Hooper Chosen by USGA as Joe Dey Award Winner

By Usga News ServicesOctober 17, 2005, 4:00 pm
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Dr. Bob Hooper of Hockessin, Del., one of the original members of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Committee, has been chosen to receive the USGA Joe Dey Award.
 
Given since 1996, the Joe Dey Award recognizes an individuals meritorious service to the game of golf as a volunteer. Hooper will receive the award at the USGAs Annual Meeting Feb. 4 in Atlanta. The award is named in honor of the late Joe Dey, who served as USGA executive director for 35 years, from 1934 to 1969, and was later commissioner of the PGA Tour.
 
Mr. Dey was a good friend and to be associated with an award that has his name attached to it is beyond comprehension, said Hooper. Its just truly humbling to have my name associated with his. Its just amazing.
 
The 72-year-old Hooper was overwhelmed when informed by USGA Executive Committee member James Hyler at the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur that he was receiving the award.
 
It was a very emotional time for me, said Hooper. Over the years, I received about a dozen letters from Joe and he always offered fantastically sage advice.
 
Hoopers interest in the Rules of Golf came about after losing the Newark (Del.) Country Club mens club championship because he didnt know a Rule that would have won him the title. That led Hooper to attend USGA workshops on the games Rules and his success caught the attention of officials within the organization.
 
A retired dentist, he worked the inaugural U.S. Mid-Amateur in 1981 and then the 1982 U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open. He has worked as a Rules official at every Open since. He has also done 22 Senior Opens, along with a number of U.S. Amateurs, including the 2005 championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. In all, Hooper has worked 83 USGA championships as a Rules official.
 
In 2002, Hooper and his wife, Carolyn, also a longtime USGA volunteer, were involved in a unique situation with the USGA. Bob officiated the morning 18 of the 36-hole U.S. Mid-Amateur final at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn., while that same day Carolyn officiated the final of the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club.
 
Carolyn joined the USGA as a volunteer in 1989 as a member of the newly formed Womens Regional Affairs Committee. She served on the Womens Mid-Amateur Committee from 1992-97 before being asked to join the USGA Womens Committee in 1998, a capacity she still holds. This year, Carolyn and Bob each worked as Rules officials at the U.S. Mid-Amateur at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.
 
She has consistently scored higher on the [USGA Rules] tests than me, said Bob Hooper with a laugh. Ill have friends call and tell me that theyve had a ruling problem, and theyll ask if Carolyn is available.
 
Hooper has watched the U.S. Mid-Amateur grow since its birth 24 years ago. The first event at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis drew 1,638 entries and had 150 competitors at the championship proper. Today, the Mid-Amateur routinely receives more than 4,000 entries and comprises a field of 264 contestants, making it the second-largest USGA championship behind the U.S. Amateurs 312 competitors.
 
I remember back at Cherry Hills [in 1983] when we couldnt have any walking [Rules] officials until the semifinals because it was just me and Frank Parr, said Hooper. Weve come a long way since then.
 
Previous winners of the Joe Dey Award include: Charles Eckstein (1996), John Staver (1997), Joe King (1998), Frank Anglim (1999), Jack Emich (2000), Bill Dickey (2001), Clyde Luther (2002), John Hanna (2003), Adele Lebow (2004) and Pearl Carey (2005).

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.