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August 16, 2008

On and Off the Course: We can honor fallen heroes on Patriot Golf Day

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Many courses throughout Indiana will be participating, but Hulman Links Golf Course is the only local course on the list. To see the full list of participating courses go to www.playgolfamerica.com, and click on the link for Patriot Golf Day.

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A couple of weeks ago my son Phillip was invited to play in a special event for the Indiana Junior Golf Program called the Indiana/Kentucky Challenge Cup. This event pitted 12 boys each from Indiana and Kentucky, and eight girls from each state battled in match-play and stroke formats. The event was held this year at Rock Hollow Golf Course in Peru. Each year the location rotates from state to state.

The event takes place all in one day, with a morning and an afternoon session. In the morning, teams of two went against each other in a four-ball format. They all played 18 holes though, where the total number of strokes counted toward the team score, unlike Ryder Cup matches. In the afternoon, the teams of two played an alternate shot format called “Pinehurst.” It’s where both players hit tee balls, then they each hit their partner’s tee ball, then they make a choice of which ball to finish out with.

The teams from Indiana swept the competition, which could be a reflection of the strong junior program in Indiana. The Indiana Junior Golf Program was formed in 1987 with 10 events and about 200 players, and has grown to become three tours, 75 events and 1,500 kids. The Indiana program is widely regarded as one of the top junior golf programs in the country.

The Indiana Junior Golf Program has been a great experience for Phillip. It was really cool when he started playing high school matches because he’d often get paired with boys that he had played with before in summer tournaments. The Indiana/Kentucky Challenge Cup was another great event, and he knows that when he plays in Indiana Golf Association events in the future, he’ll be likely to see these boys there.

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