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June 10, 2006

On And Off The Course: Junior golf is alive, well

TERRE HAUTE — Even if I didn’t have school age children, I would know that school was out because of the abundance of kids I’ve seen on the golf courses! I think that’s a great sign for the future of golf, that there is a strong interest in junior golf. Judging by how some of the local high schools in our area have fared this spring, I’d say junior golf is very strong in the western part of the state of Indiana.

As I write this, the boys’ golf teams from Linton, Terre Haute South, Sullivan and South Vermillion are all preparing for regional competition, having made it past the first stage on the road to the state finals, which were the sectionals. The teams from Northview and Terre Haute North just missed coming out of it by one and three strokes respectively. Those were two strong teams that just didn’t play up to their potential at Rolling Meadows.

The same thing happened to South’s team last year at Regionals at Christmas Lake. That loss rankled the South boys all season, so they are very determined to make it to the state this year, although it won’t be easy. Last year, Travis Smith went as an individual qualifier, but I know he would prefer to have his teammates with him.

I have watched a lot of boys high school golf since my son Phillip plays for the South team. On the whole, I have been favorably impressed with most of the boys that Phillip has played with, reconfirming my idea that a golf course is a pretty good place for a growing boy to hang out. They’re not going to get into too much trouble on a golf course, and they might make some strong friendships along the way.

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