FIRE ALARM On Sunday, golfers at Lake Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., finished up as a forest fire loomed. Only two hours old then, the blaze had torched 2,500 acres and 250 houses by Monday afternoon.
Dewitt Jones III/SI
By Jim Gorant
Tuesday, June 26, 2007

ON JUNE 23 Drew Weaver, 20, became the first American to win the British Amateur since 1979 when he defeated Tim Stuart of Australia 2 and 1 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in Lancashire, England. Weaver, a junior at Virginia Tech, was 100 yards away from entering the school's Norris Hall on April 16 when Seung-Hui Cho opened fire, killing 33 people. At Royal Lytham, Weaver had a patch on his bag that read: virginia tech remembers 4/16/07. Meanwhile, Jay Sigel, the last American to win the British Amateur, tied for eighth at the Bank of America Championship. A celebrated amateur, Sigel also won two U.S.-Am and three Mid-Am titles. In 1994 he joined the Champions tour, on which he has won eight times. "It's great to see one of our top players in the event and to see him do so well," Sigel says of Weaver's win.

WHEN MICHELLE WIE pulled out of the John Deere Classic the event lost a bit of buzz, but tournament director Clair Peterson understands. "I think she made the right decision," he says. So who will take Wie's place? Peterson already had 30 requests for an exemption, and another 20 arrived in the days after Wie's WD. Peterson says that "our event has a history of giving good young players a shot." Although teenager MacKinzie Kline is playing in the pro-am, Peterson says, "I can guarantee you that none of the people on our list are women."

\n• IT'LL BE an odd feeling for Morgan Pressel when she returns to Pine Needles this week for the U.S. Women's Open. Pressel last played the course in 2001, when at age 13 years and eight days she became the youngest person to qualify for the event. That was also the only time her mother, Kathy, who died of breast cancer in 2003, saw Morgan play on the LPGA tour. Besides dealing with the memories of her mother, Pressel will lose her record, since 12-year, four-month and 18-day-old Alexis Thompson is set to tee it up ... Thompson's brother Nick tied for ninth at the Nationwide tour's Knoxville Open, moving to second on the money list and assuring himself a PGA Tour card for next year ... Greg and Laura Norman announced that they have settled their divorce ... Navy grad Billy Hurley, 25, is shipping out. Hurley had sought permission to continue playing pro golf, arguing that the visibility he provided would do the Navy more good than a traditional assignment. But after two years teaching economics at the academy while also playing, Hurley was ordered to report to the destroyer USS Chung-Hoon at Pearl Harbor. In seven starts on the PGA Tour, Hurley made the cut twice. He was one for three on the Nationwide tour.


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