This Week in Golf History February 24-March 2


Feb. 24, 1994 ' Dinah Shore dies at age 76 after a life as a great benefactor of womens golf. An LPGA major - The Nabisco Dinah Shore in the Palm Springs area - was named for her. Later the name changed to the Kraft Nabisco Championship, but many still refer to it as 'The Dinah.'
Feb. 26, 1978 ' Nancy Lopez wins the first title of her career, the Bent Tree Classic in Sarasota, Fla., by one stroke over JoAnn Washam. She had played in six events up until then and finished second in three of them.
Feb. 27, 1902 ' Gene Sarazen born in Harrison, N.Y. His birth name was Eugenio Saracini, but he changed it in his youth to become more Americanized.
Feb. 28, 1992 ' Sixteen-year-old Tiger Woods makes his pro-tournament debut in the Nissan Los Angeles Open. He missed the cut.
Feb. 28, 2000 ' Notah Begay reports to the jail in Albuquerque, N.M., to begin serving a week-long sentence for drunk driving.
Mar. 1, 1974 ' Deane Beman begins his succession of Joe Dey as commissioner of the PGA Tour. At that time the tour was named the Tournament Players Division of the PGA.