Oversized Is Downsized: Responding to golf's industrywide slowdown, the world's No. 1 equipment maker laid off 700 employees last week. In addition to axing almost a quarter of its workforce, Callaway Golf canceled its book publishing and driving range operations. Founder and CEO Ely Callaway says his latest moves will help the company save $40 million a year.
Jackson Remembered: LPGA executive Suzanne Jackson, who officiated at women's tour events as well as at the men's U.S. Open, PGA Championship and Masters, died of breast cancer on Nov. 11. She was 46. LPGA commissioner Jim Ritts, calling Jackson "wise, brave, humorous and inspiring," said that golf had lost one of its "unsung heroes."
Another Loss: Eddie Elias, whose Elias Enterprises represented players and analysts, including David Feherty, Gary McCord, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Fuzzy Zoeller, died last week. Elias, who founded the Pro Bowlers Tour in 1958, was 69.
Hale Storm: By crushing Gil Morgan 6 and 5 in Sunday's final of the inaugural Senior Match Play Challenge in Palm Desert, Calif., Hale Irwin won his third tournament in eight days. Irwin's eight-day take of $687,000 from the Senior Tour Championship, Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge and Match Play Challenge hiked his grand total for the year to $3,567,189.
Curtissy Call: The Americans dusted a 33-team field at last week's Women's World Amateur Team Championship in Santiago, Chile. Jenny Chuasiriporn, Kellee Booth and Brenda Corrie Kuehn—all members of this year's victorious Curtis Cup squad—stormed to a record 21-shot victory. Germany and Italy tied for second while defending champ South Korea, behind Grace Park's schizoid 86-68-81-68, tied Australia for fourth.
Kiwi over Kelly: New Zealand's Marnie McGuire led wire to wire at the Women's Australian Open. A five-time winner on the Japanese tour, McGuire topped runner-up Kelly Robbins for her first victory outside Japan.
Ben Right? Don't tell any chauvinists, but Laura Davies (above) did nothing for gender equality at last week's Johnnie Walker Super Tour event at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China. Vijay Singh won by two shots, and Jesper Parnevik, Ernie Els and Brian Watts finished 2-3-4 in the nine-player tournament. Davies came in last, 39 shots behind Singh.
Shark to Hawk: Greg Norman sent surgeon Richard Hawkins a gift after Hawkins operated on the Shark's left shoulder: a life-sized painting of Norman inscribed, "Hawk.... Thanks and I hope I never need you putting me to sleep again."