fell victim to society's dark side Sunday night as evil culprits damaged
three putting greens.
The punks reportedly poured a solvent on the 11th, 12th and 17th
greens, which has since turned into purple blotches. They also used a
sharp object to carve various pictures and symbols on the putting
surfaces, including a swastika.
"It is such a shame," said locally famous heroine Marianne Towersey of
Santa Ana Country Club, the course-record holder at Big Canyon with a 69
"(The damaged greens) actually aren't effecting play. They're just
ugly reminders of idiotic people."
Towersey doesn't think it was related to this week's event, but the
timing of the destruction might suggest otherwise.
Big Canyon and USGA officials scrambled to patch up the damage before
the 132 women teed off Tuesday morning for stroke play, but David
Voorhees, Big Canyon general manager, said after the U.S. Mid-Am "some
major repairs" will be necessary.
"It was very upsetting. When you see the damage, it makes you sick,"
added Voorhees, whose club stepped away from tradition in hosting the
Big Canyon, which is ultra-protective of its members, has made
exclusivity and privacy a trademark since opening its doors in 1972.
There's much pride at Big Canyon, where anonymity is not only preferred,
Thus, playing host to one of the USGA's 13 championships in 2000 was a
huge deal. It was sort of raising the curtain for the public to see.
Though Big Canyon has hosted tournaments before, including the 1996
Pacific-10 Conference championships (won by Stanford's Tiger Woods), the
club typically doesn't invite outsiders.
The three damaged greens, however, are all along MacArthur Boulevard,
where the predators apparently hopped over the fence and made their way
onto the golf course, then scratched tick-tack-toe designs and other
"childish" symbols, according to Voorhees, before really displaying their
intelligence with a swastika on the 17th green.
There aren't a lot of barbed wire fences in Newport Beach, but maybe
things are changing.