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February 14, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne and Bill Dwyre
He's hanging in there: Blayne Barber , making his PGA Tour debut at Riviera, was sitting at two under par through 15 holes Thursday when play was suspended because of darkness and fog. Barber is one of this week's most intriguing stories. The rookie from Auburn disqualified himself from Q-school last fall after determining he should have assessed himself a two-stroke penalty during play in the first phase. Barber had called a one-stroke penalty thinking he may have hit a leaf on his backswing.
February 14, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Ben Hogan bought the fairway to heaven, Humphrey Bogart no longer stands pickled and perched beneath the sycamore on No. 12 and member Jim Murray isn't around to describe Riviera Country Club, as he once did, as "like a coquettish woman who winks at you behind her fan. " Where is Dean Martin, holding a full house in the clubhouse, when you need him? Tiger Woods might tell you about Riviera, but he hasn't been here since 2006, even though the club let him play as an amateur on an exemption in his first PGA tournament when Tiger was just a cub. Woods has conquered Augusta National, the pines at Torrey and St. Andrews, but he remains in the winless protection program at one of the game's best tracks.
October 22, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A long-awaited luxury condominium tower developed by giant United Arab Emirates real estate company Emaar Properties has opened near the Los Angeles Country Club. Emaar Properties bought the 22-story Beverly West tower at Wilshire Boulevard and Comstock Avenue for $65 million in 2007 while it was under construction by a previous developer. The housing market crashed soon after in the economic downturn. Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar, kept the property off the market until earlier this year, said Dario De Luca, president of the company's Los Angeles operations.
September 25, 2012 | By Teddy Greenstein
MEDINAH, Ill. - On what a PGA of America official described as a "beautiful chamber of commerce" day in Chicago's western suburbs, Ryder Cup captains Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal arrived at Medinah Country Club for what organizers deem the biggest sporting event in the history of Illinois. About 40,000 people will flock to Medinah each day to watch 24 of the world's top 35 players. The 4,229 volunteers represent 45 states and 14 countries. More than 1,000 media members will cover the matches, which begin Friday morning.
September 18, 2012 | Meredith Blake
President Obama paid a visit to “The Late Show” Tuesday night which, in an of itself, is not an entirely novel thing. After all, the commander in chief has not been shy about using the late-night medium: Obama has visited Letterman's couch multiple times, in addition to “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “The Daily Show.” But what made his appearance Tuesday especially noteworthy was its fortuitous timing, coming...
May 20, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Riviera Country Club, which has been the course for the regular Los Angeles stop on the PGA Tour 37 of the last 39 years, has been selected by the United States Golf Assn. as the host course for the 2017 U.S. Amateur championship. The 1948 U.S. Open, won by Ben Hogan , and 1998 U.S. Senior Open, won by Hale Irwin , were played at Riviera. The PGA Championships of 1983, won by Hal Sutton , and 1995, won by Steve Elkington , were also held at Riviera, a course that became known as Hogan's Alley after Hogan won the L.A. Open three times there, in addition to his Open championship.
February 16, 2012 | Helene Elliott
The sound of silence Thursday afternoon was a welcome noise to Hunter Mahan. The Orange native, who played one season of golf at USC before transferring to Oklahoma State, had awakened to hear the wind humming and wondered how it would affect him when he teed off on the back nine at Riviera Country Club shortly past noon. Gusts accompanied him for a while but quieted as he reached the front nine at the Northern Trust Open, perfect timing for Mahan to attack a course he visited as a kid and still reveres.
January 23, 2012
Richard J. Sheirer NYC emergency official at time of 9/11 Richard J. Sheirer, 65, the former New York City emergency management chief who helped guide the city through the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, died Thursday after experiencing chest pains. Sheirer had respiratory problems after Sept. 11, and his family did not know whether exposure to toxic dust from the World Trade Center contributed to his death. An official cause of death is pending. "He worked enormously effectively behind the scenes and gave credit to everyone else," said Rudy Giuliani, the city's former mayor.
August 8, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Jon Feltheimer, chief executive of the Santa Monica film and television studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., has sold his Holmby Hills estate for $14.4 million. The 1.4-acre flat property overlooks a fairway at the private Los Angeles Country Club. The 6,400-square-foot house, built in 1927, has five bedrooms and 51/2 bathrooms. Feltheimer, 59, bought the property in 2009 for $9,812,500, public records show. David Offer of Prudential California, Brentwood, was the listing agent, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
July 21, 2011 | from a los angeles times staff writer
The memorial service for Sport Chalet founder Norbert Olberz scheduled for noon Friday has been moved to the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, 5500 Godbey Drive. Olberz died July 15 at age 86.
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