Dates Set for 2005 Solheim Cup

By Lpga Tour MediaApril 3, 2003, 5:00 pm
CARMEL, Ind. -- Golf fans around the globe can mark theircalendars and begin planning for 2005, as the dates for The Solheim Cup at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., have been announced: Sept. 9-11.
 
Considered one of the most prestigious events in womens golf, The SolheimCup returns to the famed Carmel, Ind., golf course for the ninth staging of the event and the fifth in the United States. Crooked Stick Golf Club was announced as the 2005 venue in August 2002. Last month it also was announced the 2005 event will be carried live on The Golf Channel.
 
The Solheim Cup was started by Karsten and Louise Solheim, founders of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation; Karsten Manufacturing has sponsored The Solheim Cup since its inception in 1990. The 2005 event will be a joint venture between the LPGA and the Indiana Sports Corporation.
 
'We are particularly pleased to be involved in the ultimate international team competition for women golfers in the same year we are hosting the NCAA Womens Basketball Final Four, said Indiana Sports Corporation Chairman of the Board Earl Goode. Our goal is to use these two prestigious events to present 2005 as the year of the female athlete in Indianapolis.
 
Crooked Stick Golf Club, located in Carmel, Ind., just outside Indianapolis, was home to the memorable 1991 PGA Championship won by John Daly and the 1993 U.S. Womens Open Championship title captured by Lauri Merten. Opened in 1964, Crooked Stick is considered the representative club of Dyes design. A Scottish-style links course, it is one of Indianapolis premiere courses and, among its numerous accolades, has been ranked the No. 1 golf course in Indiana and nationally No. 54 by Golf Digest.
 
The Solheim Cup is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring the best U.S.-born players from the LPGA Tour and the best European-born players from the Evian Ladies European Tour . The U.S. team leads the competition, 4-2, and has never lost on home soil. This year, The Solheim Cup will be contested at Barsebck Golf & Country Club near Malm in Sweden from Sept. 12-14, where the European team looks to reclaim The Cup after a dramatic loss in 2002.
 
Tickets to the 2005 Solheim Cup will go on sale in the fall of 2004. Corporate opportunities that include advertising, hospitality and event credentials are available now. For more information on corporate opportunities contact Kelly Hyne or Brad Carlson at (317) 237-5000.
 
The Indiana Sports Corporation (ISC) is a private, not-for-profit organization that represents Indianapolis in the national and international sports marketplace. Created in 1979 to attract national and international sporting organizations and events to central Indiana, ISC coordinates and markets major amateur sporting events. By targeting sports as a growth industry for Indianapolis, ISCs goals are to stimulate the economy, improve Indianapolis' image nationally and internationally, enhance the city's quality of life and provide opportunities for youth.
 
Sponsored by PING golf equipment, The Solheim Cup is named in honor of the companys founder, Karsten Solheim, and his family. In 1990, the Solheim family, in conjunction with the LPGA and the then Women Professional Golfers European Tour (now the Evian Ladies European Tour), developed the concept and became the title sponsor for The Solheim Cup, professional golfs international match-play competition for women.
 
Held every two years, the event has grown into a prestigious international womens professional golf event. The Cup is the most highly coveted trophy in womens professional golf team competition; some of the most memorable moments in womens golf have happened during one of The Solheim Cups, and berths on the U.S. and European teams are highly sought after by players from both organizations.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: