Kelli Kuehne Uses Golf to Combat Diabetes

By Lpga Tour MediaNovember 18, 2002, 5:00 pm
She is only 24 years old. But in the world of juvenile diabetes, Kelli Kuehne is a grizzled expert.
 
The fifth-year LPGA Tour professional is an amazing example of how a keen education and proper health care can be a springboard not only for a successful golf career, but can also serve as a platform to help children deal with the illness.
 
My biggest goal in life is to help diabetic children understand that because they have the disease, they need to take care of themselves, see a doctor and get plenty of knowledge about the illness, Kuehne said. Being diabetic has had a huge role in who I am.
 
Kuehne was diagnosed diabetic at age 10. She learned to inject herself with insulin and thereby stabilize her blood sugar in the early days. Today, she relies on a computerized pump these days to maintain normal levels.
 
When it was explained to me, it was pretty cut and dry, Kuehne said. They told me that if I checked my blood and took my insulin, I could live a long, healthy life. I understood it was a life change. Instead of wondering, Why me? I just accepted it.
 
Kuehne said because of good information and health care, her diabetes has largely been under control. She works with University of Texas trainer Tina Bonci to keep her diet within the proper guidelines and also an endocrinologist to monitor her blood levels. But she knows children struggle with the ups and downs of diabetes and hopes she can lend moral and financial support now and in the future.
 
She knows, too, that for diabetic children, treats like cookies, cakes and ice creams can be difficult to deal with. Fluctuating sugar levels is like riding a roller coaster.
 
Kuehnes stature as an athlete helps in her talks with kids.
 
I do feel like Im a role model in the golf world and in certain industries on a smaller scale, she said. I feel a responsibility. I get letters and know it is a struggle for a lot of young kids.
 
Kuehne, who has one career victory and a slew of top-10 finishes, is doing her part to increase research funds.
 
She hosts a yearly pro-am, which benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Its held in McKinney, Texas, in late April or early May at Stonebridge Country Club. LPGA and PGA Tour players lend a hand, too. Since 1998, Kuehnes pro-am has raised more than $1 million, but she is already aiming for bigger things.
 
Id love for it to go nationwide, Kuehne said, hoping similar same-day events could be held around the United States in the future. I hope to raise $1 million in a day.
 
Ultimately, Kuehne said, that will make her focus on her golf career. She hopes to make a memorable one for herself and some day turn her attention full-time to juvenile diabetes.
 
Yes, there will be many more years on the LPGA Tour, health willing, said Kuehne, but there is also a bigger goal in sight.
 
I would like to be able to make enough money in my career to walk away from it (the LPGA) and to solely raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, she said.
 
That means more hard work, but dont count her out.
 
I have had success in my pro career, but Ive not been as successful as Id like, she said. My goal is to be No. 1, and Im not there yet.
 
If Kuehne does ultimately achieve her goal, you can bet that the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be along for the ride.
 
She wouldnt have it any other way.

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: