Blog 76, 11/9/10 - Book Review: 'True Links' by George Peper and Malcolm Campbell; Lake Padden Winter Golf Tour

Links Immersion Therapy
There's a new, large, glossy, coffee table book about links courses in the shops. Yes, another one. But this one, perhaps more than any other one, is worthy of the not inconsiderable asking price.

Blog 75, 11/3/10 - Lee Westwood's Controversial Rise to the Top of the World Rankings, Plus Winter Rates in Bellingham

It has been both amusing and frustrating reading what everyone has had to say about Lee Westwood becoming the new world number one and ending Tiger Woods's incredible 281-week stretch at the top of the rankings.

Blog 74, 10/27/10 - Vikings; Best Team in Division II?

Western Washington Tops One National Poll, Fourth in Another
The Western Washington University men's golf team is ranked the No. 1 Division II team in the country by Golfstat, and No. 4 in the latest Golf Coaches Association of America Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Top 25.

Blog 73, 10/26/10 - Rawitzer Wins in New Mexico, American Golf Census

Rawitzer Claims First College Tournament Victory
Matt Rawitzer, a former Squalicum High School student and now a sophomore at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID., shared medalist honors at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate played on the New Mexcio State University course in Las Cruces Tuesday. It was his first victory at a collegiate event.

Blog 72 - Matteo Manessero; the next Seve?

Magnificent Manessero Becomes Youngest Winner in European Tour History
It happened when I was five years old and, yes, I remember it like it was 34 years ago (hazy, but still floating around in the old medulla oblongata somewhere). 19-year-old Seve Ballesteros came to the final hole at Royal Birkdale in the 1976 (had you worked that out?) Open Championship needing a birdie to tie Jack Nicklaus for second, six shots behind a rampant Johnny Miller. Short and left of the green in two, the flambouyant teen squeezed a cheeky little chip-and-run up between two greenside bunkers that had no business being bisected - and surely not on the last hole of a major championship, then knocked in the resulting putt. Thus was born the legend of Seve Ballesteros - one I reread often and will never grow tired of.
Yesterday, Italy's Matteo Manessero won his first European Tour event at the age of 17 years and 188 days - two years younger than Ballesteros was when he won his first European Tour title - the Dutch Open - a month after the '76 Open Championship.
So could Manessero be the next Seve?

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