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On & Off the Course

On & Off the Course
  • On and Off the Course: Remembering former South golfer Ian White

    It’s usually a bit of a struggle for me to figure out what my topic will be for this column. This week I could have written about Tiger’s withdrawal from the Players’ Championship due to a bulging disc in his neck, or by association, the health hazards a violent golf swing can have on the human body, or any number of other golf-related topics.

    May 15, 2010

  • On and Off the Course: Ochoa’s departure to impact LPGA

    LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan already had a tough job, trying to promote the LPGA tour and keep the 25 events that they have on the schedule, but that job was made tougher last week when the tour’s No. 1 player announced her retirement from the game at the ripe old age of 28.

    May 2, 2010

  • On and Off the Course: Examining the square groove rule change

    Even though the Masters is going to have its own little drama going on with the return of Tiger Woods, an interesting thing to note will be how well the players are able to hold the hard fast greens at Augusta. An underlying part of the bigger picture that everyone might not realize is a rule change that could dramatically affect most, if not all, of the players. That rule change took effect on Jan. 1.

    April 3, 2010

  • On and Off the Course: President's Cup should be entertaining Just when we thought golf season was over, and it was time to concentrate on football, we must awaken from our naps, because there’s going to be some exciting golf for us to watch next weekend. The President’s Cup will run from Oct. 6-11 at Harding Park in San Francisco.

    October 4, 2009

  • On and Off the Course: The obscure of golf's rulebook Golfers know that the rules that govern the game are abundant. The game originated in the 15th century on the links of Scotland, and somehow as time went on and people became more civilized, rules were adopted.

    September 20, 2009

  • ON AND OFF THE COURSE: Women’s City Match Play had tough competition I played in the Terre Haute Golf Association Women’s City Match Play Tournament a couple of weeks ago.

    August 8, 2009

  • On and Off the Course: One for the ages … well, almost! I wonder how long people will be referring to last week’s British Open, as “one for the ages.” They could also refer to it as “one for the aged!” Tom Watson’s near miss of a 9th Open Championship (as the Brits prefer to call it, and as it rightly should be by virtue of its longevity) was a rallying cry to all those golfers who have toiled for so many years at their game, but had given up hope as for ever getting it back to where they had it twenty years ago.

    July 25, 2009

  • ON AND OFF THE COURSE: In a bad economy, should LPGA raise its fees? For 31 years The LPGA’s Corning Classic was held at Corning Country Club in Corning, N.Y., with Corning Glassware as its title sponsor. This year, however, was the end of an era as LPGA players played their final rounds in its’ longest-running event. Due to many factors Corning chose to not renew their contract for 2010.

    June 14, 2009

  • ON AND OFF THE COURSE: ‘Average golfer’ ready to face challenges of Bethpage Black Golf Digest, in association with the USGA and NBC Sports, has asked the question, “Can the ‘average golfer’ break 100 at Bethpage Black under U.S. Open conditions?”

    May 23, 2009

  • On and Off the Course: Golf is for Mother’s, too I’d like to wish all of my readers who are mothers, whether they play golf or not, a Happy Mother’s Day — and if you do play golf — I hope you have a fine day today and that you find the time to get out on the course.

    May 10, 2009

  • The Haig changed golf off the course

    April 26, 2009

  • On and Off the Course: Fall a great time on the course If I could have fall weather year-round, I would take it. I love the crisp air, the blue skies, and the bright sunshine. Ever since my childhood I have associated a beautiful fall day with Turkey Run State Park, one of my favorite places to go, especially in the fall. This is Covered Bridge Festival week so many other people are seeing the beauty of the fall in the trees, rivers and bridges in Parke County too!

    October 11, 2008

  • On and Off the Course: Life’s lessons on the golf course During the Ryder Cup last weekend, there aired a number of commercials for RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) that starred participants from The First Tee, a program founded by the World Golf Foundation to enable kids from every walk of life to participate in golf, a game that teaches values for life and can be played for a lifetime.

    September 27, 2008

  • ON AND OFF THE COURSE: Ryder Cup selection process changed When Paul Azinger called Steve Stricker to tell him that he had been selected as one of his captain picks for the Ryder Cup

    September 13, 2008

  • On and Off the Course: LPGA’s new policy might help, but other solutions needed In a mandatory meeting on Aug. 20, the Ladies Professional Golf Association announced to its membership that it was adopting a policy that will require all of its members to speak English or face suspension. If a player has been on tour for two years and fails to pass an oral evaluation at the end of 2009, she could be suspended. The rule is effective immediately for new players.

    August 30, 2008

  • On and Off the Course: We can honor fallen heroes on Patriot Golf Day I’m always glad when I can report something that is happening in the golf world that is really wonderful and beneficial to many. In this case that item is called “Patriot Golf Day 2008.”

    August 16, 2008

  • On and Off the Course: French Lick will have two world class courses A couple of years ago I wrote a column about the changes that were going on at the French Lick Springs Resort. My husband and I finally got a chance to go back there, so I can report first-hand on the changes.

    August 2, 2008

  • On and Off the Course: Prairie View Golf Course is worth the drive! When the price of gas makes you think about every mile you drive, I can honestly say that a recent trip to Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel was worth the trip! It is Indiana’s only Robert Trent Jones Jr. course, which is much better than a trip all the way to Alabama!

    July 19, 2008

  • On & Off the Course: Annika made a huge impact on women’s golf Last weekend the Ladies Professional Golf Association held their U.S. Women’s Open at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota.

    July 5, 2008

  • On and off the course: An open letter to Tiger Woods

    June 21, 2008

  • On & Off the Course: A mother’s perspective This has been the week for high school boys’ sectionals and regionals for the schools in the Tribune Star readership area in Indiana. My son Phillip, who is a senior on Terre Haute South’s golf team, has experienced the highs and lows of these tournaments.

    June 7, 2008

  • On and Off the Course: Scratching the surface of a sticky penalty situation I am constantly amazed when I see a high school golfer who doesn’t understand the basic rules of golf, especially regarding a lost ball, ball unplayable, or even out-of-bounds. Anyone who plays in tournaments ought to at least be familiar with those basic rules. High school golfers aren’t the only culprits; they’re just whom I’ve witnessed making the mistakes lately.

    May 24, 2008

  • On & Off the Course: Distance devices have a place for golfers but old-fashioned practice is best There are many factors that a golfer must consider when determining which club to use for a shot; lie of the ball, wind direction, objects or hazards that should be cleared, and, oh yeah, distance to the intended spot.

    May 10, 2008

  • On and Off the Course: Original rules of golf have undergone changes In 1754 an event occurred which unknowingly would form a foundation of golf and how it is played to this day. The Gentlemen of Fife invited the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith to join them in forming the St. Andrews Society.

    April 26, 2008

  • On and Off the Course: Covered bridges, travel and golf It’s Covered Bridge Festival time here in the Wabash Valley. Some visitors would probably rather spend some of these gorgeous fall days on a golf course than walking around shopping in the endless line of tents and displays at Mansfield and Bridgeton.

    October 13, 2007

  • Groovy wedges: Possible rule changes keep spinning The USGA and the Royal and Ancient, through their distinctions of being the ruling bodies for the game of golf, have also been saddled with the burden or responsibility to protect the integrity of the game.

    September 29, 2007

  • On and Off the Course: Weather can affect golf ball in different ways September is just about the best time of the year to play golf. Even though the calendar says it’s still summer, the cooler nights and blazing sunsets remind us more of autumn. We seem to have gotten past the scorching hot, humid days, and have entered a phase of gorgeous, low-humidity sunny days.

    September 15, 2007

  • On and Off the Course: Injuries, recoveries and Solheim Cup The last month has been a tough one for my family. Life in general and golf specifically has been interrupted by injuries. I was out for about three weeks after having torn a tendon in my left calf while playing tennis (note: a big “Thank you!” to Beth Levin and Tia Bennett-Faro, who jumped to my aid immediately with an ice pack and an Ace bandage, that they happened to have handy.)

    September 1, 2007

  • On and Off the Course: Does FedEx Cup keep Now that Tiger Woods has pronounced his 2007 season as “great” after his win at the steam bath that was The PGA Championship, is there anymore need to follow professional golf, or do we move onto football and to baseball as the pennant races heat up?

    August 18, 2007

  • On and Off the Course: When did the Masters and PGA Championship become majors? When I begin working on one of these Sunday columns for the Tribune-Star, there is usually some amount of research I do to get me started, usually through the Internet but I also use magazines or books.

    August 4, 2007

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