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Oct 09, 2015 | 08:56 am

Player’s Club

If you’ve ever had the chance to be around Gary Player, you know that the 79-year-old (he turns 80 on November 1) is a bundle of energy, always moving, talking, and keeping healthy. And doing good, through The Player Foundation, which was established in 1983 as a way of providing education, medical care, and athletic activities for a group of disadvantaged children living near Johannesburg, South Africa. Today, the foundation aids underprivileged children and impoverished communities around the world, having donated more than $60 million to various charities. Its work is funded by private donations, 25% of retail sales of Gary Player merchandise, and six Gary Player Invitational pro-ams that pair celebrities and professional golfers. The U.S. event is next week, October 11-12, at Glen Arbor Golf Club north of New York City, and will feature, among others, Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara, Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Annika Sorenstam, Retief Goosen, Michael Douglas, and Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev. It’s a great cause and a great cast of characters. There’s more about the event and the foundation on the websites.

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Oct 08, 2015 | 04:15 pm

Drawn to It

Korea has a thriving animation industry with some 120 studios (they're responsible for a lot of the cartoons you see on TV like The Simpsons and Family Guy). But this Avengers-esque video made for the opening ceremonies of The Presidents Cup is a little weird. The U.S. and International teams join forces to battle some octopus-like space aliens. The animators did a pretty jood job with the likenesses, particulary Bubba Watson, but they did leave off one member of the U.S. squad—J.B. Holmes, who was a late replacement for the injured Jim Furyk.

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Oct 07, 2015 | 10:57 am

Cart Paths Only

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called the extreme rains that flooded parts of the state something that only happens once every 1,000 years. That turns out to be an understatement. The more than two-feet of water that fell from the skies over the weekend was a one-in-many-thousands event, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. So how did the area golf courses fare? Surprisingly, not bad. The timing couldn't have been worse, given this is the height of the fall golf season, but the damages could have been much more severe. Sure there's still some standing water and some washed-out bunkers, but there aren't many, if any, reports of structural damage to coastal courses. The vast majority of courses in Myrtle Beach are reopening for play today, though a few, like Aberdeen Coutry Club, will be closed for 10 days or more, according to myrtlebeachonline.com. South of Charleston, Kiawah Island Golf Resort will also resume normal operations today with all five courses reopening tomorrow. With clear blue skies and ideal temps, the weather forecast couldn't be better, either.

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Oct 06, 2015 | 08:52 am

High Anxiety Shot

Golf in Norway is growing in popularity with nearly two hundred courses in play and more being added each year. But this lad took the game to new heights, scaling the Kjeragbolten Boulder, a glacial deposit wedged into a crevasse 3,245 feet above an abyss. Further proof that some people will do anything for a bit of social media attention. The video is from SkratchTV.

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