Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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7:23pm

Tue June 12, 2012
SPORTS

Visit the site of this year's US Open, San Francisco's own Olympic Club

The Olympic Club golf course from overhead
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jill Clardy

John Abendroth is a member of the Olympic Club, the site of this year’s US Open. It’s the nation’s oldest athletic club – founded in 1860. Abendroth has been a member since 1967 and now he’s the media chair for the Open. KALW’s Ben Trefny joined him at the venerable space a few weeks ago, for a behind the scenes look at the Olympic Club as it was being transformed for golf’s national championship.

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5:56pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 12, 2012

Everything you always wanted to know about golf but were afraid to ask.

3:11pm

Tue June 12, 2012
SPORTS

Billy Casper and the game of golf

Billy Casper's new book “The Big Three and Me” is about golfing in the time of Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus. Casper won  51 PGA tournaments altogether, including the Masters and another US Open. He’s now in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Heady stuff for a kid who grew up poor and moved from place to place with parents who weren’t around much to take care of him. But Billy Casper found the game of golf, and in the process he found a gift.

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2:46pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Sports, golf, US Open

Once in a lifetime hole-in-one

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Golf’s national championship has come to San Francisco. Right now, the game’s greatest players are teeing up at the Olympic Club, where they’ll compete in the US Open in two days time. It’s a true celebration of the game – not so much because of the stars who come out, but because of the workaday golfers who have the chance to take the same stage, like Todd Fischer. Until 2000, the golf instructor from Pleasanton had never played in the US Open.

“As a golfer, everybody’s dream, probably, is to play in the US Open once,” says Fischer.

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12:03pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top News Stories for Tuesday, June 12, 2012

(Sacramento Bee) // Assembly and Senate Democrat leaders are attempting to block the governor’s proposed cuts to programs that benefit the poor. They met with Brown yesterday to outline a budget plan that has a smaller reserve fund and cuts an obsolete high school scholarship. Since Democrats can pass a budget proposal with a simple majority, they have left Republicans at the periphery of the discussion and expect to present their budget plan to the governor Friday…

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