Peaks And Valleys

June 10, 2003
June 10, 2003

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June 10, 2003

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Peaks And Valleys

Rick Lipsey

This is an article from the June 10, 2003 issue

When SI writer-reporter Rick Lipsey (above) was the No. 1 player
on the Cornell golf team, from 1985 to '89, he had no use for
discussions about the intricacies of the swing. "College life
didn't leave any extra brain matter for me to think about my
game," says Lipsey, who competed against, among others, the
University of Hartford's Tim Petrovic, who is currently 37th on
the PGA Tour money list. Now it is Lipsey's job to obsess over
the swing. Since January 2002 he has been the driving force
behind the Big Play (page 84), our weekly marriage of news,
analysis and instruction.

Lipsey is responsible for luring a different GOLF MAGAZINE Top
100 Teacher to the SI office in Manhattan every Sunday, and he
spends the day monitoring the various telecasts and talking golf
with our guest expert. Lipsey and the pro then choose a key
moment from the action and use it as the basis of a lesson from
which our readers might benefit. "It's a thrill every week to be
around these men and women," says Lipsey, who also produced the
analysis of Sergio Garcia's swing changes that begins on page 41.
"They're Einsteins in their field."

Lipsey had soaked up enough knowledge that in the fall of 2002 he
did a three-month stint at the nine-hole Royal Thimphu Golf Club
in Bhutan, becoming the first teaching pro in the history of the
country. Lipsey, 36, shared the adventure with his wife, Carrie
Cohen, a civil rights lawyer in the New York state attorney
general's office, and their daughter, Claudia, who was only eight
months old when they arrived in Bhutan, a slice of nirvana tucked
in the Himalayas between India and Tibet. (Lipsey's weekly
dispatches on golf in the kingdom can be found at Three weeks into his stay Lipsey
finished what he calls a "disappointing" fifth in the Bhutan
Open; back in New York City we were nonetheless impressed--until
Lipsey informed us that at the time there were only about 100
golfers in the entire country. Lipsey and his family will be
returning to Bhutan in the spring of 2004, when Rick will lead a
golf and cultural tour of the country, including a trek to a
makeshift course that, at 15,000 feet, is billed as the world's
highest. Should an impromptu tournament break out, Lipsey hopes
to fare better than he did last year. "Maybe I'll take a lesson
before I go," he says.

Rick Telander

Rick Telander began playing "the sick game of golf" (his words)
in 1961, at age 12. He gave it up five years ago in what he calls
"a spasm of near felonious clarity." Now, having hung out with
Chicago golf historian Phil Kosin to survey the city's golf
culture (page 24), Telander has been inspired to take up the game
once again. During a visit to the Western Golf Association
headquarters in Golf, Ill., Telander--a regular in the pages of
SI from 1976 to '97 and now a columnist for the Chicago
Sun-Times--was allowed to handle the Magnificent Seven, the seven
clubs used by Chick Evans to win the 1916 U.S. Open and the U.S.
Amateur. "Brassie, spoon, midiron, jigger, lofter, niblick,
putter. That's all Chick had," says Telander. "Suddenly I feel
ready to play again. All I have to do is get my Kaboom driver
back from my mom."