During a weekend getaway to Las Vegas in November, Notah Begay surprised his girlfriend, Apryl Sandoval, with a helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon. After a picnic lunch he escorted her to a scenic bluff, overlooking the Colorado River, went down on one knee—"his left," says Sandoval—and popped the question. The betrothed (above, moments after the engagement) are aiming for a May 2003 wedding in Santa Fe, and they have a pretty good idea what the cake's going to be. "What do we have in common? We love chocolate, the darker the better," says Sandoval, a recent New Mexico graduate who met Begay a year ago at a party at Albuquerque Country Club. "Definitely the better European brands."
On Feb. 4, Nicholas Parker Gregory, son of LPGA vet Kristal Parker, used a seven-iron to ace the 55-yard second hole at Mesa (Ariz.) Golf Center, a clout witnessed by his grandparents Bill and Carol Parker, among others. At three years and 37 days, Little Nicky is believed to be the youngest player ever to make a hole in one. "Heck, I played 27 years before I got my first one," Kristal says.
Matt Gogel has BUICK on his hat but Kansas City in his heart, so following his recent victory at Pebble Beach he pulled out of his sponsor's eponymous invitational in San Diego and flew home to Kansas to check on his ice-storm-ravaged house. With their neighborhood's electricity still interrupted, Matt, his wife, Blair, and baby daughter, Kimball, stayed in a hotel for two nights until a generator could be hooked up at their place. Once the Gogels were back in their house—only a couple of windows were damaged—there was still the matter of tidying up all the fallen trees in the yard. Enter another of Gogel's sponsors, Davey Trees. "We had four trucks and an army of guys with chain saws out here cleaning up," Gogel tells SI. "The neighbors couldn't believe it."
Ben Crenshaw made his long-awaited Senior debut last week at the ACE Group Classic, but his first round was derailed by a pair of Bushes—former President George H.W. and his son Jeb, the governor of Florida. Both men are friends of Crenshaw's, and upon arriving at the 17th hole, they moseyed onto the fairway to say hello. One under par at the time, Crenshaw promptly bogeyed 17 and then made a quadruple-bogey 8 on the final hole for a smooth 76. "I don't care what I shot," said Crenshaw, who finished 43 rd, "at least I got to see the president and the governor."