Golf Tidbits


For the past weeks, there has been some exciting news in the world of golf. For those ON THE COURSE readers who do not have the time to read many weekly golf publications nor watch the Golf Channel, listed below are some tidbits for great discussions.

Peggy Ference was this year's Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge winner. She was the first female finalist in the three years Golf Digest has sponsored the Challenge. This year, there were four finalists that the public could vote for daily. The contest lasted one month. Ms. Ference will play the same setup of the course as the U.S. Open, with the round airing on NBC prior to the final round of the Open on June 20. Her foursome will include actor Mark Walhberg, Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees, and ice hockey star Wayne Gretzky. She should score fine, since she drives 220 yards, carries a 5-handicap, and has won four club championships in six years. How many of us have those statistics?  ( May17, 2010, p.29)

Rory Mcilroy, the 20 year old winner of the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, has a very similar name to Roy McAvoy, Kevin Costner's character in the movie "Tin Cup". The 1996 romantic comedy featured a driving range pro trying to impress Rene Russo, a therapist. What astrological bodies were aligned for this coincidence?

Recently a golfer called a golf club a spoon. Can you guess which club that is?

A non-American company makes golf balls. Srixon claims to be "the number one two-piece ball played in the U.K.", according to its advertisements in Golf World Magazine. Srixon is owned by SRI Sports Limited, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., a leading Japanese tire company. Besides golf balls, Srixon also makes golf clubs and in 2007 SRI acquired Cleveland Golf. The world and golf are intertwined. Being unable to find where the balls are manufactured makes one wonder about the implication of the advertisements.

"Elin Reportedly Seeking $750 Settlement from Tiger Woods. For thosekeeping score or who care, Elin is seeking a $750 million divorcesettlement from Tiger Woods, according to the New York Daily News. It seems Woods wants her to sign a confidentiality agreement that would prevent her from talking to others for books and a movie etc. Elin apparently has not agreed to that. Both sides still are discussing everything."

" South Korean Jiyai Shin ousts Michelle Wie at Sybase to become No.1 women's golfer in world. Shin was the 2009 LPGA Rookie of the Year, and now the 22-year-old South Korean is the new No.1 women's golfer in the world."

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"Sun Young Yoo won the Sybase Match Play Championship for her first LPGA Tour victory, beating Angela Stanford 3 and 1 at Hamilton Farm.

Yoo, the 23-year-old South Korean player in her fifth LPGA Tour season, is the LPGA Tour's eighth straight foreign winner and 25th in the last 26 events." (, Issue 529, Different Strokes Golf Newsletter May 26, 2010)

Does anyone else believe all the LPGA Tour prize money is going out of the country? The US economy needs these dollars to remain here to stimulate the US economy. They do have women's golf tournaments in other countries.

Does age mattter?
A 20 year old Rory Mcilory shot a 62 on a Sunday to win his first PGA tour.

At the age of 18, Ryo Ishikawa, shot 57 in the final round of The Crowns on the Japanese Tour. That is the lowest round ever on a major professional golf tour.

A 22 year old Australian, Jason Day, won the Bryon Nelson Classic while a 16 year old Jordan Spieth finished in the top 20.

21 year old, 17th ranked LPGA Morgan Pressel won the Ibaraki Golf Club tournament near Tokyo, with a 279, 9 under three stokes ahead of Japan's Sakura Yokomine.

The great golf legend, Bobby Jones, retired from competitive golf at age 28. ( April 12, 2010, p.49)

Mexican native Lorena Ochoa, the number one ranked women's player, went into retirement at the age of 28 in April 2010. At her peak, she earned the tour record in 2007, $4,364,994. (, May3, 2010.)

Statewide News
The University of Illinois Men's Golf Team repeated at number one in the Big Ten for the first time ever in May. The team was 21 over 1,157. The individual winner was David Lipsky of Northwestern with a three under 281. (, May 10, 2010, p.58)

Congratulations Chicago Blackhawks.




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