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June 14, 1989 | Rich Tosches
If Dave Berganio gets any hotter, Smokey the Bear will walk onto a golf course and throw dirt on him and then beat him with a shovel. Berganio, a former Alemany High golfer and now a member of the Mission College golf team, has played in five tournaments this year. On Sunday, he won his fifth. The 20-year-old from Sylmar continued his streak by capturing the 72nd Los Angeles City amateur championship, riding two rounds of 66 to a 72-hole score of 281, 7-under par. He shot a 74 in the second round and struggled to a closing-round 75, but his performance was good enough for a three-shot victory over Tim Todd of Yorba Linda.
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December 18, 1994
Re "Seems Like Buying a Mountain of Trouble," by Rich Tosches (Laugh Lines, Nov. 8): I haven't read anything so funny for years. I had to read it in installments, because every few paragraphs, I would laugh myself out of breath and had to wipe the tears out of my eyes so I could keep reading. If it had been any funnier, I don't think I would have survived. G.B. TALOVICH Taipei, Taiwan
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June 21, 1989 | Rich Tosches
If you are ever in dire need of a big laugh, the kind that makes your temples throb and leaves you just a few seconds away from hyperventilating, hand a golf club to the average 7-year-old kid, drop a couple of golf balls on the grass, then stand back and watch. What ensues resembles Manute Bol trying his luck in gymnastics. The coordination level of most 7-year-olds just isn't well-suited for a precision game such as golf. Stephanie Martin was different. "The first time she picked up a club, you could see it," said Lee Martin, Stephanie's father and the head golf pro at Saticoy Country Club in Camarillo.
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April 3, 1994
As a recent name-changer myself, I feel a personal responsibility to respond to Rich Tosches' "A Boy named . . . Trout" (March 14). Obviously, name and identity are intimately linked. Changing one's name is often perceived as an identity crisis. People want names to be fixed, like gender. Names create order in our disorderly world. Changing one's name is seen as a selfish act, an aggressive inconvenience. It says, "You, accommodate me. I want a change." (Since I changed my name from Cheryl to Elyse)
SPORTS
June 28, 1989 | Rich Tosches
As an optometrist, Craig Steinberg has made a career of vision. But even he hadn't seen anything quite like what happened Tuesday in the 78th California Golf Assn. Amateur championship at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Steinberg, of Van Nuys, shot a 72 to go with his opening-round 70 and earned third-place medalist honors. Steinberg is the 1988 Southern California Amateur champion and he, along with SCGA Mid-Amateur champion Buz Greene of Thousand Oaks, were the only local players to survive the two-round stroke play portion of the tournament.
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June 7, 1989 | Rich Tosches
This month marks the end of the second year of the City of Los Angeles' "Go Golf Program," a campaign designed to speed up play on the heavily trafficked municipal courses, where a round of golf during peak hours can take about as long as a transcontinental flight. By all measurements, the program has not been very successful. "It went off very successfully," said city Recreation and Parks Department spokesman Al Goldfarb. "We surveyed the golfers and got nearly a 90% acceptance of the program.
NEWS
December 18, 1994
Re "Seems Like Buying a Mountain of Trouble," by Rich Tosches (Laugh Lines, Nov. 8): I haven't read anything so funny for years. I had to read it in installments, because every few paragraphs, I would laugh myself out of breath and had to wipe the tears out of my eyes so I could keep reading. If it had been any funnier, I don't think I would have survived. G.B. TALOVICH Taipei, Taiwan
SPORTS
March 19, 1988
In Rich Tosches' article on Bruce Jenner's shortcomings as a golfer (March 12), professional golfer Quinton Gray is quoted: "You don't have to be a good athlete to be a good golfer." Hell, you don't have to be any kind of athlete to be a good golfer, as is proven every day by millions of golfers. Which, of course, means that golfers are not athletes, as everyone knows. LANNY R. MIDDINGS San Ramon
NEWS
April 3, 1994
As a recent name-changer myself, I feel a personal responsibility to respond to Rich Tosches' "A Boy named . . . Trout" (March 14). Obviously, name and identity are intimately linked. Changing one's name is often perceived as an identity crisis. People want names to be fixed, like gender. Names create order in our disorderly world. Changing one's name is seen as a selfish act, an aggressive inconvenience. It says, "You, accommodate me. I want a change." (Since I changed my name from Cheryl to Elyse)
SPORTS
March 14, 1987
We couldn't believe our eyes as we read the Rich Tosches article of March 7, "Following the Yellow Brick Road." Is he auditioning for The Comedy Store or is he doing a bad imitation of Jim Murray? In either event, his humorous banter was ridiculous and certainly had nothing to do with why Westlake High School was playing in the Sports Arena. What does suburb bashing have to do with the fact that the Westlake team made it to the CIF 4-A final by using its skill, endurance and depth?
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April 3, 1993 | RICH TOSCHES
They didn't know who Sugar Ray Leonard was. They had never heard of Roberto Duran or Thomas Hearns or Mike Tyson or Riddick Bowe or Evander Holyfield. But in the soft light of a cold winter morning in Beijing, they stood and waited for the one boxer they knew, the one boxer that everyone knows.
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January 2, 1993 | RICH TOSCHES
November of 1991: Heavyweight Alex Garcia of San Fernando, who earns about $8,000 for each of his fights, turns down an offer of $375,000 to fight George Foreman. December of 1992: Garcia, by now earning about $13,000 per fight, turns down an offer of $1 million to fight Riddick Bowe for the heavyweight championship of the world. Garcia (29-1, 23 knockouts), who is ranked No. 5 by the World Boxing Assn., No. 6 by the World Boxing Council and No.
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January 1, 1993 | RICH TOSCHE, Times Staff Writer
JANUARY The Dream Team 1-Crespi High basketball Coach Chris Nikchevich, after a loss: "We played like we were well-rested. In fact, we were so well-rested, we played like we were still asleep." On Our Left You Can See the . . . Wing On Fire ! 3--Alemany girls' basketball Coach Melissa Melton, after the plane on which her team was flying was struck by lightning: "You could hear a lot of screams. We got off the plane and even the pilot was shook up."
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December 19, 1992 | RICH TOSCHES
If you think Jenny Craig has a pretty good thing going in the pay-per-pound weight-loss business, wait until you get a load of Marty Jakubowski. In Craig's program, you pay her for the weight you lose. But Jakubowski was paid $10,000 to let someone else keep a few pounds. Of course, Craig isn't involved in boxing. Jakubowski, a little-known lightweight from Whiting, Ind.
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December 5, 1992 | RICH TOSCHES
You would think that among today's seasoned professional boxers, with millions tucked away in mutual funds and high-yield bank accounts, the old playground taunt concerning mothers wearing Army footwear wouldn't mean much anymore. You would think wrong. The ploy doesn't always work. Several years ago, when heavyweight Mitch (Blood) Green opted for this tactic with a tirade against Mike Tyson at 3 a.m.
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September 2, 1992 | RICH TOSCHES
If you want to round up a truckload of pessimists, a golf course is a good place to start. No other single group of people seems to expect disaster so regularly, dwell on the horrible things that do happen and then grouse about how much worse things likely will be tomorrow. A year ago, on his way to No.
NEWS
August 18, 1991
Rich Tosches' article ("Yet Another No-No for the Socially Correct: Flushing," July 21) prompts me to send you a poem written for a "socially correct" lady who had many guests coming for a luncheon. She was in despair about how to break the news gracefully, having just received a stern letter from the water department about her consumption, so I sent her the following, which she posted on the powder room door with excellent results (she thinks): Victorian ladies! Such modesty!
SPORTS
September 13, 1986
I am writing this letter in regard to the article written in the sports section on Aug. 31 by Rich Tosches. I am extremely upset at the way the article was written and how it portrayed CSUN's cheerleaders. His sarcastic comment implied that by saying, "Go Big Red" we were too stupid to know who we were cheering for. Northridge's colors are red , black and white. However, all of our cheers are geared toward red. Soccer is not part of our schedule. However, when asked on Tuesday by a few members of the soccer team, those who were able to show up on such short notice were there to support our team.
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August 19, 1992 | RICH TOSCHES
Try this: Lie down in an open space with little or no shade from the sun that has scorched the Valley for the past week and sent temperatures blasting past the 100-degree mark. Allow hundreds of people with sharp, metal spikes on their shoes to walk all over you. Don't drink any water for two or three days. There. Now you're dead. That's the problem faced by the grass on every golf course in the Valley these days.
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August 12, 1992 | RICH TOSCHES
Golf has always been a goal-oriented game. Some of the more common goals include: * To play just one round of golf in a lifetime without having to bellow FORE as you send a screeching missile into a group of startled, wide-eyed players on an adjacent fairway. * If you are a man, to negotiate 18 greens in a day without leaving a 10-foot putt five feet short of the cup and having to endure your partners' sing-song taunting, Excuse Me, Ma'am, Does Your Husband Play Golf?
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