Craig Stadler pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while impaired yesterday after he was arrested for drunken driving, and he withdrew from the Farmers Charity Classic in Ada, Mich.
The 51-year-old Stadler was charged with driving while intoxicated following his arrest Monday evening in nearby Ionia County. He pleaded guilty to the reduced count yesterday, assistant Ionia County prosecutor Lori Kirkhoff said.
"I very much regret what happened on Monday evening," Stadler said in a statement released by the Champions Tour event, which is played in Ada Township. "I take the offense very seriously. I'm embarrassed and feel awful about it. I can assure you I will not repeat my mistake."
As part of the sentence, Ionia County District Court Judge Raymond Voet ordered Stadler to pay $900 in fines and court costs, participate in an alcohol awareness class and attend a victim impact panel, Kirkhoff said.
Stadler was arrested while driving from Grand Rapids to a media appearance in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.
Last July, Stadler won the Senior Players Championship at the Michigan TPC. A week later, he won the PGA Tour's B.C. Open.
* TENNIS: Lindsay Davenport may need to rest before Wimbledon because of an injury to her right knee that she says contributed to her French Open loss.
The injury is a flare-up to the one that sidelined the three-time major champion two years ago.
"I've had no problems with it since I had surgery," Davenport said in a conference call yesterday. "Slowly, the last month it's been bothering me and to the point now where it's been a little bit more frequent."
Davenport was ousted from the French Open in the fourth round Sunday, losing, 6-3, 6-1, to Elena Dementieva.
"I don't feel like I did anything too major to it, as bad as I hurt it in 2002," she said. "It's just a little concerning that it's started to hurt me on and off over the last month."
* SOCCER: Real Madrid plans to tour Japan from July 27 to Aug. 1, a decision that means it cannot play in Major League Soccer's all-star game if the league sticks to its July 31 date.
Real Madrid said on its Web site it will play in Japan on July 29 and Aug. 1, with opponents and sites to be announced later.
The team had planned a longer and more extensive foreign tour, but it slumped late in the season and finished fourth in the Spanish League, forcing it to play qualifiers for the European Champions League starting Aug. 11.
* COLLEGES: Golfer Sarah Huarte of California Berkeley, lacrosse standout Amy Appelt of Virginia and distance runner Kim Smith of Providence were announced as the nation's most outstanding athlete in their sports by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards.
For winning, the three will receive the Honda Award, given annually to the top female student athlete in 12 sports.
Appelt is also a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy awarded to the top male and female college lacrosse players. The Tewaaraton awards ceremony takes place tonight at the National Geographic Society.
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