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March 31, 2001 | EDWARD J. BOYER
Barking directions in his best drill sergeant voice, Mike Williams quickly has the two dozen youngsters standing silently and at attention in a single line. "Those who don't want to be here, who don't like it, tell me upfront so that we won't waste time," Williams tells the group of sixth- and seventh-graders from Henry Clay Middle School. No one steps forward. Williams, head pro at the county's 18-hole Chester L.
July 25, 1993
Substitute for Open Space Bernard Harrington alleges (Letters, July 11) that since the Canyon Oaks development will include a golf course, "85% of the land will remain as open space." Since when has destroying an ecosystem and replacing it with alien bluegrass, holes, flags and sand traps equate to open space? Seems to me more like wasted space. The last thing Los Angeles and the Valley need is more development. It will only lead to greater overpopulation, traffic and smog, thereby decreasing the quality of life for its current residents.
March 30, 1986 | From the Washington Post
Ferdinand E. Marcos, the deposed Philippine president, is not only accused of falsifying his World War II record and looting his country's economy. He also cheated at golf. That, at least, is the contention of one of Marcos' former golf partners, M.J. (Dindo) Gonzalez, who writes a column on the sport for the Manila newspaper Business Day. "His game was the mediocre, run-of-the-mill type that carried a handicap of around 18 strokes," wrote Gonzalez, who first played with him in the early 1950s.
May 14, 2000
Re "Oxnard Going for the Green, Again," April 16. The city of Oxnard is planning to build a second golf course. "We won't repeat our mistakes," says Councilman Tom Holden, who then adds: "It hasn't penciled out yet. But there's a strong possibility that it will." I think it is time for the citizens of Oxnard look under some rocks and start asking some questions. Based on its record, the Oxnard City Council should not be trusted to do any pencil work on any golf course (or parking lots)
September 2, 1998 | THOMAS BONK
Sure, records are made to be broken, but there are a few in golf that probably never will be. Even though professional golfers may be better than ever as a group, playing the finest-conditioned courses in the world and using equipment so technically advanced there probably are computer chips stuffed inside, there are several golf standards that seem certain to be left standing when titanium eventually turns to rust. * Byron Nelson's 11 consecutive tournament victories.
October 18, 1998
Across the Valley, a proposal is in the works for Mission College in Sylmar to purchase and demolish an adjacent golf course to make room for four new classroom buildings, additional parking and 10 acres of open space to accommodate a projected doubling of the student enrollment over the next five to six years, according to the Oct. 3 edition of The Times ("Golfers See No Fair Way to Replace Threatened Course,"). As Pierce College administrators wrestle over the best direction for the campus to take in the shadow of such irony, perhaps more thought should be given to staking the interests of the college in a fashionable pastime like golf.
Let's see, which course should we play today? Coto de Caza? Dove Canyon? Tijeras Creek? It's not as simple as that, but the Santa Margarita High School golf team does have access to three of the finest courses in Orange County. "Even the moms and dads of the kids that play are jealous," Santa Margarita Coach David Duran said. So are Santa Margarita's rivals. Duran, the only golf coach Santa Margarita has had, is probably the most envied high school golf coach in Orange County.
November 1, 1986
Alison Shopcott of United States International University shot a one-under-par 72 Friday to take the lead after the first round of the Stanford Women's Intercollegiate Tournament at Palo Alto. Karen Engberg of San Diego State was among five golfers tied for second at 73. USIU finished the day in third place with a team score of 305, six strokes behind the University of Southern California, and five behind second-place Indiana. SDSU was 17th out of 19 teams with a team score of 332.
June 21, 1992 | JIM MURRAY
Ah, Pebble! Murder in your heart, dagger in your teeth. Refugee from a King's noose. Heartless wretch. Scourge of the coasts of golf. Robert Louis Stevenson would love you. You should wear a cocked hat, a peg leg, a parrot on your shoulder and be wanted by every captain of a golf club in the world. You are 7,000 yards of malice. I love every tuft of unnavigable rough, sand trap, par-three with the ocean on the left and rear. I love every rotten ocean carry you put up.
May 18, 1997 | THOMAS BONK
As far as professional golf goes in the Southland, well, let's just say that Tiger Woods might have some trouble keeping up. Five annual pro events, divided among the PGA, Senior PGA and LPGA tours, are on the local schedule this year and all seem healthy, even if a couple of them are changing their address in 1998. The 1998 Nissan Open will be played at Valencia Country Club because of a scheduling conflict at Riviera, where the U.S. Senior Open is going to be played.
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