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THE HOLE STORY
Gorjus George Lucas*
February 09, 2004
Pebble Beach
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February 09, 2004

The Hole Story

Pebble Beach

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BY GEORGES
The Hole Story, by Gorjus George Lucas, the yardage--book maker to the Tour pros, highlights a key hole at this week's top venue. Once a caddie for Arnold Palmer, among others, Lucas earned his nickname for his (formerly) flowing locks and changed the spelling to fit it on a vanity plate. As the chart below shows, he shouldn't be confused with George Lucas of Star Wars fame.

GORJUS GEORGE LUCAS

VS.

GEORGE LUCAS

Yardologist

OCCUPATION

Writer-director-producer

49

AGE

49

Created more than 900 yardage books

ACHIEVEMENTS

Created Star Wars, Indiana Jones series

Squeaky, golden retriever

PET DOG

Indiana, malamute

RV

RESIDENCE

Skywalker Ranch

Mapping golf courses

USES LASER TECHNOLOGY FOR

Jedi fight scenes

PGA and LPGA tour players

FOLLOWERS

Galactic fanatics

JICYRFU (Just In Case You Really F---Up)

NOTED ABBREVIATION

R2D2 (Reel 2, Dialogue 2)

Surveying Las Vegas CC

UPCOMING PROJECT

Star Wars Episode III

"Not even close to a million."

NET WORTH

$3 billion

"I'll marry the woman who looks at me like Squeaky."

FAMOUS PHRASE

"Luke, I am your father."

Accidentally whacked by Arnold Palmer's club

CAREER LOWLIGHT

The Phantom Menace

ShotLink

TOP RIVAL

Peter Jackson

The Skipper

LOOK-ALIKE

An Ewok

ONE WINTER during the mid-1970s I worked as a drapery installer and slept in a VW minibus that was parked in the garage of fellow Tour caddie Pete Bender's house in San Jose. We didn't have the money to play much golf, so we sneaked onto Pebble Beach several times. We would arrive just before sunrise, park in a lot by the 2nd tee, give ourselves birdies on the 1st hole and play 50-cent skins the rest of the way.

My favorite hole at Pebble is the par-5 14th. It looks easy, but the small, hilly, two-tiered green, which is shaped like a split-level house, makes the hole play like a bear. The pin is always on the hard-to-hit top-left shelf, and you'll see plenty of pros have nothing but a short wedge approach for their third, yet still walk off the green growling after a bogey.

*For 28 years—the last eight with his dog Squeaky—Gorjus George has criss-crossed the U.S. drawing the yardage books used by the pros at Tour events.

2� WITH JESPER PARNEVIK

?PHOENIX
I love the chaotic energy.

?AND THE WOMEN
Very nice!

?SENDING MEN TO MARS
I'm not sure we really went to the moon. I'm not convinced it wasn't staged. Are we sure those robots are really [on Mars]?

?WHO'S GUILTY? MARTHA, KOBE, JACKO
None. Maybe Martha, but the other two, it's about money-grubbers.

? MICHELLE WIE
A 14-year-old girl shooting 68 from the tips? It was at least as big as the U.S. winning the hockey gold medal in the 1980 Olympics. It was one of the biggest things in sports, ever.

? VIJAY SINGH
Misunderstood. Great guy.

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