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Community Sports

  • TEE TIME: Get the ball that's right for you, not the pros
    Bridgestone Golf is running a series of golf ball commercials that are both extremely humorous and informative. In one of them, a customer walks into a golf shop and tells David Feherty that he wants to buy the pro line ball. As Fred Couples looks on, Feherty asks the gentleman if he has a swing speed of 118 miles per hour like Couples. The man looks confused when Feherty then questions the man’s talents, asking if he is a top tour pro like Matt Kuchar, who is dusting a trophy in the shop.
  • PHOTOS: Softball at the Park
    Softball returned to the Culvertown Park this year after a one-year hiatus with the Thursday night men’s league, which continues through Aug. 22. Culvertown Park also hosts a weekly co-ed adult kickball league on Tuesdays, and will host a kickball marathon tournament Friday and Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the Nelson County Lady Cardinals basketball program.
  • TEE TIME: Try a new course to test your skills
    I mentioned in an earlier column about the great friendships and camaraderie that one can find in this great game. While it is a lot of fun to spend time with your group at the local course, added enjoyment can come from travelling to a different venue to test your game. It doesn’t have to be across the state, to a resort, across the country or across the pond.
  • TEE TIME: It happens to all of us, sometimes
    Greg Norman plays magnificently for three days in posting scores of 63-67-71 to lead Nick Faldo by six shots heading into the final round of the 1996 Masters, yet balloons to a 78 on Sunday to lose the Green Jacket by five shots. Kenny Perry has a two-shot lead with two holes remaining in the 2009 Masters then proceeds to bogey them both and loses to Angel Cabrera in a sudden death playoff.
  • LITTLE LEAGUE STATE TOURNAMENT: NC 10s fall in finals after historic run
    PRESTONSBURG — An historic run by Nelson County in the 10-year-old Little League state baseball tournament came to a close Friday night in a 4-1 loss to Paintsville. But while disappointed over coming up short, the Nelson County All-Stars were able to reflect on a tremendous run that saw them advance further than any local team in three decades. “It feels really good” being a part of it, said Adam Hood. “We showed a lot of heart,” added teammate Brady Clark.
  • LITTLE LEAGUE STATE TOURNEY: NC 10s into semifinals
    Nelson County’s 10-year-old baseball All-Stars wrapped up pool play Wednesday with a 3-2 win over Bowling Green Eastern, finishing their three-game stretch in the Little League state tournament undefeated. The win put the local bunch into Thursday’s semifinals after press time against Russell-Flatwoods at Prestonsburg’s Stonecrest Sports Park. With a win Thursday, the Nelson County squad would advance to tonight’s 10-year-old championship at 6 p.m.
  • LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL: NC 10s beat Glasgow
    Nelson County’s 10-year-old District 2 champion All-Stars saw their weekend schedule at the state baseball tournament in Prestonsburg significantly altered by rain. The NC 10s grabbed a win in their only game played as of press time Tuesday morning, as the local boys snagged a 6-5 win over their Glasgow counterparts on Saturday during play in Pool A.
  • TEE TIME: Bones Mackay, Stevie Williams, and Fluff Cowan
    Golf enthusiasts will recognize those names as the caddies for Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott (and formerly of Tiger Woods), and Jim Furyk (and formerly of Tiger Woods), respectively. You saw the bond between a caddy and his player on Sunday when Mickelson and Mackay broke down in tears and hugged each other closely when Phil captured the Open Championship. What’s it like to be a caddy on the PGA tour? How is it rubbing shoulders with the best players in the world? What is the typical week like for a caddy?
  • NC 10s in state pool play
    Nelson County Little League’s District 2 champion 10-year-old All-Star squad begins pool play Saturday in the Little League State Tournament at Prestonsburg’s Stonecrest Fields. Nelson County finds itself in Pool A, and will get its tournament road started against Glasgow at 3 p.m. Saturday. Play continues Sunday at 6 p.m. for the Nelson crew against Knott County, then Monday at 6 p.m. is their final pool play game against Bowling Green Eastern.
  • TEE TIME: Random thoughts on the British Open
    Random thoughts as we prepare for my favorite major of the year and I dedicate this column to late friend Gene Spragens, who had a great love of links golf. It’s the Open Championship to be contested at the all-male Muirfield, home of the Honourable Company of Ediburgh Golfers, located in Gullane, Scotland.