Stories written by Bill Huffman

LPGA Founders Cup Gets New Title Sponsor

LPGA Founders Cup Gets New Title Sponsor

It’s been a busy summer for Chris Garrett, the tournament director of the LPGA Founders Cup. There had been his weeks of preparatory work at the Solheim Cup up in Denver, and, of course, a little on-going topic of conversation called . . . uhmmm . . . finding a title sponsor for his event. Notice I did not include RR…

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Colegrove Captures Arizona Amateur Championship

Colegrove Captures Arizona Amateur Championship

Evidently hard work, self-confidence, imagination and perseverance still play critical roles in the game of golf. Just ask Christian Colegrove, who came out of nowhere to capture the 89th Arizona Amateur Championship. Colegrove, a 20-year-old senior at the University of Arizona and a virtual unknown…

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Mickelson Rewrites Legacy with Open Win

Mickelson Rewrites Legacy with Open Win

Phil Mickelson’s victory at the 142nd Open Championship on Sunday was pure shock and awe. Even more than that, it changed the perception we have of the player I’ve always considered the People’s Choice. Seriously, I can’t think of a bigger moment in a major championship since Jack Nicklaus…

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Why I Love the Bloody Open

Why I Love the Bloody Open

When it comes to the Open Championship, just never make the mistake of calling it the British Open. As a friend from over the pond once told me: “Only Americans refer to it as the British. Everyone else in the entire world calls it ‘the Open.’ ” For some odd reason, such bloody snobbery appeals to me when it comes…

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Troon Privé Adds Pine Canyon & Torreon Clubs

Troon Privé Adds Pine Canyon & Torreon Clubs

After five years of relatively sluggish-to-no growth, or in some cases financial disaster, the private golf scene in northern Arizona seems to be on a bit of a resurgence. Amazing, when you consider that pretty much every club north of Payson but Forest Highlands in Flagstaff has been through the wringer…

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Mickelson Has ASU Golf Team On Its Way to Top 50

Mickelson Has ASU Golf Team On Its Way to Top 50

Tim Mickelson looks back and laughs, while insisting that there never was a real defining moment of panic in his debut season as the Arizona State men’s golf coach. Indeed, if there were any doubts about the 2011-2012 campaign, a year of that saw the Sun Devils plunge to No. 83 in the country…

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USGA and R&A Anchoring Ban: The Long and the Short of It

USGA and R&A Anchoring Ban: The Long and the Short of It

Well, it’s official even if it’s not going to be over with for at least another two and a half years. And when all is said and done, I’m not sure the U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews might have changed a darned thing. I’m talking about the ban on anchored putting, Rule 14-1b, that was…

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Is TPC Scottsdale Renovation Really Worth $15 Million?

Is TPC Scottsdale Renovation Really Worth $15 Million?

Brad Williams has been on the job for just a few months as the new general manager and director of golf at the TPC Scottsdale. For the most part, the former boss at the TPC Boston has been low profile since he assumed the reins from Bill Grove, who retired following the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open…

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Why Woods Won’t Win the Masters

Why Woods Won’t Win the Masters

The Masters is upon us. Doesn’t it feel good? After a West Coast Swing that weathered wind, hail and snow, after a Florida campaign that gave us (more) rain and darkness, it’s springtime in Augusta, Ga., the home of the Masters. And for the first time in a long time, it really is spring in the South, which is just coming out

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