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Oct 19, 2015 | 10:23 am

Sandra Spuzich, 1937-2015

Sandra Spuzich, winner of the 1966 U.S. Women’s Open, died on October 6 at age 78. She holds the record for being the oldest LPGA player to win twice in one season—which she did at age 45 in 1982—and had a total of eight victories. Spuzich was a talented amateur who turned pro in 1962, a time when purses were very low and the tour struggled. Along the way, she befriended fellow pro Joyce Kazmierski; they became life partners and were married just a few months before Spuzich died. The contrasts between golf, and life, today and 50 years ago are sharply illustrated in a very candid interview Kazmierski gave to The Daily Beast website. It is a fascinating read.

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Oct 16, 2015 | 06:48 am

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

America’s Pastimes will overlap November 6-8 when the home of baseball’s San Diego Padres will be transformed into “The Links at Petco Park” and golfers can play a nine-hole course inside the stadium. The Padres and Callaway Golf (which is based just up the road in Carlsbad and will supply the equipment) are creating this one-of-a-kind two-sport experience, which begins in the home team’s dugout, heads to the upper deck (hitting from the seats onto the field), and continues around the ballpark until finishing on the rooftop of the adjacent Western Metal Supply Company building. Each hole (see map, above) will have a theme and opportunities to win prizes like Callaway’s new Great Big Bertha driver, and the “19th hole” will be one of the ballpark bars transformed into a Callaway clubhouse. “Green fees” start at $50 per person (bookings must be for twosomes or foursomes) and include a nine-hole round, parking, food and drink, and a limited-edition hat; other deals include a Padres-branded club and tickets to a 2016 Padres game. More information and reservations are on the website.

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Oct 15, 2015 | 10:51 am

Put Me Down For a Five

Playing in blustery conditions in the Fiji International at the Natadola Bay Resort, Matt Kuchar shot a 2-over 74 to tie for second place after the first round. But it should have been a 75. The wind on the par-four 2nd blew his ball into the hole for a bogey instead of a double bogey. Decision 18-1/12 and 20-3d/1 in the Decisions on the Rules of Golf states that wind is not an outside agency and if it causes the ball to move, the player should play the ball from its new position. If it happens to blow it in the hole, then the player would be deemed to have holed out with his previous stroke.

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Oct 14, 2015 | 10:48 am

Pepper Mill

The TV golf landscape continues to change with the news that NBC will televise the Open Championship at Royal Troon next year, a year earlier than expected, but the network will be without one of their best on-course reporters, Dottie Pepper. The 17-time LPGA winner is joining CBS Sports, no doubt to fill the Footjoys of David Feherty who is gong to NBC. While she won't get to work the Open Championship, she will get to work the Masters and PGA Championship, both of which CBS broadcasts, along with about 20 other PGA Tour events. "I am excited to join CBS Sports and return to covering live golf full time," said Pepper, who will also continue to work for ESPN. "As an analyst you want to cover your sport at the highest level and being a part of the CBS Sports golf team with the strongest and best schedule in golf, including two majors, affords me the opportunity to do just that."

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