Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Roundup: LPGA's First Winner

I don't like posting two obituary items in a row, but the Grim Reaper waits for no one ...

So: Polly Riley, the Fort Worth amateur who won the first-ever tournament played on the LPGA Tour, recently passed away from cancer at the age of 75.

Riley won the 1950 Tampa Open, finishing five shots ahead of LPGA cofounder and Hall of Famer Louise Suggs. Riley also captained the 1962 U.S. Curtis Cup team and was a member of six of those teams. She was runner-up at the 1947 U.S. Women's Open to Betty Jameson. And at the 1948 Texas Women's Open she defeated Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the championship match by the lopsided score of 10-and-9.

Riley is a member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

The famous author and fellow Fort Worthian, Dan Jenkins, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Riley "helped put Fort Worth golf on the map. In terms of grabbing national headlines, Polly was the next biggest thing we had going, behind Ben (Hogan) and Byron (Nelson)."

Other notes:

• TravelGolf.com has a good profile of Jim Apfelbaum, a golf junkie and journalist from Austin. Apfelbaum has hosted a golf radio show in Austin, on KVET-AM, for nine years. He runs a Web site dedicated to golf literature called The Hearthstone Review. And he recently started his own golf blog called Golf Digress (although he badly needs to adjust the width of that blog to make it easier to read).

• And more hog trouble on Texas golf courses. This time the pesky critters are tearing up the Uvalde municipal course. The course has captured three of the hogs but believes a fourth is out there still causing damage. What's the secret to luring a feral hog into a trap? The Uvalde course has been using ... raspberry Jell-O.

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