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March 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Friends of Golf organization has been critical to keeping the sport alive at City Section schools, and on Saturday at Venice High, the organization will be handing out equipment and golf sets to 19 schools and 22 golf teams. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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SPORTS
March 24, 2014 | By James Barragan
Michael Whan remembers the first question he was asked by the media after taking over as LPGA commissioner in January 2010: What was he going to do about the overwhelming international influence on the tour? "I want to pour more gas on the fire," he replied. At the time, this was not well-received. The LPGA was reeling from the economic downturn and the tour was struggling to find sponsors, and had shrunk its schedule from 37 events in 2008 to 28 in 2009. On top of that, American players were overshadowed by rising international stars on a tour that played the majority of its events in the U.S. But where others saw trouble, Whan saw an opportunity to spread the game across borders to attract new sponsors.
SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
You might want to ask for a mulligan if this happens. Scientists at UC Irvine announced Wednesday that titanium-coated clubs can cause plants and grass on golf courses to catch on fire. Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi told the Associated Press that the results confirm suspicions investigators have had that titanium clubs caused a fire that burned 25 acres at Irvine's Shady Canyon in 2010 and a much smaller fire a year later at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo that burned close to homes.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Oak Park Invitational on Monday at North Ranch Country Club is shaping up as a terrific early season golf competition. Division I signees Victor Ponte of Rio Mesa (UCLA), Sean Crocker of Westlake (USC), Peter Griffith of Oaks Christian (Northwestern), along with Collin Morikawa of La Canada, the 30th ranked junior in the United States and 2013 winner of the Western Junior Amateur, make up the featured group. The only female in the field is Lydia Choi of Beverly Hills, the 41st ranked junior girl in the nation who will play for UCLA next year.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Steve Waters
Patrick Reed knows what to do with a lead. The 23-year-old Texan went wire to wire to win the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on Sunday at the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral. It was his third victory in his last 14 starts on the PGA Tour and he had the lead heading into the final round in all three. “To go wire to wire in a field like this means a lot,” said Reed, who started the day with a two-shot lead and shot an even-par 72 to win by one shot over Jamie Donaldson and Bubba Watson.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The boys' golf season has begun in the City Section, but in the 5A league, the best player might be a girl. Freshman Tyra Tonkham of Sherman Oaks CES shot a 39 for nine holes using the men's tees at Encino Golf Course earlier this week, the best individual score among the four teams that played. She was unable to compete in this season's City Section girls' championship because Sherman Oaks CES didn't have a girls' team, so she's competing this season with the boys' team. "She's unbelievably consistent," North Hollywood Coach Steve Miller said.
SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | Chris Erskine
There are only a few true masterpieces that debuted in my lifetime: the '64 Mustang; Sandra Bullock's perfect chin; and "Caddyshack," whose director, Harold Ramis, passed the other day at age 69, too damn soon, as if only on life's 14th hole. And yet 1,000 laughs over par. From the snickering hiss of the fairway sprinklers to Rodney Dangerfield's bug-eyed dancing, "Caddyshack" mixed all that was right about sports and movies into one great comedy overture. Though panned by critics at the time, the 1980 movie remains a classic by any measure, and the funniest sports movie of all time, hands down.
AUTOS
February 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Don't get attached to the new plug-in hybrid Golf that Volkswagen is bringing to the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. But let yourself get a little excited about what's under its skin. Germany's everyman brand will use its March 4 press conference to debut the Golf GTE. It's the latest version of the new generation of Golf hatchback that's been on sale in Europe for almost a year and is headed to our shores later in 2014. While VW says it doesn't currently plan to bring the GTE to the U.S. market, the hybrid powertrain that moves it will definitely land here.
SPORTS
February 16, 2014 | Times staff reports
Last June, just before the start of the U.S. Open, the U.S Golf Assn., with great fanfare, announced the kickoff of a campaign to address slow play in its game. The campaign, featuring TV ads with star players and actors, was called "While We're Young. " It was a play on the Rodney Dangerfield character who had used that phrase to express his disgust at a golfing slowpoke in the movie "Caddyshack. " Apparently, the USGA did not intend its message for PGA Tour players. During this week's Northern Trust Open at Riviera, which ended Sunday with Bubba Watson winning the title, the pace of play was slow.
SPORTS
February 9, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Sometimes the best ideas come from teenagers when they are bored. Standout senior pitcher Tommy Wilson of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame had some free time, so he decided to pull out a pitching wedge from his car trunk and create a new way to take batting practice. He starting hitting a baseball with his wedge a few feet away from home plate down the third-base line, and teammate Justin Goossen-Brown then slammed the baseball over the fence in a Vine video that's headed for big-time status.
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