October 24, 1996 |
He hit his first golf ball only a few weeks ago and has never been on a golf course, but Jorge Saenz is certain he will beat Tiger Woods some day. "He is Nike's good boy, but I'm going to be Nike's bad boy," said Saenz, a 14-year-old freshman at Inglewood High. "That's what I tell my coach, 'I'm going to eat Tiger for breakfast.' He's really good, but when I grow up, he's not going to be able to beat me."
August 10, 1995 |
Maybe there is something inherent in the psyche of New Yorkers that makes it enjoyable hitting David Letterman, Madonna, Donald Trump and George Steinbrenner on the head with golf balls. If Sigmund Freud had swung a five-iron, he might have said it's exercise for the id--that repository of aggressive drives and fantasies residing in us all--particularly in the minds of put-upon, chronically harassed New Yorkers.
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April 30, 1993 |
Anthony E. Lammersen lived and breathed golf. As president of the Southern California Knights of Columbus Golf Assn., he arranged tournaments all over the country for Los Angeles-area players. To keep his own game polished, he worked the early shift at the Social Security Administration office in Hollywood so he could squeeze in 18 holes most days before dark.
October 2, 1986 |
Given the choice between a textbook swing and a comfortable one, Corey Pavin will take what comes naturally. Using that approach, Pavin won the Greater Milwaukee Open two weeks ago and finished eighth last week at the Southwest Golf Classic in Abilene, Tex. After winning just $57,310 from May through September, the third-year pro from Los Angeles has won $83,837 the last two weeks and $296,266 overall this year.
May 13, 1999 |
The words "Santa Margarita" are printed in simple block letters on the golf bags, but they convey much more than the name of a school. The name conjures images of football, basketball, soccer and volleyball titles. But in golf, the name is downright daunting.
December 9, 1988 |
The Lakers' Pat Riley isn't the only man in town with that name who is No. 1 in his sport. The spelling may be different, but meet Pat Rielly, director of golf at the Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena, and the recently elected president of the Professional Golfers' Assn. of America. Rielly, 53, heads the largest professional sports organization in the world--16,000 members who are employed at more than 6,000 golf courses.
June 17, 1999 |
Ryan Welborn knew that with his limited experience, the chances of succeeding as a professional golfer were about as slim as the fairways at the U.S. Open. He had little experience as a junior golfer, basically skipped college golf and then breezed through an amateur career without compiling much of a resume. But, on a whim, he decided to take a gamble and turn pro. "I just thought I should do it," Welborn said. "I figured, 'Why not? I don't have any other skills.'
July 18, 2007 |
A maudlin but irresistible tradition has sprouted and blossomed at the British Open. Each July, somewhere on the island of Britain, throngs of golf intellectuals gather and theorize on just how in creation the European continent has not won a major golf tournament since the 1999 British Open. Pioneering discussions occurred here and there in 2004, when the drought had reached 19 majors, and in 2005, when it had hit 23.
February 9, 1997 |
One might think Heidi Voorhees envies the success of her former Notre Dame High teammate Emilee Klein. One might think Voorhees, two years older than Klein, feels left behind after her longtime amateur adversary burst into the professional spotlight with two LPGA Tour victories last season. But while her own career has been a roller-coaster ride since she graduated from USC in 1994, Voorhees remained focused without getting caught up in the careers of others.