GOLF NEWS & NOTES: NORMAN GETS SAUCY OVER NEW PRODUCT LINE
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).