One Round, 17 Aces:
Kevin Lacey of Cincinnati won the Professional Putters Association's first major of the year, the Southern Open, at the Putt-Putt in Augusta (below). Lacey opened the championship round with a near-perfect 19 and went on to shoot a 76-under 212 over eight rounds to edge Georgians Lewis Burton and Greg Ward. "I wasn't thinking about a perfect game, I just wanted the win. It's my first major," said Lacey, who took home $2,000 of the Open's $10,000 purse.
After a poor pitch to the 4th green at last week's Houston Open, Mike Standly tried to slam his wedge into his bag but let go too soon and watched the club whirl into a water hazard. "Throw a provisional wedge," an onlooker said.
Three-time U.S. Open tennis champ Ivan Lendl, now a mainstay on the celebrity golf circuit, has entered his local U.S. Open qualifier at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford, Conn.
Feel Lucci, Punk?
Andreas Huber, the 18-year-old son of soap opera star Susan Lucci, advanced to the finals of the Richardson Memorial, a topflight New York amateur match-play event. He lost 6 and 5 to Greg Rohlf while Mom signed autographs in the gallery.
Don't Go Spikeless:
Tour pro Spike McRoy's Web page (www.spikeweb.com) is for every fan who dreams of becoming "a Spiketator like so many others." How many others? At last count the Spike site had racked up 1,389 hits.
Ghost of the Machine:
Gene Littler at last week's Bruno's Memorial Classic: "I used to say, 'As long as I'm competitive, I'll play golf.' But I'm not competitive. Still, what else am I going to do? Go home and play golf?"
An estimated 400,000 golf carts, some featuring CD players and sheepskin seat covers, have replaced autos in such upscale communities as Palm Desert, Calif., Peachtree City, Ga., and Sun City, Ariz. Residents love their eco-friendly electric carts, but the going isn't always E-Z. Police in those cities have their own souped-up buggies ready for hot pursuit.
Last week Everett Henriquez, 27, was arrested for inhabiting a foxhole he had dug near the 2nd fairway at Van Cortland Golf Course in the Bronx. His three-by-eight-foot home was six feet deep and featured earthen stairs, a mattress, three bags of marijuana, a bow and arrow, several pairs of women's shoes and a sock full of rocks. Henriquez, who says his other residence is his grandmother's house, blew his cover by firing a shotgun at some noisy neighbors, a flock of geese.