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Pretense? None. Needling? Encouraged. No one is immune from the japery. Last year two new players joined the group. One was a rangy local music teacher named Gene Short. The other, also named Gene, was a fine player and long off the tee, but no taller than wee Ian Woosnam. He was quickly dubbed "Short Gene." It remains to be seen whether Short Gene acknowledges or particularly cares for the diminutive sobriquet. Bandits' handicaps range from low sin- gle digits to high 20s. The foursomes are de- termined each week by a random ball toss on the first tee that often takes place in total darkness. The weekly game is group best ball with side cheese centering around clos- est to the pin (CPs) on PG's five par 3s. Strict attention to USGA rules are more closely adhered to by PG's Sunday Men's Club and its Senior Men's Club, which plays during the week. There are no barbers or opera singers among the Bandits these days. Nor are there, yet, any butchers, bakers or candle- stick makers. But the diverse ranks include a Coast Guard commander, an auto service manager, a bailiff, a golf writer, a computer specialist, a day trader, a painter, a doctor, a property manager and a Ph.D in biological oceanography. More good news for Pacific Grove Golf Links arrived in 2006 when the Coast Guard terminated the 1960 lease and officially deeded the Point Pinos Light- house, the oldest continually operation lighthouse on the West Coast, and back nine to the City of Pacific Grove under the Excess Military Property Initiative. And when CourseCo, the Petaluma- based municipal golf management com- pany, contracted with the city of Pacific DAVID ROYAL

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