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Celebrity Watch

Here is a partial list of celebs Kearns has rubbed shoulders with on the driving range and golf course at Lakeside:

  • Andy Garcia, actor
  • Bing Crosby, entertainer
  • Bob Hope, comedian
  • Forrest Tucker, actor
  • Glen Campbell, recording artist
  • Jack LaLanne, fitness celebrity
  • Jack Nicholson, actor
  • Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Fame basketball player
  • Joe Pesci, Hollywood Actor
  • Kevin Costner, actor
  • Mac Davis, recording artist
  • Mickey Rooney, entertainer
  • Jack Benny, comedian

Note: Eddie Van Halen possibly played thru Kearns group once, but Kearns did not recognize him with short hair.


Did You Know?

  • Kearns hit a drive 300 yards, 1 inch in the 1980 Woodland Hills Country Club Member Guest Tournament Long Drive Contest. This with an old school persimmon driver and balata ball considered 50 yards inferior to today's juiced club and ball combos.
  • Summer of 2009: Shot even par 71's at both the West and East courses of Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, CA, a record 16 shots under his age

Lefty Exploits

In 2000, Kearns injured his right forearm and was unable to hit full golf shots without pain for six months. During that time off, he discovered that he could swing and hit left-handed pain free. He purchased a set of second-hand lefty clubs and embarked upon a new challenge.

In the beginning, he could barely hit a drive 90 yards off the tee, but after diligent practice became proficient from the other side. Eventually, he could stroke a left handed tee shot 180 yards. Kearns eventually shot a remarkable 98 at Lakeside Golf Club playing left handed (chipping and putting right handed)!


Top 100 Courses Played

Numerous "Top-100 Golf Courses" have appeared in Golf publications over the years and it's obviously a highly subjective exercise. However, here is a partial list of the elite courses Kearns has played in his lifetime.

  • Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, PA
  • Bandon Dunes, Bandon, OR
  • Bandon Face Rock Country Club and Spa, Bandon, OR
  • Blackwolf Run, Kohler, WI - PGA Championship '04
  • Chicago Golf Club
  • Congressional CC, Bethesda, MD – Shot 69 with Princeton in '43
  • Cypress Point Club, Monterey Peninsula, CA – world #2 in Golf Digest
  • Eugene Country Club, Eugene, OR
  • Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, SC – site of Heritage Classic PGA Tour event
  • La Costa CC, Carlsbad, CA – site of Mercedes Championships and World Match Play PGA Tour events
  • La Quinta CC, Palm Springs, CA - site of PGA Skins Game
  • Los Angeles Country Club North, CA
  • Mauna Kea Golf Club, HI
  • Medinah, Chicago, IL – PGA Tiger Woods victory 1999
  • Milwaukee Country Club, WI - toughest membership requirements in world for private club (must know a Kearns)
  • Oakmont, PA – US Open course when Johnny Miller shot 63
  • Olympic Club Lake, San Francisco, CA – 1993 US Open. Lee Janzen winner
  • Pebble Beach, CA – world #3 in Golf Digest
  • PGA West, Palm Springs, CA – site of Skins Game and Q School
  • Pine Valley, NJ– rated #1 in world Golf Digest
  • Pinehurst, NC – site of numerous major championships
  • Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles, CA - LA Open PGA Tour
  • San Francisco Golf Club, CA
  • Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula, CA
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course South, La Jolla, CA
  • Tuckaway CC, Milwaukee, WI - PGA Tour site
  • Whistling Straits, WI – PGA championship 2004

International

  • Gleneagles, Scotland
  • St. Andrews, Scotland - British open rotation every 5 years and the world's oldest golf course. Tiger Woods 2005 British Open win

 


 

 

   

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