The first thing Condoleezza Rice told playing partner Jason Bohn when she walked onto the practice green at picturesque Pebble Beach eased any tension in the group. “Roll Tide,” she said. A smart move for the fellow Alabama fan.
Also maybe the lightest – and least nerve-racking – moment of her opening round Thursday, when the former secretary of state made her most public outing on the course since becoming the first of two female members at Augusta National Golf Club.
Rice started strong but was clearly rattled after she hit a woman in the head on an errant approach shot on the sixth hole. The woman, who declined to give her name, was treated for a bruise and given pain medication. Rice faded before the turn and combined with Bohn for a 2-under 70 in the pro-am portion of the tournament.
“Somebody asked me, ‘How did it compare to diplomacy?’ ” Rice said while walking off the 18th green. “And I said, ‘Well, I know how to do diplomacy, I’m not so sure about the golf course.’ ”
Protest lands ‘Babe’ star in pen
Actor James Cromwell has been arrested for allegedly disrupting a University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting where he was protesting animal testing. The 73-year-old Cromwell was arrested, ticketed on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and then released, according to university police.
Cromwell and an activist from an animal-rights group held two large signs showing a cat with metal implanted in its head at a UW-Madison lab, while shouting about the treatment of cats Thursday. The director of the school’s Research Animal Resources Center said federal agriculture officials have found their claims to be false.
Cromwell was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1995 film “Babe.” Other credits include “L.A. Confidential,” “The Green Mile” and “The Artist.”
ABC morning anchor to return to work
ABC News says Robin Roberts will be back on the job at the “Good Morning America” anchor desk on Feb. 20. Her return will be five months to the day since her bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder.
Roberts has gotten the all-clear from her doctors, according to the announcement made Thursday on “GMA.” She reached the critical 100-day benchmark in December.
The birthday bunch
Composer-conductor John Williams is 81. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 73. Actor Nick Nolte is 72. Comedian Robert Klein is 71. Actress Brooke Adams is 64. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 60. Author John Grisham is 58. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 52. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (The BoDeans) is 52. Actress Mary McCormack is 44. Actor Seth Green is 39.