Tiger Woods, AT&T’s Stephenson, Golf Task Force: D.C.

AT&T National
Rep. Joe Baca, California Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Golf Task Force, and Tiger Woods. Photographer: Stephanie Green/Bloomberg

Tiger Woods, AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Randall Stephenson and members of the Congressional Golf Task Force were on the green together for the opening of the AT&T National golf tournament yesterday at the Congressional Country Club.

The tournament contributes to the Tiger Woods Foundation, which operates two Tiger Woods Learning Centers in Washington that provide innovative math and science education for children.

“You might as well ask me my weight,” joked Stephenson about his reluctance to reveal his handicap, though he did in the end say that it was about a 14.

Stephenson talked to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who said his handicap was around a 17.

“He’s lying!” Stephenson shot back, clearly aware that Finchem was trying to be modest.

Before joining Woods for the opening ceremony, which was sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corp., a group of congressmen gathered in the club house with the World Golf Foundation’s CEO, Steve Mona. They included California Democrat Joe Baca, Georgia Republican Phil Gingrey, California Republican Jeff Denham, Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond, and New Jersey Democrat Albio Sires.

Mona pointed out the financial, charitable and health benefits of the sport, reminding the policy leaders that the golf industry contributes two million jobs to the economy.

Two Handicap

Baca, the chairman of the Congressional Golf Task Force, added that he always promotes golf through a “business perspective,” because it’s a $76 billion industry in the U.S.

He has a two handicap, one of the group’s best. He said he prefers to improve his game on public courses, although he does belong to a private club.

The members boarded golf carts and got a mini-tour of the course, making a stop at the “We Salute Our Heroes” wall, where they wrote personal notes of appreciation to active military. The wall is sponsored by the Pentagon Federal Credit Union, or PenFed.

After the tournament, the wall will be sent to military organizations.

Military support is a trademark of the tournament. Lockheed Martin provides 30,000 tickets to active and retired military, and hosts a tent where packages of goodies are prepared for soldiers in Afghanistan.

‘Rock Star’

Tuesday night, author Jill Kargman was the guest of honor at the Ginger boutique in Bethesda, Maryland, to celebrate her new novel “The Rock Star in Seat 3A.”

Kargman -- now sister-in-law of Drew Barrymore since the actress married the author’s brother, Will Kopelman, a few weeks ago -- said she preferred book signings in small shops because the lighting is better, and she can sip wine while chatting with readers.

Capitalizing on the rock ‘n’ roll theme of the book, “groupie chic” was the look of the affair, with guests turning out in gothy black, leather boots, gaudy makeup and tattoos provided by the makeup artists stationed outside.

(Stephanie Green is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

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