Michigan Golf News
January 14, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 3
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Gene Sarazen and Shell's Wonderful world of Golf - An Encore Show The gentleman who hit one of the most famous golf shots in the history of the game, a double eagle at the Masters, Gene Sarazen, was also the host of one of golf's first television shows, "Shell's Wonderful World of Golf". Join reporter Vanessa Bell, as she chats with show producer Al Barkow and Gene Sarazen's daughter, Mary.
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Jenkins, who started his writing career while still in high school and went on to define a new era of sports writing during his time at Sports Illustrated, won the William D. Richardson Award, given annually to recognize an individual who has consistently made an outstanding contribution to golf. Green, a former U.S. Open and PGA champ who underwent treatment to remove cancerous growths from his tonsils and tongue and came back to play on the Champions Tour in 2004, won the Ben Hogan Award, given annually to an individual who has continued to be active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness.
The 51-year-old Haas, who chose to play predominantly on the PGA TOUR in 2004 and surprised more than a few by playing his way onto the 2004 Ryder Cup team and finishing in the top 30 money winners, is the ASAP/Jim Murray Award winner for 2004. That award recognizes a player for cooperation, quotability and for accommodation to the media and for reflecting the most positive aspects of the working relationship between athlete and journalists.
They will be honored, along with GWAA Players of the Year Vijay Singh, Annika Sorenstam and Craig Stadler, at the Annual GWAA Awards Dinner, April 6 in Augusta, Ga.
Jenkins, whose career began at the Fort Worth Press, is currently a writer-at-large for Golf Digest writer-at-large. He went to Sports Illustrated in 1962 and has been with Digest since 1984. Jenkins has covered an amazing 177 majors during his career and was honored with the PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award in 1995. He was also voted into Texas Sports Hall of Fame and will be one of the first media inductees in 2005. His 17th novel will be published this spring by Doubleday.
Jenkins 52 percent of the vote. Paul Runyan received 28 percent of the vote and former USGA president Sandy Tatum received 20 percent.
Green, 58, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2003 during a routine dental examination and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments which caused him to lose 30 pounds before returning to the tour in 2004. he was subsequently forced to miss much of 2004 with more treatments and returned in mid-April. Green, who has 19 PGA TOUR wins and four Champions victories, was 2004 Champions comeback player of the year. Green won the 1977 U.S. Open and 1985 PGA Championship.
Green received 57 percent of the vote. Former Clemson All-America John Engler, who continues to come back following a near-fatal car crash in 2003, received 43 percent of the vote.
Haas, one of the most likeable players on either tour, has been one of the most consistent performers on the PGA TOUR for nearly three decades. The Wake Forest alum took a different road upon turning 50 and decided to play predominantly on the PGA TOUR. He played in 23 PGA TOUR events, missing the cut only three times and finishing in the top 10 eight times and was one of Hal Sutton's captain's picks for the 2004 Ryder Cup team. He played in three Champions Tour events in 2004, finishing second twice and third once.
Haas received 52 percent to 26 percent for Jack Nicklaus and 22 percent for Meg Mallon.
This is the fourth year for the ASAP/Jim Murray Award. Previous winners were Arnold Palmer, Nick Price and Fred Funk.
Past recipients of the Richardson Award, named for The New York Times' William D. Richardson who was instrumental in the founding of the GWAA in 1946, include Judy Bell, Nancy Lopez, Judy Rankin, Babe Zaharias, Ely Callaway, Ben Hogan, Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, Patty Berg, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Harvey Penick, Peggy Kirk Bell, Frank Hannigan, Kathy Whitworth and Lee Trevino.
Former Hogan award winners include Bruce Edwards, Jeff Julian, Scott Verplank, Jose-Maria Olazabal, Casey Martin, Paul Azinger, Robert Allenby, Lee Trevino, John Mahaffey, Jim Nelford, Ken Venturi, Terri-Jo Meyers, Steve Jones and Pat Browne.
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This week we are taking a look at the American Association of Golf
Course Architects site and in particular the section that features the
Living History Series. The Living History Series is represented in a
sublink of the site and contains a series of video interviews. The site of
resides on Michigan State University's server and website.
Larry Packard, now in his mid 90's, started off his golf course career
with the legendary Robert Bruce Harris. Mr. Packard's biography was
published by Airlie Hall Press entitled "Double Doglegs and Other
Hazards", which gives his history and list of works. Spring Meadows Country
Club in Linden, Michigan invited Mr. Packard for a book signing in June of
2003. He designed this course forty-five years ago.
Larry Packard's Michigan History
Original Golf Course Designs in Michigan
Remodeled Michigan Golf Courses
1979 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf -- In the second year of the event, a national audience on NBC witnesses one of the most intriguing afternoons in golf history as Roberto De Vicenzo and Julius Boros out duel Tommy Bolt and Art Wall in a birdie-fest six-hole playoff at Onion Creek Country Club in Austin, TX. The day's dramatics would give credibility to the idea that there is a market for professional golfers age 50 and over. The Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour) is launched the following year.
1980 Atlantic City International -- Don January wins the first official Champions Tour event at the Atlantic City Country Club, defeating Mike Souchak by two shots.
1980 Senior PGA Championship -- Arnold Palmer wins in his debut and ignites interest in the fledging Champions Tour, much as he did for the PGA TOUR in the 1950s and 60s.
1985 Barnett Suntree Classic -- Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson wins his ninth tournament of the year to set a Champions Tour benchmark that stands until equaled by Hale Irwin in 1997.
1987 Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am -- Chi Chi Rodriguez wins his fourth tournament in a row to set a record that still stands.
1988 Crestar Classic -- "The King," Arnold Palmer, captures his 10th and last Champions Tour win near Richmond, VA, the 91st of his illustrious career.
1990 Doug Sanders Kingwood Celebrity Classic -- President George H.W. Bush plays in the Classic's pro-am in his adopted hometown, marking the first time a sitting United States President participates in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event.
1990 Senior PGA Championship -- Paired with Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, Gary Player wins his sixth Champions Tour major, finishing in the dark at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
1990 Ford Senior Players Championship -- Jack Nicklaus sets the Champions Tour all-time 72-hole scoring record (261, 27-under-par) at the Dearborn Country Club outside Detroit.
1990 Transamerica -- Lee Trevino wins his seventh title en route to Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year honors and becomes the first Champions Tour player to go over the $1-million mark. He also is the leading money winner in all of golf for the year.
1991 U.S. Senior Open -- Chi Chi Rodriguez makes a dramatic birdie on the 72nd hole to force a playoff, but Jack Nicklaus prevails in the next day's 18-hole playoff to complete his senior career slam.
1991 GTE Northwest Classic -- Joe Jimenez becomes the youngest professional to better his age, shooting 63 at the age of 65 in the second round.
1992 GTE North Classic -- Raymond Floyd wins on the Champions Tour just months after winning at Doral on the PGA TOUR to become the first player to win both a PGA TOUR and Champions Tour event in the same year.
1994 Franklin Quest Championship -- Tom Weiskopf drains several long putts on the closing holes and then beats Dave Stockton in a playoff in a fitting tribute to his friend Bert Yancey, who died earlier in the week.
1996 The Tradition --- Jack Nicklaus records a double eagle and successfully defends his Tradition title to become the first Champions Tour player to claim the same tournament four times. The three-stroke victory over Hale Irwin is his 100th professional win.
1997 Emerald Coast Classic -- Isao Aoki shoots the lowest score in Champions Tour history, a 10-under-par 60 in the second round of the Emerald Coast Classic. He has since been joined by four other players, Walter Morgan, Bruce Fleisher, Jim Thorpe and Tom Purtzer.
1997 Northville Long Island Classic -- Dana Quigley, a Monday qualifier, wins his first Champions Tour title only to learn at the conclusion of play that his father, Wally, had lost his battle with cancer earlier in the day.
1999 Emerald Coast Classic -- Former club pro Bob Duval wins his first Champions Tour title, the Emerald Coast Classic outside Pensacola, FL, and then during his post-win press conference watches his son, David, win THE PLAYERS Championship across the state in Ponte Vedra Beach. It marks the first time a father-son duo scores TOUR victories in the same weekend. Craig Stadler and son Kevin would repeat the feat in June 2004.
1999 Nationwide Championship -- Hale Irwin holes a 74-yard wedge shot for an eagle on the final hole to defeat Bob Murphy; then re-creates his infamous 1990 U.S. Open celebration by circling the 18th green and high-fiving members of the gallery.
2001 Charles Schwab Cup Championship -- Allen Doyle wins the first Charles Schwab Cup and donates the entire $1-million annuity to six charitable organizations.
2002 SBC Classic -- Tom Kite birdies the final hole of regulation play after Tom Watson pitches in from 41 yards. He proceeds to defeat Watson on the second hole of sudden death. Moments earlier, Gil Morgan nearly holes a 3-wood approach for double eagle on the par-five 18th, which would have put him in the playoff.
2002 U.S. Senior Open -- U.S. Senior Open qualifier Don Pooley outlasts Tom Watson in an epic six-hole playoff at Caves Valley Country Club outside Baltimore for his first Champions Tour win.
2003 Ford Senior Players Championship -- Rookie Craig Stadler wins for the first time on the Champions Tour, then follows up with a win the next week at the PGA TOUR's B.C. Open. "The Walrus" becomes the first Champions Tour member to win on the PGA TOUR.
2003 JELD-WEN Tradition -- Tom Watson wins his second Champions Tour major of the season, fulfilling his promise to longtime friend and caddie Bruce Edwards that he'll win with him on the bag in 2003. Edwards is battling ALS. The August victory propels Watson to win the Charles Schwab Cup and its $1-million annuity, which he donates to charities including ALS research and patient care. It is their last victory together as Edwards succumbs to the disease the following April, early on the morning of the first round of the Masters. The night before Watson and Edwards' dad accepted the Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Writers Association of America on behalf of Bruce Edwards.
Career Achievement -- Hale Irwin's nine wins in 1997 ties the same mark set by Peter Thomson in 1985. In so doing, he becomes the first Champions Tour players to reach $2 million in single-season earnings. Then in 2004, at age 59, the World Golf Hall of Fame member wins his 40th Champions Tour title at the Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY.
Submitted by Jeff Adams
Golf Association of Michigan
American Association of Golf Course Architects
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