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Edited by Kevin Cook
October 12, 1998
Heavy HitterLawyer Leonard Decof makes a practice of winning golf's legal wars
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October 12, 1998

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Last year Decof concluded his latest major lawsuit, landing Rhode Island taxpayers a $103 million settlement from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, which had played a role in the failure of the state's credit unions. Rather than retire to his home on Newport's posh Cliff walk and tool around in his Mercedes S500 or his Porsche 911, he labors on for his club-swinging clients. Last week he canceled a trip to Hawaii, where he was to teach American law to Chinese government officials, judges and lawyers, to focus on his work for Callaway and the TPA. The latter has yet to pay him a cent.

"I have finally combined my passions—golf and the law," says Decof. "The only problem now is that the golf work consumes me, and it's ruining my game. My handicap has gone from five to 13."
—Rick Lipsey

Cheap Revenge

Laura Davies put on three hats and two pairs of sunglasses to get a $42 head start. "I love to shop," Davies announced as she joined 59 other LPGA pros for a Sept. 25 shopping spree at the VF Factory Outlet in Reading, Pa. "I come alive to shop," shot back Jan Stephenson. Their task: Stuff shopping carts with pricey goods for 72 seconds. When the last panting golfer wheeled her cart to the checkout stand, the team captained by Davies prevailed, led by Becky Iverson's record haul of $3,046 in merchandise. The champs earned $300 gift certificates for themselves and $15,000 for Kutztown's Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center. "I sprinted to the petite section," said Iverson, explaining her game plan. "You can fit more small stuff in your cart."

Davies was elated. "This is total redemption for the Solheim Cup," she said.
—Tom Hanson

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