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March 14, 2013 - 8:10am
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Speed Golf World Championships coming to CBS in April
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World-record holding Speed Golf champion Christopher Smith amazingly broke 70 in just 54 minutes.

 

When it comes to golf and television network CBS in the month of April, all we think of his Jim Nantz and his famous, "A tradition unlike any other, the Masters on CBS."
 
Well, the Speed Golf World Championship may not be a tradition unlike any other, but it's golf in April and it's on CBS.
 
Airing on April 13 (Masters Sunday), CBS will show the Speed Golf World Championship.
 
 
For those not familiar with the sport, speed golf combines your normal golf score with the amount of time that it takes you to finish the round. For example, if you shoot 85 in 75 minutes, your speed golf score would be 160.
 
The rules of speed golf are basically the same as regular golf except you are allowed to putt with the flagstick in the hole to save time, and lost balls or out-of-bounds balls are treated more or less as lateral hazards.
 
Believe it or not, world-record holding Speed Golf champion Christopher Smith -- featured in the video link below -- broke 70 in just 54 minutes in Bandon Dunes, Oregon! That's how long it takes to play three holes on the PGA Tour sometimes!
 
 
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March 13, 2013 - 1:34pm
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Ivanka Trump
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Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump, was never in real danger when her stalker was arrested in Doral on Sunday.

 

John Eugene Enabnit, 32, was arrested at a hotel in Doral, Fla., on Sunday after following Ivanka Trump there.
 
Ivanka, the 31-year-old daughter of Donald Trump, was at Doral to represent her family this past weekend at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship won by Tiger Woods.
 
The Trumps purchased Doral in 2012.
 
Enabnit has long had an obsession with Ivanka Trump and was arrested in February for alleged harassment at Ivanka's perfume launch in New York.
 
Enabnit was spotted at Doral on Saturday and then arrested on Sunday.
 
 
“Enabnit freely told our detectives that he was at the golf course trying to contact Ivanka Trump,” Doral police chief Richard Blom told El Nuevo Herald.
 
“After the arrest, we contacted [the] New York District Attorney’s Office to inform them of the incident because the man had violated a restraining order.”
 
Enabnit was spotted by a detective on Saturday, leading to his arrest a day later.
 
 
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March 13, 2013 - 10:47am
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Marc Rzepczynski
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Cardinals reliever Marc Rzepczynski was injured recently while attempting to hit a golf shot from some trees. The left-hander was struck in the eye and missed an outing against the Marlins.

Golf has long been the go-to sport for baseball pitchers during the off-season and during times when they aren’t scheduled to throw. Hall of Famer Don Sutton became quite a good player, and John Smoltz even tried his hand at playing professionally.

But there are risks, as St. Louis Cardinals reliever Marc Rzepczynski discovered last week when he attempted to hit a punch shot from the trees on the first hole of what was supposed to be a leisurely round. Rzepcznski hit the shot and fell to the ground after something struck his eye.

Bruised and temporarily blinded, Rzepcznski sat out for three days before returning to training camp on Monday for evaluation. Whether it was the ball that struck him or debris from the shot is uncertain, but as Rzepcynski told The St. Louis Post Dispatch, “It’s a freak, freak, freak thing. It's a one-in-a-billion-type of thing that happened.” 

Rzepczynski missed a scheduled date to pitch against the Marlins last Saturday. Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak told reporters that the team will continue to monitor the situation with the hopes that the injury is not serious. 

March 13, 2013 - 10:36am
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Natalie Gulbis
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In a written statement on Wednesday, Natalie Gulbis confirmed that she does, indeed, have malaria. The disease, contracted during the LPGA Tour's Asian swing, forced Gulbis to withdraw from two events.

Despite earlier denials, Natalie Gulbis’ agent confirmed on Wednesday that the LPGA star does, indeed, have malaria. Gulbis withdrew from the RR Donnelley Founders Cup event in Phoenix and a statement was released shortly thereafter.

It is believed she contracted the disease in Singapore during the LPGA’s Asian swing. She withdrew from the HSBC Women's Champions with what were, at the time, described as “flu-like symptoms.” At the time her spokespeople made it abundantly clear that there was no diagnosis of malaria.

That has changed. According to today’s statement, Gulbis is "expected to be at full strength in three weeks. LPGA doctors have been consulted and believe she is on appropriate medications, under great care, and her prognosis is excellent."

At the tournament site, Scottsdale Healthcare will be providing blood screenings for any players wishing to be tested. 

This has the potential to put a black eye on the LPGA’s recent expansion into foreign markets such as Thailand and Singapore as well as the non-sanctioned events in China and elsewhere. Malaria kills over 650,000 people annually according to the World Health Organization. Most of those deaths are children from poor countries.

And while American healthcare facilities are equipped to treat the disease, it is no small matter. According to the CDC, malaria must be aggressively treated and, even in the U.S., is potentially fatal. 

 

 

March 13, 2013 - 10:02am
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An American Caddie in St. Andrews
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"An American Caddie in St. Andrews," by Oliver Horovitz, goes on sale Thursday, March 14.

 

I recently received a copy of a new book entitled, "An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course," (Gotham Books) which goes on sale tomorrow, March 14.
 
It's a lovely memoir by 26-year-old American Oliver Horovitz, who has spent the last seven summers caddying at the Old Course.
 
It's quite interesting how Horovitz became a St. Andrews looper. 
 
As a senior in high school, Horovitz was given a deferred admission to Harvard College. He had been accepted, but had to first take a "gap year." 
 
During the gap year, Horovitz went to St. Andrews University, where he studied English, played on the golf team and enjoyed the school's 70/30 girl-to-boy ratio (Prince William was even enrolled there at the time). 
 
Since many of Horovitz's friends decided to stay and caddie at St. Andrews in the summer, he chose to do the same. That's where the story takes off.
 
Needless to say, Horovitz wasn't immediately "taken under the wing" of veteran caddies, but his hard work paid off and he eventually earned their respect.
 
"As soon as I started caddying in St. Andrews, back when I was 18, I knew that I'd stumbled into a special place," Horovitz said. "The Scots with which I was sharing bench space -- Bruce Sorley, Big Malcky, Wee Eck, Switchy, Boozy, Loopy -- these were guys that had looped for Presidents, for Arnold Palmer, for Tiger Woods. They were as old school as the Old Course. And I wanted to be like them. Each summer that I returned, the caddie shack became more and more central to my particular life. Now, with, 'An American Caddie in St. Andrews,' I want to share my story, and some unforgettable characters who ply their trade on the Old Course's famous 120 acres."
 
Once Horovitz went back home following his gap year to attend Harvard, he ended up homesick... for St. Andrews. 
 
A press release explains:
 
A cheap plane ticket purchased for the next summer's break and 20 sleepless hours later, Oliver is back where he belongs: on the links in St. Andrews. His adventures on the Old Course continue and include hosting secret evening training sessions with "Model Caddies" -- 25 beautiful University of St. Andrewss co-eds who founded a rival caddie program on the Old Course; debauched nights on the town throughout St. Andrews' numerous pubs; caddying for the likes of Larry David and Huey Lewis; and finding love (or something like it) for the first time.
 
This, fellow lovers of golf, is a must read.
 
To learn more, visit www.OliverHorovitz.com.
 
March 13, 2013 - 9:44am
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Eddie Pearce
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Eddie Pearce was going to the "Next Nicklaus"....until he wasn't.

 

As much as I love quick nuggets of info (I'm totally addicted to Twitter), I am an even bigger fan of long-form journalism. A great golf story, made even more compelling by a great golf story teller, is one of the true pleasures for the golf mind.
 
One of the best reads I've had in awhile was this stellar piece by Jason Sobel of The Golf Channel. It's a profile of Eddie Pearce, the best golfer you've probably never heard of - and that's a shame. A fast lifestyle cut short a career that could have been one for the ages. How does Pearce feel about it?