Lana Lawless hits golf balls. She hits them hard and far, with astonishing accuracy. She won the Women's Long Drivers of America competition in 2008 when she hit a ball more than 250 yards. Lana is so good, in fact, that the LDA changed the rules this year to prevent her from competing. The LPGA has a rule to specifically exclude her, as well.
The Ladies Professional Golf Association is like the NAACP -- both are a bit retro in their language. Nobody says "colored people" anymore, and, at least in sports, "ladies" is passe. Apart from golf, the females playing professionally today are not L's, but W's -- women: the WTA, the WNBA, and so forth. After the old joke: that is no lady, that's my athlete.
Annika Sorenstam will retire after the season, ending an LPGA Tour career in which she has won 72 tournaments to date and delivered a defining moment when she teed it up against the men on the PGA Tour
In early September the beautifully comported U.S. Walker Cup team went to Ireland and defeated a team of fellow amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland, 12 1/2 to 11 1/2. A week later the American women went to Sweden to play a European squad for the Solheim Cup and came back victorious, 16-12. Then in late September the American men, led by Tiger Woods and loosely managed by Captain Jack (Nicklaus), went to Canada for the Presidents Cup and won handily over Gary Player's International team, 19 1/2 to 14 1/2. The last time U.S. golfers had such a trifecta? Never.
Home Girls St. Andrews finally opened its arms to the greatest female players in the world last week, and the Women's British Open at the Home of Golf was a raging success, although two blips kept it from being all it could have been. First, number 17, the Road Hole, a 453-yard par-4 in Open Championships, was played from the normal tee but as a par-5, making par for the course 73. The reason: Officials feared that bad weather would make the hole unreachable. Really? Why couldn't they simply find a forward teeing ground to use in foul conditions instead of messing with history, the most storied second shot in golf and the value of par? Second, the pace of play was atrocious, with multiple six-hour rounds clogging the course. Earlier this year the LPGA did an admirable job of establishing and enforcing new pace-of-play regulations. Rounds were noticeably faster, and the players were policing themselves beautifully. Since mid-May, though, the pace seems to have crept backward. Granted,
CORNING, N.Y. (AP) -- Paula Creamer is playing the Corning Classic for the first time in her three years on the LPGA Tour. Considering her history and the built-in cheering gallery that will be on hand, it's a wonder it took so long.
(AP) -- Sean O'Hair made a bold bid to win The Players Championship when he went after the flag on the island-green 17th at Sawgrass, went into the water and wound up making a quadruple-bogey 7. His tumble to 12th cost him $747,000 and perhaps a shot at the U.S. Open.
PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) -- Michelle Wie will celebrate her 18th birthday this fall by playing in the Samsung World Championship for the fourth straight year, joining the 20-player field at Bighorn Golf Club where she made her professional debut.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Dakoda Dowd failed to advance to the second round of qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open, shooting a 78 on Monday while her cancer-stricken mother rested in a hotel room near the Imperial Country Club.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) -- Michelle Wie has a sore wrist and Annika Sorenstam is battling a bad back. But, if their doctors approve, both will tee up next month at the LPGA's new $2.6 million Ginn Tribute hosted by Sorenstam.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM will not need surgery on the ruptured and herniated disks in her neck, but she will miss at least four to six weeks while rehabbing the injuries. The No. 1 player in the world had been suffering pain for the past few weeks, and it got severe enough that after her April 11 practice round and press conference for the Ginn Open, Sorenstam went to see a doctor, who made the diagnosis. The next day she flew to Miami to consult a neurosurgeon. On Monday, Sorenstam, 36, opened her Annika Academy at Reunion, near Orlando, where her first student was Hootie and the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker. She hopes to be back on the course for the tournament she hosts, the Ginn Tribute, which begins on May 31 in Mount Pleasant, N.C. What does all this mean in the bigger picture? It looks as if Kathy Whitworth's record is safe. Sorenstam, who has 69 career wins, had been gunning for Whitworth's LPGA standard of 88 victories.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) -- Lorena Ochoa was in the rough on the left, under the trees on the right and not always sure where the next shot was headed. When a demanding day ended at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, she was right where she wanted to be.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) - Michelle Wie will not play the Kraft Nabisco Championship next week while she recovers from a wrist injury, the first LPGA Tour major championship she has missed in two years.
Ten years ago, believe it or not, there were no fully exempt Koreans on the LPGA tour. And then there was one: Se Ri Pak, a lonely 19-year-old with a pushy father and a limited command of English. When Pak, as a rookie, won four tournaments in 1998 (including the LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women's Open), hundreds of South Korean girls began training for golf careers of their own. Now that first wave of Korean players has landed in America -- this year 45 of them hold tour cards -- and a typical LPGA leader board is now covered with mellifluous monosyllables: Kims and Yims, Ahns and Hans, Jangs and Kangs.