Co-author of Little Red Book dies

By Associated PressMay 8, 2009, 4:00 pm
DALLAS ' Bud Shrake, the co-author of Harvey Penicks Little Red Book who was known to have had drinks with Jack Ruby and was the longtime companion of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, died Friday. He was 77.
 
He died of lung cancer at an Austin hospital, son Ben Shrake said.
 
Sports writer Dan Jenkins, who attended junior high and high school with Shrake and later worked with him at the Fort Worth Press and Sports Illustrated, called Shrake a closet intellectual and the best-read person I ever knew.
 
He had prepared for this for the last several months, Jenkins said. Knowing Bud as I did, he was ready to take on another great adventure.
 
Shrake wrote at least 10 novels, including Blessed McGill in 1968 and Custers Brothers Horse in 2007. He collaborated with Willie Nelson on a biography, and his 1992 golf book with Penick was a best-seller.
 
Edwin Bud Shrake started his journalism career at the Fort Worth Press. He covered police, often from a bar across the street from the station, said Gary Cartwright, a longtime friend who was then covering the same beat for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. A copy boy who monitored police calls would tip them off to stories, and they would race to the scene.
 
Shrake later worked for the Dallas Times Herald and The Dallas Morning News before moving on to Sports Illustrated.
 
He was still working in Dallas in November 1963, when he and Cartwright decided to line the motorcade route to catch a glimpse of President John F. Kennedy. Shrake used to tell people that Kennedy winked at him as he rode past, as if to say You boys stay out of trouble, Cartwright said.
 
Shrake and Cartwright were roommates, and their apartment was often the site of parties after the nightclubs closed.
 
We knew all the nighttime characters, and Ruby was a guy we knew, Cartwright said, referring to the killer of Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. When the bars and clubs would close, all the people would go by our apartment almost every night, and Ruby was there frequently.
 
Jenkins called his friend an easy writer, a fast writer, a creative writer.
 
We were into smoking and drinking and hanging out, like most writers in the old days, Jenkins said. I think journalism was a stopover for him. But he was awfully good at it.
 
Shrake was married three times, including twice to his wife Joyce. He was also married to Austin real estate agent Doatsy Shrake from 1966 to 1980.
 
Shrake was close friends with Richards. His son said they were longtime companions for 17 years until her death in 2006. He will be buried next to her, Ben Shrake said.
 
They were both very mysterious about it and when you would ask them, they said, We intend to grow old together, Cartwright said.
 
Shrake is survived by another son, Alan; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 
Funeral services are Tuesday in Austin.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''


Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.