May 08, 2013 | 10:05 AM

Pine Valley Anniversary Photos

How do you celebrate turning 100? Well, if you’re Pine Valley you throw a five-day party. The LINKS100 No. 2 course in the world (behind Cypress Point) held a Stableford competition for members from Wednesday through Sunday with a big dinner Saturday night. One of the highlights of the gala were vintage photos on display throughout that the club, like the one above, from the Smithsonian Institute’s Thomas Warrens Sears Collection. A landscape photographer, whose shadow can be seen in the foreground, took them not long after the course opened in 1919 (the anniversary celebrated the founding of the club), but they were mislabeled as a Maryland course until recently. Click on this link to view the rest.

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May 07, 2013 | 06:03 AM

Seve No Match For Agnes

In the time since his death (two years ago today, May 7), Seve Ballesteros has been remembered fondly by the entire world of golf. His image, punching the air after his second Open Championship victory, at the Old Course at St Andrews in 1984, became the inspirational insignia for the victorious European Ryder Cup Team. But now word comes of a bitter defeat, a posthumous pasting suffered by Seve last year in the same Auld Grey Toon. It seems the largest dormitory at St. Andrews University, 550-bed New Hall (built in 1993), decided to adopt a more distinctive name, honoring a prominent individual linked to the town. Five names were proposed and 363 student residents cast their ballots. The results: Seve finished second with 27% of the vote. And who conquered the swashbuckling Spaniard? With a whopping 42% it was Agnes Blackadder, the university’s first woman graduate, in 1895.

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May 06, 2013 | 09:18 AM

Class of 2013

The World Golf Hall of Fame inducts its new class today. Joining the hall, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, are: Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Ken Schofield, the late Willie Park Jr., and Ken Venturi. Unfortunately, Venturi—who turns 82 next week and lives in California—can’t make the ceremony due to complications from surgery for infections in his back. Originally, Jim Nantz of CBS Sports was going to present Venturi, but Nantz turned over the duties to Ken’s two sons, Matt and Tim. Besides his playing career, that included 14 Tour wins and the ’64 US Open, Venturi is known for 35 years on CBS and inexhaustible work for charity. His long-time golf broadcast partner, Pat Summerall, passed away three weeks ago. The Hall of Fame ceremony will be broadcast on Golf Channel.

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May 03, 2013 | 10:53 AM

Hands Across The Ocean

LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam, winner of 89 pro events during her Hall of Fame career, will serve as an ambassador for Pacific Links International, which owns and operates courses in Hawaii, California, Nevada, West Virginia, and China. The company, founded in 2009 by Canadian citizen and Chinese entrepreneur Du Sha, also has an affiliation with the PGA Tour, giving Pacific Links’ clubs access to the Tour’s 23 TPC network properties. In her new role, Sorenstam—who already has her own golf academy and course design businesses as well as the ANNIKA Foundation for aspiring junior golfers—will promote Pacific Links’ membership programs at a variety of global engagements. Her initial duties took her to China in April, where she headlined several events with fellow international ambassador Greg Norman in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.

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