CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1990 |
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.
June 17, 2006 |
At our training session, it's made clear what we must not do -- like watch the fun stuff. An official of the United States Golf Assn. shows a slide of a woman holding up her arms to hush a crowd while, behind her, a golfer swings. "As the player hits, she's facing the gallery. That's perfect," our tutor lectures a packed auditorium. "It's not a position for you to watch all the good golf." There's plenty more we are not to do too, such as have a beer on the job.
August 8, 1994 |
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.
May 15, 2005 |
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.
April 12, 2001 |
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.
May 25, 1994 |
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.
May 8, 1996 |
Of all the items up for sale at the Jackie Kennedy Onassis auction, the one that impressed me the most was Lot 755: a set of golf clubs in a red and black bag with the initials "JFK" monogrammed on the outside. The item sold for $772,500, and the buyer was Arnold Schwarzenegger, an avid restaurant owner. Since I don't play golf, I couldn't tell if Arnold got a bargain or not. So I called around to friends who are crazy about the sport.
February 11, 2006 |
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.
February 15, 2013 |
It was high noon Friday and the faithful were everywhere, waiting for Phil Mickelson to pull the trigger on his second round in the Northern Trust Open. About 300 yards down the fairway, where his opening tee shot would land, they were three deep behind the ropes. Behind and above the tee, hanging over the railings of historic Riviera clubhouse, were perhaps another 1,000. "That's so cool," Mickelson would say later. "They've got pictures on the walls inside of that very same scene, with Hogan and Snead teeing off. It's such an honor.
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.