Golf Central News Glance

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 4, 2003, 4:00 pm
Here are some of the stories buzzing around the Golf Central Newsroom:
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  • June 9 (Mon.) The Long And The Short of it: The International Golf Club in Bolton, MA plays host to golf's longest hitters when the Pinnacle Distance Challenge and Long Drivers of America Tour come to New England. Among the Pinnacle Distance Team members to compete will be long-drive stalwarts Jason Zuback and Brian Pavlet. Zuback is a four-time RE/MAX World Long Drive champion, and Pavlet is currently No. 1 in the LDA player rankings.
  • June 9, 10 (Mon., Tues.) This is How Wie Do it: 13-Year old Michelle Wie tries to qualify at Heathrow Country Club at the U.S. Womens Open Sectional this day. GC will be on-hand to get highlights. On Tuesday, Michelle and her coach, Gary Gilchrist, will do a sit-down interview at our studios for Golf Central.
  • June 9, 10 (Mon., Tue.) For Life: Its Val Skinners LIFE Tournament at Metedeconk National Golf Club in New Jersey. This year, for the first time, the Val Skinner Foundation will partner with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the LPGA 's national charity, for the tournament. With the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the proceeds from the tournament will help implement the Young Women's Initiative, which will assess the health education needs of young women, and support the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Val dedicated much of her off-season in the winter to the LPGA Pros In the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer (LIFE) Center, a division of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
  • June 10 (Tue.): Dear John: Steve Sands interviews best-selling sports author John Feinstein via Satellite to discuss his new book, Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black.
  • June 20 (Fri.) The Politics of Golf: Adam Barr attends The Mayors Cup at La Tourette Golf Course in Staten Island, NY. The event, which is hosted by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, benefits the New York City Parks Foundations Junior Golf Program, which annually provides free golf lessons to more than 1,500 inner-city children. Hundreds of local golfers, business leaders, local dignitaries, and Parks & Recreation Dept. representatives annually participate in the event, which will include a golf demonstration by Long Drive Champion David Mobley, a Dedication Ceremony hosted by Mayor Bloomberg, and an awards reception featuring a silent auction of sports and celebrity memorabilia.
  • June 21, 22, 23 (Fri., Sat., Sun.) WAPL: Its the Womens Amateur Public Links Championship, the second USGA event of the season. Golf Centrals Simon Carlyle will be attending the final three rounds of the event at The Ocean Hammock Golf Club at Palm Coast, FL.
  • June 21 (Sat.) Are You Ready for Some Football?: Golf Central visits with Miami Dolphins punter Mark Royals and Kansas City Chiefs long snapper Kendall Gammon at the TPC at Tampa Bay for some fun and a Celebrity Profile. The two NFLers will play golf, juggle fire, and show us some punting and snapping trickshots all during their golf round. Airdate: July 29th (thats the Tuesday before the Hall of Fame game (Chiefs vs. Packers) in Canton, OH.)
  • June 22 ' 24 (Sun. ' Tues.) A Prescription for Fun: Its the 2003 CVS/Pharmacy Charity Classic taking place on these dates at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I. Pairings for its 20-man field are: Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon, Chris DiMarco and Dudley Hart, Brett and Dana Quigley, Scott McCarron and Nick Price, Rich Beem and Tim Herron, Rocco Mediate and Jeff Sluman, Fred Funk and David Toms, Peter Jacobsen and Jerry Kelly, Davis Love III and Fred Couples, and Scott Hoch and Len Mattiace.
  • June 28 (Sat.) Feeling is Believing: The American Junior Blind Golf Foundation Golf Tournament at Celebration Golf Club takes place on this day and the Golf Channel will be in attendance. The AJBGF is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of blind children by enabling them to develop their physical, social and life skills through the game of golf. In their tournaments, vision-impaired children learn to play the game of golf through feel. The organizers set up replicas of actual golf courses, like Augusta National, that the children can feel and touchtextures like putting greens, rough, sand bunkers, etc. 140 golfers are in the field for this one-day tournament.
  • July 1 (Tues.) A Grand Time: Its the Grande Lakes Resorts Grand Opening July 2003! This Ritz-Carlton Golf Club was designed by two-time British Open Champion and PGA TOUR icon Greg Norman. The par-72 course is set at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades and offers two distinct golf settings in an 18-hole round. Several holes are routed through pristine areas with preserved wetlands and natural woodlands, while the three finishing holes weave alongside the two towering hotels, the JW Marriot and the Ritz-Carlton.
  • July 6 (Sun.) The Young and the Restless: The 32nd Annual Florida Junior Golf Invitational at Mission Inn Golf Resort. Golf Central will attend on Sunday for final round action, highlights and sound. 150 junior golfers from at least 30 states, their families, collegiate scouts and golf enthusiasts will descend upon the Howey-in-the-Hills resort for this event!
  • July 12, 13 (Sat., Sun.) No Small Hall: The Harold Dunovant National Black Golf Hall of Fames 18th Annual Pro/Am Golf Tournament at Renaissance Park Golf Course in Charlotte, N.C. The 2003 Hall of Fame Inductees to play and to be inducted: Marvin Finley, Percy Marshall, Gladys Lee, and Wilson Stone. The induction ceremonies to be held at the Hyatt South Park in Charlotte on Saturday at 7:30pm.
  • July 23 (Wed.) Amateur Hour: A Golf Central feature on legendary Irish Amateur golfer Joe Carr. Carr dominated Irish amateur golf in the 40s, 50s & 60s. He won 40 championships in all, including 3 British Amateurs. He played in the Walker Cup 13 times, twice as the captain. We sat down with Carr in Ireland to discuss his book Breaking 80: The Life and Times of Joe Carr.
  • August 13 (Wed.) Distinguished Gentleman: Grammy Award-winning artist Vince Gill has been named the recipient of the 2003 PGA Distinguished Service Award. Gill, whose passion for golf has evolved into being a key supporter of one of the nations premier junior golf programs, will be honored Wed. Aug. 13th at 7pm ET at The Eastman Theatre in Rochester, NY in conjunction with the 85th PGA Championship (Aug. 14-17) at Oak Hill Country Club. The Award, inaugurated in 1988, honors outstanding Americans who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship, and enthusiasm for the game of golf. Vince Gill founded the Vinny Pro-Celebrity Golf Invitational, which serves as the primary beneficiary for the Tennessee Golf Association, and has generated nearly $3 million for junior golf in Tennessee.
  • August 17 (Sun.) Paper, Get Your Paper: The York Newspaper Co. Futures Classic. In this Futures Tour season finale, the top five players on the season earnings list after this event get their 2003 LPGA cards.
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    McIlroy 'happy to be back', can 'empathize' with Tiger

    By Associated PressJanuary 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – After a long layoff from golf, Rory McIlroy has some newfound sympathy for Tiger Woods.

    The 28-year-old Northern Irishman is making a comeback at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after ending his season early last year. He has not played a round since the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 8.

    McIlroy, a four-time major champion who has slipped to No. 11 in the world rankings, last won the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in September 2016. He injured a rib in his first outing of 2017 – at the South African Open – and felt its after-effects throughout the year.

    McIlroy, who has seven top-five finishes in his last eight starts in Abu Dhabi, said Tuesday he felt mentally low because of his physical issues.

    ''Honestly, I was excited to be done. I could have shut it down after the PGA Championship very easily and taken the rest of the year off, but I didn't. I played six events after that, played OK and had a chance to win one of them,'' McIlroy said. ''But I was just excited to take that time off and get myself just sort of a re-set.''

    Last week, McIlroy also revealed that he has a minor, non-threatening heart condition that needs regular check-ups.

    ''After that 3-plus months of a re-set, I'm very happy to be back. I felt like I needed it physically and mentally. I just felt like it was a little bit of a sabbatical. I've been out here for 10 years, and I want to get ready for the next 10.''

    McIlroy compared his situation to what Woods has been going through.

    ''I've only been through, maybe, not even 5 percent of what he's had to go through. And you can tell from where he was to where he is now mentally, because of physically where he is ... he's a totally different person,'' McIlroy said. ''Of course, I empathize with him, and I know he was in a dark place there for a while. It's just so great to see him out of that and back and excited to be playing golf again.''

    The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will be the first of back-to-back events for McIlroy, who is also playing next week in Dubai.

    ''I think the next two weeks will be a big learning curve, just to see where I'm at,'' McIlroy said. ''I'm obviously coming into the events trying to play as well as I can and trying to compete and trying to win, but I think there will definitely be things I'll have to work on going into that stretch in the States.''

    The tournament, which starts Thursday, has attracted some big names, including top-ranked Dustin Johnson, No. 6 Justin Rose, No. 9 Henrik Stenson, No. 14 Paul Casey and No. 15 Matt Kuchar. No. 18 Tommy Fleetwood is the defending champion.

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    Pre-tourney caution be damned: Stenson rides camel

    By Grill Room TeamJanuary 16, 2018, 3:29 pm

    If you were under the impression Henrik Stenson's days engaging pre-tournament hijinks at HSBC-sponsored events were over, then you don't know the Swedish Superman.

    Ahead of this week's HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the 2016 champion golfer of the year decided to have some fun riding (and pretend-spanking) a camel:

    If you can't imagine any reason Stenson wouldn't get on a camel, we will point you to the WGCC-HSBC Champions back in October, when Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Haotong Li and Hideki Matsuyama took place in this hire-wire act:

    Two weeks later, Stenson revealed a rib injury, and a report from the U.K.'s Telegraph stated "that not only was the Shanghai caper to blame, but that Stenson is annoyed about being persuaded to do it in the first place."

    Stenson brushed back at that report in this Instagram post, saying that his "comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal."

    I’m disappointed to have to pre-emptively withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge Hosted by Gary Player, I was looking forward to this important year-end event on the European Tour. At this point I am back home in Orlando waiting to do a scan on my ribs and get the necessary rest. I am still hoping for a quick recovery and have not ruled out playing in Dubai next week at this point. My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal. The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100%. H

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    And it would appear he genuinely meant those comments, at least enough to get on a camel.

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    Spieth, McIlroy to support Major Champions Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:25 pm

    Nick Faldo announced Tuesday the creation of the Major Champions Invitational.

    The event, scheduled for March 12-14, is an extension of the Faldo Series and will feature both male and female junior players at Bella Collina in Montverde, Fla.

    Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcllroy, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jerry Pate and John Daly have already committed to supporting the event, which is aimed at mentoring and inspiring the next generation of players.  

    “I’m incredibly excited about hosting the Major Champions Invitational, and about the players who have committed to support the event,” Faldo said. “This event will allow major champions to give something back to the game that has given them so much, and hopefully, in time, it will become one of the most elite junior golf events in the world.”

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    Rosaforte: Woods plays with Obama, gets rave reviews

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:15 pm

    Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reports on Tiger Woods’ recent round at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., alongside President Barack Obama.

    Check out the video, as Rosaforte says Woods received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.