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Grooves rule claims first victim: 16-year-old junior golfer

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When the USGA decided to change the grooves rule earlier this year, they expected to catch a couple of non-conforming players along the way. But I’m sure they didn’t expect their first victim to be a 16-year-old junior golfer. As you can imagine, this story doesn’t have a happy ending.

Let’s set the scene: rising junior golf sensation, Erynne Lee, is playing for a qualifying spot into the U.S. Women’s Open. She ends up beating the competition and walking away with the lone spot. Or so she thought. Her playing competitor, who wasn’t named in the GolfDigest.com article, decided to notify a rules official that Lee’s wedge shots were “spinning too much.”

E. Michael Johnson, Golf World’s equipment editor, has the rest of the story: Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Jonathan Wall

06/03/2010 at 4:58 pm

Posted in Amateur Golf, grooves

Matt Hill enters the PGA Tour jungle at the Memorial

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It’s damn near impossible to break into the discussion of the best twentysomething golfers on the planet when you’ve got Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Anthony Kim and a host of other names staring you in the face. But instead of waiting out the storm and hoping for a lull, 2009 NCAA individual champion Matt Hill has decided to jump head-first into the mix, making his professional debut at the Memorial.

While Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and the fight for the World No. 1 ranking will ultimately be the headline story this week, Hill’s debut at Jack’s tournament should not be overlooked. The North Carolina State junior decided to forgo his senior year after missing out on the chance to defend his NCAA title (he didn’t even get out of the East regional).

Hill’s talent is unmatched on the collegiate level. He cleaned up last year during the awards portion of the season, walking away with, among others, the 2009 Jack Nicklaus Award (presented to the top collegiate golfer in all four divisions). He was also named the 2009 ACC Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the first golfer to do so. Simply put, Hill achieved all he could. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

06/01/2010 at 11:10 am

Now that’s cold: Arizona State women’s golf team DQ’d from Pac-10 championship

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In the history of golf DQ’s, Roberto De Vicenzo’s scorecard error at the 1968 Masters ranks up their as quite possibly the worst gaffe in golf history. Getting disqualified from a tournament for signing an incorrect scorecard in a local tournament is one thing, but the Masters? Well that’s a whole other situation.

While Arizona State’s women’s golf teams’ DQ from the first round of the Pac-10 championship didn’t put them in “what a stupid I am” territory, it’ll still go down as one of the more interesting disqualifications I’ve ever seen.

The story begins with the ASU ladies leading the Pac-10 championship after the first round at the Eugene (Ore.) Country Club. After retiring to their rooms for the night, sophomore Giulia Molinaro called assistant Missy Farr-Kaye to tell her she was feeling sick. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/21/2010 at 1:32 pm

Dan Woltman gets the Walker Cup shaft

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From time to time on this blog I tend to deviate from the standard tour talk to discuss other golf issues that mean something to me. While most of you would never know it, I’ve been a huge fan of collegiate golf for a very long time. There’s something about watching these guys grow up from the time they were playing on the AJGA circuit that makes me excited to see how they progress from the first day they step on campus.

With that in mind, I figured it’d be worth noting that the Walker Cup is coming up in less than two weeks at famed Merion Golf Course in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Like many of you, I love watching these deserving amateur players battle it out on a fantastic course against an always tough Great Britain and Ireland team.

To make the team you need to be at the top of your game, and if you are, there’s a good chance your play will get you a coveted spot on the Walker Cup team. But this year it appears they’re not going strictly by the numbers. It looks like team chemistry is playing a big part.
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Written by Jonathan Wall

09/01/2009 at 9:02 pm