Soon the clubs will swing all over
Golf fans are shouting 'Four!' - as Oregon plays host to four big events over the next four weeks. Here's a look at each tournament:
When, where: Saturday and Sunday, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Format: The U.S. versus Great Britain/Ireland in women's amateur golf, with eight players to a side, 12 singles matches and six alternate shot (foursomes) matches.
Notes: The U.S. squad has 42-year-old Victoria Grimes and teammates whose average age is 20. Jane Park, 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, will be a sophomore at UCLA. Paige Mackenzie, from Yakima, Wash., recently completed her University of Washington career. … This is the first big event for Bandon Dunes and if all goes well, the area could be in line for events. … Attendance is free, and officials expect crowds of 700 to 2,000. … The par-71 course will play to about 6,220 yards. … The Americans, led by Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer, won 10-8 last year and lead the series 24-6-3.
U.S. Women's Amateur
When, where: Aug. 7-13, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
Format: After 36 holes of stroke play over the first two days, the field of 156 will be trimmed to 64 for match play. The final is 36 holes.
Notes: Admission and parking are free. … Oregon prep champions Rebecca Kim (Tigard High, headed for Duke this year) and Kristen Svicarovich (Glencoe High, Vanderbilt) are in the field. … Past winners include Patty Berg, Babe Didrickson-Zaharias, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Beth Daniel, Juli Simpson (now Inkster) and Morgan Pressel (2005).
When, where: Aug. 14-20, Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Format: 54 holes over the final three days
Notes: Lorena Ochoa, 24, of Guadalajara, Mexico, has emerged as the LPGA Tour's leading money winner this season ($1,446, 641). Chasing her are Annika Sorenstam ($1,290,382), Karrie Webb ($1,197,433), Mi Hyun Kim ($1,014,724) and Juli Inkster ($975,571). … Allison Hanna, from David Douglas High, ranks 67th in 2006 earnings with $94,019.
When, where: Aug. 21-27, the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club
Format: A 72-hole Champions Tour major, with 78 players and no cut
Notes: Jay Haas leads the money list with $1,520,686. Loren Roberts, defending Tradition champ, is second at $1,489,991. Each has won three times this season. … Peter Jacobsen ranks 12th with $675,374, and Bob Gilder is 19th with $530,117.
- Steve Brandon