G.F. Skipworth

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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PGA Snowbirds: Where do the Pros Go for the Winter?

It is my unhappy task to break the bad news to golf fans everywhere about our favorite touring pros, and I do so with an appropriate sense of betrayal. As we slog through the winters at our respective places of work, piling up the pennies and cutting back on Big Macs so that we can …

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Peggy Kirk Bell: LPGA Pioneer

As I study the famous names of golf history, I run across the name of Peggy Kirk Bell wherever I turn. During the past few months, it got to the point where I couldn’t turn the page without seeing the name of Peggy Kirk Bell. Always on the way to investigate something or someone else, …

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Rory McIllroy Caught What?

Mr. McIllroy is back in the golf news again, and it’s a surprising story, considering that we hear almost nothing but the wunderkind’s stunning new achievements. Considering the trajectory of the latest young golf star out of Ireland, I certainly expected a different kind of headline this week for Rory. If anyone is hail and …

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Peter Jacobsen: Oregon’s Favorite Son

This one’s for me. I love the sports scene in the state of Oregon. However, it’s also for you, because my patch of the world, with all the beaches, forests, green valleys, great rivers and semi-deserts, produced one of the PGA’s most interesting members, and he even racked up some neat little wins along the …

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Lorena Ochoa: It’s a Boy!

The long-anticipated arrival of Pedro Conesa Ochoa became reality Thursday for former number one golfer Lorena Ochoa and businessman husband Andres Conesa. For her, far more important than her personal statistic of $14.8 million over 77 events in eight years, are Pedro’s statistics – 2.8 kilograms and 48 centimeters. The greatest golfer in Mexican history …

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Golf Rivalries and Hate Politics: Never Meant to be Together

Name the sport – if you’re a fan, it represents, to some degree, an escape from the world’s tribal hostilities. In its most militant sense, it is war softened to hard-nosed competition. Even better, it’s an appreciation of the game – whatever game, and the appreciation for those who play it, especially the ones from …

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Tiger Tiger Burning Bright – Again?

Whatever else we were supposed to talk about today, forget it. Tiger Woods caught fire and won a golf tournament this past weekend, his first in 749 days, a little over two years. Along with famous questions such as “Where were you when we landed on the moon?” one could ask, “How much have I paid …

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LPGA Portraits: It’s Not All about the Wins

There are so many interesting personalities, past and present, on the LPGA tour that it would take a team of sportswriters weeks to cover them. Still, important people that made the tour what it was and is shouldn’t be forgotten. They’re part of the legacy. It’s always interesting to learn how people got into golf, …

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Q-Schools: Golf’s Twilight Zone

In a time of economic instability, everyone’s buzzing with the question, “How to get a job?” Studies appear showing the most profitable sectors, most valuable degrees and mystery technologies to go for. What we don’t hear very often, however, is talk about how difficult a job is to keep. How long can you “coast” and …

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Severiano Ballesteros: The Mark of Zorro

I remember it all, clear as a bell. Other children were affirming their intentions to enter realistic, albeit noble roles in life, but I was fixated with the character of Zorro. My generation had never seen such clarity and poise, such fearlessness. That’s what I was going to be, yes sir! Yet, I too, would …

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