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Golf Life: Seen on the Green | January 2004

GOLFIN' IN THE FREE WORLD Nobody would ever dare call Neil Young a one-hit wonder, so it's a pretty sure bet that his appearance at last year's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am won't be his last. Word has it that the fifty-eight-year-old rocker, a bogey golfer who keeps his card at California's Half Moon Bay Golf Links, made tee times at nearly every stop on his recent nationwide concert tour, including a quick nine at West Woods Golf Club before a performance at Colorado's Red Rocks amphitheater. Young's golf roots run deep. His father, Canadian sportswriter Scott Young, got him started as a kid, and he often played with his father-in-law, longtime AT&T supporter Tom Morton. "He always wanted us to play in this tournament together," Young told reporters at Pebble. "So I'm doing it for him, for my family, for myself and for fun." "Shakey," as he's known, played with Tour pro Brian Henninger at Pebble, and he's working with Henninger's agent, Peter Jacobsen Productions, on a made-for-television golf event to air sometime this fall.

ANGEL IN THE FAIRWAY During her '70s heyday, Cheryl Ladd's talents with a .38, among other things, made Charlie's Angels on Wednesday nights must-see TV. For the past twenty years, her talents with a three-wood have turned celebrity golf tournaments into must-play events. Ladd, a seventeen-handicap who has served as Buick's golf ambassador at PGA Tour events, recently inked a deal with Miramax Books to write Token Chick, a book about her involvement in golf, which is due out in 2005.

A GOOD JOYSTICK?Tobey Maguire's crowd-pleasing performances in the blockbusters Spider-Man and Seabiscuit have more than confirmed his A-list credentials. However, his box-office success seems to translate better to the Xbox than to the tee box. Despite unconfirmed reports of Maguire sightings on several Los Angeles-area courses, the only golf this actor and video-game aficionado actually plays is on the small screen. We're talking Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004.

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