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If It's So Super, Why Doesn't It Hit the Shots?

October 28, 1998|MAL FLORENCE

The Koolau Golf Club in Honolulu is considered the toughest course in the United States, according to the Associated Press.

It's a 7,310-yard layout with 80 large bunkers over six rain-carved ravines with a carry of 100-plus yards.

To help players, Koolau has installed the Par-View Global Positions System (GPS). The state-of-the-art "Information Superfairway" is a small monitor mounted in all the carts that can tell players where they are on a hole, and where they want to be.

Moreover, the system can place lunch and dinner orders for players approaching the ninth and 18th holes.

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More Koolau: The record for the course is 63. That's not strokes, but for balls lost in one round.

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Trivia time: Which schools played in the first game at the present site of the Rose Bowl?

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Remembering Reggie: Best New York tabloid headline of the World Series from the New York Daily News on Scott Brosius: "He's Mr. Scott-ober."

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Bon voyage, George: A few suggestions from David Letterman on ways the Yankees can top their 1998 season:

* "Send Steinbrenner on a homemade raft to Cuba.

* "Do the same thing next year with a different owner."

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Get rid of it: Hubert Mizell of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, trashing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after their 9-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday:

"If the Bucs' offense were an airline, the FAA would ground it. Deeming it unfit for public use. Declaring it a disaster area. Ordering the Tampa Bay franchise to make serious repairs or cease charging fares."

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Half a team: Florida writers even trash their teams when they win. Here's Greg Cote of the Miami Herald writing on the Dolphins' 5-2 record after a 12-9 overtime victory over New England on Sunday:

"Miami's ferocious defense has its evil opposite this season. Dolphins without the ball: Jekyll. Dolphins with the ball: Hide."

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Trivia answer: California defeated USC, 12-0, on Oct. 28, 1922.

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And finally: Bernie Lincicome of the Chicago Tribune writing on the Chicago Fire's winning the Major League Soccer championship:

"Traveling at the speed of soccer, not the fastest form of transportation around, the news may not have reached Chicago that there is a new champion in town. Really. No kidding.

"I was there. Happened in the Rose Bowl. About halftime of the Bears' game. They got a real trophy and everything. I know it is a real trophy because it is too ugly to be a joke. I mean, bowlers would keep this thing out of sight."

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