Bauers Star Continues to Rise

By Martha BrendleNovember 21, 2002, 5:00 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Hard work has paid off for 22-year-old Beth Bauer of Tampa, Fla. Growing up, Bauer dreamed of playing golf on the LPGA Tour. In 2001 she made her dream came true but it was a long, hard road she traveled on the way.
 
Bauer, a member of the 1999 Duke NCAA championship team and two-time member of the Curtis Cup team (1998, 2000), turned pro in the spring of 2000 fully expecting to qualify to play on the LPGA Tour later that year.
 
Things didnt quite turn out the way she planned. After missing the cut at qualifying school in the fall of 2000, Bauer found herself without a place to play.
 
Bauer ultimately resigned herself to playing on the SBC Futures Tour.
 
Missing Q-school was really heartbreaking for me, Bauer said. I didnt want to play on the Futures Tour but I knew I had to. Looking back it was a great experience and I wouldnt give it up for anything.
 
It was there that she learned how to live on the road and compete. Bauer won four times and recorded 12 additional top-10 finishes in 19 starts while playing the Futures Tour and was named Player and Rookie of the Year after setting a single-season earnings record of $84,529.
 
Playing on the Futures Tour and winning four times was a huge confidence builder for me, Bauer said. After missing the cut at Q-school, I was uncertain of my ability, but as the year went by and I started winning on the Futures Tour, I gained back the belief that I was good enough to compete. The Futures Tour helped me adjust to the life of a professional golfer.
 
The 2002 season was no walk in the park for the native Floridian. After a very successful year on the developmental tour, she was now playing in the big league and was struggling with her game. Her best finish in the first seven events she played was a tie for 23rd. Her worst period fell during the months of April and May when she missed three cuts.
 
Inconsistency was her greatest foe. Bauer was shooting rounds in the 60s, yet recording at least one round in the high 70s that would lead her awry.
 
She struggled early in the year, persevered and the second half of the year she came on strong, LPGA Tour rules official Janet Lindsay said. Despite frustration, she never gave up.
 
Everything started to click at the Asahi Ryokuken International. It was there that she recorded four lackluster yet consistent rounds that resulted in a tie for 16th and a double-digit paycheck of $15,937.
 
Asahi was a huge tournament for me mentally ' to breakthrough and get a top 20, the former Duke All-American (1999-2000) said. That tournament was huge for my confidence.
 
The following week Bauer made it into the top 10 for the first time in her LPGA Tour career when she finished in second place, just two strokes behind the winner.
 
Everything started to come together and I started playing well,' she said.
 
By the end of this summer she would record her second top-10 ' a second-place finish at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic.
 
Beths a good player. I really like her as a player and as a person, Hall of Fame member Beth Daniel commented. Shes real solid - her short game is very, very good. She's a solid driver of the ball and she uses her irons well. But her short game puts her over the top.
 
Six top-10 finishes and a lot of perseverance got her to where she is today: Rookie of the Year, 19th on the money list with $460,659 in seasons earnings, and the only rookie to make it into the season-ending ADT Tour Championship.
 
Once I knew that I would retain my tour card, I started to focus on higher achievements like moving into the top 30 on the money list and winning the Rookie of the Year award, Bauer said.
 
I exceeded my own expectations and it was such an honor to receive the award, and to be the first American in years to accomplish that feat was an incredible feeling.
 
The last American to win the Rookie of the Year award was Dorothy Delasin in 2000.
 
Now that shes made it through her first year on tour, mentally stronger for the ride, Bauer is planning a physical overhaul during the off-season.
 
I want to get physically stronger. I just got a physical trainer a month and a half ago. And I might look into finding a swing coach to help me,' she said.
 
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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.’’


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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: