George Skipworth

has spent every available moment playing golf or studying the greats since the 60s, in between world tours as a classical musician, Harvard studies in Government or as the author of a dozen novels. Nicklaus and Snead may be the statistical greats, but Skipworth is a life-long devotee of Gary Player, and considers meeting the South African at the Jeld-Wen to be an unforgettable milestone. His driving passion in golf these days is to raise viewer interest in the LPGA.

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Babe Didrikson Zaharias: From There to Here?

This is how it works if you want to play professional golf. You play through childhood, win every local thing you can find, get into the qualifying system, play until you’re blind and score consistently well. Get your card, go out there, and do your best to keep it, much less win something. It’s a …

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New Kid in Town: Golf World Gets Tebowed!

Like so much of America, I’ve been bitten by the Tim Tebow bug, especially with the New England Patriots lying in wait for the surprising Broncos this weekend. I like the guy, and I have no reason to rip on him for any reason. Not everything demands a moralistic response. Things are often just what …

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Junthima Gulyanamitta Wins Q School

American spectators will need to brush up their cosmopolitan pronunciation skills as Thai golfers continue to excel in upper level competition. It will only take a few minutes before the new names roll trippingly off the tongue, and it will be more than worth it. Junthima Gulyanamitta, of Rayong, recently won the LPGA Qualifying School. …

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The Open: Where – Which One?

The PGE probably feels a little cocky starting its season in Maui this week, with all the pleasures and treasures that such a location suggests. Before you know it, the U.S. “Open” and other events employing that term will come around, and we’ll be in the thick of the majors. The Europeans, however, are also …

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Sophie Goes Public

What does Sophie Gustafson have in common with Judy Rankin, Tom Watson, Barbara Douglas, Ken Greer, Erik Compton, Denis Watson, Paul Azinger, Robert Allenby, Bruce Edwards, Jeff Julian, Scott Verplank, Jose Maria Olazabel, Casey Martin, Lee Trevino, Ken Venturi, Terri Jo Meyers and Steve Jones? They have all been awarded the GWAA Ben Hogan prize …

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PGA Season Underway? How Can You Tell?

What if they held an international golf tournament in the Garden of Eden, and nobody came? What if the PGA held its first event of the 2012 tour, and Mickelson, Woods, McIllroy, Clarke, Schwartzel, Donald, Scott, Kaymer, Johnson, Rose, Snedecker and Jacobsen didn’t appear? What if up to one third of the eligible players of …

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Royalty and Golf: Rank Still Has Privileges

The world is perceived as growing more democratic each day. So many present day democracies were monarchies one or two centuries ago, and most of the prominent ones that remain have lost their “Off with his head” powers. Few can send troops or declare war unilaterally anymore, but in the game of golf, the mention …

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Honoring Dan Jenkins: Golf and the Fourth Estate

I was interested in the recent announcement that the Golf Writers Association of America has named Luke Donald (European/PGA Tours), Yani Tseng (European/LPGA) and Tom Lehman (Champions Tour) as Golfers of the Year, and that the three will be honored at Augusta in April. This news aroused some curiosity about the GWAA itself, along with …

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Lefty Golf: The Far Side of the Ball

I learned how to play golf as a left-hander because those were the clubs available from aunt and uncle hand-me-downs. I wasn’t great, but got my game up and running somewhat  (although the comment once made of Jim Furyk’s swing applied – “beheading a snake in a phone booth.”)  I switched, once new equipment became …

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Founders of the LPGA: A Recent Loss

The LPGA was founded in the year of 1950, and there was little financial incentive to do it. The tour that we know today was not the brainchild or Herculean project of a single individual, but a group of thirteen female golfers who share an unequal degree of fame today. They were all golfers, and …

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