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Golf

  • TEE TIME: Aces: The rarest of the rare on the links

    It’s one of the great golf commercials of all time.

    A young man is playing by himself late one evening and tees his ball up on a par-3 hole. He crisply hits an iron shot onto the green, and thinks it goes into the hole.

    He straps his clubs onto his shoulder and runs towards the green. As he approaches it, he anxiously looks for his ball and slowly walks towards the cup. He picks his ball out of the hole, and looks around, seeing no one.

    Suddenly, a worker comes driving up and says, “Hey kid, nice shot.”

    An ace.

  • GOLF RESULTS: July 24, 2016

    Bud Light Women’s

    League

    First place: Alice Robertson/Pam Ball (10.0 points)

    Second: Barbara Walker/Sue Rogers (16.0)

    Third: Mary Royalty/Sue Hayden and Paula Stewart/Debbie Miller (tied with 15.5)

    Low gross: Mary Royalty (40)

    Low net: Mary Royalty (30)

    OKH Randall Burba

    Men’s League

    First place: Chris Monin/Millard Sims

    Second: Mark St. Peter/Russ King and Jack Kelley/Bart Bartoszek (tied)

    Low gross: Richie Berry (1-under-par-34)

  • French makes Ky. Open field

    The Kentucky Open golf tournament begins with first-round play Tuesday at the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville.

    Making the tournament for the first time is recent state qualifier Cody French.

  • The best stories are shared while you wait to swing

    Golf courses are a great place to share stories with friends, in part because of the amount of time that can be spent standing around while waiting to hit. Let me share some with you.

  • TEE TIME: A bit of a history lesson in golf terms

    I don’t always get the chance to read these columns once they go to print. And as many of you may have noticed, I don’t do a very good job of editing them before I hit the send key on my laptop.

    So you can imagine how I felt when I did look at the headline in The Kentucky Standard that accompanied my June 29 diatribe.

    “Bunkers still pose a challenge for this duffer.”

    I’m a duffer, huh.

  • TEE TIME: Bunkers still pose a challenge for this duffer

    The white sand that adorns most golf courses that we see each week on the PGA Tour are quite the attention-getter.

    I recall as a youngster asking the course superintendent in Lebanon why our course didn’t have more bunkers. At the time, I guess there were only five of them on the nine-hole course.

    George Mattingly was a one-man grounds crew and he explained that bunkers were very labor intensive to maintain.

  • TEE TIME: Looming penalty changed how U.S. Open was played

    Your favorite basketball team is trailing by three points in the closing seconds. The coach draws up a play for his best shooter to take the last shot. He misses and the team loses.

    After the horn sounds, a conference official comes to the coach to report that an earlier three-point basket by the winning team was only a two-pointer, and a closer shot could have sent the game into overtime.

    Of course, fans would have been in an uproar had that actually occurred.

  • GOLF

    Local league results

    OKH Randall Burba Men’s League

    First place: Mark St. Peter/Russ King (10.5 points)

    Second: Brent Monin/Millard Sims and Francis Smith/Ron Shrewsbury (tied with 9)

    Low gross: Alex Carey (1-under-par 34))

    Low net: Ron Shrewsbury and Oran Morton (tied with 28)

    Closest to the hole: Denny Berry (#2) and Roger Carey (#7)

  • U.S. Open proves to be a tough tournament

    Each of golf’s majors is unique in its own way.

    The Masters is the only one of the four played at the same venue each year.

    Golfers participating in The Open Championship must be able to maneuver their ball around the nuances of links golf.

    The PGA can boast that it is has the toughest field and they allow the players to make birdies instead of trying to have a winning score over par.

    And, then there is the U.S. Open.

  • TEE TIME: A very quote-worthy endeavor

    I quoted the adage of “A bad day on the golf course is better than a good day in the office” in a recent column.

    There are a lot of memorable golf lines and quotes, and as I relax in California while writing this, I thought it would be a good time to bring some up. Or because I’m having too much fun to put much effort into this week’s column.

    Golf is a good walk spoiled.

     — Mark Twain