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April 08, 2002
We're definitely not in Kansas anymore
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April 08, 2002

Wild Off The Tee

We're definitely not in Kansas anymore

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The masters may blaze with azaleas, but golf's other rite of spring, the Kraft Nabisco Championship (a.k.a. the Dinah Shore), is always more colorful. At Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., blue-haired ladies sit side by side with younger fans sporting more exotic plumage, and when the golfing ends for the day, more than 30,000 women paint the town red. The Dinah is the most unusual dichotomy in sports: a sober major championship set amid the high jinks of a sexually charged spring break. In its own way the Dinah is also a monument to tolerance. For a week it's possible to live and let live—with gusto.

Scene and be seen
Last Saturday in Palm Springs, the Girl Rock Pool Party at the Doral Resort drew an overflow crowd during the day, while the Jungle Fever Party (above) at the Riviera Resort was the place to be at night. A few fans even found time to get out to Mission Hills and watch Marisa Baena play a few holes in the Nabisco Championship.

It takes all kinds
While troops from the nearby combat center volunteered standards, singer sophie B. Hawkins made sure her fans had a ball poolside

Holding steady
The week played a tattoo of bare midriffs, dancing at Osko's and Easter strolls at Missions Hills.