Toys for Needy Children tourney

There’s still time to sign up for the Toys for Needy Children Tournament, which tees off on Sunday. The 29th annual tourney is slated for an 8 a.m. shotgun start at El Cariso. Mike Downey runs this thing and has done an excellent job. Still spots open. Bring a new, unwrapped toy. For more info, contact Mike at mikedowney.ssc@verizon.net. Proceeds go to the fire department, which purchases and distributes toys to underprivileged children. Great cause.

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Ben Graham tournament

The 22nd Annual Ben Graham Memorial Tournament hosted by Bob Burns (CSUN) is Dec. 10 at Valencia Country Club. The tournament benefits the CSUN golf program. For more information, contact CSUN coach Jim Bracken at 818-802-2402 or Kevin Bailey at 818-985-3335 or James Forsyth at 661-290-2069.

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Roll, Collison to play?

Christmas might come early for the top-ranked Bruins (6-0). Guards Michael Roll and Darren Collison might play on Wednesday against George Washington. Roll (ruptured plantar fascia) and Collison (knee) both went through limited practice on Monday. This follows the news that Alfred Aboya – who fractured the orbital bone around his right eye – will play Wednesday with goggles.

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Skins Game this weekend

Here’s a press release from BZA on this weekend’s Skins Game:

Fridays Celebrity Pro-Am competition for the 25th anniversary LG SKINS GAME is filled with popular celebrities and a limited amount of tickets remain for the event. The annual, $1 million golf spectacle will be hosted on the brand new Celebrity Course for the first time at the Indian Wells Golf Resort this Thanksgiving weekend.

LG SKINS GAME defending champion Stephen Ames, Mr. Skins Fred Couples, Masters champion Zach Johnson and long-hitting Brett Wetterich will form the field for the Silver Anniversary LG SKINS GAME.

The LG SKINS GAME Celebrity Pro-Am is a fun outlet that enables the community to mingle with celebrities while enjoying the Celebrity Course in tournament condition before the fabulous foursome of Ames, Couples, Johnson and Wetterich take to it over the weekend.

The Pro-Am is a five-person shamble beginning at 10 a.m. (shotgun start). Celebrity participants include crooner Pat Boone, actors Joe Mantegna, Haley Joel Osment, Cheech Marin, Judd Hirsch, Michael Weatherly, Richard Roundtree, John Callahan, 1976 Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, Super Dave Osborne, former NFL player Fred Hammer Williamson, film producer and former United Artists Chairman and CEO Jerry Weintraub, television director Dennis Smith, famed sports producer Don Ohlmeyer and Celebrity Course designer Clive Clark, among others. LG SKINS GAME weekend including the star-studded Celebrity Pro-Am is fun for the whole family.

During LG SKINS GAME weekend at the Celebrity Courses fans village, fans can participate in the Beat the Pro putting contest and earn a chance to win daily prizes by beating Stephen Ames score on the villages 9-hole putting course. Fans charitable donation towards the contest are evenly split between the 29 Palms Marine Base and the Stephen Ames Foundation, which provides funding and support for junior golf programs in Canada and Trinidad & Tobago (Ames is a citizen of both nations). The main initiative of the foundation is the Stephen Ames Cup, an annual tournament between junior golf teams from Canada and Trinidad & Tobago.

On Friday and Saturday, the Callaway tent will offer free club fittings and swing analysis. The village will feature a kids area for face painting. Live music will follow the conclusion of Saturdays opening nine holes of LG SKINS GAME play.

Also in the Indian Wells Golf Resort village, families will have the opportunity to participate in a sweepstakes in the LG Electronics Product Gallery, where the title sponsor will be displaying a wide range of consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile phones. Prizes for the on-site sweepstakes include LG LCD computer monitors, portable GPS navigators and mobile phones with winners drawn on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as an LG 42-inch LCD HDTV grand prize in conjunction with the LG SKINS GAME final round Sunday.

LG Electronics also is providing an array of exciting prizes for LG SKINS GAME Pro-Am winners, including 32-inch LCD HDTVs for the first place fivesome, portable navigators for the second-place fivesome, and EnV by LG Mobile Phones for the third-place fivesome. Closest to the pin on the 14th hole will win LGs groundbreaking Super Blu dual-format high-definition disc player, while the longest drive from the 6th tee will win a 26-inch LCD HDTV. A hole-in-one on the Par 3 16 wins a 60-inch LG plasma HDTV.

Tickets for the 2007 LG SKINS GAME may be purchased at www.indianwells.com and at Indian Wells City Hall (44-950 Eldorado Drive) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and through the weekend. For more ticket and event information, call (760) 346-2489. Fans can enjoy all three days of action with a three-day pass for $75. Individual day tickets are priced at $25 for Fridays LG SKINS PRO-AM; $45 for Saturdays first round and $35 for Sundays final nine holes. Indian Wells residents will receive a special rate and can purchase these tickets at City Hall. Parking and shuttle service to and from the Indian Wells Tennis Garden are free.

In its 25th year, the LG SKINS GAME has established itself as a Thanksgiving weekend staple for sports enthusiasts. ABC will televise the $1 million LG SKINS GAME, a joint venture of ESPN Regional Television, Inc. and IMG Media. Annually one of the highest rated golf telecasts, the LG SKINS GAME will be televised on Saturday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30-3 p.m.

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Ex-Dodger Rhoden shares medalist honors at Champions Tour Q-school

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. Former Dodgers pitcher Rick Rhoden shared medalist
honors with Gene Jones in the Champions Tours National Qualifying Tournament, securing a
spot next year into open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events.
Rhoden, the winner of 50 celebrity golf titles, closed with a 3-under 69 to match Jones (68)
at 9-under 287 on the TPC Eagle Trace. They each earned $24,425.
Today was the best Ive played in a long, long time, said Rhoden, who had neck surgery earlier this year. I hit only one bad shot today and gave myself a lot of birdie
opportunities.
Mitch Adcock (70) and Rick Karbowski (71) tied for third at 5 under, Jim Chancey (71) and
Mike Goodes (73) followed at 4 under, and Greg Hickman (71) and Scott Masingill (75) were
another stroke back.
Jim Woodward (72), Craig Marseilles (76) and Kirk Hanefeld (77) tied for 29th at 4 over to
earn the last of the 31 spots.
Jones turned 50 in September. He had five birdies and one bogey Friday and made only four
bogeys in his final 45 holes.
I started off poorly the first couple of days with a double bogey on the first hole in
round one and a double on my second hole in the second round, but after that I played pretty
well, Jones said. Today was a good day for us and Im glad this is over. Its a tough
grind out there, but I put a lot of pressure on myself.

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Ex-Dodger Rhoden leads Champions Q-school

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) Former Dodgers pitcher Rick Rhoden had a hole-in-one
Wednesday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tours National
Qualifying Tournament.
Rhoden, the winner of 50 celebrity golf titles, aced the 186-yard, 17th hole with a 5-iron
and finished with a 2-under 70 for a 6-under 138 total at TPC Eagle Trace.
It was Rhodens ninth career hole-in-one and fourth in competition. He also made one at the
2006 U.S. Senior Open.
I played pretty well today, but I just didnt putt as well as I would have liked and missed
several opportunities, Rhoden said. There were some difficult holes out there, especially
on the back nine with the wind and water being a factor. I didnt see my ball go in at No.
17, but when I got closer to the hole I saw one of our rules officials making a signal that
it went in.
Mark Balen (67) and Scott Masingill (72) were two strokes back, and Rick Karbowski (70), Ron
Schroeder (70), Pat Laverty (70) and Jack Ferenz (70) were 3 under.
After the fourth round Friday, the low 30 players and ties will earn spots into open
qualifiers at all co-sponsored events on the 2008 Champions Tour.
Rhoden had been bothered by neck problems the last four years stemming from an accident he
had in 2002 when his car was hit by a cement truck.
I had surgery last January for a disk problem and I feel much better now, Rhoden said. I
had developed some bad habits the last four years after that accident and I still have some,
but I am playing better.

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