I call Tucson National's 18th hole the Widowmaker because the tee
shot--one of the toughest on Tour--just kills players. Ponds
flank both sides of the fairway, and a five-foot-high mound
shaped like a Quonset hut stretches down the middle and kicks a
lot of drives into a watery grave.
Although the pros loathe 18, Corky, the golden retriever I had
before Squeaky, loved it because he could swim forever without
worrying about gators and crocs. After one swimfest in the early
1990s Corky dashed up to the short-game practice area by the 18th
green and introduced me to a member of the Arizona women's team.
While Corky jumped all over her, slobbering her with kisses and
gnawing on her headcovers, I told her about my yardage books,
figuring she might become a Tour player. Instead of listening to
me, though, she seemed more intent on playing with Corky, so I
said my goodbyes. Walking away, I asked her name. "Annika," she
*For 28 years--the last eight with his dog, Squeaky--Gorjus
George has crisscrossed the U.S. drawing the yardage books used
by the pros at Tour events.
COLOR PHOTO: TODD BIGELOW/AURORA (LUCAS)
B/W DIAGRAM: DIAGRAM BY GEORGE LUCAS No. 18 N Par-4 N 473 Yards