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LAND OF THE DUFFERS: U.S. OPEN GOLF GOES PUBLIC IN 2002

     Tomorrow, USGA officials and NY Gov. George Pataki make the
formal announcement that the 2002 U.S. Open will be played on the
Black Course at Bethpage State Park, a state-run public course.
The only other public course to host an Open is Pebble Beach, but
the $225 greens fees in Monterrey are about $200 more than those
at Bethpage.  The course will undergo a USGA-managed
reconditioning in the years before the Open (Jeff Williams,
NEWSDAY, 8/27).
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