Campus buzz, March 6
Some more interesting stories on the Internet regarding the college golf (and one junior note to follow):
Making headlines this past weekend were a couple stories about Duke sophomore Andrew Giuliani that appeared in the New York Times and New York Daily News. Each touched on Giuliani's strained relationship with his father, 2008 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. Andrew said he would not be participating in his father's campaign, instead focusing on his golf game—he is a member of the Blue Devils golf team—with the goal of being a professional golfer. The stories were also picked up by some national news services (ABC.com) and Andrew also spoke on ABC's Good Morning America. When asked about his son's comments, Rudy Giuliani hoped for privacy as he tried to mend their relationship.
Golf World reported earlier this year that Division II's West Texas A&M made a curious hire for its men's golf coach position—former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf.Jason Sobel, the golf editor at ESPN.com, had a interesting Q&A with him.
I made mention of it last week, but here is the release about the new Nationwide Tour event that's going to be played this summer at Ohio State's Scarlet Course. Among the exempt players in the field will be all the members of the GCAA's first-team All-American squad. Got to give a lot of credit to the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour for finding the space for these players. They're likely going to take some heat from tour members upset that the college guys are taking up spots, but this is a great reward for the top college players and in many cases the only chance they might have to get a sponsor's exemption into a pro event.
Bob Gillespie does a nice job of cover the South Carolina and Clemson golf teams for The State out of Columbia, S.C. Here is his story regarding the recent bus accident that the Gamecock's men's team was in after returning home from the John Hayt tournament in Florida.
From the giving back department, the Alabama men's golf team recently participated in "Read Across America" program where players from the No. X ranked squad went to a local elementary school in Tuscaloosa.
This is a column from the Albuquerque (N.M.) Tribune about the University of New Mexico's North Course, where neighbors are concerned that the land might be turned into a development and the course potentially eliminated.
Officials at the AJGA announced last week that one of their premier events, the Polo Golf Junior Classic, is moving from Sea Island, Ga., back to Orlando, where it will be played at the Ginn Reunion Resort over Thanksgiving weekend.