Fun and Games with Daly and Co

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 15, 2003, 4:00 pm
The LPGA's past and future paired up with the PGA Tour's longest as Nancy Lopez, Michelle Wie, Hank Kuehne and John Daly got together Monday evening for a nine-hole, fourball skins game for charity at the Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho.
 
With Daly teeing off of his Diet Coke can at one point, the main focus was clearly fun, with a little golf added into the mix.
 
Riding a hot putter late in the match the team of Lopez and Kuehne collected $16,000 for their charity, the University of Idaho men's and women's golf teams, while the Wie and Daly pairing produce $9,000 for the Boise State University golf teams.
 
Wie, who will stay put in Boise to play in this weekend's Albertsons Boise Open (The Golf Channel will broadcast all four rounds beginning Thursday at 5:00 PM ET), more than held her own against her elders.
 
The 13-year-old knocked in a 10-footer for par to win the 3rd hole and then wowed the crowd at the 8th by rolling in a 40-footer for birdie that would have won the hole if not for a Kuehne make from off the green.
 
When asked how she was handling the transition from her long summer golfing whirlwind to high school, she responded just like a teenager would, saying, 'It's really fun, I love it. I just love high school! What can I say?'
 
Kuehne, who leads the PGA Tour in driving distance, just ahead, of course, of Daly, couldn't find a fairway all evening but it really didn't matter as he rolled in putts of 50-feet, 15-feet, 12-feet and 15-feet on holes six through nine to lift he and his partner Lopez to two skins and two halves on the final four holes.
 
Lopez, the Hall of Famer with 48 LPGA Tour victories, showed she still has some game by winning the 5th hole that was worth two skins and $5,000.
 
A few of her close approach shots late in the round were also key, as it freed up her partner Kuehne to go at the hole on a couple of his long makes.
 
Daly, who also took on cameraman duties on one hole, seemed to make sure all who turned out had a good time but still managed to show flashes of his game that won him the '91 PGA Championship and the '95 British Open.
 
His approach shot at the second that landed two feet from the pin resulted in a kick-in birdie that won the pair two skins, and after nearly driving the green at the par-4th ninth, his delicate chip just missed finding the bottom of the cup to win the hole.
 
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