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Oct
17
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Laura Davies, David Graham, Mark O’Meara and A.W. Tillinghast will be enshrined into the World Golf Hall of Fame as the Class of 2015. Following is a profile of Graham.

By World Golf Hall of Fame Communications



David Graham​
Among his more than 20 victories worldwide, Graham won the 1979 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club and the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion. Graham’s final-round 67 at Merion is considered one of the best final rounds in major championship history; it even merited a post-round phone call from Ben Hogan.

While Graham’s two biggest wins were on U.S. soil, the Australian is truly an international competitor, joining Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer and Gary Player as the only players to win events on six different continents. He represented Australia in three Dunhill Cups and two World Cups,...
Oct
17
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IF YOU'RE A GOLF HISTORY NERD (or not), you might love this 14-minute video that features Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino in their prime playing a 36-hole final in the 1970 World Match Play Championship at Wentworth Club outside of London. Both men are 30. Nicklaus has slimmed down after the 1969 season, his hair is longer and check out those sideburns!

I watched the entire video last night, which is essentially the highlights of the final match. It's a great look at the two legends' golf swings, short games and putting. The video also features a youthful Ben Wright, who went on to become a longtime golf announcer on CBS in America.

This year is the 50th anniversary of of the World Match Play Championship (now sponsored by Volvo), currently being played at London Golf Club and concluding on Sunday. Beginning in 1964, Arnold Palmer (two) and Gary Player (three) won the first five match play championships. Player won two more in 1971 and 1973. No doubt, the South African was one of the...
Oct
16
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Laura Davies, David Graham, Mark O’Meara and A.W. Tillinghast will be enshrined into the World Golf Hall of Fame as the Class of 2015. Following is a profile of Davies.

By World Golf Hall of Fame Communications


Laura Davies​
With more than 70 victories worldwide and four LPGA majors, Laura Davies is considered by many to be the most successful female British player of all time. After an accomplished amateur career, Davies made it clear she would be a force when she won both the Rookie of the Year and the Order of Merit on the Ladies European Tour in 1985.

In 1987, while still only a 23-year-old member of the LET, Davies outdueled future Hall of Fame members Ayako...
Oct
16
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BILL KILPATRICK IS THE AUTHOR of Brassies, Mashies, and Bootleg Scotch: Growing Up on America's First Heroic Golf Course. The following book information is from his publisher, University of Nebraska Press.

Charming Narrative


A hundred years or so ago, kids growing up in St. Andrews, Scotland, kids like Bill Kilpatrick’s father, took to golf as naturally as to breathing. Accordingly, the prevailing opinion was that any layabout could play golf, whereas a greenkeeper was someone to be reckoned with. And a greenkeeper (a term much preferred to “golf course superintendent”) was...
Oct
16
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The following edited content was supplied by Golf Channel in a news release.

Reigning FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel returns for this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Along with Horschel, Webb Simpson headlines the field as the defending champion after finishing six shots clear of the field last year.

On the European Tour, seven of the 16 players competing in the Volvo World Match Play Championship this week participated in last month’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

The Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn is the second-to-last event on the Champions Tour schedule prior to the...
Oct
15
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Top 50 LPGA Instructor Maria Palozola helps another golfer.​
MYGOLFINSTRUCTOR.COM IS THE HOME of expert golf tips and instruction on all facets of the game. The site is packed with videos, lessons (in the form of articles), tips and practice drills.

The face of MyGolfInstuctor.com is Maria Palozola, an accomplished LPGA and collegiate player with impressive teaching credentials. Maria is a top 50 LPGA Instructor (in the world), a Golf Magazine Top Teacher in the Midwest and a Golf Digest Top 10 Teacher in Illinois. PGA Tour veteran Jay Delsing also contributes his expertise at MyGolfInstructor.com.

Special Offer for ARMCHAIR GOLF Readers
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Oct
15
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By World Golf Hall of Fame Communications

St. Augustine, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2014) – Laura Davies, David Graham, Mark O’Meara and A.W. Tillinghast will be enshrined into the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum as the Class of 2015. The Induction Ceremony will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at the University of St Andrews, just blocks from the Old Course, host site of that week’s 144th Open Championship.

This is the first Class to be elected by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Commission, which debated a group of 16 Finalists. The four members of the Class of 2015 each passed the required 75 percent voting threshold – approval by at least 12 of the 16 members.

The Selection Commission was co-chaired by Hall of Fame members...
Oct
15
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By John Coyne

Copyright © John Coyne. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


FROM THE AIR, THE BALEARIC ISLAND of Menorca lies open like one’s palm, smooth and pink, and crisscrossed with twisting and narrow roads that resemble so many lifelines. The island, one also sees from the air, crowds its coasts. High-rise hotel complexes and sprawling urbanizations hem in rocky coves and patches of Mediterranean sand, leaving the interior to a handful of scattered towns, miles of low rock walls, isolated whitewashed farmhouses and fields of rolling pasture land.

Menorca is in the Mediterranean, 130 miles off the coast of Spain. Less than 32 miles long and only nine miles wide, it has more than 100 sandy beaches, rocky coves and tiny inlets. The abundance of warm blue water beaches is the island’s greatest but not its only attraction. Now...