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February 15, 1997 |
You don't often see a golf caddie shinny up a palm tree, but one did at the Oakmont Country Club on Friday. Anything, apparently, to save a player a penalty stroke for a lost ball. The arboreal rescue effort added a slightly silly, if perhaps desperate, touch to the opening round of the Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship--a day that mixed the unexpected with the usually sedate. Like the man in the Green Bay Packers jersey--but no Cheesehead--who stood out in a crowd dressed in pastel prep.
February 14, 1997 |
Any number of factors can come into play when LPGA players pick and choose which tournaments they will enter, but the decision to play in this weekend's Los Angeles Women's Championship at Oakmont Country Club was easy to make for at least three tour veterans. Jan Stephenson, Jane Geddes and Chris Johnson each won at Oakmont when the tour visited from 1985-87. So when they found out that Oakmont would be a tour stop again, they were among the first to sign up.
February 12, 1997
The Los Angeles Women's Championship is a 54-hole, $650,000 LPGA Tournament that runs Friday through Sunday at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. An impressive field featuring 25 of the top 30 money winners from this year's tour is vying for the $97,500 first prize. The two-day pro-am includes 76 teams of five--40 that tee off today, with 36 more on Thursday. Each fivesome consists of four amateurs and one professional. Prizes go to the winners.
June 16, 1994 |
They're hard, they're fast and they're the color of Kermit the Frog's family portrait. They are the greens at Oakmont Country Club, where the 94th U.S. Open begins today in hot, humid weather guaranteed to curl your hair, stick your shirt to your back and make you feel as uncomfortable as possible while standing over a putt. These aren't greens, they're pressure points. The last time anyone saw something this fast, they were waving a checkered flag at it. It's all a little unnerving.
February 16, 1997 |
If Jack Garner were to read his own biographical card, as he read the bios of LPGA players before they teed off on the first hole in Saturday's second round of the Los Angeles Women's Championship at Oakmont Country Club, it might go something like this: Ladies and gentlemen, on the first tee. . . . An 18-year teaching professional at Oakmont Country Club, who once built a golf course by hand. . . .
February 13, 1997 |
Annika Sorenstam has some bad news for the rest of the LPGA Tour. "I'm motivated to perform again," she said. Sorenstam, the third-leading money winner on the 1997 tour, is the highest-ranked player competing in the Los Angeles Women's Championship at Oakmont Country Club this weekend. She returns to the tour after a month-long hiatus. She won the season-opening Tournament of Champions in January, a week after getting married.
June 18, 2007 |
The top players in the world couldn't get out of Oakmont Country Club fast enough. The Pennsylvania Turnpike actually intersects the golf course, between the front and back nines. Truck drivers toot their horns as players and spectators cross separate bridges from the No. 1 green to the No. 2 tee. It's a wonder half the field Sunday didn't try to hitch a ride before finishing their rounds. Some eventually would escape by car, taxi and private limo.