Management Cabinet approved
a recommendation from the
women’s D-I golf committee to
switch from the long-standing
72-hole stroke-play format to a
that will look much like the
men’s event. Whether it will be
identical, however, is still to be
The original women’s plan
was to copy the men’s six-day
structure that will be used in
2013-14. Teams would play 54
holes of stroke-play competition with the low eight schools
advancing to a match-play bracket. A
fourth day of stroke play would be
contested for the low 36 female golfers
and ties to identify an individual
champion. The two final days would be
match play to determine the team title.
Several women’s coaches, however,
questioned having a fourth day of
stroke-play competition, something
the men are employing for the first
time this season. Some prefer three
days of stroke play and contesting
match play over three days. With the
NCAA’s approval, the women’s golf
committee will seek further input
before making a final recommendation
for the NCAA championship cabinet to
act on at its February 2014 meeting.
The move toward match play
ARCHITECTURE Renovated Blue Monster
reflects a changing future of college
golf. Last December, Golf Channel
announced a partnership with the
NCAA that includes televising the
men’s championship annually
beginning in 2014 and the women in
2015. Having these two flagship events
in consecutive weeks played under
different formats, however, had the
potential of confusing viewers. Given
the sometimes confounding nature of
the play-five/count-four stroke-play
format—along with the potential for
less-than-dramatic blowout similar to
what happened last May when USC
cruised to a overwhelming 21-stroke
victory—match play was the more
TV-friendly alternative. —R.H.
passes early eye test
❯❯ Somewhere along the way, the once
fearsome Blue Monster at Doral
turned into a pussycat, a
tired one at that, on
probably its ninth life.
That was before the
fattest of cats bought the
place, renamed it Trump
National Doral and hired
Gil Hanse to fit it with
new teeth shortly after it
hosted the WGC-Cadillac
Championship in March.
A peek at their work
during a recent visit to
the Miami facility
revealed just how big an
undertaking they have
made. Hanse and his design associate
Jim Wagner, who oversaw the job,
raised the profile of the Blue, both
figuratively and literally, by excavating
200,000 cubic yards of sand on site
and using it to raise tees, fairways and
greens. Melaleucas, Australian pines
and buttonwoods were chopped away,
opening up view corridors and
providing room for diagonal strategies.
Drainage and turf were upgraded.
The transformation is startling.
There are holes where golfers actually
hit downhill from fairway into green,
previously unthinkable in South
Florida. Ridgelines stretch across
some holes, embossed with daunting
bunkers. Greens flow with intriguing
contours and enticing hole locations.
There are cross bunkers demanding
aerial assaults and ramps allowing
“That makes me feel
depressed about my round.
I was actually feeling pretty
good about it walking up here.”
The PGA Tour pro who shot a
second-round 68 at the BMW
Championship knew Jim Furyk had
shot a 59 to share the lead with him,
but learned at a press conference
Furyk’s round included a bogey.
“He was a little disbelieving.
The PGA Tour rules official was
asked about Tiger Woods’ reaction
when he was penalized two strokes
upon a video review of his ball
moving during his second round at
the BMW Championship.
“There’s more to it than people
realize because I did have back
issues that morning. I tried to
walk it off, but I couldn’t.
I told my coach, ‘ Today’s not
going to be easy.’ ”
For the first time since his final-day
collapse at the 1996 Masters, Norman
mentioned that an injury might
have been a factor.
“He confronted his battle with
cancer in recent weeks with a
strength and fortitude that belied
his small frame. His wit and
whimsical sense of humor …
never left him.”
The IMG vice chairman spoke of the
passing of Bev Nor wood, a well-liked publicist for the management
company who died Sept. 4 at 66.
NCAA women’s champs USC