Jun 02, 2015 | 09:18 am

Two Winning Mavericks

One of them calls himself Maverick, both of them are, and yesterday they took home the two biggest prizes in collegiate golf. Stanford Sophomore Maverick McNealy won the 2015 Fred Haskins Award as the best player in college golf. McNealy, son of Silicon Valley billionaire Scott McNealy, is an engineering major who didn’t play competitive golf until four years ago and isn’t sure whether he’ll eventually turn pro or forge a business career, despite a year in which he won six times including the Pac-12 Championship. Meanwhile, the NCAA Championship was won by Bryson DeChambeau, a physics major from SMU who learned the game from The Golfing Machine, the Homer Kelley book that breaks down the swing into 24 components with 144 variations. He compiled his winning 8-under-par 280 at the difficult Concession Golf Club course in Bradenton, Florida while pushing a hand cart, wearing a Ben Hogan-style cap, using irons that were all the same length, and playing one shot bare-chested. 

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Jun 01, 2015 | 11:36 am

What’s In A Name?

Do you belong to Rolling Hills? Play at Hidden Valley? Aspire to join Indian Hills? It’s very likely you know at least one so-called golf course as those are the three most popular course names in the U.S. According to the website Vizual Statistix, the top 10 names are the three above—out of 16,300 courses there were 38 Rolling Hills (including the one above, in Wichita, Kansas)—followed by Twin Lakes, Deer Run, Green Valley, Valley View, Willow Creek, Pine Hills, and Spring Valley. As for the words most commonly found in course names, they are, in order, hill, creek, lake, valley, oak, ridge, pine, spring, and meadow, with 968 courses having either “hill” or “hills” in its title.

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May 29, 2015 | 07:37 am

Dastardly Doings In The Desert

One of the toughest, and most exciting, golf courses in the world is returning to the PGA Tour. The Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course at PGA West in the California desert will be one of the three courses hosting the CareerBuilder Challenge, January 21-24, 2016. Also joining the course roster for the event—known the last few years as the Humana Challenge—is PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course; they join La Quinta Country Club, a long-time tournament mainstay. The diabolically difficult Stadium Course was a TV favorite when it hosted the Skins Game from 1986-91: Its famed par-3 17th hole, called “Alcatraz” for its island green (shown above), was the site of one of televised golf’s most memorable moments when Lee Trevino scored a hole-in-one to win a $175,000 skin in 1987. The Stadium Course has also hosted the 1987 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, 1990 PGA Club Professional Championship, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (1995-6), and along with the Nicklaus Tournament Course held the finals of the PGA Tour Qualifying Schools six times between 1986 and 2008. The Nicklaus Course also was the venue for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 1992 and ’93. It will be good to see them both back on the tube and bedeviling the pros again.

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May 28, 2015 | 10:10 am

Getaway Giveaway

One the best golf destinations in the Northwest, Sunriver Resort, is holding a pretty incredible golf raffle worth more than $50,000. The winner and three friends receive:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • A private jet from Portland to Sunriver
  • Four nights in a 5,100-sq.-ft. home
  • One round on each of the four courses: Crosswater, Woodlands, Meadows, and Caldera Links
  • Nike golf swag and custom fitting
  • Fly-fishing lessons
  • Private grilling and mixology lessons with award-winning chef Travis Taylor
  • Craft brewery tour in Bend

To enter, just visit Sunriver's Facebook page.

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