"My friendship with Lou goes far beyond football and far beyond golf," Martin says. "If I wasn't able to raise my son, he's the guy I'd choose."
Sun Devil Surprise
It was a foregone conclusion that Arizona State would win its record third straight NCAA women's golf championship at the Landfall Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C, last weekend. Even the margin, 26 strokes over runner-up San Jose State, wasn't really a surprise.
After all, the Sun Devils were undefeated during the season, winning eight tournaments by an average of 25 strokes. Either senior Wendy Ward or sophomore I leather Bowie was a medalist in all but one of those events. "We wanted to dominate this year," Ward said on Saturday afternoon after the Sun Devils finished the four-round tournament at 1,155, three over par as a team.
What was a surprise was the identity of the Arizona State golfer who won the individual title. Kristel Mourgue d'Algue (More-guh-DOLL), a senior from St. Nom la Bretche, France, and the 1994 French Amateur champion, hadn't won a college tournament since transferring from Furman as a junior. At one point this season she was sixth in a live-woman lineup. Mourgue d'Algue shot a season-best 67 in the second round at Landfall, making five birdies on the front nine. Some bench.
Mourgue d'Algue beat Ward and third-round leader Vibeke Stensrud of San Jose State by two strokes. Ward, who played three rounds in running shoes because of bleeding blisters, was a runner-up for the second consecutive year. Bowie finished 12th.
"This year has been beyond our wildest imagination," said ASU coach Linda Vollstedt. "We had a lot of goals, and we reached every one."
Paid in Full
Although it isn't named in honor of Ben Hogan, the Colonial NIT is synonymous with him. Five of Hogan's 63 career victories came at Colonial. On May 23 a seven-foot bronze statue of Hogan was unveiled at the entry plaza to Colonial Country Club, site of the tournament. With the 82-year-old Hogan at home in Fort Worth recovering from colon cancer surgery he underwent on May 8, his wife, Valerie, joined 300 people at the dedication.
"Before I left the house, the last thing Ben said was, 'I hope they're going to take pictures for me to see,' " Valerie said.