Styx 'n' Stones 'n' Flounders
Tibby Torhorst became a roadie when she lugged amps and did other odd jobs during the 1988 Monsters of Rock tour. She has worked for Styx, Metallica and Marilyn Manson, and now tours with Peter Jacobsen, Mark Lye and Payne Stewart (the cardboard guys, right to left below, with Torhorst), a.k.a. Jake Trout and the Flounders. Golf's first roadie travels with the band and sells Trout CDs and videos at PGA Tour stops. "I'm tired," she says. "I have to get my rock-and-roll body up at 5 a.m. and open our tent at 6. Rockers get up at noon." It is strange, she says, to segue from Styx to golf sticks, from tours on which spikes are for piercing players' noses to a Tour on which Justin Leonard is thought to be phat. "The band isn't pierced at all, as far as I can tell, and their merchandise is wholesome—not like the Marilyn Manson tour, where our best-seller was a 'God of F—-' T-shirt," says Torhorst, 31, whose parents love her new gig. "I spent years with bands like the Rolling Stones, but my family didn't think I had a real job until I went to work for Peter Jacobsen."
Bullish on Unbearable Golf
On May 31, The New York Times reported a link between golf skill and financial success. "Improving one's golf game, it turns out, really is good for business," claimed The Times, which checked out 51 CEOs and found that the lower their handicaps, the better their companies' stocks perform. General Electric's John F. Welch Jr., with a 3.8 handicap, Sprint's William T. Esrey (10.1), IBM's Louis V. Gerstner Jr. (13.1) and others seem to prove that talent in golf and in commerce go hand in hand. "But not for me. I'm happy if I break 100," says Michael Magerman, who was president of Odyssey Golf from 1990 to '97. "My work gave me entree to a lot of high-level golf outings—prestigious events, coveted tee times. The common view was that running a golf business meant having a scratch handicap and playing six times a week. I was the exception. I was out there three- or four-jacking greens." Thanks to a no-competition clause in the $130 million sale of his company to Callaway in 1997, Magerman now gets paid not to work and has plenty of time for golf. "I'm improving," he says. "My A game is now like other people's C games."