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NEWS
July 24, 2005 | Denise Lavoie, Associated Press Writer
Joyce Amaral knew before buying her home that it was near the ninth hole of a golf course. But she said wasn't prepared for the number of errant golf balls that came flying into her yard -- more than 1,800 in five years -- or the number of golfers who came along to retrieve them. So she and a neighbor sued the owners of Middlebrook Country Club in Rehoboth, Mass.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1990 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is no driving range at Valley Park in Hermosa Beach. There is not even a putting green. But for years now, bright white golf balls have intermittently pelted the back yards of homes nearby. They have plopped into Dorothy McNeill's swimming pool and cleared Rod Merl's back-yard fence. Not long ago, an errant chip shot took out the louvered window on Gordon Young's second floor.
BUSINESS
August 8, 1994 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a boy, Larry Margison used to sneak into the Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach at dusk, wade into the shallow ponds and pick up golf balls with his toes. Often the superintendent shooed him away, but Margison always returned and became so proficient that the golf course finally gave him a deal: a quarter a ball. Now 41, Margison still retrieves wet golf balls. And he still gets about a quarter apiece for them.
NEWS
April 12, 2001 | JAMES F. PELTZ, james.peltz@latimes.com
The longest golf ball on the PGA tour these days is the Pro V1, and it's also flying off shelves at golf shops--that is, whenever weekend duffers can find it. This new golf ball, made by the dominant ball manufacturer in the sport, Titleist, is suddenly all the rage among the sport's professionals and America's 26 million weekend amateurs.
SPORTS
May 15, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Last month at the Masters, Hootie Johnson, the Augusta National club chairman, slipped into his green jacket, sat behind a table and put on his best banker's face. Johnson got the ball rolling on a subject getting dangerously close to changing his demeanor, from coolly genteel to wholly agitated. Johnson said he hoped somebody would do something about golf balls, mainly because they're simply going too far.
SPORTS
May 25, 1994 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for Lake Forest track prodigy Ashley Bethel have filed a $6.25-million claim against Saddleback College for damages relating to a Feb. 23 accident in which the 14-year-old lost her right eye. Bethel, a two-time national youth pentathlon champion and aspiring Olympian, was running on the Saddleback track when she was struck on the eye by a golf ball hit from the adjacent driving range.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Callaway Golf Co. sued Fortune Brands Inc.'s Acushnet Co. unit over a patent for polyurethane covers on golf balls. Acushnet's Pro V1 golf balls infringe a patent for the covers on multilayer solid-core golf balls that have become the standard for balls used by professional golfers, Carlsbad, Calif.-based Callaway said in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Delaware. The suit seeks damages for lost profit and sales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1987
Who bought tennis or golf balls or had a backache in the last year. Los Angeles, New York and Chicago compared to the nation. The national average is given a value of 100.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
George Bayer, who won several PGA Tour events in the 1950s and was once considered one of golf's longest drivers, has died. He was 77. Bayer died Sunday of a heart attack at his home in Palm Desert. An All-American tackle and end at the University of Washington, he played professional football briefly with the Washington Redskins. After giving up the game, he moved to Los Angeles and became a car dealer. He turned to golf for recreation but, after three years, took up the sport seriously.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1997 | RUSS LOAR
The city is attempting to rein in high-flying golf balls that occasionally escape a Western Avenue driving range and bounce off neighboring homes. A new city ordinance would ban the use of regular golf balls at Stanton Golf Center, the city's only practice range, and require the use of "limited flight" balls. The use of regular golf balls is already prohibited by the driving range. "It's not permissible right now; it's just not a municipal code violation," City Manager Terry Matz said.
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