Backspin

Backspin

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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

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.”

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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