Archive for June, 2009

US Open Final Round

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Well the 109th US Open is finally in the books. Congratulations to Lucas Glover whose final round 3 over par 73 was good enough for a total of 276 and a 2 stroke win. At T2 it was Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes all at 278. Phil made a run and was in contention for a playoff but bogeys at 15 and 17 ruined his day. Still a valiant effort considering all the stress he has been under these past few weeks. Ross Fisher was alone in 5th place with a score of 279. In the T6 spot was Tiger Woods, Soren Hansen and Hunter Mahan all at even par 280. Henrik Stensen took the 9th spot with a 281. And rounding out the top ten at T10 it was Rory McIlroy, Matt Bettencourt, Sergio Garcia, Ryan Moore, Stephen Ames and Mike Weir at 282.

J.B. Holmes was the Driving Distance leader at a 4 day average of 303.5 yards. Francesco Molinari led the field in Driving Accuracy with a 4 day average of 85.71%. Ross Fisher led in Greens In Regulation with a 4 day average of 76.39%. In Sand Saves France’s Thomas Levet was 100%, but he only found the sand twice, I felt the more impressive stat was Ross Fisher who found the sand 9 times and saved it 8 for a 4 day total of 88.89%. Course the idea is not to find the sand at all so people can argue over that one at the local watering hole. Birdie leader was David Duval with 19, followed closely by Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan with 17. There were 8 eagles scored this year, one each by Ricky Barnes, Phil Mickelson, Ross Fisher, Vijay Singh, Kevin Sutherland, Gary Woodland, Gonzalo Fernando-Castano and Simon Dyson.

US Open Round 3

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

At the end of round 3 Ricky Barnes held onto to a 1 shot lead over Lucas Glover. At one point he was 11 under par but he had a rather up and down rough round and ended with a bogey at 18.

All things considered it was a relatively quiet day, more about players having a bad day than anyone player standing out as having a good day. Phil shot a 1 under par to put himself into position and Tiger shot a 2 under par to move up a little.

Round 4 started as soon as possible after round 3 was completed and the weather forecast has called for the rain to diminish for the Monday finish. As of this writing some of the players have finished round 4 and the leaders have made the turn. Ricky Barnes is having a rough day today so far but he still has a lot of golf left so he could yet turn it back around. Lucas Glover is the current leader; Phil has moved into T2 with Mahan and Barnes and is 2 shots back. Tiger has moved into the T7 slot but only has a couple holes left to play.

US Open Round 2

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Congratulations to Ricky Barnes who has the lowest 36 hole score on record for the 109 years of the US Open. Some are now calling the course a pushover, I would beg differ and believe that Mr. Barnes has earned his place in history, he is there in the books now regardless. He shot 67/65 for a 132.

Alone in 2nd place is Lucas Glover 1 shot back shooting 69/64 for a 133, and also alone in 3rd is Mike Weir shooting 64/70 for a 134. The trio of Peter Hansen, David Duval and Azuma Yana are T4 with 137’s to their credit. Five players are T7 to round out the top 10; those are Lee Westwood, Todd Hamilton, Ross Fisher, Sean O’Hair and Nick Taylor who are all at 138.

Phil Mickelson is at even par T12, Tiger Woods is T34 at +3; the cut fell at +4 and includes exactly 60 players. Normally it is the low 60 and ties and anyone within 10 shots of the lead, but due to Ricky Barnes tremendous play it just turned out that exactly 60 players made the cut. Some of the big names left out are Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els, David Toms, Matt Kuchar, Miguel Angel Jiminez, Boo Weekley, Nick Watney and Zach Johnson. Freddy Funk who nearly withdrew from this year’s competition due to pain in his surgically repaired right knee birdied the final hole to make the cut on the number.

Tournament officials seem to be doing everything in their power to end the tournament on Sunday with a 7:30 start and all but 21 have players have at least started the 3rd round. They will be playing from the front nine and the back nine at the same time. So if the weather cooperates they should be able to finish.

Stat leaders who survived the cut: Driving Distance Angel Cabrera and Andres Romero are tied at exactly 300 yards, 5 players are at 100% in Driving Accuracy those being Molinari, Mahan, Choi, Mayfair & Mclardy, and 6 players are at 100% in GIR those being Stricker, Goosen, Mahan, Holmes, Cabrera and Mayfair. Of course those are incomplete as some players haven’t started their 3rd round and Choi for instance has only played 1 hole in the 3rd but he is officially listed at 100% in driving accuracy.

Sources:, NBC Sports, The Golf Channel

Play Suspended at US Open

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

After 3 hours and 15 minutes play was suspended at the 109th US Open. 78 players made it onto the course, none made it past 11 holes.

On an already soaked course, with steady rains and torrents of water running through the fairways it became apparent to USGA officials the course was unplayable. Play will resume Friday weather permitting.

VA inspections show continued exam flaws

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

From The Washington Times:

“Fewer than half of Veterans Affairs centers given a surprise inspection last month had proper training and guidelines in place for common endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopies – even after the agency learned that mistakes may have exposed thousands of veterans to HIV and other diseases.”

“The random inspections were conducted May 13-14 at 42 VA medical centers across the country. They found that 43 percent of the centers have standard operating procedures in place and have properly trained their staffs for using endoscopic equipment.”

2009 U.S. Open

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Bethpage State Park – Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y.

The U.S. Open-the second major of the 2009 season.
About the course:
Original architect A.W. Tillinghast (1936)
Par value is 71
Hosted 2 tour events including 2009
Yardage 7,426 in 2009, in 2002 played 7,214
Grass – Ryegrass (tees, fairways, rough, greens)
Course record 66 Nick Faldo 2002 3rd round
Aces 3, one each on 3, 14 & 17
The most difficult hole in 2002 was the 15th the scoring average was more than a half stroke over par at 4.599. It is now a 389-yard par 4. In 2002 scoring was as follows: 0 eagles, 28 birdies, 188 pars, 185 bogeys, 44 double bogeys, 9 others
The easiest hole was the 14th the scoring average was slightly under par at 2.905. It is a 161-yard par 3 with severe bunkering around the front of the elevated green. In 2002 scoring was as follows: 1 eagle, 99 birdies, 302 pars, 46 bogeys, 6 double bogeys and 0 others

Course origins Bethpage State Park is a mecca for public golf featuring five 18-hole regulation golf courses including the world-renowned Black Course, which was the site of the U.S. Open in 2002 and again will host the U.S. Open in 2009.
Bethpage State Park was developed from an estate owned by the Yoakum family and other properties. The Yoakum family leased their estate to the Lenox Hills Corporation, which subsequently used the property to build the Lenox Hills Country Club. In the early 1930s, the Bethpage Park Authority purchased the Lenox Hills Country Club and other adjacent properties to build what we now know as Bethpage State Park.
Famed golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast was hired to design and oversee construction of three new golf courses (Black, Red and Blue) as well as modify the Lenox Hills Course, which became the Green Course. Due to the increased demand for golf, the Yellow Course designed by Alfred Tull was opened in 1958. Approximately 300,000 rounds are played annually on the five courses at Bethpage, all of which start from the Clubhouse area. —Source: New York State Parks

Tournament history: The U.S. Open began in 1895, has been played every year with the exception of the war years of 1917, 1918, 1942, 1943, 1944, & 1945.

Inside the field: U.S. Open
As you might imagine the best golfers in the world will be competing in the second major of 2009. Trevor Immelman, Robert Karlsson, Dudley Hart and Shingo Katayama have withdrawn from competition. The top ten players in the Official World Golf Ranking, PGA Tour Money List and Fed-Ex Cup point standings are all entered. These include: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, Henrik Stenson, Kenny Perry, Steve Stricker, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Sean O’Hair, Brian Gay, Nick Watney, and Zach Johnson. Note: only 14 names because most of these players are in each category, i.e. TW is 1 in OWGR, 4 in PGA Tour Money list and 5 in Fed-Ex Cup points. Phil Mickelson 2 in OWGR, 3 in PGA Tour Money list and 7 in Fed-Ex Cup standings. 2009 tournament winners not in the top 10’s but entered in the tournament are Dustin Johnson, Retief Goosen, Angel Cabrera, and Rory Sabbatini. Past winners of the U.S. Open not previously listed but entered in the tournament are Michael Campbell and Ernie Els. Major winners entered in the tournament but not previously listed are Padraig Harrington, Ben Curtis, David Duval, Todd Hamilton, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard, David Toms and Mike Weir. International Players, listed by country but not previously listed that are entered in the tournament are Argentina’s Andres Romero and Eduardo Romero, Australia’s Steve Allan, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Matt Jones, James Nitties, Rod Pampling, Adam Scott and Michael Sim, Canada’s Stephen Ames, Andrew Parr, and Nick Taylor, Columbia’s Camilo Villegas, Denmark’s Soren Hansen and Soren Kjedlsen, England’s Richard Bland, David Horsey, Luke Donald, Simon Dyson, Ross Fisher, Simon Khan, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Oliver Wilson, France’s Jean-François Lucquin, Raphael Jaceulin, and Thomas Levet, Germany’s Martin Kaymer, India’s Jeev Milkha Singh, Japan’s Shintaro Kai, Ryuji Imada, Azuma Yano, Kaname Yokoo, Korea’s KJ Choi, Charlie Wi, Sang-moon Bae, New Zealand’s Douglas Batty and David Smail, Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy, Philippines Angelo Que, Scotland Martin Laird, South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, Tim Clark and Andrew McLardy, Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jose Manuel Lara and Alvaro Quiros, Sweden’s Johan Edfor, Peter Hannson, and Carl Pettersson, Amateurs Tyson Alexander, Clark Klaasen, Ben Martin, Matt Nagy, Vaughn Snyder, Kyle Stanley, Josh Brock, Rickei Fowler, Drew Kittleson, Bronson Burgoon, Cameron Tringale, Drew Weaver and Kyle Peterman. American’s Ryan Moore, James Kamte, JB Holmes, Hunter Mahan, John Merrick, Chris Stroud, Nathan Tyler, Peter Tomasulo, Shawn Stefani, Michael Welch, Kevin Sutherland, Greg Kraft, Ken Duke, Jeff Brehaut, Craig Bowden, Rocco Mediate, Billy Mayfair, Fred Funk, JP Hayes, Ricky Barnes, Brandt Snedeker, Anthony Kim, Lucas Glover, John Mallinger, Courtland Lowe, Charlie Beljam, Trevor Murphy, Kevin Silva, Ryan Blaum and Colby Beckstrum. My apologies if I’ve inadvertently left anyone off the list. The Amateurs and American’s in particular as I was unable to find a specific list for either category.
Tiger Woods has a rare opportunity to not only be defending U.S. Open Champion but he is the only player to have won a U.S. Open at Bethpage Black as well. So not only can he defend his crown but the venue as well. Not sure if that has ever been done before? U.S. Opens are particularly difficult to predict, not that any professional tournament is, but an unknown can always come out of the pack. Who could ever forget the 1913 cinderella story of Francis Ouimet who as an amateur defeated British favorites Harry Vardin and Ted Ray.
Sources: New York State Parks

The Memorial Tournament round 4

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Tiger Woods is now a 4 time champion at the Memorial. Shooting a 7 under par 65 for a 4 day total of 276, Woods defeated Jim Furyk by one stroke. Furyk stood alone in 2nd place, shooting a 3 under par 69 for a 277 in the tournament. Jonathon Byrd and Mark Wilson were T3 with 280’s. At T5 it was Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III and Matt Bettencourt with 282’s. Stewart Cink and Ernie Els were T8 with 283’s and to round out the top ten at T10 it was Will MacKenzie, Mike Weir and Geoff Ogilivy at 284.

Key Stats:
Scoring Average Tiger Woods 69, field average 73.42; Driving Distance Dustin Johnson 318 yards, field average 284.6; Driving Accuracy Jim Furyk 89.29%, field average 71.04%; GIR Ernie Els 76.39%, field average 58.89%; Scrambling Jonathon Byrd 77.78%, field average 51.61%; Putts per Round Jose Maria Olazabal 25.5, field average 28.81. The 18th took the honors as the toughest hole yet again, although 14 gave it a run for its money and the 7th played the easiest.

After Tiger’s bogey at 16 there were 4 players T1 at 10 under but that bogey must have lit a fire under him as his 2nd shots at 17 and 18 were nothing short of phenomenal leaving himself with 4 or 5 feet on 17 and on 18 the laser read 14 inches. Furyk was able to birdie 18 to take 2nd alone but the other two were less fortunate down the stretch. Bettencourt had a pretty miserable day shooting a 3 over par 75. He did card 4 birdies, but also had 5 bogeys and a double, in the Nationwide series he was known for being Tiger like once he had a lead but now that he is in the bigs, I can only speculate that the pressure got to him. I believe we will see him at the top of the leader board again and most likely a winner.

Sources: PGA, The Golf Channel and CBS Sports

The Memorial Tournament round 3

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Matt Bettencourt and Mark Wilson are tied at the top spot after round 3, at 9 under par 207. Bettencourt shot a 4 under par 68, with 8 birdies on his card but he also had 4 bogeys. I’m absolutely not being facetious either, those greens are tough, players are literally running the ball off the green being a yard short. Seriously a yard to chip onto the green and the ball rolls right off the putting surface. Wilson shot a 3 under par 69. Two players are T3 yesterday’s co-leaders Jonathon Byrd and Jim Furyk both shot 1 under par 71 today and are 1 stroke back at 208. In the T5 spot are Geoff Ogilivy and Davis Love III, 2 strokes back at 209. Ogilivy shot up the leader board from T57 to T5 shooting a 9 under par 63. He spent a considerable amount of time on the range after his round yesterday after shooting a 2 over par 74. Lee Trevino is fond of saying that ones performance is measured “in the dirt”, meaning practice, it certainly paid off for Geoff today. Love III shot a 3 under par 69. Rounding out the top ten 4 strokes behind the leaders are Tiger Woods, Michael Letzig, Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els all officially scored as T7.

For the stat lovers: in Scoring Average Matt Bettencourt is at 69 with the field average at 73.41; Driving Distance is led by Dustin Johnson at 319.3, while the field is averaging 284.3; Driving Accuracy Jim Furyk at 88.1%, the field at 72.32%; Greens in Regulation it is Ernie Els at 77.78%, while the field is at 59.43%; Scrambling Jonathon Byrd at 84.62%, the field average is 51.29%; and Putts per round Mark Wilson at 25 with the field average at 28.93. The toughest hole today was 18 and the easiest was 7.

For those who don’t know Matt Bettencourt he was last year’s champion and money leader on the Nationwide tour, that is how he earned his way onto the PGA tour. He is an example of the everyman story, didn’t achieve a lot in junior golf or high school, never got a scholarship to play golf in college, he was selling windows and doors 10 years ago and just worked on his game. He entered and won a bunch of amateur tournaments and a championship, turned pro and grinded it out in the minors and now in his 17th PGA tour appearance is co-leader of the Memorial Tournament at Jack’s place. There is a guy who believed in himself, worked hard and now has the opportunity to earn the biggest paycheck of his career. Kudos and good luck tomorrow, Matt. Don’t let Faldo get to you that was a hell of a shot from a precarious lie. I seriously doubt he could have done it any better.

Sources: PGA, The Golf Channel and CBS Sports
Opinions are mine

The Memorial Tournament round 2

Friday, June 5th, 2009

The course played tougher today and emerging as co-leaders were Jonathon Byrd and Jim Furyk who stand at 7 under par 137. Byrd put forth a really nice effort today shooting a 4 under par 68, while Furyk shot a 2 under par 70. At T3 are Mike Weir and Mark Wilson, Weirsy shot a 3 under par 69 today and Wilson shot a 2 under par 70, they are both 1 shot back at 138, 6 strokes under par. Ryuji Imada and Matt Bettencourt are T5 2 strokes back at 139, shooting 3 and 4 under par respectively today. Ten golfers are T7 to round out the top ten, those being: Steve Marino, Rod Pampling, Ernie Els, Stewart Cink, Chris DeMarco, Matt Kuchar, Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Luke Donald and Davis Love III. The T7 contingent are all 3 strokes back at 140.

The cut was set at 4 over par, all those at T71 or better. Some of the players not playing the weekend are Vijay Singh, Carl Pettersson, Jesper Parnevik, Fredrick Jacobson, Mark Calcavecchia, John Mallinger, Padraig Harrington, Danny Lee, J.B. Holmes, Aaron Baddely and Adam Scott. Withdrawing were Sean O’Hair, Billy Andrade and Scott Percy.

Stats are as follows: Scoring average Jonathon Byrd at 68.5, field average is 73.49, Driving Distance led by Dustin Johnson at 314.8 while the field is averaging 285 yards, Driving Accuracy Kevin Na with 92.86% and the field is at 72.54%, Greens in Regulation led by Ernie Els at 77.78% with the field average at 58.81%, Jonathon Byrd also led in Scrambling at 100% while the field average was 50.66%, Putts per Round it was Steve Lowery with 24 and the field average at 28.88.

The toughest hole was a tie between 10 and 18, while the easiest hole was the 7th. I was particularly impressed with the post round interviews of Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and Mike Weir. Weirsy and Furyk are two guys who rarely beat themselves and tend to be steady Eddy on the golf course. Some might consider that a conservative approach but consistency is what pays off on the golf course. Speaking of consistency TW has hit more fairways in this tournament than he has in awhile, he’s only missed 3 in 36 holes, his problems today was trying to be too aggressive. Shooting a 74 was his highest round since the US Open in 2007, and he is still only 6 strokes out of the lead. His mood was positive when interviewed, the course is playing tough which was the biggest conservation of the day and I believe he will rebound, not saying he will win but you can never count him out either. Nice to see Ernie turn in a fine couple of rounds, he has only been in the top ten twice this year and he played the first two rounds with Tiger which is always going to be a circus with the gallery and the media. Losing the playoff at Colonial hasn’t seemed to bother Steve Marino, a name you don’t hear a lot but if you watch golf it is someone you are aware of has he turns in a pretty steady performance week in and week out.

The Golf Channel is reporting TW’s knee is not 100%, I say quit beating a dead horse. It may never be 100% again let it go.

Sources: and the Golf Channel
Opinions my own

The Memorial Tournament Round 1

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Luke Donald shot an 8 under par 64 to take the lead in the first round of play at Jack’s place. He is T96 in driving distance at 270 yards, 55.6% and T55 in GIR but he is also first in putts per GIR at an impressive 1.3. Four players are T2 with 5 under par 67’s; Jim Furyk, Jason Day, Ted Purdy and Thomas Aiken. Three players are T6 with 4 under par 68’s to their credit; Steve Marino, Stewart Cink and Mark Wilson. There are nine players T9 with 3 under par 69’s; Troy Madison, Johnson Wagner, Kevin Sutherland, Nicholas Thompson, Rod Pampling, Tiger Woods, Mike Weir, Jonathon Byrd and Reinier Saxton.

Key stats Luke Donald in scoring average (64) with the field averaging 73.61 and putts per round (20) with the field average at 28.88, J.B. Holmes in driving distance (338.5) with the field averaging 283.7 yards, Tiger Woods leads in driving accuracy (92.86%) with the rest of the field at an average of 72.5%, Jonathon Byrd has the lead in Greens In Regulation (88.89%) and the field average is at 58.19%, scrambling is led by Troy Matteson with (100%) while the field is averaging 51.72%.

It was unfortunate to see J.B. Holmes alone in 118th position (out of 120) at 10 over par 82, it would take more than a career day to salvage that and stick around for the weekend. If the cut were made today I would place it around T67 which would leave out some big names like JB, Vijay, Padraig Harrington and Sean O’Hair just to name a few struggling. Most of those players still have an opportunity tomorrow, right now T67 is 2 over although that will surely thin out and be closer to even par or 1 under by the end of round 2. Since ties count there are currently 17 players in the top 10, but that won’t be the case by the end of tomorrows round. Tiger was looking good but bogeys on 13 and 18 hurt his score, still he did have 5 birdies and he is the world’s number 1 player. We will have to wait and see if he can put together a bogey free round to make a run at the leader. Right now Luke Donald is in the driver’s seat and it is on his own shoulders if he can hang on to the lead.
Sources: The Golf Channel,
Opinions my own

Memorial Tournament

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Inside the field: the Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker, Geoff Ogilvy, Sean O’Hair, Kenny Perry, Nick Watney, Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas, Dustin Johnson, Mark Wilson, Y.E. Yang, Brian Gay, Jerry Kelley, Carl Pettersson, Ernie Els, Tom Lehman, Ben Curtis, David Duval, Davis Love III Jim Furyk, Mark Brooks, Mark Calcavecchia, Mike Weir, Shaun Michael, Todd Hamilton, Jose Maria Olazabal, Daniel Chopra, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer and Ryuji Imada are some of the players who have entered the tournament. Trevor Immelman and Brandt Snedeker were forced to withdraw after the deadline. Phil Mickelson will be back for the US Open kudos to him for putting family first over these past few weeks.

Inside the course: Muirfield Village Golf Club
Sometimes referred to as “Jack’s Place”
The original architect: Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead in 1974
Par is 72 and counting this years tournament 34 tour evens have been played at this venue. The course was ranked 5 out of 54 in difficulty for the PGA tour in 2008. It plays to 7,285 yards down from 7,366 in 2008. Grass is Bentgrass, Poa assua (tees), Bentgrass, zoysiagrass (fairways), Bentgrass (greens), Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescue (rough). The Stimpmeter runs 13ft, there are 73 sand bunkers and 13 water hazards. The course record is 61 by John Huston in the 3rd round of the 1996 tournament. There have been 14 aces recorded in tournament history, 5 on the 4th, 4 on the 12th, 3 on the 16th and 2 on the 8th.

The most difficult hole in 2008 was 17 which was a revamped par 4 and one of Muirfield’s toughest tests. Trees to the right cause a blind approach from that side of the fairway. The rolling green is small and heavily bunkered and is fronted by a deep, rough-filled valley that can threaten the second shot off a short drive. 2008 saw 0 eagles, 34 birdies, 206 pars, 127 bogeys, 1 double or worse.
The easiest hole was 7 an exposed, elevated, bunker-lined, double-dogleg hole, reachable in two by only the longest hitters. A rough-grassed swale sweeps from the right in front of the green. Bunkers guard the front left and right, and rear right of the putting surface, which breaks severely off to the left towards a wooded ravine. Not an easy hole to birdie, but 2008 saw 7 eagles, 130 birdies, 188 pars, 57 bogeys, 8 doubles, 0 worse.

Course origins
Muirfield Village Golf Club was the dream and work of Jack Nicklaus. The land was acquired in 1966, but construction did not begin until July 28, 1972. The golf course is situated on 220 acres, which includes an 11-acre driving range. The course was officially dedicated on Memorial Day — May 27, 1974 — with an exhibition match between Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Nicklaus scored a 6-under 66, which stood as the course record until 1979.
The 18-hole layout, selected by Golf Digest as No. 16 among “America’s 100 Greatest Courses,” played at 6,978 yards in its original form, but is 7,265 at present. It had 77 bunkers, now 73, and water can be a hazard on 13 holes. A Columbus Pro-Am on Aug. 11, 1975, was the first event held at Muirfield, and the first Memorial Tournament was played in May 1976. The course has also hosted the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1987 Ryder Cup Matches, the USGA’s 1992 United States Amateur Championship, the 1995 Wendy’s Three-Tour Challenge and the 1998 Solheim Cup.
Tournament host Jack Nicklaus was the recipient of the 2005 GCSAA Old Tom Morris Award, GCSAA’s highest honor. Nicklaus received the award at the GCSAA Educational Conference and Inaugural Golf Industry Show in Orlando Feb. 7-12, 2005. –Source: Golf Course Superintendents Assocation of America