Thursday, April 19, 2007

Patty Moore adds to trophy collection

While waiting on the Wachovia Championship:

  • Patty Moore of Charlotte keeps adding to her trophy collection. Moore won the Carolinas Women’s Senior Amateur championship Wednesday at the Country Club of Spartanburg, successfully defending her title in the process. Moore holds four senior titles in the Carolinas right now and has been one of the area’s top amateurs for many years. Charlotte players - Moore, Melissa Sage and Anne Washington - finished 1,2,3, respectively in Spartanburg.
  • Quail Hollow survived the recent cold and blustery conditions without any serious problems. Bermuda grass areas turned brown again but if expected warm weather returns next week, those should green up substantially before tournament week.If there’s a concern, it’s getting the rough to be thick and consistent enough. Otherwise, the finishing touches are being added and everything looks as sharp as ever.
  • Some people are jumping to the conclusion that Annika Sorenstam’s career is nearing its end now that she has significant back problems. No doubt, Sorenstam has other interests beyond her playing career now, particularly her new teaching center in Orlando. And back problems have wrecked as many careers as nervous putting strokes but I wouldn’t write off Sorenstam too quickly. She may never be as dominant as she once was but my guess is we haven’t seen the last of her. It’s the big moments that will likely inspire her but the grind of getting tournament ready, all the hours we don’t see when players are practicing, eventually take their toll.
  • Adding Curtis Strange and Hubert Green to the World Golf Hall of Fame was the right call in both cases. Strange was the best player in the world for a time and Green remains an underappreciated talent. When it came to toughness, few could match them.