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 Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber rank in the top 100 in Golf Digest's Athlete-Golfers Ranking. 

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SEATTLE - 5/4/2007

From bowlers and boxers to surfers and speed skaters, golf mania among professional jocks is rampant. Accordingly, Golf Digest identifies the best golfers from the world of sports in its Athlete-Golfers Ranking appearing in the June 2007 issue (on newsstands May 8). The Athlete-Golfers Ranking can be viewed now at www.golfdigest.com/athletes.

PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber made this year’s list, ranking tied for 73rd and 84th, respectively.

Rick Rhoden, the former major-league baseball pitcher and all-time leading money-winner on the Celebrity Players Tour, is No. 1 in the magazine’s ranking with a plus-2.5 Handicap Index. (A Handicap Index is a measure of a player’s ability. The lower the Handicap Index, the better the player).

Rhoden, 53, is now a professional golfer trying to make his mark on the Champions Tour. “After 10 years I’d seen and been through everything in baseball,” he told Golf Digest. “Every course in America has scratch players, but that doesn’t mean they can make a dime playing professional golf.”

Rounding out the Top 10 are: No. 2 Ray Sheppard, former Detroit Red Wing (plus-2.5); No. 3 Sterling Sharpe, ex-Green Bay Packer (plus-2.4); No. 4 Dan Quinn, Ex-NHLer (plus-2.1); No. 5 Craig Hentrich, Tennessee Titans punter (plus-2.0); T-6 Ryan Longwell, Vikings kicker; T-6 Andy Van Slyke, former Gold Glove outfielder; T-8 Chris Chandler, ex-Falcons quarterback (plus-1.5); T-8 Trent Dilfer, former Ravens quarterback (plus-1.5) and T-8 Billy Joe Tolliver, ex-NFL quarterback.

Others in the diverse crowd of Golf Digest’s athlete-golfers are: John Elway (T-21); Pete Sampras (T-21); Michael Jordan (T-30); surfing great Kelly Slater (No. 42); Larry Bird (No. 60); Ivan Lendl (T-81); Oscar De La Hoya (T-158); skier Bode Miller (T-158); Martina Navratilova (T-158); Barry Bonds (T-172); Hank Aaron (T-209); and Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip (No. 215).

In most cases, the handicaps were gleaned from the U.S. Golf Association’s Golf Handicap and Information Network. Golf Digest also relied on information from state associations, the athletes themselves, professionals at their clubs and friends who have played with them.

Handicaps appearing without decimal points are unofficial estimates.

Of the 220 athletes on the ranking, 159 come from football, baseball and the NHL. Football has the most with 70, followed by baseball (58), hockey (31), and basketball (25).

Six women made the list, led by tennis great Gigi Fernandez (T-36) with a 1.6 handicap. The other five are: softballer Lisa Fernandez (T-121); WNBA player Lindsay Whalen (T-194); soccer star Brandi Chastain (T-209); former speed skater and Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair (No. 214); and former basketball standout Rebecca Lobo (219).


More than 300 amateur bowlers from across the country tried to earn big money going against top professionals Chris Barnes and Pete Weber in the $250,000 Bowling Shootout, May 2-3 at The Orleans in Las Vegas.

The event, certified and sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress, is a made-for-TV skins game tournament open to all U.S. amateurs 18 years of age and older. Amateurs earned expense-paid trips to Las Vegas through in-center qualifying rounds. Amateurs advanced in four average based divisions (up to 180, 181-190, 191-200 and 201+) with rolling strikes against their opponents being the key to success.

USBC local association officials worked as judges for the event's center qualifying rounds which ran from last October through early April. USBC also lent the assistance of its rules counselors to answer rules questions.

The amateurs rolled three rounds of bowl-offs May 2 with the top two joining Barnes and PBA Hall of Famer Weber the next day in the taped finals. The show will air at 2:30 p.m. EDT May 20 on ESPN. Bowl-off round winners receive a portion of $100,000.

The top two amateurs, Barnes and Weber will compete for frame-by-frame money worth $150,000 plus prizes worth up to $50,000. Bowlers with the highest pinfall win money for each frame. Money from one frame carries to the next in the two-tie, all-tie format.

Other sponsors are the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, Professional Bowlers Association, AMF Centers, Brunswick, ESPN, Touchtone Television Distribution, Greengrass Productions and Woody Fraser Productions. For more information, visit bowlingshootout.com or call Woody Fraser Productions at (310) 476-1924.
Kulick Featured in New York Times
NEW YORK, N.Y.  -  May 25, 2007    For the second time this year, the New York Times featured Kelly Kulick, the first woman to earn a full time exemption on the Denny's PBA Tour


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