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April 10, 2011

RUB OF THE GREEN: Winter made golf impossible this year

TERRE HAUTE — Old Man Winter along with Mother Nature must have something against area golfers. They have joined forces to sabotage a sport called winter golf, an activity many Wabash Valley players have enjoyed in years gone by.

In fact, during some winters in the past, there were multiple “warm up” periods when a divot digger could play almost weekly. This year there were two words that made golfers wince. They were “wintry mix.” Staying on two feet during the ice storm was almost impossible.

With practice beginning as early as possible in March, golfers on high school and college teams are exposed to some absolutely miserable conditions. Hopefully, it will get better before it gets worse.

With The Masters winding down to a conclusion, it’s easy to understand why this championship is the one any golfer in the world would most like to win.

With the spirit of Bobby Jones prevailing, the azalea-laden Augusta National is certainly a beauty to behold. Television doesn’t always do justice to capture the rolling expanse that offers numerous risk-and-reward holes … especially on the back nine, where the tournament is usually decided.

Golfers who have had the opportunity to play the course are unanimous when praising the conditioning that the layout displays.

The Masters is conducted by its members and when the final putt is holed each year, all committee chairmen meet to see how the championship can be improved. Tickets to The Masters are scarce since galleries are limited in size. Advertising is also limited during TV presentations, much to the delight of TV watchers. The champions’ dinner is a staple of the tourney, as is the presentation of the emblematic green jacket. Players who have come close but have never won often feel a void in their respective résumés for the remainder of their careers.

Some might be surprised to know the name “The Masters” was nearly scrapped before the first tournament due to the fact that Jones felt the name was too “pretentious.” Bobby Jones definitely personified the word “gentleman.”

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