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TEAM BUILDING

March 19, 2012
March 19, 2012

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March 19, 2012

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
  • As it starts its 17th season, MLS has become a hotbed for talented players from Latin America—especially Colombia, which has a long history with the U.S. game

  • Everyone wants to see the Suns move their point guard—except for Steve Nash, who's happy to keep things as they are

  • These five players were once can't-miss kids. They're still kids and (for the most part) still have a chance to bust out like the Royals' Alex Gordon did in 2011

NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
PRO FOOTBALL
PRO HOCKEY
  • St. Louis has found its happy groove under coach Ken Hitchcock, who has taken his new club from unheralded to seemingly unbeatable

BASEBALL
ANTOINE WALKER
POINT AFTER
Departments

TEAM BUILDING

It's not often that a Hall of Famer is the last kid picked for the team, and if she is it's not likely that she'd be willing to play along. But that's what happened in October when Amy Alcott was asked to join Gil Hanse's bid to design the course for the 2016 Olympics, long after the other finalists—Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam, Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa, and Thomson Perrett and Karrie Webb—had teamed up. Last week Hanse and Alcott were awarded the job.

This is an article from the March 19, 2012 issue

The two met in 2010 while Hanse was restoring the North course at Los Angeles Country Club. Amy (below), who is passionate about golf history, grew up playing public courses and created routings in her backyard using tomato cans as holes, has one course renovation and a co-design to her credit. Still, she won't be involved in the details of the Olympic design. She will, though, make multiple trips to Rio to consult on the routing, bunker positions, fairway lines and a finishing sequence designed to create excitement and momentum swings.

Part of the challenge will be creating a course that will work for men and women over a two-week period, and Gil and Amy plan to watch the USGA closely, since it is attempting to do the same thing with the 2014 men's and women's U.S. Opens at Pinehurst No. 2. Gil and Amy will be guided by their shared appreciation for history and diverse architecture. Golf has been given a second chance in the Olympics, which is a huge opportunity for growth. This team will get it right.

Dottie Pepper is a 17-year LPGA vet and on-course reporter for NBC.

PHOTOROBERT BECK (PEPPER)PHOTOV.J. LOVERO (ALCOTT)