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Golf Life: Seen on the Green | November 2004

MUCH ADU ABOUT PAR As if signing a multimillion-dollar contract at the age of fourteen wasn't enough for soccer prodigy Freddy Adu, it turns out that the D.C. United forward is also "an embarrassingly good golfer," according to Doug Hicks, the team's vice president of communications. Adu picked up the game while training in Bradenton, Florida. He shot par on his first-ever hole—though he went on to card a 120—and now regularly shoots in the eighties at suburban Maryland layouts, including Congressional Country Club, where he plays as a guest of friends. These aren't the only courses Adu has scored well on: This spring, while most students his age were finishing their freshman year in high school, Adu received his diploma.

KNIGHT MOVES Members at LakeRidge Country Club in Lubbock, Texas, may wonder about the legitimacy of Texas Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight's six-handicap, considering all the time he spends around water hazards. "He's just a ballhawk," says LakeRidge head pro Pete Petersen with a laugh. "His second shot will be up on the green, but he can't walk by water without looking for balls. I've had to hold onto him while he stretches to snare one." A tactical golfer, Knight rarely loses his own balls or, more surprisingly, his temper. "He doesn't throw clubs," Petersen adds. "The only time I've seen him get angry was when he left his Ping putter on the course and nobody turned it in." Earlier this year Knight, who is a partner in the Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin, Indiana, had been rumored to be heading back to the Big Ten. Red Raiders boosters might entice the General to stay by returning his putter—or buying him a telescoping ball retriever.

MARKED ANTHONY Denver Nuggets sophomore sensation Carmelo Anthony's lack of a golf game didn't prevent him from getting involved in his own charity's event—the Syracuse University Champions of Denver—at Vista Ridge Golf Club this August. But after inviting SU legends Jim Boeheim and Floyd Little to tee it up in Erie, Colorado, "Melo" accepted an invitation to represent the U.S. at the Athens Olympics and was forced to greet the Vista Ridge crowd via videotape. Anthony, whose ability to put the ball in the hole on the hardwood doesn't yet translate to the golf course, might consider taking some pointers from former Nugget Jon Barry, a four-handicap who's the brother-in-law of Tour player Billy Andrade.

PLAYING HOSTS As a television journalist, Jane Pauley learned to protect her sources. Now she appears to be protecting her courses. The former Today show and Dateline host, who recently made public her battle with bipolar disorder, won't divulge which New York City-area courses she and her husband, Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, play, but the folks at Westchester County's private Saint Andrew's Golf Club might know. And speaking of Today hosts, a recent visit to Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, Long Island, revealed the nameplate of Matt Lauer gleaming in the men's locker room. Lauer, who also belongs to Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, New Jersey, is one of only a handful of golfers lucky enough to gain admittance to Deepdale, the club that reportedly once counted Ike among its members.

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