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GOLF NEWS & NOTES: NORMAN GETS SAUCY OVER NEW PRODUCT LINE
Published February 19, 1998
Greg Norman officially launched his own line of pasta sauces last week, according to GOLFWEEK'S "The Forecaddie." The "culinary expert" behind the two new varieties, garlic and basil, is Norman's wife, Laura, who developed the sauce in consultation with the manufacturers. Greg Norman: "I don't cook, I barbecue" (GOLFWEEK, 2/14). Norman also writes a column for SI's "Golf Plus" criticizing the media for alleging that President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky may had been together during Clinton's visit with Norman last year: "I say it has gone too far. The media have crossed the line between bona fide news and pure gossip. ... Those stories hurt people, real people" (SI, 2/23 issue). WHILE TALKING ABOUT CLINTON...: Vernon Jordan's membership on nine corporate boards, including Callaway Golf, was examined by CNN's Terry Keenan on "Moneyline." Keenan: "Jordan will collect more than $200,000 in annual director's fees from Callaway." Ely Callaway, on why a company benefits by having Jordan on its board: "Because of the kind of person he is, and his experience not only with the law, but with other corporations. Serving on many of the top boards gives him a background and a savvy, and an experience that's really very unique" (CNN, 2/18). TECHNO TIGER: CA-based Electronic Arts has signed Tiger Woods to lend his name to its latest PGA Tour game being released this summer. In San Francisco, Jamie Beckett reports that Woods could receive "as much as" $2M up front, and a percentage of royalties (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/19). ON THE LINKS: In Chicago, Ed Sherman profiled Rudy Slucker, who recently purchased Tommy Armour Golf and Ram Golf. While Armour and Ram combined for losses of $40M last year, Slucker "sees only black," and says his irons "will eventually be No. 1 in the marketplace, overtaking Callaway." Sherman: "Slucker is making only noise, not money. Like Callaway in the early 1990's, he is being scoffed at by the golf industry. Among the scoffers is Callaway himself" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/17)....A recent survey showed that women account for only 32% of new golfers, down from 37% five years ago (BUSINESS WEEK, 2/23 issue).