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.
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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.


We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

Full-field scores from the Joburg Open

Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.