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May 8, 2011 | Chuck Culpepper
Seve Ballesteros, the dashing, audacious force of golfing nature who zoomed from a fishing village in northern Spain to five major titles, No. 1 in the world and a pioneer's role in golf's European surge of the 1980s, died early Saturday. He was 54. Ballesteros, who enjoyed such renown for his vivid shot-making that fellow pro Nick Faldo called him "golf's Cirque du Soleil," died of complications from brain cancer at his home in Pedrena, the town where he was born, his family announced on his website.
September 21, 1997
Your Sept. 1 article on Mile Square [Regional] Park misses the most important point, that the Orange County Board of Supervisors is planning to develop 62% of Orange County's most popular county regional park for the benefit of a tiny minority. Only one out of 11 Californians plays even one round of golf a year. Over two-thirds of all rounds are played by "avid golfers," who comprise less than 2% of the population. These avid golfers average 61.7 rounds of golf per year. Why does Supervisor Charles V. Smith champion a move to make this expensive sport more affordable for the one in 50 of us who have the time and the money to play golf more than once a week?
August 24, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
It was criticism from one of the best in women's golf, and Michelle Wie was hurt. Annika Sorenstam, who has retired from the LPGA Tour, suggested last month during the U.S. Women's Open that Wie was shortchanging women's golf by pursuing her degree at Stanford. "I think her focus, in my opinion, should be more on golf," Sorenstam said. "She's very distracted with school, doesn't really play as much full time as I thought she would. I think she needs to come out here and compete more regularly.
July 16, 1989
So home buyers "cherish a view of a golf course second only to an ocean view," this, according to The Times business section ("Orange County Plays Catch-Up on Golf Courses," July 9). Well, that explains it, but it doesn't justify the potential loss of one unique and environmentally fragile coastal region which is the next target for golf course community construction. I'm talking about Laguna Canyon and the Irvine Co.'s planned "Laguna Laurel" housing project, which, if it ever succeeds, would put 3,200 homes, shops and services around a 276-acre playground for mattress magnates, or the likes thereof.
January 25, 1998
I don't know anything about Jack Davis or why he is mad at Judy Lazar but I do want to correct one error I personally know about in his letter to the editor ("Lazar, Fox Would Make You Mad Too," Jan. 18). Councilman Andy Fox did not approve or suggest the fence at Los Robles Golf Course. To set the record straight, it was Fox who opposed the fence, asking staff, golf course personnel and other municipal courses how to better handle the flyaway ball situation. He spent hours looking for a better solution, consulting with experts.
January 27, 1992 | Jerry Hicks
CYPRESS SOUTH: Cypress Golf Club, the newest of the new courses in the county, looks good enough to play now. . . . But the Japanese company building it says getting the clubhouse finished and lining up employees will prevent opening until early fall. It's being built on the 100-acre site of the old Los Alamitos course along Katella Avenue, near the racetrack. But the two are in stark contrast. The old course was in the $15 range and dominated by retirees and the working class.
December 12, 2009 | By Scott Kraft and Diane Pucin
Tiger Woods, admitting for the first time that he had been unfaithful to his wife, announced "an indefinite break from professional golf" on Friday, sending ripples of alarm through television networks, corporate sponsors, PGA executives and the rest of a multi-million-dollar industry that has been built around one of the world's most bankable athletes. Woods said the decision came "after much soul searching," and a realization that "it may not be possible to repair the damage I've done, but I want to do my best to try."
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.
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