryan Posey a runner-up for the second year in a row at Pinehurst No. 2.

2005: Women's Amateur - Fiery Aussie awaits a call

Australia's Alison Whitaker vaulted from anonymity to reach the semifinals at Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown Creek Course in suburban Atlanta.

2005: Women's Amateaur - Driving home her point

No one intimidates this fiery 17-year-old, and at least last week, no one could touch her.

2005: PGA European Tour - Europeans’ major wait continues

The Open Championship was a good showing for the Europeans, but not quite enough to crown a European major champion for the first time since 1999.

2005: PGA European Tour - Canonica ends decadelong wait

Emanuele Canonica of Italy will have two fully exempt years, thanks to his victory at the Johnnie Walker Championship – his first triumph in 231 European Tour events spanning more than a decade.

2005: Champions Tour - Purtzer makes up for lost chances

Tom Purtzer holed a 7-foot par putt on the final hole Aug. 7 for a one-stroke victory, his first on the Champions Tour since March 2004.

2005: Nationwide Tour - Gore roars to the PGA Tour

This week, Jason GOre going to try something different. This week, he’s going to be a spectator.

2005: PGA Tour - Goose returns to rare air at International

Retief Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open champion, is part of a somewhat odd coupling in golf lore with Jason Gore.

2005: Newsmakers - Pack passports for golf trips to U.S. neighbors

Beginning Jan. 1, U.S. visitors to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean will need a passport to gain re-entry home. Golfers who plan to tee it up in a neighboring nation should take note of the new protocol.

2005: Newsmakers - Olsen: Rankings don’t add up

The Byzantine nature of the Official World Golf Ranking is one of life’s curious complexities. There are times when convoluted reality becomes costly.

2005: Newsmakers - Amateur milestone

Carol Semple Thompson failed to advance to stroke play last week at the 105th U.S. Women’s Amateur but the accomplishment was still significant because she was playing in her 100th USGA event.

2005: Newsmakers - Callaway chief: Sale talk is ‘hype’

Story: Link Italics Bold Bulleted list Numbered list Block quote Heading Create inline: As the new chief executive of Callaway Golf Co., George Fellows is in the hottest seat in golf.

Wednesday, September 21

2005: Routing’s big picture

Every course architect knows the key to a good layout is the proper location of the holes upon the land.

2005: The Old Course, St. Andrews

Old Course ambience an acquired taste

2005: Business - Facing big debt, Burrows Golf folds

Burrows Golf, the Valencia, Calif., equipment company known for its innovative club-fitting system and splashy trade-show exhibits, has ceased operations.

2005: Business - A real commercial break

In the age of TiVo, marketers adopt new tactics to reach consumers

2005: Double eagle sends Bertoni to 2-stroke Sahalee victory

For Travis Bertoni, a double eagle overcame three double bogeys, leading the Cal Poly senior to a two-stroke victory over Liam Kendregan July 8 at the Sahalee Players Championship.

2005: Links lover Faxon nabs British Open berth

Brad Faxon’s $7,000 travel investment reaped dividends when he qualified for the British Open Championship July 10 at Lundin Golf Club.

2005: Gore proving he chose the proper path

Following his whirlwind ride at the U.S. Open last month, Gore turned down PGA Tour sponsor exemptions in order to earn his Tour card via the Nationwide Tour.

2005: Champions Tour - Jugglin’ Jake

Two-tour standout adds second Champions victory, second Champions major

Tuesday, September 20

2005: Extension accord

An introduction to instructor Carl Rabito might start with extension in the golf swing.

2005: True Temper takes steps to battle Royal

This fall, True Temper will unveil the stepless Black Gold – what company officials hope will be their answer to the Rifle.

2005: Glass menagerie

Performance, fashion and technology fuel an explosion in optical options.

2005: Destiny’s child

Molinari engineers U.S. Amateur triumph.

2005: Walker: Euro system is ‘wrong’

Former captain says flawed selection process keeps Europeans from assembling best team.

2005: Youth infusion

Talented teen, twentysomethings invigorate once-aging American side.

2005: A mother’s touch

Ma Lopez, otherwise known as Nancy, is the perfect captain for the United States team in the Solheim Cup.

2005: The First Lady

Commissioner Carolyn Bivens ushers LPGA into a new age.

2005: Howell holds off Daly’s effort at BMW

John Daly did his best to win his second BMW International Open, but the 2001 champion’s final-round 64 wasn’t quite good enough.

2005: For Delasin, more Solheim sorrow

Timing and luck are everything in golf. Dorothy Delasin has had neither the past four years.

2005: Kerr outduels Creamer – again

Although Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr have crossed paths on numerous occasions during the past year, the two don’t believe they have a budding rivalry.

2005: Roberts closes door at Jeld-Wen

Loren Roberts, who turned 50 in June, wanted to make his presence felt on the Champions Tour.

2005: Faxon drives home a winner at Buick

Brad Faxon thought he might be headed home after two rather uneventful rounds to open the Buick Championship. But luckily he made the 36-hole cut on the number.

2005: Lopez finds comfort in Daniel, Ward

Daniel and Wendy Ward were Lopez’s two captain’s selections Aug. 28, completing the 12-player team that will face Europe Sept. 9-11 at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind.

2005: Amateur rules liberalized again

The USGA announced Aug. 26 that, beginning next year, amateur golfers under its jurisdiction (United States and Mexico) will be allowed to accept reimbursement for expenses to play in competitions.

Monday, September 19

2005: Perspective - When ‘love’ hurts

Last weekend I spent a depressing few hours reading through a document supplied to the media by Marc O’Hair.

2005: Our Opinion - A speedy solution

It is rare to get reader response so unanimous as that generated in support of senior writer Jeff Rude’s commentary on slow play that was posted July 27 on

2005: Features - Eagle Flight Golf soars as a leader in reshafting

Eldon Pipkin developed a health problem and did not compete on the Champions Tour, but his preoccupation with the golf swing never ebbed.

2005: Features - FT-3 is Callaway’s spin doctor

Callaway’s new Big Bertha Fusion FT-3 driver, with a draw configuration, appears to provide an antidote for golfers who suffer from the terminal rights.

2005: Features - Ping’s evolution brings ‘cool’ G5 line

The family of G5 golf clubs about to be introduced by Ping will be the largest and most ambitious product introduction in the history of the company.

2005: Business - Galaxy IPO blasts off, raises $73.5 million

Golf Galaxy Inc. apparently succeeded in convincing the financial world that it should not be viewed strictly as a golf company.

2005: Business - Ginn takes mulligan in development game

Deal maker Bobby Ginn is back, and he’s turning heads in his familiar domain of golf and real estate.

2005: Walker Cup - Young Americans out to recapture the Cup

Though the U.S. holds a commanding 31-7-1 record in the biennial competition, Great Britain & Ireland has won three consecutive Walker Cup Matches and four of the past five.

2005: Walker Cup - Architect of Change

Opinionated Charles Blair Macdonald was father of American golf.

2005: PGA Championship - Club pros face fearsome task

Among the many difficult tasks of a club professional is rising to the occasion competitively when he earns a chance to play against Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and others in a PGA Tour event.

2005: PGA Championship - All work, No play

Increasing challenges keep club professionals off the course.

2005: PGA Championship - Teaching Tiger

Tiger Woods finishes first, second and first in the season’s first three major championships, and Hank Haney goes from questioned guru to celebrated savior.

2005: Competition - Lovemark makes his mark at Western

Six teenagers breezed through 72 holes of stroke play in three days and qualified for the appropriately named “Sweet 16” matches at Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club.

2005: PGA European Tour - Hensby makes most of first European start

Mark Hensby earned his first European Tour victory July 31 at the Scandinavian Masters, beating Henrik Stenson on the second playoff hole at Kungsangen Golf Club.

2005: Nationwide Tour - Daley ends long journey to victory

A 4-foot birdie on the first playoff hole earned Joe Daley a victory at the Wichita Open July 31. It was the first victory for Daley since the 1997 Louisiana Open.

2005: PGA Tour - Singh shrugs off Tiger’s Buick challenge

How good were Vijay Singh’s first three rounds at the Buick Open? So good that they enabled him to tie the 54-hole tournament record at 22-under 194.

2005: Women's British Open - Jang’s crown jewel

Jeong Jang's wire-to-wire victory at the Weetabix Women’s British Open was her maiden LPGA title, bringing her the $280,208 first-place prize July 31.

2005: Senior Open - Doyle’s dandy 63 a major feat

Allen Doyle’s 8-under 63 at the U.S. Senior Open is one of seven 63s recorded in Open championship history.

2005: Newsmakers - O’Hair ‘calm’ about father’s critical fax

The rift between PGA Tour rookie-of-the-year front-runner Sean O’Hair and his estranged father, Marc, appeared to grow even wider last week.

2005: Newsmakers - Ruptured knee ligament severs Els’ season

Ernie Els’ season came to a crashing halt last week after having surgery July 28. Els will miss next week’s PGA Championship, as well as the Presidents Cup.

2005: Newsmakers - Callaway CEO a golf neophyte

Callaway Golf Co. announced Aug. 1 that it has hired former Revlon executive George Fellows to serve as the company’s president and chief executive officer.

2005: Perspective - Shed no tears for the Everyman

Oakley is the Everyman. He goes through what we go through. After he won the Senior British, his clubs were lost by the airline.

2005: Our Opinion - Rulesmakers go the distance

When the USGA and the R&A of St. Andrews soon announce that distance-measuring devices have been elevated to a “condition of competition” it will be a declaration of common sense.

2005: Perspective - Pick LPGA, Michelle

The LPGA appears to be in a very healthy position. Where, I wonder in all of this, stands Michelle Wie?

2005: Features - Las Colinas: Luxurious layover in Big D

What makes Las Colinas stand out in most visitors’ minds is its superlative hotel with rooms that overlook the 18th green of the Tournament Players Course, which plays host to the final two rounds of the Nelson.

2005: Features - Texas Two-Step

Golfers, and anyone looking for a proper Texas golf experience, would be wise to see at least a couple of retreats during their trip in order to sample as much of the state as possible.

2005: Business - Networks can suffer losses on some sports, but not golf

As a rule, according to TV executives, there are two types of sports properties: Those that must pay for themselves, and others whose true value can’t be divined without considering their ancillary benefits.

2005: Business - Coming up next . . .

The Tour’s tough sell: Will the networks buy in?

2005: Americas - Mills wins in front of home crowd

The Nationwide Tour’s Canadian PGA Championship was a home game for Jon Mills. And he didn’t disappoint the home crowd.

2005: Competition - Martin has easy sailing at Niagara Falls

The final scoreboard at the 47th Porter Cup showed Pablo Martin two shots clear of Jason Day and Ben Hayes. But it wasn’t nearly that close.

2005: U.S. Girls' Junior - New face, familiar name

In-Kyung Kim sneaked through the upper bracket as a relative unknown before routing fellow 17-year-old In-Bee Park, 5 and 4, in the 18-hole final July 23 of the 57th U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.

2005: Champions Tour - Ironman

The Streak may have stopped, but Dana Quigley shows no signs of slowing down.

2005: Champions Tour - ‘Toom’ Terrific again in Scotland

In a little corner of Scotland, Tom Watson renewed his winning ways, taking advantage of his love for links golf to end an 18-month drought by capturing the Senior British Open.

2005: PGA European Tour - Opportunity knocks, Fasth answers

Angel Cabrera gave Niclas Fasth a little opening at the Deutsche Bank Players’ Championship of Europe July 24, and Fasth took advantage.

2005: LPGA - Creamer: Million-dollar baby

In her first few months on tour, Paula Creamer proved she could compete with the LPGA’s top players. At the Evian Masters, Creamer showed she could dominate them.

2005: PGA Tour - Crane sets pace, and no one catches him

Ben Crane's victory at Brown Deer Park showed he is over back problems, and his skillful play while weathering two days of long storm delays showed he is one of America’s best players under age 30.

2005: Newsmakers - Mid-ams bypassed for Walker Cup

Not having a mid-amateur (age 25 or older) on this year’s U.S. Walker Cup team for the first time in history has drawn its share of reaction from players on both sides of that age-level bar.

2005: Newsmakers - Ex-Augusta chairman gave millions to charity

Jackson T. “Jack” Stephens, a financier and philanthropist who served as chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club for seven years, died July 23 at age 81.

Sunday, September 18

2005: Perspective - Faxon embodies Open spirit

Brad Faxon was back in Fife last week, and he was no accidental tourist. He’d arrived days before most others, this time to partake in yet another qualifying sojourn.

2005: Our Opinion - A timeless game

This was a convergence of generations and a collection of dramatic moments that only golf could offer.

2005: Features - An expert’s tips for unchaining secrets of the links

Reliable sources have been reporting that Turnberry will be chosen as site of the 2006 Senior British Open, and also will be selected as host for the 2009 British Open.

2005: Features - Prestwick pressure starts at No. 1

The opening shot at Prestwick is one that strikes fear in the hearts of American visitors.

2005: Features - Scots opt for the playing lesson

The playing lesson is so popular in Scotland that American golf professionals might learn something from the teaching philosophies of their Scottish counterparts.

2005: Business - SGMA study: Decline continues

The number of American golfers declined 6 percent in 2004 and now is smaller than the U.S. golf population in 1987, according to a new report.

2005: Business - Plotting a New Course

Governments, developers aim to convert Eastern Europe into a golf destination.

2005: Competition - Harman makes Walker Cup case

Brian Harman, making a strong push to become the youngest member ever of the U.S. Walker Cup team, made his final argument with a six-stroke victory July 17 at the Players Amateur.

2005: Competition - Simpson survives late double in Southern

A layup shot that went wrong nearly kept Wake Forest sophomore Webb Simpson from capturing the 99th Southern Amateur Championship.

2005: Competition - Korean teen’s charge overcomes Chudy

Eun Jung Lee, a 17-year-old South Korean, rallied from five holes down and defeated Tiffany Chudy with a par on the 37th hole July 16 at Swope Memorial Golf Course.

2005: Competition - Wie wows, but week belongs to Ogden

Clay Ogden will be one of five amateurs in the 2006 Masters.

2005: Nationwide Tour - Gore goes back to back

Jason Gore’s magical ride since wowing the world at Pinehurst continued July 17 when he became the first Nationwide player to record consecutive victories twice.

2005: LPGA - Red-hot Lee takes giant step in Canada

Twice in her LPGA rookie season, Meena Lee had been on the verge of victory. This time, she closed the deal.

2005: PGA Tour - B.C. belongs to Bohn

Jason Bohn, in only his second year on tour, won $540,000, becoming the 13th player to make this tournament his first triumph.

Saturday, September 17

2005: Amateurs - Saltman savors low amateur honor

If any youngster can follow in Colin Montgomerie’s footsteps and become Scotland’s top golfer, it is Lloyd Saltman, the ebullient amateur from Craigielaw near Edinburgh.

2005: British Open - O’Hair turns a corner on winding Open road

Of all the mid-summer blockbusters, however, Sean O’Hair’s tale stands apart.

2005: British Open - Equipment drama a constant

Touring pros often need help with their clubs and their minds. Early in the week, Montgomerie had worked himself into something of a frenzy over his wedge play.

2005: British Open - A finely scripted farewell

When Jack Nicklaus walked off the 18th green of the Old Course after playing two respectable rounds in the 134th Open Championship, he ceased being a golfer – at least by his definition.

2005: British Open - A runner-up’s positive spin

If Colin Montgomerie were up to his neck in horse manure he’d more than likely see something positive. Political spin-doctors have nothing on Monty.

2005: British Open - Langer’s surprise finish stokes his anticipation

Bernhard Langer, 47, was trying to become the oldest major championship winner in history and, at the same time, was trying to put the legend of Captain Invisible behind him.

2005: British Open - Major vets in contention yet again

Jose Maria Olazabal and Fred Couples wrapped up a warm week on the Firth of Forth tied for third, albeit a half-dozen shots behind Open champion Tiger Woods.

2005: British Open - Infamous Road Hole lives up to its tortuous reputation

Thicker than normal rough and a pinched fairway turned golf’s most famous hole into the place good rounds came to die.

2005: British Open - Woods’ off-tee play receives sterling reviews

Tiger Woods’ sequestered map toward greatness follows a path in which he embarks on a never-ending journey of improvement. In his World, there are no whistle stops on the railway to satisfaction.

2005: Riding the wave

Renewed confidence has U.S. Open champion at the top of the game

2005: Quiet assassin

Unassuming DiMarco brings competitiveness, fire to U.S. squad

2005: Goosen stumbles late, but still hangs on

Retief Goosen earned his second victory in five weeks.

2005: One little birdie does trick for Calc

Mark Calcavecchia, who has had plenty of birdie binges in his career, was all about saving par in the final round of the Canadian Open, as he did here out of a bunker on the sixth hole at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

2005: United they stand

Americans follow Lopez’s lead, pull together for victory

Wednesday, September 14

2005: British Open - Golden Moments

The Nicklaus-Woods twinbill was about as much neon as a golf marquee can burn.

2005: At long last, Bowie breaks through

It seems nothing in professional golf has come easy for Heather Bowie. Neither did her first LPGA victory – until the very end.

2005: Clark cruises at loaded Loch Lomond

Tim Clark proved his third-place finish at last month’s U.S. Open was no fluke. Funny how a tournament victory can validate a performance.

2005: Clark cruises at loaded Loch Lomond

Tim Clark proved his third-place finish at last month’s U.S. Open was no fluke. Funny how a tournament victory can validate a performance.

2005: Profile - Simmering summer

Michael Sim made his first impression in golf when he was 4 years old. Sixteen years later, Michael Sim is making an even bigger impression.

2005: Hey, R&A, best players deserve better

Greg Owen’s frustration was palpable after the second round of the Barclays Scottish Open.

2005: Wiemania hits the Heartland

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce president heaving his calculator against the wall after figuring lost economic impact on the weekend.

2005: Passport in hand, O’Hair heads to British

After rookie Sean O’Hair won his first PGA Tour event July 10 he had a quick decision to make. Go to the British Open or not?

2005: Nike ad features Woods as 5-year-old ‘champ’

If you thought Tiger Woods’ eight-stroke victory at the 2000 British Open at St. Andrews was a romp, check out Nike’s new TV spot commemorating his return to the home of golf.

2005: Newsmakers - Quigley’s travel woes put stop to ‘The Streak’

It wasn’t an ailing hip that finally snapped Dana Quigley’s nine-year competitive streak.

2005: Golf excluded from 2012 Olympics

There were plenty of English smiles at the International Olympic Committee’s session July 6-9 in Singapore when London was named site of the 2012 Olympics.

2005: Newsmakers - Pressel peeved by Votaw’s decision

Morgan Pressel received an answer from LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw regarding her petition to go to Q-School. There was good news and bad.

2005: Golf excluded from 2012 Olympics

There were plenty of English smiles at the International Olympic Committee’s session July 6-9 in Singapore when London was named site of the 2012 Olympics.

2005: Pressel latest to petition LPGA

The 17-year-old had kept her future plans quiet for nearly three weeks, and she finally was ready to talk.

2005: Chuggin’ from the Jug

The silver jug, of course, is the oldest, most historic, and perhaps most treasured trophy in golf.

2005: Why lengthen Augusta?

Did Augusta National really need lengthening?

2005: Dispelling Myths

The golf swing is full of misunderstanding and myth. Everything is not as it seems.

2005: Huffy turns to Chinese allies to emerge from bankruptcy

Huffy Corp. has reached an agreement in principle for a reorganization plan that, if approved, will allow it to emerge from bankruptcy as a private company.

2005: Golf unplugged

Internet culture, business demands usher Wi-Fi service onto courses.

2005: GB&I sets Walker Cup side

16-year-old Fisher heads five-man English contingent.

2005: Bjorn’s K Club demons resurface

After struggling through a horrendous finish July 3, an early exit might have seemed like a good idea this year for Thomas Bjorn.

2005: Open memories at the Old Course

The 134th Open Championship will tee off for the 27th time in the “auld grey Toon,” universally recognized as the home of golf.

2005: PGA Tour has its share of risk/reward par 4s

The PGA Tour visited 57 venues in 2004, and many of those courses featured short par-4 holes measuring less than 375 yards.

2005: Short par 4s make St. Andrews special

There are lots of oddities about the Old Course, and all will be on display July 14-17 during the British Open.

2005: Memorable moments

From Jones to Flitcroft to Rose, amateurs have left their marks.

2005: Stardom takes a detour

Gordon Sherry’s career path has changed since 1995 British Open success.

2005: The end of a Golden era

The man who dominated major golf championships like no other is about to say what should be an emotional goodbye.

2005: Jolly new Nick

Transformed Faldo replaces intensity with personality.

2005: Still smilin’

Jason Gore, prince of Pinehurst, returns to reality.

2005: At long last, Toledo on top

Esteban Toledo has been close to winning a professional event, but finishing the job has always eluded him. Until now.

2005: Streck back in the books

Ron Streck, who turns 51 July 17, became the first wire-to-wire winner on the Champions Tour this year.

2005: Top names no match for Baena

There was a time, little more than a year ago, when Marisa Baena seriously thought about giving up tour life.

2005: Furyk doesn’t fold under Tiger’s charge

When Jim Furyk holed out for a two-stroke victory over Woods at Cog Hill, there was a mixture of relief and pride.

2005: Bryant, Mayfair, Perez added to Open

All but 14 spots were filled last week for the British Open July 14-17 at St. Andrews.

2005: Lang says she’s ready to play for pay

Brittany Lang, 19, told Golfweek June 28 that she would turn professional at this week’s Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

2005: Augusta keeps on growing

Augusta National Golf Club, already one of the longest courses in major championship history, is getting longer.

2005: Annika’s plans go awry

The U.S. Women’s Open is without a doubt the toughest of the four majors for Annika. She hasn’t won the event since 1996, and she may never win another.

2005: Young and restless

Tiger Woods, who will turn 30 in December, has been the youngest American on the last four U.S. Ryder Cup teams.

2005: Golf’s Golden Rule

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Better known as the Golden Rule, I consider it the only guide a golf club member needs.

2005: Callaway at a crossroads

A year after disclosing major problems, the equipment giant mounts a comeback. But a tough choice awaits: Go private or stay the course on Wall Street.

2005: Goosen’s ghastly Sunday

Funny what can transpire over the span of a couple hours on Sunday at the U.S. Open.

2005: USGA aces Pinehurst

Several subtle wrinkles were added to make Pinehurst, which is tough enough for even the above-average Joe, a worthy adversary for the world’s best golfers.

2005: ‘Golf for everybody’

As director of the network of Arnold Palmer golf academies, Brad Brewer gained a deep appreciation for teaching golf to players of different abilities.

2005: Brewing up competitive practice

Brad Brewer continually campaigns against what he labels “passive” practice. Instead he teaches “competitive” practice.

2005: Site plan: demo first, then buy

Two online retailers have partnered on a program they say will offer golfers a better way to “demo” and buy new equipment.

2005: Meadowbrook undergoes course correction

Meadowbrook dropped a dozen golf courses from its portfolio by negotiating its way out of leases and mortgages, according to Ron Jackson.

2005: Publinks abuzz with Wie

Michelle Wie qualified for next month’s U.S. Amateur Public Links.

2005: Bonus for Southern Jr. champ

Michael Buttacavoli walked into an impromptu surprise party June 16 behind the 18th green at the Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe.

2005: Pressel’s time at Rolex Junior

Morgan Pressel thought it was over long before the final putt dropped June 17 at the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship.

Monday, September 12

2005: Nationwide Tour - First-time Felton now 1-for-13

At the Knoxville Open, the season’s 12th event, Australian Kim Felton became the seventh player to claim his first victory.

2005: LPGA - Ochoa’s blitz sacks Creamer

Lorena Ochoa, 23, fashioned a late comeback of her own to surge to a four-stroke victory June 19 at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA. Her final-round 65 gave her a 15-under 273 and her third career title.

2005: U.S. Open - Nationwide Tour players face Open dilemma

Jason Gore, like the five other regular members of the Nationwide Tour who qualified for a spot at Pinehurst, skipped the developmental circuit’s event in Knoxville last week.

2005: U.S. Open - Flat-screen coverage

If our national championship is an endurance test for the players its 31 hours of live TV coverage over four days also are a bit of a grind for viewers.

2005: U.S. Open - Hedblom in bloom

Sweden’s Peter Hedblom shot the lowest score of the tournament, 4-under 66, in the second round.

2005: U.S. Open - Steady final round earns Every low amateur honors

Matt Every, who made the University of Florida’s golf team as a walk-on three years ago, bested Ryan Moore for low amateur honors at Pinehurst.

2005: U.S. Open - Senior Jacobsen gains return trip in 2006

Despite his age, despite the incredibly difficult setup at Pinehurst No. 2, Peter Jacobsen refused to flounder.

2005: U.S. Open - Players, not the course, decided this Open

A combination of common sense and high-tech wizardry led to a successful U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

2005: U.S. Open - Browne’s unlikely story has unsatisfying finish

One day the two-time Tour winner will tell his grandchildren he shared the 18- and 36-hole lead at the Open with rounds of 67-71. But that did little to dull the disappointment after a closing 80 sent him to a tie for 23rd.

2005: U.S. Open - Woods’ refrain remains: ‘Second sucks’

Prior to the 105th U.S. Open, Tiger Woods had a single runner-up finish (2002 PGA Championship) in 33 major appearances as a professional.

2005: U.S. Open - Pinehurst’s big teddy bear

On the eve of the final round of the U.S. Open, Olin Browne put to words what everyone in the Sandhills was thinking: “Jason (Gore) is the story of the Open,” Browne said.

2005: Newsmakers - Campbell fits persistent mold of gritty champs

Michael Campbell fits the gritty, never-give-up fighting mode of a U.S. Open champion.

2005: U.S. Open - Staying power

Michael Campbell made up four strokes and more on expressionless leader Retief Goosen in the final round and held off emotional charger Tiger Woods.

2005: Newsmakers - Wie qualifies for men’s Public Links field

Wie, 15, became the first female to qualify for a male U.S. Golf Association championship June 14, tying for first in a 36-hole U.S. Amateur Public Links sectional qualifying tournament.

2005: Newsmakers - An Olympic effort to grow the game

It seems a very long time ago when I was first approached by the then-president of the European Golf Association requesting the PGA European Tour’s support for their campaign to have golf rejoin the Olympics.

2005: Newsmakers - Myers, Moore earn accolades for men’s NCAA season

Now, with the 2004-05 season at a close, Ryan Moore lived up to expectations, and coach Rod Myers’ Duke squad went above and beyond for its best campaign in 40 years.

2005: Newsmakers - Gibbs, Stahle take top Golfweek college honors

Many felt Pepperdine coach Laurie Gibbs’ moment in the sun would fade but she quickly reloaded in Malibu, making a significant run at this year’s national championship and closing the season ranked fourth.

2005: Newsmakers - Easterly devoted himself to game

Harry W. Easterly Jr., former executive director and president of the U.S. Golf Association, died June 18 of cancer. He was 82.

2005: Newsmakers - LPGA hands reins to Bivens

Golf always has played a major role in Carolyn Vesper Bivens’ life. So it stands to reason that she immediately was interested in the LPGA’s commissioner position being vacated by Ty Votaw.

2005: Perspective - A Walker Cup kind of guy

As the Walker Cup approaches, the biennial question resurfaces: What’s become of the mid-am?

2005: Our Opinion - Quick fix for slow play

Slow play has become one of golf’s hot buttons.

2005: America's Best - Recent designs offer worthy impressions

Seen any good new golf courses lately? We have. Here is our top 40, all opened in 2003-04 and visited by Golfweek America’s Best raters.

2005: Features - Details, details

Ken Bakst, the 1997 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, likes to do things well. That’s the approach he’s taken for a decade in the development of Friar’s Head, a private club on the north shore of Long Island.

2005: Reifers revives Walker Cup hopes

Kyle Reifers was among the 24 players invited to the U.S. Walker Cup practice session in January.

2005: Van de Velde’s triple works for Remesy

Jean Van de Velde visited ghosts of Carnoustie June 26 when he made triple-bogey on the final hole of the French Open.

2005: Business - NGF report: Core golfers dwindle

Despite industry leaders’ efforts to increase participation among women, the number of core women golfers in the United States declined 7.3 percent in 2004.

2005: After 12 years, Kraft again the big cheese

Greg Kraft erased his dry spell with a two-shot victory over Tim O’Neal at the Nationwide Tour’s Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.

2005: Business - Pinehurst expects major return on Open

Dallas-based ClubCorp owns or operates more than 100 golf courses, clubs and resorts, but its primary focus right now is on only one of these properties: Pinehurst.

2005: Happy Harrington bubbly at Barclays

It was distinctly noticeable at the Barclays Classic when Padraig Harrington spent the entire week with a smile on his face, no matter what adversity he encountered.

2005: U.S. Open - ESPN goes deep with U.S. Open coverage

Wherever golf fans go during U.S. Open week, ESPN won’t be far away. The network is using the tournament to showcase its array of media platforms.

2005: U.S. Open - Open qualifier news runs the gamut

U.S. Open qualifying always offers an interesting variety of stories, and last week’s sectionals were no exception.

2005: The Birdiemaker

Kim’s 72nd-hole bunker miracle delivers stunning final act at U.S. Open.

2005: 28 earn British Open spots via international qualifying

Tom Pernice and Geoff Ogilvy led all qualifiers after shooting 10-under 134 at British Open International Final Qualifying June 27.

2005: Amateur - Bulldogs, Cowboys lead Preview field

Georgia and Oklahoma State will lead the 15-team field this fall at the 17th Golfweek/Ping Preview.

2005: Amateur - A double take for Stahle at Ladies’ British

Louise Stahle’s successful defense of her Ladies’ British Amateur Championship came with an air of inevitability. The 20-year-old Swede arrived at Littlestone Golf Club as the clear favorite, and she didn’t disappoint.

2005: Amateurs - Sunnehanna marathon goes to Aussie Sim

Michael Sim didn’t have the glittering resume of some of his competitors in the 52nd Sunnehanna Amateur, but the Australian walked away with something the others didn’t have: the title.

2005: Slow play fast becoming an issue

Singh blasted PGA Tour officials after his first round at Westchester Country Club took more than five hours to complete.

2005: Amateurs - U.S. rally wrests Palmer Cup

Roberto Castro sank an 8-foot par putt to win the 15th hole and defeat England’s Steve Tiley of Georgia State, 4 and 3, giving the U.S. its 12th point, and Jeff Overton of Indiana was right behind and standing at 4 up with four to play.

2005: USGA shakes up Executive Committee

The Nominating Committee of the U.S. Golf Association has voted to terminate two of the most prominent members of the USGA Executive Committee in early 2006.

2005: Nationwide Tour - Couch comfortable after 2nd title

Chris Couch, who played the PGA Tour in 1999 and 2003, earned his second Nationwide Tour victory of the season June 12 at the LaSalle Bank Open.

2005: PGA European - Rookie kicks in at KLM

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano saw an opening, and he slammed his way through.

2005: Champions Tour - Quick finish for Quigley

Rain delays, canceled rounds and a Monday finish aside, Dana Quigley was quick and decisive in winning the Bayer Advantage Classic.

2005: A futuristic launch

Newfangled golf machines, in the form of measuring devices, suddenly are everywhere.

2005: LPGA - The Davies way

Laura Davies, 41, represents the bandit in all of us. She’s the LPGA’s version of John Daly – similar talent, a similar affinity for casinos, but far less exposure.

2005: The world of virtual golf

Growing awareness of simulators’ many uses and their ever-improving technology are leading to a steady sales climb for the machines.

2005: LPGA - Peerless

orenstam should be appreciated for what she is: one of the greatest players in the history of golf. Extraordinary players achieve extraordinary things.

2005: U.S. Open - Open tune-up goes to Garcia

As U.S. Open warm-ups go, the Booz Allen Classic was filled with more foreshadowing than a Stephen King novel.

2005: Lepp leaps to individual championship

A pair of mudders from the Pacific Northwest wrapped up a seasonlong rivalry with a steal-the-show shootout at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship.

2005: Newsmakers - Merle Marting Sr.: A true grower of the game

Merle Marting, a 64-year-old Dubuque, Iowa, father of seven – six of whom played college golf and three of whom make their living in the golf business today – certainly is deserving.

2005: Best of show

After lackluster spring, Georgia Bulldogs save their top performance for last.

2005: Newsmakers - Chips off the old block?

That Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Hale Irwin and Jay Haas have sons that at one time or another wanted to follow pop into the family business is no surprise. Neither are the expectations that come with having a famous father.

2005: Course soars beneath quiet Jett

It’s been only six years since the Open was held at No. 2 and Paul Jett handled the setup – and himself – masterfully despite a health crisis and being without an assistant.

2005: Newsmakers - Designer Strantz loses battle with cancer

Golf course designer Mike Strantz's death on June 10 at age 50 brings to a premature close the most creative burst of energy in the history of golf design.

2005: Payne, suffering . . . and celebration

Payne Stewart’s absence at the 105th U.S. Open once again unbuttons small holes in the heart we had hoped would have healed by now.

2005: Newsmakers - Learjet not liable in Stewart crash

Orange County jurors rejected claims June 8 that a faulty valve adapter caused Payne Stewart’s Learjet 35 to rapidly lose air pressure and eventually crash into a South Dakota field in October 1999.

2005: Amateurs seize fair share of Open spotlight

The main storylines for amateurs at the U.S. Open are embodied by perhaps the game’s most iconic figure and one of its most magical moments.

2005: Goose will be looser this Pinehurst visit

Retief Goosen returns to Pinehurst for the 2005 U.S. Open with more confidence, more game and an altered outlook as defending champion.

2005: Fierce greens taxing test at No. 2

The 105th U.S. Open, scheduled for June 16-19, returns to the Pinehurst, No. 2 course.

2005: USGA’s Davis: Golf’s chairman of the board

It’s kickoff day at Newport Country Club for the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open and Mike Davis hardly can contain himself.

2005: So long, setup man

USGA’s Tom Meeks to plot a new course: retirement.

2005: Love pines for Pinehurst

Now 41, Love has won 18 times on the PGA Tour, most notably the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot.

2005: McElhinney stops Scot greenkeeper’s fairy-tale bid

Brian McElhinney’s 5-and-4 victory over John Gallagher in the British Amateur Championship final June 4 put an end to a story that would have captivated the world of golf.

2005: Single-mindedness pays off for Jimenez

A hot topic of discussion on the European Tour centers around European players who play the PGA Tour, and don’t come back to support their tour back home.

2005: Sorenstam revs up for shot at Slam

The real surprise might be if Annika Sorenstam doesn’t win the Grand Slam.

2005: PGA Tour - A sad dissolution

After the highlight of his golf career, a second-place finish at the Byron Nelson Championship, rookie Sean O’Hair heard from his estranged father, Marc.

2005: Big stars bow to Bryant

For Bart Bryant, his validation as a top player arrived June 5 at the Memorial.

2005: A true American classic

The death of Herbert Warren Wind on May 30 at age 88 signals the end of the classic age of American golf writing.

2005: LPGA

The LPGA announces points system to begin in 2006.

2005: Hanson, Lomas earn trip to Pinehurst

Peter Hanson and Jonathan Lomas each shot 10-under 134 for 36 holes June 6 to qualify for next week’s U.S. Open.

2005: Orlando - North end a practical, peaceful locale

Even in peak season (January-April), golf on the North side barely ranges north of $110.

2005: Nickent’s extreme makeover starts with Tour validation

It was Petrovic’s first triumph on the PGA Tour. And it also was a “first” of sorts for Nickent: Never before had the company’s equipment been used in a Tour victory.

2005: Focused Cabrera drives one home

Cabrera, now 35, captured the BMW Championship, one of the PGA European Tour’s premier events on May 29.

2005: Kang aces tough test at Corning

Kang, who earned her LPGA card as the Futures Tour’s top money winner last year, shot a final-round 66.

2005: Pate dives back in

In his prime, before he tore the cartilage in his left shoulder preparing for the 1982 British Open, Pate was nearly unbeatable.

2005: A surprise leading man in picture-perfect finish

Mike Reid added his name to the list of Senior PGA Championship winners.

2005: Gee, that was easy . . .

At TPC at Southwind, Justin Leonard had the equivalent of a 50-mile lead heading into the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

2005: Els leaves IMG, will join Chandler

Ernie Els has left IMG and will join Andrew “Chubby” Chandler’s International Sports Management group June 6.

2005: Tracey Stewart takes the stand

Tracey Stewart filled an Orange County courtroom with emotion May 27.

Saturday, September 10

2005: A fine Haack job

Nine years, two titles later, Georgia’s top ’Dawg has more than proven his worth

2005: This time, Hurst manages to close the deal

After her first win since 2000, Pat Hurst headed to Crooked Stick on a high note.

2005: Lost . . . and found

Billy Andrade says he has been rejuvenated by fellow New Englander Brad Faxon’s victory at Hartford.

2005: Bank on it: Browne’s resiliency pays

Olin Browne takes a break from his labor on the 11th tee during the final round on Labor Day.

Wednesday, September 7

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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2005: Isleworth: New look for old pros

It’s tough enough taking a pedestrian, slightly dated golf course with real estate on virtually every hole and turning it into a stern championship test for the 21st century.

2005: Steve Smyers - Feeding a passion

As both player and architect, Smyers immersed in game he loves

2005: Business - Pinnacle

Pinnacle has long been regarded as a distance ball, and the brand’s involvement in the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship and the Pinnacle Distance Challenge helped reinforce this image.

2005: Shoemakers try to get foot in the door

With the brand’s long-running domination of the footwear category, there often seems little to talk about in this $XXX-million-a-year business.

2005: LPGA - Nabisco splash traced to Alcott’s panache

There is a wet-headed tradition at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club.

2005: Morgan Pressel - Don't forget me

Nation’s top-ranked amateur, Morgan Pressel, ready to grab share of Nabisco spotlight

2005: Huskies aren’t settling for second-best

The joke around the Washington athletic department is that Mary Lou Mulflur’s coaching the “Fighting Bridesmaids.”

2005: Rebels stampede elite field

The final round at this year’s Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship had all the ingredients for a down-to-the-wire slugfest among some of the country’s top power brokers.

2005: Irishman Smyth garners green at SBC

Irish eyes were smiling on pro golf March 13.

2005: Els relishes coming to America

Ernie Els has proven it again: No matter what sort of position in which he finds himself, it isn’t easy to beat the Big Easy.

2005: PGA Tour - Just another manic Monday

Monday qualifying is as much a part of pro golf as 280-yard carries and five-hour rounds.

2005: One heck of a Honda

Disappointment hung around the Honda Classic well before any fans started to.

2005: ‘Promotional fees’ a Euro Tour way of life

Financial inducements for big names to play on the PGA European Tour have been around since the circuit’s inception in 1972.

2005: A matter of appearance . . .

Davis Love III called the Sunday slugfest between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at Doral’s Blue Monster “the best event of the year, maybe one of the best in the last five.”

2005: Island of Enchantment

Puerto Rico on the verge of becoming a rich port for golf

2005: Business - Gear shift

With new brands, apparel maker targets premium market

2005: Cricket’s loss is ETSU’s gain

Growing up in Wales, Rhys Davies played as many sports as he could, including tennis, rugby, soccer, cricket and golf.

2005: Els spurs major notions

On March 6, after a three-week layoff, Els won his third Dubai Desert Classic. Could the Masters be far behind?

2005: LPGA - Ochoa’s Mexican standoff

The ensuing three days were what Ochoa had dreamed of since she first picked up a golf club at age 5 in Guadalajara, roughly 350 miles from Bosque Real Country Club.

2005: LPGA - In new setting, familiar face rises to top

Annika Sorenstam arrived at the MasterCard Classic looking forward to a new season and hoping to find solace on the golf course.

2005: PGA - Monster bash

It’s difficult to overestimate the significance of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson’s final-round shootout March 6 at the Ford Championship was.

2005: Euros select decorated pair

In a widely predicted move, the PGA European Tour’s 14-man tournament committee named Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo the next two European Ryder Cup captains.

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Coveted Kraft splash can be traced to Alcott

Alcott starts tradition

There is a long-standing tradition at the Kraft Nabisco Championship that involves a jump off the 18th green into nearby Poppie's Pond. Thank Amy Alcott for that.