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October 25, 2008

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

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The qualifying round would see long hitting Mark Fisk, with the assistance of a hole in one on number three at Rea Park, fired a 68 to take medalist honors. Jim Wolfe had 70, whereas Bill Doan and George Kaperak carded 71s. The low 16 players would make up the championship flight.

First round winners played a second round on Sunday to trim the field to four semi finalists. In third round action Fisk would win by a 3 and 2 count over George Kaperak and Arnett would eliminate John Tindall 4 and 3.

In the 36 hole final, the match was tied after 29 holes, but a pair of birdies on the final 72 holes decided the match in Fisks’ favor by a 2 and 1 count. Ironically, Fisk and Arnett were teammates on the 1952 ISTC golf team, a squad that won the Indiana College Golf Championship.

Fisk was undoubtedly one of the longest drivers of the golf ball in the entire country. At the National Intercollegiate Golf Championship in Abilene (Tex.) back in 1952, Mark won the driving contest with a 343-yard blast. With today’s clubs and golf balls, that figure could translate to something near 400 yards.

Flight winners in the McMillan Match Play were as follows: First, Bob Westrup; second, Jim Burland; third, Bill Mitchell; fourth, Ernie Woods; fifth, Bill Peck; sixth, Lloyd Peridieu; seventh, Bill Ennis, eighth, Dick Tickner; ninth, John Flood.

Rea Park pro, Mike Kaperak, shot 71 to place third in the professional division of the Casey Open. Herman “Lefty” Compton won first flight honors in the amateur division.

The Terre Haute Medal Play (stroke play is proper now) attracted 308 players five decades ago. Setting the early pace were the following contenders: Gene Verostko and Bob Westrup each shot 69’s; Bill Doan and Lew John posted 72’s, and defending champion Warren Artz and Tommy Long each finished first round play with 73’s. After 36 holes Verostko stretched his lead to 4 shots. By the time the tournament ended,

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