Severiano Ballesteros

There are no good sports in business

Meow, Pffft.

The sound was almost audible between the lines of the Hutchison Whampoa press release.

The topic was the group's Annual Family and Sports Day. The big news was, it happened.

Tuesday, 14 November, 2000, 12:00am

Star burning bright for Sam while Seve's wanes

The names of Sam Torrance and Seve Ballesteros, main drawcards in this week's Star Alliance Open in Hong Kong, currently appear at either end of the leaderboard of life. Torrance is riding high with a fresh focus and a revitalised long game while Ballesteros is struggling to turn the clock back.

6 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Self-made Prayad wins his place among elite

As a boy, Prayad Marksaeng fashioned a golf club from a piece of bamboo and a chunk of scrap metal.

Early mornings and late afternoons, between stints of caddying at the Royal Hua Hin Golf Club, he'd experiment with his crudely manufactured implement.

26 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Ballesteros has responsibilities beyond simply making the cut

During his headline-hitting days, Seve Ballesteros was the player every young golfer grew up wanting to emulate.

As much as his ability to win Major championships, it was the swashbuckling, cavalier manner in which he approached the game that made him such a refreshing and charismatic figure.

25 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Bets off for struggling Seve

TRIPLE champion Seve Ballesteros has attracted only GBP16 in bets to win this year's Open, according to a British bookmaker.

17 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Pain grows as skipper Seve steers towards storm

For Severiano Ballesteros there has been little to cheer these past few months.

Sadly, the wretched form that prompted him to take an extended break after the 1995 Ryder Cup has refused to go away. The Spaniard's game has further deteriorated, hitting a new low when he posted a soul-destroying 84 in last week's Dubai Desert Classic.

10 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Wack Wack a driving force in Philippines

The golf course boom has hit the Philippines. Indeed, according to no less authorities than Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, two of the most sought-after course architects, it's currently among the most active countries in the world for new developments.

24 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Rowe relishes return to Open

Scott Rowe will make a nostalgic return to the territory as one of the biggest draw-cards for the 1997 Andersen Consulting Hong Kong Open.

The territory's dominant amateur player during the early 1990s, Rowe plans to turn professional on June 1 after graduating from Chicago's Northwestern University.

6 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Catch shooting stars at golfing showpiece

Fans can catch a glimpse of world stars Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els, Bernhard Langer and Severiano Ballesteros at the Alfred Dunhill Masters to be played at the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club, Fanling, between October 31 and November 3.

You can also catch local celebrities as they join the guest players in a Pro-Am event on October 30.

20 May 1996 - 12:00am

Seve left out in cold for opener

Seve left out in cold for opener SEVE Ballesteros, a mainstay of Europe's Ryder Cup successes, was left out of yesterday morning's opening foursomes matches in a bold move by Europe captain Bernard Gallacher.

23 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Wharf in a fresh take on highlights

'AND what's going on in the world of sports Tom/Dick/Harry . . . ?' So often those words precede a nervous laugh, a frozen stare and yet another bumbling two-minute sports segment on local news.

We've all seen these compilations of three-days-stale action highlights overlaid by commentary of such ineptitude that what you see and what you hear seem to bear no relation.

7 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Local star stamps his mark in US

HONG Kong's teenage golf sensation Scott Rowe has received the highest accolades in collegiate golf when he was awarded both the Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year titles.

Scott, who turned 19 in March, dominated the Hong Kong golfing scene before he left for the US in mid-1993 to start a four-year golfing scholarship at Northwestern University in Chicago.

27 May 1994 - 12:00am

Laughter is the best medicine for form slump

SPORTING talent is such a fickle beast. The magic touch that brings with it fame and fortune can disappear overnight and, just when it seems it has gone forever, reappear just as suddenly.

6 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Missing links man

SEVE: The Biography By Lauren St John (Partridge Press, $255) THERE are few topics on which the nations of Europe stand united. On one particular golfing issue, however, there is unanimity: Severiano Ballesteros must be in the European team that attempts to wrestle back the Ryder Cup from the grasp of the Americans in September.

10 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Teen talent Rowe eyes rare repeat

HONGKONG golfing prodigy Scott Rowe celebrates his 18th birthday today with thoughts of further sporting glory uppermost in his mind. The national amateur champion made headline news last month when he played alongside and upstaged American all-time great Tom Watson in the opening round of the Kent Hongkong Open.

10 Mar 1993 - 12:00am