June 17, 1999 |
Ryan Welborn knew that with his limited experience, the chances of succeeding as a professional golfer were about as slim as the fairways at the U.S. Open. He had little experience as a junior golfer, basically skipped college golf and then breezed through an amateur career without compiling much of a resume. But, on a whim, he decided to take a gamble and turn pro. "I just thought I should do it," Welborn said. "I figured, 'Why not? I don't have any other skills.'
July 18, 2007 |
A maudlin but irresistible tradition has sprouted and blossomed at the British Open. Each July, somewhere on the island of Britain, throngs of golf intellectuals gather and theorize on just how in creation the European continent has not won a major golf tournament since the 1999 British Open. Pioneering discussions occurred here and there in 2004, when the drought had reached 19 majors, and in 2005, when it had hit 23.
February 9, 1997 |
One might think Heidi Voorhees envies the success of her former Notre Dame High teammate Emilee Klein. One might think Voorhees, two years older than Klein, feels left behind after her longtime amateur adversary burst into the professional spotlight with two LPGA Tour victories last season. But while her own career has been a roller-coaster ride since she graduated from USC in 1994, Voorhees remained focused without getting caught up in the careers of others.
February 26, 1997 |
We hold this truth to be self-evident: There are two kinds of golf tournaments this year, the ones that have Tiger Woods playing and the ones that don't. This thing isn't near over. We can only imagine what's coming next: Furry little Tiger club head covers on hood ornaments. Stripes on eggs. A talk show--"Rosie" . . . "Oprah" . . . "Tiger?" This week, the Tiger Woods bandwagon pulls into Riviera Country Club for the Nissan Open, accompanied by the usual fanfare.
November 21, 1991 |
There Chip Beck stood, for maybe the 1,000th time, staring at a three-foot putt. It was long enough to miss but too important not to make. Sink it and Beck's name would be entered into the record book alongside Al Geiberger's, the only golfer to shoot a 59 for 18 holes in a PGA tournament. Geiberger's record had stood for 14 years. Beck's knees began to shake. Simply put, he was nervous as hell. He walked away from the putt, over to the side of the green, and tried to stop his mind from racing.
June 8, 1997 |
Golf is life. The saying has appeared on bumper stickers, T-shirts and hats as a form of metaphoric humor. But for Flintridge Prep junior Russell Surber, it is no joking matter. Surber, The Times' golfer of the year in the region, takes the sport pretty seriously. He plays year-round in dozens of American Junior Golf Assn. events as well as the high school season. His endless hours of daily practice include regular trips to Lawndale to meet with instructor Randy Peterson at Alondra Golf Course.
February 11, 2004 |
He showed up Tuesday on the first tee at Torrey Pines before 6:30 a.m. and waited. Chris Heintz had a plan. The 19-year-old UCLA freshman, an amateur qualifier for the Buick Invitational, figured if he timed it just right, he could play a practice round with the only golfer who matters to him. About 20 minutes later, the strategy worked out precisely as Heintz had hoped it would. "He walked onto the tee, by himself, and I introduced myself to him," Heintz said.
March 1, 1992 |
About the only thing that keeps Kyle Wilson off the golf course this time of year is baseball. Wilson, a 6-foot-3 senior, hasn't been spending much time lately with his favorite pastime--working on his golf swing. Instead, he has been polishing a pretty wicked breaking ball for the Estancia High School baseball team. Still, Wilson works one day a week at Costa Mesa Golf Course, where he repairs carts and does other maintenance work. He even plays the course now and then.
July 21, 1992 |
Most people didn't know Larry Laoretti from Mario Andretti. Then, out of nowhere, he stepped on a golf course and won the U.S. Senior Open championship the other weekend--knocking the argyle socks off such marketing millionaires as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.