HE SAID, SHE SAID.
Lost Canyons pro
This is the hardest hole. Members and guests think this would be a great finishing hole. (Nos.) 7, 8 and 9 are probably the three hardest back-to-back-to-back holes you'll find anywhere in the county. I want to aim left. I'm happy with 200 yards out. In the afternoon, with the wind in your face, this can play up to 520 yards (from the blacks). Good players try to take (the tee shot) over the edge of the left bunker. I have an iron in my hand. I'm thinking par here is a great score. If you par here, you feel like you made a birdie.
Cardoza's hole: He just cleared the left edge of the sand trap and his 3-iron approach shot went into a dropoff, just right of the green. Cardoza said it was an easy up-and-down and, for him, it was. He chipped to six inches.
Daily News golfcolumnist
This is a par-4, huh? It's a par-5 on my scorecard.
The course is beautiful, but it's tough. The only water hazard on the course blocks your view on the tee. I hit my tee shot in the sand trap and my second shot further down in the same sandtrap. The trap is about 100 yards in length, so it's not as bad as it sounds. I threw my ball out next to Cardoza's in the fairway and hit a couple of more shots until I hit a good shot with my 9-iron, just above the green. I chipped to within 10 feet. I was clearly out of my league here, but it was a great challenge.
TEEING OFF WITH ...
Ben Olson, UCLA quarterback
Olson is set to take over at quarterback for the Bruins, who were 10-2 under quarterback Drew Olson (no relation) last year. Olson, a sophomore, was a standout football and basketball player at Thousand Oaks High, but he's got some game on the golf course, too. Olson, who's 6-foot-5, said he can drive the ball as much as 350 yards. He said he doesn't play as much as he'd like but before UCLA's training camp opens on Aug. 7, he has some time. The thing that makes him nervous on golf courses are houses that line some holes, not sandtraps or water hazards. He's never hit a house and he hopes to keep it that way.
Daily News: What's your best memory on a golf course?
Ben Olson: I don't know that I have one great memory. It's the whole atmosphere of golf. I like being outside, especially early in the morning. It's the whole cliche of freshly cut grass. I love the atmosphere of golf. I like to go out with family and friends and enjoy the company and still keep it competitive.
DN: What's your most embarrassing moment on a golf course?
BO: I've had my fair share. I don't know that I've ever just missed the ball all together but a couple of times I've hit it three yards off the tee. Then there was a broken golf cart. It wasn't me, it was my buddy, Dave Anderson (a wide receiver for the Houston Texans). Me and my uncle and buddy Dave were playing and my uncle and Dave decided to play bumper carts. Things got carried away and the axel on our cart broke. I was kind of mad because we had to quit playing the round and take the cart back. The (club officials) were cool. They were just happy it didn't end up in a pond.
DN: Who would be in your dream foursome?
BO: Tiger Woods 7/8 it would be more embarrassing to play with him but you'd be playing with the pinnacle of the game. Then (quarterbacks)
Peyton Manning or Brett Favre or Tom Brady or John Elway or Joe Montana they all like to play golf. And my dad (Rick) - it's fun to spend time with your family. And one of the great things about golf is that it's something you can do together and you don't have to be an amazing athlete to play.
DN: You used to play golf with former teammate and quarterback Drew Olson. What was that like?
BO: It was fun. We'd get pretty competitive but Drew is better than I am. I'd try to hang with him a little bit but he used to beat me. I think some other players (at UCLA) say they can golf. I think (kicker) Justin Medlock plays and (tight end) Ryan Moya says he's pretty good. I think I'll have to get him out there.
DN: How competitive are you at golf?
BO: I've broken a few clubs (unintentionally). I just broke my pitching wedge a couple of months ago. I just poked it and I guess it hit at the right angle and just snapped. That's only happened once.
I've wanted to break some, though.
DN: Do you consider golf to be good exercise?
BO: Not really. I always say I get enough exercise (with football). Golf is a time for me to relax and scoot around in the cart. It's a thinking man's game. You've got to be mentally tough.
It's real easy to lose it and get frustrated. It's a very challenging game. You think, why is it so hard? Sometimes, it just looks a lot easier than it is.
DN: What's the strength of your game?
BO: My long ball. I can hit it probably 350 yards with some roll.
I actually went to a place where you get your club speed measured. I hit it 312 yards in the air and my clubhead speed was 130 mph. They said I should be part of a long drive contest. I really have a lot of holes in my game, though. I don't have the greatest swing, I just have a lot of power. If I really wanted to play for a good score, I'd just use my irons.
DN: What do you usually shoot?
BO: I'm what they call a very streaky player. I can do pretty well, just a couple over or around par, or I'm 20 shots over par. It depends on what day you catch me.
DN: You're 6-foot-5. It's an asset when you're playing quarterback but do you ever wish you were a little shorter when you're playing golf?
BO: To be honest, I don't know if it's an advantage or disadvantage. Sometimes, I feel my clubs are a little small for me. I might need to get some bigger ones. Maybe if I did, I'd be better.
6 photos, 7 boxes
(1) LOST CANYONS: No. 9 (Sky Course), PAR 4
John McCoy/Staff Photographer
(2) no caption (Ben Olson)
(3) no caption (Jay Delsing)
(4) no caption (Jason Gore)
(5) no caption (Scott Simpson)
(6) no caption (golf course)
(1) PRO'S SCORECARD
(2) TOUR PERFORMANCE
(3) ON THE CALENDAR
(4) THEY SAID IT
(5) TIP OF THE WEEK
(6) STAT OF THE WEEK
(7) IF YOU GO
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|Date:||Jul 12, 2006|
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