golf

1:40pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Sports

WEB EXCLUSIVE: An interview with Hall of Fame golfer Billy Casper

Billy Casper during his US Open win at San Francisco's Olympic Club - from his book "The Big Three and Me"

Golf hall-of-famer Billy Casper reflects upon his career, golfers over the generations, and what has shaped his game and life, in this conversation with KALW's Ben Trefny.

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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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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12:00pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Arts & Culture

From the projects to the putting green

The Visitacion Valley Middle School is located in the southern part of San Francisco – one of the poorest residential areas of the city. It's recess and kids are outside playing the typical sports: football, basketball. But at this school, there's also golf.

Tony Anderson, Visitacion Valley's site director, works with 20 to 30 kids every day at the schools practice range. One is a 13-year-old named Faletui Manu. “Manu is one of our students who's been with us. He's just walked up to practice on his little chip here,” says Anderson, before congratulating Manu on a nice shot.

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