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April 07, 1997
Augusta's Kid Next Door
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April 07, 1997

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VOTES

FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF GOLF, Ben Hogan

3

ON LEARNING COLF, Percy Boomer

2

LITTLE RED BOOK, Harvey Penick

2

GOLF IN THE KINGDOM, Michael Murphy

2

THE GOLF MACHINE, Homer Kelly

1

THE ONE-MINUTE GOLFER, Ken Blanchard

1

WINNING GOLF, Larry Nelson

1

THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE, Koming Homing

1

THE FULL SWING, Jack Nicklaus

1

How TO FEEL A REAL SWING, Bob Toski

1

GOLF FOR LIFE, Nick Faldo

1

KOMING KOMING, Bob Rotella

1

Augusta's Kid Next Door

It has been 10 years since one of Augusta's own, Larry Mize, won the Masters, but the home folks may soon have someone else to root for: Charles Howell.

Howell, 17, was seven when he began playing regularly with his father at Augusta Country Club, which borders Augusta National and is the course at which Mize learned to play. Howell won his first national tournament, the Future Masters, when he was 10, and he has been tearing through the junior ranks ever since. Last year he won four national titles, was the American Junior Golf Association player of the year and took Tiger Woods to the 17th hole in the third round of the U.S. Amateur before losing.

Howell, a senior at Westminster Preparatory School in Augusta, will enter Oklahoma State this fall. But first he will play in the PGA Tour's Greater Hartford Open in July on a sponsor's exemption, and he is also considering whether to play in the Monday qualifying for the BellSouth Classic in May.

That tournament, though, conflicts with the Georgia high school championship, and Howell has yet to decide whether to stick with his Wildcats or take on the big boys. "I hope he chooses the high school tournament," says Oklahoma State coach Mike Holder. "There'll be plenty of PGA Tour events in his career."

The most exciting of those would be the Masters at the National, a course Howell has played three times. The first time he played there, as a guest of family friend and club member Louis Battey, Howell shot 79. He was 10. Subsequently he shot a pair of even-par 72s, as a 14-year-old and again last month. "The 5th hole is the toughest," Howell says, "but people don't know it because that part of the Masters isn't shown on TV" Not that he's an expert on CBS's coverage of the tournament. He has attended every round of the Masters for the last 10 years.

Howell says he hasn't given much thought to becoming the next Mize, whom he met for the first time last fall at the Buick Challenge in Pine Mountain, Ga., but figures he knows how Mize felt when he was grooming his game next door to the National. "Being from Augusta would make winning the Masters as good as it gets," he says.

Naked Came the Golfers

According to the Tour media guide, Gary McCord's special interest is spoofing people, but McCord swears his latest project, a golf version of the best-selling novel Naked Came the Manatee, is no joke.

McCord says he is recruiting players from the LPGA, PGA and Senior tours, each of whom will write a chapter, picking up where the previous writer left off. Manatee, written by a baker's dozen of Florida-based writers, including Dave Barry, Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard, is itself a takeoff on the 1969 book Naked Came the Stranger, a novel with chapters written by a group of New York writers.

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