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Bill Kwon

Sports Watch

By Bill Kwon

Friday, October 27, 2000



Tiger, Torre might
share isle spotlight

GUESS who's leading this week's PGA Tour event at Disney World? Tiger Woods, who else?

The guy wants to win everything, even a Mickey Mouse tournament.

With already $8.2 million in the bank this year, Woods' next target is to be golf's first $10 million man.

Never mind that Tiger was golf's first $6 million man last year. The previous single-season best in earnings was $2.5 million by David Duval in 1998.

Hawaii fans are all waiting in anticipation to see Tiger in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf next month at the Poipu Bay Resort on Kauai.

They'll be even more excited when he returns to defend his title in the Mercedes Championships involving all the 2000 winners on the the PGA Tour next January at Kapalua.

Hey, Tiger's grrrreat and all that.

But the first guy I'll seek out at Kapalua will be Joe Torre, manager of the World Series champion New York Yankees.

Torre played in the last two pro-ams at the Mercedes Championships as a special guest of the Kapalua Resort.

You can bet he'll be back as an even more special guest after his Yankees became the first team to win three straight World Series since the Oakland A's in 1972-74 by beating the New York Mets yesterday.

Don't be surprised if Roger Clemens will be there at Kapalua as well. He's also a friend of Kapalua. If the Maui resort doesn't invite him, the Rocket's buddy, Billy Andrade, might. Andrade's in the Mercedes field after winning for the first time since 1998.

Andrade, who won the Invensys Classic two weeks ago in Las Vegas, wasn't the only hot topic in the desert. Taking the desert by storm was Titleist's new Pro V1 392 solid-core golf ball.

A third of the field, including Andrade, used the new ball. Davis Love III said he's 10 yards longer off the tee with it.

And guess what ball Hale Irwin used for the first time in winning the EMC Kaanapali Classic on Maui last week?

The same new Titleist.


SENIOR MOMENT: It'll be interesting if Irwin can make it two in a row this week in the SBC Senior Classic in Los Angeles. But the player to watch is Joe Inman, who finished second to Irwin at Kaanapali.

Inman has won only twice on the Senior PGA Tour. And both of his victories were in this same event. He also starts the week with a remarkable string of 91 consecutive holes without a bogey after his bogey-free 54-hole tournament on Maui. The all-time senior tour record is 97, so we'll know today if he breaks it.


MOMENT OF SILENCE: The world of local golf lost one of its dearest friends and supporters in Kelvin Wong, who died Sunday at the age of 68.

Wong, owner of Tasty Foods of Hawaii, Inc., operated the food concessions at four municipal golf courses -- Ala Wai, Makalena, West Loch and Ewa Villages.

Kelvin is survived by his wife of 45 years, Peace; sons Michael and Ronald; daughters Brenda Yim and Kelli McCabe, and 14 grandchildren.

A Catholic Mass and Holy Communion will be held next Friday morning at Sacred Hearts Church, with burial to follow at Diamond Head Memorial Park at 12:45 p.m.

A reception will be held at the Ala Wai clubhouse later that afternoon.

"He had a lot of good times at the Ala Wai clubhouse with his friends and we want to honor our father there," said Kelli McCabe.

The family will continue to run the golf concessions.

Bill Kwon has been writing
about sports for the Star-Bulletin since 1959.

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