News

These clubs could set your golf game on fire – literally

These clubs could set your golf game on fire – literally

THESE CLUBS ARE ON FIRE: Some titanium-coated clubs can cause course-side vegetation to burst into flames. Photo: clipart.com

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Golfers are urged to swing with care after scientists at the University of California, Irvine, proved that titanium-coated clubs can cause course-side vegetation to burst into flames.

Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi says the results confirm a suspicion investigators have had for years: that titanium clubs were likely the true cause of at least two blazes on Orange County golf courses, including one that burned 12 acres at Shady Canyon in 2010.

Professor James Earthman says the clubs can produce sparks if hit upon a rock. And the sparks will burn for more than a second — plenty of time to ignite a fire.

Concialdi says the Fire Authority is giving golfers permission to “improve their lie” — that is, to move their ball away from rocks and dry vegetation.

Recent Headlines

in Sports

USC coach confirms Josh Shaw will play vs UCLA

Fresh
shaw

Cornerback Josh Shaw will play for Southern California in its rivalry showdown against UCLA, although his role hasn't been determined.

in Local Sports

WWU falls to Azusa Pacific at WRCC

Fresh
1461269_10152628943539317_4291927070880069130_n

Western Washington University fell to Azusa Pacific University 79-74 on Friday night.

in Local Sports

Prep Football State Playoff Scoreboard

high school football scoreboard dl

All the scores from the prep football playoff action.

in Local Sports

Eastern Washington races past Portland St.

Courtesy of Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington scored six TDs after halftime, defeating Portland State 56-34 Friday night and winning its third-straight Big Sky Conference championship.

in Local Sports

Blazers rout short-handed Bulls

Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge talks with Robin Lopez and Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard had 21 points and nine assists before sitting out the fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers built a big lead and beat the Chicago Bulls 105-87 on Friday night.