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October 28, 2006

On and Off the Course: Is this really fall or have we moved onto monsoon season?

Is it still fall here in Indiana? It seems like fall has passed us by, and we’ve gone directly into a rainy spring or possibly monsoon season. It’s hard to think about golf when the weather is not accommodating, but alas, this is a golf column that I write, so I must persevere.

First of all, a check on what is going on in the world of Tiger Woods, just because so many people care about that. The year 2006 was an up-and-down season for Tiger. He had great personal triumphs and tragedies. He won two of the four major championships, plus six other PGA Tour events, yet it was a year in which his father died and he missed the cut at the U.S. Open, ending his streak of consecutive cuts made in major tournaments at 39. He was the leader of a Ryder Cup team that was thrashed soundly, yet still had some memorable moments, including the moment his caddie dropped his nine iron in the water! He ends the season ranked No. 1 in the world, and No. 1 on the money list.

Woods is ranked first in scoring average also, with an average score of 68.11, but he’s not likely to win the Vardon Trophy this year because he hasn’t played the required number of rounds. The Vardon Trophy has been awarded since 1937 to the player with the lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour. The average is based on a minimum of 60 rounds though, and Tiger has only played in 55, mostly due to his nine-week lay off after the death of his father. The Vardon Trophy will likely go to Jim Furyk, whose scoring average is 68.94, and who has played in enough events.



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Ball State freshman and ex-Terre Haute South golfer Travis Smith shot a final round score of 69 to finish at seven-under par, leading his team in the Xavier Invitational on Oct. 2-3. He tied for ninth individually in that event. At the 49er Collegiate Classic at Cabarrun Country Club in Concord, N.C., Ball State finished in 11th place with team scores of 295, 318 and 313 for the 54-hole tournament. BSU will complete the fall portion of its schedule at the Herb Wimberly Invitational hosted by New Mexico State University on Oct. 30-31.

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