Beck will swing by for president

September 20, 1993|By Chicago Tribune

Chip Beck planned to start his Ryder Cup week on a positive note with a visit to the White House.

Some of his Ryder Cup teammates, notably PGA champion Paul Azinger and John Cook, have publicly stated that they didn't want to meet President Clinton for political reasons. Beck doesn't see things in those terms and was looking forward to today's meeting with Clinton.

"I really am," said Beck, who was visiting the White House for the third time as a Ryder Cup participant. "I'll be glad to get the opportunity to see the president. I feel the office is bigger than just one man. It represents more to me than Bill Clinton and his policies or anyone else. It's a big honor to meet the president."

The team, led by captain Tom Watson, will fly from Washington to England for the 30th Ryder Cup at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. On Friday, the U.S. team will begin defense of the Cup.

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