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Los Coyotes Greens Could Be Mean for LPGA Tourney

September 20, 1989|RICK WALTER | Times Staff Writer

Several other competitors have a good chance to win. Bradley, who has been resurgent this season after overcoming a hyperthyroid problem last year, won the Centinela tournament in April and has finished second four times.

Cindy Rarick finished second in Seattle last week and won in New Jersey in May. Amy Alcott has won a tournament every year since 1975, except in 1987. Alcott won in Boston two months ago and finished second in Seattle. For this tournament, the front and back nines have been flip-flopped, primarily because No. 9 makes a better finishing hole for television, and its contours and steep hills make it superior for spectator viewing.

Although, there is no television for the tournament this year, the LPGA hopes there will be in upcoming events. The tour has a three-year contract with Los Coyotes.

The reversal of the nines poses another difficulty for the players. The four finishing holes are all par fours, none are easy birdie holes, and two of them, No. 15 (394 yards) and 17 (384 yards) are distinct bogey holes.

TOURNAMENT FACTS

Event: The $300,000 Nippon Travel-MBS golf tournament, Sept. 20-24. This is an inaugural 72-hole LPGA event. A celebrity pro-am Wednesday will precede the tournament. The course is a 6,350-yard, par-72 layout. A field of 133 will seek a first-place payoff of $45,000.

Where: Los Coyotes Country Club, Buena Park.

Tickets: Today through Friday, $7.00 daily. Saturday and Sunday, $12.00 daily. Clubhouse passes are an additional $2 today through Friday, $3 on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets will be on sale at four gate locations: Clark Park on Rosecrans Ave; Emery School on Kenwood Ave; Island Gate on Burning Tree Street; Main gate on Los Coyotes Dr.

Getting There: From Interstates 5, 405 and Highway 91 exit Beach Blvd. northbound. From Beach Blvd. go east on Los Coyotes Drive. Clubhouse is at 8888 Los Coyotes Dr.

Parking: Free public parking is available at the Hughes Aircraft Systems parking lots on the corner of Gilbert and Malvern. There is shuttle bus service to the golf course. Signs are posted on Beach Blvd., directing the public to these parking lots. Heading northbound on Beach Blvd., turn right on Malvern and proceed about one mile to Gilbert. No parking is available at the country club.

Best Vantage Points: The steep banks along the 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes. Grandstand seating around the 18th green.

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