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IT'S BEEN TOTAL FIASCO.

Byline: GREG WILCOX Golf

On Friday, the Los Angeles City Council gets another crack at the matter of Woodley Lakes Golf Course's unfinished clubhouse, which now stands as a monument to bureaucratic bungling.

Council members are being urged to OK the appropriation of $687,347, which will pay for finishing a $2.3 million project that began almost three years ago.

Friday's action is considered a routine matter. I hope so, because all this has been is a routine fiasco. The clubhouse should not have cost so much money and it certainly should not have taken this long to build.

City officials blamed the contractor, Target Construction, for the delays. Target Construction blamed the city, saying it came up short on the project's specifications. Golfers blamed the city for not acting quicker. And lawyers are likely to eventually get involved, further running up the cost.

George Noonan, who represents the Woodley men's club on the Citizens Golf Advisory Committee, offers a succinct summation.

``Everyone is embarrassed,'' he said. ``(But) in two or three days you will hear the hammer hit the nail.''

The clubhouse, which is architecturally bland, took about a year to build and the inside work was about 95 percent complete when work stopped.

The city finally fired the contractor and about a month ago settled with the bonding company for $427,765, said Armando De La O, who was in charge of managing the project for the city's Department of Recreation and Parks.

It will take about three months for workers from the city's General Services Department to finish the project, he said.

``They are mobilized and they are ready to go. They have given me their word that once the motion is approved by the City Council they will proceed with construction,'' he said.

The city is also thinking about spending a little bit more on the project to buy name-brand appliances for the kitchen.

Once the clubhouse is finished, the temporary facilities, which have been in place for years, will be torn down. They are supposed to be replaced by a practice area for chipping and putting. Woodley Lakes, long know for its quality greens, will finally get some respect.

It's all good news for Tom Estby, a longtime club member who has served on a number of committees.

``It's long overdue. We've been the brunt end of bad jokes,'' he said.

--Senior tournament begins: The 50th annual Senior Men's Gold Championship & Handicapp Tournament starts today at the Balboa-Encino Golf Complex in the Sepulveda Dam Basin.

The tournament was open to golfers over age 50 with a United States Golf Association index of no more than 20.

The defending champion is Bill Brooks of Wood Ranch Country Club.

ON THE GREEN

PGA TOUR

Michelob Championship

at Williamsburg, Va.

Course: Kingsmill Golf Club (6,853 yards, par 71)

Schedule: Today through Sunday

Purse: $3.5 million, $630,000 to winner

TV: ESPN (Thursday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m.)

LPGA TOUR

Samsung World Championship

at Vallejo, Ca.

Course: Hiddenbrooke Golf Club (6,359 yards, par 72)

Schedule: Today through Sunday

Purse: $750,000, $157,000 to winner

TV: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-3 p.m.)

PGA SENIOR TOUR

Turtle Bay Championship

at Kahuku, Hawaii

Course: Turtle Bay Resort, Palmer Course (6,590 yards, par 72)

Schedule: Friday through Sunday

Purse: $1.5 million, $225,000 to winner

TV: PAX (Friday, 2-4 p.m.) and CNBC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m.)

SCORING AVERAGE

PGA

1 Tiger Woods #68.61

2 Sergio Garcia #68.99

3 Davis Love III #69.05

3 Vijay Singh #69.05

5 Phil Mickelson 69.21

LPGA

1 Annika Sorenstam 69.29

2 Se Ri Pak 69.65

3 Rosie Jones 70.18

3 Karrie Webb 70.18

5 Dottie Pepper 71.23

PGA SENIOR

1 Gil Morgan 69.06

2 Allen Doyle 69.24

3 Hale Irwin 69.26

4 Bruce Fleisher 69.44

5 Tom Kite 69.72

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