January 31, 1991 |
Australian Bruce Crampton came to the United States in 1957 to play a little golf. He never really left. Considering his experiences as a 21-year-old on his first trip away from home, it's a wonder he stayed around. That's when he began building his reputation as Bad Bruce Crampton. He is an intense competitor who rarely smiles while playing. Otherwise, he is friendly, talkative and funny. He can look back and laugh at his early tribulations.
March 8, 1992 |
Neither wind, thunder nor lightning could knock Chi Chi Rodriguez off his perch Saturday, but Bruce Crampton almost did. Rodriguez posted a four-under-par 66 at Ojai Valley Inn & Country Club and a record 36-hole total of 128 in the GTE West Senior PGA Classic to withstand Crampton's 63 round and 129 total--barely.
March 5, 1993 |
You will pardon Bruce Crampton if he thinks the Senior PGA Tour season really starts here. Actually, the GTE West Classic, the $500,000, 54-hole tournament that starts today at picturesque Ojai Valley Inn & Country Club, is the fifth event on this year's schedule. But here, Crampton is more than the defending champion. He is almost always the man to beat.
June 7, 1987 |
Thirty years have passed since the DC-7 rolled to a halt on the runway in Houston, its 8 1/2-hour flight from San Francisco finally over. For one of its occupants, a brash 21-year-old with a sweet golf swing, it marked the end of a much longer journey. After all, it had taken Bruce Crampton 32 hours simply to reach San Francisco from Sydney, Australia.
March 9, 1992 |
The Ojai Valley Inn & Country Club dried out Sunday and Chi Chi Rodriguez lost his control of the course. Bruce Crampton shot a steady 66 to overtake Rodriguez and win the $450,000 GTE West Classic with a 54-hole total of 195. Rodriguez, showing little of his usual flamboyance, struggled to an even-par 70 and 198 after going into the final round with a one-stroke lead. Al Geiberger, with a final-round 66, finished third at 201. Dick Hendrickson was next at 202.
March 3, 1991 |
Gary Player, a horse-breeder in South Africa, said that in a 36-hole tournament you have to come out of the gate like a quarter horse. Player came out fast Saturday in the delayed opening round of the rain-shortened $450,000 GTE West senior tournament at the Ojai Valley Inn & Country Club. On the par-70, 6,190-yard course, put in surprisingly good condition after six inches of rain in three days, Player shot a four-under-par 66.