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A PRIVATE ROUND WITH ARNOLD PALMER AT $40,000 A FOURSOME?

          Several sports agencies are locking up golf-course
     rentals for September's Ryder Cup in Boston, according to
     Sacha Pfeiffer of the BOSTON GLOBE.  IMG will offer execs
     from Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments and Nextel, and
     their invited guests, "to rub shoulders" with Arnold Palmer
     at Brae Burn Country Club "in a private tournament costing
     $40,000 a foursome."  IMG Boston VP & Managing Dir Rob
     Stevens said that the one-day event will be "very, very
     exclusive."  Several courses close to Ryder Cup-host The
     County Club in Brookline have been "bought" by firms for the
     week.  Woolf Associates has rented the Woodland and Weston
     Golf Clubs for a "very private, very exclusive, Ryder-themed
     experience" for their clients.   At the Belmont and
     Winchester Country Clubs, Atlanta-based Katz Sports & Media
     will "sell tee times for $650 per person during" the Ryder
     Cup.  BankBoston has leased the Charles River Country Club
     for $500,000 over the course of the entire tournament.
     Charles River Club Pro Andy Froude said, "Our members are
     basically out of a home for five days.  They're not supposed
     to even come on the property" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/31).      

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