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The Pluck Of The Irish

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‚ÄčOn Thanksgiving Day, John and Josephine Phelan awoke early and turned on their television at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. There was much for these Irish immigrants to be thankful for as their son’s score flashed on the leader boards at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.Seven time zones and some 8,500 miles from their living room, Kevin Phelan, a rookie on the European Tour after advancing through Q school two weeks earlier, finished with birdies on two of his last three holes to shoot 70 in his first round as an exempt tour member. For the 23-year-old University of North Florida honor student and GB&I Walker Cup standout, this was an important early step in the journey John and Jo [&hellip

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Things are heating up in Vijay Singh’s lawsuit against the PGA Tour as other tour pros potentially could be impacted. Singh’s attorneys are seeking in discovery all tour records detailing violations of its drug policy since it was installed in 2008, including positive tests, banned substances and discipline, some information of which would not ordinarily be made public. The policy only requires violations of performance-enhancing drugs be revealed, not recreational drugs.Doug Barron, Mark Calcavecchia, Matt Every, Scott Verplank and Dustin Johnson were five players specifically named in requests by Singh’s lawyers. Barron, who was treated for low testosterone, is the only golfer known to be sanctioned by the tour for using a performance-enhancing drug. After his one-year suspension was lifted in September 2010, Barron was [&hellip

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Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Joel Asarch died in March at the age of 60.The Long Beach resident was first elected to the Nassau County District Court in 2000. He served the court until 2006 when he was elected to the state Supreme Court. Prior to serving as a judge, he worked in private practice in Lynbrook.Asarch earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.He served as an adjunct professor at Touro Law School and Nassau Community College.John BierwirthFormer Grumman Corp. Chairman, President and Chief Executive John C. Bierwirth died in May at a hospice in Freeport. He was 89.A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and graduate of Yale [&hellip

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A $1.4 million legal battle is brewing over who’s to blame for the collapse of plans to build a golf course south of Mather Air Force Base.Davis Jackson, the local developer who hoped to build the 18-hole course, contends that property owners are to blame. In a lawsuit filed Feb. 6 in Sacramento County Superior Court, he asks for $1.4 million in damages, including $400,000 he claims to have spent on the project and $1 million for profits he would have gained from building and operating the course. His company, Pacific Golf Group Inc., also wants the courts to rule that it should be allowed to buy the 181-acre site and proceed with development.The lawsuit also says that owners of the site now are trying [&hellip

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You’ve waded into the thick grass that rings the fourteenth hole at your group’s annual tournament. The good news is you’ve found your ball. But the bad news is that it lies underneath this hellacious growth known as the rough. So you select a club, aim for the hole, swing mightily…and drop your ball straight into a pretty pond. Teeth clenched, face contorted, you vow that if you ever get your hands on the sadist who created this course… well, you know the rest. Chances are, your atrocious performance is not the fault of the course’s architect. The 122 members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), who design the 350 new courses unveiled in the United States each year, do not strive [&hellip

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