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March 4, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Callaway Golf Co., the maker of Big Bertha and Steelhead golf clubs, traded lawsuits with Fortune Brands Inc.'s Acushnet Co. over its redesigned Titleist Pro V1 golf balls. Acushnet's new versions of Pro V1 golf balls, modified after a previous infringement suit by Callaway, infringed two other patents, according to a complaint filed Monday in Wilmington, Del. Acushnet countersued, claiming Callaway's patents are invalid and that the Carlsbad, Calif., company infringed nine of its patents.
September 7, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
You say your golf game is going to the dogs? Well, consider the case of Oscar, a 5-year-old Labrador retriever who lives near a course in Dunfermline, Scotland. Chris Morrison, his owner, used to take Oscar for walks on the fairways and one day noticed that his mutt was, as he put it, "rattling." Further examination at a veterinarian led to surgery and that, in turn, led to a discovery that Oscar had been swallowing golf balls. Not one, not two, but 13. "It was like a magic trick," veterinarian Bob Hesketh told the Daily Telegraph.
February 29, 2008 | Chris foster, Times Staff Writer
Seattle Mariners Manager John McLaren may have come up with the best golf idea since the mulligan and the 19th hole: golf balls as currency. McLaren had the Mariners put on "American Idol" segments during team meetings last week, with players selected to sing or tell a joke. It was either that or . . . "A couple of bribes have come about and I'm considering them," McLaren told "I'm a golfer, and golfers always need golf balls." A week later, McLaren upped the ante during bunting drills.
February 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Callaway Golf Co., the maker of Big Bertha drivers, reported a wider fourth-quarter loss as sales of wood clubs and golf balls fell. The loss was $16.2 million, or 25 cents a share, compared with $10.2 million, or 15 cents, a year earlier, Carlsbad-based Callaway said. Sales of $174.4 million beat the average $164 million estimate among eight analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Gains in sales of accessories and putters couldn't offset declines in the wood club and golf ball units.
December 14, 2007 | Tony Perry
Charges against a 6-foot-10 minister and his son for allegedly beating a man into unconsciousness in a dispute over a golf ball were dismissed Thursday at the request of prosecutors. Michael Babin, 52, of Oceanside's Genesis Ministries International and his son, Gabriel Babin, 24, had been charged with assault in a February dispute at the Oceanside Municipal Golf Course. The incident began when the Babins accused the man of stealing one of their golf balls from a water trap. -- Tony Perry
December 7, 2007 | STEVE HARVEY
Picture this scene: Jack Nicholson has just flubbed a golf shot from the rough and is so angry that he reaches up and grabs some vines hanging from a tree. But the vines yank back, lifting him into the air, where he flies helplessly for a few seconds. It didn't happen in one of his movies but in real life on the 12th hole at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. As he told Golf Magazine, whenever he plays there now, his friends call it the "Tarzan hole."
September 6, 2007 | Mike Armstrong, Mike Armstrong writes screenplays and television scripts in Los Angeles.
A relatively new trend has emerged, and it needs to be stamped out right now. This summer, for my birthday, my literary agents sent me a card informing me that a donation in my name had been made to the "Victims of Childhood Sunburn" or some such nonsense. Perhaps it was to some environmental group and the note printed on recycled something-or-other. Who knows? I was so annoyed, I tossed it in the trash just to make sure it could never be recycled again.
July 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
It's one thing to ride a bike as fast as Lance Armstrong, drive the lane like Michael Jordan, throw a pass like Carson Palmer or catch one like Jerry Rice. But hit a golf ball in front of a big crowd? "Golf," Armstrong says, stretching out the word like a British sports analyst. "It's a whole 'nother sport, whole 'nother beast. Hell, I get nervous when the lady in the beverage cart pulls up on the tee box." And he's not even in the tournament.
June 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who lost his ball in a golf course pond could have lost a limb when an alligator latched on to his arm and pulled him into the water, authorities said in Venice. Bruce Burger, 50, was trying to retrieve his ball from a pond on the sixth hole at the Lake Venice Golf Club despite a sign that said "Beware of Alligator." After the gator grabbed him, Burger struck the reptile with his other arm until it let go. He was not seriously hurt.
May 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Camilo Villegas dropped his club, then dropped his head. His ball dropped a few seconds later -- right into the lake surrounding the famed 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass. Villegas hit one of 50 balls into the water surrounding the island green Thursday, helping break the single-round Players Championship record of 45 set in 2000. "That was certainly the toughest shot," said Phil Mickelson, who made par.
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