Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Former President's Visit to Village Still in Question

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Former President's Visit to Village Still in Question

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There have been conflicting stories on whether former President

George Bush will visit the World Golf Village today for a round

of golf and then the First Tee news conference. (Bush is the

honorary chairman of The First Tee).

Rumors flew around the complex and the responses from World

Golf Foundation and PGA Tour officials ranged from no to

maybe.

EARLY FAMER -- One of the few current members of the World Golf

Hall of Fame who was in town yesterday was 38-time LPGA Tour

winner Carol Mann. After four brothers arrive in town this

weekend from Los Angeles, Pennsylvania, Orlando and Fort

Lauderdale, she will have around a dozen family in friends for

the induction ceremonies tomorrow.

"I know I'm going to cry," said Mann, who now teaches at The

TPC at the Woodlands in Houston. "It wasn't until Nancy Lopez

got in that the LPGA had anything formal for the women who had

it to the Hall of Fame, so something this big, with my family

here, is going to mean a lot to me."

Mann said she had played the Slammer and the Squire golf course

and had seen many of the museum exhibits. But she wanted to wait

until tomorrow to see exhibits relating to her accomplishments.

"I want to wait until my brothers get here and see it with

them," she said.

FIRST TEE GETS BUCKS -- The PGA of America is expected to make

a donation of at least $1 million to the First Tee, the program

started by the World Golf Village Foundation last year to make

golf more accessible to youth, minorities and the economically

disadvantaged.

That announcement will come at a news conference today on the

putting course of the Walk of Champions. Also to be revealed at

the news conference will be First Tee staff hires and an outline

of additional facilities to be built around the country.

LOW-KEY LOGOS -- Corporate logos don't interfere with the

visual experience of the World Golf Village.

Shell and IBM are major sponsors of the village, but you

wouldn't know it by the presence of inundating logos and signs.

The largest Shell logo can be found at a Shell gasoline station

at International Golf Parkway and Interstate 95. …

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