CARMEL Ca. (AP) Data Singh dumbfounded and mesmerized spectators at the first round of the Federation Open by firing a blistering, record-setting 23 at the newly revamped Pebble Beach Island course. Nattily attired in tartan knickers, two-toned golf shoes, tasseled tam o'shanter and sporting an enormous calabash pipe, Data aced every hole on the front nine except for the par-five seventh hole. Singh eagled the hole by masterfully sinking an 89-foot downhill putt with a sharp break to the right halfway to the cup.
He was not quite as effective on the back nine however. He managed to ace six holes but double-eagled the tenth and sixteenth holes. The par-five thirteenth proved to be his biggest challenge. His tee shot was blown into the rough by a 45 kph gust of wind but Data expertly pitched to within six inches of the cup. He leads by 41 strokes over Klingon Maltz Bragh'Ka, who shot an eight-under 64 despite destroying half the clubs in his golf bag.
Singh would not even be competing in the tournament were it not for the landmark Federation Highcourt ruling of 2374 which granted him full citizenship rights. Public protests at the match against the injustice of an android competing against animate beings have been (SEE OPEN, G4)