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Couples, Dye Team Up on Simi Valley Courses

March 01, 2000

Fred Couples joins with famed course architect Pete Dye in designing two championship courses which are being developed at Lost Canyons Golf Club in Simi Valley.

Couples is relatively new to the course-design field but already has been involved with some outstanding courses, including the Plantation Golf Club in Indo, the Palms Golf Club in La Quinta, Talega Golf Club in San Clemente, San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister and Crosby National Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe.

"I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work on a golf course with Pete Dye, an architect who has designed some of the most spectacular courses in the world," said Couples, the 1982 Masters champion who lives in Santa Barbara.

Dye and Couples will weave the course through the canyons and creek beds in the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains.

One course is scheduled to open in October and the other in December.

Lost Canyons is being developed by Landmark National, which includes among its credits PGA West in La Quinta, Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, Carmel Valley Ranch near Monterey and Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina.


* The 24th annual High School Seniors All-Star games for top prep players in Southern California is scheduled for Sunday at Cal State Northridge.

Boys' and girls' regional teams play in games beginning at 10 a.m.

The boys' East and West teams play at 10 a.m., with the boys' North and South teams playing at noon.

The girls' South team plays the East at 2 p.m. and the girls' North team faces the West at 4 p.m.

Coach Rob Kodama of Crespi coaches the boys' North team, with Kevin Corley of Royal coaching the boys' West squad. Phil Hacopians of La Canada will head the girls' West team.

* The Valley United holds tryouts Sunday at Cal State Northridge for boys and girls in divisions under-8 to under-12.

Tryouts are from 9-11 a.m. for under-12 and under-13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for under-14, and 1-3 p.m. for under-8, under-9, under-10 and under-11.

Tryouts for divisions under-15 through under-18 are from 9-11 a.m. May 13.

Information: (818) 677-2379.


* The Stephen Amritraj "Kids Teaching Kids" clinic, a free event featuring Amritraj and other top junior players instructing participants, is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. on March 19 at the Warner Center L.A. Fitness Racquet Club in Woodland Hills.

The clinic is open to players between 5 and 11.

Information: (888) 222-0379.


* Lee Ann Nelson has replaced Stacy Palmer as coach of the Birmingham boys' and girls' teams.

Palmer coached the Patriots from 1997 through last season, but has moved out of the area.


* Crescenta Valley High holds its alumni game Friday at 5 p.m. at Stengel Field.


* The Lancaster JetHawks will have a job fair from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for people interested in working on days of games.

Jobs include ushers, ticket sellers and takers, souvenir and program vendors, parking lot attendants and gift shop sales.

Applicants will be interviewed in the order their applications are taken. Applicants are advised to arrive early each day.

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