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Wednesday
Mar132013

More Hope For Middle East Peace: Solheim Captain Mallon Appoints Former Pepper Nemesis Diaz To Senior Cart Driving Post

Beth Ann Baldry reports the historic news of Laura Diaz's appointment as an assistant Solheim Cup Captain by Meg Mallon.

And when you hear the details, it confirms (again) the sheer absurdity of the Team USA reaction and subsequent sulking in reaction to Dottie Pepper's infamous, mistakenly-broadcast-live "choking freakin dogs" remark from 200...7!

Apparently, childhood Pepper friend Diaz was still pouting over the remark years later but now the two Team USA vets have moved on and will share cart driving duties at this summer's Solheim Cup. (I had forgotten that Diaz vowed to never do an interview with Pepper. Televised golf was never quite the same.)

“I mean, we’ve been family for so long, I think that that’s probably why it bothered me the most,” said Diaz in Phoenix. “But now I just see it from a point of view that the passion that came out is the passion that we have for the Solheim Cup.”

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I appreciate that your codicil is tounge-in-cheek, but mistakenly thinking that the 2009 Solheim venue is the same as this year's (which is actually the Colorado Golf Club in Parker, CO) killed the effect.
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIceCat
I may be remembering incorrectly but it seems like the practice of mulitple assistants at these team match play events is relatively new (past 20 years or so), increasing from one to now, four or more.
My question is what are the assistants allowed to do? How important are they? Can they actually advise a player or pair of players during a match? Or is their purpose simply to be on the lookout and notify the captain by walkie-talkie to (for instance) hustle over to hole 15, Wie has a hangnail and it's a bear. She needs some help with it.
In my mind I can imagine the sponsoring organization telling the captain there is a boatload of ca$h, pick 4 friends to come along to be cheerleaders and help with bed checks. As with the players, nobody gets paid for their ''work," but transportation, food, room, and swag are provided.
03.14.2013 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
In 1971 when Bill Sharman was announced as the Lakers new coach he indicated that he would have K.C. Jones as an assistant coach. This was a first. As an announcer for the team I couldn't for the life of me figure out what he could do. However he proved to be a good listener when the players complained about their PT (playing time). Now of course there are 16 assistants and specialists on every NBA team. Golf is just following other sports, in the belief that more must be better.

Ice Cat
Don't ruin Geoff's best rips at course architecture, even if they are erroneous. He is without assistants or cart drivers.
03.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn S.
Karie Webb? Who is that?
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03.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesse Pinkman
@gov

" Wie has a hangnail and it's a bear. She needs some help with it. "

Lookin' like it'll be someone else's hangnail though.
03.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAG
Women... they can never drop an issue.
03.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Taggart
" Wie has a hangnail "

I was shocked to see during tonights' LPGA telecast that Michelle Wie is potentially the 10th player on this year's Solheim Cup US Team Is this possible? She is ranked 77th in the world and can't break an egg.
03.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D

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