Tuesday, August 15, 2006

14-year-old wins Women's Amateur

The best girl teenage golfer in Hawaii? How about Kimberly Kim, the 14-year-old who won the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday.

Stunning win -- and the kid oozes personality. If Michelle Wie doesn't hear footsteps, she should.

Kim Defies Laws Of Age

By Ken Klavon, USGA

North Plains, Ore.
Kimberly Kim walked off the 18th green of Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Witch Hollow Course Sunday and leapt into the arms of history.

Actually, she leaped into the arms of her father. That’s beside the point. Why let figurative prose get in the way of a receptive story? Kim, for the time being, did something no one else has ever done in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship: win it at 14 years old. Fourteen years old. Aren't most kids that age preoccupied with video games, iPods and the like?

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Steriods in golf. Nah. Well, maybe nah.

Good offering from Damon Hack in the NYTimes on the PGA Tour's take on the steriod...er, ah, issue.

By Damon Hack

In the seven years since Tiger Woods won the P.G.A. Championship at Medinah Country Club, the golf course has been yanked at the roots and stretched to 7,561 yards, making it the longest major championship venue ever devised.

Medinah, which will again play host to the P.G.A. Championship, beginning Thursday, is just one more reminder of a sport becoming identified with power — so much so that some players are questioning if golf could one day fall prey to the performance-enhancing drugs that have plagued other sports, if they have not infiltrated golf already.

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