stay with IMG
now that his
agent has left?
LAST WEEK’S HOT
Who is the world’s best
match play specialist?
Doug Posts: Right now
hands down (Luke) Donald.
A first and second in the two
biggest events. My all-time
choice would be a pre-pro
Woods. Six years in a row
he beat all comers in his
his being inserted into any
legitimate debate as a match
play great now. But, yes, three
straight U.S. Juniors followed
by three straight U.S. Ams
will never be duplicated.
GGP: Hard to argue against
Donald on this. But what
about Poulter? Accenture
Match Play champion 2010.
Volvo Match Play champion
2011. Is it any wonder that
the Europeans dominate the
Americans in Ryder Cup?
The tiebreaker on Poulter-Donald debate is Donald’s
stellar Walker Cup record.
As for Tiger: His Ryder Cup
record actually detracts from
Charles Posts: Are you
sure the Swing speed (158)
for Luke was correct? Sure
that’s not ball speed?
GGP: We stand corrected.
Swing speed is just what it
says it is. Ball speed is also
called initial ball velocity. A
gorilla could swing a golf club
158 miles an hour. But unless
the gorilla’s mechanics and
technique were efficient the
initial ball velocity would be
OTHER Postings TOPICS:
Rick Posts: Thanks for
the great article and
coverage of the John Kline
SOS event. John is a first-
GGP: We remain dedicated
to the notion that not all the
important golf stories come
from the ranks of the players
ranked in the top 100 in
Ken Posts: No offense but
it will be a cold day in hell
before I pay over $50 to play
any golf course. Augusta,
Oakmont, Baltusrol, any of
them and the snobs that run
them can get the shanks
for all I care. Golf is about
having fun with your buddies
and losing or winning a few
bucks, not dodging some
elitist at some club that
worries more about how the
spoons are arranged than his
children or grandchildren.
GGP: Way to bring the heat,
Ken. Somewhere Rodney
Dangerfield is smiling. That
having been said, most of us
would gladly pay $55 (over
$50) to play Augusta National
if given the opportunity. And
as for the spoons and the
grandchildren? It’s about time
somebody weighed in on that
subject. As USGA head Mike
Davis said recently: There
aren’t many bad people in
golf. And when there are, they
don’t seem to last very long.
Readers: Opinions, please.
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Mikkelsen Surprises At Lupton,
Exber Wins Senior Flight Crown
Tied for the lead heading into the final round,
Kris Mikkelsen shot 1-under-par 71 to win the
John T. Lupton Memorial at The Honors Course
in Ooltewah, Tenn. Mikkelsen finished at 4-un-
der 212, one better than Carlton Forrester. Defending champion Parker Smith finished alone
in third at 1-under par, and Patrick Christovich
finished fourth at even par. Mike McCoy, tied
with Mikkelsen after 36 holes, shot 76 and fell
back to a fifth-place finish.
Brady Exber won the Senior Championship,
played in a modified Stableford format. Exber
racked up 108 points, which is equivalent to even
par for three rounds. Steve Johnson and Pete
Andrews finished T2 with 105 points.
The Lupton Memorial is emerging as a topflight mid-amateur and senior amateur event. It
has two key things going for it: a superb, immaculately conditioned golf course and great
dates (Memorial Day weekend). The tournament, originally named the Lupton Invitational
after club founder Jack Lupton, began in 2005
as a preparation test for that year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur. Lupton passed away a year ago, and so
the name was changed with this year’s competition.
MALETIS CLAIMS TRANS-MISS SENIOR
Chris Maletis of Portland, Ore., defeated
Robert Polk, of Parker, Colo., 2 and 1, to win the
Trans-Mississippi Senior Championship at Brook
Hollow Golf Club in Dallas, Tex. Maletis has won
three Trans-Miss senior division titles previously.
The Super Senior Division championship was
won by Bill McDonald, of Topeka, Kan. McDon-
ald, the 1964 USGA Public Links champion,
defeated Donny Anderson, of Dallas, by a margin
of 7 and 6 for the championship.
GUTHRIE, ERNST CLIMB IN WAGR
Two American college golfers used postseason
play to rise in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Austin Ernst moved 29 places to No. 13 in
the Women’s WAGR follow-
ing the biggest win of her
career. The Louisiana State
University player became
the first freshman to win the
NCAA Women’s Champion-
ship since Jennifer Rosales
in 1998, shooting a 7-under
par total of 281 and a three-
shot win over Kelli Shean of Arkansas. Ernst,
from Seneca, S.C., was aided by a final-round
hole-in-one on the second hole at the Traditions
Golf Club in Bryan, Tex.
Luke Guthrie of the University of Illinois
broke into this week’s top 10 in the ninth spot
of the WAGR, a move of 13 places, following a
joint first with Michigan’s Lion Kim in the NCAA
Central-Indiana Regional at Wolf Run Golf Club
in Zionsville, Ind. The pair finished two strokes
ahead of the field after finishing on 8-under par
for the three rounds. Kim moved into the world
top 50 as a result, improving his ranking 12
places to world No. 41.
Peter Uihlein and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko
continue to hold down the top spots in their