SemGroup PGA a Success; Winner Donates to Charity

Mi Hyun Kim, an eight-time winner on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and champion of this year’s SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons in Broken Arrow, announced after her win that she will donate $100,000 of her winner’s paycheck ($210,000) to the United Way Greensburg Disaster Fund to aid the victims of the tornado that destroyed the Kansas town in late April.

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Ultimate Fun in the Sun

IT’S NOT FRISBEE GOLF: Janie Phelps left, of the Tulsa Women’s team “Hayride” and Eddie Bryan of “Swillbilly” out of Fayetteville, Ark. are two among hundreds of ultimate frisbee players set to descend on Valley Park Soccer Complex June 22 and 23 for the annual Summer Solstice Ultimate Tournament.

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LeAnn Rimes Performance

STAR PERFORMER: As part of the SemGroup Championship, LeAnn Rimes performed a private concert at the Renaissance Hotel on May 5.

The 24-year-old singer became an instant star over 11 years ago when her song “Blue” hit the radio. Since then she has sold 37 million albums, recorded nine studio albums and is the youngest musician to win a Grammy.

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Atheletes Honored at TU’s All Sports Banquet

HURRICANE STARS: From left, TU Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham, soccer player Krista Barker, TU quarterback Paul Smith and head of the Tulsa FCA Chris Kaiser attended the 12th annual TU All Sports Banquet April 24.

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Head basketball coaches Scott Sutton of ORU, Sean Sutton of OSU and Doug Wojcik of Tulsa participated in the Tulsa Zoo’s “Zoofari” May 4 by signing autographs and bringing players.

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The famous Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa will host its fourth PGA Championship in August, the most of any course in the nation.

This will be the 14th major tournament at the club. Past winners in the PGA events have included Dave Stockton in 1970, Ray Floyd in 1982 and Nick Price in 1994. U.S. Open Champions included Hubert Green in 1977 and Retief Goosen in 2001.

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PGA Coming Soon

TIGER IN TULSA: Tiger Woods played at Southern Hills at the U.S. Open in 2001.

He will be looking for his first win in Tulsa during the prestigious 89th PGA Championship, which will be held August 6-12.

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Hall of Fame Question: Where’s Allie Reynolds?


There is an interesting conundrum in modern sports logic: we insist that players win a championship (get a “ring” in contemporary parlance) to be considered great but we don’t automatically consider stars on multiple championship teams to be great.

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Great Golfers Appearing in SemGroup LPGA

Former University of Tulsa star and current Broken Arrow resident Stacy Prammanasudh highlights a field of world-champion golfers at The SemGroup Championship presented by John Q. Hammons currently being held at Cedar Ridge County Club. The tournament concludes May 6.

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Tulsa Receives NCAA Certification

The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced decisions recently concerning the certification status of 46 Division I member institutions that have undergone the Association’s second cycle of athletics certification. The University of Tulsa is one of 41 institutions that have been certified.

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Chris Ford, the young star of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, was seen at the Tulsa-Oklahoma basketball game in December.

Ford and the rest of the Hornets were a huge success in Oklahoma City for two years as the team was forced to move by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, but now they are headed back to the Crescent City. Where they will be two or three years from now is anybody’s guess.

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Heisman Golf Tournament is May 21


The fifth annual Oklahoma Heisman 2007 Golf Fore! Kids Classic will be held May 21 at the Cedar Ridge Golf and Country Club located in Broken Arrow. Oklahoma Heisman winners Steve Owens and Jason White and Tulsa Sports Charity Director Tommy Thompson met with the media April 12 to announce the upcoming event.

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Tulsa Driller owner Chuck Lamson stands before rows of empty seats as unseasonably cold weather cost the baseball team thousands of fans at the opening of the 2007 Texas League season.

Lamson, a veteran of Tulsa baseball both as a player and executive, knows that the fans will come out when the weather gets warmer. Tulsa is expected to be one of the elite teams of the Texas League’s Northern Division.

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Gus Malzahn promises high winds for the Golden Hurricane as the new co-offensive coordinator and quarterback coach installs his no-huddle offense in the Tulsa attack scheme.

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Hurricane Busy During Spring

Something old and something new spent much of April preparing a gift for University of Tulsa football fans.

Todd Graham, for three years assistant head coach under Steve Kragthorpe, was back after a one-year hiatus at Rice University where he led the Owls to their first bowl game in 45 years and was named the Conference USA coach of the year. He has one huge advantage over most incoming coaches in that he knows TU football and many of the returning players from his previous three-year stay.

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