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October 25, 2008

Rub of the Green: Looking back 50 years at golf tournaments

On the local scene 50 years ago, the Terre Haute Golf Association had readied a slate of tournaments for Terre Haute and Wabash Valley divoteers.

One of the most popular Terre Haute tournaments was the Nichols Loan 4 Ball in which after qualifying, the eight low scorers were paired with each of the next eight higher qualifiers to make up eight two man teams.

The “Terre Haute Tribune” reported as follows: “A former ISTC and present ISTC golfer tied for low medal scores for the first day of play in the Nichols Loan 4 Ball. “Bob Arnett and Harry Secrest shot 73s on a very wet and windy Rea Park course.”

Earning their way to the semifinal round were the tandems of Bob Westrup and Harold Monroney, George Kaperak and Warren Artz, Secrest and Jim Wolfe along with Gary Giffel and Art Blakely. In the championship match Kaperak and Artz won over Giffel and Blakely.

Flight winners were: First flight, Willy Wisely; second flight Dale Murphy and Norm Criss; third flight, Claude “Mac’ McCalister and Ray Allenbaugh; fourth flight Tye Bensley and Lloyd Perdieu; fifth flight, Bill Peck and Fay Harreoun; sixth flight Dan Hogg and Don Clarke.

The 8th Annual American Legion golf tourney sponsored by Krietenstein Post 104 and Marshall (Ill.) Post 90 were accepting entries. Players called Joe Benna at the athletic office at Post 104 for details.

In a popular tournament named Round Up of Champions and sponsored by Country Club of Terre Haute, Art Blakely took the prize for low score. Club champions from throughout the Wabash Valley plus a large number of top amateurs made this a tournament which attracted a large entry.

Terre Haute had two “City Championships” back in 1958. One was contested at match play, the other at stroke play. P.C. Hill was the owner of several popular hamburger restaurants called Hills Snappy Service. For several years the “Hills Match Play” was one of the most popular events on local golf calendars. McMillan Sports took over the sponsorship of this competition several years after it was initiated.

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