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March 9, 2007 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
The trees are bigger. The roads are wider. The Irvine Coast Country Club is now the Newport Beach Country Club, and the golf balls don't automatically pop out of the holes after putts. Still, in a lot of ways, Mark O'Meara was home. When he begins play in the Toshiba Classic today, his third event since turning 50 and joining the Champions Tour, he'll be walking over familiar turf at the Newport Beach Country Club. He learned the game and played high school golf here.
July 21, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
The fake rose petals strewn across the tablecloth gave Milton Hobbs' booth a romantic aura. He stacked crystal-cut perfume flasks in a pyramid and set out pink candles tied with ribbon. The effect was almost sexy -- at least compared with the other booths at the International Christian Retail Show. Hobbs liked it. He needed a striking display to call attention to his most unusual product. "Christian perfume," he said. "It's a really, really new genre. We're the first!"
June 17, 2006 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
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.
February 24, 2006 | Juliet Chung, Times Staff Writer
Pink golf balls. Lighter clubs. Fashionable, high-tech shoes. Although the teenage phenoms who have sparked talk of a younger, female Tiger Woods won't be at the Southern California Golf Show as it opens today at the Long Beach Convention Center, signs of their influence certainly will. From the smallest operators to industry giants, many of the show's 125-plus vendors will be showcasing products aimed at a nontraditional audience: women.
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.
October 11, 2005 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Routinely hitting 300-yard drives is just one of Tiger Woods' talents. In a two-part interview to be shown on the Golf Channel's "Golf Central" program the next two Wednesday nights, Woods discusses others. Among them is an ability to hold his breath under water for four minutes. That's nice, but it still probably wouldn't help him much if he ever decided to play a shot out of a water hazard.
August 27, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A judge Friday halved the $2.2-million verdict won by Callaway Golf Co. over claims that Dunlop Slazenger Group Americas Inc. wrongly advertised that its golf balls went farther than others. Jurors in federal court in Delaware last year awarded Carlsbad, Calif.-based Callaway, the maker of Big Bertha woods and irons, $1.1 million for lost sales plus the same amount for costs of future advertising to promote its own long-range golf balls. "To allow Callaway to receive another $1.
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.
July 14, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
They find them in the mornings, in the weeds, through the mist. The workers unlock the ancient gates of the St. Andrews Cathedral cemetery, tread carefully around the century-old headstones, and there they are. Golf balls. Sometimes a dozen of them. Stuck beneath dearly beloveds, lying atop in loving memorys, OB at the RIP. Talk about a ghastly lie. Nobody knows where the balls come from. Nobody knows why they are there.
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