October 26, 1991 |
As the opening round of the $500,000 Security Pacific Senior Classic unfolded Friday at Rancho Park there was agreement on one thing--from tee to green, the course is in better shape than it has ever been. But the greens? The early starters said they were in good shape. But, except for Dan Morgan, those who played late said they were atrocious.
May 1, 1994 |
Long before professional sports moved into the area, the unique Cravens Cup golf tournament was a major event each May in Southern California. Club golf tournaments were big around here. The Cravens, involving most of the top amateurs, was something special. It commanded widespread interest and the attention of the media. With the arrival of horse racing, the Rams, Dodgers, Lakers and Angels, amateur golf was shunted to the back--or ignored completely.
January 11, 1990 |
The two remaining members of a religious cult sought in the ritualistic slayings of an Ohio family of five were arrested Wednesday in central San Diego County, authorities said. Kathryn Renee Johnson, 36, and Daniel David Kraft, 25, were stopped by local and state authorities as they drove north on a remote highway near Julian, according to April Freud, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
June 13, 1995 |
It was on this day in 1973 that the Dodger infield of first baseman Steve Garvey, second baseman Davey Lopes, third baseman Ron Cey and shortstop Bill Russell played together for the first time in a 16-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The quartet set a major league record for longevity by playing 8 1/2 years in the same infield. * Trivia time: Tiger Woods was named Southern California athlete of the year by the Amateur Athletic Foundation. What other golfers have received the award?
July 27, 1992 |
Don Shula recently moved one victory closer to George Halas' pro football record of 324 coaching victories--and the NFL season hasn't even started. Joe Harrigan, curator at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, uncovered a mistake in the victories credited to Halas in 1942. NFL statistics gave the Chicago Bears coach six victories that season before he went into the U.S. Navy during World War II. Harrigan says it should be only five.
July 18, 1993 |
Todd Demsey literally dropped a stroke on the field in the early stages of the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur Championship. Just gave away a shot, simple as you please. It was embarrassing. While playing his second hole, Demsey clumsily dropped his putter, which landed on his ball and moved it slightly. A five-foot putt for birdie was then transformed into a bogey after an ensuing penalty stroke and two more strokes to hole out. "My caddie didn't wipe my grip," Demsey quipped.
July 29, 1993 |
Reggie Jackson will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend, which prompted Larry Eldridge of the Christian Science Monitor to research some who came close but didn't make it to Cooperstown. Jim Bunning, who won 224 games in 17 years spent mostly with Detroit and Philadelphia, missed because nine New York sportswriters, apparently concerned lest marginal candidates get elected, submitted blank ballots. Bunning received 317 votes.
August 3, 1985 |
Amateur Scott Verplank played what he called an "unconscious" back nine--six birdies in his last eight holes--and stretched his lead to three strokes Friday in the second round of the $500,000 Western Open in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook. Verplank, 21, an Oklahoma State student from Dallas and the current national amateur champion, shot another 68 and finished two rounds over the difficult Butler National course in 136, eight-under par. "I was kind of nervous over the first nine holes.
November 10, 1991 |
John Daly, the PGA champion, calls the PGA Tour qualifying school "a fifth major" because, he says, it is the most nerve-racking tournament of them all. "The pressure is tremendous, you get so focused on playing your best shot every time, you start forcing shots," he said before leaving for the Hawaiian island of Kauai and the PGA Grand Slam tournament Tuesday and Wednesday, when he will face Ian Woosnam (Masters), Payne Stewart (U.S.